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  • 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 2020-2021 CALENDAR



    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  

    🕳 Handouts Available from the 2020 MDE Back to School Professional Learning Conference
    🕳 The MSBA-MASA COVID-19 Face Covering Policy
    The Minnesota Department of Education’s Safe Learning Plan (July 2020) states that a masking policy is required for in-person and hybrid learning for the 2020-2021 school year. The MSBA-MASA mandatory policy establishes requirements for employees, students, and other persons (including visitors, guests, contractors, etc.) present on school property to wear face coverings in classrooms, preschool, child care settings and other indoor areas, as well as outdoor areas where a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained between persons, in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

    Dr. Terence Morrow
    MSBA Director of Legal and Policy Services


    🕳  Register Today! 2020-21 MASA Great Start Cohort 

    The Minnesota Association of School 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, 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 seven traditional workshops (scheduled in conjunction with conferences when appropriate for travel and schedule ease), participants will also receive access to the GSC Online Toolbox webpage filled with supporting documents and resources on popular topics.
    Please encourage any new superintendents and administrators to register for the MASA Great Start Cohort!
    Cohort Fee
    Because of the generous support of Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors we are able to offer this cohort for $499 for all seven sessions. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages for full-day sessions. The price will not be prorated for missed sessions. Participants may not register for individual sessions.
    To register, please Click Here

    Contingent plans are in place depending on the circumstances of COVID-19; including a different venue with fewer attendees and social distancing or offering the workshop via ZOOM.  

    We will make that decision later depending on the circumstances.

    🕳  Register Today! The MASA Finance Academy

    for new, newer, and aspiring superintendents

    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)

    In response to feedback from our members and our colleagues aspiring to the superintendency, MASA has developed an academy with finance topics especially relevant to the practice of the superintendency.  Three sessions throughout the year will provide reflective leadership and skill development leading to development in the excellent practice of the school superintendency.

    These sessions will be integrated with the MASA Great Start sessions and will be offered with the gracious support of Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors.  If you are already registered for the Great Start Cohort, there is no need to register for this academy as it is included in the Great Start Cohort experience.

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (9 am – 4 pm)
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020  (9 am – 4 pm)
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (9 am – 4 pm) 

    Who should attend?

    New Superintendents
    Newer Superintendents
    Aspiring Superintendents
    Anyone interested in a finance refresher of that part of the superintendency.

    Registration is extremely limited for this academy; we suggest you register as soon as possible.

    To register, please Click Here

    Contingent plans are in place depending on the circumstances of COVID-19; including a different venue with fewer attendees and social distancing or offering the workshop via ZOOM.  

    We will make that decision later depending on the circumstances.


    🕳  School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)
    and Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors present...

    Please register by Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    8:00 - 8:40 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Introductions
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm - Workshop

    To register, please Click Here

    Contingent plans are in place depending on the circumstances of COVID-19; If the enrollment is too high to work at MASA, either a larger venue allowing for social distancing will be used or the workshop will be offered with distance learning.

    We will make that decision later depending on the circumstances.


    🕳 2020 - 2021 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 Thursday, August 20, 2020.

    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 in 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 the 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. Click here for further information.


    🕳 2020 Superintendent Changes/Searches

    Adrian Public Schools: Filled by Principal Molly Schilling
    Alexandria SchoolsFilled by Ass't. Superintendent Rick Sansted
    Big Lake Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Truebenbach
    Browns Valley Schools: Filled by Instructor Carmen Hills
    Buffalo Lake-Hector: Filled by Superintendent Michelle Mortensen
    Carlton School District: Filled by WI Superintendent John Engstrom

    Columbia Heights Schools: Filled by Superintendent Zena Stenvik
    Deer River Schools: Filled by Superintendent Jeff Pesta
    Detroit Lakes Public Schools: Filled by Principal Mark Jenson
    Duluth Public Schools: Filled by Associate Superintendent John Magas 

    Eastern Carver County Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams
    Farmington Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jason Berg
    Fillmore Central SchEllinools: Filled by Principal Heath Olstad
    Freshwater Education District: Filled by Director Eric Weber
    Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Jeffrey K. Horton
    Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools: Filled by Superintendent Matt Grose

    Hastings Public Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Robert McDowell
    Henning Public Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Barry Olson
    Hermantown Community Schools: Filled by Principal Wayne Whitwam
    Jordan Public Schools: Filled by 
    Ranae Case Evenson
    Kelliher School District: Filled by Principal Paul Grams

    Kenyon-Wanamingo School District: Filled by Superintendent Bryan Boysen
    LeRoy-Ostrander: Filled by Superintendent Jennifer Backer-Johnson
    Lewiston-Altura School District: Filled by Superintendent Gwen Carman

    Lyle Public School: Filled by Principal Jamie Goebel
    Maple Lake Schools: Filled by Superintendent Mike Rowe
    Marshall Public Schools: Filled by Director Jeremy Williams
    McGregor School District: Filled by Principal Bradley Johnson

    Milaca School District: Filled by Director David Wedin
    Minnewaska Area Schools: Superintendent Richard Ellingworth

    Moose Lake Community Schools: Filled by Principal Billie Jo Steen
    Mora Public Schools: Filled by Principal Daniel Voce
    Nett Lake Schools: Filled by Instructor Peter Hardy
    North Branch Area Schools: Filled by Assistant Superintendent Sara Paul

    Nicollet Public School District: Filled by Superintendent Steve Malone
    Ortonville Public Schools: Filled by Principal Corey Larson
    Pelican Rapids School District: Filled by Interim Brian Korf
    Pine River-Backus Schools: Filled by Principal Jonathan Clark
    Redwood Area Schools: Filled by Superintendent Becky Cselovszki
    Renville County West: Filled by Superintendent Doug Froke
    Robbinsdale Area Schools: Filled by Assistant Superintendent Stephanie Burrage
    Rockford Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Rhonda Dean
    Rush City Public Schools: Filled by Principal Brent Stavig

    Saint Peter Public SchoolsFilled by Superintendent Bill Gronseth
    Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools: Filled by Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom

    South Washington County Schools: Filled by Assistant Superintendent Julie Nielsen
    St. Clair Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Collins

    St. James School: Filled by Principal Steve Heil
    Stillwater Area Schools: Filled by Principal Malinda Lansfeldt
    Thief River Falls: Filled by Principal Donita Stepan

    Tri-City United: Filled by Superintendent Lonnie Seifert
    Warren-Alvarado-Oslo: Filled by Principal Kirk Thorstenson

    Waseca Public Schools: Filled by Director Eric Hudspith
    Watertown-Mayer Schools: Filled by Principal Darren Schuler

    🕳 U of M Educator Distance Learning Survey Report Released

    In May, the University of Minnesota surveyed districts on the implementation of distance learning.  Thanks to all who provided data for this important research.
    As the state’s land grant institution, The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) saw a responsibility to gain feedback from the educators who were tasked with implementing distance learning to inform the University on how the College of Education and Human Development may be helpful in providing supports to PK-12 schools and share that feedback with the state as a whole. Dr. Kim Gibbons, Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, and Dr. Katie Pekel from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development led a team of collaborators from inside and outside the University to execute a survey to seek that feedback. This report is a summary of those findings.
    More than 13,000 educator respondents from across the state completed the survey between May 27 and June 28, 2020. The quantitative and qualitative data-informed key findings related to the importance of relationships and technology, educator worries, and significant lessons learned during PK-12 distance learning in Minnesota.
     Minnesota PK-12 Distance Learning Survey [PDF] Published July 2020
    • Link to Survey and Qualitative Data Supplements: https://www.cehd.umn.edu/research/distance-learning/

    🕳 New MASA Podcasts

    Episode #37 How Real is Race Part 1 

    Click Here to Listen 
    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. 
    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode 

    Episode #38 Race, Achievement Gap, and Schools Part 2 
    Click Here to Listen
    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.” 
    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode 


    🕳 COVID-19 Information and Resources

    Visit https://www.mnasa.org/Page/164 or click the COVID-19 tab above. 

    Additional Resources:

    2020-21 MASA Committee Sign-up!

    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. 

     Committee options:

    • Executive Development Committee
    • Nominating Committee
    • Federal Advocacy Committee
    • Legislative Committee
    • MASA Foundation Board


    🕳  Join MASA Today!

    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!

    2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium

    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
    Deb Henton, EdD, MASA Past President and Superintendent, North Branch Area Public Schools
    Gary M. Amoroso, Ph.D., Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators

    The consortium will meet: 

    For more information click here

    Questions? Contact Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, at 703.774.6930 or vtruesdale@aasa.org.

    Ready to join? Reserve your seat today.  

    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 jeanna.vohnoutka@mnasa.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.

    Click here for more information and support MASA by joining!

    or send your personal check to:
                   c/o MASA
                   1884 Como Avenue
                   St. Paul, MN 55108

    🕳 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.




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