The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is a private nonprofit member service organization representing more than 900 educational administrators throughout Minnesota. Our members include school superintendents, directors of special education, curriculum and technology leaders, central office administrators, and higher education administrators and professors. In addition to our active members, MASA also serves over 250 retirees.
Visit the "MEMBERS ONLY" page to find the following information:
Member Directory, A Day with John McKnight, Adopted Board Minutes, Background Checks, Bylaws, Contracts for Special Education, Contracts for Superintendent, Entry Plan, Evaluation Resource Guide for Superintendents, Freeze Language, Legal Information, Licensing, Principal's Evaluation, Professional Assistance Team [P.A.T.], Reporting Calendar for Districts, Strategic Vision Survey Results
🕳 At the Capitol: Special Session Update: July 14, 2020
The Governor, once again, called the MN Legislature back to a special session. He did so in order to continue his peacetime emergency executive powers but also to allow the House and Senate to take up bills related to bonding, taxes, and police reform..... click here to read more.
🕳 New MASA Podcasts
Episode #37 How Real is Race Part 1
This podcast is like an audiobook production by reading the article "How Real is Race? Using Anthropology to Make Sense of Human Diversity" by Carol Mukhopadhyay and Rosemary C. Henze. The article addresses race as a social construct, not a scientifically proven biological fact. They offer ideas to help change our thinking and practices for education. It's read by Jane Sigford.
Episode #38 Race, Achievement Gap, and Schools Part 2
Race, The Achievement Gap, and Schools are the first of two podcasts about education and racism. This podcast consisting of 4 parts of a discussion about what has happened currently because of the killing of George Floyd, how the idea of race is not biologically sound but is a social construct, how our thinking patterns reinforce our beliefs, and how education can move to eradicate our racist ideas and practices in structure, measurement, and curriculum. The second podcast is an audiobook-like airing of an article called “How Real is Race? using Anthropology to make sense of Human Diversity.”
🕳 Kraus-Anderson University and KFI Engineers are offering a free, 3 CEU webinar on Healthy School Environments.
For registration, contact Mike Smoczyk via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-270-5471.
🕳 Dr. Deb Henton begins her new role as MASA Executive Director
Dr. Deb Henton brings a wealth of experience to this role, including her work as an administrator in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts. Deb most recently served as the Superintendent of the North Branch Area Public Schools and she is the 2019-2020 MASA Past President.
Deb Henton would like to start her first day as MASA Executive Director by greeting our members with a video. https://youtu.be/MQ9XbBZFSXU
🕳 COVID-19 Information and Resources
Visit https://www.mnasa.org/Page/164 or click the COVID-19 tab above.
If you are interested in serving on a MASA committee, please fill out the short survey with your committee interests: https://forms.gle/9JfVMijuSBnmZKc97.
The committee sign-up will close at 4 pm on September 1, 2020.
Each committee has at least 18 members, including two from each of our nine regions. Committee terms are for two years. If you are currently serving your first term year, you will continue on that committee for the second term year. Please refer to www.mnasa.org/committees if you are unsure of your current committee standing.
The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. The recipient of this prestigious award will be a candidate among other state winners for the National Superintendent of the Year.
The program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our state’s public schools. Any superintendent, chancellor, or top leader of a school system in Minnesota who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated.
The nomination deadline is Aug. 1, 2020.
Adrian Public Schools: Filled by Principal Molly Schilling
The conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11th and 12th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. The theme for this year will be “Back to Better”. As you might expect, the exact structure for the conference is in flux. We are working with the Marriott to determine their room capacities when social distancing is being followed. We will need to know what type of gatherings are allowed before anything can be finalized. Options being considered include an in-person conference, a virtual conference, or some type of hybrid conference (in-person/virtual). Regardless of the structure, this will be a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues from around the state as you prepare for another challenging school year.
At this point, please mark your calendars for August 11th and 12th. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Whether you are a new administrator or a seasoned leader, I would personally like to encourage you to become (or remain) an active member of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Our organization represents more than 900 educational administrators throughout Minnesota.
To meet the individualized needs of our members, MASA provides a multi-tiered professional learning platform featuring a variety of conferences, workshops, and online learning. In addition to professional learning opportunities, we offer consulting and mentoring, legislative advocacy, and legal assistance when necessary. Most importantly, MASA provides our members with a professional network of colleagues.
As one of the strongest voices for public education, MASA has a solid and collaborative working relationship with state and federal policymakers, state department officials, and other educational associations. Together, we work to promote progressive ideas to improve our schools. MASA members serve in advisory capacities to top officials in our Department of Education and our organization has strong links to many of the businesses that serve public education in Minnesota.
Our national organization, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), is a compelling voice for public education in Washington D.C. and provides a variety of valuable member resources. MASA members who also join AASA enjoy the security of a $1 million dollar professional liability insurance policy as well as an enhanced level of legal support. Click here to join!
Following is information about the 2020 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference which will be held virtually July 7-9. There is no cost for an AASA member to participate. Non-AASA members will pay $50 to attend. Additional information can be found at the following link: https://www.aasa.org/
To Our MASA Member Superintendents Who are Women —
We hope you are all well and navigating these challenging days. Our schools need excellent leadership regardless of the circumstances and we know you are up to the challenge! We would like to invite you to consider an opportunity from AASA to enhance your leadership skills and network with other leaders who are women from throughout the US. Please review the invitation below and consider participating in AASA's 2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium. The invitation includes the schedule — a mix of virtual and “in-person” meetings — as well as the registration link. We know you will find this experience to be personally valuable and career-enhancing.
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
David Law, JD, MASA President, and Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District
The consortium will meet:
For more information click here
Questions? Contact Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, at 703.774.6930 or email@example.com.
Ready to join? Reserve your seat today.
🕳 MASA Podcast
Episode 36: COVID-19 through the Eyes of 18-year old Audrey Thibert
“COVID-19 Through the eyes of an 18-yr-old” by Audrey Thibert looks at how this pandemic affects one of our students on a very personal level. High School graduation, prom, etc are cultural and emotional markers of a transition from relative dependence to the next part of a young person’s life. This virus has changed this drastically as we hear from Audrey.
🕳 New! Online Toolbox: MASA Members’ Best Practices Collection of COVID-19 Resources
MASA has established an online resource through which members can share resources to support districts’ and leaders’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members are invited to send materials to the MASA office to be posted online, and colleagues may view the resources and download materials of their choice. Materials may include communications, tools or forms locally developed, articles, links, or anything you have found helpful. Resources will be in the "Members Only” section of the MASA web site, so only MASA members may view or download the items.
If you have materials you would like included in this resource, please email them to Jeanna Vohnoutka at MASA firstname.lastname@example.org and she will post them. Please note the inclusion of these items does not assume MASA’s endorsement of the material.
MASA will not review your postings but reserves the right to remove postings that are not supportive of MASA’s mission to serve our members. As always, thank you for your generosity and willingness to share your best practices.
🕳 Support the 2020 Legislative Session and Join MCPE!
During the legislative sessions, MASA will once again be at the capitol representing YOU! MASA is committed to providing an excellent effort of influencing lawmakers in the support of educational leaders. “It Takes All of Us” to do this, and we need your support.
MCPE is MASA’s political action committee and is independent of any state or national political party. MASA’s regular revenue dollars (such as dues) cannot be used for lobbying, yet political activities are extremely important in influencing the policymaking process. Our lobbyists may have to pay to attend the various functions of the two major political parties, therefore, funds from the MCPE allow us to have access to our policymakers.
All MASA members should join! Help MASA to carry out its legislative goals which can not be accomplished without YOUR support.
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