presented in partnership with the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP)

MASA members are invited to attend the Culturally Validating Leadership (CVL) Development. This series will equip administrators to build capacity and begin shifting the conditions that hold the problem of racial inequities in place. Participants will use the CLEAR Solutions Framework for decision-making, transforming systems, and empowering leaders to move from a stance of problem-solving to vision-building. 

View the informational flyer here!

Who should attend?
All MASA members. You are encouraged to bring a school district team if you can!

What will you learn?
This series utilizes system language for administrators to effectively build capacity ((Knowledge + Skill) x Will = Capacity). Leaders will learn how to use the CLEAR Solutions Framework in decision-making in order to begin shifting the conditions that hold the problem of racial inequities in place. This capacity provides critical direction that transforms systems and empowers leaders in moving from a stance of problem-solving to vision-building. Administrators are able to connect all of the sessions to provide direct application of the work. This process is based on shared ownership and accountability through Participatory Consciousness. Attendees will also engage with the CLEAR Model to strengthen their capacity in Culturally Validating Leadership.

Specific areas of focus:

  • Identify systemic factors affecting student performance
  • Shared leadership and accountability
  • Essential pedagogy addressing environment, instruction, and content
  • Support continuous improvement

When is it?
The cohort is offered from August 1, 2023, through January 18, 2024. The group will begin with a longer in-person session in August, followed by three one-hour Zoom sessions.

August 1, 2023| 10 am – 2 pm | Quora Conference Center, Little Canada | In-Person
November 2, 2023 | 10-11 am | Virtual
December 7, 2023 | 10-11 am | Virtual
January 18, 2024 | 10-11 am | Virtual

Please register by July 14, 2023. 

Register for the cohort here!

Registration Fee
$175 for MASA members. Non-members may register as a team with a member of MASA.

Continuing Education Units
Six (6) CEU’s have been requested from BOSA for this cohort opportunity. Hours earned will be based on participation/attendance at each session.

About MnEEP
MnEEP’s Race Equity Training Center provides a research-based and solutions-focused approach for educational institutions in creating and implementing race equity plans and high-quality, Culturally Validating Pedagogy and Leadership (CVP/L).


Dr. Rev Hillstrom is the MnEEP Director of Research and one of this country’s foremost Indigenous scholars leading systemic change for educational excellence and equity. Through the pillars of the CLEAR model, he guides systems in generating the equity consciousness needed for conceptual, behavioral and structural transformation. Dr. Hillstrom’s undergraduate studies in Music and American Indian Studies at Augsburg University gave rise to his Masters’ studies at Bethel University in Ethnomusicology and a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota. He is the founder of Intercultural Innovations Inc. (I³), home of the CLEAR Model and the CLEAR Solutions Framework. Dr. Hillstrom’s work includes nationally published articles, presentations at several national conferences, multiple copyrighted systems tools and the publication of his book, Educational Settings Impact on Minnesota American Indian Academic Proficiency.

Nan Yurecko is the Project Manager for MnEEP’s Race Equity Training Center and the MnEEP Superintendent Race Equity Leadership (SREL) Network. She brings a background working in E-12 public schools as a licensed teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, with over two decades of experience specifically leading race equity agendas in metropolitan school districts. Nan has a B.S. in Special Education from St. Cloud State University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. Nan also currently facilitates teacher professional development on culturally responsive pedagogy, and coaches principals and central office administrators in creating racially just and equitable schools and systems.

Jason Knighton-Johnson is a passionate and engaging  DEI trainer. He currently serves as the Director of Educational Equity for Mounds View Public Schools. He has a rich background of over 25 years of experience in project management, team leadership, organizational change, and coaching. In addition, he has two bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Psychology and a master’s degree in Urban Education. Jason’s equity work is focused on creating sustainable systems change through intuitive systems tools. By injecting humor and real-world experience into his sessions, Jason creates an engaging environment while training, believing in the indigenous epistemology that all knowledge ever will exist within each of us. Jason views his role as a facilitator to draw out within as we work as Individuals Making Positive, Accelerated Change Together.

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