Arrive early to the 2020 Leadership Conference and join us for one of two Early Bird Sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Please coordinate registration through your school district office.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration is closed; walk-ins are welcome to attend.

  • Advance registration: $115
  • Walk-in registration: $125

2020 Leadership Conference Early Bird Sessions

The Ins and Outs of Superintendent Evaluation

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Minneapolis Convention Center | Tuition: $115; walk-ins add $10

Presenters: Sandy Gundlach, Director of School Board Services; Barb Dorn, Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search; and Dave Thompson, Executive Search Team Service Provider, Minnesota School Boards Association

Synopsis: Evaluating the superintendent’s performance is one of the board’s most important duties. An effective evaluation process includes prior agreed upon evaluation criteria, form(s), rating scale, if any, and a timeline. Come learn about a framework that board-superintendent teams can use to develop a superintendent evaluation process that includes both performance goals and performance standards.

The Poverty Simulation Experience

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Minneapolis Convention Center | Tuition: $115; walk-ins add $10

Presenter: Whitney Miller-Nichols, Assistant Director of Leadership Development, Alabama Association of School Boards

Synopsis: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 560,00 Minnesotans, including 169,000 children under 18, live in poverty. The Poverty Simulation Experience will help participants conceptualize what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive month to month. The Poverty Simulation has participants experience a "month" of poverty by taking on the identity of someone living with few financial resources and then handling real life challenges that arise during an ordinary month. Participants are up and moving throughout the simulation, interacting with volunteers who represent various agencies and service providers, such as Social Services or a mortgage company. The session will end with a facilitated discussion, allowing participants to process their thoughts and feelings from this profound experience and discuss how this could impact their work with students and families.

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Meeting Participants for the Early Bird Sessions:

(1) If a pre-registered participant cancels any time prior to the date registration closes, MSBA will fully refund the registration fee.

(2) If a pre-registered participant cancels between the date registration closes until the time the MSBA-sponsored event/activity begins, he/she will be charged an administration fee of $55.

(3) Once an event/activity begins, all registrants are responsible for the full registration fee.