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MNSAA: Leading by Design – Friday, November 2, 2018

Register before October 24 to guarantee your space at the 2018 MNSAA Conference. We are in the final stages of planning and already anticipating exceptional professional development sessions and a significant exposition of products and services to support your school. Register here now!

On Friday, November 2, 2018 nonpublic school educational leaders from across Minnesota and beyond will come together for a day of professional development, interfacing with colleagues and to be inspired to continue their good work. This year we are again grateful and honored to be hosted by Our Lady of Grace School in Edina. Working with the OLG leadership and staff has been exciting and the event promises to inspire each of us.

Check out our professional development sessionsWe are confident that you will be invigorated with new ideas and re-energized for your work leading your school community.

Our conference annually provides attendees and exhibitors with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about cutting edge educational practices through the over 30 workshops we offer.  Learn more here!

Dual Accreditation – Options for Accredited Schools to Partner with AdvancED or Middle States Association

MNSAA is excited to announce optional dual accreditation opportunities for our member schools. This is an outcome of significant analysis and study by the MNSAA Board of Directors and input from member schools (especially high schools). Partnerships have been formed with Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and Advanced Education, Inc. (AdvancEd). Recognizing the unique circumstances of each member school, we encourage you to learn more about these opportunities at the 2018 MNSAA Conference on November 2 at Our Lady of Grace School.

Contact Director Mueller for more information.

Standard #3.06 – Health & Safety

Has your school completed your School Bus Safety training yet? MNSAA expects that this requirement is met annually if your students are transported by bus. Check out what the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has to say: School Bus Safety
Now is a very good time to contact your local fire marshall/chief to determine if your school is meeting all essential codes to support student and staff safety from fire. Take a look at what the MN Statute says about required safety drills: 5 fire drills, 5 lock down drills, and 1 tornado drill

Preschool Accreditation – Option for Accredited Schools

MNSAA is pleased and excited to announce that we are again offering optional preschool accreditation to nonpublic schools operating early learning programs connected to their total academic program. After a concentrated study of our standards for accreditation and investigation of the practices and protocols of other agencies, we ready to accept accredited schools with preschools that are interested in piloting our process.

While we continue to seek a variety of pathways to accredit preschools, at this time if a school chooses to have its preschool program accredited, MNSAA requires the following:

  • The preschool is licensed by the Department of Human Services in the State of Minnesota.
  • The preschool program has an academic foundation for children 33 months and older.
  • The preschool program and staff are integrated into all aspects of the life of the school.
  • All MNSAA standards apply to preschool unless otherwise specified.
  • Preschool programs run by an outside entity, as well as “stand alone” preschool programs are not eligible for MNSAA accreditation.

To be considered for our pilot study, contact our Executive Director at 952.759.5985 or smueller@mnsaa.org for more information.

“Accredit Memo”News from MNSAA

Check out our monthly newsletter: October 2018 Accredit Memo.

Criminal Background Checks* – MNSAA #3.06 – Legal & Safety Requirements

Our schools must remain compliance with this law through related policy and operating procedures. Annually in your Basic Information Report, schools advise MNSAA that they follow this statute. When a school is visited by an onsite team, compliance is checked for each employee. If original copies are not maintained in the school, the team will need evidence from the school’s hiring authority that they have been completed.
Now is a good time to review your files to ensure all employees have had a qualifying criminal background check. MNSAA does not define how frequently schools need to repeat this procedure, but we do encourage schools to develop policies and practices that ensure this is occurring regularly.
*As defined by MN Statute 123B.03 – Background ChecFind more information by reviewing the statute here.

MNSAA Month-by-Month – Desktop Tool!

Your MNSAA month-by-month handy reference guide was enclosed in your Back to School packet! Did you find it? If not, check this link for the tool you need to keep close at hand to support your good work!! If not, check out our School Resources tab under the Member Schools header.

Check here to learn if you are on track for the year!