MASA posts, as a courtesy, notices from our collegial community about events such as professional development opportunities. Please note these postings are not vetted by MASA. If you are interested in any of these non-MASA events or resources, we encourage you to examine the details. An example of this would be the availability of CEU’s, which must be approved by BOSA for MN Administrators.
Due to the challenges of COVID-19, please follow-up with the organization before attending.
Save the Date! Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) and Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors present...
School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:00 am - 3:30 pm in person at the MASA Offices 1884 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Planning and executing successful school tax elections is one of the most complex and consequential leadership challenges facing school administrators. Harnessing the power of research and best practices is critically important to improve your odds of success. The content of this workshop is based on the book, School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal, coauthored by Don Lifto and Barbara Nicol. AASA’s president, Daniel Domenech, states “Today, school tax referenda are often won or lost by small margins. With such little room for error, anyone involved in leading, planning and executing such an initiative should read this book carefully.” In addition to the content presented in the workshop, each school district, organization or business will receive one copy of this book as part of their registration. Watch for registration materials coming this summer.
Announcing an MASA Presentation Series - a Collaboration with CESO Communications “Take Five” Communication Workshop Series A series of five one-hour workshops designed to offer five key ideas that will make your school district’s communication efforts more effective. The workshops will be offered virtually and scheduled throughout May, 2021. Attend one, several or all. Workshops are presented without cost, but you must register.
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Leading School Tax Elections Dr. Don Lifto of Baker Tilly will be teaching a one-credit graduate class for the U of M in July on planning and leading school tax elections (referenda). It is scheduled for July 12, 14, and 16 and as of now is planned for live instruction. For more information about registering, members can call 612-625-9087.
Preventing Targeted Violence: Data-Driven Strategies in a Post COVID World May 14, 2021 11 am - 1 pm CST Register
This professional development training covers the following:
What we know about targeted violence
Data on school and workplace shooters
The impact of COVID-19 on targeted violence
Off-Ramps from Violence - Resources, Training, Policy
Building a Crisis Response Team
Social Media Safety
This event takes place online - participants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the event. Discounts are available upon request. Questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Violence Project is a nonprofit 501c3, nonpartisan research center dedicated to reducing violence in society using data and analysis to improve policy and practice.
MDE: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Series Are your professional learning communities (PLCs) feeling a little flat? Do your meetings lean heavy on the professional and light on the community? Do you want to review or catch-up on the PLC series on building and sustaining a collaborative culture that was presented last year? This workshop series is for PLC facilitators who want to add meaning and purpose to their current PLCs to help move teaching and learning further. Each session will focus on essential elements of the PLC process including the four critical questions that guide the work of PLCs and explore the implications of those elements on the school setting (in-person, hybrid, and online). During each session, participants will have the opportunity to share local practices and network with each other.
Audience: PLC facilitators, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators (We highly recommend the full team of PLC facilitators attend.)
Registration: Participants can register for the following sessions based on their needs. Two options will be offered on each day. One from 9:00-10:30 am and the other from 2:30-4:00 pm. Participants will be asked in the registration survey which option they prefer to attend.
Please contact Kristie Anderson at email@example.com or 651-582-8860 at least two weeks prior to the event to request reasonable accommodations. For questions about any of the PLC sessions, please contact Kristie Anderson.
MDE: Observation, Coaching, and Feedback Series Are you in search of the skills, tools, and support you need to shape a new coaching practice in this ever-changing learning environment? In an effort to support coaches, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators who now find themselves shifting between different support models for teachers, we are offering a coaching and feedback series for the 2020-2021 school year. This series will offer opportunities for participants to hear directly from colleagues with experience coaching and delivering feedback in an online environment and time to problem solve and plan through networking with others.
Please contact Angela Mansfield (firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-582-8371) at least two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation.
Audience: Peer reviewer/coaching teams, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators. We recommend the full team of peer reviewers and evaluators attend. Registration: Please take a look at the outline below and follow the links to register for any of the webinar sessions that interest you. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation message from Google Forms with information on how to join the webinar.
This series will be offered every other month, with two sessions in September, following the schedule below:
For questions about any of the Observation, Coaching and Feedback Series, please contact Angela Mansfield.
MDE: Get Involved with MDE’s Public Engagement Division Enter your school’s information to stay connected The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has a created a new Bilingual Family Engagement Liaison Contact on MDE-ORG. Contacts will receive important updates from MDE’s Public Engagement team about stories from the field, issues and concerns that families and communities are raising, and information pertinent to our shared work in stakeholder engagement.
Please update this site level contact for your elementary, middle, high school, alternative learning center and preschool sites. Please include any nonpublic schools if you are a school district. More information about how to access and enter this new data can be found at this link. Contact MDE-ORG Administrator, Michelle Carey, for questions regarding data entry at Michelle.Carey@state.mn.us. Contact Community Engagement Specialist, Lee Her, for questions about MDE’s public engagement initiative at Lee.Her@state.mn.us. Contact EL Specialist, Amy Young, for questions, guidance or assistance related to the “bilingual family engagement liaison” role at Amy.email@example.com.
P3 Innovations: NE Metro Intermediate District 916 June 21, 2021 Hear Innovative Solutions and Best Practices for Supporting Learners in Settings III/IV special education
People, Places and Programming intersect in different ways for different districts, and when you intentionally merge this powerful trio to meet your needs, you can support all students in reaching their full potential. Join us for our P3 Conference in June 2021, and consider registering a team comprised of district leaders, teachers and support staff to gather ideas and brainstorm possible applications for your home district or cooperative. You’ll learn first-hand from 40 speakers and panelists, and virtual tours of our award-winning facilities will be available. By bringing together robust training and programming that emphasizes academic rigor and mental health support, you can better address the complexities within Settings III/IV, Levels C/D and similarly intensive special education programs. 916schools.org/p3.
Women on Wednesday - St. Cloud State University About the ProgramThirty years ago, the first Women on Wednesday session was held in the basement of the former Women’s Center (which was north of Mitchell Hall). This launched a now 30-year history of introducing new generations of students to one model of exploring and educating about women’s and gender issues—and considering the impact of gender on women’s lives in particular. The series “took.” In other words, it paved the way for WoW’s "signature series" status. By organizing presentations on a vast array of feminist issues and highlighting diverse women’s perspectives, the Women’s Center has offered amazing opportunities to learn from women’s lived experiences, as experts in their fields, and about feminist social, political, economic, and legal efforts towards social justice and change. For more episodes, visit theWomen on Wednesday Archive
Looking for a book study for your leadership team? MASA's "What We Are Reading" Blog is a great resource. Thanks to our book blogger, Steve Malone, Superintendent of Becker Public Schools for being our Reader Leader! Check out a sampletoday.
Leadership from the Inside Out Denny Smith has launched his new weekly video series "Leadership from the Inside Out." "Leadership from the Inside Out" is a web series of motivational and personal development videos for teachers and educators for fall. Each week, the school or district would receive a one to three-minute video that they could forward to staff. There is no cost for the program. Check out one of his videos: Be Your Own Best Coach Subscribe the video series at www.dennysmith.com