Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) 651•645•6272


    Please click here to view our membership directory. If your name is not listed, we have not received your membership renewal as of September 9, 2019.

    October 6 – 8, 2019
    Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth, MN

    One great challenge for our members at MASA 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 that we cannot dream of. 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 fall and explore the best of leadership practice here in Minnesota! 

    Register for the conference as a participant by https://events.resultsathand.com/masa/1004

    Arrange your lodging:

    The fee for participating does NOT include lodging. Please contact any of the hotels listed below and receive conference rates on your lodging.

    Canal Park Lodge (MASA Headquarters) • (800) 777-8560 • $152.00 per night               
    The Inn on Lake Superior • (888) 668-4352 • $169.99 per night
    Pier B Resort • (218) 481-8888 • $179.00 per night
    Registration Rates: Register on or before Friday, September 20 for a reduced rate!

    MASA Member Rate before September 20   


    MASA Member Rate beginning September 20


    Non Member Rate before September 20


    Non Member Rate beginning September 20


    MASA Retiree Rate


    🕳 Symposium of Women Educational Leaders (SWEL)
    Women Educational Leaders!!  We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Symposium of Women Educational Leaders (SWEL).  This year's SWEL will be held at Bethel University on November 14th, 2019.  We have an exciting line-up of speakers and topics to motivate and inspire you!  On behalf of the SWEL Planning Committee, we thank you for considering attending this year's symposium.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at marcilevymaguire@gmail.com.
    To register for this year's SWEL: SWEL 2019 Registration Form
    To learn more about 2019 SWEL: SWEL 2019 Information 



    * Episode 28: Valerie Dosland, Lobbyist for MASA
    by Jane Sigford Year Published: August, 2019
    Click Here to Listen

    Valerie Dosland is a lobbyist who works for MASA, and other educational organizations to continue to make our state a leader in education. The work of a lobbyist is built upon relationships, dialogue, gathering data, and being in tune with where we are and where we should go. Her work illustrates the quote from Robert Kennedy Jr. “Democracy is messy and it’s hard.”
    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode

    * Episode 29: Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, an African-American educator, who has a unique perspective on culture
    by Jane Sigford Year Published: August, 2019
    Click Here to Listen

    Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, retired superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools and currently a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has had a rich and varied career. She completed her dissertation on resiliency strategies of African-American women superintendents. As an African-American educator, she has a unique perspective on cultural bias, gender concerns, and leadership strategies, in addition to sharing her personal wisdom.
    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode

    🕳  DALE G. JENSEN GOLF TOURNAMENT (pre-conference)
    On Sunday, October 6th in the afternoon, golfers will enjoy the Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament, benefiting the MASA Foundation. All conference participants are invited to play, no matter your skill level! The tournament will be held at the Black Bear Golf Course in Carlton prior to the MASA Fall Conference.
    Visit https://www.regonline.com/MASAgolf2019 


    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)
    October 6 – 8, 2019
    Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth, MN

    You are invited to meet with Minnesota’s top educational leaders
    at the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) Fall Conference!

    Click Here to Register

    for new superintendents and 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 (GSC), 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 five traditional workshops (linked to MASA conferences for travel and schedule ease), participants will also receive access to the GSC Online Toolbox that contains supporting documents and videos on popular topics. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted for each session in the series. Whether you are an experienced administrator or are new to your leadership role, this workshop series is a wonderful opportunity to network with your colleagues and enhance your skills.

    Registration is now open for the MASA Great Start Cohort for new superintendents and administrators!

    You can register online at: https://www.regonline.com/greatstart1920

    🕳 InvestMN Bits ‘n Pieces Summer
    by Shari Prest Click Here


    The MASA and MASE membership platforms are online. Our new online platform provides a paperless, convenient, efficient, accurate, and secure way to join or renew your MASA and/or MASE membership(s). Current members have received a link to renew, and new members can link through the membership section of this web site. Simply Click Here to Join

    √ It’s paperless, always a good thing.

    √ It’s convenient. Arrange your membership(s) anywhere, anytime. No need to keep track of your materials. Just sign in and you are all set to go.

    √ It’s efficient. Once you complete your membership materials, your membership benefits are immediately in force and your contact data is included in the member directory.

    √ It’s accurate. You access and fill in your own data. You can even make changes as they occur.

    √ It’s secure. You access your member account using your email and password, and, except for the member directory, that information remains private. Our data back-up will be constant so there will be no chance of losing your membership record.

    √ Your dues will be paid online, too. You may use a credit card, PayPal, or choose to be billed.


    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.

    🕳 SCHOOL TAX ELECTIONS: Planning for Success in the New Normal ~

    Please register by Monday, September 30, 2019


    Monday, October 14, 2019
    8:30-9:15 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Introductions
    9:15 am - 4 pm - Workshop

    MASA Office
    1884 Como Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    * The location of the workshop will move to Baker Tilly (St. Paul office) 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 $50 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations made after October 4th. No shows will be billed.

    School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal, is a workshop based on the book of the same title co-authored by our presenters, Dr. Don Lifto and Barbara Nicol. The workshop’s content represents a marriage of research and successful practice, emphasizing systems and strategies rather than specific campaign tactics, allowing school administrators to elevate their thinking to a more comprehensive and long-range vision of election planning. Don Lifto, a director with Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors (formerly Springsted Incorporated) has worked with hundreds of school districts running operating, bond and technology elections from New Jersey to California. He has been a featured presenter on referendum topics many times at national conferences hosted by AASA, NSBA and ASBO and has had more than a dozen articles published in national journals. This workshop will be beneficial to school districts planning an initial operating, bond or technology referendum, or to those coming back for another try after a lost election. It will also feature invaluable strategies in preparing for and conducting a school tax election.

    This workshop will also feature presentations by Barb Nicol, APR on communication planning and Pat Devine and Paul David on Waconia’s successful 2018 referendum.  Barb, Pat and Paul have a wealth of experience and expertise to share with the group.


    Claiming Your Place At The Fire: Living The Second Half of Your Life On Purpose
    by Leider & Shapiro
    Year Published: 2004


    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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