The Henton Headlines: December 1, 2022

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

Attention Greater MN Superintendents: Opening on PELSB for a Superintendent Representative: We need you to apply!

We have been fortunate to have Richfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Unowsky serving as the superintendent representative on PELSB for a number of years. The seat now must be filled by a superintendent from greater MN. Thank you, Dr. Unowsky. Your voice has been very helpful!

Here is PELSB’s announcement and the link to apply: 

“PELSB Board Open for Appointments

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board has several board member positions open for appointment, including: charter school teacher, teacher outside seven-county metro area, teacher within seven-county metro area, and superintendent. Apply here.”

Policies and Procedures for Alternative Lunches:

Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner for MDE provided a response regarding guidelines for alternative meals. He informed me that the following was sent out to the School Nutrition Director listserv yesterday (Wednesday):

Lunch Shaming Includes Alternate Meals

On Friday, November 18, schools were notified of the Attorney General’s opinion that schools may NOT provide an alternate meal to a student as a result of school lunch debt.

School districts that have been providing an alternative meal as a result of school lunch debt must stop this practice immediately.

If you have any questions regarding this opinion from the Attorney General, please submit your questions to Nutrition Program Services by Friday, December 9, 2022. 

Nutrition Program Services will review the questions and provide responses in an upcoming bulletin.

Leadership Matters (double the inspiration this week)!

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” - W.T. Purkiser

“Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them. Great companies hire motivated people and inspire them.” - Simon Sinek


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

December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5 School Safety Symposium | 9 am - 3 pm | Waite Park
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 19 MASA Instructional Leader Network | 9 - 10 am | Zoom
December 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 2 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January 2023 National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
January 10 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
January 17 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
January 17 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 3 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 14 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
February 14 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
February 16-23 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 4 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 6 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
March 8 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 14 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
March 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 5 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
April 11 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 6 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
April 13 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting
May 9 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
May 16 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual




The Henton Headlines: November 23, 2022

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

Policies and Procedures for Alternative Lunches:

Last Friday, I heard from MASA members who said they didn’t need to make changes in light of the Attorney General’s opinion on alternative meals for students with overdue lunch accounts. On Monday, I heard from some members wondering if, even though students with outstanding account balances have full meal options, the school district is still in violation of the latest ruling. 

*This morning, (Tuesday, Nov. 22), MSBA sent out a “November 2022 Newsletter” with a discussion about the Attorney General’s opinion, MSBA Model policy 534 and a link to a  revised school meals model policy. I encourage you to review the revised policy.

It is important to ensure that your procedures and school board policies match. There are media reports that well over 100 school districts have policies that do not comply with the Attorney General’s recent opinion. Might you have changed procedures, but not school board policy, or vice versa? In my opinion, it’s worth the time to check and ensure your procedures and policies are reconciled.

*Related to the ruling, I asked Commissioner Mueller for clarification on the scenario below. Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner, called me this afternoon and told me that the Attorney General’s opinion was specific to school lunch meals and does not necessarily address a la carte items. 

Scenario: A student with an overdue lunch account is allowed one of three full meal options provided by the school district. One of the options is the typical hot meal. Another option is pizza. A third option is a pack-and go style full lunch meal. The student takes the hot meal and also picks up some pre-packaged chips and bottled water. The nutrition staff tell the student chips and water do not comply with the student’s meal plan. Is this lunch shaming and in violation of the new ruling?

*MDE is working on a question-and-answer document related to the Attorney General’s opinion. Look for that information to come in the weeks ahead. 

As with all things, if you are unsure about your procedures and policy and if they comply with the Attorney General’s ruling, don’t hesitate to contact your school district legal counsel.

Robocalls:

It has been my practice to use the School Messenger/robocall system sparingly, which generally has meant 1-3 times annually. I hope this trend continues. 

If you didn’t get the robocall on Friday, November 18, you might want to check to see if your administrative assistant did. We have found that because administrative assistants often submit your membership paperwork to MASA (thank you, administrative assistants), their cell number, not yours, is listed. Don’t hesitate to contact me if your number needs updating.

Interested in Joining the Walz Cabinet?

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have opened the application process to fill vacancies for the leaders of the following cabinet agencies: 

  • Department of Education 
  • Department of Health 
  • Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation 
  • Department of Labor and Industry
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Revenue 

Individuals wishing to apply for positions in the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s cabinet may contact gov.appointments@state.mn.us to request an application. Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on November 30 and should be addressed to Governor Tim Walz. 

Applicants may contact gov.appointments@state.mn.us or (651) 201-3400 with questions about the application process or to request reasonable accommodations. 

Leadership Matters:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy


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

November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 2 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January 2023 National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
January 17 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
January 17 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 3 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 14 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
February 16-23 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 4 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 14 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
March 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 5 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
April 11 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 6 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting
May 9 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
May 16 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual




The Henton Headlines: November 17, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 17, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

New Direction for the Walz Cabinet:

On November 16, we learned that four commissioners, Dr. Heather Mueller, Jan Malcolm, Jon Harrington, and Mark Phillips, would not seek reappointment to their positions in the Walz administration. There will be an application process for these four openings and two others in the cabinet. 

Should you be interested in applying for any of these positions, please note the application closes on November 30. Applicants interested in applying can email gov.appointments@state.mn.us to request an application or call 651-201-3400 with questions.

In meeting with Education Commissioner Mueller prior to the public announcement of her decision to not return to her position, I had the opportunity to thank her for her dedicated and steady service as commissioner. Dr. Mueller was accessible, listened and actively engaged with our school leaders across the state. I wished her well on behalf of MASA and I am certain she would appreciate hearing from you if you are so inclined. You can send your farewell remarks to Heather.Mueller@state.mn.us. Dr. Mueller shared that the current cabinet at MDE will stay in place and once a new commissioner is named, that person can make changes if desired.

I also contacted Commissioner Malcolm who served as Commissioner of Health and expressed our gratitude for her leadership. I had the pleasure of serving on Commissioner Malcolm’s COVID Advisory Council and found her to be thoughtful, responsive, willing to make really difficult decisions, and focused on the well being of all. Here is Commissioner Malcolm’s email address (jan.malcolm@state.mn.us) should you want to contact her and wish her well.

MASA Legislative Committee Seeks your Input:

Under the leadership of MASA members Kim Hiel, Jason Berg, Vern Capelle, Jeremy Kovash, Anthony Padrnos, and Paul Drange robust discussion is ongoing about what should be included in the platform and the advocacy strategies that should be employed. These leaders will reconvene the Legislative Committee on November 22 and draft the platform which will be submitted to the Board of Directors on December 7 for consideration.

If you have ideas about what should be included in the platform, please email any of the above leaders, MASA Lobbyist Valerie Dosland valeried@ewald.com, or me at deb.henton@mnasa.org.

We want to hear from you!

American Education Week (November 13-19):

Every year, American Education Week is held the week before Thanksgiving. What a wonderful opportunity for us to express our gratitude to those who have chosen to teach, to work with a child, to drive a school bus or serve a meal. It's also a great opportunity for me to express the gratitude we have here at MASA for the work of our school leaders. As we know, it is a challenging time to be a school leader. We are grateful for your insight, your ability to collaborate and problem solve, and your willingness to show up each day to do your best to ensure every child receives the best we can offer them every day.

Leadership Matters:

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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 13-19  American Education Week
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Virtual | 10:15-11:30 am
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 22 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 1 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 20 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 2 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
January 17 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 3 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 16-23 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 21 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 4 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 21, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 5 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 6 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting
May 16, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 20, 2023 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jett | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual




The Henton Headlines: November 10, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 10, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

 

Scrolling through Facebook this morning and what post did I see?

“Congratulations to MN Administrators for Special Education - MASE for winning the Council of Administrators of Special Education, a Division of CEC - 2022 State Unit Award for "Awards!" This award recognizes the state unit that sponsors a variety of awards at the state, national or international level.

Thank you South Plains Cooperative Director Sarah Mittlestadt for the Facebook shoutout to MASE and congratulations to our MASE colleagues!  We are delighted you received yet another award from the Council of Administrators of Special Education-your second in three years!  WOW!

The Results are In…Well Most of Them!

Now we begin to build relationships with our new school board members and representatives at the state and national level. Please reach out soon if you haven’t already! We need to ensure they know and believe we have an exceptional public education system in place worth protecting and fully funding, and that you are skilled leaders with the children at the heart of  your why.

To the school leaders whose districts prevailed in levy attempts, we congratulate you. To those who did not prevail, our hearts and minds are with you. You have laid the foundation for a possible next attempt, and no matter how much effort is involved will keep the kids at the focus of all your next steps. Let us at MASA, and your colleagues know how we may support you.

Leadership Matters:

“Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.” - Simon Sinek


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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 15 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
November 15 America Recycles Day
November 16 Education Support Professionals Day
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 14-18  American Education Week
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 22 Professional Dialogue with Willie Jet | Session 1 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 17, 2023 MN State Breakfast at AASA NCE | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter | 7:30 - 8:30 am
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting




The Henton Headlines: November 3, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 3, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

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Have you?

If not, mark your calendars for November 8, 2022.  If you have, know that your vote matters!

A special wish of good luck to all of the school districts running levies, bond campaigns, and school board elections.   

MN School Violence Prevention Symposium, Dec. 5, 2022

MASA, MASSP, MESPA, and MSBA are collaborating to offer a School Violence Prevention Symposium. All members of our organizations, along with the members of your school district safety team are invited to join us at the Park Event Center in Waite Park, Minnesota, on Monday, December 5, 2022. 

For more information, click here.

Leadership Matters:

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” - Frederick Douglas


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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
November Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 8 Election Day
November 8 National STEM and STEAMDay
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 15 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
November 15 America Recycles Day
November 16 Education Support Professionals Day
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 14-18  American Education Week
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting




The Henton Headlines: October 27, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
October 27, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Save the date: MN School Violence Prevention Symposium, Dec. 5, 2022

MASA, MASSP, MESPA, and MSBA will be hosting this symposium at the Park Event Center in Waite Park, MN on December 5. Look for registration information soon. If you are not able to attend, please send members of your team and school board. We have outstanding speakers secured for the event!

Have you had a chance to take the Professional Dialogue Survey:

In partnership with former St. Cloud Superintendent and now U of M Professor, Willie Jett, we are offering a 9-month professional dialogue series exploring topics of interest to currently practicing school administrators. While the topics may be general in nature, the group will specifically address issues of race and culture pertinent to the conversation.

The topics will be identified via a short survey and planned to meet the needs of those participating in the conversation. Sessions will be offered at no cost monthly, twice per day, and via a virtual format. Depending upon the topic and the survey responses, sessions may be differentiated by audience.

The first session will be held on November 22nd from 9-10 am. You can register for the virtual meeting here. We look forward to a rich and purposeful dialogue!

Special thanks to the MASA Foundation for supporting this embedded equity work open to all our members!

Update on “Together We Make a Difference” Initiative:

A meeting was held on October 26 to synthesize the information gathered at the seven regional meetings held with 1200-1500 participants. Themes were identified and will be used at the upcoming conference with students, activities directors and others. 

Leadership Matters:

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not disrespectful be kind, but not frail be bold, but not to intimidate to be humble, but not weak be proud, but not prideful”

 ~ @LollyDaskal #Leadership #quote #Management #HR #Success #Motivation

Detailed information may be found at; https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html 

and the MASA Calendar.

 

MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!

 

Business Partner Renewal Online!

October 17-31

National School Bus Safety Week

October 23-29

Red Ribbon Week/Drug-Free America Week

October 24

MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 1 - 3 pm

October 24

MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting

October 26-28

MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake

October 28

Great Start Cohort #3 & Finance Academy #1 | Minneapolis Marriott NW

November 1

MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Registration

November 1

Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

November 8

Election Day

November 8

National STEM and STEAMDay

November 11

Veteran's Day

November 15

MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register

November 15

America Recycles Day

November 16

Education Support Professionals Day

November 17

National Parent Involvement Day

November 18

Substitute Educators’ Day

November 20

World Children’s Day

November 14-18 

American Education Week

November 16

Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center

November 18

MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm

November 22

MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm

December 1

Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month

December 2

Special Education Day

December 3

International Day of People with Disabilities

December 5

International Volunteer Day

December 5-11

Computer Science Education Week

December 7

MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm

December 9

Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW

December 13

MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register

December 13

MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register

December 18-26

Hanukkah

December 26 - Jan 1

Kwanzaa

January

National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month

January 5, 2023

MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm

February 16-23, 2023

AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

February 27

MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting

March 8, 2023

Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW

March 8, 2023

MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm

March 9-10, 2023

MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

April 11, 2023

MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm

April 13, 2023

MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm

April 19, 2023

MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual

April 27, 2023

Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center

May 1, 2023

MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

 


The Henton Headlines: October 20, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
October 20, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Save the Date: School Safety Symposium, Dec. 5, 2022

MASA, MASSP, MESPA, and MSBA will be hosting a “School Safety Symposium” at the Park Event Center in Waite Park, MN on December 5. Look for more information in the weeks ahead.

Need Talking Points about Vouchers, a.k.a. Education Savings Accounts?

AASA Associate Executive Director Noelle Ellerson Ng recently sent the link below to state executive directors. The information provided there will be helpful for use in conversations you might be having with others about vouchers which are being widely discussed on a national and state level. More information: https://www.ncpecoalition.org/facts

Time for a Break!

Personal experience tells me you may have sent your staff home for a four-day weekend while you are in the office today and maybe plan to come in tomorrow as well to catch up on work. I hope you find a slower pace, different hours and are able to find time to relax.

Thank you for all you do. You are amazing leaders and also deserve a break! 

Leadership Matters:

"A true leader creates a culture of spirits and hearts not just heads and hands." - Ed Konczal


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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
October 17-31 National School Bus Safety Week
October 19 Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day
October 28 Great Start Cohort #3 & Finance Academy #1 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 23-29 Red Ribbon Week/Drug-Free America Week
October 24 MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 1 - 3 pm
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 25 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #1 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1 pm
October 25 MASA Master Class: Cyber Security Awareness | 11 am - 12 pm | Virtual Session
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
November 1 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Registration
November 1 Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 8 Election Day
November 8 National STEM and STEAMDay
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 15 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
November 15 America Recycles Day
November 16 Education Support Professionals Day
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 14-18  American Education Week
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
November 22 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

The Henton Headlines: October 13, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
October 13, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

The Long Goodbye for Mia Comes to a Close

Mia’s last day at MASA will be today, Thursday, October 13. This Padlet is available for you to send Mia your thoughts on her extraordinary 32-year career as MASA’s Director of Professional Learning.

“Together We Make A Difference” Conference Information Coming Soon!

The regional meetings were a success with an estimated attendance of anywhere from 1200-1500 students. They shared their voices and now all of the information collected will be synthesized.  Planning for the conference is underway and more information should be released soon.  A huge thanks to all coaches, advisors, athletic directors, principals, superintendents and others who encouraged students to participate. We are very hopeful improved conduct will result!

CPAs Seek Opportunities to Visit High Schools:

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants is participating in a national effort the week of Nov. 7–11 to have CPAs visit high school classrooms to talk about the wide array of possibilities in the accounting profession. 

Visit the main page to learn more about this effort: https://www.mncpa.org/involvement/volunteer/accounting-opportunities-week/

Your teachers can access this page to request a volunteer:

https://www.mncpa.org/involvement/volunteer/accounting-opportunities-week/accounting-opps-classroom/

Leadership Matters:

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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
October 9-15 Fire Prevention Week
October 17-31 National School Bus Safety Week
October 19 Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day
October 28 Great Start Cohort #3 & Finance Academy #1 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 23-29 Red Ribbon Week/Drug-Free America Week
October 24 MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 1 - 3 pm
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 25 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #1 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1 pm
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
November 1 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Registration
November 1 Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 8 Election Day
November 8 National STEM and STEAMDay
November 11 Veteran's Day
November 15 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
November 15 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 15 America Recycles Day
November 16 Education Support Professionals Day
November 17 National Parent Involvement Day
November 18 Substitute Educators’ Day
November 20 World Children’s Day
November 14-18  American Education Week
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
December 1 Human Rights Month & Learn a Foreign Language Month
December 2 Special Education Day
December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 5-11 Computer Science Education Week
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
December 13 MASA BIPOC Affinity Group | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Register
December 13 MASA Women's Leadership Network | 9 - 10 am | Register
December 18-26 Hanukkah
December 26 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa
January National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth, #MentorIRL) | Thank You Month
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

The Henton Headlines: October 6, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
October 6, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Interested in Cybersecurity?

The MN Cybersecurity Task Force is seeking appointments, and one of the seats is open for a member from public education. If you are interested and wish to apply, you can search for the open seat here.

  • Minnesota Cybersecurity Task Force
  • Vacancies: 1 Seat -- Public Education

You can access the openings directly here: https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/Agency/Details/306 

MASA would benefit from one of our members serving in this capacity. Please consider applying.

“Living our Purpose”

What a great Fall Conference held this year at Madden’s! Over 200 members and representatives from our sold-out exhibition fair focused on Living our Purpose as we learned together. Thanks to the MASA Executive Development Committee for identifying the theme and selecting breakout sessions. Gratitude as well to the MASA staff for working through all the logistics and welcoming our participants. 

Please mark your calendars for the MASA/MASE Spring Conference on March 9 & 10 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. The learning you experience, along with the networking opportunities, will refresh you and remind you that we all need to focus on Living our Purpose in our daily work.

The Long Goodbye for Mia is Nearing an End!

Mia’s last day at MASA will be Thursday, October 13. This Padlet is available for you to send Mia your thoughts on her extraordinary 32 year career as MASA’s Director of Professional Learning.

“Together We Make A Difference”

The seven regional meetings have concluded with over 1200 students participating in World Cafe-style conversations led by Forbes Solutions. Stay tuned for the next steps.

Leadership Matters:

"I never lose. Either I win or I learn." - Nelson Mandela


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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
October 6 National Instructional Coach’s Day
October 9-15 Fire Prevention Week
October 10 Indigenous Peoples Day
October 17-31 National School Bus Safety Week
October 19 Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day
October 28 Great Start Cohort #3 & Finance Academy #1 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 23-29 Red Ribbon Week/Drug-Free America Week
October 24 MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 1 - 3 pm
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 25 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #1 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1 pm
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
November 1 Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 15 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting

The Henton Headlines: September 29, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
September 29, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

We Would Love to Hear your Thoughts and Ideas!

In order to make sure we support your work as best we can, your honest feedback and comments are appreciated in this year’s survey!  Please complete the survey by Friday, September 30.

“Together We Make A Difference” Meetings:

World Cafe style meetings have been held with students regarding conduct at activities and in schools at the following locations:

  • Detroit Lakes
  • Grand Rapids
  • Rochester
  • St. Louis Park
  • St. Cloud Tech
  • North Saint Paul

Only one meeting in Redwood Falls remains. 

Thanks to all of you who sent students to the meetings and to all school districts who served as hosts! 

Interesting Data on School Board Openings and Candidate Filings reported by MSBA:

1022 seats are open

 618 incumbents filed

20 school districts did not have enough to fill seats 

Leadership Matters:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt


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

  MASA & MASE Membership Renewal | Renew online!
  Business Partner Renewal Online!
September Hispanic Heritage Month, Suicide Prevention Month, and College Savings Month
October 1 National Disability Employment Awareness Month; National Principals Month (#ThankaPrincipal)
October 1-2 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 National Custodian Day
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Great Start Cohort Session #2 | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 5 World Teachers Day
October 6 National Instructional Coach’s Day
October 9-15 Fire Prevention Week
October 10 Indigenous Peoples Day
October 17-31 National School Bus Safety Week
October 19 Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day
October 28 Great Start Cohort #3 & Finance Academy #1 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 23-29 Red Ribbon Week/Drug-Free America Week
October 24 MASA Federal Advocacy Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 1 - 3 pm
October 24 MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting
October 25 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #1 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1 pm
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
November 1 Native American Heritage Month/American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
November 15 MASA Legislative Committee Meeting #2 | Quora Education Center | 9 am - 1pm
November 16 Great Start Cohort #4 | Finance Academy #2 | Quora Education Center
November 18 MASA Nominating Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 3 pm
December 9 Great Start Cohort #5 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
January 5, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
February 27 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting
March 8, 2023 Great Start Cohort #6 | Finance Academy #3 | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW | 11 am - 4 pm
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 11, 2023 MASA Nominations Committee Meeting | Quora Education Center | 12 - 1:30 pm
April 13, 2023 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center | 11 am - 1 pm
April 19, 2023 MASA Executive Development Committee Meeting | Virtual
April 27, 2023 Great Start Cohort #7 | Quora Education Center
May 1, 2023 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting