The Henton Headlines: June 30, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 30, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

“Keep Kids Fed Act” Signed into Law by President Biden on June 27, 2022

This action extends summer meal waivers which means all students will be able to receive free meals this summer. In addition, the federal reimbursement rate for school lunch was increased by 40 cents and breakfasts by 15 cents for the school year beginning July 2022. The legislation does not include universal free meals and families who are eligible for free and reduced lunch will need to complete paperwork as in the past.

This article provides additional detail.

U.S. Supreme Court Rulings with E-12 Implications

  • The Court ruled a football coach in the state of Washington who prayed on the 50-yard line with players was within his rights. The coach had repeatedly defied school district directives to stop the practice claiming he had the right to exercise his religious beliefs. The Supreme Court sided with him. Stay tuned for how this might affect similar situations in our public schools.
  • The Court ruled it was unconstitutional for a Maine voucher program to not allow public funds to go to schools that promoted religious instruction. The ruling does not require states to fund private schools if they are not already doing so, but in the case of Maine that was providing funds to private schools, it cannot exclude funds from private religious schools.

Title IX Proposed Changes:

Here is information from the U.S. Department of Education on recently released changes proposed to Title IX, and the link where this information may be found: 

The US Department of Education Releases Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations, Invites Public Comment

The proposed regulations would:

  • Clearly protect students and employees from all forms of sex discrimination.
  • Provide full protection from sex-based harassment.
  • Protect the right of parents and guardians to support their elementary and secondary school children.
  • Require schools to take prompt and effective action to end any sex discrimination in their education programs or activities – and to prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.
  • Protect students and employees who are pregnant or have pregnancy-related conditions.
  • Require schools to respond promptly to all complaints of sex discrimination with a fair and reliable process that includes trained, unbiased decisionmakers to evaluate the evidence.
  • Require schools to provide supportive measures to students and employees affected by conduct that may constitute sex discrimination, including students who have brought complaints or been accused of sex-based harassment.
  • Protect LGBTQI+ students from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics.
  • Clarify and confirm protection from retaliation for students, employees, and others who exercise their Title IX rights.
  • Improve the adaptability of the regulations' grievance procedure requirements so that all recipients can implement Title IX's promise of nondiscrimination fully and fairly in their educational environments.
  • Ensure that schools share their nondiscrimination policies with all students, employees, and other participants in their education programs or activities.

The link provides additional information and notes a 60-day public comment period should you wish to provide your thoughts.

Here is one more link where you may find what is new in the proposed changes: New Title IX proposals make tweaks rather than overhauls | K-12 Dive

MDE Response to Letter Circulating Regarding Ed-Fi

Roughly 70 school districts signed a letter sent to MDE requesting input on the implementation of Ed-Fi and for a delay in implementation. Here is MDE’s response to the letter.

Kudos to Two Superintendents!

  1. GFW Superintendent Jeff Horton from GFW was selected as one of the 2021 National School Public Relations Association’s “Superintendents to Watch.”
  2. Alexandria Superintendent Rick Sansted was selected for the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Way to go Jeff and Rick!

New Member Benefit: Urgent/Crisis Communication Resource

MASA has partnered with the Donovan Group, a communication firm that focuses exclusively on public K-12 education. When you’re dealing with an urgent or crisis situation, the Donovan Group team will help you gather the facts, determine who you need to reach first, and communicate quickly, accurately, and effectively.

To use the service, simply call 651-615-8165 or email mncrisis@donovan-group.com. An experienced communications professional will help guide you through managing communication around the issue facing your school or district. This service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 365 days a year. 

Leadership Matters:

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 8 MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting | Virtual
  MASA Committee Sign-Ups Coming Soon!
August 10 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
August 12 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 25 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #1 | Quora Education Center
  MASA Committee Sign-Ups Coming Soon!
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
November 15 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 19 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

The Henton Headlines: June 23, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 23, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Are you Considering Retiring and Returning to work as an Interim?

Recent legislation passed and signed into law by Governor Walz on May 22, 2022, might have implications for you if you want to accept an interim position following retirement. The new legislation suspends the TRA earnings limitation for the next three fiscal years-2022, 2023, and 2024. In other words, you may be able to earn a full salary from a school district and collect your TRA and/or SPTRFA at the same time during the years specified when the earnings limitation is suspended.

As always, it is important that you first contact TRA and/or SPTRFA for more information about your particular situation before you make decisions about retiring and accepting an interim position.

The text of the bill that applies follows:

SUSPENSION OF EARNINGS LIMITATIONS FOR RETIRED TEACHERS WHO RETURN TO WORK.

Subdivision 1. 

Reemployed teacher defined. 

For the purposes of this section, "reemployed teacher" means a person who retires under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 354 or 354A, and who subsequently resumes teaching for a public school of the state, a charter school, or the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Reemployed teacher does not include a person who resumes teaching for a postsecondary institution, including a state college or university.

Subd. 2. 

Three-year suspension of earnings limitation for teachers covered by TRA and SPTRFA. 

(a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 354.44, subdivision 5, no portion of a reemployed teacher's annuity paid under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 354, shall be deferred regardless of the amount of the salary earned from the teaching service during the preceding fiscal year. This paragraph applies only to salary earned during fiscal years 2022, 2023, and 2024 and annuity payments made during calendar years 2023, 2024, and 2025.

(b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 354A.31, subdivision 3, no portion of a reemployed teacher's annuity paid under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 354A, shall be deferred or forfeited regardless of the amount of the salary earned from the teaching service during the preceding calendar year. This subdivision applies only to salary earned during calendar years 2022, 2023, and 2024 and annuity payments made during calendar years 2023, 2024, and 2025.

Subd. 3. 

Expiration date. 

This section expires effective January 1, 2026.

EFFECTIVE DATE. 

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Letter Circulating Regarding Ed-Fi and Request to MDE to Reassess the Transition Plan:

A number of superintendents have been asked to sign this letter to MDE regarding Ed-Fi for Education Reporting. Please note that MDE has already received the letter and is considering a response. At the last report about 70 school districts had signed the letter prior to its submission to MDE.

Congratulations Executive Director of Special Education Tanya Tacker!

I am happy to announce that Tanya Tacker, Executive Director of Special Education for the Rum River Special Education Cooperative, has been elected to the MASA Board seat vacated by Heidi Nistler as she makes her way to Eden Prairie. Congratulations Tanya!

Need More Information Regarding the New Data Privacy Bill?

Register here for a free virtual class on June 28. Technology Leaders who know the bill inside and out will lead the session. More information about this class can be found on the front page of this MASA update.

No Cost Urgent/Crisis Communication Resource Coming Soon to all MASA Members

The MASA Board of Directors has approved a fantastic new resource for you by contracting with the Joe Donovan Group for urgent/crisis communication support. Please watch for information to come shortly with a direct dial number that will link you to the Joe Donovan Group support staff who will respond in a timely manner when you need assistance. They will customize all communication to your situation and your district will own it. Those who have worked with this group over the years have high regard for the fast turn around, sage advice, and communication pieces the Joe Donovan Group produces.

If you use this resource, please don’t hesitate to let me know about your experience so that I can keep our MASA Board of Directors apprised of their investment.

Better Late than Never?

Last Sunday morning I realized I forgot to wish all of our members who are fathers a very Happy Father’s Day!  I hope it was a good one for you!

Leadership Matters:

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” - Beverly Sills 


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
June 28 MASA Master Class: Minnesota Student Data Privacy Law: Impact and Implementation | 11 am - noon | Register online
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

The Henton Headlines: June 16, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 16, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Will there be a Provisional Online Learning Application and Approval Process for 2022-2023?

MDE staff shared on June 15 that only those school districts fully approved as an Online Learning Provider will be able to provide online learning during the upcoming school year. So the answer to the question is “no.”

Just a quick refresher that Online Learning should not be confused with E-Learning Days or Distance Learning. Five E-Learning Days are available in a school year for the purpose of inclement weather, and Distance Learning was instituted in March of 2020 when all school districts were mandated by the Governor’s Executive Order to move to virtual learning. Online Learning requires the successful approval of an application submitted by school districts interested in offering the program.

Interested in Early Childhood Learning and Data Collection?

MASA needs a representative on MDE’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System, ECLDS, Governing Board. Superintendent Darren Kermes has served on the board for a number of years, and given the meeting schedule, he is no longer available as MASA’s representative on the board. We are grateful to Superintendent Kermes for his years of service on the ECLDS Board!

If you would be interested in serving in this position, please contact me for additional information. Thank you for your consideration!

MSBA & MASA Respond to Op-Ed:

A recent Op-Ed in the Star Tribune did not accurately reflect the organizations’ thoughts on the Page Amendment. Consequently, a response was submitted and published by the newspaper.

Leadership Matters:

"Your greatest test will be how you handle people who mistreated you." Unknown


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
June 28 MASA Master Class: Minnesota Student Data Privacy Law: Impact and Implementation | 11 am - noon | Register online
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

The Henton Headlines: June 9, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 9, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Which Challenges are MASA Members Finding Most Difficult to Solve?

  • Staffing special education openings
  • Staffing math openings
  • Staffing science openings
  • Staffing FACS openings
  • Staffing media center openings
  • Staffing business openings
  • Staffing school psychologist openings
  • Staffing SLP openings
  • Staffing education support professional openings
  • Staffing custodial openings
  • Staffing mental health openings
  • Staffing business/finance office openings
  • Staffing bus driver openings
  • Staffing food service openings
  • Staffing substitute openings
  • Staffing social worker openings

Clearly, there is a pattern in both the metro and greater MN that is causing a great deal of justifiable frustration, and that is resulting in increased competition between school districts to hire and retain staff. 

If you have suggestions for how we can solve the staffing shortages,  please don’t hesitate to contact me. I know of other members willing to come together to find meaningful solutions. 

Which Successes are MASA Members Finding Most Wonderful to Celebrate?

Most of our members will attend one or two (or more) graduations this time of year, and many of our members will have the honor of handing their graduates their diplomas. It is wonderful to see graduates launched into all of the possibilities of their futures and know that the wisdom, skill, commitment, and resilience of our educators had a significant role in getting them there. Congratulations to our graduates, and to our members for the success of the Class of 2022!  

Leadership Matters:

“I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.” - Golda Meir


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: June 2, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 2, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay & Employer Obligation:

The application will be available soon! School districts will need to inform employees the application is available. Check out this link Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay for more information.

Will the Governor Call a Special Session?

We certainly hope so, but as of this writing, there is no news to share. Please continue your advocacy efforts. Governor Walz, Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Miller need to hear they have unfinished business to complete.

Here is an outstanding letter written by MASA Region 2 Superintendents to legislators should you wish to replicate their efforts. They did receive a response from Speaker Hortman. A huge thanks to Superintendent Mandy Fletcher for leading this effort!

Leadership Matters:

“Be kind with each other, Show patience for each other, Motivate each other, Learn from each other, We need each other.” -Tweeted by Lolly Daskal


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: May 26, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 26, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Caring for Others can take a Toll: Assistance for you

This has been another hard week with the devastating loss of 19 innocent children and two of their dedicated teachers in Uvalde, Texas. As leaders, you quickly worked to reassure your families, students, and staff that you are doing everything you possibly can to keep them safe. You sent messages, visited schools, listened, comforted, and offered support in so many ways to others. Should you need confidential support, here is a reminder of the members of the Professional Assistance Team, P.A.T.,  you may contact. They are eager to do for you, what you do for others.

Joe Gothard
Superintendent
Saint Paul Public Schools
Cell: 651-587-2895
Office: 651-767-8152
joe.gothard@spps.org 

Patty Phillips
Cell: 651-357-0996
pattyjphillips@gmail.com 

Jerry Nesland
Cell: 218-640-0267
Office: 218-894-2439
Home: 218-385-3194
jnesland@gmail.com 

Gary Prest
Cell: 612-202-4684
Office: 612-626-8647
pres0004@umn.edu

Jeff Olson
Cell: 507-340-0628
Home: 507-934-9195
jolsontncp@gmail.com 

 

 

Another Related Resource that may be Helpful:

Here is a resource from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) on the topic of “Responding to School Violence”: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/school-violence-prevention/responding-to-school-violence-tips-for-administrators

Leadership Matters:

“The true value of networking doesn’t come from how many people we can meet, but rather how many people we can introduce to others.” - Simon Sinek


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 27 MSHSL Activity Registration & Participation Numbers
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: May 19, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 19, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Did You Know?

As of this writing, 41 legislators are not returning next year-20 in the House and 21 in the Senate. That will mean a lot of relationship building for us to do.

Long-time Educator and MASA Member Needs Kidney Transplant:

Former Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson shared publicly that she has stage 5 kidney disease and is in need of a kidney. More information about her illness and kidney donation can be found here.

Superintendent Openings:

There have now been at least 67 school districts that have had/will have leadership changes since Fall 2021. This represents the highest number of superintendent openings in the past 20 years. We have a lot of mentoring to do!

MESPA, MASSP & MASA Master Class on Principal Evaluation well-attended!

In the first attempt in recent years to bring together members from these education organizations a Master Class on principal evaluation was held with MDE staff and 93 participants! Thanks to MDE staff and all participants. If you have other topics you would like to have our education organizations offer together in a free virtual Master Class, please let me know.

My absence:

I will be on vacation beginning May 23 through May 27. You can always feel free to call me, but if I am unavailable, please contact Mia Urick, MASA Director of Professional Learning, at 651-491-4557, or mia.urick@mnasa.org. You may also contact MASA President Dan Bittman at 763-234-3299, or daniel.bittman@isd728.org.

Leadership Matters:

“Be kind with each other, Show patience for each other, Motivate each other, Learn from each other, We need each other.” - Tweeted by LollyDaskal (@Lolly Daskal) 


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 27 MSHSL Activity Registration & Participation Numbers
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: May 12, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 12, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

MASE Executive Director John Klaber to retire:

Many of you know and have worked with John over the years. The MASE Best Practices Conference occurring May 11-13 is his final conference as Executive Director. Please join me in thanking John for his dedication to special education over the years and his partnership with MASA. You can share your sentiments on a Padlet for his retirement here: https://padlet.com/MNASE/klaber.

Here’s to a wonderful retirement for John filled with good health, happiness, pickleball matches, travel, and events with family and friends!

Proposed new rules for charter school applications:

Recommended reading…

https://www.chalkbeat.org/2022/5/9/23064344/biden-cardona-charter-school-rules-regulations 

Leadership Matters:

“Challenges in life always seek leaders and leaders seek challenges.” - Wayde Goodall


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
Mahy 27 MSHSL Activity Registration & Participation Numbers
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: May 5, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 5, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Millions of Ukrainian children are still in school despite the war:

Not a long read, but one I recommend as it demonstrates how important learning is no matter the circumstances. Distance learning is challenging anywhere/anytime, but imagine when the air raid sirens are sounding.

Here is a link to the full article and an excerpt: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/05/1090821103/ukrainian-children-are-still-in-school-despite-the-war

“...Since Feb. 24, more than half the country's children have been pushed from their homes. At least two million are refugees outside the country, a number that grows daily. It's one of the biggest, and fastest, disruptions of children's lives since World War II.

Safety, housing, food, and medical care are the top priorities, but a surprising number of families are also keeping up with school. When the war started, Ukraine's Ministry of Education declared a two-week school holiday. But since then, teaching has resumed remotely. The Ministry says nearly three million, a majority of the country's school-aged children, have shown up for online learning, at least a bit. The country is even broadcasting video lessons on television. It may seem surprising, but the world is newly familiar with remote learning thanks to the pandemic. And Ukraine's focus on maintaining education is in line with an emerging philosophy of disaster response — one summed up in the name of a special fund at the United Nations: Education Cannot Wait. The fund has just announced $5 million in donations to help children affected by the war with learning and mental health services....

In countries including Poland and Bulgaria, and in safer parts of Ukraine, there are informal settings that resemble the learning hubs set up in the U.S. during the pandemic. Here, students can sign on to their remote lessons with their teachers and classmates from back home, and also play sports and do other activities in person....”

Leadership Matters:

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” - Stephen R. Covey


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 10 MASA Women's Leadership Network | Register
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: April 28, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
April 28, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Did you know…

  • That PELSB passed a motion effective March 14, 2022, to allow out-of-state exams to be used for content and pedagogy exams in place of Minnesota exams? This may be helpful to your Tier 2 teachers who have passed exams in other states and need to complete this as one of the required components before moving to a Tier 3 license. 
  • There is a grant opportunity passed as part of the 2021 legislative session called “Come Teach in Minnesota?” This grant provides funding for school districts to offer hiring bonuses to teachers who are American Indian or people of color who move to Minnesota. Here is a link to additional information: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/equitdiv/ComeTeach/.

Leadership Matters:

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” - Dale Carnegie


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

April 1 First Day of Counseling Awareness Month
First Day of Month of the Military Child
First Day of World Autism Awareness Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
April 29 Lailat Ul Qadr
May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 10 MASA Women's Leadership Network | Register
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX