MDE 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
MDE 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
1-877-303-1681
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest •: I-94 / Boone Ave
7025 Northland Drive
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55428
United States

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The Minnesota Department of Education and
the Minnesota Association of School Administrators present

The 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference

Tuesday – Wednesday, August 5-6, 2014
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

All are welcome.  Bring your team!

Make plans now to attend the 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference.  Our agenda will inform and inspire you as you anticipate the new school year.  Our program will include global and local perspectives on leading positive futures for all of our students.  We will hear from MDE leaders on a variety of topics affecting your district, but this year with a spin – or rather a flip!  A number of our MASA members have asked for more time for discussion and Q&A with the MDE presenters, so we will be flipping our breakout sessions.  Once MASA receives the link from MDE, participants will receive online access information via email to view presentations prior to the conference, and breakouts will focus on discussion rather than presentation.  Concurrently, an unconference will allow participants to frame their own discussion groups around whatever topic they choose.  Don’t miss this energizing way to get in gear for 2014-15.  Register today!

Registration Fee:  $319.00
Lodging: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest group rate for $125.00 per night LODGING IS FULL

The Marriott Northwest is fully booked. Here are some other recommendations from the Marriott Northwest:

Below is a list of nearby hotels:
 
Marriott Courtyard (2.6 miles away)

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspmg-courtyard-minneapolis-maple-grove-arbor-lakes/
 
La Quinta Inn & Suites (0.2 miles away)
http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ6158&propId=6158
La Quinta is walking distance at 0.2 miles, but it is kiddy corner from a busy intersection which would be hard to cross.
 
The Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel (5.2 miles)
http://www.minneapolisboulevardhotel.com/
 
Holiday Inn (2.6 miles away)
http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/maple-grove/mpgmn/hoteldetail


PLEASE NOTE: The Back to School Conference has been designed to be compatible with the agenda for the FinnFest Education Forum August 6-7 in Minneapolis.



                                          AGENDA
Tuesday, August 5
8 Registration Open


8 – 9 Morning Refreshments Available


8:30 – 9  Student Performance

Cannon Falls Steel Drum Group


9 – 9:30 Opening Remarks

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

Governor Mark Dayton (invited)


9:30 – 9:45 Break


9:45 - 10  Conference Vision

Gary Amoroso, MASA Executive Director

What is the future of learning?  Since early December, 2013, MASA has been exploring education futures by convening statewide and regional conversations.  At this conference, we will showcase some regional work and we will take a look at this theme from a global perspective.  Our presenters will address the questions that have been framing MASA’s Minnevate! conversations, each from a global and local perspective
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10 Global: What are the boldest visions for positive education futures that you see in your work?
10:30 Local: What are our boldest visions for positive education futures in Minnesota?
        Thieu Besselink

Thieu is the founder of The Learning Lab, a think-tank for social change.  He is a learning innovator, researcher, philosopher, and social entrepreneur.  He teaches social entrepreneurship, action research, system innovation, and leadership learning at Amsterdam University and Utrecht University.


11 Global: Looking forward, how can we best engage all segments of our communities to collaborate and create positive futures for schools and youth?

Lead by Cristóbal Cobo
Cristóbal is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.  He coordinates research on innovation, open educational practices and the future of the Internet, and blogs at e-rgonomic.

11:30 Local: Looking forward, how can we best engage all segments of our communities to collaborate and create positive futures for Minnesota’s schools and youth? 


12 – 1 Lunch


1 Global: What are our next steps for developing this collective capacity for “our community?”

Lead by Christel Hartkamp
Christel is co-founder of De Kampanje, a Sudbury-type school in Amersfoort, Netherlands. She has been actively involved in the European Democratic Education Community as a council-member, and developed her expertise on the wide variety of approaches that exist between democratic schools.

1:30 Local: What are our next steps for developing this collective capacity for “our community?”


2 – 2:15 Break


2:15 – 3:15 Discussion

Commissioner Cassellius

Our speakers join tables for facilitated discussion:

What does what we hear today mean for your community, district, and schools?


3:15 – 4:15 General Session: Finance

Tom Melcher, Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Director


4:15 – 4:30 Closing Reflections & Plans for Day 2

Commissioner Cassellius


Wednesday, August 6
8 Registration Open


8 – 9 Morning Refreshments Available



Morning Program Options:

Participants may choose a discussion table in the Unconference or a flipped classroom and can move every 45 minutes if they choose. 



I.  The Unconference

Is there a topic you would like to discuss with your colleagues?  Join the Unconference and start or join a discussion table.  This is a great way to check in about hot topics, get ideas and advice, and gain perspective on important issues facing leaders today.  There is a sign-up outside the Northland Ballroom if you would like to start a table.  Or feel free to join an established table.  There is no need to prepare for this – starting a topic does not assume you will lead or inform, and you can change tables or sessions yourself at any time.  (Topics will also be listed on the conference app.)



II.  The Flipped Classroom

Our breakout sessions for this event are presented online.  These links will be on your confirmation page so you can view presentations prior to the conference, and breakouts will focus on discussion rather than presentation.  Each presenter will then host a classroom during the conference for discussion, clarification, and Q&A.  Our topics will include:

• Career and College Pathways, Dual Credit and PSEO
• New Laws/Policies for EL
• Safe and Supportive Schools Act Implementation
• Student Assessment
• Waiver Update/2017 Achievement Gap Reduction Goal
• World’s Best Workforce


8:30 – 9:15 Session Rotation 1


9:15 – 9:30 Break/Move


9:30 – 10:15 Session Rotation 2


10:15 – 10:30 Break/Move


10:30 – 11:15 Session Rotation 3


11:15 Lunch


If You Must Cancel

Very Important to Note:

The conference lodging rate of $125 is available until July 18, 2014.  Reservations received after July 18 will be accommodated on a space-available basis without a guarantee of the conference rate.  You may cancel your reservation until 4 pm the day before arrival, so it would be advisable to make your reservations before July 18.  Please note that lodging changes/cancellations are the responsibility of the individual participant, without exception.

 

Conference Fee Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your conference registration with a $50.00 penalty until 4:30 pm on July 28, 2014, after which you will not receive a refund.  (July 28 is the date in which we must guarantee our participation numbers for the hotel.) No-shows will be billed.





 

Contact Information

  • Jeanna Quinn Vohnoutka
    MASA: 651-645-6272
    Direct: 651-789-4062

Payment Instructions

  • Cost:
    $319.00
    All are welcome. 
    Bring your team!

    If You Must Cancel
    Very Important to Note for Lodging:  The conference lodging rate of $125 is available until July 18, 2014.  Reservations received after July 18 will be accommodated on a space-available basis without a guarantee of the conference rate.  You may cancel your reservation until 4 pm the day before arrival, so it would be advisable to make your reservations before July 18.  Please note that lodging changes/cancellations are the responsibility of the individual participant, without exception.

     

    Conference Fee Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your conference registration with a $50.00 penalty until 4:30 pm on July 28, 2014, after which you will not receive a refund.  (July 28 is the date in which we must guarantee our participation numbers for the hotel.) No-shows will be billed.