Mr. John Klaber
2037 Roe Crest Drive North
Mankato, MN 56003
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
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
MASE President’s Scholarship Awarded
Each year, MASE awards a $1,000 scholarship to a local student chosen by the MASE President. This year, MASE President Laura Pingry-Kile is pleased to award the scholarship to Audrey Eidem, 2019 graduate of Chanhassen High School. Audrey will be teaching in AmeriCorps for one year and then going to school to become a special education teacher.
Picture (L-R): Rachel Knaeble, Audrey Eidem, Laura Pingry-Kile
Audrey has been working as a student aide for Rachel Knaeble to help support students in the DISCOVER program at Chanhassen High School and is recognized by students and staff for her kindness, patience and interest in working with the students. As part of her scholarship application, Audrey wrote, “I hope that as a special education teacher I can help children learn and become independent as they grow up. It is so important that we teach children not only to read and write, but also to make their own choices and be confident.”
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2019-2020 Online Membership!
Beginning today, June 3, the MASA and MASE membership platforms are online. Our new online platform will provide a paperless, convenient, efficient, accurate, and secure way to join or renew your MASA and/or MASE membership(s). Current members will receive a link to renew, and new members can link through the membership section of this web site. Simply Click Here to Join
2019 MASE Best Practices Conference Handouts!
2019-20 MASE Committee Sign-Up
The 2019-20 MASE Committee Sign-up is now available online. If you are interested in serving on a MASE committee, please fill out the short survey with your committee interests: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D6NHQS6
The committee sign-up will close at 4 pm on July 1, 2019.
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 2018-19 committee list at www.mnase.org/committees if you are unsure of your current committee standing.
2019 Stenswick Benson Scholarship Recipients Announced
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. Candidates must be in a private or public Minnesota graduate program leading to special education licensure. The 2019 scholarship committee is pleased to announce this year’s recipients:
Krista McElligott, South Washington County Schools, Director License, St. Mary’s University
Erin Nelson, Edina Public Schools, Director License, St. Mary’s University
Tiffany Kanz, Edina Public Schools, Director’ License, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Larry Syverson, Rocori Public Schools, Director License, St. Cloud State University
Thank you to committee chair Shannon Erickson, Director of Special Education, Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative and the selection committee!
Shane Safir Video Now Available on the MASA YouTube Channel
Those of you who attended the MASA/MASE Spring Conference heard our keynote presenter Shane Safir present her work, The Listening Leader ~ Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation. Shane has very generously given us permission to share the video of her keynote presentation and we are very grateful to Lifetouch for the work of their expert videographer Brian Dellis.Find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TylVgxMW9IA
The video features the entire presentation, including the conversation prompts. Use this for your own review and reflection, or for a group activity. Through the powerful practice of listening and an unwavering commitment to equity, we can dare to reimagine our schools as places of opportunity for every student. This video will help you creatively tackle complex equity challenges through:
Listening deeply and strategically to colleagues, families, and, students.
Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) Meetings
MDE Conference Center A, Room 13
Friday, September 20, 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019
Friday, January 24, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
Special Education Directors’ Forum Meetings
MDE Conference Center B, Room 15-16
Friday, September 6, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Friday, March 6, 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020
MASE Announces its 2019 Award Recipients
Each year, MASE provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding members and colleagues who are dedicated leaders and advocates for children and Minnesota education. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients.
2019 Special Education Administrator of the Year Award
presented on Thursday Morning, March 7 at the MASE/MASA Spring Conference
The 2019 recipient of the MASE Special Education Administrator of the Year Award is Scott Hare, Director of Student Special Services, Mankato Area Public Schools
2019 MASE Distinguished Service Award
presented on Thursday Morning, March 7 at the MASE/MASA Spring Conference
The 2019 recipient of the MASE MASE Distinguished Service Award is
Laura Tubbs Booth, Attorney and Managing Partner, Booth Law Group
2019 MASE Legacy Award
presented at the MASE Fall Leadership Conference
The 2019 recipient of the MASE Legacy Award is Gaynard Brown, Retired Director (Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative)
2019 MASE New Special Education Leader Award
presented on Friday Morning, March 8 at the MASE/MASA Spring Conference
The 2019 recipient of the MASE New Special Education Leader Award is Amy Ernst, Director of Special Education, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
2019 MASE Legislative Platform
MASE 2018-2019 Strategic Plan
LET US KNOW...
Whether for new jobs, retirements, or new staff, now is the time of year when many of our members start to make changes for the new school year. Help us keep track of our members — and keep MASE benefits and services coming your way! If your position is changing, or you know of someone who is making a change, please let us know and we will follow up. Just send us an email (email@example.com) or give us a call (651-645-6272 or 1-866-444-5251). Also, if you have new colleagues in your area who are not yet MASE members, let us know and we will send membership information to them for the new school year.
MASA/MASE Joint 2019 Calendar
(printable • as of June 4, 2019)
Contact information for active and retired members.
Base language for new special education director and continuing special education director.
Improving educational outcomes for all children; closing the education gap; reducing over-identification.
MASE Business Partners
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We would like to thank our Tier III 2018-19 Partners for their continued support!