Winter Conference Program

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Welcome to the 2023 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 25

4:30 PM

General Session One – Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

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

Address: Recalibrate the Culture

Jimmy Casas, Educator

Do you leave work every night exhausted from putting out fires all day long? Are you frustrated because you find yourself dealing with the same issues time and time again? You are not alone.

It is time to recalibrate. Recalibrate our why. Our work. Our values. Ourselves. Educators must explore their inner selves to understand the role we each play in how we can impact the climate and culture of an entire campus when we are strategic and aligned in our practices. The classroom, building, and district levels must see themselves as one and must be intentional in replicating their processes, protocols, and frameworks to recalibrate and bring about system-wide change and cultivate a healthier culture. Participants will leave this session with a renewed understanding of the importance of effective processes and practical tools they can utilize immediately to cultivate a healthier culture for all members of their school community.

6:00 PM

Reception – Atrium, 4th Floor

6:30 PM

General Session Two – Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor

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

Medallion Hunt Introduction
Sponsored by KJ Branding

Welcome: Bob Driver, MASSP Executive Director

Award Presentation: MASSP Office Professional of the Year

Lisa Merritt, Secretary, Ortonville High School
Sponsored by Jostens Sales Representatives

Student Award Presentations:

Douglas Erickson, MASSP Coordinator of Student Activities
Reegan Lindholm, MASC President, Owatonna High School
Rylan Hunt, MAHS President, Orono High School

Address: Reflecting on Mentorship

Mike O’Neil, Principal, Pequot Lakes Middle School – 2022 MN Middle Level Principal of the Year

Address: What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

Natty Messick, Principal, Fertile-Beltrami High School – 2022 MN High School Principal of the Year

Announcement: 2023 Principals of the Year

Thursday, January 26

7:00 AM

Coffee Available – Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

7:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet – Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

8:30 AM

General Session Three – Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor

Presiding: Cory Strasser, MASSP President-Elect, Principal, Pipestone Area High School

Address: Leading Through Change, "Lessons Learned and their Impact on the Future"

Dr. Stephen Peters, Educator

Today’s leaders are facing new challenges while still managing the problems of the past. The pandemic has taught us some harsh lessons, one of which is, we can no longer do this work in isolation. We need partners and teams working with us collaboratively to help create better conditions for success in our schools, classrooms, and communities. Dr. Peters will share specific examples of this exciting work happening around our country. He will inspire our audiences to leave with a renewed sense of purpose and hope to do more than make things better; but make them right for our children today, tomorrow and deep into the future.

10:00 AM

Coffee and Soft Drink Break - Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

10:30-11:25 AM

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Creating a Culture of Respect, Support, and Belonging Day 1 – Lafayette Bay, 8th Floor

Jeff Erickson – Principal, Minnetonka High School

Jennifer Smasal – Assistant Principal, Minnetonka High School

MHS teachers and principals designed a program entitled ALL ABOARD that supported our goal of building our community. During the first two days of the school year, twelve lessons were delivered by teachers. Each school period included a new topic from culture of respect, who’s who in the school, how to handle the productive struggle of learning, mental health support among several topics. All of the twelve themes were under the umbrella of the four pillars of success. During this session, we will share how this structure was built, the extensive communication plan, the professional learning plan for teachers, and the impact on school culture and student’s academic belonging. We will share how this work has impacted students, staff and parents.

  1. wRight Choice Alternative to Out of School Suspension – Birch/Maple Lake, 4th Floor

Nate Hanson – wRight Choice Lead (TOSA), Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District

Tammi Solarz – Wright County Juvenile Unit Supervisor

wRight Choice is an alternative to suspension for students in grades 6-12. It is a collaboration between Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools and Wright County Court Services. wRight Choice is currently located at the Wright County Justice Center in Buffalo. During this presentation, school and county staff will discuss how our alternative to suspension program supports academic work, restorative measures, interventions, and reinstatement back to school. In order for wRight Choice to be successful, a community collaborative has been established between Wright County Court Services and the following school districts that participate in wRight Choice: Big Lake, Maple Lake, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Monticello, and St. Michael- Albertville.

  1. Understanding CTE and Technology Education Licensure Process – Crystal Lake, 4th Floor

Dr. Chuck Hentges – Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University

This presentation will focus on the Career and Technical Education (CTE), licensure process and misconceptions between CTE and technology education licensure.  Discussions on how St. Cloud State University has developed a pathway for current and new teachers to get these licenses.

  1. MSHSL Direction and Updates – Elk Lake, 4th FloorThis session only

Erich Martens – Executive Director, Minnesota State High School League

The MSHSL has over 500 high schools and serves well over 100,000 students across the state. Attendees will encounter the newest information from the Minnesota State High School League about the current state of MSHSL Activities and Athletics as well as the work ahead. Primary topics will include working with students in our activities and athletics, implementation of new programs and opportunities, financial updates and focus areas for the year ahead.  Information and discussions from the Principal’s Advisory Committee will also be shared. Interaction with attendees is a priority of this session and question and answer is always a priority for those in attendance. Please attend ready to discuss, provide feedback and share your questions.

  1. Serving Together: Principal and SRO Partnerships – Deer Lake, 4th Floor

Eric Nelson – Principal, Chatfield High School

The partnership between principals and the school resource officers in their schools is a topic that has received very little attention in the research. In 2022, Eric conducted a study of the partnership between six pairs of Minnesota principals and SROs. This presentation will share the findings of the study and provide suggestions for improving the partnership between these two critical roles.

  1. Packer Plus: “What I Need” Wednesday – Pine/Cedar Lake, 4th Floor

Chuck Ochocki – Principal, South St. Paul High School

Come find out how one school incentivizes getting good grades, help struggling learners right away, and give teachers more time to collaborate without costing the district any more money. This session will walk the attendees through the process that developed Packer Plus: “What I Need” Wednesday, plus share the pitfalls of the process, walk participants through a topic day for struggling students, and share the success data of the program. Each participant will walk away with the “how to” plan.

  1. Utilizing SLEDS Data to Create and Sustain a Pathways Culture and an Identity for Your High School – Cooks Bay, 8th Floor

Tim Rohweder – Principal, Proctor High School

Gina Cole – School Advocate, Northern Pines Regional Centers of Excellence

This session will uncover ways high schools can create a pathways culture using SLEDS data which will engage students, staff, and the community in a common purpose and create a positive identity for the school.  Proctor high school has been developing a pathways culture for the last five years and with the help from the Regional Centers of Excellence, has leveraged SLEDS data to demonstrate how this work has had a positive impact on students leaving high school with a plan.  Attendees will be given practical tips on how to create a pathways culture in their school and will be given guidance on how to use the SLEDS system to get data about their school.

  1. Having High Expectations for Special Education Teachers – Excelsior Bay, 8th Floor

Jackie Skelly – Executive Director, Itasca Area School Collaborative (IASC)

Dena Hagen – Director of Special Education, Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative

Having high expectations for special education teachers is critical to providing quality programming, meeting students needs and ensuring a positive culture in your building. In this session, we will provide you with tools to support and hold special education teachers to a high level of expected job duties. Discussions around student data tracking, progress monitoring, collaboration and teaching lagging skills will be some of the areas addressed in this session.

  1. Listening, Engaging, Advocating and Partnering (LEAP): A Model for Responsible Community Engagement for Educational Leaders – Grays Bay, 8th Floor

Darrius Stanley, PhD – Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of MN - TC

This presentation considers historically situated, community-focused practices of traditionally marginalized communities to advance a framework for community-engaged educational leadership. Specifically, this work connects research and practice to support educational leaders’ efforts to close gaps between schools and historically disenfranchised communities. Dr. Stanley will discuss four, research-informed, practical pillars to responsible community engagement: listening, engaging, advocating and partnering. In this presentation, Dr. Stanley will offer practical ways for educational leaders to move from institutional-focused engagement to community-focused engagement.

  1. Teacher Evaluation: How Three Principals Approach the Evaluation Process – Spring Park Bay, 8th Floor

Dr. Cory Strasser – Principal, Pipestone Area Schools

Brian Jones – Principal, Marshall High School

Bryan Joyce – Principal, Windhom Middle/High School

In addition to instructional supervision, teacher evaluation is an essential part of the Principal’s role. Minnesota has expectations for teacher evaluation. Come hear how three Principals in three different school districts approach their respective role with teacher evaluation. Examples of their processes and practices will be shared along with how they communicate with teachers to improve their instructional practice. The Danielson Framework and AVID WICOR will be highlighted.

  1. Equity Magnifier - MDE – Wayzata Bay, 8th Floor

Dr. Macarre Traynham – Director of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center, MDE

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Center in partnership with the Regional Centers of Excellence created the Equity Magnifier as a tool to help keep equity centered in decision-making. The magnifier is a resource designed to be used throughout action planning, decision-making, and used for any implementation process. Join this session to learn more about this tool and how to incorporate it in your daily work.

11:30-12:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions 1-3 and 5-11 will be offered again during this time.

12:30 PM

General Session Four – Luncheon, Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor

Presiding: Jennie Kelly, MASSP Secretary, Principal, St. Michael-Albertville Middle School East

Address: NASSP Update

Mary Pat Cumming, NASSP Board Member, Principal, The FAIR High School for the Arts, Mpls.

1:30 PM

Dessert and Refreshments – Division Networking, Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

2:30-3:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Re-Imagining Orientation – Pine/Cedar Lake, 4th Floor

Rebecca Bullen – Assistant Principal, Perpich Arts High School

Partnering with student leadership, staff and youth educational organizations, our extended orientation program centers around elevating student voice, community core values, courageous conversations, and ongoing school wide practices. At the core, is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and creating a braver and safer environment for all students to learn and grow in. This presentation outlines the conceptualization, design and implementation of a student driven community building orientation program.

  1. School Social Workers – How Can They Help Me in My Role as an Administrator? – Grays Bay, 8th Floor

Dr. Stephanie Ochocki – Student Support and SEL Coordinator, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan District 196

Christy McCoy – School Social Worker - St. Paul Public Schools, Como Park High School

The impact of the pandemic and radicalized violence has affected our community. School Social Workers (SSWs) play a vital role in supporting administrators in addressing barriers to learning. This presentation offers support on utilizing SSWs as an integral team member.

Participants will:

  • Understand the licensure, education and skills required to be a MN SSW
  • Develop strategies to utilize your SSW in meeting needs of students, families and staff
  • Identify steps to collaborate with your SSW
  1. Super Fan Initiative – Deer Lake, 4th Floor

Dan Dehnicke – Executive Secretary, Northwest Suburban Conference

The Northwest Suburban Conference with a vision of being proactive in providing leadership skills to student fans in hopes that students “Stay Above the Line” created a Super Fan Initiative workshop to make sure that every NWSC site is a safe and positive environment for all students, parents, athletes, and officials. This presentation will outline the process of selecting “Super Fan” leaders and their responsibilities including outlining expectations and behaviors.

  1. Freedom Practices in Educational Leadership – Birch/Maple Lake, 4th Floor

Naida Grussing-Neitzel – Associate Principal, Roseville Area High School

This presentation will share practical leadership practices that positively impact student achievement and take action at creating anti-racist school cultures as an educational leader, whatever your title. We will discuss the importance of taking care of yourself, how to schedule for justice, how to create a flexible schedule for interventions, how we are impacting students through our PLCs and what we are doing to improve grading practices.

  1. What Do You Do on Monday When You Hear…? – Excelsior Bay, 8th Floor

Dena Hagen – Director of Special Education, Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative

Jackie Skelly – Executive Director, Itasca Area Schools Collaborative

As a Principal, it's important to know what to look for and what questions to ask regarding effective special education and its processes. On Monday, you'll likely come across an IEP Meeting, a student behavior situation and a paraprofessional staffing issue all in the same day. In this session, we will discuss these 3 big ideas and provide you with additional tools in your toolbox to lead the higher achievement of the students with disabilities in your building.

  1. BRIDGE at Kasson-Mantorville High School: An Advisory Model That Gets Kids What They Need – Deer Lake, 4th Floor

Trent Langemo – Principal, Kasson-Mantorville High School

Courtney Frie – Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Kasson-Mantorville High School

What high schools have always sought is the ability to leverage an advisory program that allows students to get what they need, and teachers to get time with the students they need.  KMHS has implemented a flexible schedule advisory model called BRIDGE (Build Relationships, Inspire, Discover, Gain Enrichment) that features student voice and choice with teacher oversight and flexibility throughout the year.  Each Monday, all students meet with their home BRIDGE teacher to select their locations/offerings for BRIDGE the rest of the week.  Prior to Monday, teachers have already had the ability to "hard schedule" students into their rooms for interventions or test makeups.  Other choices for students include fun Enrichments or Structured Study Halls.  Juniors and seniors in good academic and behavior standing can choose to "flex out" and begin their day 25 min later with 1st block, thus allowing teachers to not have so many kids in their rooms and do more targeted intervention work that is difficult during the rest of the day.  Large group presentations, grade level meetings, and "all in" days for social emotional learning lessons can also be pre-programmed into students' schedules throughout the year.

  1. CARE: Comet Academy for Restoration & Empathy – Spring Park Bay, 8th Floor

Angi McAndrews – Principal, Kellogg Middle School

Teri Linander – Assistant Principal, Kellogg Middle School

In the face of ineffective suspension practices, we worked to create an alternative to suspension that would increase student sense of belonging, create an opportunity for reflection on the impact of behavior, and reduce recidivism rates.  Join us to learn about the creation of our CARE program (Comet Academy for Restoration & Empathy), our successes and adjustments along the way and testimonials from students.

  1. Responding to the MN Principal Survey: Policy and Practice Suggestions for Mental Health, Culturally Responsive School Leadership, Instructional Leadership and Professional Development – Lafayette Bay, 8th Floor

Katie Pekel, Ed.D. – Executive Director, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota

Dave Helke – Principal, Eagle Ridge Middle School, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191

Sara Kemper, Ph.D. – Research Associate, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota

Regina Seabrook – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota

Via the 2021 MN Principals Survey, you overwhelmingly indicated that mental health, culturally responsive school leadership, instructional leadership, and professional development were of top concern. Since then we have conducted focus groups across the state, done comprehensive literature reviews and are ready to share recommendations for policy advocacy and practice change.

Participants will learn what the recent literature says in these four areas, what principals across the state describe as needs and solutions from focus groups, and how they can advocate for policy and practice changes in their own contexts and more broadly at the state level. Promising practices will be highlighted as well.

  1. Maximizing Student Executive Function in the High School Classroom – Crystal Lake, 4th Floor

Jennifer Smasal – Assistant Principal, Minnetonka High School

Dr. Randy Smasal – Assistant Superintendent, Edina Public Schools

In this presentation attendees will receive a brief overview of Executive Function development and how it can be enhanced in a high school classroom. This engaging session will provide background information, ideas for implementation to maximize student outcomes and resources for additional learning.

  1. How to Focus on What Matters – Cooks Bay, 8th Floor

Todd Van Erp – Principal Leadership Support, Western Lakes RCE - Lakes Country Service Cooperative

Kip Lynk – Principal Leadership Support, Southwest Prairie RECE - SWCC Service Cooperative

Do you feel stuck in your office buried in paperwork? Over-run by email? Do you want more time in classrooms? Using multiple resources, listening to colleagues, and many years of experience, we will look at simple tips and strategies in regards to email, calendar, time management, and delegation to help get you out of your office and into classrooms.

  1. TRA Mid-Career – Wayzata Bay, 8th Floor This session only

Sonja Parr-Baker – Director of Member Communication, Teachers Retirement Association

This presentation is geared toward mid-career teachers looking to find out more about TRA and what we offer. The presentation will explain benefits available to members both pre- and post-retirement and demonstrate how to use their online account.

3:30-4:25 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions 12-21 will be offered again during this time. There will be an additional presentation from the Teachers Retirement Association as noted below.

  1. TRA Planning for Retirement? – Wayzata Bay, 8th FloorThis session only

Sonja Parr-Baker – Director of Member Communication, Teachers Retirement Association

This presentation is tailored to those members within two to five years of retirement to provide information about the retirement process. The presentation will explain how your benefit is calculated, the choices you make about your benefits and the steps to retire.

4:30 PM

Members Reception – Atrium, 4th Floor
Sponsored by Independent Representatives of MN

Friday, January 27

7:00 AM

Coffee Available – Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet – Ballrooms 3 & 4, 4th Floor

9:00 AM

General Session Five – Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor

Governor’s Address

Tim Walz, Minnesota Governor

Commissioner’s Report

Willie Jett, Minnesota Education Commissioner

Address: MASSP President’s Report

Thomas Brenner, MASSP President, Principal, Cloquet Middle School

Address: MASSP Coordinator’s Report

Angie Charboneau-Folch, MASSP State Coordinator, Principal, Integrated Arts Academy

MASSP 2022 Secretary Candidate Speeches

Address: Legal and Legislative Update

Roger Aronson, MASSP Attorney/Lobbyist

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MASSP Conference Presenters

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.

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

Rebecca Bullen, MEd, is an empathetic and inquiry-based leader who strives to collaborate with students and teachers, fostering creative ways of teaching and learning that honors, respects and encourages all to show up as their true selves. Rebecca is the Assistant Principal at Perpich Arts High School in Golden Valley.

Jimmy Casas has been an educator for over 30 years, serving twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News and World Report.

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as runner-up NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of nine books.

Jimmy is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, where he serves as a professional leadership coach for school leaders across the country. In January 2020, Jimmy launched ConnectEDD, a publishing company aimed at giving back to the profession by supporting educators to become published authors.

Angie Charboneau-Folch is the MASSP State Coordinator and principal at Integrated Arts Academy.

Gina Cole is currently serving as a school advocate with the Northern Pines Regional Centers of Excellence and is also the SLEDS Data Coordinator for the northeast region of Minnesota. Gina is passionate about helping schools use this data to better prepare their students for what comes after high school. Prior to being an advocate, Gina served as a Director of Curriculum and Learning, a reading specialist, and an elementary teacher.

Mary Pat Cumming is a dynamic educational leader who is committed to student growth and passionate about personalizing the learning environment for each individual. Ms. Cumming is principal at The FAIR School for Arts, the arts high school magnet in Minneapolis Public Schools. She has proudly served in all roles within the MASSP Board of Directors and Executive Committee and is currently a member of the NASSP Board of Directors.

Dan Dehnicke is a retired Activities Director serving at both Coon Rapids and Andover High Schools and principal at Andover High School. He spent 36 years in education with 22 of those years in Administration. He retired in 2009 and has been the Executive Secretary for the Northwest Suburban Conference from 2010 to the present.

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 in 2021. He was named Central Division’s Principal of the Year in 2015.

Douglas Erickson is the MASSP Coordinator of Student Activities.

Jeff Erickson is the lead principal at Minnetonka High School. He has served in this role for the past ten years. Prior to this role, he served as a Spanish teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Courtney Frie is in her first year as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Kasson-Mantorville. She was the elementary principal and district curriculum director at Lakeview Public Schools for several years and also taught elementary for Medford.

Naida Grussing-Neitzel currently serves as an associate principal at Roseville Area High School and as a Faculty of Practice at Concordia University in the Graduate School of Education.

Dena Hagen is in her 8th year as the Director of Special Education for the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative with 12 member school districts around Duluth. She's also the Director/Supt. of the Northern Lights Academy, a cooperative school district in Cloquet and Carlton, providing Setting 4 services. Prior to that she was the Assistant Director of Special Ed. for Duluth Schools and a Special Education teacher for the district for 9 years prior to that. Dena currently serves on the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) Board of Directors, a member of the Minnesota Autism Center's (MAC) Quality Enhancement Committee as well as Capella University's P12 Leadership Advisory Council.

Nate Hanson has been an educational leader for the past 14 years and the lead teacher (TOSA) at wRight Choice for the past 4 years. Nate has served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's University and completed his Ed.D. at Bethel University in 2021. In order to offer restorative justice expertise at wRight Choice, Hanson is currently trained inTruthought Thinking Barriers/Tactics and a certified Truthought Facilitator. Nate currently serves on the Wright County Area United Way Board of Directors.

Dave Helke is the Principal at Eagle Ridge Middle School in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Dr. Chuck Hentges has been at St. Cloud State University for 11 years and is currently an Associate Professor in the Technology Education program. Previously Chuck was a technology education teacher in both middle and high school. Chuck received a bachelors and masters degree in technology education and a doctorate in administration.

Rylan Hunt is the Minnesota Association of Honor Societies' president. Rylan is comfortable leading from the front of the delegation. Whether doing a perfect standing backflip or coordinating activities in front of 500 delegates, Rylan is completely at home. At Orono High School Rylan is the head of the Medical Club and the Well Being Club where he is an advocate for mental health issues. He is a member of the Student Council and the Minnesota Honor Society. In the spring he captains Orono's Track and Field team. Next year Ryan will be attending Vanderbilt University majoring in biomedical engineering.

Willie Jett As Minnesota’s Education Commissioner, Willie Jett heads an agency of more than 420 employees, charged with the mission of improving educational achievement for children from pre-K through grade 12, adult education and library services. Jett works closely with Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan to promote a wide variety of education policies and initiatives focused on closing the achievement gap, supporting high-quality teaching, using innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes, and ensuring all students graduate from high school well-prepared for college, career and life.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Jett served as an instructor in the Education Administration Licensure program in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. He has also taught and led in urban, suburban and greater Minnesota School districts for more than three decades and understands the challenges and strengths of all communities.

His career is characterized by a commitment to raising student achievement and closing opportunity gaps. He is committed to preparing our future citizens, growing Minnesota’s workforce and supporting professional educators. Jett earned his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburg and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Brian Jones is the Principal at Marshall High School.

Bryan Joyce is the Principal at Windhom Middle/High School.

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

Sara Kemper, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota.

Trent Langemo is in his 8th year as the high school principal at Kasson-Mantorville. Prior to Kasson-Mantorville, Trent was the 7-12 principal at Pine River-Backus and before that he was a social studies teacher and coach at Kingsland (Spring Valley) and Alexandria.

Teri Linander is an assistant principal at Kellogg Middle School in Rochester. In her 18 years in education, she has served as an administrator, instructional coach and teacher in both public and charter schools.

Reegan Lindholm is the Minnesota Association of Student Councils' President. Reegan is the only student that has had a three year history on the MASC committee, serving as an at-large member, secretary, and president. Reegan established her leadership of MASC so convincingly that she ran unopposed at last year's state convention. Reegan's strength is her inclusive leadership style. She does not aspire to the status of the position but to make every delegate at our events feel welcome. Her activities at Owatonna High School start in the fall with cross country and continue through the year with yearbook, student council, DECA, Minnesota Honor Society, and managing both boys hockey and track and field teams. She plans on attending Gustavus College majoring in psychology and continuing her athletic pursuits in cross country.

Kip Lynk enjoys attending his kids' events, traveling, golfing, and supporting the Minnesota high school wrestling community. Kip is passionate about amplifying student voice, improving relationships with stakeholders and utilizing best practices to improve school climate and culture.

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.

Angi McAndrews is the principal at Kellogg Middle School In Rochester. Prior to Kellogg, Angi taught in Kasson-Mantorville and led in Faribault and Austin. Angi also serves as the Co-President of the Rochester Principal Association and helps lead the Society for Women Educational Leaders and the Minnesota Middle School Association.

Christy McCoy, MSW, LICSW, has been a practicing school social worker for the past 19 years in St. Paul Public School District. She offers clinical mental health expertise combined with leadership experience for state and national school social work organizations. Christy’s a nationally recognized speaker dedicated to reducing barriers to academic achievement.

Natty Messick serves as the principal of Fertile-Beltrami High School. Natty was named the Minnesota High School Principal of the Year in 2022.

Eric Nelson serves as the principal of Chatfield High School. He has 21 years of administrative experience in Edina, Mounds View, Cambridge-Isanti and Chatfield. He is completing his Education Doctorate at Hamline University and wrote his dissertation on the partnership between SROs and principals in Minnesota High Schools.

Mike O’Neil serves as the principal of Pequot Lakes Middle School. Mikewas named the Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2022.

Chuck Ochocki is the building principal at South St. Paul High School. 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, a teacher and a varsity head coach. Chuck was named Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2015.

Dr. Stephanie Ochocki is the Student Support and SEL Coordinator for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan District 196, where she continues to build the capacity of staff in effectively meeting student social, emotional and academic needs and shaping programs that foster positive academic outcomes for all students. She has co-authored numerous articles for the School Social Work Association of America, contributed as an author for two chapters in the books Evidence-based practice in school mental health: Addressing DSM-5 disorders in schools and The Art of Becoming Indispensable: What School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years of Practice, both published by Oxford Press, and her research Evaluating the Zones of Regulation® intervention to improve the self-control of elementary students was published in the International Journal of School Social Work. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise. I have included her in this email. If you need a bio and picture, please let us know as we realize the conference is just a few weeks away and you are busy finalizing all the last-minute details.

Sonja Parr-Baker is Director of Member Communication and Outreach at Teachers Retirement Association. With eight years’ counseling experience she loves to serve educators’ needs and assist them in understanding their pension benefits.

Katie Pekel, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of Educational Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Stephen Peters: Prior to his career in education, Dr. Stephen Peters received a full scholarship and was a basketball star at Hampton University. Peters was inducted into the Colleton County Basketball Hall of Fame in January 2016 and continues to follow sports faithfully. Upon his graduation from Hampton, he went into teaching, and after demonstrating an ability to transform the classroom and school environment into one of success and achievement in even the most challenging circumstances, he rose up to become one of the most respected educators and school turnaround experts in the U.S. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are at the forefront of his vast experiences in education and the nonprofit world. Most of his experiences include working in underserved communities and providing opportunities for access and equity.

Stephen has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education, and superintendent of schools. He has served on panels as an education expert with former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of several award winning and best-selling books including Do You Know Enough about Me to Teach Me and Teaching to Capture and Inspire all Learners.

Peters is the former Superintendent of Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55), Laurens SC. The county is an underrepresented community. During his four-year tenure as Superintendent, college scholarship funds received by graduating seniors increased by more than $14 million. LCSD 55 was named a 2018 National School District of Distinction under the leadership of Peters, an honor awarded to school districts that are exemplary models of how schools and school systems work. More recently the high school has been named the 2019 “National Tomorrow’s Tech School of the Year” by Tomorrow’s Tech Magazine.

Currently, Stephen is the CEO and president of the Peters Group, an education consulting company that is dedicated to creating and sustaining success in schools and districts by supporting educators. Key areas include: leadership, social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. He is also founder of a national mentoring program that builds soft skills, STEM, literacy and leadership skills. The Gentleman’s and Ladies Club, which cultivates success in at-risk students through mentoring and self-empowerment, has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as America, America. Peters was featured in the BBC documentary, “An American High School” in 2016. “An American High School” was just named “Best Documentary of 2016” in London and began airing on the National Geographic channel in the U.S. in October 2017. Dr. Peters is an advocate for literacy and also served as President of the Board of Directors for the International Literacy Association (2020-2021). He is co-author of One, A Process for Every One and Everyone.

Tim Rohweder has been the principal at Proctor high school for ten years and has spent the last 23 years as an educator and educational leader at the high school and middle school level. He currently serves as the MASSP Northeast Division Secretary and also is the Northeast Division representative on the MSHSL Principal's Advisory Committee.

Regina Seabrook is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Dept. of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota.

Jackie Skelly has been in education for 21 years. She began her career in education as a general education high school teacher and worked for 6 years in St. Paul schools. She then moved to the Anoka-Hennepin schools where she was a middle school general education teacher for 2 years. During her time in Anoka-Hennepin, she completed her Masters in Special Education with licensure in Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Specific Learning Disabilities. After Anoka-Hennepin, she moved to the Deer River school district. In 2014, she became a Special Education Coordinator for the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC). On July 1, 2022, she took on the additional role of IASC Executive Director overseeing not only special education, but Career Pathways, Early Childhood and Technology for the member districts.

Jennifer Smasal, Ed.S., has extensive experience building intervention systems and ensuring that each and every child gets what they need in an educational environment. Ms. Smasal has a great deal of knowledge with the development of Executive Function in learners. She has taught preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and college and has over 24 years of experience. Ms. Smasal holds a K-12 Reading License and is currently serving as the assistant principal at Minnetonka High School.

Dr. Randy Smasal has been an educator for over 3 decades. He has a passion for understanding the neuroscience behind learning and how Executive Function develops through early adolescence. Dr. Smasal started his career as a middle school teacher and then taught high school science. He moved into central office administration and pursued opportunities to lead curriculum, instruction and assessment development. His journey continued into Leadership and is currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Edina Public Schools. Dr. Smasal has led curriculum development and leadership training courses as Adjunct Faculty at Bethel College, Hamline University and Concordia University.

Tammi Solarz is currently a Wright County Juvenile Unit Supervisor who collaboratively works with Wright County Safe Schools and Wright Choice. Tammi also serves as the treasurer on the Wright County Mentorship, Education, and Drug Awareness (MEADA) Coalition.

Darrius Stanely, PhD is an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Currently, his research focus includes: Black teachers and culturally responsive, community-engaged school leadership practices. Darrius is a community-engaged scholar who centers Black educational perspectives of researchers and aspiring school and district leaders.

Cory Strasser, Ed.D., is in his 13th year as principal at Pipestone Area Middle and High School. He is active in MASSP and has completed the Minnesota Principals Academy. During his time at Pipestone Area Schools, he has moved each school through strategic planning and design to focus on continual school improvement and student success.

Dr. Macarre Traynham is the Director of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center at the Minnesota Department of Education. She has more than 20 years of experience in education, leading EDI efforts and designing and facilitating professional development. Dr. Traynham has served as a high school math teacher, principal, and a central office administrator.

Todd Van Erp has been a middle and high school Science teacher for 12 years, as well as a school administrator for 11 years before coming to the Western Lakes RCE. Todd is energized when he gets to support and coach principals and school leadership teams in all aspects of their work. His motto in his work is that “All we can do, is all we can do.”

Tim Walz is Minnesota’s 41st Governor. His career has been defined by public service, from serving our country in the military to serving our students as a high-school teacher and football coach to serving our state in Congress.

Born in a small town in rural Nebraska, Tim’s parents instilled in him the values that guide his commitment to common good and selfless service. Soon after his high school graduation, Tim enlisted in the Army National Guard. Tim attended Chadron State College, where he graduated with a social science degree in 1989. Harvard University offered Tim an opportunity to gain a new perspective on global education by teaching in the People’s Republic of China from 1989-90, where he joined one of the first government-approved groups of American teachers to work in Chinese high schools. Upon his return from China to Nebraska, Tim served full time in the Army National Guard, and accepted a teaching and coaching position. More importantly, he met his wife, Gwen Whipple, who was teaching at the same school.

Tim and Gwen Walz moved to Mankato in 1996, where they began working at Mankato West High School. In addition to teaching social studies, Tim helped coach the Mankato West football team that won the school’s first state championship. After 24 years in the Army National Guard, Command Sergeant Major Walz retired from the 1-125th Field Artillery Battalion in 2005.

Special thank you to Northern Division for hosting the 2023 Winter Conference.

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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



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



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







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.


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


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

iCEV seeks to create innovative solutions and engaging curriculum providing students with the focus and preparation needed for successful transition from K-12 to post-secondary studies to career success, along with providing necessary training for the life-long learner both internationally and within the industry.

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 


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

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 


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


Brian Grandstrand
10250 Valley View Road, Suite 147
Eden Prairie , MN 55344
Phone: 952-941-9830

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

ASVAB Career Exploration Program


Mark Foster
1 Federal Drive, Suite 3201
Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Phone: 612-217-7908

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


Allie Fauth
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
Phone: 651-635-8000

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


Dave Fickett
2860 South River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: 847-299-2930

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


Jake Sturgis
755 Florida Avenue South, Suite D1
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Phone: 612-314-3314

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


David Lockwood
1199 Haywood Drive
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: 847-489-2797

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


Afton Benson
6415 Carmen Avenue East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Phone: 800-767-9660

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


David Lewis
114 Main Street N, Suite 202F
Hutchinson, MN 55360
Phone: 320-582-0234

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


Sarah Biros
3805 Grand Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone: 612-822-3422

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


Eboni Bell
2285 Stewart Avenue, #2315
St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: 443-880-3402

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.



Laura Henry
P.O. Box 2012
Southeastern, PA 19399
Phone: 480-231-3271

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

Goldstar Learning – Mastery Manager


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

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.


Brian Burley
6108 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 952-836-1871

School Branding Signage: Displays, Wall Murals, Record Boards

Hiller Commerical Floors


Dave Bahr
2909 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-254-6858

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


Dave Kepler
1 Horace Mann Plaza
Springfield, IL 62715
Phone: 217-789-2500

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



David Olson
1020 SE Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79404
Phone: 651-238-5159

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

Independent Representatives of Minnesota


Carson Amiot & Barry Dufault
370 Quail Road
Dellwood, MN 55110
Phone: 612-812-0882
Email: /

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

LAB Midwest


Eddie Johnson
10235 N Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53092
Phone: 715-574-0549

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!



Kevin Bettelli
13400 67th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55311
Phone: 763-244-0075

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


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

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

Minnesota State of Agricultural Centers of Excellence


Judy Barka
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
Phone: 320-221-0219

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


Mike Sandell
460 Briar Lane
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Phone: 651-468-8357

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


Betsy Bahn
605 Heritage Trail NE
New Prague, MN 56071
Phone: 612-987-8098

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


Megan Troje
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-728-5211

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

Southwest Minnesota State University


Bruce Locklear
7702 Tanglewood Court
Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 612-799-8787

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


David Lund
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-3721

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


Barb Bergseth
2075 Lookout Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
Phone: 507-389-5112

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.



Amber Kehl
10419 34th Circle NE
St. Michael, MN 55376
Phone: 763-274-9763

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


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