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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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.

Send Us Your Photos!
Submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1

The MASA and MASE lower lever boardroom construction may be finished, but the boardroom is not yet complete. MASA and MASE are excited to announce a Call for Photos to be displayed in our boardroom. Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, we want to showcase you!

Theme: “Our Minnesota Schools”
All MASA and MASE members are invited to submit photographs representing the great schools in their region or area. Photos may be of places, people or things.

Entries must be original work

Entries must be submitted digitally, at least 300 dpi
Content must be suitable for general audiences

Any identifiable person in the photo must sign a release form; if under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must sign a release form

To Submit:
Please email your photograph, entry form, and release form (if applicable) to Aimee Ranallo (
aranallo@mnasa.org). The submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1. Photographs will be enlarged and displayed in the boardroom for at least two years. Click Here for Release Form   Click Here for Entry Form

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2014 MASE Fall Leadership Conference

October 22 - 24, 2014 Craguns, Brainerd
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.  

Help Support MNSELF (the Minnesota Special Education Leaders Foundation) at the 2014 MASE Fall Leadership Conference!

ch year at our fall conference, we hold several fundraising events to benefit leadership development in special education. This year, we again dedicate our efforts to supporting MNSELF.This fall, we invite everyone to participate in three fun events that will raise funds to support MNSELF.

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 members@mnasa.org