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Announcing the 2015 MN Superintendent of the Year!
The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Superintendent Sandra Lewandowski, Superintendent for Intermediate District 287, the 2015 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Click Here to View Press Release

2015 MN Teacher of the Year Nominations
Honor an outstanding Minnesota teacher by nominating him or her by November 15th!  Nominations can be submitted online with the form at www.educationminnesota.org

MASA's 2014 Strategic Vision Survey Results
MASA’s strategic initiatives are planned and implemented on a three-year cycle.  Each cycle begins with a strategic planning team retreat.  The team comprises the MASA Board of Directors and additional members to insure that each MASA Region has representation by at least three members.  The meeting agenda includes review of the MASA Mission and current initiatives supporting it, and opportunities for development of additional strategic ventures.  The retreat is informed by data gleaned from an annual member survey as well as feedback from specific projects, member participation data, and outcomes of action planning developed by the previous team. The team will meet at the end of October, 2014, and the plan they develop will be presented to the MASA Board for formal approval at their December, 2014, meeting. Click Here to View Results

MASA's 2014 Fall Conference Handouts Available
Simply click on "Library" on the channel bar above and choose "MASA Fall Conference Handouts"

2014 CLM Conference Registration:
Curriculum Leaders of Minnesota (CLM)

in association with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
presents a professional development opportunity


Click Here to register and find out more information!

Wednesday Late Afternoon -
Friday Mid-day, November 12-14, 2014

Cragun's Resort/Conference Center, Brainerd

Leading Twenty-first Century Systems
What is a 21st century … student? … leader? … district?  And what does this mean for our work?  In his February, 2014 New York Times article, “How to Get a Job at Google,” Thomas Friedman wrote that the things that won’t get a person that job are:  test scores, GPA, being president of the chess club, and a “name brand” degree.  He goes on to say that what does get a candidate in the running includes: collaboration skills, humility and responsibility, loving learning and relearning, and demonstrating what you know (not where you learned it).  So how do we build systems that will prepare students for this?  Join us this fall and explore how a focus on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication can be embedded in vision, culture, curriculum, and pedagogy.  You will want to be at this event with your team!  There will be opportunities to network with colleagues to improve your systems.  Leave with a plan to bring back to your home district or school along with resources for implementation.

Round up your instructional leadership team – with a special rate for teams of three or more.

2014 CLM Earlybird Session
Wednesday, November 12th
9 am - 4 pm
Cragun's Resort/Conference Center, Brainerd

No Cost if you are registered to attend the CLM Conference! but…. you MUST register to attend to attend this early bird event
If you are a new curriculum leader, be sure to attend “Curriculum 101” on Wednesday from 9 am – 4 pm. A joint session of the MASA “Great Start” cohort for new superintendents, the MASE (Minnesota Administrators for Special Education) "New Leaders’ Cohort", and anyone new to a curriculum leadership position, “Curriculum 101” is a session of instructional leadership basics—and a chance to bring your questions to experienced leaders. The session is free to participants attending the full conference but you must register to attend by clicking here.

Call for Presentations
2014 CLM Conference:
Curriculum Leaders of Minnesota informs and supports curriculum development and instruction in Minnesota public schools.
Proposals are due by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2013.
 
Wednesday Late Afternoon -
Friday Mid-day, November 12-14, 2014
Cragun's Resort/Conference Center, Brainerd

 

Leading Twenty-first Century Systems
 
What is a 21st century … student? … leader? … district?  And what does this mean for our work?  In his February, 2014 New York Times article, “How to Get a Job at Google,” Thomas Friedman wrote that the things that won’t get a person that job are:  test scores, GPA, being president of the chess club, and a “name brand” degree.  He goes on to say that what does get a candidate in the running includes: collaboration skills, humility and responsibility, loving learning and relearning, and demonstrating what you know (not where you learned it).  So how do we build systems that will prepare students for this?  Join us this fall and explore how a focus on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication can be embedded in vision, culture, curriculum, and pedagogy.
 
Please submit a proposal by filling out this short online survey:
Click Here
 
MASA Member Information Updated:
Posted September, 2014
Please visit the "members only" section under "site shortcuts" of our website to view MASA member Excel and pdf files.

2014 -2015 Business Partners
These 2014-2015 MASA Business Partner Members wish to make your searches easier by having you link directly to them and their website!  We thank them for participating and supporting MASA! Click Here

The 2014 - 2015 Great Start Cohort
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The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is committed to providing excellent professional development that will support you in your professional practice.  As a member of the Great Start Cohort, you will have the opportunity to meet other new superintendents of Minnesota, receive information from seasoned leaders, and develop practical skills designed to help you be successful in the first year of your new position.  In addition to the five traditional workshops, (linked to MASA conferences for travel and schedule ease), participants will also receive access to the GSC Online Toolbox and mobile app filled with supporting documents and videos on popular topics. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted for each session in the series.  Whether you are an experienced superintendent wishing to refresh your skills, or are new to your leadership role, this workshop series is a wonderful opportunity to network with your colleagues and a chance for us to get to know you better.
Click Here to Register for the MASA Great Start Cohort
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As you well know, the challenges facing public education are significant and it is only by working together that we can achieve success.  Your membership in MASA can provide the opportunity to join with other educational leaders in making the needed impact for our future!

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MASA's Mission

AS ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN, MASA shapes and influences the State and Federal education agenda, serves as the preeminent voice for public education, and empowers all members through high quality services, support and professional development.
 
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MASA's Strategic Plan:
Objectives, Strategies and Action Plans
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The Knowledge Network Click Here
The MASA Knowledge Network is a resource that facilitates collegial support through a web-based directory of MASA members who offer to provide the information, wisdom, and perspective of their experience to colleagues seeking support in any number of topical areas.

What we are Reading Click Here
What We Are Reading is a member service of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. AS ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN, MASA shapes and influences the State and Federal education agenda, serves as the preeminent voice for public education, and empowers all members through high quality services, support and professional development. We hope this blog supports our mission of leadership and service by inspiring reflective practice and collegial conversation among all leaders.

ExpertEase Click Here
ExpertEase provides MASA members access to select video presentations addressing administrative leadership topics by known educators, administrators, and leadership experts.  Watch these videos for your personal professional development and engage your staff in discussions surrounding critical topics.

MnASAForum Click Here

Thank You!

To Our Fall Conference Sponsors!

Major Sponsor

 

Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Johnson Controls, Inc.

 

10-Star Sponsor

 

Ehlers

 

6-Star Sponsor

 

MSDLAF+/PFM Asset Management, LLC

 

5-Star Sponsor

 

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

 

3-Star Sponsor

 

Foster, Jacobs, & Johnson, Inc.

 

Nexus Solutions

 

TSP Architects & Engineers

 

2-Star Sponsor

 

Knutson, Flynn & Deans, PA

 

MacNeil Environmental, Inc.

 

Netchemia, LLC

 

Ratwik, Roszak, & Maloney, PA

 

Teachers On Call

 

Sponsor

 

ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers

 

InGensa, Inc.

 

Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.

 

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered