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THE HENTON HEADLINES
March 18, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week…

Belief statements...Strategic Plan...Continuous Improvement Plan...What is MASA doing?

The current MASA Strategic Plan expired in 2020.  In preparation for the next MASA Strategic Plan, the following has occurred:

  • When I started my new position as MASA Executive Director in July, the Board of Directors received my transition plan.  My plan included convening focus groups with the following goal as an initial step toward creating a new Strategic Plan:
    • “Listen and gather input from representative groups within the membership to learn what support services should be sustained to meet current needs, where there are opportunities for growth and innovation, how to advance equity for all, and to continually improve the practice of MASA.”
  • All MASA members were surveyed in September, 2020 about their thoughts regarding the expiring strategic plan.
    • Results were shared and discussed at the Board of Directors meeting in September, 2020.
  • Ten focus group sessions were held in October and November with one session for each MASA component group, retirees, retired female leaders, leaders of color, leaders who are female, regional leaders, business partners, and one additional session that was open to all.
    • The results of the focus group sessions were shared and discussed with the MASA Board of Directors at the December board meeting. 
    • The results were shared via email with all MASA members in December.
  • The December Board of Directors’ meeting featured a review of the planning steps to date and a plan for continuing the development of a strategic plan that would be approved by the Board of Directors at its late September, 2021 board meeting.
    • The Board discussed developing belief statements for MASA using feedback from the focus group sessions. The belief statements would be foundational for developing goals and action items included in the strategic plan. The expired strategic plan has five belief statements. The Board planned to review draft belief statements and member feedback at their March meeting.
  • In February, 2021, all MASA members were invited to respond to a survey of 15 draft belief statements, which were based on feedback from the focus groups and some belief statements carried over from the previous strategic plan.
    • The results of the survey were shared and discussed at the March 2021 Board of Directors meeting and will be sent to all members soon.
    • The Board of Directors decided to continue the discussion on belief statements at the June Board of Directors meeting.

There is much work ahead and MASA thanks all of you who have participated in focus groups, responded to surveys and provided feedback in countless ways, helping to inform the Board of Directors and me throughout this journey. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your representative on the Board of Directors or me if you have thoughts on what should be included in the plan. I often refer to the next plan as a Continuous Improvement Plan that will be reviewed annually. No matter the name, I am confident the Board of Directors will approve a plan that will be both aspirational and supportive of all of our members.  

Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy acceptance letters mailed to 37 applicants!

Thank you for helping to recruit the most applicants we have ever had for our Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy! This year’s cohort begins its first session on Friday, March, 26. Together we will assist our aspiring superintendents to learn what some of the essential elements are to becoming a successful superintendent in Minnesota. 

Resource for addressing learning loss:

Recommended to me to provide to you:

https://www.edweek.org/leadership/opinion-want-to-tackle-learning-loss-first-listen-to-your-students/2021/03

Leadership Matters: 

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." - Rosalynn Carter

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