With 500 member schools and more than 15,000 individual members in six New England states and beyond, The New England League of Middle Schools is committed to offering quality professional development, advocacy for the important and unique middle years, networking, colleague support and educational resources. We pride ourselves on offering specific content information, instructional strategies, effective leadership and organizational practices, and problem solving. Through collaboration with our member schools our services support school improvement, positive student outcomes, and the development of solutions for success.
The New England League of Middle Schools is a nonprofit organization filed under Massachusetts Articles of Corporation. Its organizational structure is governed by a constitution and bylaws drafted and approved by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of elected representatives from each of the New England states who serve a four-year term. Representation is proportional according to membership in the state. There are two special Board seats that represent special membership groups: a Teacher Representative and a Professor of Middle Level education representative.
NELMS is an affiliate of the National Middle School Association and partners collaboratively with state middle level organizations in each state and also tries to work collaboratively with each administrative organization as well.
The office staff oversees all NELMS activities which include our popular and educational Annual Middle Level Education Conference, NELMS Summer Institute and Courses, Rick Womeli's Differentiated Instruction events, in partnership with Keys to Literacy—the Writing Institute, and evolving related events such as school scheduling and programs for teachers new to the middle level. We also offer school-wide and specific program assessments, in-house consultations, school-based professional development programs and much more.
Committees have been established by the Board to assist in the development of policies and activities that reflect the needs of NELMS members. Standing committees are: Professional Resources, Recognition, Research & Assessment, and Technology.