Winter Conference Program

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Welcome to the 2022 Winter Conference and to the Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel. We are pleased to present you with a program of outstanding professional topics and an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with friends and network with colleagues. Click here for a downloadable Program Schedule.

Wednesday, January 26

3:30 PM

First General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding: Thomas Brenner, MASSP President
Principal, Cloquet Middle School

Address: Is My School a Better School Because I Lead It?

Baruti Kafele, Speaker/Educator

As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the transformation of four New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech—which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, and which was recognized three times by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools. He will challenge each principal and assistant principal to examine their own leadership identity, presence, impact, mission, purpose, vision, and value as the leaders of their schools. The entire keynote address is high-energy and engaging. It promises to inspire principals and assistant principals to think deeply and critically about their roles as leaders of their schools and whether their schools are better schools because they are the leaders of them.

5:20 PM

Opening Reception – Atrium – 4th Floor

6:00 PM

Second General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding: Thomas Brenner, MASSP President
Principal, Cloquet Middle School

Welcome: Bob Driver, MASSP Executive Director

Award Presentation: MASSP Office Professional of the Year

Becky Revering, Principal’s Secretary, Parkers Prairie High School

Sponsored by Jostens’ Sales Representatives

Student Award Presentations:

Douglas Erickson, MASSP Coordinator of Student Activities
Alexa Mack, MASC President, Monticello High School
Jennifer Nguyen, MAHS President, Orono High School

Address: Always Learning...

Shawn Andress, Principal, Century Middle School, Park Rapids
2021 Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year

Address: Lessons in Leadership

Scott Gengler, Principal, Wayzata High School
2021 Minnesota High School Principal of the Year

Announcement:

2022 Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year
2022 Minnesota High School Principal of the Year

All Photography sponsored by Lifetouch

Thursday, January 27

7:30 AM

Exhibits Open — Ballrooms 3 & 4 – 4th Floor

Continental breakfast will be served in the exhibit area

Please visit the exhibits and play Vendor Bingo — 2 Chances to win $500 cash

8:30 AM

Third General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding: Mary Pat Cumming, MASSP President-Elect
Principal, The FAIR High School for the Arts, Minneapolis

Address: The Power of One

Manny Scott, Speaker/Educator

An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers, Manny Scott has energized almost two million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. Mr. Scott shares how he went from a 0.6 GPA and a high school dropout to a Ph.D. student, husband, father, pilot, and public servant. This presentation reminds leaders that even on their worst days, they can be someone’s best hope.

10:00-10:30 AM

Coffee and Soft Drink Break

Served in the Exhibit Area — Ballrooms 3 & 4 – 4th Floor

Please visit the exhibits and play Vendor Bingo — 2 Chances to win $500 cash

10:30-11:25 AM

Concurrent Sessions

A. Lessons Learned During My 33 Years as a Building Level Administrator

Birch/Maple Lake – 4th floor

Gregg Wieczorek, NASSP President

During his presidency, Greg is visiting high schools and middle schools in every state. While visiting schools, he will observe innovative practices utilized by schools to connect with students, teachers, parents, community members, and legislators. During this session, he will share some of the innovations he has observed during his travels regarding the importance of connecting. He will also share some of his personal experiences from being a building administrator for 33 years.

B. Elevating Principal Voice: Come and Hear What You Had to Say! Results From the First Biennial Minnesota Principals Survey

Excelsior Bay – 8th floor

Dr. Katie Pekel, Principal in Residence, Minnesota Principals Academy and Co-Coordinator, Education Policy and Leadership Programs, U of M
Thomas Brenner, Principal, Cloquet Middle School
Damian Patnode, Principal, Milaca High School

Compared with school leaders in other states, Minnesota principals have limited collective influence on local and state policy decisions that affect their schools. The Minnesota Principals Survey—developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota in partnership with Minnesota principals and other education stakeholders—was designed to elevate principal voice in education policy. This session will present findings from the first biennial survey, including insights regarding school leaders’ working conditions, professional development, career paths, and policy influence.

C. McKinney Vento — How to Reach, Teach and Support

Crystal Lake – 4th floor

Heather Alden, Supervisor
Becky Valek, Counselor, Project REACH/Fostering Connections

McKinney Vento can protect and support your students who are experiencing homelessness and those in foster care. This will be an opportunity to learn ways to identify students, provide support in the school, support credit recovery and connecting with resources. This workshop will provide its participants with a trauma informed approach to assist these students in academic and social emotional success as well as provide an opportunity to look at the needs of your students with a culturally responsive lens. This workshop will provide the participants the opportunity to further develop their toolbox of ideas, resources, and skills to assist students to find a safe and welcoming space in your school community.

D. Supporting Student Wellness in Rural Schools

Deer Lake – 4th floor

Cory Strasser, Principal
Tanya Schroyer, Counselor, Pipestone Area Middle and High School

Student Wellness is an integral part of student success. Pipestone Area MS/HS has utilized a Wellness Room concept to support student wellness. The Wellness Room is a specific location where a student can go to have the whole child's needs met. The Wellness Room focuses on the whole child from basic needs to social and emotional support (with the theory of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs as the premise and foundation). In the Wellness Room you can find food, hygiene products, clothes, winter gear, school supplies, household supplies, medical supplies, and more. The room services and supports students by implementing groups by our Hospital, Social Services, Crisis Center, and Mental Health Center, along with our groups run by in-house counselors.

E. Star of Innovation Gold Award: School-wide Reading Project

Lafayette Bay – 8th floor

Chris Dibble, Principal, Albert Lea High School
Tyler Johnson, Principal, Southwest Middle School, Albert Lea

Southwest Middle School in Albert Lea offered a schoolwide book read, working with author Abby Cooper of St. Louis Park, MN. This presentation will walk through the project including planning, funding, and implementation. The project was planned pre-pandemic and was successfully adapted to incorporate limitations of the pandemic structure including hybrid and distance learning models.

F. Shaping Your Culture through Career Pathways

Wayzata Bay – 8th floor

David Helke, Principal, Burnsville High School

We are a College & Career Pathways school where all students participate in pathways that prepare them for their futures, provide college credit and/or industry certifications, and, through partnerships, provide relevant learning. The cornerstone of wall-to-wall pathways is to fundamentally change the culture of how students, staff, and families experience high school. It affirms the passion and dreams all students have, provides greater direction for future planning, and delivers opportunities accessible to all students aligned with our culturally proficient school system framework.

G. Talking about Race: Overcoming Fear in the Process of Change

Cook’s Bay – 8th floor

Dr. Emily Palmer, Principal, Washburn High School, Minneapolis

The principal plays a key role in any racial equity initiative in your school, especially with professional development for teachers around talking about race. Naturally, white people are generally uncomfortable talking about race, for fear of saying the wrong thing and being considered racist. This session will address specific ways to support your staff in moving past the fear and building the capacity to change mindsets, change how your staff talks about race, and change practices that might be holding back your students of color.

H. Compassionate Leadership: If Not Now, When?

Gray’s Bay – 8th floor

Carol Kampa, Principal, Irondale High School, New Brighton

With the trauma experienced by our students, particularly our BIPOC students and the impact of the pandemic, students and staff need support and care more than ever. As a compassionate leader, I will share what compassionate leadership is and what it is not and how listening to the voices of students and staff, through an empathic lens, will lead to creating a school community that cares, supports, and learns together.

I. What is Impacting our student population: Educating our Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members Using a Symposium Lens

Pine/Cedar Lake – 4th floor

Jason Mix, Principal
Dr. Ashlee Lundberg, District Psychologist
Emily Holm, Lead School Counselor
Breanne Adickes, Social Worker, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

To better support our students, we determined that we needed to provide education to not only our students but also parents and community members on topics that are impacting their day-to-day lives. As a team along with input from our students, parents, guardians, and community members we came up with four main areas to address, social media, body image, mental health, and drugs.

J. Straight Talk from Student Leaders

Elk Lake - 4th floor

Doug Erickson, Coordinator of Student Activities, MASSP
Minnesota Association of Student Councils/Honor Societies Members

Student leaders from around the state will discuss their experiences during the virtual/hybrid/in-person 2021-22 school year. This will be an open forum with principals given the opportunity to ask the students questions. Possible topics include student stress, racial equity, school safety, student lifestyles, and school policies. This session was well received during the Principals’ Summer Workshop.

11:30 AM - 12:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions. Sessions A-J are again offered at this time slot.

K. MSHSL – Navigating 2021-2022 and Beyond

Spring Park Bay – 8th floor – 11:30 session only

Erich Martens, Executive Director, Minnesota State High School League

Erich Martens will share information from the MN State High School League about the current school year and the current issues faced by the League and its member schools. Updates will be provided relative to COVID-19, the administration of its many programs and opportunities that are on the horizon. Interaction with attendees is a priority of this session and additional topics including the MSHSL financial status; Representative Assembly, anticipated changes in programing, Title IX, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the MSHSL, continuation of LEAD Network and new initiatives will all be discussed.

12:30 PM

Fourth General Session

Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding: Cory Strasser, MASSP Secretary
Principal, Pipestone Area High School

Address: NASSP Update

Ronn Nozoe, CEO, National Association of Secondary School Principals

Ronn Nozoe is a lifelong educator and the CEO of NASSP, an organization dedicated to transforming education through school leadership. As the new CEO of NASSP, Ronn will share current topics facing our profession.

1:30-2:25 PM

Luncheon Dessert, Coffee and Soft Drink Break

Served in the Exhibit Area – Ballrooms 3 & 4 – 4th Floor

Please visit the exhibits and play Vendor Bingo — 2 Chances to win $500 cash

2:30-3:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions

A. Thriving Through the Storm: Leading from a Trauma & Equity Responsive Lens

Elk Lake – 4th floor

Dr. Melissa Erickson, Co-Founder, Consultant
Dr. Jessica Murphy, Co-Founder, Consultant, Flint Consulting

What can leaders do to improve the well-being of their staff and students? Understanding trauma & equity responsive practices shifts schools into a more resilient and thriving culture. Trauma & equity responsive practices meet the needs of all students by creating nurturing and inclusive environments. Utilizing a responsive approach begins with more authentic relationships, which lead to academic and behavior improvement.

B. Why Not? Ag Focused Career Tech Education

Wayzata Bay – 8th floor

Catherine Steinmetz, Principal
Kristen Schwarz, Agriculture Teacher, Fisher High School

Selected as a 2021 MASSP Gold Star of Innovation program, Fisher High School has built its Ag Focused Career Tech Education program around the idea of “Why Not?” as it looked to use available community connections to create career and college readiness opportunities for our students.

The Ag Focused Career Tech Education program started less than seven years ago (2015-2016) as one Tuesday/Thursday agriculture class for our 9-12 grade students, Plant Science and Animal Science. The program has grown to encompass classes for Commercial Driver’s License, Certified Nursing Assistant, Veterinary Science, Greenhouse Management, Small Engines, Foods, and Ag Leadership. Whether the class is for a semester or the full year, each class is focused on helping students develop career readiness skills that could lead directly to post-secondary employment or serve as a start of further education.000 into a particular career area.

C. What the Attack on Critical Race Theory (C.R.T.) is Really About

Spring Park Bay – 8th floor

Stacy Wells, Co-founder, Love & Struggle

The notion that C.R.T. is being taught in K-12 schools has become a talking point across the nation. Minnesota school districts have not escaped this fervor about anything related to equity and inclusion being seen as anti-white and an attack on an idealized color-blind society. We will have a candid conversation about what these efforts to ban C.R.T. are really about and what can be done to combat them.

D. Navigating a Pandemic Learning Recovery for 9-12 Students

Excelsior Bay – 8th floor

Matthew Dass, Principal
Darrin Hofstad, Assistant Principal
Jon Dunnick, Teacher
Jackie Otway, Teacher, Grand Rapids High School

This presentation explores the ramifications of a pandemic on student academic performance and ways in which educators can help students recover learning. By focusing on techniques that recover student learning, graduation timelines, GPAs and academic placements can be better maintained. This presentation details Grand Rapids High School’s approach to recovering student learning in a pandemic.

E. Transform Your School Climate and Culture

Lafayette Bay – 8th floor

Barb Bergseth, Program Administrator, Synergy & Leadership Exchange
Sadie Fischer, Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Community of Peace Academy

How can a school meet the increasing needs and challenges students are facing? The 11 Principles provide educators with a framework to build a character education program that will help transform the culture and climate of their school. When students feel safe, respected, and connected to those around them, they thrive academically and socially. Learn how to make that happen in your school.

F. How to Diversify the Educator Workforce: Local Guidance for Minnesota Schools

Deer Lake – 4th floor

Coy Carter, Doctoral Student, University of Minnesota
Dr. Katie Pekel, Principal in Residence, Minnesota Principals Academy and Co-Coordinator, Education Policy and Leadership Programs, University of Minnesota
Dr. Alyssa Parr, Resource Associate, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)
Dr. Emily Palmer, Principal, Washburn High School, Minneapolis

Diversifying the educator workforce is a necessary step in closing racialized gaps in student educational outcomes and improving the longevity of teachers in the workforce (Villages & Irvine, 2010). This session will provide educators with an understanding of why the educator workforce needs to be diversified, a comprehensive theory of action for how to diversify the educator workforce, and practical insights on how to implement various diversification strategies based on interviews with fellow Minnesota educators.

G. Credentialing a Community Expert

Gray’s Bay – 8th floor

Keith Olander, Executive Director, AgCentric and Agriculture Partnerships
Kari Schwab, Program Coordinator, MN Agricultural Education Leaders Council, MAELC

Finding credentialed teachers - especially Agriculture teachers - is getting more difficult every year. "Community Experts” are a local option for open positions but may not be a long-term solution. This workshop will address options for CTE teacher pathways so community experts can get the professional development needed to move within Minnesota's Tiered Licensing. This workshop will include a statewide overview of Agriculture Education in Minnesota at all levels and resources for school districts.

H. Round Table Discussions

Information on Round table will be updated on Thursday morning

  • Crystal Lake – 4th floor - MASSP Direction & Feedback
  • Pine/Cedar Lake – 4th floor - Student Wellbeing 2:30 only
  • Birch/Maple Lake – 4th floor

3:30-4:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions. Sessions A-H are again offered at this time slot.

4:30 PM

Members’ Reception – Atrium – 4th Floor

Sponsored by iCEV

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Throughout the company's history, iCEV has always teamed with recognized specialists, educators, and publishers nationwide to create quality, accurate and appropriate content in efforts to retain student interest and facilitate learning.

Mark your Calendars

2023 Winter Conference
January 25-27, 2023

Friday, January 28

8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

9:00 AM

Fifth General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Address: MASSP President’s Report

Thomas Brenner, Principal, Cloquet Middle School

Video Address: State of Minnesota’s Education

Dr. Heather Mueller, Commissioner

Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

Address: MASSP Coordinator’s Report

Jason Mix, Principal, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

MASSP 2022 Secretary Candidate’s Speeches:

Jennifer Kelly, Principal, St. Michael-Albertville Middle School-East

Charles Ochocki, Principal, South St. Paul High School

Address: Legal and Legislative Updates

Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

Always exciting and informative, Roger Aronson, MASSP legislative and legal counsel, will again close our conference.  Roger is a highly regarded school law expert and will provide insights and knowledge that principals need to know. 

11:00 AM 

Adjourn

Have a safe trip home and hope to see you at the Summer Conference at Breezy Point Resort, June 14-17, 2022!

Exhibitor List

Click here to download the Exhibitor List (PDF)

 

AIM Electronics/Daktronics

BOOTH NUMBER 03

Brian Grandstrand
10250 Valley View Road, Suite 147
Eden Prairie , MN 55344
Phone: 952-941-9830
Email: briang@aimele.com

Daktronic Scoreboards, video displays, electronic school signs and indoor/outdoor sound systems.

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

BOOTH NUMBER 07

Mark Foster
1 Federal Drive, Suite 3201
Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Phone: 612-217-7908
Email: mark.d.foster.civ@mail.mil

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a Comprehensive Career Related Program, free to public and private secondary  schools, that assists 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with getting the information they need for making good career-related decisions.

Bethel University

BOOTH NUMBER 25

Allie Fauth
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
Phone: 651-635-8000
Email: admissions@bethel.edu

Bethel University is a private, Christian institution that offers high-quality programs in our undergraduate, graduate and  seminary schools. Our Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in Education help our students develop into values-informed, relational leaders who will make a lasting impact in  their educational environments.

Cambridge Educational Services

BOOTH NUMBER 10

Dave Fickett
2860 South River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: 847-299-2930
Email: waldherr@cambridgeed.com

Cambridge Educational Services partners with educators to achieve educational advancement for all students. Cambridge has been developing products and services for 30 years. Our goal is work together to build college and career skills, raise test scores, enhance curriculum, and support instructions. Program materials can be used in traditional, hybrid and remote learning  classrooms, or as part of supplement learning experience.

Captivate Media + Consulting

BOOTH NUMBER 16

Jake Sturgis
755 Florida Avenue South, Suite D1
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Phone: 612-314-3314
Email: jake@captivatemedia.us

We partner with school leaders to help communicate complex messages with with their students, parents and community.  Whether you are launching a new program or looking to strengthen school culture, we'll be your communications partners for video, animation, and design.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

BOOTH NUMBER 21

David Lockwood
1199 Haywood Drive
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: 847-489-2797
Email: David.lockwood@CapturingKidsHearts.org

Through experiential training, expert coaching, an SEL curriculum for students, and personalized support, Capturing  Kids' Hearts® equips professionals in K-12 education to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional well-being, relationship-driven campus culture, and  student connectedness.

CLIMB Theatre

BOOTH NUMBER 23

Afton Benson
6415 Carmen Avenue East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Phone: 800-767-9660
Email: afton@climb.org

CLIMB Theatre is an educational touring theatre company serving many communities in the midwest by providing customized classes and plays on social-emotional learning. CLIMB's mission is to inspire and propel people towards actions that benefit themselves, each other and their community through these.

Connecting Point

BOOTH NUMBER 09

David Lewis
114 Main Street N, Suite 202F
Hutchinson, MN 55360
Phone: 320-582-0234
Email: dlewis@connectingpoint.biz

Our education team can handle nearly anything from a replacement toner cartridge, installing interactive smart technologies or replace a school's entire network.

Developmental Designs – The Origins Program

BOOTH NUMBER 14

Sarah Biros
3805 Grand Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone: 612-822-3422
Email: sarah@originsonline.org

The Origins Program offers a robust collection of teaching and learning resources to support students, educators, schools, and  districts in achieving cultural equity, social and emotional competencies and academic excellence. Our approach,  Developmental Designs, is a set of research based, developmentally responsive teaching strategies that assist students in advancing their Social Emotional Academic

Dream Nation SEL Resources

BOOTH NUMBER 12

Eboni Bell
2285 Stewart Avenue, #2315
St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: 443-880-3402
Email: DrEboniBell@gmail.com

Special Emotional Learning resources to assist educators with rebuilding the morale of students in the pandemic. Easy to use  workbooks that can be used in advisory, EDL or in small groups with school counselors, social workers and other mental health  professionals.

e-hallpass

BOOTH NUMBER 19

Laura Henry
P.O. Box 2012
Southeastern, PA 19399
Phone: 480-231-3271
Email: laurahenry@eduspiresolutions.org

e-hallpass is your total digital hallpass solution. Contactless hallpasses with social distancing tools.

Goldstar Learning – Mastery Manager

BOOTH NUMBER 02

Joann Lee
212 West Superior Street, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 877-365-8745 ext.310
Email: jlee@goldstarlearning.com

Are you merely collecting data but want to actually use your data? Mastery Manager is the assessment platform that gives  teachers and admins the ability to measure their students' standards-aligned learning progress in real time. Know in seconds what your students know now.

Graphic Source Inc.

BOOTH NUMBER 18

Brian Burley
6108 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 952-836-1871
Email: brian@graphicsource1.com

School Branding Signage: Displays, Wall Murals, Record Boards

Hiller Commerical Floors

BOOTH NUMBER 13

Dave Bahr
2909 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-254-6858
Email: dbahr@hillercarpet.com

Hiller Commercial Floors specializes in floor covering in schools throughout Minnesota. We can provide product and installation  through Public Purchase contracts: State of MN 210202 and service Coop #21.12.

Horace Mann Companies

BOOTH NUMBER 01

Dave Kepler
1 Horace Mann Plaza
Springfield, IL 62715
Phone: 217-789-2500
Email: dave.kepler@horacemann.com

Founded in 1945, Horace Mann offers affordable auto and home insurance, as well as retirement strategies and financial wellness education.

iCEV

BOOTH NUMBER 22

David Olson
1020 SE Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79404
Phone: 651-238-5159
Email: dave.olson@cevmultimedia.com

We host comprehensive Career and Technical (CTE) Education  curriculum and instructional materials digitally.

Independent Representatives of Minnesota

BOOTH NUMBER 24

Carson Amiot & Barry Dufault
370 Quail Road
Dellwood, MN 55110
Phone: 612-812-0882
Email: carson@amiots.com / barry@dufaultpublishing.com

Minnesota Independent Representatives of professional secondary services including yearbook publishing, graduation services, branding recognition and communication.

LAB Midwest

BOOTH NUMBER 17

Eddie Johnson
10235 N Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53092
Phone: 715-574-0549
Email: ejohnson@labmidwest.com

LAB Midwest provides curriculum, e-learning and hands-on training for STEM and Career and Technical Education programs. We're your partner for program consultation, lab planning, curriculum and equipment, instructor training and much more!

Lifetouch

BOOTH NUMBER 29,30

Kevin Bettelli
13400 67th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55311
Phone: 763-244-0075
Email: kbettelli@lifetouch.com

At Lifetouch, our purpose is to help families capture life's memories. For more that 80 years, Lifetouch has been the  professional photography company of choice for schools and families. Built on the tradition of "Picture Day", Lifetouch captures smiling faces from preschool through high school graduation, as well as sports, special events, seniors and yearbooks. Lifetouch is also proud to be a part of the Shutterfly.

Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership

BOOTH NUMBER 05

Sarah Dornick
1994 Buford Avenue, 146 Rutton Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-624-6256
Email: tesm0010@umn.edu

Educational materials and grant information to support agriculture, food, and natural resource programs.

Minnesota State of Agricultural Centers of Excellence

BOOTH NUMBER 11

Judy Barka
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
Phone: 320-221-0219
Email: judy.barka@clcmn.edu

The Minnesota State Agricultural Centers of Excellence are an advocate for agriculture and promote Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) pathways by engaging students in an educational conversation about AFNR opportunities. We establish partnerships educational institutions and the  agriculture industry in order to close the AFNR workforce gap.

MN Engineering byDesign

BOOTH NUMBER 26

Mike Sandell
460 Briar Lane
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Phone: 651-468-8357
Email: mn.engineering.bydesign@mnebd.org

The  Minnesota Technology and Engineering Association and Saint Cloud State University have formed a consortium to bring the International Engineering and Educators Association "Engineering byDesign" curriculum to Minnesota. As leaders in Technology and Engineering  education, MTEEA and SCSU provides a low cost, flexible, PreK-12 engineering program for Minnesota schools.

On To College with John Baylor

BOOTH NUMBER 27

Betsy Bahn
605 Heritage Trail NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: 612-987-8098
Email: betsy@ontocollege.com

On To College helps schools create more 2 and 4 year college grads with minimal debt through our test prep and college  counseling tools. On to College has partnered with 600+ schools across 26 states, with 55+ of those in Minnesota.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

BOOTH NUMBER 20

Megan Troje
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-728-5211
Email: mtroje@smumn.edu

Saint Mary's University provides educational experiences aimed at transforming practice, cultivating leadership, and promoting social responsibility.

Southwest Minnesota State University

BOOTH NUMBER 06

Bruce Locklear
7702 Tanglewood Court
Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 612-799-8787
Email: bruce.locklear@smsu.edu

SMSU offers administrative licensure programs for principals, superintendents and special education directors. It is a high-quality program with practitioners as professors.

St. Cloud State University-Educational

BOOTH NUMBER 04

David Lund
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-3721
Email: dlund1@stcloudstate.edu

Our comprehensive Educational Administration and Leadership  graduate programs are tailored to sharpen your skills to lead PK-12 schools or districts. You'll enjoy a practitioner-focused  program that prepares you for positions such as principal,  superintendent, special education, community education, consultant, and more. Plus you further refine your skills in the  areas that most interest you. And, you'll grow as a leader.

Synergy & Leadership Exchange

BOOTH NUMBER 08

Barb Bergseth
2075 Lookout Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
Phone: 507-389-5112
Email: bbergseth@synergyexchange.org

Synergy & Leadership Exchange is a non-profit organization  dedicated to fostering collaboration to advance the development of  ethical citizens, providing educational resources and celebrating achievement and best practices in Minnesota schools, businesses and communities.

Walsworth

BOOTH NUMBER 15

Amber Kehl
10419 34th Circle NE
St. Michael, MN 55376
Phone: 763-274-9763
Email: amber.kehl@walsworth.com

Walsworth will have a booth to showcase our yearbooks — K-12  yearbook publishing.

 

Click here to download the Exhibitor List (PDF)

 

Marriott Floor Diagram

 

MASSP Conference Presenters

Breanne Adickes serves the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in Howard Lake School District as a school social worker.

Heather Alden LICSW, Supervisor Project REACH/McKinney Vento Liaison and School Social Worker with Houston ISD and St. Paul Public Schools for over 25 years and was an elementary education teacher in Houston, Texas in HISD before returning to MN. Passionate about breaking down barriers so that students can experience educational and social emotional success in their school and communities.

Shawn Andress is the principal of Century Middle School in Park Rapids and was named the 2021 Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year.

Roger Aronson has been MASSP’s legal counsel and lobbyist since 1981. Roger is a graduate of St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota School of Law. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on school law topics. Roger is co-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s School Law Conference and is on the executive committee of the education lobbyist’s group, BELL. In addition, Roger is Special Projects Counsel for the MSHSL, represents the Minneapolis Principals’ Forum, St. Paul Principals’ Association, and MESPA. He is a member of both the Minnesota and National Councils of School Attorneys.

Barb Bergseth is the coordinator of the Minnesota Schools of Character and Promising Practices A ward program, administered by Synergy & Leadership Exchange.

Thomas Brenner is the MASSP President and principal of Cloquet Middle School. He also serves as a facilitator in the Minnesota Principals Academy.

Coy Carter, Jr. is a fourth-year doctoral student in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities under the advisory of Dr. Muhammad Khalifa. His primary research revolves around school choice policy and the racialization of space.

Mary Pat Cumming is the MASSP President-Elect and principal of The FAIR High School for the Arts, Minneapolis.

Matt Dass is the principal of Grand Rapids Senior High School and serves as the MASSP Northeast Division President.

Chris Dibble is the principal at Albert Lea High School in ISD 241. He served as principal at Southwest Middle School in Albert Lea for 3 years. He has also worked as a dean of students in Albert Lea, a technology integration specialist with the Faribault Public Schools, and a band director with the Faribault and Alden-Conger districts.

Bob Driver is the MASSP Executive Director. Bob formerly served as the principal of St. Michael-Albertville High School for nine years before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Student Programming last year. He was named Central Division’s Principal of the Year in 2015.

Jon Dunnick is a teacher at Grand Rapids Senior High School.

Douglas Erickson is the MASSP Coordinator of the Student Activities.

Dr. Melissa Erickson has worked in education for 20 plus years. She is earning her administrative license, and her Ed.D. research focused on Trauma-Informed structures in schools. As a co-founder of Flint Consulting, Melissa focuses on leadership development for capacity building. Trauma & equity build pathways for safe environments for all students.

Sadie Fischer is the Communications & Community Engagement Specialist at Community of Peace Academy, a PreK-12 charter school in St. Paul. Community of Peace Academy is a three-time National School of Character.

Scott Gengler the principal at Wayzata High School and was named the 2021 Minnesota High School Principal of the Year.

David Helke has served as Burnsville High School Principal since 2008.  Prior to this, he was a junior high school principal, assistant principal, alternative program coordinator, and science teacher. As the instructional leader, Dave has engaged students, families, and staff in transforming the high school experience, specifically focusing on building a college and career ready culture around pathways.

Darrin Hofstad is the assistant principal of Grand Rapids Senior High School.

Emily Holm is currently the lead school counselor at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in Howard Lake.

Tyler Johnson is currently the middle school principal at Southwest Middle School. Tyler has spent time as a middle and high school science teacher as well as a dean of students at Albert Lea high school prior to becoming principal at Southwest Middle School. Tyler and his wife LIz live in Albert Lea.

Baruti Kafele, a highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years, has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, in addition to being named the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, he was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.

As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the transformation of four New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech—which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, and which was recognized three times by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools.

One of the most sought-after school leadership and classroom equity presenters in America, Mr. Kafele is impacting America’s schools! He has delivered over two thousand conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 35 years of public speaking. An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority on providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he coined, the "Attitude Gap.” In addition to writing several professional articles for popular education journals, he has authored twelve books, including his six ASCD best sellers – Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life, Closing the Attitude Gap, The Teacher 50, Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It? The Principal 50 and The Assistant Principal 50. His newest book – The Equity and Social Justice Education 50 was recently released in May 2021.

Mr. Kafele is the recipient of over 150 educational, professional and community awards which include the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, induction into the East Orange, New Jersey Hall of Fame, recognition as one of the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2020 & 2021 by Global Gurus Top 30 and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaiming February 8, 1998, as Baruti Kafele Day.

Carol Kampa has 35 years of experience in education. She is currently the principal at Irondale High School, within the Mounds View School District and previously was the principal at Kennedy High School in Bloomington. She recently was a featured presenter at the Trauma Informed School Conference in St. Charles, Missouri.

Jennifer Kelly is the principal at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School-East.  Jenny was named Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2012.

Dr. Ashlee Lundberg is currently a school psychologist for MAWSECO and provides services in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district. Dr. Lundberg recently obtained her Doctorate in School Psychology through Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Erich Martens is in his third year as the Executive Director of the Minnesota State High School League. He has served as high school principal in Sauk Centre and in Sauk Rapids-Rice. In 2013 he was selected as the Minnesota High School Principal of the Year. He has served on numerous committees including the NASSP Committee on School Contests, Programs, and Activities, Region 8AA Committee and was the MASSP Central Division President. He served on the Board of Directors for the MSHSL from 2012 to 2016 and was the Board President in 2015-2016. He also served on MASSP’s Board of Directors and has been a presenter at numerous previous MASSP conferences.

Jason Mix is the MASSP Coordinator and principal at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in Howard Lake.

Dr. Jessica Murphy background consists of 20 years in literacy instruction at the middle school level and professional development. Her Ed.D research was centered around educational equity in a rural setting. As a co-founder of Flint Consulting, she focuses on coaching and professional development for responsive practices. Everyone deserves to work & learn in an environment they feel safe and encourages them to be brave.

Ronn Nozoe is a lifelong educator and the Chief Executive Officer of NASSP, an organization dedicated to transforming education through school leadership.

Ronn previously served as associate executive director and interim executive director at ASCD where he led the development of their Whole Child Network and Activate, an online professional development library of resources. Prior to this, Nozoe was deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked on initiatives to build state and local capacity in the areas of teacher quality, school safety, rural education, and migrant and Indian education.

In his home state of Hawaii, Nozoe served as deputy state superintendent from 2010–15, during which time he amplified principals’ voices in statewide decisions with the creation of the Deputy’s Principal Roundtable; and leveraged federal Race to the Top funds and School Improvement Grants to increase statewide achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. Prior to that, he served as district superintendent of the Farrington/Kaiser/Kalani complexes, and as a principal, vice principal, and teacher in various schools across the state.

Mr. Nozoe holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education and teaching, both from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Chuck Ochocki is the building principal at South St. Paul Secondary School. Chuck was named Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2015.

Keith Olander is Executive Director of AgCentric, Minnesota State College & Universities Northern Center of Agricultural Excellence and Agricultural Partnerships. He served as High School Ag Ed teacher, FBM instructor and Dean of Agricultural Studies at Central Lakes College. He holds a Master of Education (MEd) University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Jackie Otway is a teacher at Grand Rapids Senior High School.

Dr. Alyssa Parr is a research associate at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota where she conducts various research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and Office of Higher Education.

Damian Patnode is the principal of Milaca High School, where he has served for over 10 years. Damian is also a facilitator in the Minnesota Principals Academy.

Dr. Emily Lilja Palmer is currently serving as principal of Washburn High School in Minneapolis. This year is her 29th year in education and 15th in administration. She earned her B.A in English, M.Ed. in Secondary Education, and PhD in Educational Leadership all from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dr. Palmer is a former MASSP Board member and a member of the Hennepin Division.

Dr. Katie Pekel is the Principal in Residence at the University of Minnesota where she leads the Minnesota Principals Academy, the Executive PhD program, and the Urban Leadership Academy. Dr. Pekel has served at all levels of K-12 education including as a high school English teacher, an elementary principal, and a middle school principal.

Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers, Manny has energized almost two million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. On the road up to 300 days por year for the last two decades, Manny Scott is on a mission.

By age 16, Manny's story was almost over: His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench, and considered how he would make others feel the depth of despair and anger roiling in his soul. He says, "When I look back, I now see that I was heading down a path that would have destroyed me.”

Then, several individuals entered his life and helped him turn the page. He returned to school and ended up in the back of Erin Gruwell's English class – a group now known worldwide as the Freedom Writers, portrayed in the 2007 hit MTV movie. She and several others helped Manny go from Fs and Ds to As and Bs. They helped him become the first person in his family to graduate from high school and go to college. Through very hard work and with the help of others, Manny is now living the life or his dreams.

In 2007, he founded Ink International, Inc, an education consulting firm that has empowered nearly two million people to improve the quality of not only their own lives, but also the lives of those around them. He has helped hundreds of organizations raise student achievement and leader effectiveness in 49 state and five continents: and. he has helped prevent thousands of dropouts and suicides.

He is now happily married, a doting father of three, a pilot, a Ph.D. student, and one of the nation's most sought-after speakers.

Tanya Schroyer is in her 8th year as the Middle School Counselor at Pipestone Area Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of North Dakota and went on for her Master’s degree in School Counseling at South Dakota State University. Tanya is passionate about focusing on the whole child and ensuring all their needs are met at each level.

Kari Schwab is the Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC), a government appointed organization that advocates for and promotes agricultural education throughout Minnesota. Prior to joining MAELC, Kari served as a Legislative Assistant at the Minnesota Senate working primarily with rural members as well as the Senate Agriculture and Rural Economies Committee.

Kristen Schwarz is the Fisher High Agriculture teacher.  Mrs. Schwarz was recently selected as a MREA 2021 Educator of Excellence. She is a long-time member of the Fisher community and has connections to businesses in the area. Mrs. Schwarz is always looking to provide expanded career and college readiness opportunities for students.

Catherine Steinmetz is the Fisher High School Principal and has been at the school since the inception of the Ag program. As the program has grown over the past several years, Mrs. Steinmetz sees her administrator role as finding ways for the opportunities to occur.

Cory Strasser is the MASSP Secretary and is in his 12th year as the Principal at Pipestone Area Middle and High School. He has several earned degrees, culminating in his doctorate in education in 2020 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is active in MASSP and has completed the Minnesota Principals Academy. During his time at Pipestone he has moved each school through strategic planning and design to focus on continual school improvement and student success.

Becky Valek has been a school counselor for the past twenty years working in the West Metro Education Program, Minneapolis, and St Paul school districts. She is in her fourth year as a Counselor on Special Assignment with St Paul Public Schools working in Title I Federal Programs. In this role, Becky supports high school students experiencing homelessness and those in foster care.

Stacy Wells is a dedicated educator and equity thought leader with a variety of professional experiences, including leadership in the public and private sector; public school teacher and district wide administrator; higher education faculty, and consultant. She has over twenty years of training and facilitation experience. Her areas of specialty include leadership development and coaching embedded in cultural competence, organizational alignment with DEI strategies, community development to advance racial justice, and teacher preparation. Stacy is the co-author of WRITE on RACE to be RIGHT on RACE Resource Journaling Guide and co-founder of Love & Struggle, LLC. A racial justice and educational equity consulting organization. She is currently the Director of Communications for Mankato Area Public Schools. She earned her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Drake University, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. Stacy and her family live in Bloomington, MN.

Gregg Wieczorek is the President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

 

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MASSP Winter Conference

January 29-31, 2020

 “Achieving Balance”

Welcome to the 2020 Winter Conference and to the Minneapolis Marriott CityCenter Hotel. We are pleased to present you with a program of outstanding professional topics and an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with friends and network with colleagues.

 

Wednesday, January 29

 

3:30 p.m. First General Session ‑ Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding:    Mark Mischke, MASSP President

Principal, Buffalo High School

 

Address:      ALL Means ALL!  Cultivation, Inclusion and Inspiring Equity

Dr. Adolph Brown III, Speaker/Educator

 

Blind Spots and Implicit Biases are hidden forces that shape our opinions, attitudes, perceptions and decisions about others. Although understanding structural inequities is important, understanding the foundations from which these structures are built is paramount. This interactive dynamic and uplifting presentation will address the shortcuts that create our mental blind spots. The operational definition of "equity" will include naming of barriers and identifying source narratives while dismantling them. Confirmation biases and microaggressions will also be discussed.

Attendees will gain the following:

  1. Provide motivation and knowledge that will help attendees remain focused, motivated and inspired to overcome faulty personal beliefs, prior expectations, and anchors.
  2. Contribute to development and/or maintenance of safe spaces of respect, acceptance and support for ALL.

 

5:20 p.m. Opening Reception — Atrium – 4th Floor

 

6:00 p.m.      Second General Session — Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding:    Mark Mischke, MASSP President

Principal, Buffalo High School

 

Welcome:   David Adney, MASSP Executive Director

 

Award Presentation:  MASSP Office Professional of the Year

Barb Rands, Secretary, Proctor High School

                                                Sponsored by Jostens’ Sales Representatives

 

Student Award Presentations:

Douglas Erickson, MASSP Coordinator of Student Activities

Amanda Krinke, MASC President, Buffalo High School

                                               Janagan Ramanathan, MAHS President, Sartell High School

 

Address:   Just One Moment

Andrew Merfeld, Principal, St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West, Albertville

2019 Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year

 

Announcement:       2020 Minnesota High School Principal of the Year

2020 Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year

All Photography and Video sponsored by Lifetouch

 

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Thursday, January 30

 

7:30 a.m. Exhibits Open — Ballrooms 3 & 4 – 4th Floor

Continental breakfast will be served in the exhibit area

Please visit the exhibits and play Vendor Vortex  — 2 Chances to win $500 cash

 

8:30 a.m.         Third General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding:      Thomas Brenner, MASSP Secretary

Principal, Cloquet Middle School

 

Address:  Pushing Back on 8 Outmoded Beliefs

Kim Marshall, Author, Marshall Memo

Important changes have occurred in educators’ and the lay public’s attitudes on a number of key issues in K-12 schools. Kim will explore positive shifts in these old beliefs:

-   Intelligence and talent are fixed at birth

-   Poverty is destiny

-   Principals are primarily managers

-   Great teachers are born, not made

-   Teacher evaluation is mostly a waste of time

-   Students’ feedback on teachers can’t be taken seriously

-   Tests are tests

-   Teachers can’t be held responsible for student learning

With each one, Kim will describe new thinking that provides brighter prospects for improving teaching and learning for all students. Participants will ponder whether colleagues, students, and other stakeholders still hold the old beliefs, share success stories on how beliefs have been changed, and elicit specific plans for making progress in one or two key areas “back home.”

 

10:00 a.m.       Coffee and Soft Drink Break

10:30 a.m.       Served in the Exhibit Area — Ballrooms 3 & 4 - 4th Floor

Please visit the exhibits and play Vendor Vortex  — 2 Chances to win $500 cash

 

10:30 a.m.       Concurrent Sessions

11:25 a.m.

  1. Effective Use of the Marshall Memo

— Elk Lake - 4th floor - 10:30 session only

Kim Marshall, Consultant

 

The Memo has great potential for addressing a variety of front- and back-burner school issues. This workshop will walk school leaders through five possible ways for principals and district leaders to use the Memo, using specific examples and showing the power of the Memo website:

-  Each week, selecting one or two articles that will be of interest to certain teacher teams or individuals, clipping those Memo summaries, sharing them by e-mail or paper copy, and then following up to see people’s takeaways.

-  Choosing certain articles for full-faculty meetings, with everyone reading a hard copy silently (this usually takes only 5-10 minutes), getting in small groups and following a protocol, and then having a whole-group discussion of key points.

-  Going into the Memo archive to research a particular issue – for example, grading policies, social-emotional learning, or curriculum unit design.

-  Having study groups or teacher teams use the archive to research a particular issue that the school has prioritized, and then reporting findings to the staff.

-  Sharing certain article summaries with parents.

 

  1. Move This World – Social and Emotional Learning

— Birch/Maple Lake - 4th floor - 10:30 session only

Mindy Chevalier, Principal

Margot Hansen, Director of Teaching and Learning/ Assistant Principal

Belle Plaine High School

 

Mental health concerns, nationwide, continue to rise and the way we handle these concerns continues to evolve. Not all students are equipped with the right tools to be able to manage day to day stressors or larger hardships. Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High has implemented Move This World, a Social and Emotional Learning Program into our daily school routine to support our students in the areas of: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision-Making, Relationship Skills and Social Awareness.

 

  1. “Working" Together - Creating and Expanding Experiential and Work-Based Learning Programs

— Crystal Lake - 4th floor - 10:30 session only

John Double, Administrator on Special Assignment, Albert Lea Area Schools

Sarah Ness, Program Manager, Southeast Service Cooperative

 

This session will assist attendees with the creation and expansion of Experiential and Work-Based Learning Programs that include ALL students. We will discuss Workforce Background data to give you a grounding for your program, show you some program examples from the Albert Lea Area School district, explain some of our current initiatives improving our programming and collaborations, and provide guidance on creating interest and buy-in as you work with your community and employers.

 

  1. What Are Your Students Thinking?

— Deer Lake - 4th floor

Robb Virgin, Principal

Meagan Bennett, School Psychologist

Eden Prairie High School

 

200+ EPHS students were involved in writing a 30-question survey that touched on all core elements of our school-classroom experiences, teachers, school expectations, school culture, relationships, open-ended suggestions, and the principal. Results have led to many changes, including a student-led innovation event focused on authentic learning. These moves place students and staff in partnership. This session describes the survey generation and implementation process, results and analysis, and the innovation event.

 

  1. Tough Talk

— Lafayette Bay - 8th floor

Mary Pat Cumming, Principal, FAIR High School

Roi Kawai, Equity Coordinator

Keenan Shelton, Director, Talent Manager

Minneapolis Public Schools

 

In this session, we will focus on the role of the principal in leading and staying engaged in difficult but critical conversations with adult staff. Such conversations aim to challenge adult mindsets around student capacity to learn (often based on race and gender) or professional responsibility, strengthen trust between the principal and staff, and ultimately, lead to greater student success. Participants will learn a framework of engaging in such difficult conversations, experience a modeled conversation by the facilitators, and practice conversations based on a current or previous problem of practice within their own buildings.

 

  1. E-cigarettes and the Risks of Nicotine Addiction for Students

— Spring Park Bay - 8th floor

Laura Oliven, Tobacco Control Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

Natasha Phelps, Lead Senior Attorney, Public Health Law Center, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

 

In Minnesota, youth e-cigarette use exceeds combustible tobacco use and is a major public health concern. Educators across the state are grappling with rampant use by kids in schools. This presentation will summarize the surge in e-cigarette use and the escalating risk of nicotine addiction for youth, as well as outline a school toolkit developed by the Minnesota Department of Health that provides opportunities for action for various school staff.

 

  1. Improving Student Engagement and Motivation at the High School and Middle School Level

— Wayzata Bay - 8th floor

Robert Metz, Deputy Director, BARR Center

Robert Laney, Trainer/Coach, BARR Center

Coleman McDonough, Principal, North Branch Area High School

 

Students’ life experiences often show up as disengagement and lack of motivation. Utilizing North Branch Area High School as a case study, this interactive session explains how relationship-building strategies in the classroom transform student motivation resulting in improved academic performance. Experiencing the I-Time curriculum of the evidence-based Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) model, attendees will learn how to: 1) Improve student-student and student-teacher communication; 2) Enhance a sense of connectedness with peers and teachers; 3) Improve academic achievement.

 

  1. Race Forward: Journey toward Racially Inclusive & Responsive Schools

— Excelsior Bay - 8th floor

Dr. Emily Palmer, Facilitator, Principal, Washburn High School, Minneapolis

Jim Bach, Principal, Chaska High School

Michael Lehan, Principal, Osseo High School

Jeśus Sandoval, Assistant Principal and Equity Coordinator Technical High School, St. Cloud

 

Four high school administrators from different contexts sharing experiences and learnings from our journeys constructing socially just schools for our students and communities. How do we promote and prepare EACH of our scholars for post-secondary excellence in today’s America and the global economy?  Join us to discuss how to create meaningful progress toward racial equity, where a student’s designation will not determine their destination, and what principal leadership has to do with it.

 

  1. Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It

— Grays Bay - 8th floor

                              Dr. Becky Gerdes, Coach/Course Developer and Designer, Cannon Falls Public Schools/Bethel University

Dr. Ryan Siegle, Educator, Grand Rapids Public Schools

 

The retention of teachers is a notable problem and is one of great concern to date. This session will examine how leaders can support their teachers and help curb teacher attrition. The presenters will address: Why retention matters?  What are transformational and servant leadership styles and why they are effective?  How the perceptions of teachers differ from that of their leaders and why is that important?  and What behaviors are conducive to supporting teachers and retention?

 

  1. Change Mindsets Through Storytelling and Student Voice

— Pine/Cedar Lake - 4th floor

Jake Sturgis, CEO & Founder, Captivate Media + Consulting

Mark McIlmoyle, Principal, Mound Westonka High School

 

Learn how we used student voice to transform adult mindsets regarding instructional practices. After a student/staff survey we identified a significant disconnect when it came to student/staff perceptions around the topic of relevancy. 91% of staff thought students could apply what they were teaching to their everyday lives, while just 54% of students reported they were seeing relevance to their everyday lives. Instead of resting on the traditional process of a data dig to reveal this disconnect, we used student voice and a storytelling approach to set the table to a year-long instructional focus on relevancy in MWHS classrooms. See how we brought staff into a deeper conversation about their practices and pedagogy to move the needle on relevancy in the classroom.

 

11:30 a.m.       Concurrent Sessions. Sessions D. – J. are again offered at this time slot

12:25 p.m.

  1. Implementing Social Emotional Learning in Middle/High School

— Elk Lake - 4th floor  -  11:30 session only

Sam Schroeder, Principal, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School

Tom Cody, Trainer/Speaker/Author, Top 20 Training

 

Join us for this engaging, culture-shifting breakout session!  Social emotional learning is becoming more and more important for students in today’s culture. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Middle/High School has adopted Top 20 Training’s SEL program over the past two years…and has seen an immediate, positive impact. Hear the story from the BLSHS principal and a Top 20 trainer/author.

 

  1. Personalizing the Learning: Olson Middle School’s My Story My Brilliance Project

— Birch/Maple Lake - 4th floor  -  11:30 session only

Dr. Steve Emerson, Principal

Domonique Gilmer, Assistant Principal

Jeff Wendelberger, TOSA, Literacy, Data, Assessment and Professional Development

Olson Middle School, Minneapolis

 

The My Story My Brilliance project at Olson Middle school reconnects students with their own brilliance and their own understanding of themselves as contributors to thriving communities. With My Story My Brilliance the curricular focus is about students discovering who they are in relation to our global community. This multi-faceted personalized learning approach hones-in on student identity. Student learning is centered around three critical questions: Where am I from?  Who am I now?  Who am I becoming?   Elements of this project include social emotional learning, school-wide celebrations, reflective journaling and project-based learning.

 

  1. Dropping Dress Code

— Crystal Lake - 4th floor - 11:30 session only

Carrie Jarvis, Assistant Principal, Jefferson High School, Bloomington

 

Many schools dress code policies are outdated, biased, and difficult to enforce. Enforcement of traditional dress codes disproportionately affect female students, highlights issues of inequity, and require administrators to focus on an issue often linked to unfair consequences. Yet, many schools feel unsure about how to transition from a traditional dress code to one that supports and encourages students. This presentation may challenge your thinking while showcasing ways to see dress code in a new light.

 

12:30 p.m.       Fourth General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Presiding:         Ehren Zimmerman, MASSP President-Elect

Principal, Perham High School

 

Address: National Association Update

 JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals

 

Award Presentation:  Minnesota Distinguished Service to Education

John Hamann, Principal, Underwood High School

 

1:30 p.m.       Luncheon Dessert, Coffee and Soft Drink Break

2:15 p.m.       Served in the Exhibit Area — Ballrooms 3 & 4 - 4th Floor

Please visit the exhibits and play Vendor Vortex  — 2 Chances to win $500 cash

 

2:20 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions

3:15 p.m.

  1. Dissertation Findings on Examining Group Dynamics of High School Administration Teams

—Birch/Maple Lake - 4th floor - 2:20 session only

Dr. Steve Brady, Associate Principal, Spring Lake Park High School, Associate Professor Hamline University

 

This presentation delivers the results from Dr. Steven Brady’s dissertation work, which examined the complexity of secondary leadership teamwork. The primary purpose of this study was to understand how high school administration teams construct strong group dynamics that foster integration of ideas and actions across a learning organization. The secondary focus was understanding leadership traits that teams and individual leaders of high school administration teams possess and utilize to support their staff.

 

  1. LGTBQ+ 101 & Intersectional Equity

— Grays Bay - 8th floor - 2:20 session only

Kelly Holstine, Educational Equity Director, OutFront MN

 

Our LGBTQ+ 101 & Intersectional Equity interactive training teaches participants how to decrease inequity and increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity. During this session we will cover LGBTQ+ vocabulary, definitions, and concepts; current legal practices; and concrete strategies to create safe and supportive environments. There is whole group instruction, personal reflection time, small group discussions, and whole group discussions throughout this training.

 

OutFront MN’s Educational Equity Program works to support and create school environments that help humans to feel safe, respected and valued.

 

  1. Leading Through a Social Media Crisis

— Elk Lake - 4th floor

Jeff Erickson, Principal, Minnetonka High School

Steve Hunegs, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas

 

In January 2019, Minnetonka High School had several students post an anti-Semitic post that went viral throughout the community and well beyond. This incident had a significant impact on the entire community requiring a strategic response that focused both on education and school culture. When this incident took place, we reached out to the Jewish Communities Relation Council (JCRC) and we formed a strong partnership. In this session, we will discuss our response, communication plan, educational plan, and how we moved forward as school.

 

  1. Gathering Staff, Student and Parent Data to Measure Engagement and Equity

— Wayzata Bay - 8th floor

Trent Langemo, Principal, Kasson-Mantorville High School

Sue Peterson, Project Manager, School Perceptions, LLC

 

There is a direct correlation between staff, parent and student engagement, student achievement, staff retention and how your community perceives your school district. Therefore, quantifying engagement and equity among these groups is critical. Join School Perceptions as they discuss using their engagement surveys to identify your schools’ strengths and areas that need attention. In addition, the student survey tool can gather students’ teacher specific feedback, giving you quantifiable evaluation data that will help teachers set goals and improve the learning environment for all subsets of their student population. Kasson-Mantorville administration will share how they are using this data as part of their school improvement and teacher evaluation process.

 

  1. The I.S.S. Room: “Intervention, Support and Success”

— Spring Park Bay - 8th floor

Mike Schmidt, Principal, Staples-Motley High School

 

Generating caring and trusting relationships among the students and staff can lead to self-advocacy before conversations and actions turn to discipline. The “In-School-Suspension” Room has become outdated and academically punitive for those students in need of our assistance in areas beyond education. Connecting these students with the right staff brings a sanctuary of trust and achievement that can be seen later in relationships and report cards. “Intervention, Support and Success” tips await!

 

  1. In Pursuit of Excellence: Strategically Supporting Teacher Growth

— Excelsior Bay - 8th floor

Kevin Sheridan, Instructional Coach

Jessica Cabak, Dean of Students

John Glenn Middle School, Maplewood

 

If we are to successfully meet the ever expanding range of student needs in our schools, we need to create conditions that allow teachers to grow professionally and become their best selves as educators. School leaders have a responsibility to design meaningful and manageable opportunities for teachers to refine their craft. This session will share a three part, systematic approach to providing high leverage learning for teachers with practical examples of how to implement this at the secondary school level.

 

  1. Teacher Licensing News and Updates from PELSB

— Crystal Lake - 4th floor

Debby Odell, Licensing and Operations Manager

                                   Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

 

The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) will provide an update on the state’s tiered licensing system and renewal processes. PELSB staff will provide guidance on how schools can work with teachers to submit accurate and complete applications to ensure that licenses can be processed quickly and efficiently. PELSB staff will also be available to answer questions from secondary principals about licensing issues and concerns that arise throughout the school year.

 

  1. Building Student Resilience Everyday – A Research-Driven Approach to Improving Student Mental Health

— Pine/Cedar Lake - 4th floor

Katie Dorn, Co-Founder of EmpowerU, Licensed School Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist

Dr. Jonna Hirsch, School Psychologist, Minnetonka Public Schools

 

The mental health crisis in our schools and country are growing at an alarming rate.

  • 1 in 3 students struggle with anxiety or depression, according to the latest report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • Most mental health disorders will be diagnosed before age 24, according to the Academy of Psychiatry.
  • With numbers rising quickly, schools do not have adequate resources to help students, leaving thousands of young people without the skills, strategies and resources they need to navigate emotional well-being.
  • Teaching students the skills and strategies that build resilience in the face of social and emotional setbacks is critical. In fact, research by McKinsey cites resilience as the most important predictor of post high school success.

 

This session will review the research that shows how a credit-bearing daily social-emotional course with embedded daily online coaching is helping students improve mental health, build resilience and meet goals.

 

  1. Time to Teach

— Lafayette Bay - 8th floor

                              Chuck Ochocki, Principal, South St. Paul Secondary School

 

Principals; Are You the Discipline Lint Trap for Your Teachers?  In every classroom in America there is at least one child who makes the teacher wonder, "If only he or she was not in my class, this year would be great!"  Have you ever noticed that these are the children who NEVER miss school?  Therefore, these are the students who are always in your office. Wouldn’t it be nice if the number of times you had to deal these students for discipline reasons was eliminated by 80%?  Time to Teach will help provide classroom teachers with strategies to reduce problem behavior immediately. Learn things today which will help in your classrooms tomorrow.

 

  1. share information to classroom teachers for reducing the number of office referrals.
  2. enhance the educational climate of their respective buildings.
  3. spend more time on being an instructional leader, rather than a disciplinarian.

 

  1. Preparing for Retirement

— Deer Lake - 4th floor - 2:20 session only

Richard McLeod, Retirement Services Supervisor, Teachers Retirement Association

 

The Minnesota TRA helps educators consider retirement options. This session is geared for principals who have less than 10 years until retirement. It will cover several choices a principal has when retiring including appropriate High 5 options, how pensions are calculated, survivorship coverage options, accelerated annuity options, Rule of 90, post-fund balance concerns, how taxes affect your benefits and VEBA.

 

3:35 p.m.         Concurrent Sessions. Sessions N. – S. are again offered at this time slot 

4:30 p.m.

  1. Minnesota State High School League Update and Discussion

— Grays Bay - 8th floor - 3:35 session only

Erich Martens, Executive Director, Minnesota State High School League

 

This interactive session will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the current tasks of defining classification and tournament formats for member schools, program updates, recent board actions, the many impacts on the financing of the League and some of the newest issues facing the MSHSL and member schools. An introduction to the newly formed MSHSL Principals Advisory Committee will be shared as well as significant opportunity for questions and dialogue.

 

  1. Vaping — Big Lake Diversion Program

— Birch/Maple Lake - 4th floor - 3:35 session only

Angie Charboneau-Folch, Assistant Principal, Big Lake High School

 

Big Lake High School is equally concerned with our students using various vaping devices. As all schools across the nation, we too are working hard to address this issue. Last year we began extensive research into the topic of vaping. As a result, Big Lake High School has developed a new diversion program. Our goal of this diversion program is to promote a student’s understanding on the topic of vaping and potential impact on their health. Students who receive an e-cigarette violation will be required to complete the diversion program. This diversion program is an online course that covers topics such as effects on the brain, risks associated with vaping, and developing a quit plan. During this presentation, we will share our approach of adding an educational tool for students who are caught vaping at school.

 

  1. Retirement Planning for Mid-Career

— Deer Lake - 4th floor - 3:35 session only

Richard McLeod, Retirement Services Supervisor, Teachers Retirement Association

 

The Minnesota TRA helps educators consider retirement options. This session is aimed at the planning needs of mid-career educators. Individuals with more than 10 years left before retirement will benefit from the experienced perspective on the nuances and ramifications of different planning decisions.

 

4:30 p.m.         Members’ Reception – Atrium – 4th Floor

Sponsored by National Recognition Products

 

National Recognition Products will be drawing for a year’s worth of FREE caps, gowns and tassels, FREE diplomas as well as some additional opportunities for free certificates, student lanyards and banners for your school.

 

 

Mark your Calendars

2021 Winter Conference

January 27-29

 

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Friday, January 31

 

8:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

 

9:00 a.m.         Fifth General Session – Ballrooms 1 & 2 – 4th Floor

Address: MASSP President’s Report

Mark Mischke, Principal, Buffalo High School

 

Address: State of Minnesota’s Education

                           Mary Cathryn Ricker, Commissioner

                           Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

 

Address:  MASSP Coordinator’s Report

Jason Mix, Principal, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

 

MASSP 2020 Secretary Candidate’s Speeches:

                           Mary Pat Cumming, Principal, FAIR School, Minneapolis

                           Coleman McDonough, Principal, North Branch Area High School

 

Address:  Legal and Legislative Updates

                           Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

 

Always exciting and informative, Roger Aronson, MASSP legislative and legal counsel, will again close our conference. Roger is a highly regarded school law expert and will provide insights and knowledge that principals need to know.

 

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

 

 

 

Have a safe trip home and hope to see you at the Summer Conference

Breezy Point Resort – June 16-19

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgments

 

Special thank you to

Central Division

for hosting the 2020 Winter Conference

 

 

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MASSP Conference Presenters:

David Adney is the MASSP Executive Director. Dave is formerly the principal at Minnetonka High School. He is a national and international presenter on a wide variety of educational topics including assessment, innovation, international studies and leadership. Dave has served as an assistant professor for Saint Mary’s University and was Hennepin Division Principal of the Year in 2011.

Roger Aronson has been MASSP’s legal counsel and lobbyist since 1981. Roger is a graduate of St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota School of Law. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on school law topics. Roger is co-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s School Law Conference and is on the executive committee of the education lobbyist’s group, BELL. In addition, Roger is Special Projects Counsel for the MSHSL, represents the Minneapolis Principals’ Forum, St. Paul Principals’ Association, and MESPA. He is a member of both the Minnesota and National Councils of School Attorneys.

Jim Bach has been a middle and high school administrator for 26 years. Over the past year and a half, his equity journey has been filled with great challenges and rewards. He credits students for the success they have had in their equity work at Chaska High School.

JoAnn Bartoletti is executive director and CEO of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the leading organization of and national voice for school leaders from across the United States.

Upon taking the reins of NASSP in 2011, Ms. Bartoletti set the course for revolutionizing program and service offerings. She drew NASSP into progressive education circles with the creation of the NASSP Digital Principal Award program and recalibrated the principal of the year program to emphasize leadership over school level. That leadership is described in NASSP’s Building Ranks framework, which NASSP released under Ms. Bartoletti’s direction in 2018. Building Ranks also aligns closely with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, created while Ms. Bartoletti chaired the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. She also directed the greatest revision of National Honor Society in its 100-year history, emphasizing student leadership and college access, and creating the NHS Scholarship Fund to award millions of dollars in scholarships each year.

Prior to assuming the leadership of NASSP in 2011, Ms. Bartoletti was the executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association for 20 years, during which time she updated the product, service, and professional development offerings for the organization’s 7,000-member administrators and raised the profile of New Jersey administrators in public policy circles. During her tenure, Bartoletti partnered with the state department of education on a nontraditional principal certification program that greatly expanded the pool of competent school leaders by enabling professionals with advanced degrees to pursue and acquire principal certification.

Ms. Bartoletti spent 15 years as assistant principal and principal at West Windsor-Plainsboro (NJ) High School, which was ranked as one of the top 10 schools in New Jersey. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Student Clearinghouse, the Learning First Alliance, and the National Policy Board for Education Administration.

Meagan Bennett is the School Psychologist and Multi-tiered Systems of Support Facilitator at Eden Prairie High School.

Dr. Steve Brady has worked in education for over 13 years as a Paraprofessional, Elementary Teacher and Associate High School Principal.

Thomas Brenner is the MASSP Secretary and principal of Cloquet Middle School.

Dr. Adolph Brown, III without a doubt, offers the most uniquely inspiring, relevant and entertaining presentations around. He is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker. He is a servant-leader at heart, a life-long social justice advocate and a career teacher educator. He is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings. Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while as an implicit bias speaker simultaneously reducing unconscious bias at every turn. He is the leading provider of anti-bias training in business and education. Dr. Brown knows that understanding structural inequities is only the start, however dismantling the foundations from which these structures are built leads to solutions. He is highly regarded as the "balcony" leadership speaker who gets you from where you are to where you want to be. Also, as a credentialed Master Teacher, he helps teachers reach every student. As a much sought-after and highly effective Unconscious Bias, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion keynote speaker, Dr. Brown skillfully addresses the impact of stereotypes. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in abject poverty of the inner city housing projects infested with gangs, drugs and violence. His oldest sibling and only brother Oscar was murdered when Adolph was only eleven years old. Young Adolph often received a respite when he was sent to spend summers with his grandfather in rural farming country, and when he was sent to the library for time-outs in elementary school. Adolph became the first in his family of five to participate in Head Start, graduate high school, and attend college.

Nowadays as a Master Teacher, Dr. Adolph Brown shines in the classroom, in research and on the big stage. He is in the top 1% of world-class scholar teachers based on peer-reviews, nominations, teaching performance, teaching awards, published evaluations and ratings from American’s best schools, colleges and universities. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational and inspirational speakers in America as well. Dr. Adolph Brown is one of the world’s foremost attitude experts, personal development coaches and humorists. His reputation as "The World's Greatest Edu-tainer!™" is always memorable and has won him fans around the world.

Dr. Brown is the author of acclaimed books, including the international mental wellness best seller, Two Backpacks. Other best sellers authored by Dr. Brown include a business-soft-skills classic - Championship Habits; and the education classic - Real Talk. He is also the co-author with his third grade teacher of a children's book, It's Gonna Be A Great Day! for youth. His trainings have withstood the test of time with audiences all over the world and he is still extremely passionate and committed to helping others "Learn, Laugh & Lead' in all walks of life while spreading “Love, Light and Insight” wherever he goes. These Tour de Force performances helped establish him as a sterling international stage presence.

Dr. Jessica Cabak is currently the Dean of Students at John Glenn Middle School in Maplewood. She is a former math teacher and instructional coach and is also an adjunct instructor at Bethel University.

Angie Charboneau-Folch is currently the assistant principal at Big Lake High School. In her 14th year as an administrator, she has been at Big Lake for the past nine years. Angie also is a member of the Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition (SUP). This group is focused on chemical use prevention efforts countywide.

Mindy Chevalier has been in education for 21 years. She is in her first year as high school principal in Belle Plaine and has worked in the district in multiple combined Administrative roles the past 10 years. She has served as the assistant principal, Activities Director, Director of Community Ed and now the high school principal. Previously to working in Belle Plaine, Mindy was an Activities Director/Health/PhyEd teacher and coach at NRHEG High School. As we have researched Social and Emotional learning over the past year and a half, I am amazed at the need as well as the impact our programing with Move This World has had on our students and staff.

Tom Cody spent 40 years as a middle school and high school math teacher. Retired in 2013, he now devotes his professional life to Top 20 Training, a social emotional learning company that is committed to revolutionizing American education. His one-of-a-kind, engaging sessions will impact you and your school culture.

Mary Pat Cumming is principal at The FAIR School in Minneapolis Public Schools. She is a dynamic educational leader who is committed to student growth and passionate about personalizing the learning environment for each student. She has served as a driving force in promoting school leadership and the principalship through her active involvement in MASSP and NASSP – serving on the Board of Directors for both. Ms. Cumming has been selected as a Fulbright Administrative Scholar to Argentina (2006) and Brazil (2013), (2015) and has presented at multiple school leadership seminars China, Brazil and Argentina.

Katie Dorn is a licensed K-12 School Counselor and a Marriage and Family therapist. She has worked with school districts to help them develop effective school counseling models and has worked to develop models and most recently, effective and innovative tools for schools to support students with mental health.

John Double is an administrator with the Albert Lea Area School District (10th year with A.L.A.S.). After growing up in the business world, he chose the education world at college. His position focuses on connecting our Business Community with our schools and students with opportunities in our Business Community.

Dr. Steve Emerson is the principal at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis. His practice is aimed at ensuring students receive an equitable, rigorous education that prepares them to be global citizens.

Douglas Erickson is the MASSP Coordinator of the Student Activities.

Jeff Erickson is the Principal of Minnetonka High School and in his 7th year in this role. He was a Spanish teacher, assistant principal, and, now principal.

Dr. Becky Gerdes experience includes serving as a teacher, instructional and behavioral coach/coordinator  and elementary principal for the last 20 years. Her husband, Scott, works as a Finance Director in Rochester. They are the parents of three children. They enjoy participating in community and athletic events.

Domonique Gilmer is the Assistant Principal at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis.

Margot Hansen has been in education for 20 years. After receiving her Specialist degree in K-12 Administration, she took a position in Belle Plaine Public Schools as a Curriculum Coordinator. That position has evolved over the last 6 years, and she now serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning and 7-12 assistant principal. Previous to working in Belle Plaine, Margot taught 6th grade students in St. Peter for 13 years. Reflecting on the last 20 years, Margot feels there is an evident need now, more than ever, to be proactive about mental health support for ALL students. She's excited about the work in their district.

Dr. Jonna Hirsch has her PhD in School Psychology and is also a licensed High Potential Teacher. She has served Minnetonka Schools for 14 years.

Kelly Holstine is the Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota and is the 2018/19 MN State Teacher of the Year. She is the first out LGBTQ+ MN STOY. She helped to design and open Tokata Learning Center in 2012 and has twelve years of teaching experience.

Steve Hunegs is the Executive Director for the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Carrie Jarvis began her career teaching English in the Chicago Suburbs. She has served as college counselor and dean of students in the Metro Area. Jarvis is currently an Assistant Principal at Bloomington Jefferson High School, where she focuses her efforts on creating a welcoming culture and climate for all students.

Roi Kawai currently serves as an equity coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools, focusing his work on advancing anti-racist & anti-sexist pedagogical and leadership frameworks and practices. Prior, Roi was an assistant professor of Urban and Multicultural Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 3.5 years. Roi also taught middle school literacy, algebra, and civics for 7 years and served as a literacy instructional coach. He received his Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education and his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University.

Robert Laney began his career with St. Louis Park Schools in 1986. In 1996, he became the high school principal during which the Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) model was developed. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant superintendent. Laney then became superintendent of St. Anthony-New Brighton schools in 2012, retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Bob currently serves as a BARR Trainer and Coach. 

Michael Lehan is the principal of Osseo Senior High School in the Osseo Area School District. Michael describes himself as an equity-focused, student-centered leader. Michael's work is motived by the fierce urgency of now and the notion that there is such a thing as being too late.

Trent Langemo is the High School principal for the Kasson-Mantorville School District. Prior to coming to Kasson-Mantorville, he served as a principal at Pine River-Backus High School and taught and coached at both Alexandria and Kingsland High Schools. Trent utilizes the staff, student and senior exit surveys as part of his school’s improvement plan

Kim Marshall began his career in 1969 teaching sixth graders in a Boston middle school. He used "learning stations" with some success, wrote curriculum materials for his students, gave workshops for teachers in the Boston area, and began to write articles on classroom and school innovation (see the tail end of the Kim Publications list to the left).

During Boston's desegregation crisis in the mid-1970's, Kim became increasingly involved in schoolwide change efforts, delved into the new research on effective urban schools, and eventually went to graduate school for a year to prepare to become a principal

But a 1980, Massachusetts tax-cutting referendum closed 27 Boston schools, and Kim found himself in the district's central office, first as a policy advisor and speechwriter for Superintendent Robert Spillane, then leading a team that wrote new curriculum objectives for the district, and finally serving as director of curriculum and then of planning.

In 1987, Kim finally got his wish and was made a principal. As leader of the Mather Elementary School for the next 15 years, Kim and his colleagues brought about significant improvements in student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and the quality of the curriculum. The school also had a gala celebration of its 350th anniversary - the Mather, established in 1639, is the oldest elementary school in the nation.

Since leaving the Mather in 2002, Kim has coached principals (mostly in New York City) and spoken and consulted on teacher supervision and evaluation, time management, curriculum unit design, differentiation, effective use of during-the-year student assessments, and middle-school sex education.

Kim and his wife, Rhoda Schneider, have two children - a daughter teaching humanities in a Boston secondary school and a son teaching high-school history in Seattle

Coleman McDonough became principal at North Branch Area High School in 2010. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with the Saint Paul Public Schools serving as a social studies teacher, coach assistant principal, and principal. McDonough grew up in St. Paul. In 2010, he was selected as the Minnesota Middle School Principal of the Year.

Mark McIlmoyle is entering his 5th year at Mound Westonka High School. His time as an English/Social Studies teacher and Instructional Coach in Wayzata Schools, in conjunction with his time as assistant principal at Minnetonka High School, has resulted in a deep interest to find creative ways to more effectively leverage student voice to guide professional learning.

Richard McLeod has been a Retirement Services Specialist with Teachers Retirement Association for the past 24 years. Prior to working at TRA, he was employed by the First Bank System in personal banking for nine years

Rob Metz is the Deputy Director for the BARR Center. Rob most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools in the Saint Louis Park School District where the BARR model was created. As Deputy Director, he provides support to the leadership of our BARR schools to help ensure all our BARR schools are thriving.

Mark Mischke is the MASSP President and the principal at Buffalo High School. Mark was selected as the 2018 Minnesota Principal of the Year.

Jason Mix is the MASSP Coordinator and principal at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.

Sarah Ness is the Program Manager for Southeast Service Cooperative’s STEM Forward and Workforce Development. She is a regional convener that supports communities to develop and implement high-quality solutions in STEM education and workforce development for K-12 education. Sarah recently developed FutureForward, a tool to connect employers, educators, and students for career-connected learning experiences.

Chuck Ochocki is the building principal at South St. Paul Secondary. Prior to his current position, Chuck served as the principal and assistant principal at Stillwater Junior High School. Chuck also has worked at South St. Paul Secondary as a dean of students, teacher and a varsity head coach. Chuck was named Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2015

Debby Odell is the Licensing and Operations Manager for the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). She oversees PELSB’s licensing team and manages the agency’s overall operations. Debby has worked with teacher licensure and other related issues since 2007, including working with the Educator Licensing division under the umbrella of the Minnesota Department of Education.

Laura Oliven is the Tobacco Control Manager for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She leads the MDH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and directs tobacco control state and local level policy change strategy, community grant making, the new statewide tobacco cessation services program, and health equity work. Laura is passionate about building health communities and has been active in tobacco control and health promotion for over two decades. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and a Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute 

Dr. Emily Lilja Palmer is the proud principal of Washburn High School in Minneapolis. She is a Minneapolis native and a product of the Minneapolis Public Schools K-12. Her doctoral dissertation is: “Talking about Race: Overcoming Fear in the Process of Change”.

Sue Peterson is a project manager and strategic communications specialist at School Perceptions. Sue has an extensive background in community organizing, program development, grant writing and communications. She has helped non-profits, governmental agencies and school districts with strategic planning, program and charter school development, fundraising, referendum planning and branding.

Natasha Phelps is the Lead Senior Attorney for the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Mary Cathryn Ricker is a native of Hibbing and a National Board Certified middle school English teacher with over a decade of classroom experience. She has taught in classrooms from Saint Paul to Saint Cloud to Washington to South Korea to Yemen. She previously served as executive vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers and as the president of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 28. Her teaching and leadership skills have been recognized with a number of other honors, including receiving the Education Minnesota Peterson-Schaubach Outstanding Leadership Award, qualifying as a semifinalist for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, and serving as a featured contributor in the Annenberg Foundation's national professional development series, "Write in the Middle.” She earned her undergraduate degree in English with a mathematics minor at the University of Saint Thomas and completed her graduate work in Teacher Leadership at the University of Minnesota. Ricker’s husband teaches English language learners in the Saint Paul Public Schools, and they have two children.

Jesús Sandoval is an assistant principal at St. Cloud Technical High School. He earned his B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University and his Master’s in Administration from St. Cloud State University. He has a relentless commitment to student achievement and helping adolescents become lifelong contributing members of society.

Mike Schmidt has been in administration as an Activities Director and/or Principal for 10 years. He strives to make meaningful relationships with staff and students, all the while blending the importance of education and a building culture. He enjoys sharing his stories and leaving you with a reflective smile.

Sam Schroeder is the principal at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School.

Keenan Shelton currently serves as the Director of Talent Management with Minneapolis Public Schools where part of his work centers around adaptive leadership development for all levels of leadership within the district. Prior to joining the district in 2017, Keenan was a senior HR professional with a private sector organization for 20 years. He is a graduate of UW-La Crosse with a degree in Business Management- Human Resources.

Kevin Sheridan serves as an instructional coach at John Glenn Middle School in Maplewood supporting teachers as they implement best practice instruction to meet student-centered goals. He regularly leads professional learning sessions for teachers across the district and is also an adjunct instructor at Hamline University.

Dr. Ryan Siegle is an educator in Grand Rapids. He has been in education for 12 years and is passionate about transforming school and classroom cultures. His wife Kirsten is a stay at home mom with their two children. His family enjoys cabin time, Legos, and lots of reading.

Jenelle Stach, LSW, has been a social worker for the past 14 years with experience in county social work along with school social work. She in her third year working at Big Lake High School. Jenelle interest areas include working with students experiencing emotional and behavioral disorders and mental illness.

Jake Sturgis, after working for two metro school districts in communications, launched Captivate Media + Consulting in 2014 to help schools communicate more effectively. He has worked with schools across the country to help them reach important audiences in new and innovative ways.

Robb Virgin is the principal of Eden Prairie High School. Eden Prairie is a grades 9-12 public high school in the Twin Cities area with a 3,000+ student body made-up of approximately 60% White students, 15% Black students, 15% Asian students, and 10% Hispanic students.

Jeff Wendelberger is a Teacher on Special Assignment for Literacy, Data, Assessment and Professional Development at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis.

Ehren Zimmerman is the MASSP President-Elect and principal of Perham High School.