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.
► MASA BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS
The MASA Business Partner Program provides opportunities for businesses to connect with Minnesota’s educational leaders. Our core belief is that MASA’s role in engaging business partners is to facilitate a rich conversation that helps our practitioner members understand what resources are available to support their districts, and our business partner members understand the needs of our school districts.
View our 2018-2019 business partner members!
► MDE BACK-TO-SCHOOL HANDOUTS Available here
► MASA PODCAST - Views and Voice
Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of Education of Minnesota
Dr. Brenda Cassellius is the Commissioner of Education in Minnesota. She talks about the accomplishments of the past 8 years and shares a wish for the future. She is the second longest serving state officer in the United States, which has provided some continuity and stability in educational leadership in Minnesota. Her closing words were a wish for our superintendents. Click here
The idea for this podcast originated with the MASA Professional Development Committee and the Board of Directors, who indicated a desire to “hear from our members.” The podcast format was chosen specifically to be presented in manageable time increments, available on-demand, and would represent all members throughout the state (including all regions and component groups). The podcast is an audio platform, giving you flexibility in how and when you would like to listen. The episodes will be no longer than fifteen minutes. We will engage the region leaders in identifying topics and thought leaders to insure statewide representation.
MASA is grateful to our online convener and podcaster, Dr. Jane Sigford, who has volunteered her services for this initiative. Jane is an MASA retiree and loves nothing more than challenging us (and herself) to think, create, and share ideas. To view episodes click here
► 2018 MASA FALL CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION
September 30 - October 2 • Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN
What do you think of when you hear the words, “public education?” What do you think your students think of? How about their parents? District staff? Community members? Our audiences are many and diverse, and every individual has an idea of what “school” means to them – and therefor what schooling should be today. So what’s your story? A critical part of school leadership is cultivating an accurate narrative about the state of public education, and sometimes that can be challenging given the range of audiences and perspectives. Let’s take some time this fall and reflect on the stories of success, the opportunities provided by a system that is accessible to all, and the great presence of our schools in communities across Minnesota. Let’s celebrate public education! Full Agenda
• Register for the conference as a participant by clicking here
• Arrange your lodging within your registration process or click here
• Register to participate in the Dale G. Jensen Classic Golf Tournament by clicking here
• Complete your MASA Service Recognition form by clicking here
► 2018 MASA FALL CONFERENCE EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
► SCHOOL TAX REFERENDA: A Comprehensive Planning Model for Success
Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) and Springsted Incorporated
Monday, October 8, 2018
Monday, April 8, 2019
9:15 am - 4 pm
at the MASA Building in St. Paul
Based on past workshops, registering a district team is highly recommended to ensure a common understanding.
This is a workshop based on a book on referendum planning co-authored by our presenter, Dr. Don Lifto. Don is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has had more than a dozen articles on referendum planning published in national journals. Don will be joined by Barb Nicol, APR, who has more than 30-years experience in the communications field. She focuses her work on providing strategic and high-quality communications expertise to school districts and education-related organizations. The workshop’s content represents a marriage of research and successful practice, emphasizing systems and strategies rather than specific campaign tactics, allowing school leaders to elevate their thinking to a more comprehensive and long-range vision of referendum planning.
► 2018-19 MASA GREAT START COHORT!
Click here to register
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.
2018-19 MASA Great Start Cohort Schedule
Session 1: August 8, 2018 - Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park (following the MDE Back to School Conference)
Session 2: September 30, 2018 - Madden's on Gull Lake, Brainerd (Prior to the MASA Fall Conference)
Session 3: December 3, 2018 - MASA Offices, St. Paul
Session 4: February 6, 2019 - MASA Offices, St. Paul
Session 5: March 6, 2019 - Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park (prior to the MASA/MASE Spring Conference)
Thank you to Springsted for your generous support in our Great Start Cohort
► PROFESSIONAL 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. Click here to view learning opportunities
► MASA SUMMER NEWSLETTER
You can view the new MASA newsletter website at www.mnasanews.org
► MASA EXPERTEASE VIDEOS!
As part of our strategic plan to deliver a multi-tiered system of professional development that meets the individualized learning goals of all members, MASA has partnered with Infinitec to create a library of professional development videos that are available to MASA members 24/7. Members can view these videos for their personal professional development and also to engage their teams in discussions surrounding critical topics. We now have forty-five videos online and we feature a wide variety of topics. MASA members can complete their PD requirements for teacher relicensure at no cost, and we have a good start on the required EL topics for administrative licensure renewal. Starting this month, we will be offering several sample videos that will be directly linked from the MASA web site (no sign-in required). See below for the videos that will are available until May. We hope you enjoy these videos; please let us know what you think!
Click here for the entire library!
► REFERENDUM RESPONSE
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. Click here