History of MMSA
The Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) was established in 1978 to serve as an education resource for teachers, administrators, parents, and community members who are concerned about the developmental need of young adolescents in grades five through nine. The Association is governed by up to 25 members on the board of directors who represent different regions around the state. MMSA is a non-profit organization that extends its membership to anyone interested in middle level education.
Each year in December the MMSA invites teachers and administrators from across the Midwest to experience some of the highest quality presentations provided by educators who practice middle level philosophy. This conference is recognized as the best place to find ideas that can be implemented immediately in the classroom.
Workshops and Training
MMSA is committed to helping organize workshops and training sessions on a variety of middle level topics. MMSA can also provide a list of successful middle level schools in the state that you may visit or call on for information to further strengthen your own school programs.
Newsletters and Middle School Information
Each member receives access to newsletters during the year that provide information on current topics in middle level education. Past newsletters have featured articles from teachers, counselors, administrators, and college professors shared their ideas, experiences, and expertise. The newsletters will also keep you up-to-date on events around the state and country.
Publications are sold at our publications booth the two days of our annual state conference. Attendees are able to look at books, purchase and take them home that day. A wide variety of middle school and curriculum orientated books are chosen each year. Also, a wide range of publications are available through the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)
MMSA recognizes individuals and educators who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to quality education for young adolescents. The Coleen Yatckoske Award is presented annually to an exemplary middle level educator. Distinguished service awards are also presented to deserving members at the spring banquet.