Mr. John Klaber
2037 Roe Crest Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
MASA/MASE Joint 2020-21 Calendar
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Base language for new special education director and continuing special education director.
MASA: MN Assn. of School Administrators
Every Child Matters: MN Children's Platform Coalition
MAAP: MN Association of Alternative Programs
MASSP: MN Assn. of Secondary School Principals
MDE: MN Dept. of Education
MESPA: MN Elementary School Principals Assn.
MNCEC: MN Council for Exceptional Children
MREA: MN Rural Education Assn.
MSBA: MN School Boards Assn.
MN Special Education Compliance and Assistance: Complaints, Hearings, Mediation
AASA: American Assn. of School Administrators
CASE: Council of Administrators of Special Education
CEC: Council for Exceptional Children
Disabilityinfo.gov: the New Freedom Initiative
USDOE: U.S. Dept. of Education
UPDATE: 14-day COVID Reporting May 6, 2021
2021 MASE Best Practices Conference
Thursday-Friday, May 13-14
Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience MASE’s annual Best Practices Conference for special education administrators. Our presenters--our own colleagues--will explore the latest approaches to improving academic, behavioral, social, and program outcomes for exceptional students. The MASE Best Practices Conference offers our members a chance to share what’s working within their practices, and our keynoters will lift us up with wisdom and inspiration. Register today!
Register Online: https://events.resultsathand.com/bestpractices/1360
Please register by Tuesday, May 11.
After you register, you will receive a link to the conference platform.
MASE 2021 Election Results
We would also like to extend a special thank you to all the candidates who ran for a position on the board!
Marcy Doud, Assistant Superintendent of Specialized Services, Saint Paul Public Schools
Scott Masten, Director of Special Education, Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative
The full board including Area Representatives, Alternates, and Retiree Representative will be announced the first week of May.
MASE Spring Newsletter View Here
2021 MASE Legacy Award
presented at the MASE Fall Leadership Conference
John Klaber, Executive Director, MASE
An important focus of the work of MASE is the support of emerging educational leaders. The MASE Legacy Award recognizes a member for their commitment to encouraging, developing, and mentoring leaders who reflect MASE’s mission. This award’s recipient will have contributed to the professional growth and development of others and have a service history as a long-standing, contributing MASE member through training, mentoring, personal support, and modeling, resulting in an impact at the local, regional, and state levels that is considerable and measurable over time.
2021 Special Education Administrator of the Year Award
(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) has named Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director of the Goodhue County Education District, the 2021 Special Education Administrator of the Year. Johnson has received this award for her dedication to students with disabilities and their families, and her active involvement in professional and community affairs. She will be honored at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 11-12, 2021, held virtually. Press Release
2021 MASE Distinguished Service Award
(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) has named Jan Ostrom, Owner of Brih Design, the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Service Award. Ostrom will be honored for her positive history and association with Minnesota public education, contribution to improving Minnesota’s public education, and reputation as a person who willingly “goes the extra mile” at a statewide recognition ceremony during the virtual MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 11-12, 2021. Press Release
2021 New Special Education Leader Award
(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) has named Scott Masten, Special Education Director of Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative, the recipient of the 2021 New Special Education Leader Award. Masten received this award for his commitment to students with disabilities and their families and his active involvement in professional and community affairs. He will be honored at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 11-12, 2021, held virtually. Press Release
2021 Stenswick/Benson Scholarship Program
Applications due April 5, 2021
The Stenswick Benson Scholarship Award Program began in February of 1991 through MASE (Minnesota Administrators for Special Education). Its purpose is to recognize the legacy of the many leaders within Special Education represented by Ellsworth Stenswick and Loren Benson through a scholarship award to an individual completing exemplary graduate study in the field of special education. Read More
Starting this month, we will be bringing you a new feature called, “Mindful Minute.”
Erin Toninato and Nan Records have both experienced the benefits of mindfulness and they have generously offered to share a “Mindful Minute” with MASE members each Monday.
So watch your email — starting today — for your chance to practice a bit of mindfulness to start your week in a positive place!
Save the Dates!
MDE Special Education Directors' Forums Dates
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
Friday, March 18, 2022
Friday, May 20, 2022
Save the Dates!
Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)
MDE Conference Center A, Room 13
Friday, April 16, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – Orientation
Friday, September 24, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Friday, January 21, 2022
Friday, April 15, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022
Opportunity for MASE Business Partner Members!
Thank you so much for supporting the mission of Minnesota Administrators for Special Education as a MASE Business Partner. We have been discussing ways that we can continue and enhance this partnership. We are excited to offer another opportunity for partnership that is exclusive to our business partners. Read More...
Interested in becoming a MASE Business Partner? Click Here
Are you planning to retire in 2021?
Please let us know if you will be retiring by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Programs at the University of Minnesota
Special Education Programs at the University of Minnesota is hosting a free event for anyone that is interested, Perspectives on Racial Disproportionality in Special Education: A Four-Part Series. The flyer for the first presentation of the series is below. For this first presentation, we will not be able to post a recording publicly, but will be able to share a private link to a recording to those who register for the event but are unable to attend. The registration link includes an opportunity to submit questions or comments that we'll be accumulating to address as time allows with individual presenters and/or include as part of the culminating panel discussion in April.
LeAnne Johnson, PhD
Coordinator for Special Education Programs
Department of Educational Psychology / University of Minnesota
email: email@example.com / phone: (612) 626-3457
View this message on the web.
Minnesota Disability Law Center launching Disability Voting Rights Video Resource
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Minnesota Disability Law
Center (MDLC) are excited to share a new voting video resource with our community: Disability Rights and How to Vote. The video features self-advocates outlining the Minnesota voting process, discussing available accommodations, and addressing the voting concerns of individuals with disabilities. With the consequential General Election approaching, it is important that we as partner agencies work together to provide resources for people with disabilities to access their right to vote.
We have shared the Disability Rights and How to Vote video directly with you because we ask that our community partners help to circulate this resource. The video has been posted today on our social media platforms at the following links:
A Slice of Collaboration
2nd and 4th Tuesdays beginning 7/28
(dates added to the calendar above.)
Due to numerous requests, we are hoping to have opportunities for MASE members to plan and learn together.
Click Here to View More
Membership in CASE .... It’s Rewarding - Join through your MASE Membership!
From 2002 through 2012, the number of MASE members who were also members of CASE remained fairly constant at around 115. Following this, our membership in the national organization began dropping until numbers hit a low of 71 in 2016. Since that time, MASE Membership Chairs, Tami Alps and Dianne McCarron and others have employed a number of strategies to increase our national presence.
These strategies include promoting membership to new district hires, providing MN Colleges and University Special Education Teacher and Administrator Licensure Departments with promotional materials including a welcome letter from the MASE President, a membership form, a MASE Newsletter and the MASE Legislative Platform, attending MASE regional meetings to promote the benefits of both MASE and CASE membership and, with the help of the MASA/MASE staff, aligning the MASE and CASE renewal system.
Through the use of these strategies, CASE saw a 22% increase in MASE Members from 2018 to 2019 and a 98% increase since 2016, making Minnesota the 7th largest unit in CASE. At the Spring CEC Conference in Portland, Cheryl Hall, MASE 2019 President, and Cherie Johnson, CASE Liaison, were presented the CASE Unit Award for Membership.
Be a part of MASE! Join Today
MASE spans the state with nine areas. Members are directors of special education and other administrators for special education in public or private schools, cooperative regional, state and other educational administrative units. Members also include other school administrators such as superintendents and central office leaders, college and university professors of special education teacher or administrator preparation programs, and Minnesota Department of Education employees.
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. Click Here to Join
Online Toolbox: MASE Members’ Best Practices Collection of COVID-19 Resources
MASE has established an online resource through which members can share resources to support districts’ and leaders’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members are invited to send materials to the MASE office to be posted online, and colleagues may view the resources and download materials of their choice. Materials may include communications, tools or forms locally developed, articles, links, or anything you have found helpful. Resources will be in the "Members Only” section of the MASE web site, so only MASE members may view or download the items. Please do not share your password. If you have materials you would like included in this resource, please email them to Jeanna Vohnoutka at MASE (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will post them. Please note inclusion of these items does not assume MASE’s endorsement of the material.
MASE will not review your postings but reserves the right to remove postings that are not supportive of MASE’s mission to serve our members. As always, thank you for your generosity and willingness to share your best practices.
Free resources during the pandemic
Following you will find a link to a list of educational companies offering free resources during the pandemic. Click Here
Help Build MASE’s Business Partner Membership Roster!
Over the last several years, one significant MASE initiative has been to recruit MASE Business Partner members. This helps our association by developing relationships that can support the products ad services most likely to be of value to our programs, as well as bringing in additional revenue, helping MASE better serve our members. We have a strong and growing cadre of business partners. Discover them at:
Your referrals for partner members are very appreciated! Send your referrals to John Klaber (MASE Executive Director - email@example.com) or Scott Masten (MASE Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org).
An easy way for MASE members to help is to reply to sales calls or emails by saying you prefer to work with MASE business partners. Here is an example: "Hello, I appreciate your email. I prefer to do business with companies and individuals who are MASE Business Partners. You can get the information you need here:
You can just cut and paste the same message, or, you can even paste your message in an email shortcut and with a simple keystroke send your message! Directions for creating a handy snippet (including a handy YouTube tutorial) are at this link:
Or click here for directions in a pdf format.
Thank you for helping MASE’s Business Partner Program grow!
We would like to thank our Tier 3 Partners for their continued support!
2020 - 2021
eLuma Online Therapy
School Partnerships Manager
2801 North Thanksgiving Way, #170
Lehi, Utah 84043
Family Achievement Center, Inc. (Related Service Provider)
2101 Wooddale Drive, Suite A
Woodbury, MN 55125
Grand Canyon University
University Development Counselor
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
Legal Administrative Assistant
200 South 6th Street, Suite 470
Minneapolis, MN 55402
VP/Director of Education
501 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
6500 Hollister Avenue, Suite 110
Goleta, CA 93117
Director of Minnesota Services
PO Box 1
Jasper, MN 56144
Strategic Staffing Solutions
PO Box 276
Mount Pleasant, SC 29465
Founder & CEO
501 East Las Olas Blvd, Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(formerly Trinity3 Technology)
Executive Business Manager
2550 University Avenue West, Suite 315-S
St. Paul, MN 55114