Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)


2015 Dates:        August 4-5, 2015
Location:            Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, MN
Make plans to join us for the 2015 MDE/MASA Back to School Conference, August 4-5 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.  Our keynote speaker will be Alan Blankstein, and every participant will receive a copy of his latest book, Excellence through Equity.  Our conference theme will echo that title with sessions resonant of Minnesota’s commitment to success for all of our students.  We will also have opportunities to hear about the impact of the legislative session, including the annual finance update from Tom Melcher.  Bring a team and benefit from the chance to discuss how what you are learning impacts your own district.  The conference follows the MSBA Summer Seminar, and our new superintendents will want to stay on Wednesday afternoon for our first session of the Great Start Cohort.

2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference Handouts
The password for all videos is MDE2014 (case sensitive)

MDE - Reimbursement, Billing, Reducing Burdens
Handout: Click Here

Collaboration as an Accelerator of Innovation and Learning
with Cristóbal Cobo
PowerPoint: Click Here or go to http://prezi.com/user/cristobalcobo/

Career and College Pathways, Dual Credit and PSEO

with Paula Palmer, Director Of College And Career Success, MDE
PowerPoint: Click Here

Shaping Your Future: Mike

Thinking about life after high school? Shaping Your Future is a brand new video series featuring real Minnesotans talking about the importance of higher education.

Meet Mike. He is 18 years old and attends Central Lakes College. Mike is a Dakota and Ojbwe, although not enrolled in a tribe. His parents have always been encouraging, telling him that he can do anything he wanted. He wants to get as much education as he can. Mike previously struggled with organizational skills, but since attending college has improved his focus. He says being in college makes him feel like he is in control of his own life.

Success in the New Economy

Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities. The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education. This balanced approach to life and learning results in a well-educated and employed workforce.

Leveraging his expertise in higher education and Career & Technical Education, Kevin Fleming adapted conference presentations and research to create this data-driven explanation. And award winning film creator and producer Brian Y. Marsh brought the data to life through animation.

New English Learner Education Legislation
with Elia Bruggeman, Assistant Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner; and
Leigh Schleicher, Supervisor Of Student Support Federal Of Programs; MDE
Video:  Click Here
PowerPoint: Click Here


Safe and Supportive Schools
with Rose Hermodson,
Assistant Commissioner,
Video:  Click Here
PowerPoint:  Click Here


2014-2015 Testing Schedule Explained

with Jennifer Dugan, Director of Student Testing and Assessment; and Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner; MDE
Video:  Click Here
PowerPoint:  Click Here 

ESEA Flexibility Waiver & 2017 Achievement Gap Goal

with Stephanie Graff, MMR ESEA Flex Coordinator, MDE
Video:  Click Here
PowerPoint: Click Here

Accountability 2.0 and the World’s Best Workforce

Steve Dibb, Deputy Commissioner; Paula Palmer, Director of Career and Technical Education; and Bobbie Burnham, Deputy Director; MDE
Video:  Click Here
PowerPoint: Click Here

General Session: Finance
Tom Melcher, Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Director, MDE
PowerPoint: Click Here


Local:  What are our boldest visions for positive education futures in Minnesota?  Lead by MASA Region 1 (Rochester Area)

PowerPoint:  Click Here

The Finnish Education Model
with Jaana Palojärvi is the Director for International Relations at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland
PowerPoint:  Click Here