Conferences & Seminars

MASSP Summer Conference

June 24-27, 2024
Breezy Point Resort

We are excited to offer a wide range of topics that will help continue to build your leadership capacity. We are also excited for you to take time to build your personal leadership network by learning, collaborating and conversing with your principal colleagues from around our state. It is also important for you to take time to reflect on your year and visualize your leadership role moving forward.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Anton Treuer
Being an Equity-Minded Leader in Minnesota

Dr. Mark Wilson
Principals Matter!

MASSP Years of Service Award

MASSP will be giving special recognition to members who have served in an administrative position for 15, 20, 25, 30 years, or who are retiring.

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MASSP Golf Tournament

June 26, 2024

Click here for details about this year's Golf Tournament!

 

AI Training for Principals and School Leaders

June 24, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM
Breezy Point Resort

What will you learn?
  • Hour 1 – Positioning your district to leverage AI benefits while minimizing risks. Recommended AI approaches in education, including resources for student guidelines and policies. Utilizing AI as a tool for school leaders.
  • Hour 2 – Hands-on: Learning How to Use AI in Human Capital and Communication
  • Hour 3 – Hands-on: Using AI to Assist with Student Behavior, Miscellaneous Needs, Teaching, and Learning
Presenter Information

“We needed to see the vision of how this could be used in a positive helpful manner instead of being afraid of it. Your approach was exactly what we needed to ease that concern!”

William Grube is the founder of Gruvy Education. He has collaborated with over 100 schools nationwide, and his work has varied from providing AI training to delivering keynotes. Click here to learn more.

Registration Fee

  • Member $75
  • Non-Member $85

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Book Study (Virtual)

Five Practices for Equity-Focused School Leadership

by Sharon I. Radd, Gretchen Givens Generett, Mark Anthony Gooden, and George Theoharis

Series facilitated by Lisa Carlson, Principal of Woodland Elementary, and Elizabeth Vaught, MDE Principal Support

The purpose of this series is to provide for school leaders:

  • Time to read about and reflect on the five practices, and explore their own identities;
  • Opportunities to share and discuss book topics with colleagues;
  • And, support and tools to use with staff to identify areas for change or refinement, and put these changes into practice.

Each session will contain time for small group discussion and individual reflection. There will be opportunities for leaders to deepen their thinking and explore next steps related to book topics.

Time (via Zoom):

9:30-11:00 AM

Dates:

Thursday, June 20
Wednesday, June 26
Wednesday, July 24
Wednesday, August 7
Thursday, August 22
Thursday, September 26
Tuesday, October 29

Click here to Register - Free Registration (Book not included)

 

Creating Meaningful Change Using a MTSS Model

with Curt Slater

  • June 10 – Twin Cities
  • June 12 – Cloquet
  • June 13 – Rochester
Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this today’s learning, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate how an MTSS framework could support students and staff around social/emotional/behavioral/Academic Health.
  • Promote staff beliefs and attitudes around the whole child MTSS work.
  • Improve school climate for staff, students and families.
  • Determine current building-level implementation of core practices in the areas of Environment and Relationships.
  • Develop building-level action plans to progress toward full implementation of the Tier 1 practices.
  • Determine the scope and sequence of professional learning opportunities and additional support for the 2024-2025 school year.

Registration Fee $175

Click here to Register for Twin Cities site
Click here to Register for Cloquet site
Click here to Register for Rochester site

 

UNITED: The National Conference on School Leadership

July 15-17, 2024
Nashville, TN
A powerful partnership between the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

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Trauma-Informed School Leadership Workshop

Three Part Series
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Anderson Center, Bethel University

Information:

The School Leader Series provides a deeper look at the leadership components of becoming a trauma-informed school program. The goal of this series is to help support leaders in understanding and designing a strategy for implementation.

August 1, 2024 – Session 1: Childhood Trauma in Schools: An Introduction

This session provides a broad overview of childhood trauma including a look at our emerging understanding of trauma and the brain as well as a discussion of the seminal Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The main purpose of this session is to establish a mandate for why a trauma-informed approach is necessary in guiding the work of school leadership.

October 2, 2024 – Session 2: Trauma-Informed Leadership

The Trauma-Informed Leadership session begins to make the case that leading a change-initiative rooted in trauma-informed practices requires a transformational leadership approach. An exploration of Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle is offered as a framework for articulating this transformational change strategy. Leaders are given the opportunity to reflect on their personal “why” and how a trauma-informed approach aligns with their “why.” They are then given the opportunity to analyze current school systems in light of what they now know about childhood trauma and ultimately begin the work envisioning something new.

November 6, 2024 – Session 3: Developing a Strategy for Change

Leaders are provided a list of six qualities of a trauma-informed school and a brief discussion is provided for each quality. Leaders are then provided a strategic implementation planning tool and asked to begin the process of designing an implementation roadmap for their specific school. Additionally, the topic of supporting a trauma-informed team is explored. This work is challenging and educator burnout is a concern leaders are constantly struggling to overcome. This session provides a deep look at secondary trauma and burnout and provides a series of strategies for leaders in how to take care of their staff members.

About the presenter – Dr. Justin Tiarks:

Justin’s core mission is to figure out how to build schools that work equally well for both the group and the individual. He has been a public school educator since 2006, serving as a classroom teacher before transitioning to the principalship 10 years ago. Justin first encountered the research on childhood trauma early in his teaching career and this research has served as a North Star for both his practice and scholarship. Justin’s dissertation work sought to understand the experiences of school leaders in adopting a trauma-informed approach. Justin combines his own experience as a trauma-informed leader with the voices and experiences of other trauma-informed school leaders and centers his presentations squarely on what is most helpful for practitioners. In addition to being a practicing school principal, Justin is a Senior Fellow at the Minnesota Institute of Trauma-Informed Education at the University of St. Thomas. Justin also supports the principal licensure program at Concordia University, St. Paul.

Registration Fee $395

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MASSP New Administrators Workshop

Designed for administrators with 3 years or less experience.

September 25-26, 2024
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Anderson Center, Bethel University

This workshop is designed to meet the needs of building administrators who are in their first three years of leadership. This two-day workshop is designed to enhance practitioner and leadership skills (day one) and sensitize and inform on legal responsibilities, student discipline and legal issues faced by building leaders (day two).

Registration coming soon!

 

MASSP Student Discipline Workshop

September 26, 2024
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Anderson Center, Bethel University

Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist is one of the most highly regarded experts in school law in the State of Minnesota. This workshop will explore legal implications and the administrator's role including provisions you may not know about. Find out what is new for school administrators in multiple areas of student discipline. Information is practical and may offer guidelines for policy development.

Registration coming soon!

 

MASSP Building a Restorative Mindset Workshop

Date, time and location to be determined.

In this introductory workshop, we will collaborate to build a restorative mindset. Our journey will begin by reflecting on our current mindsets and practices around school interactions, discipline, and community. Participants will learn what it means to be restorative by exploring restorative mindsets, principles, language, and practices. After our groundwork of examining restorative mindsets, we will begin to identify barriers to implementation and strategize ways to shift our schools to more restorative ecosystems.

 

MASSP School Law Seminars

MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist Roger Aronson is conducting one-day seminars throughout the state presenting the most up to date information on school law. Roger is one of the most highly regarded experts in school law in the State of Minnesota. Find out what is new in school law, have your legal questions answered and gain valuable insight. Seminars begin at 8:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM.

October 1, 2024 – Cloquet, Cloquet Forestry Center
October 9, 2024 – Mankato, Courtyard by Marriott Hotel & Event Center
October 10, 2024 – Rochester, Wood Lake Meeting Center
October 30, 2024 – Mahnomen, Shooting Star Casino
November 7, 2024 – St. Cloud, Holiday Inn & Suites
November 12, 2024 – St. Paul, Anderson Center (Bethel University)
January 29, 2025 – Minneapolis, Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel

Registration coming soon!

 

MASSP Winter Conference

January 29-31, 2025
Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel

If you would like to join any of these events, please see our calendar.

MASSP Winter Conference

January 24-26, 2024

Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel

We are excited to offer a wide range of topics that will help continue to build your leadership capacity. We hope to offer a comprehensive learning environment so that you can continue to build upon your success. Conversely, your knowledge is also invaluable. By building your professional leadership network, you will have a chance to sit down with colleagues and discuss and share practices on a variety of topics.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Robyn Jackson

As CEO of Mindsteps Inc., Dr. Robyn Jackson, utilizes her 25 years of educational experience to build better educators. Jackson has aided thousands of K-12 teachers and principals worldwide in becoming high-performing professionals, implementing equitable, rigorous instructional programs. Dr. Jackson has authored 13 bestselling books and is the host of the “School Leadership Reimagined” podcast.

 

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton is a former professional athlete drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Following the loss of his mother in a racially motivated mass shooting, Chris has now become an inspirational speaker and best-selling author who has shared his message of unity and racial reconciliation with NFL and NBA teams as well as multiple Fortune 500 companies across the country. He shares with over 100 organizations and over 30,000 students annually and resides with his spouse Mariana and 3 children in Charleston, SC.

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

School Law Seminar
Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

Roger is one of the most highly regarded experts in school law in the State of Minnesota. Find out what is new in school law, have your legal questions answered and gain valuable insight.

Building a Restorative Mindset
Ali Alowonle, Advocate, SE – Metro Regional Center of Excellence

In this introductory workshop, we will collaborate to build a restorative mindset. Participants will learn what it means to be restorative by exploring restorative mindsets, principles, language, and practices. After our groundwork of examining restorative mindsets, we will begin to identify barriers to implementation and strategize ways to shift our schools to more restorative ecosystems. Teams are welcome at this workshop.

Middle Level Specific Learning

Using Schoolwide Systems to Develop Learner Agency and Increase a Sense of Belonging for All
Presenter(s) Tricia Pettis, Principal, and school leaders of South View Middle School, Edina Public Schools

South View Middle School was one of eleven middle schools recognized as a School of Distinction by the Association for Middle Level Education. This distinction is a reflection of South View’s progressive work around developing agency and belonging for all learners. South View is carrying out its mission of being a dynamic learning community delivering educational excellence and preparing all students to realize their full potential. Join the South View staff as they provide an interactive workshop on a variety of topics, including: Learning Progressions/Proficiency Based Grading, Feedback, Learning Pathways, Belonging, Restorative Mindset/Culture, Middle School Scheduling and Unified Student Leadership. Teams are welcome at this workshop.

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MASSP Winter Conference

January 25-27, 2023

Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel

We are excited to offer a wide range of topics that will help continue to build your leadership capacity. The theme of this year’s conference is Partnerships. We know that you need a supporting staff around you to insure student and school success. The relationships that you build with your superintendent, district directors and support staff can make a strong impact on your leadership. We hope to offer a comprehensive learning environment so that you can continue to build upon your success. Conversely, your knowledge is also invaluable. By building your professional leadership network, you will have a chance to sit down with colleagues and discuss and share practices on a variety of topics.

Keynote Speakers

Jimmy Casas
Recalibrate the Culture

Dr. Stephen Peters
Leading Through Change, “Lessons Learned and their Impact on the Future”

Mary Pat Cumming
NASSP Update

Jimmy Casas
Recalibrate the Culture

Dr. Stephen Peters
Leading Through Change, “Lessons Learned and their Impact on the Future”

Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

School Law Seminar
Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

Roger is one of the most highly regarded experts in school law in the State of Minnesota. Find out what is new in school law, have your legal questions answered and gain valuable insight.

Trauma-Informed Leadership
Justin Tiarks, Principal, St. Paul City School

In this session, Justin will share how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a tremendous impact on your students' learning; and, he will provide you with tools and strategies to become a Trauma-Informed Leader.

Principals and Special Education Every Day the Two Shall Meet
Erin Toninato, Executive Director, Minnesota Administrators for Special Education

Special Education is a complex system that is best navigated in partnership. This pre-conference session will provide valuable information related to the role of the Principal in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and relevance to the process. Provision of special education is about strong relationships with your school team, the students, and families. Get ready to learn and engage with your colleagues, to gain a better understanding of the important role you have in special education!

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MASSP Student Handbook Workshop

April 17, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Roseville Skating Center
2661 Civic Center Drive
Roseville, MN 55113

One of the most important administrative tools in guiding and reinforcing legal policies and school procedures and practices within a school is the student handbook. Each year, administrators update their handbook and present it to their school board for approval. The contents and the delivery of the student handbook often provides the reinforcement needed to make administrative decisions throughout the school year. Furthermore, by including pertinent information within the handbook, districts can avoid both time and money in litigation costs. Each year, administrators update their handbook and present it to their school board for approval prior to school fall opening. This interactive workshop will outline the importance of an effective handbook, including key information on what to include in your student handbook.

Presenters: Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist; Erich Martens from MSHSL; and Terry Morrow from MSBA.

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MN School Violence Prevention Symposium

December 5, 2022
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The Park Event Center, Waite Park, MN

We are pleased to announce the collaboration of MASA, MASSP, MESPA, and MSBA in offering a School Violence Prevention Symposium. We invite all members of our organizations, along with the members of your school district safety team. Violence prevention is a concern for all of us and our professional organizations. We have planned a uniquely informative and engaging conference that will provide helpful information as your team identifies the next steps in violence prevention.

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