Membership in GAMSP is open to individuals who are engaged in the administration of middle schools in Georgia and/or who support the middle school concept.
Five categories of membership are available:
- Active membership is for is for individuals who are state certified administrators (principals, assistant principals, administrative assistants, central office administration, curriculum directors, and other administrative team leaders) actively engaged in the administration of schools with grades 5 – 8, or any combination of these grades.
- Associate membership is reserved for individuals who are not eligible for active, honorary, or retired membership, but who are in harmony with the goals of the Association
- Honorary membership is in recognition of distinguished service to the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals
- Retired membership is open to any administrator who has retired from active employment.
- Institutional Membership is available to schools whose students are in grades 5 – 8, or any combination of these grades. The membership shall be held in the name of the school.
The membership year is July 1 through June 30. All persons and institutions paying dues after July shall be members for that membership year. Membership is effective upon receipt of payment of dues.
Membership Benefits & Services
Members are provided on-going opportunities to increase and enhance their knowledge and skills via participation in the Summer and Winter GAEL Conferences, the GAMSP-GASSP Fall Conference and GAEL sponsored law seminars.
Networking and Sharing Ideas
Members have the opportunity to get together to share information and ideas at conferences and district meetings.
Outstanding accomplishments are recognized via the H.M. Fulbright Distinguished Service Award, Jim Puckett Outstanding Middle School Educator Award, John Lounsbury Award, Mike Campbell Exemplary Administrator Award and the Education Patron Award.
Lounsbury Award - The award is named for Dr. John H. Lounsbury, the Father of the Middle School Movement in Georgia and the first dean of the Georgia College and State University, then known as Georgia State College for Women, School of Education.
Mike Campbell Exemplary Administrator Award - The purpose of the Mike Campbell Exemplary Administrator Award is to recognize outstanding educators, who, through their vision and leadership, have contributed to higher educational standards. The contributions of these leaders can be measured in improvements in the areas of rigor, relevance, and/or relationships within a school and/or system.
The Middle School Effective Program Award - The purpose of the Effective Programs Award is to recognize schools with effective middle grades education programs. The awards are presented at the GAMSP business meeting held in conjunction with the GAEL Summer Conference.
The Middle School Education Patron Award - Each of the districts of GAMSP may select an outstanding educational supporter from his district to be awarded a GAMSP Education Patron Award and to become a finalist for the Georgia Distinguished Educational Patron Award.
Links to a number of web sites that focus on educational issues and provide pertinent information are provided via the GAEL and GAMSP web sites at www.gael.org. Summaries of articles from professional journals and research findings are posted on the web site and Emailed to members. A daily summary of the activities of the Georgia Legislature is provided on the GAEL web site during the legislative session. Click here for additional websites.
Strength in Numbers
GAEL and GAMSP are the largest organizations representing middle school leaders in Georgia. Members may also choose to belong to the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
A Voice with Decision-Makers
Members are provided information and their input is sought concerning state and federal legislation and/or State Board of Education actions that will impact the operation of schools. Input is frequently sought by Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Professional Standards Commission staff concerning the development of rules, regulations and/or programs. Staff members are on-site during the annual Georgia Legislative session, monthly meetings of the State Board of Education and meetings of other decision-making bodies to serve as advocates for students and school leaders. Information is also provided and input sought concerning national issues.
$75 per year (July 1 – June 30)
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