Richard Green Scholars Award





Minnesota Association
of School Administrators

1884 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Ph: 651-645-6272
Fax: 651-645-7518






The Richard Green Scholars program is offered through the gracious support of Cuningham Group Architecture



201 Main Street SE,
Suite 325
Minneapolis, MN 55414-2139



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. Heidi Hahn is currently serving as the Director of Special Education for the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative located in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Previous to being the Director, she served as the Assistant Director of Special Education in charge of Brainerd Public Schools. Dr. Hahn has recently completed her 20th year in the Brainerd Public Schools system and she has worked in the elementary, high school and alternative education settings throughout her tenure.

Heidi earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education, Health and Human development from Montana State University. She is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at St. Cloud State University in the Education Administration program.

She completed her doctoral work at St. Cloud State University in Education Administration and Leadership, where her research focused on Principal Practices and their Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction. The premise -­‐  “The quality of the education system is only as good as the quality of its employees” (Fullen, 2008) continues to be the focus and drive for Heidi’s daily professional work and research.
Leadership Practices and Their Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction
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Aaron Ruhland is the Director of Learning and Accountability for the Orono Public Schools and is in his 16th year with the district. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota in the Organizational Leadership,Policy, and Development (OLPD) Department. Aaron has an educational specialist degree from the University of Minnesota in educational psychology and a bachelor's degree from Hamline University in sociology and psychology.

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Mr. Wayne Kazmierczak has served as the assistant superintendent at Moorhead Area Public Schools since 2008. He is currently finishing his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota. Wayne has a masters degree in educational administration and bachelors degree in business and vocational education from the University of North Dakota.
Deep Visibility: Meaningful Absence and Presence in the Superintendency
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 To view "Conceptual Framework" Click Here
Dr. Candace Raskin

Barriers & Challenges to Implementing Educational Change
To view Dr. Raskin's ppt Barriers to District Change/Reform Click Here 1 Click Here 2 Click Here 3
To read Dr. Raskin's  results 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. While a MN metro superintendent from 1994-2003, Mary Ann's K-12 district started the Baldrige quality process. During her hospital governance board service, Mary Ann chaired the board's quality committee. 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
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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
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Dr. Karen Orcutt, Superintendent of the Orono Schools.

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

To read Dr. Orcutt's Paper Click Here
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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
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Dr. Diane J. Rauschenfels, Superintendent, Proctor Schools.

"Promoting Ethical Educational Leadership"

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