MAMLE Podcasts

Welcome to our MAMLE podcasts page!

We have TWO MAMLE podcasts available monthly! Mainely Middle is a MAMLE podcast geared towards practicing teachers and administrators. The Future is Now is a MAMLE podcast geared towards beginning and preservice teachers.

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December 2020

Speaking with Dr. Amy Piotrowski, Assistant Professor, Utah State University, about remote synchronous instruction and young adult literature.

At Utah State University, Dr. Piotrowski has been teaching in a remote synchronous modality for over four years even prior to COVID-19. Learn some tips from an experienced educator with many years of middle school experience prior to her work with preservice teachers. Geek out with some new young adult literature selections as well!

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Future is Now Podcast

This podcast is geared towards preservice teachers. Our inaugural Future is Now podcast is now available below.

“Find your People!”


A Conversation about the Middle Level with MTOY 2017 and current DOE Educator Excellent Coordinator Tammy Ranger

Tammy takes time to talk to MAMLE about middle level education, COVID-19, and the opportunities for current and future professional teachers, emphasizing the need to celebrate each extraordinary moment!


“Breathe” with Charise Monroe, current Northeast Florida teacher

Charise talks with MAMLE about motherhood, the pandemic, the craziness of the new semester, and multiple modalities of teaching (hybrid, HyFlex, and F2F during COVID-19). Always a fascinating human to talk to, Charise has some amazing insights on how to balance all.the.things and reminds us to breathe.

Mindfulness with Dr. Nicole Damico, University of Central Florida, September 2020

Dr. Damico talks to MAMLE about ethical citizenship, the value of mindfulness of both students and middle level teachers, and how mindfulness is impacted by technology. A fascinating, information and resource rich podcast that will help us all take a deep breath as we begin our school year. You’ll even have a chance for a short breathing exercise in the middle of this podcast!

Length- 24 minutes


August 2020

A conversation with Dr. Richard Biffle, Thomas College

We ask these hard hitting questions in this race, equity, and diversity themed podcast. Length– 33 minutes

  1. Is middle school too early to begin discussions about race outside of historical context like slavery?
  2. How do we go beyond teaching about African American history and culture only during MLK day and African American history month?
  3. Maine is the whitest state in the US. How do we have productive conversations about race when most, if not all, of our middle school students are white?
  4. What rationale and conversation should we prepare as we move towards culturally sustaining pedagogy and addition of equity into our curriculum when parents, administration, or colleagues dissent?

Email for the MP3 version. A direct link is available here as well.