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 2020-2021 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  

  • 🕳 At the Capitol:  Special Session Update: July 14, 2020

    The Governor, once again, called the MN Legislature back to a special session. He did so in order to continue his peacetime emergency executive powers but also to allow the House and Senate to take up bills related to bonding, taxes, and police reform..... click here to read more.


    🕳 New MASA Podcasts

    Episode #37 How Real is Race Part 1 

    Click Here to Listen 

    This podcast is like an audiobook production by reading the article "How Real is Race? Using Anthropology to Make Sense of Human Diversity" by Carol Mukhopadhyay and Rosemary C. Henze. The article addresses race as a social construct, not a scientifically proven biological fact. They offer ideas to help change our thinking and practices for education. It's read by Jane Sigford. 

    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode 


    Episode #38 Race, Achievement Gap, and Schools Part 2 

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    Race, The Achievement Gap, and Schools are the first of two podcasts about education and racism. This podcast consisting of 4 parts of a discussion about what has happened currently because of the killing of George Floyd, how the idea of race is not biologically sound but is a social construct, how our thinking patterns reinforce our beliefs, and how education can move to eradicate our racist ideas and practices in structure, measurement, and curriculum. The second podcast is an audiobook-like airing of an article called “How Real is Race? using Anthropology to make sense of Human Diversity.” 

    CC - Closed captioning is available for this episode


    🕳 Kraus-Anderson University and KFI Engineers are offering a free, 3 CEU webinar on Healthy School Environments.

    Space is limited, so enroll today. Click Here for Details

    For registration, contact Mike Smoczyk via email mike.smoczyk@krausanderson.com or call 612-270-5471.

    🕳 Dr. Deb Henton begins her new role as MASA Executive Director


    Dr. Deb Henton brings a wealth of experience to this role, including her work as an administrator in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts.  Deb most recently served as the Superintendent of the North Branch Area Public Schools and she is the 2019-2020 MASA Past President.

    MASA is excited to welcome Deb to this important role serving the MASA mission, and we are grateful for her willingness to lead.

    Deb Henton would like to start her first day as MASA Executive Director by greeting our members with a video. https://youtu.be/MQ9XbBZFSXU


    Work:  651-645-6869, or 651-645-6272
    Cell:    651-439-7719

    2020-21 MASA Board of Directors
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    🕳 COVID-19 Information and Resources

    Visit https://www.mnasa.org/Page/164 or click the COVID-19 tab above. 

    Additional Resources:

    2020-21 MASA Committee Sign-up!

    If you are interested in serving on a MASA committee, please fill out the short survey with your committee interests: https://forms.gle/9JfVMijuSBnmZKc97.

    The committee sign-up will close at 4 pm on September 1, 2020.

    Each committee has at least 18 members, including two from each of our nine regions. Committee terms are for two years. If you are currently serving your first term year, you will continue on that committee for the second term year. Please refer to www.mnasa.org/committees if you are unsure of your current committee standing. 

     Committee options:

    • Executive Development Committee
    • Nominating Committee
    • Federal Advocacy Committee
    • Legislative Committee
    • MASA Foundation Board

    Nominations Open! 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year


    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. The recipient of this prestigious award will be a candidate among other state winners for the National Superintendent of the Year.

    The program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our state’s public schools. Any superintendent, chancellor, or top leader of a school system in Minnesota who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated.

    The nomination deadline is Aug. 1, 2020.

    Click here for more information and to nominate.

     2020 Superintendent Changes/Searches

    Adrian Public Schools: Filled by Principal Molly Schilling
    Alexandria SchoolsFilled by Ass't. Superintendent Rick Sansted
    Big Lake Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Truebenbach
    Browns Valley Schools: Filled by Instructor Carmen Hills

    Buffalo Lake-Hector: Filled by Superintendent Michelle Mortensen
    Carlton School District: Filled by WI Superintendent John Engstrom

    Columbia Heights Schools: Filled by Superintendent Zena Stenvik
    Deer River Schools: Filled by Superintendent Jeff Pesta

    Detroit Lakes Public Schools: Filled by Principal Mark Jenson
    Duluth Public Schools: Filled by Associate Superintendent John Magas 

    Eastern Carver County Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams
    Farmington Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jason Berg
    Fillmore Central SchEllinools: Filled by Principal Heath Olstad
    Freshwater Education District: Filled by Director Eric Weber
    Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Jeffrey K. Horton
    Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools: Filled by Superintendent Matt Grose

    Hastings Public Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Robert McDowell
    Henning Public Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jerry Nesland
    Hermantown Community Schools: Filled by Principal Wayne Whitwam
    Jordan Public Schools: Filled by 
    Ranae Case Evenson
    Kelliher School District: Filled by Principal Paul Grams

    Kenyon-Wanamingo School District: Filled by Superintendent Bryan Boysen
    LeRoy-Ostrander: Filled by Superintendent Jennifer Backer-Johnson
    Lewiston-Altura School District: Filled by Superintendent Gwen Carman

    Lyle Public School: Filled by Principal Jamie Goebel
    Maple Lake Schools: Filled by Superintendent Mike Rowe
    Marshall Public Schools: Filled by Director Jeremy Williams
    McGregor School District: Filled by Principal Bradley Johnson

    Milaca School District: Filled by Director David Wedin
    Minnewaska Area Schools: Superintendent Richard Ellingworth
    Moose Lake Community Schools: Filled by Principal Billie Jo Steen
    Mora Public Schools: Filled by Principal Daniel Voce
    Nett Lake Schools: Filled by Instructor Peter Hardy
    North Branch Area Schools: Filled by Assistant Superintendent Sara Paul
    Nicollet Public School District: Filled by Superintendent Steve Malone
    Ortonville Public Schools: Filled by Principal Corey Larson
    Pelican Rapids School District: Filled by Interim Brian Korf
    Pine River-Backus Schools: Filled by Principal Jonathan Clark
    Redwood Area Schools: Filled by Superintendent Becky Cselovszki
    Renville County West: Application Deadline July 13, 2020
    Robbinsdale Area Schools TBD
    Rockford Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Rhonda Dean
    Rush City Public Schools: Filled by Interim Malinda Lansfeldt

    Saint Peter Public SchoolsFilled by Superintendent Bill Gronseth
    Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools: Filled by Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom

    St. Clair Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Collins
    St. James School: Filled by Principal Steve Heil
    Stillwater Area Schools: TBD
    Thief River Falls: Filled by Principal Donita Stepan

    Tri-City United: Filled by Superintendent Lonnie Seifert
    Warren-Alvarado-Oslo: Filled by Principal Kirk Thorstenson

    Waseca Public Schools: Filled by Director Eric Hudspith
    Watertown-Mayer Schools: Application Deadline July 8, 2020

    🕳 2020 MDE Back-to-School Conference - Back to Better

    The conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11th and 12th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.  The theme for this year will be “Back to Better”.  As you might expect, the exact structure for the conference is in flux.  We are working with the Marriott to determine their room capacities when social distancing is being followed.  We will need to know what type of gatherings are allowed before anything can be finalized.  Options being considered include an in-person conference, a virtual conference, or some type of hybrid conference (in-person/virtual).  Regardless of the structure, this will be a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues from around the state as you prepare for another challenging school year.  

    At this point, please mark your calendars for August 11th and 12th.  Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.   

    🕳 Join MASA Today!

    Whether you are a new administrator or a seasoned leader, I would personally like to encourage you to become (or remain) an active member of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Our organization represents more than 900 educational administrators throughout Minnesota.

    To meet the individualized needs of our members, MASA provides a multi-tiered professional learning platform featuring a variety of conferences, workshops, and online learning. In addition to professional learning opportunities, we offer consulting and mentoring, legislative advocacy, and legal assistance when necessary. Most importantly, MASA provides our members with a professional network of colleagues.

    As one of the strongest voices for public education, MASA has a solid and collaborative working relationship with state and federal policymakers, state department officials, and other educational associations. Together, we work to promote progressive ideas to improve our schools. MASA members serve in advisory capacities to top officials in our Department of Education and our organization has strong links to many of the businesses that serve public education in Minnesota.

    Our national organization, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), is a compelling voice for public education in Washington D.C. and provides a variety of valuable member resources. MASA members who also join AASA enjoy the security of a $1 million dollar professional liability insurance policy as well as an enhanced level of legal support. Click here to join!

    🕳 2020 AASA Virtual Legislative Advocacy Conference

    Following is information about the 2020 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference which will be held virtually July 7-9. There is no cost for an AASA member to participate. Non-AASA members will pay $50 to attend. Additional information can be found at the following link: https://www.aasa.org/legconf.aspx.

    2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium

    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.

    Thank you for considering this opportunity!

    David Law, JD, MASA President, and Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District
    Deb Henton, EdD, MASA Past President and Superintendent, North Branch Area Public Schools
    Gary M. Amoroso, Ph.D., Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators

    The consortium will meet: 

    For more information click here

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

    Ready to join? Reserve your seat today.  

    🕳 MASA Podcast

    Episode 36: COVID-19 through the Eyes of 18-year old Audrey Thibert

    “COVID-19 Through the eyes of an 18-yr-old” by Audrey Thibert looks at how this pandemic affects one of our students on a very personal level. High School graduation, prom, etc are cultural and emotional markers of a transition from relative dependence to the next part of a young person’s life. This virus has changed this drastically as we hear from Audrey.

    New! Online Toolbox: MASA Members’ Best Practices Collection of COVID-19 Resources
    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.


    🕳 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

    🕳 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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