In this edition of Take 5, Gary reminds members about the upcoming MASA Fall Conference, contract negotiations, and the forthcoming MASA Strategic Plan Survey.
MASA Fall Conference
Registration is now open for the MASA Fall Conference!
The conference is September 30 - October 2, 2018 at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd!
Our keynote speakers include:
Peter Gamwell, a former teacher and superintendent who has spent more than three decades studying creativity. Peter will share a fresh perspective on how to nurture creativity, innovation, leadership, and engagement — and of course, celebrate public education.
The MASA 2018 Richard Green Scholar Dr. Kim Gibbons. Kim’s work, entitled, “Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1,” will inform us of the requirement to ensure high levels of learning for all students.
Bill Sainton, Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer. Bill says that public education taught him how to interact with people with diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and other backgrounds and that he firmly believes that a robust, healthy, and world-class public education system is the most important ingredient for a world-class future. Join us and hear about Bill’s experiences (including behind-the-scenes stories with celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Nye the Science Guy) and how creative, enthusiastic leadership can create magic worth celebrating!
Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament
On Sunday afternoon, golfers will enjoy the Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament, benefiting the MASA Foundation. All conference participants are invited to play, no matter your skill level!
Register online at: https://regonline.com/masagolf18
The tournament will be held at Pine Beach East Golf Course at Madden's.
MASA Service Recognition
MASA service recognition will be presented during the 2018 MASA Fall Conference on Monday, October 1 at the 8:30 am General Session.
Members who have completed 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of administrative service and five years as MASA members may receive service pins. Pins are awarded immediately following completion of eligibility years. Eligibility years are counted as school fiscal years.
Members who have completed 10 years of administrative service and five years as MASA members will be recognized in the awards program and with certificates which they will receive by mail following the conference. Certificates are awarded immediately following completion of eligibility years. Eligibility years are counted as school fiscal years.
Fill out the service recognition form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5CL9CXB
Noelle Ellerson Ng
Associate Executive Director, Policy and Advocacy
AASA, The School Superintendents Association
No Rest During Recess!
Please note: There will be no The Advocate during August. We will return in September.
Every July, AASA holds its annual legislative advocacy conference. This year, it was July 10-12, and more than 200 superintendents and school business officials from across the country came to DC to make the case for continued investment and policy that supports and strengthens the nation’s public schools.
2018 is a mid-term election year, one that seems exceptionally partisan and political. Even as things heat up on the campaign trail and Congress begins to turn its attention to home states and home districts over the summer (August) recess and fall rolling up to the November elections, the fact remains there are a bevy of issues that could be impactful and consequential to education. Those issues are the ones that were highlighted during the advocacy conference, and are the ones that you and your fellow educators can use as the basis for any advocacy or outreach you may do during the summer recess and fall, when you may be able to meet with your Congressional delegation while they are home.
The education policies that are salient and certain for action are annual appropriations, Perkins Career & Technical Education, and the Higher Education Act. We also did a quick round up of the other topics that may garner news coverage, come up in conversations in your community, or otherwise emerge on your radar. All of these topics are summarized in our talking points. Use these resources to make the most of the August recess and fall campaign period. Members in the home district are ripe for a visit to a public school, an opportunity to see what the district is doing, what it needs, and how federal policy can bolster the two. We’re bulleting the talking points for our hot issues below, and a fuller summary is available in these talking points. Here’s a quick summary:
Use this article and the related talking points as a spring board for your summer and fall advocacy. And, as always, should you need additional information or have any questions, reach out to the advocacy team.
Just a quick reminder that about the open registrations for the MDE Back-to-School Conference and the MASA Great Start Cohort for new superintendents!
MDE Back-to-School Conference
MDE Back to School Conference:
Minnesota's Commitment to Educational Equity
August 7-8, 2018 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, MN
Minnesota has worked together with stakeholders to develop a shared definition of and ten commitments to equity. Educational equity is the condition of justice, fairness and inclusion insuring that all students have access to the opportunities to learn and develop to their fullest potentials. Our keynote speakers and breakout session presenters will explore current practice and research supporting true educational equity in our school systems. Bring a team and benefit from the chance to discuss how what you are learning impacts your own district.
We hope to see you there!
MASA Great Start Cohort
Superintendent SandyLewandowski of Intermediate District 287 discusses the rise in mental health issues among children and discusses the increasing violence we see in schools. She talks about innovative practices that 287 is using to address these issues.