MMSA 2017 Conference

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Join other educators for an opportunity to learn the best practices in middle level education! The Minnesota Middle School Association will be holding their annual conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington on December 7th and 8th, 2017. We are excited to have two dynamic keynote speakers in George Couros on Thursday and Youth Frontiers on Friday.

Session descriptions are available here!


Register On-Line Here!


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The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel has set aside special rates for rooms at the conference. Use this link to access reservation information.

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.

From Our Executive Director

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Greetings from MMSA! I am thrilled to be serving as Executive Director of an organization made up of  educators who care deeply about young adolescents. The work we do as educators is exhausting and oh so rewarding; thank you for all you do day in and day out to support the academic and personal growth of all students. Please know that as a Board we will continue working to support and celebrate educators who have chosen to "live" in the middle grades. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the State Conference in December, the leadership event in March, and our Summer Institute in June. In addition to these opportunities, the Board continues to pursue other initiatives and will keep our membership informed of opportunities as they arise. Again, thank you for all you do.  I look forward to meeting those I have not yet had the opportunity to meet.  Have a wonderful school year!

George Couros - Thursday Keynote!

George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school--from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.” He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.

George is also the creator of Connected, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.


Youth Frontiers - Friday Keynote!

Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers’ mission is to partner with schools to build communities where students thrive socially,emotionally and academically. We offer one-day retreats on timeless values like kindness, courage and respect for students in 4th–12th grades.

Youth Frontiers also offers educator retreats to help schools support their educators and create cohesive teams all focused in a common direction: their students.

Call for Presenters at the 2017 MMSA Conference

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The Minnesota Middle School Association is calling for presenters at our annual conference December 7th and 8th in Bloomington, MN. Please consider sharing your middle level knowledge at the 37th annual Minnesota Middle School Association's state conference. The range of topics we are looking for include, but are not limited to: RtI, PBIS, technology integration, advisory, growth mindset, learning for ALL, exploratory, differentiation, closing the gap. Presenters also qualify for a reduced registration - $110.00 for one day, $220.00 for two days. This applies for two people.

Follow the link below, and submit your application today!

Follow this link to the MMSA presenter form.

MMSA Exhibitor Invitation

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Celebrating 37 years as the primary source of support for middle level educators, we invite you to the MMSA Conference and witness multiple engaging sessions and keynote presentations. Our Exhibit Hall is packed with products, services, activities, and information.

Each year we consistently attract 400+ attendees, offering exceptional sessions and opportunities to network with other educators.

To reserve your booth on-line select this link.

or fill out this contract and mail to Patrick Fox, MMSA Exhibitor Coordinator

MMSA and Special Olympics Joining Together

Special Olympics Minnesota Youth Summit



On October 13th a successful Special Olympics Yout Summit was hosted in Farmington. Team Concepts is an organization that empowers students to become influential by using their natural strengths and Youth Summitleadership style to foster inclusive school communities.
Students are going to experience opportunities to:

  • Embrace each other’s differences and celebrates success in various situations
  • Learn about strategies to overcoming adversity
  • Foster creative solutions to solve problems for all abilities by using teamwork and communication
  • Develop leadership traits in how to lead a team in a way that is respectful, encouraging, and inclusive

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Youth Summit

Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Incentive

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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! The Twins recognized 47 students who had perfect attendance during the 2016-17 school year! 

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Perfect Attendance Program!

Read on for more information. Follow this link to register!

For more information contact:

Chris Bussmann, Principal
Levi P. Dodge Middle School
Farmington, MN 55024

"Inspire, Challenge, Celebrate!"

The mission of the MMSA is to connect a community of educators to support and develop middle level education.

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