Registration is now open!

    2020-2021 MASA Great Start Cohort
    for new superintendents and administrators

    To Register: Click Here

    The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is committed to providing excellent professional development that will support you in your professional practice. As a member of the Great Start Cohort, 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 seven traditional workshops (scheduled in conjunction with conferences when appropriate for travel and schedule ease), participants will also receive access to the GSC Online Toolbox webpage filled with supporting documents and resources on popular topics.

    Please encourage any new superintendents and administrators to register for the MASA Great Start Cohort!

    Please register by Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

    Cohort Fee:

    Because of the generous support of Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors we are able to offer this cohort for $499 for all seven sessions. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages for full-day sessions. The price will not be prorated for missed sessions. Participants may not register for individual sessions.

    Contingent plans are in place depending on the circumstances of COVID-19; including a different venue with fewer attendees and social distancing or offering the workshop via ZOOM.  

    We will make that decision later depending on the circumstances.

    MASA Membership Requirement:

    You MUST be a Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) member to attend. Not a member yet? Please submit your membership online at https://events.resultsathand.com/membership/1194.


    Continuing Clock Hours:

    CEUs will be provided for each session.


    Session Dates and Info:

    Session 1 – Thursday, August 20, 2020  • Virtual

    Online Session

    9 am - 3:15 pm

    Topics: Your Association: Benefits and Resources, School Board Relationships, Communicating with Your School Board, Discussion: Back to School – What are your questions and ideas?


    Session 2 – Sunday, September 27, 2020 • Virtual 

    Please note this session has moved from in-person to virtual

    9 am - 4 pm

    Liability Issues and Employee Discipline, Great Start Cohort Graduate Panel, Art of Influence


    Session 3 – Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    This session is shared with the MASA Finance Academy

    MASA Offices | 1884 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN

    9 am - 4 pm

    Topics: Levy Certification and Truth in Taxation, Strategic Financial Planning: Analyze Needs and Allocate Resources, The Basics of HR - What You Need to Know


    Session 4 – Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    This session is shared with the MASA Finance Academy

    MASA Offices | 1884 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN

    9 am - 4 pm

    Topics: Budget Planning Calendar, Communicating about School Finance Across Multiple Audiences, Special Ed Finance, Funding Options for Public Schools 


    Session 5 – Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    MASA Offices | 1884 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN

    9 am - 4 pm

    Topics: Leading for Equity, Leading for Deeper Learning, Lobbying on Behalf of Your District


    Session 6 – Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    This session is shared with the MASA Finance Academy

    Marriott Northwest |7025 Northland Dr. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

    9 am - 4 pm

    Topics: Contract Negotiations, Tracking School Finance: What Should Be on Superintendents’ Radar, Panel – Our Best Finance Advice for New Superintendents, Local Reporting


    Session 7 – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    MASA Offices | 1884 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN

    9 am - 4 pm

    Topics: Coaching Principals and District Level Leaders, Mental Health Issues, Legal Desk: Current Events and Hot Topics for School Leaders


    Session topics are subject to change. All handouts are hosted electronically. Remember your laptop or tablet and please dress casually.