2018 MASA/MASE Spring Conference
Personalized Leadership Learning
March 8-9, 2018
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park, MN

What is your “leadership story?” Whatever leadership path you have followed, it has not been the same experience as that of your friends and colleagues. Just as we no longer understand our students’ learning environments as classrooms with rows of desks facing a lecturing teacher, we no longer understand professional learning as one size fits all workshop and conference sessions. Our professional learning resources have grown through the use of technology and expanded networks to present a myriad of philosophies and approaches, providing an improved learning system to meet the diverse needs of our leaders. Perhaps one of the most critical aspects of personalized leadership learning is that we must build the infrastructure ourselves, based on our own needs and vision, and implementing the collegial resources among the members of our learning networks. If we want to build a system that meets the individual needs of our students, we must address the individual learning needs of the adults who serve them. Join your colleagues—members of your own professional learning network—this spring and explore how each of us can personalize our leadership learning!

Join us for our ninth annual “At Ruth’s Table” conversation on Wednesday, March 7. This is an opportunity for education leaders who are women to gather for learning, networking and idea sharing. Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest who is a woman considering a career in education leadership. This is a ticketed event; please register on the conference registration form. Ruth’s Table is made possible through the generous support of Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Thursday morning, we will kick off the conference by recognizing our MASE and MASE award recipients. We will also plan our Edcamp sessions, an opportunity for all of our participants to design their own conference experience by exploring the topics you determine. We will ask for your ideas—for learning, discussion, sharing, and we will set up facilitated rooms and note sharing for those topics.

Be sure to attend the Breakout Sessions to customize your learning and bring home great resources to address your specific areas of interest.

The Exhibit Fair is a convenient way to visit with representatives of companies offering the latest products and services. Sign up for the drawings! One lucky participant’s district will win a door prize – sign up at each booth to increase your chances. Our Dessert Reception after lunch on Thursday is a great event in the exhibit area, a chance to visit with our friends in business and sample delicious treats.

Play the “Booth Sleuth” game and win a prize for your district!  Your conference app will include a game and everyone is invited to play. Answer the questions by sleuthing in the exhibit area and you could be the big winner!

Thursday evening from 4:30-6 pm everyone is invited to attend the Riley Reception. This event is in honor of our MASA retirees, an opportunity for retirees and others to gather for homecoming and networking. There is no charge and all are welcome.  We will have soft drinks, snacks, and a cash bar.

Members who are retiring at the end of this school year and our final award recipients will be honored during the General Session on Friday, March 9. We will also be hearing from the 2018 MASA and MASE officer candidates.

Our Friday keynote speakers are Jim Morris presenting “Dream Makers,” and Nick Buettner presenting “Blue Zones.”

Schedule At-a-Glance

Wednesday, March 7 – Pre-Conference Events
9 am-4 pm
MASA Great Start Cohort, MASE New Leaders Cohort

11-4 pm
MASA & MASE Board Meetings

12:30-4 pm
At Ruth’s Table, Women Leader’s Workshop

2-5 pm
Conference Registration Open

8-10 pm
Conference Reception

Thursday, March 8 (Registration open 7:30 am)
8:30-9:30 am
Conference Welcome, Awards Presentation, Edcamp Topics

9:45-10:45 am
Edcamp Sessions

10:45 am-3:30 pm
Exhibits Open

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Breakout Sessions I

12:15-1:15 pm

2-3 & 3:30-4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions II & III

4:30-6 pm
Riley Reception

Friday, March 9 (Registration open 8 am)
8:30 am-12 pm
Awards Presentations, Retiree Recognition, MASA & MASE Officer Candidates,
Keynote Speakers: Jim Morris Nick Buettner

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