Each fall, MASA holds its annual conference. The locations of our fall conference alternate between Duluth and Brainerd Minnesota. Take some time during the fall to collaborate, reflect on the stories of success, the opportunities provided by a system that is accessible to all, and the great presence of our schools in communities across Minnesota.
2023 MASA Fall Conference Handouts October 8-10, DECC, Duluth
Keynote Speakers: Leading with Trust Andrew Dolloff Handout Slides
2021 MASA Fall Conference Handouts September 27-28 • Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
In March, 2020, MASA members gathered for our conference amidst rumblings about the COVID virus. We avoided handshakes and hugs, and were liberal in our use of hand sanitizer.We ended the conference on Friday, and on Sunday the Governor announced formally what we all suspected:the world of public education had changed.In the months to follow, we tackled a new list of challenges, read pounds of government guidance, and added new terms to our leadership lexicon (PPE, masking, distancing, contact tracing, herd immunity, flattening the curve, and so on).Now, about a year and a half later, we are “restarting.”While we contemplate our new reality as it pertains to the status of the pandemic, we consider the opportunity to provide excellent instruction with equity at its center.We know that lessons have emerged – and continue to develop – as a result of the pandemic challenge.Our most important take-away:schools are up to the task.Join your colleagues this fall, in person, and explore what we learned, how we are different, and how we will experience our next normal in Minnesota public education.
Keynote Speakers: Tough year, resilient leaders: Learning for the Next Normal Katie Pekel, Principal in Residence, University of Minnesota and Sebastian Witherspoon, Executive Director, Equity Alliance MN Handout: Educational Equity: Good for All Students
You’ve Been Sued, Now What? Legal and Administrative Claims Against School Districts Liz Vieira, Attorney, Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. Handout: You’ve Been Sued, Now What?
Need Extra Substitutes? Help Is On The Way! Jeff Elstad, Superintendent, Owatonna School District Michelle Krell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Owatonna School District Handout: Need Extra Substitutes?
Taking Flight: Aligning Initiatives Throughout Your District Neil Andrushak, Digital Convergence Specialist, Little Falls School District Aaron Sinclair, Assistant Superintendent, Little Falls School District Handout: Taking Flight
Stronger Foundations: How Foundational SEL Prepares Schools for the Next Normal – A Panel Discussion Mandy Fletcher, Superintendent, Blue Earth Area School District John Kocur. Regional Sales Director, Move This World Conan Shaffer, Principal, Blue Earth Area School District Handout: Stronger Foundations
Hold the Phone: Responding to Student Off-Campus Speech in Light of "The Cheerleader Case" Christian Shafer, Attorney, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A. Handout: Hold the Phone
Mindset Changes Everything Jenna Fromm, CEO/Owner, Palmer Bus Service Handout: Mindset
Building Evaluation Strategies in a Changing Education Environment Delonna Darsow, Data Product Champion, Sourcewell Technology Corey Tramm, Vice President of Business Development, Sourcewell Technology Handout: Building Evaluation Strategies
Leveraging a Lab Operating System to Create NetworkedCenters of Equity Ann Ertl, Director of Innovation, Design and Learning, Hopkins School District Randy Fielding, Architect and Founding Partner, Fielding International Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent, Hopkins School District Handout: Leveraging a Lab Operating System
2022 Fall Conference Materials
2022 MASA Fall Conference Handouts October 2-4, Madden's on Gull Lake, Brainerd
It’s Not Just the Students: How Leaders & Staff Must Relearn Work in a Post-Covid Environment Presented by: Christine Wroblewski, Senior Consultant, TeamWorks International Ray Queener, Chief Operating Officer and Consultant, TeamWorks International Ann-Marie Foucault, Superintendent, St. Michael-Albertville Schools Presentation Materials [PDF]
Aligning Resources to District Goals, Staffing Analysis, Financial Performance Presented by: Lori Volz, Director, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC Ryan Fetters, Director, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC
Portrait of A Graduate in Action via Student Portfolios Presented by: Rick Sansted, Superintendent, Alexandria Public Schools Darcy Josephson, Assistant Superintendent - Teaching and Learning, Alexandria Public Schools Presentation Slides [PDF]
Tuesday, October 4 Living and Leading Centered in Your Purpose ` Presented by: Teri Staloch, Senior Educational Consultant, SitelogIQ and SchoolIQ Renee Corneille, Superintendent, St. Anthony-New Brighton School District Presentation Slides
Courage Under Fire Presented by: Daniel Ludvigson, Superintendent, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Presentation Slides [PDF]
Turning Kids Away from the Path to Violence PART ONE: Prevention and Partnerships: A Viable Strategy to Counter School Violence Presented by: Bruno Dias, Associated Director for Field Operations for the Center for Prevention Programs, Department of Homeland Security
Impact of Rising Property Valuations Presented by: Michael Hart, Director of Public Finance, PMA Securities, LLC Steve Pumper, Vice President, PMA Securities, LLC
A Review of First Amendment Rights for Students, Staff, and Schools Presented by: Trevor Helmers, Attorney, Rupp, Anderson, Squires, Waldspurger & Mace, P.A. Session Materials [PDF]
Tuesday, October 4 What's Your Community Thinking? Presented by: Don Lifto, Consultant, School Election Strategies Bill Morris, President, Morris Leatherman Company Presentation Slides [PDF] Managing Your Critics 2.0 - The Fires are STILL Burning and The Waves are STILL High Presented by: Susan Brott, Senior Strategist, CESO
The Voices Framework: Connect Purpose and Practice with Student Voice Presented by: Stan Alleyne, Lead Strategist, Captivate Media and Consulting Benji Perez Gonzalez, Project Coordinator for DEI, Captivate Media and Consulting
Repair. Restore. Reclaim. Presented by: Jamie Nord, Executive Director, St. Croix River Education District Presentation Slides
Leading Organizational Change Post Civil Unrest and COVID: MN National Guard Lessons Learned Presented by: Shawn Manke, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard (MNNG) Charles Rankin, Superintendent, Minnewaska Schools / Brigade Commander, Minnesota National Guard