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  • 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.


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    SCHOOL TAX REFERENDA: A Comprehensive Planning Model for Success
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA)
    and Springsted Incorporated
    Monday, October 8, 2018
    Monday, April 8, 2019
    9:15 am - 4 pm
    at the MASA Building in St. Paul

    Click here to register

    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 presenter, Dr. Don Lifto. 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.



    *NEW* September 26, 2018

    A Small District Has Many Advantages

    Chris Mills, Superintendent of Stephen-Argyle Public Schools in the northwestern corner of Minnesota, will tell you that being the superintendent of a small district has many advantages—getting hugs from kindergartners in the hallway, being a community leader, advocating at the legislature for equity in funding and treatment of small schools, and in creating a school community where all are welcome.

    Advice to Practitioners and Future Retirees

    John Thein has had an interesting career as a superintendent. He was superintendent of Roseville Area Schools for the longest time, for a length of 17 years. However, he has had short term positions and interim positions in a variety of districts from rural, to suburban to integration districts, to urban. John Thein could have published his quotes, from which we can all learn, as an almanac similar to Ben Franklin, but you can listen to them here instead. Enjoy!

    September 6, 2018

    Community Collaboration

    New MASA Podcast! Denise Pontrelli, Superintendent of Stillwater Area Public Schools, talks about the community collaboration process by which that area has designed a multi-faceted approach to providing mental health services to students and families.

    Change in Schools and the Dynamic use of their Strategic Plan

    New MASA Podcast! Jason Berg, Executive Director of Education Services for the Farmington Area Public Schools, shares thoughts about change in the schools and the dynamic use of their strategic plan.

    Incorporating Changes within your School Population

    John Landgaard is Superintendent of Worthington Public Schools in southwestern Minnesota, one of the 27 districts in the state where white students are the minority. He sees this increasing diversity as a real asset to his community and to the rest of the state. In fact, he is establishing a “Grow Your Own” program for teachers who emulate the student body and solve some of the teacher shortages. Plus, he has ideas about what we need to stop doing and how we can change our high schools.

    Indian Culture/Traditions

    Janey Blanchard, superintendent of Chisholm Public Schools, has experience in dealing with cultures not her own. She has experience working with our Native American students and now she is learning the culture of the Iron Range. She discusses the importance of listening and relationships. Her excitement about doing good work for all students is readily apparent. Besides, she's fun to listen to.




    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! 
    Click here for the entire library!

    Communicating with Your School Boards

    Nan Records, Special Education Director, Sherburne Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative advocates for the role school leaders should take in communicating with their school boards and/or governing boards as part of their jobs. She presents why this is important, hot topics to address and offers suggestions for ways to promote good communicating relationships.

    A Question of Balance... The Art of Contract Negotiations

    Greg Vandal, Retired Superintendent Sauk Rapids Rice School District provides a primer on the Public Employee Labor Relations Act (PERLA), presents contract negotiations from the perspective of courtship or relationship based experiences and discusses two common approaches, traditional bargaining and interest based bargaining.


    The MASA Business Partner Program provides opportunities for businesses to connect with Minnesota’s educational leaders. Our core belief is that MASA’s role in engaging business partners is to facilitate a rich conversation that helps our practitioner members understand what resources are available to support their districts, and our business partner members understand the needs of our school districts.
    View our 2018-2019 business partner members!

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    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.

    2018-19 MASA Great Start Cohort Schedule

    Session 1: August 8, 2018 - Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park (following the MDE Back to School Conference)
    Session 2: September 30, 2018 - Madden's on Gull Lake, Brainerd (Prior to the MASA Fall Conference)
    Session 3: December 3, 2018 - MASA Offices, St. Paul
    Session 4: February 6, 2019 - MASA Offices, St. Paul
    Session 5: March 6, 2019 - Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park (prior to the MASA/MASE Spring Conference)

    Thank you to Springsted for your generous support in our Great Start Cohort


    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. Click here to view learning opportunitie


    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. Click here















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