There are many professional organizations that can help literacy experts stay involved in the profession beyond their classroom or school assignment. Students in the spring semester of READ 6325 explored various professional organizations and are sharing what they learned through this blog series.
The acronym NMSA stands for National Middle School Association. This organization is in the process or changing its name to Association for Middle Level Education, and the website is www.nmsa.org. Professionals interested in joining this organization may choose to call 1-800-528-NMSA or 614-895-4730, e-mail at email@example.com or fill out an application and print it to be mailed or faxed to:
NMSA Headquarters Fax: 614-895-4750
4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300
Westerville, OH 43081
The organization has three different types of memberships, individual, institutional and Specialty memberships. Individual memberships have three categories: E-membership costs U.S $60.00 and is the same price for international membership. Professional membership costs U.S. $75.00 and international membership is $90.00. Premier membership is U.S. $110.00 and International membership is $125.00. The professional and premier members receive Middle School Journal and Middle Ground Magazine in print. E-membership receives the same journal and magazine but online. The three types of memberships have access to www.nmsa.org, Middle E-Connections, Research in Middle Level Education Online, The Family Connection, discount prices on NMSA publications, conferences, webinars, and other resources. Premier members receive also three books per year and a voucher for $100 for professional development.
Institutional memberships are more expensive. Fill out the application and there are the same three choices, e-membership, professional, and premier. E-membership, in the U.S. and international, has the cost of $220, receiving Middle School Journal and Middle Ground Magazine online. Institutional Professional membership costs $280 in U.S. and international $355. Institutional professional membership receives 5 copies of the Middle School Journal and Middle Ground Magazine. Premier membership costs $600 and international $750. This membership receives 10 copies of Middle School Journal and Middle Ground Magazine. Other benefits include access to www.nmsa.org, Middle E-Connections, Research in Middle Level Education Online, The Family Connection, discount prices on NMSA publications, conferences, webinars, and other resources. Only Institutional membership Premier receives from the Book Club three books per year and $100 voucher for professional development.
Specialty membership is for college students, parents, and retired teachers. The cost for this membership is the same for U.S. and international, $40. Their benefits are the same as the e-members. However, there is one difference; NMSA has collaborated with other organizations to have dual professional membership at discounted prices which vary according to the state. Website questions should be addressed to Webmaster@nmsa.org .
The focus of NMSA is students between the ages of 10-15 years old. This organization is committed to improve educational experiences for these teenagers. NMSA has three goals: support the education and well-being of teenagers, support middle school teachers by providing professional development, provide resources, and services that increase the efficiency of the middle school teachers, and solidify NMSA’s growth and leadership.
Publications: NMSA has published many books but there are two new books: Teaming Rocks and Four Square and the Politics of Six Grade Lunch. This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents is the landmark position paper.
NMSA 38th Annual conference and Exhibit Dates: Nov. 10-12, 2011 Place: Kentucky International Convention Center City and State: Louisville, Kentucky Some Speakers: Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education; Henry Winkler, actor, author, and child advocate; Rick Wormeli, Mastery and How to Assess It; Charles Beamar, Classroom Management.
|Individual NMSA Member||$249 before Oct. 14, 2011||$349 after October 14, 2011|
|Individual Non-members||$329 before Oct. 14, 2011||$429 after October 14, 2011|
|Teams 5 or more NMSA members||$209 before Oct. 14, 2011||$284 after October 14, 2011|
|Groups of 20 or more NMSA Members||$189||N/A|
|Groups of 100 or more NMSA members||$159.00||N?A|
Go to the website to see other prices.
|Conference||Dates||City and State|
|NMSA 2012||Nov. 8-10, 2012||Portland, Oregon|
|NMSA 2013||Nov. 7-9, 2013||Nashville, Tennessee|
|NMSA 2014||Nov. 6-8, 2014||Nashville, Tennessee|
|NMSA 2015||Nov. 5-7, 2015||St. Louis, Missouri|