Students Present at AMLE Conference

October 15 2015
Category: Academics

Elmira College students Erin Filupeit ’16, Sara Lovell ’15, Karli Pochkar ’16, and Tyler Tarnowicz ’16, and Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Assistant Professor of Education presented “Teaching Interdisciplinary Teaming: Pre-Service Teachers Designing a Middle Grades Interdisciplinary Unit” at the 42nd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education (AMLE) in Columbus, Ohio. The peer-reviewed conference, organized by the AMLE, took place October 15-17. The EC presentation featured the concept of a Fall 2014 education course designed by Dr. Johnson. 

In this course, pre-service teachers spent the term working as an interdisciplinary teaching team, meeting weekly to face challenges of a mock class, and designing a Common Core-aligned sixth grade interdisciplinary unit on ancient civilizations.  The students worked on designing middle school lessons around exhibits at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. The course culminated in lesson demonstrations in the museum.

The presentation at AMLE included discussions about the course design as well as reflections by the pre-service teachers on their experiences organizing a field trip, class content around a local destination, and working together as an interdisciplinary teaching team.  The students also presented elements of their designed curriculum and facilitated small-group discussions about the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary teaming with practicing middle grades teachers, administrators, and college professors. 

About the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. For more information visit:


From left to right, Tyler Tarnowicz ’16, Erin Filupeit ’16, Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Assistant Professor of Education, Sara Lovell ’15, and Karli Pochkar ’16.