Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) 651•645•6272

  • 🕳 2019 MASA Fall Conference Handouts Available

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    🕳 NEW MASA PODCASTS

    Episode 31:  Curriculum & Instruction: Wearing many hats

    Click Here to Listen

    CariJo Drewitz is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the West St. Paul Public Schools. In her role she wears many hats. You will hear how her job is partly defined by the accountability mentality as described by Michael Fullan. You will also hear of the efforts to increase deeper learning for students by reinforcing pedagogical strategies. The curriculum role varies among districts both in job responsibilities and in placement on district organizational charts but it is a role that is at the heart of what we do in education—creating effective learning practices and environments for students.

    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode

    🕳  Michelle Mortensen Named MASA Richard Green Scholar

    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Dr. Michelle Mortensen, Superintendent of the Renville County West Schools, the 2019 Richard Green Scholar.  Dr. Mortensen will present her paper, “Female Superintendent Perceptions of Challenges in Seeking and Serving in the Position of Superintendent of Schools” at the MASA Fall Conference, October 7-8, in Duluth, Minnesota. Click Here for Press Release

    🕳 SCHOOL TAX ELECTIONS: Planning for Success in the New Normal ~

    Please register by Monday, September 30, 2019

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    WHEN:
    Monday, October 14, 2019
    8:30-9:15 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Introductions
    9:15 am - 4 pm - Workshop

    WHERE:
    MASA Office
    1884 Como Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108
    Directions/Lodging

    * The location of the workshop will move to Baker Tilly (St. Paul office) if enrollment exceeds capacity at MASA.

    REGISTRATION FEES:
    MASA members: $89
    Non-members attending in a team (same school district) with a MASA member: $109
    Non-members NOT attending with a MASA member: $139

    Cancellations will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations made after October 4th. No shows will be billed.

    WORKSHOP INFORMATION:
    School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal, is a workshop based on the book of the same title co-authored by our presenters, Dr. Don Lifto and Barbara Nicol. The workshop’s content represents a marriage of research and successful practice, emphasizing systems and strategies rather than specific campaign tactics, allowing school administrators to elevate their thinking to a more comprehensive and long-range vision of election planning. Don Lifto, a director with Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors (formerly Springsted Incorporated) has worked with hundreds of school districts running operating, bond and technology elections from New Jersey to California. He has been a featured presenter on referendum topics many times at national conferences hosted by AASA, NSBA and ASBO and has had more than a dozen articles published in national journals. This workshop will be beneficial to school districts planning an initial operating, bond or technology referendum, or to those coming back for another try after a lost election. It will also feature invaluable strategies in preparing for and conducting a school tax election.

    This workshop will also feature presentations by Barb Nicol, APR on communication planning and Pat Devine and Paul David on Waconia’s successful 2018 referendum.  Barb, Pat and Paul have a wealth of experience and expertise to share with the group.

    🕳 HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MASA ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP THIS YEAR?

    Please click here to view our membership directory. If your name is not listed, we have not received your membership renewal as of September 19, 2019.

    🕳 MASA FALL NEWSLETTER
     
    You can view the MASA newsletter website at www.mnasanews.org/latest-edition 
     
    On the newsletter homepage you can view the most recent articles on various topics - or you can click “Latest Edition” using the menu bar at the top of the page to see only the articles that have been published for the fall newsletter.
     
    🕳 Symposium of Women Educational Leaders (SWEL)
     
    Women Educational Leaders!!  We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Symposium of Women Educational Leaders (SWEL).  This year's SWEL will be held at Bethel University on November 14th, 2019.  We have an exciting line-up of speakers and topics to motivate and inspire you!  On behalf of the SWEL Planning Committee, we thank you for considering attending this year's symposium.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at marcilevymaguire@gmail.com.
     
    To register for this year's SWEL: SWEL 2019 Registration Form
     
    To learn more about 2019 SWEL: SWEL 2019 Information 
     

    🕳  REGISTRATION: MASA GREAT START COHORT
    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

    🕳 InvestMN Bits ‘n Pieces Summer
    by Shari Prest Click Here

    🕳  2019-2020 ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL!

    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.

    🕳 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

    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.

    🕳 WHAT WE ARE READING

    Claiming Your Place At The Fire: Living The Second Half of Your Life On Purpose
    by Leider & Shapiro
    Year Published: 2004

    🕳 MANAGEMENT CONCERNED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION (MCPE)

    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
    events.

    Join MCPE by clicking here

                   or send your personal check to
                   MCPE

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

    🕳 REFERENDUM RESPONSE

    Click Here to View

    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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