Minnesota Administrators for Special Education
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
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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.
Confused by what you have heard about all the changes in the special education funding formulas??
You aren’t alone! Join your colleagues for an
informative, easy to follow session on all of the changes.
Come away with a better understanding of Cross Subsidy Reduction Aid, FY 16 Initial Special Ed Formula and Excess Cost Formula changes.
Presented by Nan Records, Director of Special Education Sherburne/Northern Wright Special Education Cooperative
Beltrami Electric Cooperative
4111 Technology Dr NW Bemidji, MN 56601
November 24, 2014
9:00 – 12:00 PM Cost: free
Registration Link: www.greater-mn-online.org
Registered participants will be sent a link for the option of viewing this presentation remotely!
Our Leadership Stories ~ Honoring our Past, Envisioning Our Future
October 22-24, 2014
Cragun’s Conference Center, Brainerd
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Every moment of every day, we live the continuing story of our lives. From the time we are young, the words, “let me tell you a story,” have the power to grab our attention. There is no more powerful way to relate our history, no more poignant way to connect through our feelings, no more pointed way to convey the meaning we find in our lives. As leaders, we pass on the narrative that establishes our common practice and shares its traditions. Through story we teach, learn, build community and foster understanding. This fall, gather with your colleagues and celebrate the stories that are the bedrock of our leadership history and the seeds of our future.
Meet Your Keynote Speakers
John Klaber, MASE Executive Director
Fireside Chat: Our True Leadership Stories
The best way to start a conference about stories is by telling some of those stories. On Wednesday evening join MASE Executive Director John Klaber, as he shares the funny, the frank, the heartfelt, and the hilarious tales that make us who we are!
On the Waterbed: The Impact of LD on the Family
Rick Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. His numerous national television appearances include CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News and Disney Channel Presents. On Thursday morning, Rick will discuss how current research indicates that parents experience a wide variety of intense and conflicting emotions when endeavoring to deal with children who learn differently. Parents, educators, and other professionals must gain an understanding of and sensitivity toward each other's life experiences to communicate effectively and help a child who struggles in school. Rick's workshop will share strategies for collaborative and effective communication, conducting meaningful parent/teacher conferences, dealing with conflict and much more!
Most (Un)Likely to Succeed - The Trials, Travels, and Ultimate Triumphs of a "Throwaway" Kid
Nelson Lauver is a regular guy who just happens to be a master communicator and strategic storyteller. He has the unparalleled ability to inspire people, connect with them through their hearts, make them laugh, and challenge their perceptions about themselves and others. To meet Nelson today, it’s hard to imagine that until age 29, he was functionally illiterate as a result of undiagnosed dyslexia. But it is his personal story, his very real struggles, his experiences, failures, and achievements that have made Nelson who he is today and form the basis of his capacity to move audiences. On Friday morning, Nelson's uplifting presentation, Most Unlikely to Succeed, is an inspirational story that will speak eloquently and profoundly to anyone who has ever struggled to be heard, to be understood, or to make their way in the world.
Our theme for Wednesday evenings' Wine Tasting is “Gads-Suess!” so get out your jing tinglers, flu floppers, and tar tinkers and head for Brainerd where we will sample beverages and celebrate all things Dr. Suess, all to support MNSELF. Our MASE Areas will once again sponsor tables and our theme this year invites the regions to show off their best gads-suess through their table theme. All of our whos down in Whoville will vote for their favorite table, and the beautiful (oo-ahhhh) MASE traveling trophy is at stake!
Shop 'til you drop during Thursday's Silent Auction. Silent Auction bidding will be open all day, closing at 6 pm. On Thursday evening, attend the Pumpkin Patch Bash, featuring the band Spirit of the Radio, and Brainy Buddy colleague consultations. Both events support MNSELF.
During the MASE Annual Meeting, in addition to a brief participants will here from Minnesota State Policy Director Barbara Troolin. Claudine Knoblauch will also lead a conversation with Dr. Norena A. Hale about her insights into Minnesota’s special education administration evolution.
Thursday's Exhibit Fair features a number of MASE's colleagues in business, offering the latest in products and services of interest to special education leaders.
Individualize your professional learning by attending a variety of breakout sessions. Topics include:
- The Storied Life of a Special Education Director
- Regions 5/7 SLD Training Resources
- The edTPA: What Is It and How Does It Impact P-12 Schools?
- iPads and Struggling Readers: LANGUAGE! Live Comes Alive in Classrooms
- You're Outta Here! Why Suspension and Punishment Don't Work and How We Can Move to Proactive Solutions
- Legal Update on Special Education and Disability Topics
- Reflections: Leading Change Through Continuous Improvement in Special Education
- Moving Beyond the Single Story
- This is the First Time I've Been Good at Math!
- School Violence, Special Education and Mental Health
- Minnesota's Comprehensive Response to Bullying: Implementing the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act and What it Means for Special Education
- Options for the Provision of Mental Health Services in School Settings
- Let Go... Be Grateful... Lead On!
- The Plot Thickens: Addressing the More Complicated Situations Special Education Administrators May Face Under Section 504
- MDE Complaints and Due Process Hearings: Telling the District's Story
Register today for the 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 • TBD, St. Paul
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 • Madden's, Brainerd
MASE Leadership Issues
(Formerly “Rural Issues”)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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.
Other dates for the 2014-15 school year will be communicated as soon as they are established. Mark your calendar!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org