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.


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.



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.

Philosophy of MMSA

The purpose of this non-profit Association shall be to provide visibility to a group of people interested in the young adolescent to bring together administrators, teachers, students, parents, and others who want to work cooperatively in promoting the development of appropriate education in grades five through nine.

MMSA Constitution

The purpose of this non-profit Association shall be to lead middle level educators, both professional and paraprofessional, students, parents and others who are committed to promoting a developmentally appropriate education for students in grades five through nine. It is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

MMSA Distinguished Service & Educator of the Year Awards History

Recognition of those who gave their time and talent to the Minnesota Middle School Association and to middle level development in Minnesota.