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...

    (printable • as of February 5, 2019)


  • ▶︎ MASA AT THE CAPITOL - Session Update 3/18/19

    Keep informed with our Legislative Updates by clicking here.

    Jeffrey Elstad, Superintendent, Owatonna Public School

    “Know that if chosen by you, the membership, I will work tirelessly in promoting our mission to provide a world-class education for EVERY learner.”

    Read Superintendent Jeffrey Elstad’s Presidential Priorities


    by Shari Prest
    Communicate Kindness

    These are dynamic and often divisive times. Our lives and the lives of our children are pelted daily with conflicting opinions, alternative facts, stories of violence, personal shaming and hateful words. This is the environment in which our children’s characters form and behaviors become entrenched....Read More


    Visit the MASA Jobsite Here


    Ada-Borup - in screening process
    Aitkin Public Schools - filled by Principal Dan Sifter
    Bagley Public Schools - March 5, 2019
    Barnesville Public Schools - March 4, 2019
    Battle Lake Public Schools - TBD
    Barnum Schools - March 18, 2019
    Becker Public Schools - filled by Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt
    Blooming Prairie Public Schools - filled by Principal Chris Staloch
    Blue Earth Area Schools - in screening process
    Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School District - in screening process
    Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District - April 1, 2019
    Cannon Falls Area Schools - filled by Principal Mark Grossklaus
    Cedar Mountain Schools - filled by Ass't. Superintendent Rob Brandl
    Central Public Schools (Norwood) - filled by Principal Timothy Schochenmaier
    Dawson-Boyd Public Schools - March 25, 2019
    Fergus Falls Public Schools - filled by Superintendent Jeff Drake
    Fosston School District - March 26, 2019
    Goodhue Public School - filled by Superintendent Evan Gough
    Jackson County Central - TBD
    Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District - in screening process
    Lake Park Audubon Schools - filled by Principal Paula Henry
    Lester Prairie School - TBD
    Lynd Schools (separating from Hendricks) - filled by Superintendent Robert Tews
    Mankato Area Schools - April 15, 2019
    Morris Area Schools - March 26, 2019
    New London-Spicer Schools - filled by Superintendent Bill Adams
    Nicollet Public Schools - TBD
    Osseo Area Schools - filled by Associate Superintendent Cory McIntyre
    Red Rock Central Schools - March 25, 2019
    Roseau Community Schools - April 22, 2019
    Rushford-Peterson Schools - filled by Superintendent Jon Thompson
    St. Francis School District - filled by Superintendent Beth Giese
    Staples-Motley School District - filled by Supterintendent Shane Tappe
    Triton Public Schools - filled by Principal Craig Schlichting
    Warroad Public Schools - filled by Superintendent Shawn Yates
    Winona Area Schools - April 29, 2019


    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.

    ▶︎  MASA PODCAST - Views and Voice
    by Jane Sigford Year Published

    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. 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.

    Click Here to View/Listen/Learn

    ▶︎  SCHOOL REFERENDUM ELECTIONS: Planning for Success in the New Normal

    Click Here to Register

    Monday, April 8, 2019
    9:15 am - 4 pm
    8:30 am registration and continental breakfast

    MASA Office
    1884 Como Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    * The location of the workshop will move to Springsted Incorporated if enrollment exceeds capacity at MASA.


    • 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 $30 cancellation fee.
    • No refunds for cancellations made 10 days prior to event. No shows will be billed.
    • 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 presenters, Dr. Don Lifto and Barbara Nicol. 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.

    The workshop timing is scheduled for districts planning referenda in August 2019 or later.


    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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