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.

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  • Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County

    Posted by MASA on 10/29/2020

    This information is updated each Thursday.

    October 29, 2020

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  • DUE: MDE Consolidated State Performance Reporting (CSPR) Title I

    Posted by MASA on 10/19/2020

    Due November 1

    Title I, Part A

    Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools, with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families, to assist schools in ensuring that all children meet challenging academic standards. Districts or schools accepting Title I funds are required to provide all children with fair, equitable, and significant educational opportunities to obtain a high-quality education and to reach--at a minimum--proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.


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  • U.S. Department of Education releases new COVID-19 Q&A

    Posted by MASA on 10/15/2020

    K-12 Public Schools In the Current COVID-19 Environment - Questions and Answers View Here

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  • AASA National Conference on Education

    Posted by MASA on 10/12/2020

    Social Emotional Learning Focusing on the Total Child


    Because our nation’s public school leaders continue to face challenges and uncertainty into the 2020–2021 school year, AASA is making the call now, for your convenience and safety.


    Dates: February 18-19, 2021




    Information and registration: https://nce.aasa.org/

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  • MDE: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Series

    Posted by MASA on 10/8/2020

    Are your professional learning communities (PLCs) feeling a little flat? Do your meetings lean heavy on the professional and light on the community? Do you want to review or catch-up on the PLC series on building and sustaining a collaborative culture that was presented last year? This workshop series is for PLC facilitators who want to add meaning and purpose to their current PLCs to help move teaching and learning further. Each session will focus on essential elements of the PLC process including the four critical questions that guide the work of PLCs and explore the implications of those elements on the school setting (in-person, hybrid, and online). During each session, participants will have the opportunity to share local practices and network with each other.

    Audience:  PLC facilitators, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators (We highly recommend the full team of PLC facilitators attend.)

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  • 2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium

    Posted by MASA on 10/6/2020

    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.


    The October 28 – 30, 2020, session will be held in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., and will include wellness activities. Imagine exercising with colleagues in early morning or evening in front of the Lincoln Memorial! We will continue our discussion of bias as we learn from Smithsonian leaders engaged in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. A deep dive into leading for innovation in a digital age is planned for the October meeting.


    Thank you for considering this opportunity!


    David Law, JD, MASA President, and Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District
    Deb Henton, EdD, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators


    For more information View Here


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


    Ready to register? View Here 

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  • InvestMN: 2020 Bits 'n Pieces Fall

    Posted by MASA on 10/2/2020

    by Shari Prest

    Talking Trust

    A University of Minnesota survey of over 15,000 educators, was conducted in June of 2020.


    The most frequently cited concern for staff was building relations during a period of racialization, violence, and COVID-19 issues. Trust-building emerged as a major component of staff/student relationships that helped students to feel they belong and that encourage an effective learning environment.


    As in any trust relationship, competency, motive, understanding, and dependability are essential and can be expressed through the following (spoken or unspoken) student queries and staff responses... Click Here to Read

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  • Dr. Kim Hiel Named MASA Richard Green Scholar

    Posted by MASA on 9/16/2020


    (St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Dr. Kim Hiel, Superintendent of Fridley Public Schools, the 2020 Richard Green Scholar. Dr. Hiel will present a paper, “The Influence of Society’s Perceptions and Stereotypes on African American Women Administrators’ Leadership Practices” at the MASA Fall Conference, September 28-29. Press Release

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  • Dr. Jeffrey Olson Receives MASA Polaris Leadership Award

    Posted by MASA on 9/9/2020

    (St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Dr. Jeffrey Olson, Interim Executive Director of the Minnesota Valley Education District, the recipient of the 2020 MASA Polaris Leadership Award. Dr. Olson 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 2020 MASA Fall Conference, September 28-29. Press Release

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  • MASA & MSBA Op-Ed in Star Tribune

    Posted by MASA on 9/5/2020





    ICYMI: MASA Executive Director Deb Henton and MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind’s op-ed that was published in the Star Tribune on August 31. It appeared in the newspaper edition on September 1

    Public schools always rise to the challenge:



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  • 2020 Superintendent Transitions

    Posted by MASA on 8/19/2020

    Find all of the superintendent district changes for the 2020-2021 school year.

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  • Update: MSBA-MASA Title IX Sex Nondiscrimination Policy, Grievance Procedure, and Process Policy

    Posted by MASA on 8/11/2020

    This policy replaces the current MSBA-MASA Model Policy 522 (Student Sex Nondiscrimination) and the accompanying form. In addition to adopting the new policy, school districts are encouraged to revise MSBA-MASA Model Policy 422—Policies Incorporated by Reference—to include this new policy. 
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  • Register Today! The MASA Finance Academy

    Posted by MASA on 8/6/2020

    or 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.

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

    To register, please View 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. 

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  • Register Today! 2020-21 MASA Great Start Cohort

    Posted by MASA on 8/6/2020
    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 View 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.  

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  • Online Toolbox: MASA Members’ Best Practices Collection of COVID-19 Resources

    Posted by MASA on 7/15/2020
    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.
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