MASE builds strong leaders who work on behalf of students with disabilities.


MASE is organized to promote professional leadership, provide the opportunity for study of problems common to its members, and to communicate, through discussion and publications, information that will develop improved services for exceptional children. Further, its purpose is to foster high quality programs of professional development for members, to make studies of selected programs that relate to services to children with disabilities, improving the leadership of administrators for special education and to be active in the legislative process.

• Affiliated with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators

• Recipient of the Council of Administrators of Special Education Exemplary Unit Award 2002 and 2004


• Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Awards 2003, 2004, and 2005

• An Equal Opportunity Association

Thank You to SpEd Forms for graciously sponsoring our Website!


Join MASE Today!

Membership Year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

MASE and MASA provide powerful professional support and a wide variety of benefits such as quality conferences, skill development workshops, informative publications, and state and national legislative advocacy. MASA membership also provides personal services, including legal consultation, liability insurance and life insurance.

The Stenswick/Benson Scholarship Award Program Nominations Open!

2015 MASE Legislative Platform

Save the Date!
MASE Leadership Issues

(Formerly “Rural Issues”)

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Benton Stearns Education District
517 2nd Street South, Sartell, MN 56377


Thursday, April 16, 2015

10 am - 2 pm

Sauk Rapids Government Center

250 Summit Avenue North, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379


Thanks to Duane Borgeson, Executive Director, Benton-Stearns Education District, for arranging the venue.

10 am - Build Agenda
10:15 am - Discussion
12 noon - Lunch
 2 pm - Adjourn

MASE “Rural Issues” has a new name — MASE Leadership Issues!  We changed the name to remind all of our members that all MASE members are welcome to these popular events.  Join your colleagues from across the state for good company and great discussion about current topics in special education leadership

We hope to see you there!

2nd Year Cohort Meetings

presented by Nan Records, Director of Special Education,Sherburne-N Wright Special Education Cooperative

Now that you've learned the basics, the Year 2 Cohort is designed to meet your current needs with flexible meeting times, locations and content. Nan Records has graciously offered to host the first meeting where she will explain the cohort format and lead your first discussion...

April 6, 2015
(June session TBD)  

Monticello Middle School
800 East Broadway, Monticello
9 am - 3 pm
* Lunch will be on your own
rsvp to:  aranallo@mnasa.org

Save the Date!
MASE Day at the Capitol
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Please mark your calendars for the 2015 MASE Day at the Capitol. The day will begin with a light breakfast and legislative meeting at the Best Western Kelly Inn (near the Capitol), the group will then head to the Capitol to meet with various legislators, and return to the Best Western Kelly Inn to conclude the day. If you are interested in staying overnight at the Best Western Kelly Inn on March 4 or 5, please request the MASE group rate (available until Feb. 1). All MASE members are welcome to attend. Questions? Please contact John Klaber.



National Autism Conference - All Kids Can Succeed!
Teaching Social, Behavioral & Executive Functioning Skills to the Student/Child with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Jan. 29-30, 2015
Double Tree-Minneapolis/Park Place, Minneapolis
If you are a special education teacher, speech & language pathologist, OT, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, administrator, regular education teacher, paraprofessional, or parent, this conference is for you! Join us to learn the latest strategies and interventions for teachers that can be used in the classroom immediately. Click here for detailed conference information and to register.

Save the Date!
Special Education Law Symposium
June 21 - 26, 2015
Lehigh University’s intensive one-week institute provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and case law relating to the education of students with disabilities. The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state officials, and other individuals interested in legal literacy concerning the education of students with disabilities.
The program offers two parallel tracks, one for basic that offers in-depth foundation knowledge about the IDEA and Section 504: Eligibility, FAPE, LRE, Student Discipline, and Remedies. The other track is for advanced participants, offering brand new “hot topics”: Settlement Process, Exiting Special Education, “Meaningful” Parental Participation, Inadequate IEP Implementation as a FAPE Denial, Transition Services, Parental Private Placements, and State Complaint Resolution Process. 
The workshop is offered for graduate and continuing education credit. Weekly and daily options are available.  Full information will be available by December 1 on our website: coe.lehigh.edu/law.  For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson at specialedlaw@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5557.

2014-2015 MASE New Leaders Cohort!

The MASE New Leaders’ Cohort is a series of professional development sessions that provide opportunities for 

  • newly employed Minnesota special education directors to explore the basic information needed for a successful first year
  • mid-level leaders to enhance leadership skills either in preparation for advancement in leadership or for general skill development 
  • “newer” leaders who wish to refresh their training

Participants will have the opportunity to meet other new leaders, experienced colleagues, state department staff and other resourceful people from the special education community. Topics include federal and state special education law, finance and budgeting, state reporting, program topics and leadership. Select sessions will have role-specific content to build individual skills. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be granted for each session in the series.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 • Cragun's, Brainerd

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 • Cragun's, Brainerd

Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 3 & 4, 2014 • MASE Office, St. Paul

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 • Madden's, Brainerd

Retiring or Moving this Year?
If you or a colleague are moving or retiring this year, please be sure to let us know by emailing members@mnasa.org