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July 29, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week

Do we have to do contact tracing in 2021-2022?

If you are like me, when I read the latest MDE/MDH guidance, I was left wondering. MDE clarified the answer:  conducting contact tracing is strongly recommended, yet is a district decision. 


MASA member receives national award!

At their Summer Leadership Conference, the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) awarded Southwest West Central Service Cooperative Executive Director Cliff Carmody with the 2021 Peter C. Young Award in recognition of his service to educational service agencies. Congratulations Cliff!


Excellent additional resources on racial equity and Critical Race Theory, CRT:

See links below links to racial equity and Critical Race Theory information shared by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development:

Partnership for the Future of Learning

FrameWorks Institute 

FrameWorks Racial Equity in Education 

*Also recommended to take the time to read this one-page document, if nothing else, the last paragraph on CRT written by the outgoing Executive Director of the Council of Great City Schools-so very well said.

Leadership Matters:

“Leadership is for those who love the public good and are endowed and trained to administer it.” - Thornton Wilder

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Detailed information may be found at and the MASA Calendar.

July 1 MASA Membership Due
  Renew online:
August 1 MASA Committee Sign-Up Deadline
  Sign up for a committee online here:
August 4 2021 Back to School Conference: Reconnecting - Held Virtually 8-10 am
August 6 MDE: Test Results Summary provides embargoed summary results
August 10 Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)
August 18 First Session of the Great Start Cohort for New Superintendents and Administrators
  Register online:
August 26 MDE: Individual Student Reports (ISRs)
August 30 Media receives access to embargoed accountability downloadable data file including state, all districts, and all school-level data
September 1 DUE: MDE SY22 ESEA Title applications (FIN401, FIN406, FIN414, FIN417, and FIN433)
September 14 Workshop: School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal
  Register online:
September 15 DUE: MDE GEER I and ESSER I Summer 2020 Funding (FIN151, FIN152, FIN153)
  Applications were due by May 1, 2021 (this deadline has passed)
  Funds for expenditures from January 1-June 30, 2021 must be drawn by September 15, 2021
  Funds can be spent through September 30, 2022 and must be drawn by December 12, 2022
September 17-18 MN Aspiring Superintendents Academy
September 25-26 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | DECC, Duluth
September 26 Great Start Cohort Session #2 | DECC, Duluth
September 26 Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament - Details Coming Soon!
September 26-28 MASA Fall Conference - DECC, Duluth - Save the Dates!


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