Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) 651•645•6272

The Richard Green Scholars Program is sponsored by MASA's
valued Business Partner, Cuningham Group Architecture, PA

MASA's Richard Green Scholars Program honors the scholarly work and
professional development of Minnesota school leaders through the award of
an annual recognition for the research, writing, and presentation of one paper
reflecting the practice of excellent school leadership.

Each winter, MASA members are invited to submit summary proposals for papers.

A subcommittee of the MASA Executive Development Committee will select the
Richard Green Scholar based on the submitted paper proposals.

The scholarship recipient will be announced at the MASA Spring Conference, and
the recipient will present his or her paper at the MASA Fall Conference.

The Richard Green Scholar will receive a recognition plaque, a $1,000 award,
and conference tuition and lodging for the Fall Conference.

The Richard Green Scholars Program was named to honor former Minneapolis 
Superintendent Richard R. Green, who modeled innovation and distinction in the 
child-centered practice of exemplary school leadership.

Congratulations to our Award Recipients and their Research

Dr. Jeff Pesta, Superintendent, Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools, Recipient
  “Focusing on the Wrong Gap:  Achievement or Assimilation?”


Dr. James Johnson, Superintendent, Monticello Schools, Recipient


"An Evaluation of Implementation and Effectiveness of Professional Learning
Communities in Minnesota Public Schools"

To view Dr. Johnson's PPT Click Here


Mr. Curt Tryggestad
, Superintendent, Ed
en Prairie Schools

The Role of the Minnesota Superintendent as a Technology Leader: A Delphi Study”

To view Mr. Tryggestad's PPT Click Here
To view Mr. Tryggestad's Paper Click Here


Dr. Heidi Hahn, Director of Special Education, Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative


            "Leadership Practices and Their Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction"

To view Dr. Hahns PPT Click Here

To view Dr. Hahns Paper Click Here


Mr. Aaron Ruhland, Director of Learning and Accountability, Orono Public Schools


"Educational Adequacy: What do we expect from our schools,
at what level, for whom, and at what cost?"

To view Mr. Ruhland's Paper Click Here
To view Mr. Ruhland's PPT Click Here


Mr. Wayne Kazmierczak, Assistant Superintendent, Moorhead Area Public Schools


"Deep Visibility: Meaningful Absence and Presence in the Superintendency"


To view Mr. Kazmierczak's PPT Click Here

To view Mr. Kazmierczak's Paper Click Here  


Dr. Candace Raskin, Department Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato


"Barriers & Challenges to Implementing Educational Change"

To view Dr. Raskin's PPT Click Here 1 Click Here 2 Click Here 3

To read Dr. Raskin's Paper Click Here    


Dr. Mary Ann Nelson consults with K-12/higher education, teaches graduate
school courses and advises education doctoral candidates for a local university.
She's a Senior Examiner with Baldrige and a judge with the MN Quality Award. 
Mary Ann recently served as a Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner for Academic Excellence and Innovations from 2003-2007

“An Exploration of School Board-Superintendent Relationships in Minnesota”

To read Dr. Nelson's 7 page Executive Summary Click Here 
To read Dr. Nelson's 42 page Executive Summary Click Here
To view Dr. Nelson's PPT Click Here
To view Dr. Nelson's Zoomerang Survey Click Here


Dr. Jay Haugen
 Superintendent of the West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-
Eagan School District
"Clear Goals And Transparent Accountability:  
A Public Campaign For School Improvement"

To read Dr. Haugen's Paper Click Here
To view Dr. Haugen's ppt Click Here     

Karen Orcutt, Superintendent of the Orono Schools


“Characteristics of Resiliency in Leadership: Implications for Personal and Organizational Coping and Adapting Abilities”

To view Dr. Orcutt's Paper Click Here
To view Dr. Orcutts's PPT Click Here


Dr. Mark Wolak
, Superintendent, Mahtomedi Schools


"Advancing Professional Practice for School Superintendents:
Linking Effective Research with Effective Implementation"

To read Dr. Wolak's Paper Click Here
To view Dr. Wolak's PPT
Click Here


Dr. Diane J. Rauschenfels, Superintendent, Proctor Schools


"Promoting Ethical Educational Leadership"

To read Dr. Rauschenfels' Paper Click Here
To view Dr. Rauschenfels' PPT Click Here