11:30 am MASA Foundation Golf Tournament
- To register, donate, or sponsor for golf click here12 noon Shotgun Start - Enger Park Golf Course6 – 9 pm Welcome Reception - Grandma’s Sports Center (casual dress) Welcome to Duluth! Meet friends and colleagues for a fun, casual evening to kick off the Fall Conference. Join us from 6-9 pm at Grandma's Sports Garden for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, music, and fun. Golfing in the MASA Foundation Golf Tournament? Take your time and get to the Welcome Event when it suits you -- the house is open; come and go as you please. We will have beer, wine, and soft drinks "on the house" (and a full cash bar is also available), a delicious assortment of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, great music by The Covers, and really cool door prizes -- must be present to win. There is no cost for registered conference participants so make sure to make time for an evening at your Grandma's! (Grandma's Sports Garden is at 425 Lake Avenue South, right next to Bellisio's.)Monday, October 7 Morning Breakfast on your own 7 am 7 – 10:30 am Registration Open - DECC - Ground Level Exhibitor Set-Up - (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall 7:30 – 8:30 am Morning Refreshments Available - DECC - Skywalk Level, Outside of Lake Superior Ballroom8:30 – 10:30 am General Session - DECC - Skywalk Level, Lake Superior Ballroom
Keynote: Michael Rogers10:30 am – 5:30 pm Exhibits Open (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit HallThe Exhibit Fair is a convenient way to visit with representatives of companies offering the latest products and services. Sign up for the prize drawings – you won’t want to miss your chance to win the door prize this year because it is a UP by Jawbone – a wearable mobile health accessories for tracking and improving sleep, diet and exercise.
The Practical Futurist Looks at Education
Michael Rogers is a different kind of futurist—one who combines real experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist. After creating the award-winning Parents’ Guide to Children’s Software in 1996, Rogers has followed education and technology issues closely. He often speaks to audiences of both parents and educators about technology and learning—and specifically how the rise of computers and the Internet has actually increased the importance of the thinking skills that underlie the traditional three R’s. Too much emphasis on technology, especially in early grades, may actually interfere with the lifelong learning skills that this century will demand from every worker.
Michael Rogers is a technology pioneer, author and journalist whose consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps organizations worldwide think about the future. In recent years he has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and NBC Universal to Prudential, Dow Corning, America Express and Genentech.
He recently completed two years as a futurist-in-residence for The New York Times Company and also writes the Practical Futurist column for MSNBC. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division, guiding both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century. He is a regular guest on radio and television including Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS, CNN and The History Channel.
Michael studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University, with training in finance and management at Stanford Business School’s Executive Program. He began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone and went on to co-found Outside magazine. He then launched Newsweek's technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. In 1993 he produced the world's first CD-ROM newsmagazine for Newsweek, later becoming editor and general manager of Newsweek.com. In 1999 he received a patent for a multimedia storytelling technique, and in 2007 was named to both Who's Who in Science and Engineering and the Magazine Industry Digital Hall of Fame.
He is also a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology. He lives in New York City and is at work on his next book.
Visit our exhibit booths and receive tickets you can trade for refreshments at the Monday afternoon reception. Five tickets = one drink!!
Good for rail drinks, house wines, domestic beers, and sodas/waters.10:30 – 11 am Break (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit HallBreakout Sessions I
11 am – NoonGooseberry Falls Room 1 (main level)Teens & Sleep: Linking Discovery, Practice and Policypresented by Conrad Iber, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Sleep Medicine Director at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Medical Director of Fairview Health Services Sleep Program and Kyla Wahlstrom, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of MinnesotaThe U of M's Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) recently hosted a first-ever national conference for pediatric providers, school district leaders, educators, social service providers, school counselors, school psychologists, legislators and policy makers, focusing on the range of issues that confront our teenagers today, all of which are impacted by the amount of sleep that teens get. From how learning and memory and school performance are related to sleep, to emotions and depression, to obesity and substance use, to drowsy driving and other high-risk behaviors, to social media’s influence on sleep, the conference addressed the broad impact of teens and their need for sleep. The researchers talking about these topics came from major labs at Berkeley, Notre Dame, Brown, Holy Cross, Cincinnati, plus one of the five members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) appointed by President Obama. Join this session and hear the big messages from the conference, and discuss their impact in your local school district. Gooseberry Falls Room 2 (main level)Traveling the Neural Superhighway: Neuroscience and Early Reading Instructionpresented by Mary Eret, Sales Consultant, Rowland Reading FoundationThere is a great deal of research consensus on teaching reading, and some of the most exciting findings come from the field of neuroscience. This session will provide an in-depth look at what we know about the importance of creating “neural pathways” in the brain, and how that translates into practical classroom application in beginning reading instruction. The big ideas addressed in this session:• Learning to read is not a natural skill and must be taught • There is a great deal of research consensus on teaching reading • Scientists know the major brain-processing systems involved in reading • There are key instructional practices that are critical for any beginning readerGooseberry Falls Room 3 (main level)The Next Generation Classroompresented by Klint Willert, Superintendent; Sue Strautz, K-1 Looping Teacher; Erica Hess, K Teacher; and Todd Pickthorn, Technology Coordinator; Marshall Public Schools
In this presentation hear compelling details how Marshall primary level teachers and district administrators designed and implemented a model for the next generation classroom. Utilizing flexible seating, interactive technology, and a personalized learning approach, the Marshall District created an engaging, dynamic learning environment that fosters learning for all.Split Rock Room 1 (main level)Innovate, Inspire and Involve Using Online Professional Developmentpresented by Lyle Taipale, Professional Development Consultant, Whitewater Learning
Panel Discussion | Presentation Using innovative online professional development modules from Whitewater Learning® (WWL) individuals, schools and school districts can utilize new techniques to present multiple topics for the purpose of increasing educators’ capacity to prepare students for success. WWL with MASA and technology support provided by TIES have formed a strategic alliance to develop and promote high quality online professional development to support individual educators, schools and school districts in ways that inspire interest in learning through content, reflection and applications. Learn about the advantages of online learning, using Whitewater Learning®, to go deeper into professional development than can often be afforded by the typical in-person sessions including among others: • When using “flipping” techniques the learner must stay focused on the content; no answering emails or text messages during the individual online presentations. • Flipping enables learners to go deeper into content when combined with group meetings. None of the group time is used to develop a baseline understanding of a topic – a significant change from traditional PD. • Online PD allows learners to go back over content as often as desired or needed to master a concept. • WWL online PD provides in-depth reflections and Authentic Practice Sets to lead discussions and to help learners create their own new meaning of content. • WWL can be used just in time when challenges arise where immediate PD would assist in helping improve success or resolve difficult situations. Also included in the presentation will be information on Whitewater Learning’s core principles as evidence of substance including:o Content is developed using a module based on standards found in NCATE approved programs. o The MN Board of School Administrators pre-approves each module for CEUs. o Certificates of completion are included in every module to be used for either administrator or teacher recertification. o As a founding principle, WWL is committed to making the modules affordable so that they may be accessible to every educator throughout the United States.Split Rock Room 2 (main level)1:1 Learning: Best Practices and Resultspresented by Susan Meyer, K12 Development Executive, Apple, Inc.This session will look at the trend toward 1:1 learning and mobile devices in the classroom. The session will describe state and national examples of 1:1 learning initiatives that are inspiring teachers to transform their classrooms.12 – 1:30 pm Awards Luncheon - DECC - Skywalk Level, Lake Superior Ballroom
1:30 – 2 pm Dessert Reception (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall Please enjoy the dessert reception in the exhibit area, while getting to know our exhibitors!Breakout Sessions II
Present the 2013 MASA Polaris Award
Ric Dressen, Superintendent, Edina Schools, Recipient
Sponsored by Ehlers & Associates
Present the 2013 Richard Green Scholar Award
Aaron Ruhland, Director of Learning and Accountability, Orono Public Schools, Recipient
Sponsored by Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Service pins presented
Sponsored in part by Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
2 – 3 pmGooseberry Falls Room 1 (main level)STEAM Education for All Students: Cogenerating a successful STEAM partnership between the school district and universitypresented by Jean McDermott, Principal; John Albert, Director of Educational Services; Austin Public Schools and Kara Coffino, Coordinator of District Partnerships; Bhaskar Upadhya, Associate Professor STEM; RIO/CEHD Centers UMN Twin Cities
In this panel presentation we seek to present three distinct story lines from the perspectives of individuals from a university, a school district, and STEAM school administrators. The goal of this panel is to share various challenges and many successes of a collaborative STEAM professional development partnership between a university and a school district in Minnesota. The panel presentation will focus on the processes of the partnership; cogeneration of mutually beneficial goals, actions, and decisions between district, school, community members, and teachers and teacher leaders; and processes of preparation of teacher leaders and teachers for the STEAM school.Gooseberry Falls Room 2 (main level)System Structures and Routines to Support College and Career Readiness for ALL Studentspresented by Diane Jensen, Technical Support Coach; and Ed O’Connor, Technical Support Coordinator and Data Coach; Midwest Instructional Leadership CouncilIn this session participants will be provided with practical information about the leadership frameworks, organizational infrastructure and scale-up routines that have been demonstrated to be associated with improved student learning as measured against benchmarks of College and Career Readiness. Presenters will share information from both research perspectives and examples of practical applications. Specific data representing outcomes achieved will be provided to demonstrate the value of these routines and to show methods to be used for local evaluation of system outcomes.Gooseberry Falls Room 3 (main level) How Superintendents can Help High School Principals Improve Student Performance on the ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN, and Explore Tests?presented by Deb Selby, Director, John Baylor Test Prep, Julia Espe, Superintendent, Princeton Schools, and Jim Sheehan, President/Founder, SchoolFinances.comWith the new statute requiring that principals are evaluated beginning in 2013-14, superintendents are wondering how to help their principals with the test data requirements. John Baylor Test Prep has been helping students and schools improve their ACT and SAT scores for 20 years and now serves more than 250 high schools across ten states. Come join Deb Selby from John Baylor Test Prep, Dr. Julia Espe, Superintendent, Princeton School District, and Dr. Jim Sheehan, SF.Com to learn how easy it is to implement changes to improve your schools’ test scores, while enhancing student opportunities for college and career readiness. At most public high schools, more than 50% of the students will never be college graduates. School superintendents must set high expectations for continuing improvements in achievement. Secondary school administrators need tools to motivate students and staff. This presentation will give you a blueprint.Split Rock Room 1 (main level)Curriculum in a Post-Textbook Worldpresented by Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning; and Jonathon Voss, Principal for Academic Programs; Intermediate District 287 Over 30 districts in Minnesota already are collaborating to establish a full digital curriculum for grades 3-12 in the core content areas by September 1, 2015. The vision of the Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum is to include all Minnesota districts so that for less than $1 per student, we all will be able to stop spending millions on textbooks or vendor-created content and produce high quality courses that everyone owns, shares, and can update easily with new information. Come and learn how districts are declaring their vendor and publisher independence while leveraging the instructional power of Open Educational Resources on the web. We'll share key processes that have led to early successes in collaborating and developing courses, show you how to gain access to existing courses and resources, and discuss the future of open education resources in the state and beyond. Split Rock Room 2 (main level) Student Mental Health: An Essential Guide for School Administratorspresented by William Dikel, Independent Consulting Child and Adolescent PsychiatristSchool administrators are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of students’ mental health issues within their districts, but often do not have a plan that outlines procedures and guidelines for addressing these issues. This presentation outlines innovative and cost effective methods of addressing students’ mental health disorders that result in improved academic performance and a reduction of behavioral incidents. Topics covered include:Addressing issues of mental health and school violence.Improving collaborative relationships with community systems that serve youth who have mental health disorders (Public Health, Social Services, Corrections, etc.) to better meet the needs of high-risk students. Creating sustainable, co-located on-site community mental health clinics in the schools while maintaining effective legal and financial firewalls.Assuring that district social workers, psychologists, counselors and nurses have clearly defined roles in regard to their activities with students who have mental health disorders.Addressing the fact that the vast majority of students who have mental health disorders are in general education settings, and outlining innovative early intervention activities that can prevent the need for Special Education referrals.Preventing referrals for Setting 3 and Setting 4 EBD placements, and reintegrating students from those placements into less restrictive settings -Using data analysis to determine outcomes of interventions.3 – 3:30 Break (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall (main level) 3:15 Prize Drawings - (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall (main level)Breakout Sessions III
3:30 – 4:30 pm Gooseberry Falls Room 1 (main level)The Learning Connection: Creating the Conditions that Optimize Instructionpresented by Donna Hardie, Children's Health and Fitness Initiative, Sanford Health and Deb Loy, Director, School Health Programs, Minnesota Department of Education Have you heard the latest research on how to enhance your cognitive function, preserve your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s by eating healthy and staying active? No surprise, similar strategies work for students to prime their brains and enhance learning. It’s a ‘no-brainer’ that curriculum and instruction can only succeed when students are present and ready to learn. Students who are hungry, bored or distracted won’t receive the benefits of good instruction. Successful school leaders recognize that current brain research has not been a part of teacher training and take charge of creating powerful learning environments that support the way our brains learn in order to prepare students for instruction with optimal results. This presentation will examine a new report, The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Student Achievement through Healthy School Environments, and provide updates and examples of specific strategies being implemented in Minnesota schools that embed this new research in free or low-cost strategies for schools to support student success.Gooseberry Falls Room 2 (main level)Intensive Reading/Wolvespresented by Judy Maaninga, 3rd Grade Teacher, Menahga Public Schools, Julie Steinkraus, Retired 6th Grade Teacher, Becker Public SchoolsWe want to show what we have a passion for. We want to show the success we have had helping students become better readers. We are passionate about differentiating instruction using student data. We are excited to use reading to provide real life-learning experiences connected to Science and Social Studies. Excitement is contagious. Learning how others can apply our ideas will not only be exciting, but will give us new ways to grow. Menahga and Becker School Districts are both regionally known for successfully meeting the academic achievement needs for all students. Menahga's high achieving third graders were meeting the MCA11 standards but few were exceeding it. Data showed that many of Becker's sixth grade students were low in the vocabulary strand. We set goals to change that. This presentation will show the process two veteran teachers from two very different districts in different parts of the state, use collaboration, research, data and best practices to increase student achievement. The teachers use the high interest topic of wolves and follow a model created by Dr. Robert Marzano. The model promotes student goal setting, monitoring progress, formative assessment and collaboration to help students become better learners. Emerging technologies including tablet research and iPad presentations provide students with opportunities for optimal learning. We are excited to share how combining a research-based model with a high interest topic and technology, motivated our students to achieve their highest potential. Our project has had tremendous results.Gooseberry Falls Room 3 (main level) Increasing Performance & Accountability of Principals, District Cabinet Members & Supervisorspresented by Bruce Miles, Consultant, Big River Group
A key role & responsibility within the Superintendency is accountability. This session will examine methods & strategies that help Executive-level leaders hold others accountable for progress on tasks, benchmarks & the ultimate goals. Specific attention will be placed on differentiated accountability that allows for flexibility of supervision of administrators & supervisors of all experience levels. Examples & successful case studies of accountability frameworks & tools from education, non-profits & business will be presented. Examples of all research results, assessment tools & management strategies will be handed out to participants.Split Rock Room 1 (main level)Insights and Implications: Mining Data from Scientific, Random-Sample Surveyspresented by Don Lifto, Senior Vice President; and Chris Deets, Consultant; Springsted IncorporatedMany school districts have designed and administered scientific, random-sample surveys to collect feedback for a broad range of planning needs. In using this engagement tool, school districts have probed such topics as general satisfaction, support for elements of a strategic plan, where constituents get their information about the local schools or the tax tolerance for a future operating or bond referendum. Too often in our experience, however, school districts have not captured the full value of investing in a survey based on what happens (or does not happen after the project is completed. As often is the case, exorbitant amounts of time are spent at the 40,000-foot level focused on broad findings, but not nearly enough time in the trenches analyzing raw data contrasted by demography. Turning hard data into actionable objectives is a process we call "Insights and Implications." In this presentation we will demonstrate the “Insights and Implications” approach to mining data from a scientific survey. This analytical process begins with identification of significant gaps in the data when comparing results from demographic grounds (e.g., men compared to women or older voters compared with younger voters). From these key data points, the model moves from “Insights” to “Implications” to specific and actionable strategies. In using the “Insights and Implications” model, districts maximize the value of a scientific survey and lay the groundwork for successful planning. Split Rock Room 2 (main level) If Only You had an Easy Way to Monitor Your District's Achievement Gappresented by Elizabeth Schweizer, Executive Director, TIESAre you struggling to update achievement gap information for planning sessions? Are you pulling dozens of reports to get the data that you need? Are you wading through PowerPoint presentations instead of talking about solutions? Stop. You have it all right now in TIES new Equity Dashboard. Come to see this new dashboard that allows you to view graphs and data by ethnicity, free-and-reduced programs, special education students, English language learners, State accountability tests, MAP scores, attendance, incident rates, growth targets and much, much more. 4:30 – 5:30 pm Exhibitor Reception - (Exhibit Area) DECC - Ground Level, E. Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
Each exhibitor will have tickets at their booth. During the exhibit day on Thursday, participants who visit with exhibitors will get a ticket from the exhibitor. Participants can cash in their ticket(s) at the reception. Each ticket = $1.00.Tuesday, October 8 8 – 9 am Morning Refreshments Available - DECC - Skywalk Level, Outside of Lake Superior Ballroom 8 - 11 am Registration Open - DECC - Ground Level 8:30 – 10:30 am General Session - DECC - Skywalk Level, Lake Superior Ballroom 8:30 am MASA and MCPE Business MeetingsPassing of the Gavel to 2013-14 MASA President Jay Haugen, Superintendent, Farmington Area SchoolsMASA Business Meeting I. Call to Order: Jay Haugen, President II. Action Items:
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A. Approval of Agenda III. Information Items
B. Approval of 2012 Business Meeting Minutes
C. Treasurer's Report: Chris Richardson, Treasurer
A. Executive Director’s Report: Gary Amoroso, Executive DirectorIV. Commendation
A. Resolution of Commendation of the MASA Executive Development CommitteeV. Adjourn MCPE Business Meeting I. Call to Order: Jay Haugen II. Action Items
A. Approval of Agenda III. Information Items
B. Approval of 2012 Minutes
C. Treasurer’s Report: Chris Richardson
A. 2013 MCPE Membership Roster IV. Other Business V. Adjourn 9:00 am Richard Green Scholar Presentation
B. The 2014 campaign letter will be mailed in December.
Educational Adequacy: Leading the Dialogue About Educational Process and Outcomes10:30 – 10:45 am Break - DECC - Skywalk Level, Outside of Lake Superior Ballroom 10:45 – 12 General Session - DECC - Skywalk Level, Lake Superior Ballroom
Aaron Ruhland, Director of Learning and Accountability, Orono Public Schools
Educational adequacy research seeks to explain the relationships between financial resources, educational processes, and student outcomes. This research has been used in court cases challenging state funding systems across the United States, including Minnesota. In this presentation, Aaron will propose that, despite improvements in research methodology, there are still missing elements. At the forefront is the perspective of local educational leaders and citizens in determining what constitutes an adequate education. A second element is an underestimation of school contributions to our society, the provision of both public and private good, creating technical outputs including an educated citizenry, and cultural goods such as caring for children and conveying cultural values. In his Green Scholar research, Aaron explores whether these varied outcomes are sufficiently accounted for in policy-making and resource determination, and whether incongruence between state and local policy-making and implementation have contributed to a less effective and efficient system overall. Join us for this session and hear Aaron’s investigation about what content knowledge, skills, and attributes we want for our students and how our voice might be included in state conversations about how we fund and develop policies that support us in attaining those outcomes.
Keynote: Michelle A. Duda, Associate Director, National Implementation Research Network, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Implementation Science and Bringing Our Innovations to Scale
For the last several years, our MASA conferences have focused on innovative practice, and we have examined many examples of innovations that have had a powerful impact on student success. In this session, we will examine the science that supports bringing these initiatives to scale. Innovations developed locally – in a building or a district – may have a significant immediate impact, but that practice will need supports to have systemic effect. Join this session and learn how implementation science will help bring great innovation to scale.
Dr. Michelle Duda is a senior level Board Certified Behavior Analyst Scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Associate Director of the National Implementation Research Network. Dr. Duda serves a variety of populations across the human services fields, including early childhood, child welfare, autism, education, health and mental health. Her current efforts are related to supporting the dissemination, implementation and scale-up of evidence-based practices by working at federal, state and provincial levels. Her research interests include assessing and promoting implementation capacity, application of applied implementation science, and the development of instruments to measure implementation capacity at the State level and District level. She has had over a decade of experience serving as a consultant, researcher, trainer, professor and published author in the human services fields. She has extensive experience conducting applied research and measuring the implementation of these innovations. She serves on several National and International advisory boards and science panels and continues to support collaborative efforts across large-scale initiatives. Dr. Duda holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and a master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
Please note there is no lunch provided by the conference.