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)


  • ▶︎  Sad News

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, we lost a piece of the heart of MASA.  After what can only be described as her courageous journey through an awful illness, Dr. Lynne Kovash died.  Our hearts are with her husband Dennis, their children Jeremy, Seth, and Jenn, Lynne’s precious grandchildren, and Lynne’s beloved Spud community.
    Her obituary is attached below and will also be posted on Lynne’s Caringbridge site:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lynnekovash/journal.
    Last fall, Lynne received the MASA Polaris Leadership Award in recognition of her excellent leadership and many contributions to Minnesota education.  Although she was not feeling perfectly well, Lynne attended the event and when she accepted the award, she spoke about how grateful she was.  With her humble servant leadership, Lynne has left us all a legacy of inspiration and learning.
    Lynne spent her entire education career with the Moorhead Area Public Schools.  She served as Superintendent for nine years, retiring after her cancer diagnosis in 2017.  Prior to her superintendency, she was the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Supervisor of Planning and Assessment, Assistant Principal, and a Special Education Teacher.

    She was an active member of MASA and AASA.  She served as MASA President in 2014-15 and was a member of the AASA Governing Board.  Throughout her leadership career, she served multiple times on all of the MASA committees and the MASA Foundation Board.
    We will miss her.

    The Board and Staff of The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)

    Click here for Lynne's Obituary

    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

    ▶︎ MASA AT THE CAPITOL - Session Update

    Keep informed with our Legislative Updates by clicking here.


    Make plans to attend the 2019 MASA/MASE Spring Conference!


    On Thursday morning, Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker will be with us to highlight her vision for E-12 education in our state, and Governor Tim Walz has been invited to be with us that morning if he is available.

    Click Here for information and to register

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

    March 7-8 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest • Brooklyn Park, MN

    What do you think of when you hear the words, “public education?” What do you think your students think of? How about their parents? District staff? Community members? Our audiences are many and diverse, and every individual has an idea of what “school” means to them – and therefore what schooling should be today. So what’s your story? A critical part of school leadership is cultivating an accurate narrative about the state of public education, and sometimes that can be challenging given the range of audiences and perspectives. Let’s take some time this spring and reflect on the stories of success, the opportunities provided by a system that is accessible to all, and the great presence of our schools in communities across Minnesota. Let’s celebrate public education!

    Start date: 3/3/19
    End date: 3/10/19
    Last day to book: 2/15/19

    Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
    Minneapolis Marriott Northwest for $145.00 per night

    Click here to book your group rate for 2019 MASA MASE Spring Conference


    Visit the MASA Jobsite Here


    Ada-Borup - February 1, 2019
    Aitkin Public Schools - January 5, 2019
    Bagely Public Schools - March 5, 2019
    Barnesville Public Schools - March 4, 2019
    Becker Public Schools - February 1, 2019
    Blooming Prairie Public Schools - February 20, 2019
    Blue Earth Area Schools - February 28, 2019
    Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School District - February 22, 2019
    Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District - April 1, 2019
    Cannon Falls Area Schools - February 25, 2019
    Cedar Mountain Schools - filled by Rob Brandl
    Central Public Schools- February 11, 2019
    Fergus Falls Public Schools - January 31, 2019
    Fosston School District - March 26, 2019
    Goodhue Public School - filled by Superintendent Evan Gough
    Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District - March 1, 2019
    Lake Park Audobon Schools - February 25, 2019
    Lynd Schools (separating from Hendricks) - January 28, 2019
    New London-Spicer Schools - filled by Superintendent Bill Adams
    Mankato Area Schools - April 15, 2019
    Morris Area Schools - March 26, 2019
    Osseo Area Schools - January 30, 2019
    Red Rock Central Schools - March 25, 2019
    Roseau Community Schools - TBD
    Rushford-Peterson Schools - January 11, 2019
    St. Francis School District - filled by Superintendent Beth Giese
    Staples-Motley School District - January 14, 2019
    Triton Public Schools - January 18, 2019
    Warroad Public Schools - January 14, 2019


    Click Here for information and to register

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

    March 7-8, 2019
    Exhibit Date: Thursday, March 7
    Marriott Northwest • Brooklyn Park, MN

    Join us on March 7th and share the excitement of the annual MASA/MASE Spring Conference!


    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

    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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