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



    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


  • 🕳 MASA Women's Leadership Initiative

    You are invited…

    Come for Coffee!

    Hosted by
    MASA Women's Leadership Initiative

    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    7:30-8:30 am
    Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
    Minnesota Ballroom

    At the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA), we continue to focus on our plan to increase the number of Minnesota superintendents who are women.

    Only 16% of Minnesota’s superintendents are women.  MASA’s strategic plan includes an initiative to increase the number of superintendents who are women to 30% by 2024.

    Last summer, we convened a focus group to discuss this goal, and one key message from the group was the importance of finding opportunities for networking.  We had a successful celebration at the MASA Fall Conference last October and we would like to take advantage of the Spring Conference to once again bring interested people together.

    Come for coffee (and a light breakfast) and kick off the MASA/MASE Spring Conference with colleagues and friends old and new.  There is no formal agenda, just a chance to meet and network with colleagues and friends old and new.

    • This event is for EVERYONE, regardless of gender!
    • Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are attending the Spring Conference.  The event is free.
    • Interested non-MASA members may also attend without cost.

    We hope to see you there!

    🕳 MASA Board: Officer Election Information

    Click Here to Read Candidate Information

    🕳 2020 Legislative Session Begins...

    Minnesota’s legislative schedule is based on a two-year biennial timeline with the first year focused on passing a two-year state budget, the second year focused on policy priorities and passing a bonding bill to fund state infrastructure... read more

    🕳 MASA/MASE Participant Registration Open!

    Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) and
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present...

    The 2020 MASA/MASE Spring Conference

    MN Grown, MN Strong
    March 12-13 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest • Brooklyn Park, MN

    One great challenge for our members at MASA and MASE is to bridge the space between our visions for the future of Minnesota's schools and the realities of today. We live in times of rapid, pervasive change—not just in the technology that affects every part of our lives, but in the fabric of our communities, the expectations of public organizations, the impacts of economic shift, and the interaction of diverse communities locally and globally. As school leaders, we are tasked with preparing students for futures of which we cannot dream. But leaders are learners, and we learn best from one another. It is that collegial support that provides a framework of best practice, demonstrating that “Minnesota Grown means Minnesota Strong.” Join your colleagues this spring and explore the best of leadership practice here in Minnesota!

    Find Participant Registration Here:  https://events.resultsathand.com/20spring/1123 

    Breakout Sessions Now Available for Viewing: Click Here

    Are you retiring this year?
    MASA and MASE members who are retiring at the end of this school year (2019-20) will be honored at the 8:30 am general session on Friday, March 13 at the 2020 MASA/MASE Spring Conference.

    Retirees will be asked to come forward and receive an engraved desk clock. If you would like your retirement to be recognized at this event, please complete this electronic form by Thursday, February 27, 2020.

    We cannot guarantee that late applicants will receive recognition in the Spring Conference materials.


    🕳 MASA/MASE Exhibitor Registration Open!

    Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) and
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present...

    The 2020 MASA/MASE Spring Conference

    MN Grown, MN Strong
    March 12-13 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest • Brooklyn Park, MN
    Exhibit Date: Thursday, March 12

    You are invited to meet with Minnesota’s top educational leaders at the Minnesota Association of School Administrators/Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASA/MASE) Spring Conference. Our Spring Conference is coming up March 12-13, at the Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN. Attached is a link to the page where you can find the information and register for the exhibit spaces. Register early for the best spaces, prices will go up by $100 on February 3rd.

    Join us on March 12th and share the excitement of the annual MASA/MASE Spring Conference! 

    Please visit https://www.mnasa.org/Page/814 for more exhibitor information and to register.

    🕳 MASA/MASE Spring Conference Call for Proposals

    Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) and
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)

    Call for Proposals

    March 12-13 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest • Brooklyn Park, MN

    MASA/MASE is requesting proposals for concurrent breakout sessions for the spring conference.  Sessions are 1 hour long and take place on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.

    Click Here to submit any proposed topic you feel would interest education leaders by Monday, February 3.

    🕳 Are you retiring this year?

    Would you like your retirement acknowledged at the MASA/MASE Spring Conference?

    Help us recognize your achievement and to remain in communication with you post-retirement!

    MASA and MASE members who are retiring at the end of this school year will be honored at the 2020 MASA/MASE Spring Conference during a the 8:30 am General Session on Friday, March 13 in the Minnesota Ballroom at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest!

    Please fill out our electronic retiree form by Thursday, February 27, 2020, to indicate whether or not you wish to receive a clock, and whether you would like to be recognized at the spring conference!

    • Note: We will only recognize retirees who indicate they want to be recognized. This policy is in deference to our members who may not want a public statement about their retirement.

    🕳 You're Invited!

    🕳 Dr. Deb Henton Selected as Incoming MASA Executive Director

    The MASA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Deb Henton has been selected to succeed Dr. Gary Amoroso as the next MASA Executive Director, starting July 1, 2020.  Deb brings a wealth of experience to this role, including her work as an administrator in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts.  Deb currently serves as the Superintendent of the North Branch Area Public Schools and she is the 2019-2020 MASA Past President.
    An active MASA member, Deb has served for multiple years on the MASA Professional Assistance Team.  She has led the MASA Legislative Committee and has lobbied on behalf of public education at both the state and federal levels.  Deb is a longstanding member of the MASA Foundation Board of Directors.  She is also actively involved with Schools for Equity in Education, the Board of School Administrators (of which she is the current chair), and Resource Training and Solutions. 
    "I am honored and excited to be the next Executive Director of MASA whose members serve as the leading voice for public education in the state of Minnesota,” Deb says. "MASA has a solid foundation and outstanding history of advocacy on education issues of state and national importance. I look forward to supporting the professional needs of the membership, collaborating with our business partners, working to advance equity in public education for all students, and building upon the many successful efforts of the past.”
    Deb's many honors include 2018 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year, 2015 Administrator of Excellence for MASA’s Region 6, and the 2014 MASA Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award. She was named the 2011 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent and the 2013 Outstanding Service Award recipient from the Minnesota Service Cooperatives.
    MASA is excited to welcome Deb to this important role serving the MASA mission, and we are grateful for her willingness to lead.

    🕳 Information on the Wuhan Coronavirus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities identified the virus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. Please see the CDC web site for comprehensive information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    🕳 2020 Superintendent Searches

    Alexandria Schools: Application Process Completed
    Big Lake Schools: Application Process Completed
    Deer River Schools: Application Deadline April 18, 2020
    Columbia Heights Schools: Filled by Superintendent Zena Stenvik
    Detroit Lakes Public Schools: Filled by Principal Mark Jenson
    Duluth Public Schools: TBD
    Eastern Carver County Schools: Application Deadline April 25, 2020
    Farmington Area Schools: Application Deadline March 20, 2020
    Fillmore Central Schools: Application Process Completed
    Freshwater Education District: Filled by Director Rice Weber
    Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools: Filled by Superintendent Matt Grose

    Hastings Public Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jeff Pesta until June 2020
    Hastings Public Schools: Application Deadline March 15, 2020
    Hermantown Community Schools: Principal Wayne Whitwam
    Kenyon-Wanamingo School District: Filled by Interim Superintendent David Thompson
    Lewiston-Altura School District: Application Deadline March 16, 2020

    Maple Lake Schools: Application Process Completed
    Minnewaska Area Schools: TBD
    Moose Lake Community Schools: Application Deadline March 16, 2020
    Mora Public Schools: Application Deadline March 2, 2020
    North Branch Area Schools: Application Deadline March 1, 2020
    Nicollet Public School District: Application Deadline March 20, 2020
    Ortonville Public Schools: Filled by Principal Corey Larson
    Redwood Area Schools: Application Process Completed
    Rockford Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Rhonda Dean
    Saint Peter Public Schools: Application Deadline February 24. 2020
    Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools: Application Process Completed
    St. Clair Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Collins
    St. James School: Application Deadline March 23, 2020
    Tri-City United: Application Deadline March 22, 2020
    Warren-Alvarado-Oslo: TBD
    Waseca Public Schools: Application Deadline March 13, 2020

    🕳 2020 Legislative Session

    The 2020 Legislative Session convenes Tuesday, February 11th. Visit our "At the Capitol" for legislative platforms, contact plans, and our legislative updates!

    🕳 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

    🕳 School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal

    Please register by Monday, March 23, 2020

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    8:00 - 8:40 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Introductions
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm - Workshop

    Registration Fees:
    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

    For more information and to register, please visit https://events.resultsathand.com/finance/1129

    🕳 Ehlers: MN School Finance Seminar! 

    Friday, April 3, 2020
    Double Tree by Hilton Minneapolis-University Area
    511 Huron Blvd
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Full details are coming soon!

    🕳 The MASA Winter Newsletter

    You can view the MASA newsletter website at www.mnasanews.org/latest-edition

    🕳 INVESTMN - Teacher Shortages

    by Shari Prest

    Your success as a school leader depends on the instruction and outcomes that take place within classrooms. That means that one of your key jobs is creating a climate and engaging a system that will identify, attract, and retain the very best teachers. Unfortunately, that job is made more difficult by the teacher and substitute teacher shortage that exists and is growing. Click Here to Read More

    🕳 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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