2017 MASA Fall Conference

Duluth, Minnesota
Sunday, October 01, 2017
2017 MASA Fall Conference
Sunday, October 01, 2017 11:30 AM -
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 12:00 PM (Central Time)

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
(218) 722-5573
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
United States

Map and Directions

What is your “leadership story?” Whatever leadership path you have followed, it has not been the same experience as that of your friends and colleagues. Just as we no longer understand our students’ learning environments as classrooms with rows of desks facing a lecturing teacher, we no longer understand professional learning as one size fits all workshop and conference sessions. Our professional learning resources have grown through the use of technology and expanded networks to present a myriad of philosophies and approaches, providing an improved learning system to meet the diverse needs of our leaders.  Perhaps one of the most critical aspects of personalized leadership learning is that we must build the infrastructure ourselves, based on our own needs and vision, and implementing the collegial resources among the members of our learning networks. If we want to build a system that meets the individual needs of our students, we must address the individual learning needs of the adults who serve them. Join your colleagues—members of your own professional learning network—this fall and explore how each of us can personalize our leadership learning!

Thank you to our Premier Partners...


 
   


 REGISTRATION

$299.00  MASA Member (Registering Before Tuesday, September 19)
$349.00  MASA Member (Registering After Monday, September 18)
$   0.00   MASA Retiree Member
$349.00  Nonmember (Registering Before Tuesday, September 19)
$399.00  Nonmember (Registering After Monday, September 18)

There is no cost to retiree members for the program, but, you MUST register. However, if you wish to join us for the Award Luncheon, you MUST purchase a meal ticket.
This does not apply if a former or current member is attending as a representative of a business entity or serving as an interim superintendent. Please register as an exhibitor or member.

Members’ partners/spouses are invited to attend the conference without charge if they themselves are not MASA members and if they are not representing a business at the event. 

Tickets for Monday’s Awards Luncheon will be available for purchase for retirees/partners/spouses who wish to attend.

 Conference Highlights ...
 
• Start your conference experience by supporting a great cause. The Dale G. Jensen Classic Golf Tournament benefitting the MASA Foundation will be held this year at the beautiful Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth. The golf tournament supports the work of the MASA Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization), providing leadership development for Minnesota’s school leaders and supporting the field of school administration. Players can support the MASA Foundation with a suggested $35 tax-deductible donation. Check-in and walk-up registration is open at the course at 10:30 am with the shotgun tee-off beginning at 11:30 am. Cart and green fees will be requested the day of the tournament by the golf course ($47.50+ tax). Business Partners are welcome to become a sponsor for the Dale G. Jensen Classic Golf Tournament by joining one of four sponsorship levels. Lunch and snacks are available for purchase at the golf course. Sign up to golf and donate Click Here

• Whether or not you are a golfer, you will want to support the MASA Foundation by sporting a Dale G. Jensen Classic Wind Shirt. They are great for the golf course and whenever a light jacket is just the right thing. Order yours by September 8 and we will have it for you at the conference. You will find this option on the golf registration.

• Welcome to Duluth! On Sunday evening, all are invited to meet friends and colleagues for a fun, casual evening to kick off the Fall Conference. Join us from 6-8 pm at Grandma's Sports Garden for food and fun. Our menu includes all-you-can-eat Pizza, Bonotta, Caesar Salad, and Breadsticks with Marinara Sauce. Soft drinks are on the house and we will have a cash bar. Dan Brooks and Mike Hoheisel will announce the Golf Tournament prizes so the bragging rights can start early. Our members requested that we skip the music this year, so our event will be all about great conversation.
 
• Monday morning’s opening session promises to be one to remember! You won't want to miss this opportunity to get Pumped Up by the Unknown Keynote Speaker. He has been in education for over thirty-two years and promises to not talk about educational data, or his book that he has not written yet. In his dreams he has spoken at over 150 conferences, in twenty different states and three countries. His reality is that this will be his first keynote ever! His message will not only leave you Pumped Up, but he will also challenge you professionally to change how you lead in your school district.

• Vince Matthews says that making things happen for kids can change their lives—and he says that the reason he knows that is because it happened for him. And it happened for him in the district in which he now serves as superintendent, the San Francisco Unified School District. He has dedicated his life to making sure all kids receive an equitable education, a passion that was sparked a bit by accident when as a student he started tutoring his friends so they could remain eligible to play sports. He felt that excitement again as he entered his administrative career, even though some of his leadership positions were in some of the most challenging systems. In each of those roles, he was able to make a difference for students, based on his commitment to listening, learning, engaging, and developing and implementing a plan. Monday morning’s session will give us all the opportunity to hear about Vince Matthews’ leadership story and how he has implemented his own professional learning on behalf of his vision for excellence.

• At our opening session we will also plan our Edcamp, an opportunity for all of our participants to design their own conference experience by exploring the topics you determine. Our members ARE our experts, and here is a great chance to share knowledge and ideas. We will ask for your ideas—for learning, discussion, sharing, etc., and we will set up facilitated rooms and note sharing for those topics.

• Monday’s Exhibit Fair is a convenient way to visit with representatives of companies offering the latest products and services of value to school leaders. Don’t forget to sign up for the door prize drawing. One lucky participant’s district will win an Amazon Echo – sign up at each booth to increase your chances. After lunch, enjoy delicious treats at the Dessert Reception in the exhibit area.

• New this year! Your conference app will include a game and everyone is invited to play! Try your luck and win a prize for your district!
 
• Celebrate the service of honored peers at the Monday Awards Luncheon. Awards will include presentation of the Polaris Award to Karen Orcutt, Superintendent of Schools for the Orono Public Schools; the Richard Green Scholarship to Jeff Pesta, Superintendent, Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools; and individual recognition for years of service. If you would like to receive service recognition, please complete the online recognition form by Monday, September 18

We are grateful to Ehlers for their longstanding support of the Polaris Award and to Cuningham Group for their continuing sponsorship of the Richard Green Scholarship. Both of these very valued partners have supported these awards from the very beginning and we sincerely thank them for the opportunity to recognize our excellent leaders.
 
• An outstanding array of Breakout Sessions offer cutting-edge information on a variety of topics. A large variety of different small group sessions offer something for everyone! See the schedule below for topic titles and the registration materials for session details.

• Tuesday morning, MASA’s 2017 Richard Green Scholar Jeff Pesta, Superintendent, Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools, will present his research, Focusing on the Wrong Gap: Achievement or Assimilation? In this presentation, Jeff will challenge the common label of the achievement gap in public schools by suggesting that unique demographics within a school district may actually lead to an assimilation gap stemming from how immigrants or migrants adjust to the host country’s culture.
 
• Our final keynote speaker Barbara Bray will challenge us to bring home our conference learning. In our journey to build systems of support for personalized learning for students, as well as teachers and other staff, are we including our own professional learning? During this conference, we will reflect on our leadership stories and how we may use our strengths, needs, and interests to build an infrastructure of support for our own professional growth. In this session, personalized learning expert Barbara Bray will offer the how-to’s, the why-to’s, and the inspiration you will need to leave our event and begin—or continue—the continuous improvement of your own professional practice.
 
• Unwind and enjoy the attractions of Duluth and Canal Park. Whether it is a walk to enjoy the fall colors, a trip to the OMNIMAX, a great meal, or a little shopping, there are many choices for you and your family to enjoy.

AGENDA


 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

10:30 am registration
11:30 tee-off

Dale G. Jensen Classic Golf Tournament
Benefitting the MASA Foundation

Coordinated by Michael Hoheisel and Dan Brooks

6-8 pm

Welcome Event

Welcome to Duluth! Meet friends and colleagues for a casual evening to kick off the Fall Conference. Join us from 6-8 pm at Grandma's Sports Garden for food and fun!


MONDAY, OCTOBER 2

8:30-10:45 am

General Session

Welcome
Gary Amoroso, MASA Executive Director

OPENING SESSION


The Unknown Keynote Speaker

You won't want to miss this opportunity to get Pumped Up by the Unknown Keynote Speaker. He has been in education for over thirty-two years and promises to not talk about educational data, or his book, that he has not written yet. In his dreams he has spoken at over 150 conferences, in twenty different states and three countries. His reality is that this will be his first keynote ever! His message will not only leave you Pumped Up, but he will also challenge you professionally to change how you lead in your school district.

 KEYNOTE


My Leadership Story: Paying It Forward and Giving it Back
Vincent Matthews, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District

Vince Matthews says that making things happen for kids can change their lives—and he says that the reason he knows that is because it happened for him. And it happened for him in the district in which he now serves as superintendent, the San Francisco Unified School District. He has dedicated his life to making sure all kids receive an equitable education, a passion that was sparked a bit by accident when as a student he started tutoring his friends so they could remain eligible to play sports. He felt that excitement again as he entered his administrative career, even though some of his leadership positions were in some of the most challenging systems. In each of those roles, he was able to make a difference for students, based on his commitment to listening, learning, engaging, and developing and implementing a plan. Join this session and hear about Vince Matthews’ leadership story and how he has implemented his own professional learning on behalf of his vision for excellence.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Edcamp Sessions

12:15 – 1:15 pm

Awards Luncheon

2 -3 pm

Edcamp Sessions

3:30-4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions Round I

 

◉ Are Teachers Overpaid or Overworked?
Kristine West, Associate Professor, St. Catherine University

Researchers have good data on teachers' annual salaries but a hazy understanding of teachers' hours of work. This makes it difficult to calculate an accurate hourly wage and leads policy makers to default to anecdote rather than fact when debating teacher pay. Those who argue that teachers are overpaid point to a short contractual workday and year. Those who argue that teachers are overworked point to unpaid evenings, weekends and summers spent planning, grading and helping with extra-curricular activities. Time-diary data has the potential to settle this debate. Using data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), I find that teachers work an average of 34.5 hours per week on an annual basis (approximately 38.0 hours per week during the school year and 21.5 hours per week during the summer months). I find that when hours per week are accurately accounted for high school teachers earn in the range of 7-14% less than demographically similar workers in other occupations, however, elementary, middle and special education teachers earn higher wages than demographically similar workers in other occupations. Additionally, I will discuss my larger research agenda on the economics of teacher labor markets. I will focus on how economists and district practitioners can work together to advance our understanding of best practices.

 

Using the Tools in Your Toolbox to Support Immigrant Students
Ana Pottratz Acosta, Esq., Assistant Teaching Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Does your school want to protect immigrant students and immigrant families, but are reluctant to create new policies to achieve this goal? Fortunately, there are many rules and policies already in place that can be used to protect the rights of immigrant students. Through this presentation, we will provide an overview of existing laws and rules, such as FERPA and data privacy, that can be used to protect the rights of immigrant students and suggest "best practices" to ensure schools are meeting their obligations to immigrant students.

 

Stranger in a Strange Land: Finding Non-Traditional Solutions in the New Landscape of High Skilled Labor Shortages
Tom Lee, Superintendent, Waseca Public Schools
Elizabeth Beery, Director of Business Services, Waseca Public Schools

Traditionally, we have been able to fill vacancies in our organizations without difficulty. This is no longer the case. In the absence of strong candidates for our Director of Business Services vacancy, Waseca chose to keep our highly competent Director virtually. Could this be a long-term solution? Come learn of our process, success and challenges to date.

 

Leadership for Change: Principal Leadership Academy
Kathy Funston, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Pathways,
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District
Dave Watkins, Assistant Superintendent, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District

The need for reflection and personal growth for leaders is essential in the development of leaders and their abilities, decision-making, and skills to shape the culture, climate, vision, and mission of their school or program. Foundational is the development of a leader's abilities and understanding of leadership through an effective leadership development program or what we in ISD191 refer to as a Principal Leadership Academy (PLA). The PLA was designed to help empower our principals to shift their thinking and practices to leverage school-wide change to better serve our learning communities. The work of the PLA revolved around assessing current leadership capacity, mentoring and leadership training, shared leadership, culture of trust, principals as instructional and technology leaders, cultural awareness, serving as an agent of change, managing stakeholders, data-driven decision-making, processes to create sustainable school-wide improvement, and other best practices in educational leadership.

 

Say What? One District's Innovative Solution to Meet Diverse Communication Needs
John Alberts, Executive Director of Educational Services, Austin Public Schools
Katja Hansey, Senior Account Manager, GeaCom, Inc.
Mat Johnson, Founder/CEO/Executive Director, GeaCom, Inc.
David Krenz, Superintendent, Austin Public Schools

In 2017, Austin Public Schools partnered with GeaCom, Inc., to provide an innovation solution to engage and empower families who experience communication barriers. Through the use of the Phrazer device from GeaCom, Austin Public Schools has been able to broaden and even rethink what is possible in regards to interacting with families. This session will describe the partnership and how it has impacted communication approach of Austin Public Schools.

 

School Board Self-Evaluation – Increase Your Board’s Performance
Gail Gilman, Associate Director for Board Development, Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA)
Katie Klanderud, Director of Board Development, Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA)

Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) is offering a new electronic School Board Self-Evaluation. Research shows that high-functioning school boards have a positive impact on student learning and development. MSBA strives to provide exceptional services to boards, with the goal of strengthening school board governance practices. The School Board Self-Evaluation results reflect the collective responses of the board team (board members and superintendent). These results build a profile of board teamwork in five standards (Vision, Structure, Accountability, Advocacy, Conduct and Ethics) of board practice proven to support student achievement.


 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

8:30-9:30 am

Welcome

Jamie Skjeveland, MASA Treasurer and Superintendent, Crosby-Ironton Schools

KEYNOTE


The 2017 MASA Richard Green Scholar Presentation
Sponsored by Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Focusing on the Wrong Gap:  Achievement or Assimilation?
Jeff Pesta, Superintendent, Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools

In this presentation, Jeff Pesta will challenge the common label of the achievement gap in public schools by suggesting that unique demographics within a school district may actually lead to an assimilation gap stemming from how immigrants or migrants adjust to the host country’s culture. The need for social and cultural capital concentrates and segregates marginal communities, significantly influencing a related student achievement gap, which can be very durable. Transnational communities, a distinct migration paradigm that doesn’t follow a classic assimilation cycle, are emerging around the world. By definition, they are migrant populations living in a country other than their country of origin while simultaneously retaining strong ties to their home country. The host community generally, and its public schools in particular, must come to know the story specific to the transnational community before progress will be made on common goals such as an achievement gap. Ultimately, it is the values that are shared among all residents that will facilitate transformation within the community and its schools. Join Jeff for this session and learn how the traditional approach of climbing the ladder through progressive levels of education loses its effectiveness within communities that are still actively influenced by their home country’s culture, and how educational leaders might respond to this phenomenon.

9:45-10:45 am

Breakout Sessions Round I

 

TigerPath Academies: Career-based HS & Community Partnerships in Hutchinson, Minnesota
Michael Scott, Director of Teaching and Learning, Hutchinson School District
Patrick Walsh, High School Principal, Hutchinson School District

Hutchinson High Schools began forming their career academies, named TigerPath, approximately four years ago. The momentum that has been generated in the community over this time has been transforming. In the fall of 2017, a remodeled high school developed around these career academies will open. TigerPath is formed on six basic tenets:

1.      Hands-on, workforce-based skills classes that begin in the early high school years.

2.      Development of a “5th Core” discipline. These classes have the same value as English, Math, Reading, and Science.

3.    Post-secondary (college) credit in each pathway.

4.     Career internships and work-based learning infused in each pathway.

5.     Students learning in the community & reciprocating in the learning at Hutchinson HS.

6.      A career pathway that leads to both professional/technical educational opportunities.

Participants will learn strategies on how to organize career academies in a partnership model with the community, businesses and post-secondary institutions.

 

Culturally Responsive Leadership: Personalized Learning and Leading for Our Schools
Mary Bussman,
Program Manager, Professional Learning and Program Evaluation, Equity Alliance MN
Jean Lubke, Executive Director, Equity Alliance MN
Paula O'Loughlin, Program Manager for Elementary Student Programming and Professional Learning, Equity Alliance MN

Equitable school systems are built by culturally responsive leaders--individuals who pause to reflect how their actions, decisions, and leadership impact others. Participants will engage in reflection, dialogue, and listening to deepen their cultural responsiveness as leaders.

 

MN Statutory Flexibility Under the New "Innovation Zone" Law
Lars Esdal, Executive Director, Education Evolving

This year the Minnesota Legislature created a new "Innovation Zone" (IZ) program, which grants flexibility from laws and rules to groups of schools or entire districts wanting to try innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Hear from superintendents about the value of having an IZ in their district, and learn details about the law and how to apply to become an IZ.

 

Leveraging Technology for Empowered Leadership
Rachel Gorton, Instructional Technology Coordinator,
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District
Mary Mehsikomer, Technology Integration Development & Outreach Facilitator, TIES

In this session, the presenters will provide an overview of the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Framework of Essential Skills and how this resource provides districts with a big picture overview of critical knowledge needed by school district leaders. Participants will also take a deeper dive into specific areas of the framework including strategic planning, security, and professional development. Participants will leave with foundational knowledge of what it takes to lead and plan for successful technology implementation, access to resources for further development, and how the worlds of information technologies and instruction intersect in today’s schools for students, teachers, and administrators.

 

Measuring & Improving Climate & Culture in Schools & Districts
Greg Allen, Superintendent, Mesabi East School District
Bruce Miles, Trainer, Big River Group
Bob Tews, Superintendent, Cedar Mountain Schools

This session will deliver examples of tools to measure climate & culture in school districts. Case studies will be presented from MN school districts that worked through assessments & improvements. Samples of all tools will be handed out to participants.

11 am-Noon

General Session

Welcome
Deb Henton, MASA President-Elect and Superintendent, North Branch Area Public Schools

 KEYNOTE


Get Started and Go Deeper:  Personalizing Your Own Professional Learning
Barbara Bray, Creative Learning Strategist, Rethinking Learning / Personalize Learning, LLC
San Francisco Bay Area

In our journey to build systems of support for personalized learning for students, as well as teachers and other staff, are we including our own professional learning? During this conference, we have reflected on our leadership stories and how we may use our strengths, needs, and interests to build an infrastructure of support for our own professional growth. In this session, personalized learning expert Barbara Bray will offer the how-to’s, the why-to’s, and the inspiration you will need to leave our event and begin—or continue—the continuous improvement of your own professional practice.


Please note there is no Tuesday lunch provided by the conference.


 

Contact Information

  • Deb Larson, MASA Associate
    Phone: 651-645-6272

Payment Instructions

  • Accepted Payments:
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    Cancellation Policy: 
    You may cancel your conference registration for a $50.00 cancellation fee until 4:30 pm on September 19, 2017,  after which you will not receive a refund.No-­shows will not receive a refund.


    Please Note:
     
    Members’ Spouses/Partners and MASA Retirees - There is no conference fee for MASA retirees/spouses/partners if they are not representing a business or district. MASA Retirees/Spouses/Partners pay for meals/lodging only. Monday lunch tickets are $30.00

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