Call for Presenters at the 2014 MMSA Conference

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The Minnesota Middle School Association is calling for presenters at our annual conference December 4th and 5th in Bloomington, MN.


Follow this link to the MMSA presenter form.

MMSA Conference 2014 ! Inspire!

2014 Annual State Conference “Inspire”Willow Sweeney Photo
Featuring: Anthony Muhammad and Willow Sweeney
December 4 & 5 – Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Convention Center, Bloomington, MN

Willow Sweeney is co-founder of Top 20 Training that provides training and materials to empower leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop their potential. She and her Top 20 team have trained over 200,000 leaders throughout the United States.


Anthony MuhammadAnthony Muhammad will provide insight into the school improvement process that begins with self-examination and honest dialogue about socialization, bias, discrimination, and cultural sensitivity.

Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Incentive

Twins Perfect Attendance Photo

The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they’re excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.  We’ve had a great experience for many years and this year’s program was the best ever!

Check out information for the 2014-2015 school year!

Rick Wormeli at Lakeville High School

Rick entertains teachers at Lakeville (video)

Comments from participants about what they learned:

  • The presentation really made me rethink my grading practices.
  • I thought all of it was really thought-provoking!
  • Engaging presenter on a hot topic.
  • I am convinced that this is the best way to go, and I feel like I have enough great info to get myself started this coming year.
  • Relevant information to use in my own classroom / school. Rick did a wonderful job of delivering a very good message!!
  • Big picture ideas -- we need more integrity in our grading practices.
  • I would love to see this presenter again!
  • Convinced me that using standards based grading is important - grade only what they need to know (no fluff!).
  • I finally for the first time understood what is wrong with giving a zero! I've heard it before, but never with the same clarity.
  • Mr. Wormeli "gets it" and I could listen to him forever.
  • The presenter was dynamic and presented information that was valuable to my teaching.

From Rick Wormeli:

“Thanks for a wonderful venue and group of people with whom to work.  Once again, MMSA proves its class with every event it offers.  I hope teachers of Minnesota know what a treasure it has in MMSA.”

More information at


MMSA Educator of the Year (EOY) Award

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Do you have three minutes to nominate someone who is an outstanding educator in your school? The Middle Level Educator of the Year Award provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding middle level educators in the state, and to call attention to the importance of this profession. This award will give $250 to the winner plus another $250 to the winner's school!

Please complete this online application to begin the nomination process by September 15, 2014.

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