The Henton Headlines: April 15, 2021
The Henton Headlines: April 29, 2021

The Henton Headlines: April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week…

MASA equity and race equity initiative:

The Equity and Excellence in Education Network, “Triple E,” is a new offering by MASA. Dr. Katie Pekel of the University of Minnesota and Mr. Sebastian Witherspoon of Equity Alliance co-facilitated one session of the Triple E effort and they have worked with MASA staff to create a Triple E Steering Committee to help guide the work. We look forward to working with Katie and Sebastian well into the future and are grateful for the MASA Foundation's support of this crucially important work.

A big thanks to the following MASA members who have committed to serve on the steering committee:

Tyrone Brookins, Assistant Superintendent, South Washington County Schools 

Renee Corneille, Superintendent, St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools

Michael Favor, Assistant Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools & soon to be Superintendent, Intermediate School District 917

Annette Freiheit, Superintendent, Winona Area Schools

Matt Hillman, Superintendent, Northfield Schools

Rochelle Johnson, Superintendent, Cass Lake-Bena Schools

Chris Lindholm, Superintendent, Pequot Lake Schools

Cindy Olson, Executive Director, Arrowood Regional Computing Consortium

Renae Ouillette, Executive Director of Student Services, Lakeville Area Schools

Yeu Vang, Assistant Superintendent Office of Multilingual Learning, Saint Paul Public Schools

The next meeting of the Triple E Network will be held on May 5 from 1-2 pm and is open and free to all interested members. Look for registration information to be coming soon!

Congratulations to MASE who has received a prestigious award!

The Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) has received the 2021 Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Exemplary Unit Award. This is a well-deserved honor and MASA extends its congratulations to MASE President Sarah Mittelstadt and Executive Director John Klaber along with all the members of MASE and the MASA staff who support the organization.  We are overjoyed that your hard work has resulted in this honor! Read the news release online.

The winter 2021 “Minnesota Safe Learning” survey results coming to your inbox on April 28

The second in a series of surveys of educators, families, and students conducted by the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) in coordination with other education organizations and MDE has closed. Results are being finalized and superintendents, principals, and school board chairs can expect to receive the overall results next Wednesday. 

Individual school district reports of results will be available upon request, unlike the first iteration results which were automatically sent to all superintendents whose districts had more than five respondents. 

Another survey will be conducted in May and another in October resulting in longitudinal data over time. Should you have questions you would like to be considered for the next iteration of the survey, please send them to me and I will forward your thoughts to those creating the survey.

Leadership Matters: 

"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done." - Amelia Earhart

Screen Shot 2021-04-15 at 12.48.51 AM

Detailed information may be found at
and the MASA Calendar.

April April Military Child Month
April 29 Region 1 Virtual Capitol Visit
April 30 DUE: MDE Federal Title Grant Applications
May 1 DUE: MDE GEER and ESSER Applications
May 2 Orthodox Easter
May 3-7 National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 5 MASA Equity and Excellence in Education Network (1 - 2 pm)
May 6-12 National Nurses Appreciation Week
May 11 “Take Five” Communication Workshop Series (Noon - 1 pm)
May 12 MASA Leaders of Color Affinity Group Meeting (9:30 - 10:30 am)
May 16 Observation of Shavuot begins
May 17 DUE: MDE Carl Perkins (submissions begin)
May 17 DUE: MDE Test WES (Post-test Edit) - late May to mid-June
May 17 DUE: MDE Renewal of school nutrition application - end of month
May 18 “Take Five” Communication Workshop Series (Noon - 1 pm)
May 19 “Take Five” Communication Workshop Series (Noon - 1 pm)



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)