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    We are grateful to Springsted Incorporated for their ongoing support of Great Start

    Session I
    Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    12:30 – 4 :30 pm
    Minneapolis Marriott NW
    Room: Arbor Lakes
    7025 Northland Drive N, Brooklyn Park


    Participant List

    Presenter List



    12:00 - 1:00 pm - Fireside Room

    Private Lunch with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Kirk Schneidawind, MSBA Executive Director


    1:00 pm


    Kelly Smith, Vice President, Springsted Incorporated


    1:15 - 2:00 pm

    Effective School Board and Superintendent Relationships

    Jeff Olson, MSBA

    PPT: Creating Effective School Board /Superintendent Relationships

    2:00 – 3:00 pm

    Building Relationships with Your School Board Members - Month by Month

    Deb Henton, Superintendent, North Branch Area Schools

    Presentation Website


    3:00 - 3:15 pm



    3:15 - 4:00 pm

    Entry Plans

    Ric Dressen, Retired Superintendent, Edina Public Schools

    Assistant Professor, Education Doctorate Program, Concordia University
    Presentation Website

    Leadership Plan Handout [PDF]


    4:15 - 4:30 pm

    Session Reflection & Looking Forward