"Accredit Memo" - Monthly News from MNSAA
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We know there have been challenges. We are proud of how our leaders persevere in every way to keep learners in safely in schools and support your families in every way.
Modified Onsite Visits - Doing Our Part in 2020-21
The MNSAA Board of Directors has discerned that for the remainder of this academic year, schools hosting onsite visits will choose from a modified protocol which allows for fewer team members and less time onsite. Team Chairs and Heads of School will be working together to define the pathway that is best for keeping your school accredited with MNSAA. Learn more here: 2020-21 Modified Onsite Visits
Meeting Learners Needs - MNSAA 2.05 & 2.06
Annually, the MNSAA Board of Directors guides our schools in focusing on essential accreditation standards as they seek additional information on the Annual Progress Report. In 2021, the focus is on Meeting the Diverse Needs of Learners (2.05) and Services to Support Learners (2.06). During this exceptionally unconventional year in which the pandemic has impacted how our learners needs are being met and supported, we have no doubt that you have much to share about your school community's experience engaging and motivating leaders to develop his/her social-emotional and academic abilities and talents. Further, it is our hope that you have provided developmentally appropriate supports to ensure every student is succeeding. Read more here...
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SAVE THE DATE - November 5, 2021
We are delighted that the MNSAA Conference will be back again in 2021. For now, mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend in the metro area. Watch for details and opportunities to surface in upcoming months. Learn more here...
Mid-Cycle Preschool Accreditation - Now Open!
The MNSAA Board of Directors has now opened the opportunity for schools to add preschool accreditation to their existing accredited program before the planned expiration date. Interested schools need to have preschools operated as a part of their existing academic program and not provided by an outside or for-profit source. Preschools must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to apply.
The following will apply to interested schools:
- Completion of MNSAA’s “Adding Preschool to Existing Accreditation” focused self-study. This is a twenty (20) question narrative report that requires onsite supporting evidence. When completed, it needs to be submitted to the MNSAA office and becomes the school’s formal application to add preschool to an existing accreditation.
- Provide a copy of the preschool’s DHS license, a copy of the written report from the most recent DHS onsite visit, and a copy of the school’s response to DHS.
- Payment of a “Preschool Application Fee” in the flat rate of $250. Schools will additionally be expected to reimbursement travel expenses for team member(s) and provide hospitality while onsite.
- Prepare to host a 2-6 hour “Preschool Focused Onsite Visit” comprised of one or more MNSAA leaders. During this visit, preschool instruction will be observed, staff will be interviewed, and onsite evidence will be reviewed.
- Following the focused onsite visit, the team will prepare a Preschool Focused Report for the Board of Directors to review to make an accreditation decision.
After receiving the preschool focused self-study, along with a cover letter advising of the school’s intent to apply for mid-cycle preschool accreditation and payment of the application fee, the MNSAA Director will work with the school and onsite team to discern an agreeable day and time for the focused visit.
The MNSAA Board of Directors will take action on preschool accreditation in May, July, September, December, and March annually. Accreditation decisions will be reported to the school shortly after a decision has been made. Schools may be required to complete follow-up actions.