Institute for Middle Level Leadership

San Diego, CA • June 21-24, 2020
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Orlando, FL • July 12-15, 2020
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

A one-of-a-kind, collaborative learning event designed to meet the unique needs of middle school leaders.

Whether you are a tenured principal or a new teacher, attending for your first time or your fourth time, developing your skills or developing your team, this unique event flows to fit your needs and challenges.

Principals • Teachers • Superintendents
Counselors • Team Leaders • Instructional/Technology Specialists
District/Central Office • Higher Education

Save a Seat! Space is limited to the first 200 registrants for each location.
Include the AMLE Institute for Middle Level Leadership in your 2020 professional learning plan now!

Q:    Who should attend?


If you improve the educational lives of students ages 10-15, this event is specifically designed for YOU!

Q:    Why should I attend?


The AMLE Leadership Institute will help you and other middle school leaders create the most effective educational experience for every young adolescent you serve.

Q:    What will I learn at the AMLE Leadership Institute?
A:    One of the many things that makes the Institute so unique and powerful is content that is driven by YOU!

Event Schedule

Sunday: June 21, San Diego, CA / July 12, Orlando, FL
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. AMLE App Support Session
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Dinner (included)
6:40 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Home Base Meeting #1
Monday: June 22, San Diego, CA / July 13, Orlando, FL
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8:10 a.m.–9:25 a.m. Content Breakout Session #1
9:35 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Home Base Meeting #2
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Job-Alike Session #1
12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. Lunch (included)
1:20 p.m.–2:35 p.m. Content Breakout Session #2
2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Speed Learning/Individual Consultations
(snacks included)
4:00 p.m.–4:55 p.m. Optional Sessions Participant Planning Time
Tuesday: June 23, San Diego, CA / July 14, Orlando, FL
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8:10 a.m.–9:25 a.m. Content Breakout Session #3
9:35 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Home Base Meeting #3
10:20 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Job-Alike Session #2
11:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m. Unconference Session #1
11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Lunch (included)
12:25 p.m.–12:55 p.m. Unconference Session #2
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Unconference Session #3
1:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Content Breakout Session #4
3:10 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Team Building, Trivia, and Treats
4:15 p.m.–4:40 p.m. Participant Planning Time
Wednesday: June 24, San Diego, CA / July 15, Orlando, FL
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8:10 a.m.–9:25 a.m. Content Breakout Session #5
9:35 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Content Breakout Session #6
11:00 a.m.–11:25 a.m. General Session
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Home Base Meeting #4

Session Formats

Learning your way! Participate in a variety of presentation formats including:

AMLE App Support Session: This is a voluntary session, explaining the use of the AMLE APP, a digital tool being used throughout the Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the app, learn how to navigate the sections, access handouts, and complete sessions evaluations. Participants will leave feeling confident using the app allowing for a better Institute experience.

Home Base Meetings: Similar to Homeroom or Advisory/Advisement at school, these small-group meetings will give you the chance to more deeply discuss and examine key middle school concepts and data that impact your school and leadership. Home Base sessions will focus on the three key areas of This We Believe.

Content Breakout Sessions: You'll get a variety of content from AMLE middle school experts in these interactive, solution-rich sessions.

Speed Learning Sessions: During this session, you'll have the chance to shine a spotlight on the great ideas, programs, and initiatives at your school and learn from other attendees in a quick, personal setting!

Job-Alike Sessions: You'll meet and collaborate with attendees that share your job or role to discuss similar triumphs, challenges, and solutions.

General Session: During these engaging, whole-group sessions we'll examine the essential 16 characteristics of an effective middle grades program, discuss leadership actions that make those characteristics work, and explore This We Believe.

One-on-One Consultations: Sign up for a thirty-minute session with a faculty member to discuss a concern unique to your situation.

Collaboration and Networking Time: This is a time for you to meet with educators from similar schools or your own team. It is an opportunity for you to talk with other participants about the challenges, opportunities, and successes that they have in their schools. You could also choose to meet with your team to reflect on your learning for the day and discuss how to implement some of these ideas in your own school.

Unconference Sessions: Bring your critical issues and concerns, then create sessions you need! Build the conference you want within the Institute and get the answers and ideas to improve your school!

Team-Building, Trivia, and Treats: Get energized and motivated during this special activity-filled session, in which you'll join other Institute attendees in games that create great teams, great laughs, and great camaraderie!

Breakout Session Topics

*San Diego only **Orlando only

  • Access/Equity/Opportunity
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • School Culture
  • Advisory
  • Transitions
  • Teaming
  • Family/Community Connections
  • Health and Wellness
  • School Safety
  • Learning Styles
  • Mental Health/Suicide/Bullying
  • Formative Assessment*
  • Active Student Engagement*
  • Technology/Digital Citizenship*
  • Data for School Improvement*
  • New Teacher/Administrator Onboarding**
  • Counseling**
  • Teacher Leadership**
  • Scheduling**

Meet the Facilitators

Our team of middle school experts facilitates learning at the Institute for Middle Level Leadership guided by the following principles:

  • Develop courageous, collaborative, compassionate, and reflective leaders.
  • Provide a safe space for taking the risks to implement the actions necessary to improve middle schools.
  • Create a personalized experience that is responsive to the needs of participants, school teams, districts, and state teams.
  • Foster an environment based on energy, humor, and humanity.

Tracey Abercrombie
*CA only

Bryan Boykin
*FL only

Sue Caron
*CA only

Paul Dunford
*FL only

Cedrick Gray
*CA only

Gail Heinemeyer

Linda Hopping

Ann McCarty Perez
*FL only

Barbara McCarty
*CA only

Juan Rodriguez

Ruthie Stevenson

Dru Tomlin

Christine Toth
*FL only

Cheryl Mizerny is a veteran educator with more than 25 years of experience–most at the middle school level. She began her career in special education, became a teacher consultant and adjunct professor of educational psychology, and currently teaches sixth grade English in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cheryl writes about student motivation and engagement at The Accidental English Teacher and about teaching middle school in her blog "It's Not Easy Being Tween" for MiddleWeb.

Dr. Bobby Moore is known for high energy, engaging, and thought-provoking keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops. Moore has presented all over the country and internationally. As the former principal of a nationally recognized middle school and the author of the AMLE book Inspire, Motivate, Collaborate, he is recognized across the country as a thought leader in education. While serving as middle school principal, his school received visitors from all over the state to learn how one of the lowest funded districts in Ohio was also one of the highest performing, despite poverty and limited resources. During his time as a superintendent Bobby led his district to the highest rating of Excellent with Distinction, the very first time for the district, and to a ranking among the top districts in the state for student growth. For the last several years, Bobby led one of the largest school improvement collaboratives in the United States for the not-for-profit Battelle for Kids and has done extensive consulting with state departments of education and large urban districts. Bobby is currently president and CEO of the EPIC Impact Education Group and is the strategic partnerships and professional learning manager for AMLE. His areas of interest and expertise include leadership; emotional intelligence; high performing middle schools; positive school culture; motivating and engaging staff; leveraging time, talent, and resources (school scheduling); literacy; and character education. Follow Bobby Moore on Twitter: @DrBobbyMoore.

Dr. Neil Gupta is the director of secondary education for Worthington City Schools in Ohio. Neil has been an administrator for more than 10 years providing focused leadership and support to middle schools and high schools. He also serves as the past president on the board of directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators. Neil has presented at state and national conferences on the topics of leadership principles and practices, legislative advocacy, standards and curriculum alignment, assessment practices, and data analysis. His main focus is providing team development strategies with a focus on data analysis, curriculum alignment, and strategic planning. Neil continues to engage with educational leaders face-to-face and in a virtual setting through Twitter (@drneilgupta), Google and Voxer. He co-moderates weekly Twitter chats for #ohedchat and #leadupchat and receives an enormous amount of attention on his Wordpress blog:

David Hayward has spent more than 20 years sharing his passion for education and technology, inspiring educators to integrate educational pedagogy with 21st century technology tools. He began his career as a classroom teacher in Toledo City Schools and within a few years accepted the position of educational technology trainer (ETT). As an ETT, his love for teaching and technology grew as he helped develop, teach, and facilitate the integration of technology in the classroom, providing individualized instruction to teachers and students as well as conducting district level technology workshops. In 2002, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he completed his M.A. in Technologies of Instruction and Media from The Ohio State University. That same year he accepted a position with a non-profit education technology agency in Ohio working with educators to share and build education technology practice in central Ohio. After 12 years of working through the agency inside and outside of schools, David felt the pull of the classroom again. Currently, he spends his days working as an Instructional Technology Coordinator of Junior High Schools in Pickerington Local Schools where he is part of a team working to implement the largest K-12 1:1 technology initiative in Ohio. David has presented at numerous state and regional conferences including being a keynote speaker at AMLE's Annual Conference. David is extremely proud and honored to be returning as a faculty member at this years Leadership Institute.

Gail was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Ridley School District since 1972. In 2007, she moved to the central office as Director of Support Services. Her responsibilities included conducting the district induction program, submitting state report for the Pennsylvania Information Management System, overseeing child accounting and enrollment, coordinating student teacher assignments, supervising ELL, guidance, and nursing services, as well as managing the district website and cable TV.

Gail has been actively involved in both the state and national middle level associations. Currently as member of the Southeast Region Board for the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level, she is an evaluator on the Schools to Watch State team. She has presented at AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) national conferences. She is trained as a consultant for AMLE 's Middle Grades Assessment, is a member of their speaker's cadre, and has been on the faculty of the AMLE Institute for Middle Level Leadership since 2003. She is currently serving as the Director of the Institute. Gail has also presented at the Attendance and Child Accounting Association annual conference and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Data Summit.

Dru Tomlin is the principal of Heritage Middle School in Westerville, Ohio and is proud and passionate to serve his students, staff, and families every day. Dru was formerly the director of middle level services for the Association for Middle Level Education, and in that role, demonstrated a commitment to educational improvement and a passion for teaching, learning, and middle school. He began his work in the middle grades as a young adolescent at Lynnhaven Junior High School in Virginia Beach, trying to fit in with other kids while also playing tuba in the marching and concert bands. In 1994, Dru began his formal career in education as an English teacher at Harrisonburg High School in Virginia and then, in 1998, he discovered the joys of middle school in Georgia as a language arts, reading, and social studies teacher and then as a school administrator. He has also been a school system staff development trainer and a faculty member for AMLE's Leadership Institute, believing firmly in the power of professional learning. For his work, Dru has been recognized as a school system Teacher of the Year and as Georgia's Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, a B.A. in English/Secondary Education from James Madison University, and a Certificate of Perfect Attendance from Lynnhaven Junior High School.

Dr. Ann McCarty Perez is a passionate educator with over 20 years of experience working in schools to improve processes and outcomes. She has been a middle school teacher, principal, and central office administrator for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is well versed in state and federal programming and data driven decision making. In her various roles she has implemented curriculum reviews and writing activities, program and process reviews, MTSS and responsive instruction, student behavior modification plans and PBIS, coordinated projects to reduce truancy, increased student achievement and closed gaps, provided services for at-risk students, and collaborated with parents to create school community. Her experience includes a variety of settings to include urban, sub-urban, and rural schools.

As a presenter and facilitator, Dr. McCarty Perez has helped school leaders with vision and mission, master scheduling, equity and courageous leadership, implementation of MTSS, and using Professional Learning Communities to increase teacher capacity and improve instructional outcomes. As a school and district leader, she has demonstrated results of closing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for all students through continuous improvement efforts and strategic planning. In addition to her work in K-12 education, Dr. McCarty has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University where she worked with aspiring school leaders on supervision of instruction.

Barbara McCarty has worked as a middle school teacher for over 23 years. In her current position as a media specialist, Barbara is actively involved in the creation of an innovative makerspace, collaboration with teachers to engage students and enhance their skills through the use of technology as well as the design and implementation of community service and social emotional learning projects. Not only does she provide tech support and professional development for the staff in her school, but Barbara collaborates with a variety of educational professionals outside of her district and has recently presented at ISTE, New Jersey Association of School Librarians, and Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference. In 2014, Mrs. McCarty was honored with the New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition award. In 2015, she was recognized as the New Jersey State Educator of the Year by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of New Jersey. Most recently, in 2018 Axalta and the Philadelphia Eagles recognized Barbara as an All-Pro Teacher, an honor given to ten exceptional middle school or secondary school teachers specializing in STEM education in the tri-state area. Barbara is currently a student at New Jersey City University in the Doctorate of Educational Technology Leadership program.

Juan Rodriguez from Framingham, Massachusetts had been a Principal of elementary and Middle schools in urban and suburban schools for 27 years. Juan is currently working with a school district in Massachusetts redesigning one of the middle schools. He recently had worked as a reviewer of administrator's licensure for the State of Massachusetts and had served as an administrator's Mentor in a school district.

Juan has been a member of AMLE's Leadership Institute Faculty since 2006. Juan was the Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. His middle school had been designated a Spotlight School, a Compass School and the top performing middle school for ELL learners. Juan completed the National Institute of School Leadership program (NISL) and has been a mentor of principals. He has presented at national and state conferences on ELLs, Leadership, School Safety and middle level organization.

Juan was the Coordinator of the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program at Framingham State University. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association Middle Level Committee and the Education Professional Standards Committee at FSU. Juan was recognized as a distinguished alumni and is currently serving as the President of Framingham State's Alumni Board of Directors.

Linda Hopping is a State Director of Georgia STW, part of the National Forum Schools to Watch Program. She most recently served as a USDOE I3 Grant School Coach in California for 8 years. She is a former middle grades teacher, state of Georgia middle school staff development coordinator, and as a middle school assistant principal and principal. While principal at Crabapple Middle School, she established two highly successful multiage teams. She was in charge of the Education Task Force for the 1996 summer Olympic Games, represented the United States at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece, and developed an Olympic Day in the Schools program. Ms. Hopping has served on the Board of Directors of NMSA as well as on the NMSA Foundation Board. She also served as President and Executive Director of the Georgia Middle School Association. She is one of two authors of the AMLE Toolkit Assessment and served as a lead consultant in that project. Ms. Hopping has received the Georgia Middle School Principal's Association John Lounsbury Award, is a three time recipient of the President's Award from the Georgia Middle School Association, and the original recipient of the National Forum's Distinguished Leadership Award.

Paul Dunford is the Director of Instruction for the Capital School District in Dover, Delaware where he is a part of the Teaching and Learning Team. He work is focused on leadership development and collaboratively building equitable systems to support a multi-tiered system of supports for K-12. He is currently working with a team to design and build two middle schools that will share a core facility built on a single campus. Paul was the Director of Middle School Initiatives in the Division for Leadership Development at the Maryland State Department of Education where he facilitated partnerships with professional organizations and districts to promote and support improved teaching and learning in middle grades across the state. His team responsibilities included lead for The Maryland Principals' Academy, The Aspiring Principals' Institute, and leadership development and The Academy for School Turnaround. He later served as the Chief of Performance and Technical Assistance in the Division of Special Education and Early Childhood Initiatives for Maryland. Mr Dunford was the Director of Cross-Divisional Initiatives and was responsible for leadership development through The Breakthrough Center, a Statewide System of Support. His work was with chronically low achieving middle and high schools, Turnaround Schools and their local school systems.

Dunford was the Instructional Director of Middle Schools for Frederick County Public Schools facilitating plans for system-wide middle school reform. He began his career in his home state of Massachusetts, then teaching in Athens, Greece. After teaching in the middle grades for 10 years (with a brief stint in high school for good measure) he served in administrative roles as middle school assistant principal, curriculum supervisor for Career and Technology Education and middle school principal. He partnered with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) through Quality Schools and was nationally recognized for his work. He was a Maryland Distinguished Principal Fellow serving in the Baltimore City Public School System. He was awarded the Washington Post Distinguished Educator Award, a PTA Life Membership and recognized nationally by the National PTA Outstanding Educator Program and was Maryland Technology Education Teacher of the Year.

Dunford has been an Independent Consultant to the Association of Middle Level Education and was an adjunct professor at The Graduate School of Educational Leadership at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Christine H. Toth joined the Academy of the Sacred Heart as the Middle School Dean of Students in August 2015. The Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls offering education and instructional services from pre-k through grade 12. Little Hearts, the Early Learning Program for ages 1 through 3 year-old girls, is also a division of the school.

Christine holds a master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a Public Relations emphasis, from Loyola University New Orleans. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Christine served as the Director of Student Programs at Tulane University where she had oversight and accountability for over 200 student organizations, student government, leadership programs, student media, and major campus programming. Prior to that, she was at the University of West Florida for eight years. Having worked in Student Affairs for over 11 years, she learned the importance of working with others, relationship building, and defining her leadership style. She believes that one of the most important functions of a Dean of Students is to build and maintain relationships with your constituents: students, administration, faculty, parents, and the community. She strives to inspire colleagues, peers, and the students she serves to realize their full potential.

Bryan Boykin is the principal of Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington VA and is a passionate educator who believes every child can succeed when given an opportunity. In 2003, he began his formal educational career as an elementary special education teacher, and in 2007 became a school counselor at the middle and high school levels. During this time, he had the opportunity to work with students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and served as a member of the school's equity teams to increase cultural awareness and eliminate opportunity gaps for academic success. In 2011, Bryan began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Williamsburg Middle School and later Carlin Springs Elementary. As an assistant principal, Mr. Boykin worked to implement professional learning communities and develop an RTI model to provide academic support. In 2013, Bryan was selected for the SCOPE Cohort through the University of Virginia Curry School of Education for emerging educational leaders in the state of Virginia. Mr. Boykin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, holds a Master's degree in counseling, and an endorsement in educational administration.

Tracey Abercrombie is an Instructional Technology Specialist in Forsyth County, Georgia. After 21 years in the classroom, her passion for engaging students drove her to a career as a coach in technology integration. She serves on the Forsyth County instructional technology leadership team and has presented alongside district leaders at conferences including GAETC and GAMSP. She helps to organize and coordinate EdCamp Forsyth, the participant driven “unconference”. Tracey designed her school's personalized professional learning model that many across the district are using and finding successful. She believes schools should be working to prepare students to compete globally for careers in the future that don't exist today. Tracey feels that to be successful in this, we cannot simply use technology, but we must utilize it in a way that transforms our classrooms into a place of discovery. The classroom must be one that inspires high level questioning, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

Dr. Ruthie Smith Stevenson is a leadership faculty member for the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). She has more than 49 years in education. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership at Mississippi College, in Clinton, Mississippi, where she has been selected Distinguished Professor for the School of Education four times. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she coordinates the Doctor of Education Program in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Stevenson worked in the Jackson (MS) Public Schools for more than 20 years as a junior high school teacher and administrator. She served as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Federal Programs in the Canton Public Schools (MS). She was Executive Director of Middle School Programs in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools (LA) prior to becoming a Senior Program Officer and Regional Director of Mid-South Middle Start for the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

She regularly serves as a leadership coach for principals in Mississippi elementary and middle schools. She has presented at numerous conferences and has worked with middle schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, New York City, Washington, DC, and Ohio.

Among Dr. Stevenson's areas of interest are diversity and multiculturalism, adolescent suicide, and the relationship among schools, families, and the community. She believes that her areas of interest are connected, as they encompass understanding, acceptance, and respect. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and Beau, her Yorkie.

Dr. Cedrick Gray is formerly the proud lead teacher of the Jackson Public School District. He was appointed superintendent by the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees in 2012. He is widely praised for leadership and guidance that have revived the District and given it a new focus. He's known for an innovative and effective strategic direction process. Dr. Gray raised the graduation rate 10% in four years, increased proficiency on the third grade assessment by 9% in one year and reduced the number of schools labeled “F” by the state accountability rating system from 17 to 2 in two years. Additional achievements include:

  • Superintendent of the Year, National Association of School Superintendents, 2016
  • Superintendent of the Year, National Alliance of Black School Educators, 2015
  • Educator of the Year, Young Gifted and Empowered Awards, Savvy Life Magazine, 2016
  • Outstanding Administrator Advocate, Mississippi Association of Gifted Children, 2015

Dr. Gray's career has been guided by his vision to lead others to see the leader in themselves. He previously served as the superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools in Fayette County, Tennessee. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Gray was principal of Craigmont Middle School and Lester Pre-K-8 School, both in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, he is formerly the Executive Director of Principal Supervisors for New Leaders – Southeast Region where he trained and coached school leaders in instructional leadership practices. Dr. Gray was recently appointed as Director of Education for Shelby County Government where he advises Mayor Lee Harris on policy and reform efforts related to education in Shelby County. Dr. Gray and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of their daughter, Peyton.

Suzanne Caron has been teaching at the middle level in Maine for more than 25 years. Earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and her Master's in Education from Thomas College, she is currently working on her CAS in administration. At RSU#2 in Richmond, Maine she teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math as well as integrated content seminars. She is also a team leader and is actively helping the staff to design and implement a strong advisory program. Sue is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Association for Middle Level Education and is pursuing opportunities to work with pre-service teachers across the state. For several years, Sue has been one of the chaperones for Alfond Youth and Community Center, American Heritage Tour. The American Heritage Tour is a week-long trip for 8th Graders. Students and chaperones explore historical sites throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Boston. Sue is returning to the Leadership Institute faculty this year.

Video Testimonials

Dru Tomlin talks with Matt Schottel and Jessica Garcia-Dominguez at the AMLE Leadership Institute.

Dru Tomlin talks with Courtney Bailey at the AMLE Leadership Institute.

Dru Tomlin talks with Danny Fracassi at the AMLE Leadership Institute.

Dru Tomlin talks with John Ferraro at the AMLE Leadership Institute.

Professional Learning Contact Hours

Contact hours are offered with your attendance at the Institute for Middle Level Leadership! A certificate for 19 contact hours will be emailed to you a few weeks after the event.

What is a Professional Learning Contact Hour?
In order to remain a certified middle level educator, it is critical to continue learning and growing through outstanding professional development opportunities—and to receive credit for those learning experiences. By participating in the Institute for Middle Level Education, you can earn Contact Hours to maintain your teaching and administration certification. Please check with your school system and/or state certification agency to make sure they accept contact hours from AMLE.

Graduate Credit

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San Diego Hotel/Travel

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Reservations: 1-619-276-4010
Online Reservations

Special Hotel Rate: $222–$262
plus applicable taxes
(Room rate includes in room wireless internet, access to all recreational activities on property, 24 hour fitness center and tennis center)
Housing Deadline: May 21, 2020

Limited number of rooms—book early!

** Rooms are limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. Rates are available 3 days pre and post event based on hotel availability.

The institute is a perfect opportunity to bring the entire family!

Set on the beautiful sands of Mission Bay, the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa offers a variety of options for the entire family to enjoy—from spa and pool activities to tennis and sailing, we have it all! Located just six miles from the San Diego International Airport, this San Diego hotel has 357 stylish guest rooms including eight spacious suites with private balconies. Enjoy waterfront dining at Acqua California Bistro, or sit by outdoor fire pits and sip cocktails during Happy Hour (4pm – 6pm) at The Olive Lounge. In the morning, stop by A'roma Cafe where freshly brewed coffee and snacks are available daily


Late afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy!
Plan how you’ll explore San Diego:

Orlando Hotel/Travel

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
Reservations: 1-407-351-5555
Online Reservations

Special Hotel Rate: $176
plus applicable fees & taxes
(Room rates includes in-room internet, 50% discount on self-parking.)
Housing Deadline: June 19, 2020

Limited number of rooms—book early!

** Rooms are limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. Rates are available 3 days pre and post event based on hotel availability.

The institute is a perfect opportunity to bring the entire family!

Five restaurants, Starbucks, and an ice cream shop will please all palates. Pamper yourself in style at the full-service Neu Lotus Spa and enjoy a massage, facial, or scrub. Looking to explore Orlando like a local? Ask our friendly Navigator for tips about hidden gems and plan your next big adventure at Renaissance now.

Want to experience the Orlando area after sessions?

Airport Nearby

Orlando International Airport – MCO
Visit MCO airport website
Hotel direction: 13 miles W

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.


Included in registration

Registration Rates
AMLE Professional Member
$995 $1,195
Associate & Non-Member*
$1,195 $1,395
*Includes an AMLE Professional Membership and print copies of each of our magazines.

Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so register early.

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  • Cancellations must be made in writing via mail, fax, or email at least 2 weeks prior to the event start date.
  • Substitutions are encouraged.
  • Cancellations received at least 2 weeks prior to the event start date will be refunded in full, less a $200 non-refundable processing fee. After the cancellation deadline, no refunds will be granted.
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  • Refunds will be issued in the same form as the payment that was received.
  • Refunds will be processed no later than eight weeks after the conference.