• The Richard Green Scholars Program
    is sponsored by MASA's
    valued Business Partner, Cuningham Group Architecture, PA


    MASA's Richard Green Scholars Program honors the scholarly work and
    professional development of Minnesota school leaders through the award of
    an annual recognition for the research, writing, and presentation of one paper
    reflecting the practice of excellent school leadership.

    Each winter, MASA members are invited to submit summary proposals for papers.

    A subcommittee of the MASA Executive Development Committee will select the
    Richard Green Scholar based on the submitted paper proposals.

    The scholarship recipient will be announced at the MASA Spring Conference, and
    the recipient will present his or her paper at the MASA Fall Conference.

    The Richard Green Scholar will receive a recognition plaque, a $1,000 award,
    and conference tuition and lodging for the Fall Conference.

    The Richard Green Scholars Program was named to honor former Minneapolis 
    Superintendent Richard R. Green, who modeled innovation and distinction in the 
    child-centered practice of exemplary school leadership.



    Congratulations to our Award Recipients and their Research!






    2017 Dr. Jeff Pesta, Superintendent, Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools, Recipient

    “Focusing on the Wrong Gap: Achievement or Assimilation?”

    To view Dr. Pesta's Paper Click Here
    To view Dr. Pesta's Presentation Paper Click Here

    2016 Dr. James Johnson, Superintendent, Monticello Schools, Recipient
    "An Evaluation of Implementation and Effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities in Minnesota Public Schools"

    To view Dr. Johnson's PPT Click Here

    Mr. Curt Tryggestad, Superintendent, Eden Prairie Schools

    The Role of the Minnesota Superintendent as a Technology Leader: A Delphi Study”

    To view Mr. Tryggestad's PPT Click Here
    To view Mr. Tryggestad's Paper Click Here

    2014 Dr. Heidi Hahn, Director of Special Education, Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative
    "Leadership Practices and Their Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction"

    To view Dr. Hahns PPT Click Here
    To view Dr. Hahns Paper Click Here



    Mr. Aaron Ruhland, Director of Learning and Accountability, Orono Public Schools

    "Educational Adequacy: What do we expect from our schools, at what level, for whom, and at what cost?"

    To view Mr. Ruhland's Paper Click Here
    To view Mr. Ruhland's PPT Click Here



    Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak, Assistant Superintendent, Moorhead Area Public Schools

    "Deep Visibility: Meaningful Absence and Presence in the Superintendency"

    To view Mr. Kazmierczak's PPT Click Here
    To view Mr. Kazmierczak's Paper Click Here



    Dr. Candace Raskin, Department Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato

    "Barriers & Challenges to Implementing Educational Change"

    To view Dr. Raskin's PPT Click Here 1
    To read Dr. Raskin's Paper Click Here   


    Dr. Mary Ann Nelson consults with K-12/higher education, teaches graduate
    school courses and advises education doctoral candidates for a local university.
    She's a Senior Examiner with Baldrige and a judge with the MN Quality Award. 
    Mary Ann recently served as a Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner for Academic Excellence and Innovations from 2003-2007

    “An Exploration of School Board-Superintendent Relationships in Minnesota”

    To read Dr. Nelson's 7 page Executive Summary Click Here 
    To read Dr. Nelson's 42 page Executive Summary Click Here
    To view Dr. Nelson's PPT
    Click Here
    To view Dr. Nelson's Zoomerang Survey 
    Click Here


    Dr. Jay Haugen, Superintendent of the West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District

    "Clear Goals And Transparent Accountability: A Public Campaign For School Improvement"

    To read Dr. Haugen's Paper Click Here
    To view Dr. Haugen's ppt Click Here 


    Dr. Karen Orcutt, Superintendent of the Orono Schools

    Characteristics of Resiliency in Leadership: Implications for Personal and Organizational Coping and Adapting Abilities”

    To view Dr. Orcutt's Paper Click Here
    To view Dr. Orcutts's PPT Click Here


    Dr. Mark Wolak, Superintendent, Mahtomedi Schools

    "Advancing Professional Practice for School Superintendents: Linking Effective Research with Effective Implementation"

    To read Dr. Wolak's Paper Click Here
    To view Dr. Wolak's PPT Click Here



    Dr. Diane J. Rauschenfels, Superintendent, Proctor School

    "Promoting Ethical Educational Leadership"


    To read Dr. Rauschenfels' Paper Click Here
    To view Dr. Rauschenfels' PPT Click Here