Middle Level Innovation Challenge


Help us build the #AMLE20 virtual classroom with your innovation! We know that middle grades educators are passionate professionals, but you don’t always have the resources needed to implement your great ideas.


What would you do with $2,500 to improve your classroom?


Submit your idea in a 2-minute video and the top 3 finalists will be invited to deliver a 5-minute pitch “shark-tank style” on Friday, October 23 during #AMLE20.


Once the deadline closes on August 7th, you and your middle level colleagues will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite pitch. Each pitch’s voting tally will account for 25% of its weighted ranking, along with the scoring rubrics completed by our selection committee. So follow @AMLE on Twitter to make sure you cast your vote!


Finalists will receive a complimentary registration to #AMLE20 and winners will receive a cash prize:


  • First place: $2,500
  • Second place: $500
  • Third place: $500

Submit Your Idea!


Additional Resources

Check out these links for all of the information you’ll need to enter.


What You Need to Enter

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. School/University
  4. Email
  5. YouTube Link
  6. Short Description

Challenge Rules and Rubric


Video Submission Tips

  1. Video quality
    Please upload the highest resolution video possible to YouTube and use that link in your submission.
  2. Use plenty of light
    If you do not have access to additional lights, try shooting the video in an area with plenty of natural lighting.
  3. Keep the camera steady
    If your video is shaky, try using a selfie stick or tripod.
  4. Use the right camera
    If you’re using a phone to record your video, use the camera on the back of your phone, which shoots higher quality on most phones.
  5. Audio is key
    If your audio is hard to hear, either stand closer to the camera or try using an external microphone.

#AMLE19 Middle Level Innovation Challenge Finalist

View last year’s finalists for inspiration.


Amy Allison AMLE Innovation Pitch



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