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

  • 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 ~ Who we are...

    MASA/MASE 2019-2020 CALENDAR
    (printable • as of July 1, 2019)



    The Minnesota Department of Education
    in partnership with
    the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
    invites you to attend the annual

    MDE Back to School Conference:
    Servant Leaders ~ Each Student, Every Day

    Lead through service and serve through leadership.

    August 6-7, 2019  •  Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

    Plan to bring your leadership team!

    The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership says, “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.” Make plans to join us for the 2019 MDE/MASA Back to School Conference, August 6-7 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest and start the new school year with exploration and reflection on how we all can share the responsibility of delivering excellence in our education systems for each student, every day. Bring a team and benefit from the chance to discuss how what you are learning impacts your own district. The conference follows the MSBA Summer Seminar, and our new superintendents will want to stay on Wednesday afternoon for our first session of the Great Start Cohort.

    Registration on or before Tuesday, July 30 $299
    Registration after Tuesday, July 30 $349
    Retirees on or before Tuesday, July 30 $99
    Retirees after Tuesday, July 30 $149
    Cancellation Fee = $50 No refunds after Tuesday, July 30
    Special group rate applies to lodging starting on 8/2/19
    and is available ending 8/10/19.
    Please book your lodging by 7/17/19

    Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate: 

    • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest  for $141.00 per night
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Book your group rate for MSBA/MASA


    The 2019 MASA Fall Conference exhibitor information will be emailed to renewing business partner members on July 10th, they will have through the 23rd for priority registration. Exhibitor information will be available on this website starting on July 24th.
    Click Here for the 19-20 Business Partner Renewal Form

    🕳     SOY2020

    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2020 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. The recipient of this prestigious award will be a candidate among other state winners for National Superintendent of the Year.

    Click here for more information!

    🕳 MEET YOUR 2019-2020 MASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Click Here


    Episode 26: Women Superintendents of the North (Minnesota, that is)

    by Jane Sigford Year Published: June 14, 2019

    Click Here to Listen

    There is a cluster of women superintendents in the northeastern part of Minnesota. Including the superintendent of ARCC, Arrowhead Region Computing Consortium, there are eight women who serve over 8000 public school students over a large geographic region. In addition, ARCC serves over 30,000 students. Six of these women met to share their enthusiasm for their job. They also talked about some of the challenges.

    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode.


    This edition of newsletter features various topics including:

    • Executive View from MASA Executive Director Gary Amoroso: To be Plugged In or Unplugged
    • A message from your MASA President, Deb Henton: In retrospect...
    • New Online Membership Sign-Ups!
    • My Why for What I Do (or My Year as Superintendent of the Year
    • Research to Practice: Unpacking Chronic Absenteeism through Networked Improvement Communities
    • Put Me in Coach...Notes for Mentors: Academic Integrity Starts in Pre-K
    • Legislative Wrap-Up from Valerie Dosland, MASA Lobbyist
    • Invest MN: Power Boosters
    • Legal Issues: Touched by an AngelSense: Handling Parent Requests to Use Location-Monitoring Devices with Listen-In Capabilities
    • 2019 MASA Election Results
    • 2018-19 MASA Retirees
    • Superintendent Gerald Ness Receives MASA Polaris Leadership Award
    • Six Steps to Increased Public Support
    • School Shootings: What Administrators Need to Know
    • And more!

    Click Here to Read


    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.


    For More Information Visit the MASA Jobsite Here

    8 Ada-Borup Completed Business Manager Aaron McLain Cook
    5 Aitkin Public Schools Completed Ass't. Principal Dan Sifter
    8 Badger Independent School District Completed Superintendent Kevin Ricke
    8 Bagley Schools Completed Superintendent Erich Heise
    4 Barnesville Public Schools Completed Director of Finance and HR Jon Ellerbusch
    7 Barnum Public Schools Completed Director of Technology, Mike McNulty
    4 Battle Lake Public School Completed Principal Darren Kern
    6 Becker Public Schools Completed Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt
    1 Blooming Prairie Public Schools Completed Principal Chris Staloch
    2 Blue Earth Area Schools Completed Superintendent Mandy Fletcher
    3 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Completed IA Superintendent William (Bill) Thompson
    9 Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District Completed Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle
    1 Cannon Falls Area Schools Completed Superintendent Jeff Sampson
    3 Cedar Mountain Schools Completed Ass't. Principal Rob Brandl
    9 Central Schools - Norwood Completed Principal Timothy Schochenmaier
    8 Climax-Shelly Completed Principal Michael Underwood
    3 Dawson Boyd Schools Completed Superintendent David Hansen
    7 Ely Public Schools Completed Principal Erik Erie
    4 Fergus Falls Public Schools Completed Superintendent Jeff Drake
    8 Fosston School District Completed Principal Sue Richards-Chase
    2 GHEC Public Schools Completed Principal Doug Storbeck
    1 Goodhue Public School Completed Superintendent Evan Gough
    7 Grand Rapids School District TBD  
    8 Greenbush Middle River School In Process  
    4 Hancock Public Schools Completed Superintendent Paul Carlson
    3 Hendricks Public School Completed Principal Paul Chick
    7 Hibbing Public Schools In Process  
    3 Jackson County Central Completed Superintendent Barry Schmidt
    2 Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Completed Principal Kurt Stumpf
    4 Lake Park Audubon District Completed Principal Paula Henry
    3 Lester Prairie Completed Director of Teaching Melissa Radeke
    1 LeRoy Ostrander School District Completed Superintendent Jerry Reshetar
    3 Lynd Public Schools Completed Superintendent Robert Tews
    2 Mankato Area Public Schools Completed Superintendent Paul Peterson
    4 Morris Area Schools Completed Superintendent Troy Ferguson
    3 New London-Spicer Schools Completed Superintendent Bill Adams
    2 Nicollet Public Schools Completed Dennis Morrow 
    5 Northland Community Schools Completed Superintendent Patrick Rendle
    9 Osseo Area Schools Completed Assoc. Superintendent Cory McIntyre
    6 Pine City Public Schools Completed Superintendent Curt Tryggestad
    3 Red Rock Central Schools Completed S.D. Superintendent Todd Lee
    8 Roseau Community Schools Completed Superintendent Tom Jerome
    1 Rushford-Peterson Schools Completed Superintendent Jon Thompson
    1 Southland Public Schools In Process  
    9 St. Francis School District Completed Superintendent Beth Giese
    2 St. Peter Public Schools Completed Interim Superintendent Jeff Olson
    5 Staples-Motley School District Completed Shane Tappe
    1 Triton Public Schools Completed Principal Craig Schlichting
    8 Warroad Public Schools Completed Superintendent Shawn Yates
    4 West Central Area Schools Completed Superintendent Dale Hogie
    1 Winona Area Schools Completed Superintendent Annette Freiheit

    🕳  Shane Safir Video Now Available on the MASA YouTube Channel
    Those of you who attended the MASA/MASE Spring Conference heard our keynote presenter Shane Safir present her work, The Listening Leader ~ Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation. Shane has very generously given us permission to share the video of her keynote presentation and we are very grateful to Lifetouch for the work of their expert videographer Brian Dellis.

    Find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TylVgxMW9IA

    The video features the entire presentation, including the conversation prompts. Use this for your own review and reflection, or for a group activity. Through the powerful practice of listening and an unwavering commitment to equity, we can dare to reimagine our schools as places of opportunity for every student. This video will help you creatively tackle complex equity challenges through:

    Listening deeply and strategically to colleagues, families, and, students.

    • Cultivating relational capital—the interpersonal currency that fuels school transformation.
    • Addressing structural barriers, interrupting unconscious biases, and changing the conversation about equity.
    • Fostering a thriving culture of improvement that promotes leadership at all levels of your organization.

    Here are some additional resources:


    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Gerald Ness, Superintendent of the Fergus Falls Public Schools, the recipient of the 2019 MASA Polaris Leadership Award. Ness will be honored for his exemplary school leadership and a lifetime of achievement in education and the wider community at a statewide recognition ceremony at the 2019 MASA Fall Conference, October 7-8 in Duluth, Minnesota. Press Release


    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.


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


    Click here for the entire library

    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!


    The 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session convenes on Tuesday, January 8, 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


    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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