Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)

2015-16 Great Start Cohort Series

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Various Locations


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 (GSC), 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. 


COHORT FEE:  Because of the generous support of Springsted Incorporated, we are able to offer this cohort for $499 for all five sessions. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch and beverages for full day sessions. Finances from the Great Start Cohort also supports first-year superintendents regional mentor-mentee relationships. Price will not be prorated for missed sessions. Participants may not register for individual sessions.


IF YOU MUST CANCEL: Program fees will be refunded if cancelled by August 1, 2015, with a $50 penalty. No refunds after that date. Lodging cancellations are the responsibility of the participant without exception.

You MUST be a Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) member to attend. Not a member yet? Please contact Deb Larson at our office at 651-645-6272

Session Information

August 5, 2015        Great Start Session I
Minneapolis Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Drive N, Brooklyn Park • 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Following the MDE Back-to-School Conference, our first session will help our new leaders kick-off the school year! Participants will be introduced to their professional network and online tools, learn the ins-and-outs of school board relationships, and receive some encouragement as they transition to their new role.

September 27, 2015        Great Start Session II
Hampton Inn - Canal Park, 310 Canal Park Drive, Duluth • 9 am - 3:30 pm

The second session will launch the 2015 MASA Fall Conference. The day-long workshop topics will include: community engagement, school and district finances, and employee discipline and discharge.

November 18, 2015   Great Start Session III
Cragun’s, 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  

Our third session will give participants a head start for the 2015 Curriculum Leaders of Minnesota (CLM) Conference, exploring instructional leadership.

January 13, 2016    Great Start Session IV
MASA Offices, 1884 Como Avenue, St. Paul • 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session four will precede the MSBA Winter Conference. During this session, participants will have a full day of presentations on human resources basics, contract negotiations, common liability issues and school finance.

March 9, 2016       Great Start Session V
Minneapolis Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Drive N, Brooklyn Park • 9 - 4:30 pm

The final session will help participants bring the school year to a close. School safety, strategic communications, relationship development and special education finance will be addressed. Our final presentation will teach participants how to reflect on their first year as administrators. The annual MASA/MASE Spring Conference will follow this session.

Session topics are subject to change. Final agendas will be available no less than two weeks prior to each event. Remember your laptop or tablet and please dress casually.