MASA has begun a year-long initiative to bridge the space between our visions for the future of Minnesota's schools and the realities of today. "Minnevate!" is a dialogue process to build an action agenda for Minnesota educational leadership.
MASA launched Minnevate! on December 3rd with an event that included conversations surrounding the opportunities for Minnesota's schools in the future, engaging key stakeholders to develop collective capacity around a common agenda, and collaborative opportunities to create positive futures for Minnesota's youth. Presenters included Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, MASA Richard Green Scholar Aaron Ruhland, and Education Futures LLC founder John Moravec.
Over 100 stakeholders were slated to attend the activity, but Mother Nature decided to kick off an initiative of her own (winter) with a snow storm. But yet we had about 75 participants who were able to brave the elements. What an INSPIRING day! Constituents from many stakeholder groups engaged in rich conversation, discussions focused on how we can come together and truly work as a state on behalf of every child, focusing on what we all can agree upon and not what we don't agree upon.
The Minnevate! website (www.minnevate.mnasa.org) will archive this ongoing conversation. We are grateful to the students of the Art of Hosting Community of Practice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U of M for acting as table hosts for the December 3rd conversation and providing the conversation summaries that will be posted on the Minnevate! website.
Results from the December meeting will help inform our work in the following months as we continue the conversation with communities across Minnesota. Our final product, to be released in autumn, 2014, will be an agenda for action that school leaders can use to build positive futures for education in Minnesota. Over the next several months each of you will have an opportunity to contribute to this discussion. Look for information on how youcan get involved. The future of our students is at stake.
Please take the time to get involved! As always, please contact me if I can be of service to you!