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MSA-CESS volunteers find their experience to be exceptional. We invite you to visit the testimonials page to see what actual volunteers say about their experience

Faculty and administrators who volunteer find serving on a team both challenging and personally rewarding. Participating on a team visit provides an excellent professional development opportunity that benefits both you and your school, while serving the larger educational community. Volunteers are provided with materials to assist them in preparing for service on a visiting team; professional development hours are awarded for the service. Visiting team experience is especially valuable to those who will be involved in preparing their own school for accreditation. MSA-CESS welcomes volunteers from both member and non-member schools.
Frequently we hear, “I’d like to volunteer, but I’m not sure I’m qualified.” Here’s a brief list of qualifications for serving on an MSA team:
  • Practicing or retired educator with well developed professional knowledge and skills.
  • Available for service for three and one-half days, including evening work sessions.
  • Ability to stay overnight in the team’s lodging for three nights.
  • Personal transportation for travel to and from the school.
  • Ability to make objective observations and conclusions based on evidence presented.
  • Ability to participate in intensive work sessions and cooperate with other team members in meeting the expectations of the team.
  • Ability to use a computer and Microsoft Word to write reports.
If this describes you, you’re ready to serve.
Becoming a volunteer can be as easy as asking your principal to submit your name or contacting the Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools at
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