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  • 🕳  Nominations to the Board Open until January 6, 2020!
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    🕳  2020 Award Nominations Open!

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    🕳 MASA Executive Director Position - Invitation to Apply

    MASA will accept applications for the role of Executive Director from December 2, 2019 through January 3, 2020. If you are interested in applying, please click here for more information.


    Episode 33: The Value of Relational Skills in Being a Positive School Leader
    by Jane Sigford
    Published: December, 2019

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    Amy Ernst, special education director for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, demonstrates the value of relational skills in being a positive school leader. Relationships are key to listening, building trust, and collaborating as professionals work together to design and implement learning experiences for students. As she would say, if you have a big belief in people, you will have big outcomes.

    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode


    Please click here to view our membership directory. If your name is not listed, we have not received your membership renewal as of November 26, 2019.

    🕳 2020 Minnesota Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy

    A partnership among
    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)
    The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and
    Sourcewell (formerly NJPA)

    Application Deadline is December 4, 2019.

    The Minnesota Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy provides a rich, collegial cohort opportunity for school leaders who wish to become Minnesota School Superintendents. The Academy focuses on developing a professional practice in the superintendency that is grounded on evidence-based knowledge, skills, and dispositions that contribute to successful capstone leadership. Sessions are taught by experienced, effective school leaders and each participant will be paired with a coach for guidance during the cohort and beyond.

    Participation will be limited, and applications will be screened for the highest quality candidates. Those selected for participation in the program will be outstanding, high performing leaders whose next logical career step would be the superintendency. This program will support transition into the first position as superintendent and each participant will receive a certificate of completion.

    Please note that this is NOT a licensure program.

    2020 Dates (all sessions are Friday – Saturday):

    All sessions are located at the MASA Building in St. Paul.  
    The program includes 10 Content Days in 5 sessions and access to coaching between sessions.

    • January 24-25
    • March 27-28
    • May 22-23
    • September 18-19
    • November 13-14

    Cost to participants is just $1,000 per person.  Fees include program, materials, refreshments, light breakfasts, and lunches during the sessions.  Participants are responsible for travel and lodging.  We have secured a discounted lodging rate at several area hotels.
    The program is offered at this affordable cost due to the support of Sourcewell and AASA.

    For more information, please see:  https://aasa.org/aspiring-minnesota.aspx

    To apply: https://aasa.org/form.aspx?ekfrm=38032  Application Deadline is December 4, 2019.

    Please share this information with anyone you feel might be interested.  Thank you.

    🕳 INVESTMN - Teacher Shortages
    by Shari Prest

    Your success as a school leader depends on the instruction and outcomes that take place within classrooms. That means that one of your key jobs is creating a climate and engaging a system that will identify, attract, and retain the very best teachers. Unfortunately, that job is made more difficult by the teacher and substitute teacher shortage that exists and is growing. Click Here to Read More

    🕳 David Law selected as the 2020 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year

    (St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named David Law, Superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the 2020 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. As the Minnesota honoree, Law is a candidate among other state recipients for National Superintendent of the Year, to be announced during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education, February 13–15, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Law was selected for this honor by a panel of representatives from a variety of Minnesota education organizations. Nominees are evaluated on how each candidate demonstrates leadership for learning, communication skills, professionalism, and community involvement. Press Release

    🕳 Current Superintendent Searches

    Detroit Lakes Public Schools: Application Deadline January 20, 2020

    Freshwater Education District: Application Process Completed

    Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools: Application Deadline January 17, 2020

    Hastings Public Schools: Filled by Superintendent Jeff Pesta of Kenyon-Wanamimgo

    Hermantown Community Schools: Applications Deadline January 20, 2020

    Kenyon-Wanamingo School District: TBD

    Ortonville Public Schools: Application Deadline January 27, 2020

    Redwood Area Schools: Application Deadline, December 2, 2019

    St. Clair School: Application Deadline, January 10, 2020

    🕳 SAVE THE DATE! 2020 AASA MN State Breakfast

    Be sure to mark your calendar for the Minnesota State Breakfast honoring David Law, 2020 MN Superintendent of the Year, during the 2020 AASA National Convention in San Diego, CA.

    Our breakfast program is a great opportunity for you to gather with your colleagues during the AASA conference, as well as hear a presentation from Superintendent Law!

    Event Details
    Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
    Time: 7:30-8:30 am
    Location: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    Room: Catalina

    An RSVP form will be sent to members in the coming weeks!

    If you have not already registered for the AASA conference, you can find registration materials and information on the AASA website: http://nce.aasa.org/

    for new superintendents and 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 leaders, 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 that contains 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 administrator or are new to your leadership role, this workshop series is a wonderful opportunity to network with your colleagues and enhance your skills.

    Registration is now open for the MASA Great Start Cohort for new superintendents and administrators!

    You can register online at: https://www.regonline.com/greatstart1920


    The MASA and MASE membership platforms are online. Our new online platform provides a paperless, convenient, efficient, accurate, and secure way to join or renew your MASA and/or MASE membership(s). Current members have received a link to renew, and new members can link through the membership section of this web site. Simply Click Here to Join

    √ It’s paperless, always a good thing.

    √ It’s convenient. Arrange your membership(s) anywhere, anytime. No need to keep track of your materials. Just sign in and you are all set to go.

    √ It’s efficient. Once you complete your membership materials, your membership benefits are immediately in force and your contact data is included in the member directory.

    √ It’s accurate. You access and fill in your own data. You can even make changes as they occur.

    √ It’s secure. You access your member account using your email and password, and, except for the member directory, that information remains private. Our data back-up will be constant so there will be no chance of losing your membership record.

    √ Your dues will be paid online, too. You may use a credit card, PayPal, or choose to be billed.


    Click here to view learning opportunities

    MASA believes leaders must continually improve their practice. Our multi-tiered professional learning platform features a variety of conferences, workshops, online learning, and networking opportunities to meet the individualized needs of our members. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators are available for most MASA professional learning options.


    The 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session convenes on Tuesday, February 11, and MASA will be at the capitol representing you and Minnesota’s students. MASA’s political action committee — Management Concerned for Public Education (MCPE) — provides resources so that MASA’s legislative advocates can gain access to our elected officials at fundraising

    Join MCPE by clicking here

                   or send your personal check to

                   c/o MASA
                   1884 Como Avenue
                   St. Paul, MN 55108


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    MASA began this initiative to help school districts deal with organized referendum opposition. This page contains background information on anti-referendum campaigns and how school districts can prepare and respond.


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