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2016 MASA/MASE Spring Conference Handouts

2016 Dates:                March 10-11, 2016
Location:                    Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, MN

 Presenter Contact List


Thursday Keynote Speaker:

What Spins the Wheel
    presented by Len Forkas, President, Milestone Communications

    • What Spins the Wheel PPT @ Dropbox       • What Spins the Wheel PPT pdf  

Thursday UNconference:
     UNconference -- Members Learning From One Another
Lead by Jeff Elstad, Matt Hillmann, Ray Queener, Teri Staloch and Northfield Technology Services Director, Kim Briske

     Click here to view sessions


Friday Keynote Speaker: 

Imagining the Future
    presented by Katherine Prince, Senior Director, Strategic Foresight, KnowledgeWorks

Overview of our new forecast      • 2006 Map        • Imagining the Future PPT psf

Thursday Thought Leader Sessions:
11 am - 12:30 pm

Improving Secondary Content Literacy in Light of the Common Core State Standards: What Administrators and Teacher Leaders Need to Know

Kevin Feldman, Educational Consultant

Concurrent Enrollment: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed
Pakou Yang,
System Director of P-20 and College Readiness Academic and Student Affairs Division, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities




Friday Breakout Sessions

8:30 – 9:30 am

Professional Development for Superintendents: What Constitutes a Good Professional Development Plan and How Can This Help You With Your Annual Evaluation by a School Board

Tom Westerhaus, Sr. Associate, PEER Solutions
Charlie Kyte, Partner, PEER Solutions

ConnectED Library Challenge: Implications for Family Technology Access, Student Learning, and Minnesota Schools
Michael Lovett, Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools
John Schultz, Superintendent, Hopkins Public Schools
Mark Garrison, Director of Technology, White Bear Lake Area Schools

Ivar Nelson, Director of Technology and Information Services, Hopkins Public Schools
Susan Nemitz, Director, Ramsey County Library
Lois Langer Thompson, Director, Hennepin County Library

Partners in Education/Google PPT Slide        • Partners in Education PPT pdf


The Minnesota Principals Academy:  A Legislatively Funded Executive Development Program for School Principals
Katie Pekel, Principal In Residence, University of Minnesota
Laine Larson, Superintendent, Thief River Falls Public Schools

A Guide for Long Term Facilities Maintenance Revenue
Joel Sutter, Senior Financial Advisor and Principal, Ehlers
Gary Olsen, Senior Municipal Advisor and Vice President, Ehlers
Tina Burkholder, Director of Finance, Monticello Public Schools

Alternative Career Pathways and Teacher Professional Development
Stephen Jones, Superintendent, Little Falls Community Schools
Mark Diehl, Director of Information and Technology Services, Little Falls Community Schools
Aaron Sinclair, Director of Human Resources, Little Falls Community Schools

9:45 – 10:45 am

DON’T WAIT-INNOVATE: Creating Affordable, Transformational Spaces to Support 21st Century Learning Pedagogy NOW
Judith Hoskens, Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
John Pfluger, Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent, Spring Lake Park Schools

School Improvement Projects and Tax Abatement Financing
Patty Heminover, Vice President, Springsted, Inc.
Stacy Childers, Vice President, Springsted, Inc.


Restoring Your Community Relationships: Reducing Contention, Waging Peace, Building Trust and Reconciliation
James Lukaszewski, President, The Lukaszewski Group Division, Risdall

Closing the Achievement Gap for Struggling Students: Identifying and Supporting Incoming 9th Graders for High School Success
TJ Wiebe, High School Chemistry Teacher, Northfield Public Schools
Jill Kohel, High School English and History Teacher, Northfield Public Schools


Learning to Improve: How Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Helps Drive Continual Improvement
Kim Gibbons, Associate Director, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement