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


  • 🕳 Announcement: 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.

    🕳 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!

    🕳 2020 MASA/MASE Spring Conference
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)
    Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE)

    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.

    🕳 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

    🕳 You Are Invited!

    2020 AASA MN State Breakfast

    Be sure to mark your calendar for the Minnesota State Breakfast honoring David Law, 2020 MN Superintendent of the Year, during the 2020 AASA National Convention in San Diego, CA.

    Our breakfast program is a great opportunity for you to gather with your colleagues during the AASA conference, as well as hear a presentation from Superintendent Law!

    Event Details
    Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
    Time: 7:30-8:30 am
    Location: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    Room: Catalina

    Please RSVP online by Friday, January 31, 2020:

    If you have not already registered for the AASA conference, you can find registration materials and information on the AASA website: http://nce.aasa.org/

    🕳 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!

    🕳 2019-2020 Superintendent Searches

    Alexandria Schools: Application Deadline February 3, 2020
    Big Lake Schools: Application Deadline February 7, 2020
    Columbia Heights Schools: Filled by Superintendent Zena Stenvik
    Detroit Lakes Public Schools: Application Deadline January 20, 2020
    Duluth Public Schools: TBD
    Farmington Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jason Berg
    Fillmore Central Schools: Application Deadline January 31, 2020
    Freshwater Education District: Application Process Completed
    Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools: Application Deadline January 17, 2020
    Hastings Public Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jeff Pesta
    Hermantown Community Schools: Applications Deadline January 20, 2020
    Kenyon-Wanamingo School District: Filled by Interim Superintendent David Thompson
    Maple Lake Schools: Application Deadline January 24, 2020
    Minnewaska Area Schools: TBD Interim Superintendent
    Mora Public Schools: Application Deadline March 2, 2020
    Ortonville Public Schools: Application Deadline January 27, 2020
    Rockford Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Rhonda Dean
    Redwood Area Schools: Application Process Completed
    Saint Peter Public Schools: Application Deadline February 24. 2020
    Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools: Application Deadline February 9, 2020
    St. Clair Schools: Application Process Completed

    🕳 Have you renewed your membership for 2019-2020?

    Please click here to view our membership directory. If your name is not listed, we have not received your membership renewal as of January 2, 2020.

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

    🕳 Retiring in 2020?

    Please let us know by emailing quinn@mnasa.org

    🕳 MASA Podcast

    Episode 33: The Value of Relational Skills in Being a Positive School Leader
    by Jane Sigford

    Published: December 2019

    Click Here to Listen

    Amy Ernst, special education director for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, demonstrates the value of relational skills in being a positive school leader. Relationships are key to listening, building trust, and collaborating as professionals work together to design and implement learning experiences for students. As she would say, if you have a big belief in people, you will have big outcomes.

    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode

    🕳 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


    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.


    The 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session convenes on Tuesday, February 11, 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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