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The MASA Fall Conference

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Register to attend the
2016 MASA Fall Conference
Our Best Leadership Practices
October 3-4  •  Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN

A “best practice” is a method that reliably leads to desired results.  Great school leaders create effective systems that adapt to rapid and pervasive change, provide a culture supporting risk-taking and experimentation, and nurture a climate of possibilities.  A best leadership practice in school districts manifests itself in strong systems that support those targets and therefor excellence for all students.  Join your colleagues this fall as we share our own regional best leadership practices.

Note that MASA’s Executive Development Committee has crafted this conference to focus on providing opportunities for participants to share best practices with one another.  This not only allows time for sharing and networking, but also significantly reduces the cost of the event!

Find registration materials at this link: https://www.regonline.com/2016masafallconference
Arrange your lodging by clicking on the Lodging tab in the registration materials.

Conference Highlights...
On Sunday afternoon, golfers will enjoy the MASA Foundation Golf Tournament Mixer.  The tournament is newly named the Dale G. Jensen Classic to honor Dale’s many years of spearheading this important fundraiser.  All conference participants are invited to play, no matter your skill level!  To register click on the “Golf Tournament” tab on the registration form, or click here
What better way to kick off the conference—and the new school year—than by greeting old friends and meeting our new members?  Sunday evening after dinner, we’ll gather for a casual Welcome Reception.  We will announce the golf tournament results, so all the winners will get their bragging rights early in the conference!
Throughout the conference, we will celebrate the service of our honored colleagues. In addition to celebrating our members' years of service with recognition marking their milestone years, we will present the 2016 Richard Green scholarship to Jim Johnson and the Polaris Award to Jim Hess.
Would you like to receive a service pin or certificate?
MASA members who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of leadership service and five years as a MASA member will receive service recognition during the Tuesday Member Meetings. If you qualify to receive recognition, please click on the Recognition tab in the registration materials and complete a brief form or click here. Congratulations!
Our Monday morning keynote speaker Dave Weber will present one of his most frequently requested programs.  The high demand for this program is due to its impact on the culture and climate of a school and the resulting improvement in student achievement, through the creation of a positive learning community.  In fact, the Harvard Principals Center recently released the following statement: "The most powerful predictor of student achievement is the quality of relationships among the staff."  A number of our members saw Dave present at the 2016 AASA National Convention and recommended that we invite Dave to present at this conference.

Join us on Monday afternoon for our Edcamp, an opportunity for all of our participants to design their own conference experience by exploring the topics you determine.  Our Edcamp subcommittee will be on hand to help participants arrange for the conferencing spaces and to extend invitations to the discussions.  Our members ARE our experts, and here is a great chance to share knowledge and ideas.
The Exhibit Fair is a convenient way to visit with representatives of companies offering the latest products and services of value to school leaders.  Our exhibitors’ participation also helps us reduce conference tuition for our members, so let’s thank them for being with us by being with them!
Our Choice Sessions give participants an opportunity to create just the right mix of professional learning to meet their individual needs.  Our Executive Development leaders have chosen two sets of compelling concurrent sessions scheduled for Monday and Tuesday mornings.  Sessions include:
Monday Morning:
MASA Mentoring Program: What You Should Know
MASA Mentors: This session will offer great mentoring tips and ideas!
David Thompson, Superintendent, Stewartville Public Schools
Scott Staska, Superintendent, ROCORI School District
Alignment: How Rowing in the Same Direction Has Helped Drive Our Vision One91 Initiative
Joe Gothard, Superintendent, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Indep. School District
Art Johnson, CEO, Infinity Systems Inc.
So You Want to Do a Community Survey? Navigation Guide to Options, Methodologies, Features, and Reliability
Don Lifto, Consultant, Springsted, Inc.
Kelly Smith, Vice President, Springsted, Inc.
School Start Time Change: Experience and Recommendations
Ken Dragseth, Retired Superintendent and Executive Search Consultant, School Exec Connect
Chace Anderson, Superintendent, Wayzata Public Schools
Scott Thielman, Superintendent, Buffalo-Hanover- Montrose Public Schools
Keith Jacobus, Superintendent, South Washington County Public Schools
New State Funding for Site-Governed, Teacher-Powered Schools
Lars Esdal, Executive Director Education Evolving
Lisa Snyder, Superintendent, Lakeville Area Public Schools
Tuesday Morning:
Interagency Cooperation Enhances School Safety: Mobile Emergency Operations Center
Jim Hess, Superintendent, Bemidji Area Schools
Greg Liedl, Transportation Coordinator, Bemidji Area Schools
Listening to Student Voices
Michael Lovett, Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools
Engaging All Students: The Academies of Alexandria
Chad Duwenhoegger, Principal, Alexandria School District
Claire Anderson, Academy Coach, Alexandria School District
The Importance of Leadership in Digital Initiatives
Joshua Swanson, Assistant Superintendent, Eden Prairie Schools
Joel VerDuin, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Anoka-Hennepin Schools
Shared Accountability for English Learners: What School Administrators Need to Know to Keep Schools in Compliance with State and Federal Law
Michelle Benegas, Professor, Hamline University
Our Tuesday morning program features the work of our 2016 Richard Green Scholar Jim Johnson.  Jim’s work, entitled, “An Evaluation of Implementation and Effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities in Minnesota Public Schools,” will inform us of the proper understanding of PLC concepts and practices.  Jim’s study sought to determine if PLCs were being implemented effectively based on best practices described in research by: describing and contrasting the characteristics of PLCs employed in public school districts in Minnesota, the districts’ duration of use of PLCs, and barriers teachers and administrators have encountered when implementing PLCs.  Join Jim and hear the findings of this important work.
Tuesday morning, make sure to attend the annual meetings.  In addition to our annual business meetings, we will recognize our service pin and certificate recipients, hear about progress on the MASA strategic plan, and learn about the vision for the new school year.

We look forward to seeing you at Madden’s!