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
Register Today! 2020-2021New Leaders Cohort
MASE New Leaders’ Training is a series of professional development sessions that provide opportunities for:
Participants have an opportunity to meet other new leaders, experienced colleagues, state department staff, and other resource people from the special education community. Topics include federal and state special education law, finance and budgeting, state reporting, program topics, and leadership. Continuing education credits are awarded.
You can find the full details and registration information online at: https://events.resultsathand.com/newleaders/1201.
SpEd Forms Draft COVID-19 Contingency Plan
U of M Educator Distance Learning Survey Report Released
In May, the University of Minnesota surveyed districts on the implementation of distance learning. Thanks to all who provided data for this important research.
As the state’s land grant institution, The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) saw a responsibility to gain feedback from the educators who were tasked with implementing distance learning to inform the University on how the College of Education and Human Development may be helpful in providing supports to PK-12 schools and share that feedback with the state as a whole. Dr. Kim Gibbons, Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, and Dr. Katie Pekel from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development led a team of collaborators from inside and outside the University to execute a survey to seek that feedback. This report is a summary of those findings.
More than 13,000 educator respondents from across the state completed the survey between May 27 and June 28, 2020. The quantitative and qualitative data informed key findings related to the importance of relationships and technology, educator worries, and significant lessons learned during PK-12 distance learning in Minnesota.
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. Here is a short introductory video from explaining the upcoming meetings:
Monthly Special Education Directors' Forum
Wednesday, August 19, 2020: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (virtually)
Friday, September 11, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020 Tentative
Friday, November 13, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
Friday, Friday, January 8, 2020 Tentative
Friday, February 12, 2021 Tentative
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021 Tentative
Friday, May 7, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021 Tentative
Notices for these meetings go out in the Special Education Directors' listserv. Thank you for all you do for students receiving special education services in Minnesota.
Regards, Doug Gray, MDE special education communications
2020-21 MASE Committee Sign-Up: Now Open!
If you are interested in serving on a MASE committee, please fill out the short survey with your committee interests:
The committee sign-up will close at 4 pm on September 1, 2020.
Our goal is to have statewide representation on all of MASE's committees, so please consider committee service. It's a great way to connect with colleagues, learn more about MASE, and give a wonderful gift to your profession.
Committee terms are for one year. If you are currently serving on a committee and wish to serve again, please re-register - you will not automatically be placed on your current committee. Please refer to the 2019-20 committee list at www.mnase.org/committees if you are unsure of your current committee standing.
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.
MASE Summer Newsletter
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
MASE President Scholarship Recipient
Alissa Lien, a senior at Northfield High School, is the recipient of the MASE President $1000 Scholarship for a student pursuing a career in special education. Alissa will attend Minnesota State University Mankato to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Special Education, Academic Behavioral Specialist. Alissa became interested in the field of special education because of the influence her younger brother had on her growing up. She wanted to help him be successful and took the initiative to better understand how his disability impacted his learning and life. Alissa also volunteered in a classroom and worked in the district's daycare center supporting children with special needs. She wants to continue to learn more and be able to see more children grow in their own ways.
2020 Stenswick Benson Scholarship Recipients
As the school year comes to a close, please let us know if you or someone you know is in the process of changing districts, changing positions, emails etc. Simply email Jeanna at email@example.com.
MASE thanks you!
MASE Election Results
Jamie Nord, Executive Director, St. Croix River Education District, has been elected MASE President-Elect. Jamie will serve as President-Elect in 2020-2021, President in 2021-2022, and Past President in 2022-23.
Dena Hagen, Director of Special Education, Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative, will serve as MASE Secretary for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
Congratulations to our newest officers and we thank them and all of our candidates for their willingness to serve.
Thank you to our MASE Nominating committee and Chair Shannon Erickson, Director of Special Education, Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative, for their work in leading the nomination process.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
In the interest of archiving a chronological list of available resources for our members, MASA and MASE are collaborating to provide resource pages online. We will post information as we receive it, in chronological order with the most recent information first. We will monitor the situation continuously and update this information as we receive it. Please contact the MASA/MASE team if you have questions or concerns.Visit https://www.mnase.org/covid-19.html or click the COVID-19 tab above.
SpEd Forms Notice!
Sped Forms has created a new Quick Report that captures district data on Individualized Distance Learning Plans (IDLP). The report pulls the following information: serving district, school, student, grade, case manager, stay put IEP date, DLP developed date, DLP finalized date, stay put federal setting and DLP federal setting. As always you can sort this data in many ways, you can also download the data into an Excel file and work with it there. Administrators will find this new report under Admin Reporting, Quick Reports and it's called Individualized Distance Learning Plans (IDLPs) with a finalized date. We hope you find this report helpful!
SpEd Forms, Director of MN Services
New! 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
Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)
MDE Conference Center A, Room 13
September 25, 2020
November 20, 2020
January 22, 2021
April 16, 2021
Save the Dates!
• MASE Fall Leadership Conference
Wednesday - Friday, October 21-23, 2020
Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd
MASE 2019-2020 Legislative Platform
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
Family Achievement Center, Inc. (Related Service Provider)
2101 Wooddale Drive, Suite A
Woodbury, MN 55125
Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
Legal Administrative Assistant
200 South 6th Street, Suite 470
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Director of Minnesota Services
PO Box 1
Jasper, MN 56144
Strategic Staffing Solutions
PO Box 276
Mount Pleasant, SC 29465