Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Task Force 2010-A Possible Name Change

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Task Force 2010-A Possible Name Change

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Over the years there has been much talk about the possibility and desirability of changing the association's name. "National Middle School Association" has served us well for more than 35 years, but our students, the schools, and the education world are changing. It is imperative that our name clearly defines us and keeps us moving forward for the next 35 years.

In 2008, the NMSA Board of Trustees appointed Task Force 2010, a group that was authorized to conduct a study about a potential name change. This group was charged with soliciting feedback and presenting information to the board about whether or not a name change should be pursued. If the results of the study indicated that a name change was in order, the task force was asked to make a recommendation and offer advice on the transition process.

Over the past 12 months. Task Force 2010 conducted significant outreach to all stakeholders of the association to gather feedback to share with the board of trustees.

The outreach included soliciting commentary from founders, past board members, and affiliate leaders as well as conducting online membership surveys and conference attendee surveys.

At its final meeting in Columbus in December 2008, the task force completed its work and forwarded to the board a report with several recommendations, including options for a new association name and ideas for the transition process. …

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