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NEW: Legislative Update Valerie Dosland, MASA Lobbyist March 1, 2021 February Budget and Economic Forecast Twice a year the office of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) releases a state budget and economic forecast that projects the overall fiscal stability of the state over the next biennium. After continued projections for a budget shortfall for the FY 2022-23 biennium, the February forecast now shows a $1.6 billion surplus, versus the $1.27 billion deficit that was previously anticipated. The increased forecast is attributed to an improved U.S. economic outlook, federal pandemic relief legislation and lower state spending... Read More
NEW: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County February 25, 2021 View Here
NEW: 2021 MASA/MASE Spring Conference Virtual Exhibit Fair Conference dates: March 11-12 Exhibit Date: Thursday, March 11
Our spring conference will be held virtually this year, so we will not be hosting a traditional “in-person” exhibit fair. However, we are inviting our friends in business to participate in the conference and showcase their products and services with a Virtual Exhibit.
Each of our exhibitors will be showcased on their own section of our exhibitor web page. See an example below. The page will be available throughout the day on Thursday, and conference participants will be especially encouraged to visit the virtual booths during breaks: 10 - 10:45 am, 12 noon - 1 pm, and 2 - 2:30 pm. We also invite our exhibitors to provide a link to their own virtual meeting platform so real-time visits can take place during the breaks. View more information and register
NEW: Register for the MASA/MASE Spring Conference! Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) and Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present
2021 MASA/MASE Spring Conference Leading the Learning March 11-12 • Convened Virtually
The work of leadership for learning is an ambitious pursuit. Simply providing new information is not enough to affect change; people need context, reason, vision, and the tools to reach goals. Also this year, we continue to need additional plans for addressing the ongoing pandemic. Leadership for learning means listening to and providing information for stakeholders, helping the wider community understand the reasons and plans for serving all students and their families. Whew! And we need to take care of our own families and hopefully ourselves. We know leadership matters, so join your colleagues this spring and enhance your own leadership practice. Yes, we will again be meeting in a virtual format, but we will be meeting, and that is important during these challenging times. The vehicle might be yet another virtual experience, but we promise we will do our best to make this valuable professional learning that will support you right now. Don’t miss this chance to learn and reflect on your leadership practice. Click here to view more and to register UPDATED February 25: 2021 Superintendent Posted Job Openings Simply click on the links below or visit the MASA Jobsite here
Austin Public Schools filled by Joey Page, Superintendent, Byron School District Breckenridge Public Schools (application deadline was February 5) Byron Public Schools (TBD) Chisholm Public Schools (application deadline was February 23) Dassel-Cokato Schools(application deadline March 29) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Public School filled by Shannon Hunstad, Superintendent, Lancaster Schools Edina Public Schools(application deadline April 20) Henning Public School (application deadline was February 2) Houston Public Schools(application deadline March 31) Intermediate School District 917(application deadline March 16) La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools(application deadline March 15) Lac qui Parle Valley Schools(application deadline March 23) Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial Schools filled by Mark Westerburg, Superintendent, Willits Unified District CA Lake Park-Audubon Schools(application deadline is February 29) Lancaster Public Schools (TBD) Le Sueur-Henderson Public School District filled by Jim Wagner, Superintendent, Johnson County Schools, Buffalo, WY Lynd Public Schools (application deadline was February 8) Marshall Public Schools filled by Jeremy Williams, Interim Superintendent, Marshall School District Martin County West Schools (application deadline was February 19) Mesabi East School District (application deadline was February 12) Montevideo School District filled by Wade McKittrick, Superintendent, Wabasso School District NE Metro Intermediate School District 916 (application deadline was February 19) New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) Public Schools (application deadline was February 19) Renville County West Public Schools (application deadline was January 15) Robbinsdale Area Schools (application deadline April 2) Rochester Public Schools (TBD) Roseville Area Schools (application deadline was February 19) Royalton Public Schools(application deadline March 22) Sartell-St. Stephen Schools(application deadline was February 24) Sibley East Schools (application deadline March 5) Tri-County Schools (application deadline was February 22) Ulen-Hitterdal Public Schools(application deadline March 1) Wabasso School District (TBD)
NEW: Meet Your Candidates MASA 2021-2022 President-Elect Meet your candidates for MASA 2021-2022 president-elect. In alternate years, MASA’s voting members nominate and elect a president-elect from Greater Minnesota (MASA Regions 1 - 8) and the Metro Area (MASA Region 9). This year, our members will elect a president-elect from Greater Minnesota. Campaign season is mid-January through March 12, when candidates will be invited to speak at the spring conference. Ballots will go out the week of March 15. We invite you to get to know our candidates through their campaign initiatives, including their online introductions, featured HERE. Thank you for supporting strong leadership for your association.
Call for Proposals MASA is inviting proposals for future Master Classes.
We know our members are busier than ever. We also know that our members are learners, and value the opportunity to enhance personal and professional skills. MASA is offering a number of shorter workshops that we are calling our Master Classes. A master class is an opportunity offered by an expert presenter to learners of advanced skill in a particular profession or discipline. MASA’s master classes will be held virtually every few weeks or so and will feature presentations that address the expressed needs and interests of our members.
Anyone who is interested in presenting a master class is invited to submit a proposal by clicking here. This brief proposal form takes only a few minutes to complete. This is an ongoing invitation, so there is no deadline for submissions, but please send an email to Jeanna Vohnoutka (email@example.com) so our staff will know you have submitted your proposal.
Some things to note: Topics can be any subject that would interest educational leaders. Sessions are short, 90 minutes at most. Because we offer the sessions at no charge to our members, presenters are not compensated. Sessions are presented virtually using Zoom.
Thank you for considering a presentation. Your willingness to share your work is a great gift to your colleagues!
Are you planning to retire in 2021? Please let us know if you will be retiring by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy! A partnership among The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Sourcewell
The Minnesota Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy provides a rich, collegial cohort opportunity for school leaders who wish to become Minnesota School Superintendents. The Academy focuses on developing a professional practice in the superintendency that is grounded in evidence-based knowledge, skills, and dispositions that contribute to successful capstone leadership. Sessions are taught by experienced, effective school leaders and each participant will be paired with a coach for guidance during the cohort and beyond.
Participation will be limited, and applications will be screened for the highest quality candidates. Those selected for participation in the program will be outstanding, high performing leaders whose next logical career step would be the superintendency. This program will support the transition into the first position as superintendent and each participant will receive a certificate of completion. View More and Register Application Deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021. 2021 MASA Legislative Platform View Here
Management Concerned for Public Education (MCPE) During the legislative session, MASA will once again be at the capitol representing YOU! MASA is committed to providing an excellent effort of influencing lawmakers in the support of educational leaders. "It Takes All of Us” to do this, and we need your support. Join MCPE today!