MSBA Journal Magazine Archives

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2017 November-December Journal


  • Straight Talk: "We Don't Endorse Everything We Share on Social Media and eClippings" by MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind
  • President's Message: "Parents Wanting the Best Education for Their Children is Universal" by MSBA President Kathy Green
  • 2018 Leadership Conference Preview: "Where School Boards Learn to Lead"
  • 2018 Leadership Conference Preview: Mark J. Lindquist — "Eight Steps to Reignite Your Passion to Lead" by MSBA's Greg Abbott
  • 2018 Leadership Conference Preview: Manny Scott — "The Power of One"
  • "Conflicting Duties: When Special Education Students are Seriously Disruptive" by Jim Walsh
  • Meet MSBA's New Staff Member: Joel Stencel
  • MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Linda Leiding, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial
  • Ask MSBA: "New Mentoring Guide Available for MSBA Members" by MSBA's Katie Klanderud and Gail Gilman
  • Legal Update: "The Organizational Meeting" by MSBA's Cathy Miller

View the November-December 2017 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2017 September-October Journal


  • Straight Talk: "Part of Learning to Lead is Gathering Input" by MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind
  • President's Message: "A School Board's Mission is Guided by a Strong Mission Statement" by MSBA President Kathy Green
  • "How to Pass A Referendum" by Patrick Tepoorten and Dr. Deb Henton
  • "When Parents Blow the Whistle on Coaches" by Margaret A. Skelton and Christian R. Shafer
  • "Effective Leadership Yields Improved Student Outcomes" by Kim Gibbons
  • "Shining a Light on Chronic Absenteeism" by MSBA's Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lewis
  • MSBA Summer Seminar Scrapbook
  • MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Suzy Guthmueller, Centennial
  • Ask MSBA: "Negotiations and Questions" by MSBA's Bill Kautt
  • Legal Update: "School Board Members and Conflicts of Interest" by MSBA's Cathy Miller

View the September-October 2017 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2017 July-August Journal


  • Straight Talk: "Public Dollars for Public Schools" by MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind
  • President's Message: "Summer is a Time to Learn, Become Reinvigorated as Board Members" by MSBA President Kathy Green
  • MSBA Summer Seminar Preview — featuring keynote speaker Willow Sweeney by MSBA's Bruce Lombard
  • "Top Takeaways from the 2017 Legislative Session" by MSBA's Grace Keliher, Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lews
  • "Advocacy Matters" by MSBA's Greg Abbott
  • "Students on Board" by MSBA's Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard
  • MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Mike Domin, Crosby-Ironton
  • Ask MSBA: "Working With Outside Organizations Can be Valuable" by MSBA's Gary Lee and Gail Gilman
  • Legal Update: "Policy Manual Revisions are Important" by MSBA's Cathy Miller

View the July-August 2017 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2017 May-June Journal


  • Straight Talk: "The Legacy of Tiffany Rodning" by MSBA Director of Board Development Katie Klanderud
  • President's Message: "The Need to Provide Educational Opportunities in Spite of Standards" by MSBA President Kathy Green
  • "Man on a Mission: Mahtomedi School Board Member Helps Build Addition to Dominican School During Life-Changing Trip" by MSBA's Bruce Lombard
  • "Is Your Website Accessible By All?" by Michelle Kenney, Knutson, Flynn & Peans, P.A.
  • "Strengthen Your Board with MSBA's New Electronic School Board Self-Evaluation"
  • "Technology Times Area A-Changin'" by Curt Tryggestad
  • "A Different Approach to Enhance Student Outcomes" by Kim Gibbons
  • MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Melissa Sauser, Farmington Area
  • Ask MSBA: "What Can the MSBA Insurance Trust Do For My School District?" by MSBA's Denise Drill
  • Legal Update: "Data Access Policies" by MSBA's Cathy Miller

View the May-June 2017 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2017 March-April Journal


  • Straight Talk: "Our 'Choice' is Public Education" by MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind
  • President's Message: "All School Board Members are Here to Make a Difference in Their Students' Lives" by MSBA President Kathy Green
  • "Equity in Action: Minnesota African Heritage School Board Directors Forms to Strengthen Voice of Minority Members" by MSBA's Bruce Lombard
  • "Honoring Innovation: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Southeast Service Cooperative are Big Winners at 10th Annual Local Government Innovation Awards"
  • "Words of Wisdom: A Little Advice to New Board Members From Some Veterans" by MSBA's Greg Abbott
  • "Leadership Conference Scrapbook"
  • Meet MSBA's New Staff Member: Gail Gilman
  • "The 20-80 Rule: School Program Evaluation Doesn't Take Much Effort to Obtain Needed Results" by Kim Gibbons
  • MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Kirby Ekstrom, North Branch Area
  • Ask MSBA: "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Unrequested Leave of Absence Process" by MSBA's Bill Kautt
  • Legal Update: "Religious Freedom Means Practicing Neutrality for School Districts" by MSBA's Cathy Miller

View the March-April 2017 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2017 January-February Journal and Leadership Conference Program


  • Kirk Schneidawind's Straight Talk column: "Courageous Leadership is Tough Work, But there's Examples All Around Us"
  • 2017 Leadership Conference Preview
  • Leadership Conference Opening Keynote Speaker, Alan Blankstein: "Courageous Leaders Put Mottos into Action" by Greg Abbott
  • Leadership Conference Closing Keynote Speaker, Alan Page: "Standing Tall for Education" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Leadership Conference Workshops and descriptions
  • "Leadership Conference Luncheon Program and Honor Roll
  • "Leadership Conference Round Tables
  • "List of Exhibitors and Vendors

View the January-February 2017 MSBA Journal and Leadership Conference Program — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2016 November-December Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's Straight Talk column: "Board Training is Essential For a Strong Board Team"
  • Kevin Donovan's President's Column: "Work on Strategic Plan Boosts MSBA as Your Go-to Association"
  • 2017 Leadership Conference Preview
  • Leadership Conference Opening Keynote Speaker, Alan Blankstein: "Courageous Leaders Put Mottos into Action" by Greg Abbott
  • Leadership Conference Closing Keynote Speaker, Alan Page: "Standing Tall for Education" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Excellence in the Heartland: MSBA Earns NSBA's Inaugural Innovation Award" by Kathleen Vail
  • "Supporting the Future of Concurrent Enrollment" by Janes Eastes
  • "Missed Opportunities: Minnesota Schools Must Make Dual/Concurrent Enrollment More Equitable for Students of Color" by Jennifer Trost
  • "It Takes a Village: Translating Research to Practice" by Kim Gibbons
  • "Preparing for the Bargaining Table" by Amy Fullenkamp-Taylor and Bill Kautt
  • Ask MSBA: "The Basics of Running an Organizational Meeting" by Sandy Gundlach
  • "MSBA Board Director Spotlight: George Kimball
  • Legal Update: "The Policy on Policies" by Cathy Miller
  • Web Extra: "Self-Funding Your District's Health Benefits" by Craig Holje

View the November-December 2016 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2016 September-October Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's Straight Talk column: "We Serve You Well at the Capitol — We Want Your Help To Do It Better"
  • Kevin Donovan's President's Column: "Help Your Students To Limit Stress In A Stress-Filled World"
  • "Minnesota vs. The World" by Jerry Robicheau, Bjorn Aakre and Takayuki Kato
  • Ask MSBA: "Key Questions Concerning the World's Best Workforce" by Jeff Olson
  • "Are You Ready For The New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations?" by Michelle D. Kenney
  • "Raising the BARR" by Robert Metz
  • "Starving For Sleep" by Keith L. Cavanaugh
  • "MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Ann Long Voelkner
  • Legal Update: "Politics and Your School District" by Cathy Miller

View the September-October 2016 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2016 July-August Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's Straight Talk column: "MSBA — Where School Boards Learn to Lead"
  • Kevin Donovan's President's Column: "Tell Your Story — School Districts Need to Share All the Good Things Happening in Public Education"
  • 2016 MSBA Summer Seminar Preview by Bruce Lombard
  • Ask MSBA: "What Budget Guidelines Should School Boards Follow?" by Gary Lee
  • "Building Pride: How Branding and Marketing Revitalized the Centennial School District" by Brian Dietz
  • "MSBA Insurance Trust Joins Forces With Marsh & McLennan Agency on new Risk Protection Program" by Skip Zetzman and Denise Drill
  • "Student Views From the Board Room" by Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard
  • "MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Deb Pauly" by Bruce Lombard
  • Legal Update: "The School Board's Own Policies" by Cathy Miller

View the July-August 2016 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2016 May-June Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's Straight Talk column: "What's Next for the Every Student Succeeds Act?"
  • Kevin Donovan's President's Column: "Minnesota Works: A Strong Knowledge-Based Economy and a Great Quality of Life"
  • "A New Era of Learning" by Chris Gibbs and Amy Ennen
  • "Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Revenue" by Jodie Zesbaugh, Jeff Seely and Jim Johnson
  • "Locaation, Location, Location: Why MSBA is Headquartered in St. Peter" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Magificent Magna Winners" by American School Board Journal
  • "MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Linden Olson" by Bruce Lombard
  • Meet MSBA's New Staff Member: Peter Campion

View the May-June 2016 MSBA Journal — download the PDF or read via Issuu.com




2016 March-April Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's Straight Talk column: "Calming the Storm: Finding Solutions to the Teacher Shortage Problem"
  • Kevin Donovan's President's Column: "Are We Adequately Preparing our Students for the Future?"
  • "MSBA Communications Survey Results" by Greg Abbott
  • "Adapting to a Post-Textbook World: Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum wins Local Government Innovation Award" by Jon Voss
  • "What's Next for the Every Student Succeeds Act?" by Del Stover
  • "First-Rate Rebate: P-Card Program is convenient for paying bills and purchasing goods — while creating an annual revenue stream for school districts" by Bruce Lombard
  • "MSBA Board Director Spotlight: Kathy Green" by Bruce Lombard
  • Leadership Conference Scrapbook

View the March-April 2016 MSBA Journal via Issuu.com.




2016 January-February Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column: "School Board Members are the Real Heroes"
  • 2016 MSBA Leadership Conference Opening Keynote Speaker Jim Bearden: "School Boards Should Encourage Hero-friendly Culture in Schools and Workplace" by Grace Clough
  • 2016 MSBA Leadership Conference Closing Keynote Speaker Yong Zhao: "School Boards Must Push Academic Focus Toward Creativity and Entrepreneurship" by Grace Clough
  • A complete schedule of 100 workshops at the MSBA Leadership Conference
  • The MSBA Honor Roll
  • Leadership Conference Vendors and Exhibitors

View the 2016 MSBA Leadership Conference Program via Issuu.com.




2015 November-December Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column: "We Don't Need Changes to Concurrent Enrollment Credential Standards"
  • Kevin Donovan's column: "Board Governance Needs to Make Diversity and Equity a Priority"
  • "The MSBA Delegate Assembly: The Great Grass-roots Get-together" by Bruce Lombard
  • 2016 MSBA Leadership Conference Opening Keynote Speaker Jim Bearden: "School Boards Should Encourage Hero-friendly Culture in Schools and Workplace" by Grace Clough
  • 2016 MSBA Leadership Conference Closing Keynote Speaker Yong Zhao: "School Boards Must Push Academic Focus Toward Creativity and Entrepreneurship" by Grace Clough
  • "21st Century Design" (New Alexandria Area High School) by Jack Skelley

View the November-December 2015 MSBA Journal issue via Issuu.com.




2015 September-October Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column: "No Regrets, Take Action For Your Students Now"
  • Kevin Donovan's column: "MSBA Delegate Assembly is Democracy at its Best"
  • "Facilities Fairness" by Rod Schumacher and Greg Crowe
  • "Board Vacancies Just Became More Costly, Complex and Confusing" by Greg Abbott
  • "MSBA Going on Tour" by MSBA staff
  • "You Say You Want a Resolution?" by Denise Dittrich

View the September-October 2015 MSBA Journal via Issuu.com.




2015 July-August Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column: "Get to Know Your MSBA Management Services Team"
  • Kevin Donovan's column: "Board Members Must be Tech-Savvy Enough to Lead Students into a Changing World"
  • "Crucial Conversations About Public Education" by Dr. John Draper
  • "Putting Social Media in its Place" (an interview with Luci Willits) by Bruce Lombard
  • "Student Board Members Honored for Their Work" by Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard
  • "Minnesota Public School Consolidation" by Lowell A. Haagenson

View the July-August 2015 MSBA Journal via Issuu.com.




2015 May-June Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "Strategic Plan Should be a Living Document of Where Your District is Going"
  • Kevin Donovan's column "Become the Example to Your Students by Being a Lifelong Learner"
  • "The Broadband Gap" by Marc Johnson
  • REPRINT: "Sauk Rapids-Rice wins National Magna Award: Board would not give up until all students had equal access and opportunity in learning" by Greg Abbott
  • "MSBA's Strategic Planning Process will Send Your Board on the Right Course" by Jeff Olson
  • "An Opportunity for School Board Members to Lead with an Equity Lens" by Jennifer Godinez and Carlos Mariani-Rosa

View the May-June 2016 MSBA Journal via Issuu.com.




2015 March-April Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "General Funding Formula Gives Districts the Most Flexibility to Help Kids"
  • Kevin Donovan's column "My Long and Winding Road Through Education"
  • "Red Wing Raises "Hand" in Victory" by Bruce Lombard
  • "True Grit: Board would not give up until all students had equal access and opportunity in learning" by Greg Abbott
  • "Essential iPad Apps" by Nancy Moore
  • "Student Success by Design" by Connie Hayes
  • "Mining Data from Scientific Random-Sample Surveys" by Don E. Lifto and Chris Deets
  • The 94th Annual MSBA Leadership Conference Scrapbook by MSBA staff
  • "Safe Schools: What School Board Members Need to Know" by Steve Swenson
  • "94th Annual Leadership Conference Preview" by MSBA Staff
  • Click here to view the March-April 2015 MSBA Journal.



2015 January-February Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "Get Tech-Savvy at this year's Leadership Conference"
  • Thursday Keynote Speaker Kevin Honeycutt
  • Friday Keynote Speaker Jeff Charbonneau
  • Skills Sessions
  • Opening Session
  • Show & Tell
  • Recognition Luncheon and Honor Roll
  • Thursday Workshops
  • Thursday and Friday Round Tables
  • Friday Workshops
  • Closing Session
  • Exhibitors

Click here to view the January-February 2015 MSBA Journal.




2014 November-December Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "Sentiment Going Against Federal Intrusions in Education"
  • Walter Hautala's column "Some Good Words and Accomplishments From the Boards I've Worked With"
  • "21st Century Leadership" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Teach Each Other" by Jeff Charbonneau
  • "Gift Law Now Applicable to School District Officials" by MSBA staff
  • "The Key to Teaching is a Principal who Boosts Morale" by Heidi Hahn
  • "New Pension Reporting Rules may Sound False Alarms" by Susan Barbieri
  • "Safe Schools: What School Board Members Need to Know" by Steve Swensen
  • Leadership Conference Preview by MSBA staff

Click here to view the November-December 2014 MSBA Journal.




2014 September-October Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "A little advocacy during upcoming session will go a long way to help schools"
  • Walter Hautala's column "Want students to do better in school? Offer a variety of extracurriculars"
  • "Developing a Comprehensive Superintendent Evaluation" by Amy Fullenkamp-Taylor and Sandy Gundlach
  • "We Remember Brown V. Board -- Now What?" by Tracine D. Asberry
  • "School Vote Yes Committees Need to Consider an Early-Voting Strategy" by Greg Abbott
  • "Why Art is Core" by Debra Hannu
  • "Music Education Meets Online Technology" by Paul Babcock
  • "A Call for Reform in School Construction Financing" by Bruce A. Klaehn
  • "2014 Summer Seminar Scrapbook" by MSBA staff
  • Click here to view the September-October 2014 MSBA Journal.



2014 July-August Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "Research shows that School Board members CAN influence student achievement
  • Walter Hautala's column "The strongest leadership is collective leadership"
  • "School Board Leadership Matters" by Amber Northern and Dara Zeehandelaar
  • "Are you really leading or are you just out for a walk" by Dr. Alan Zimmerman
  • "Receiving student input at the board table" by Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard
  • "Teaching Creativity" by Scott Wurdinger
  • "The new Local Optional Revenue and how it will affect your district" by Greg Crowe and Joel Sutter
  • Click here to view the July-August 2014 MSBA Journal.



2014 May-June Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "Follow-Through is Always the Hardest Part of Setting Goals"
  • Walter Hautala's column "Who's Not Walking Across the Stage?"
  • "From a 5-Day Week to a 4-Day Week and Back" by Deb Henton and Patrick Tepoorten
  • "Educational Adequacy" by Aaron Ruhland
  • "Little Johnny is now Little Jessica" by Timothy A. Sullivan
  • "Our Journey With 1:1" Tammy Berg-Beniak, Taylor Bauman, Patrick Smith & Josh Westphal
  • "Why We Play" by Jody Redman
  • Ask MSBA's Katie Klanderud talks about "There Are Opportunities for MSBA to Come Right to Your Board"

Click here to view the May-June 2014 MSBA Journal.



2014 March-April Journal

The MSBA Journal Magazine is the official publication of the MSBA. The Journal contains editorial comments, feature stories about school districts, and articles of current interest relating to education. The Journal is published bimonthly by the Minnesota School Boards Association, 1900 West Jefferson Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082. The Journal editor is Greg Abbott, Director of Communications for MSBA.

Topics for the 2014 March-April issue include:

  • MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind's column: "If You Don't Advocate for Students, Who Will?"
  • MSBA President Walter Hautala's column: "Local Concerns are Best Addressed by Local Boards"
  • "Monroe School Rewarded for Innovation, Closing Achievement Gap" by Mary Olson
  • "Budgeting Strategies for School Boards" by Jamie Skjeveland
  • "Engagement Innovation with PreciouStatus" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Learning Walks Connect Board Members With District Goals" by Lynne Kovash
  • "Erasing the Walls of Your School" by Josh Westphal
  • The 93rd Annual Leadership Conference Scrapbook.
  • "Some Common Questions About Unrequested Leave of Absence" - Ask MSBA column by Bill Kautt

Click here to view or download the 2014 March-April MSBA Journal Magazine.




2014 Leadership Conference January-February Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "The best Time to Learn from Experts and Other Board Members"
  • "To reach your goals, you need Vision, Mindset and GRIT" by Greg Abbott
  • "Reading is the Key" by Bruce Lombard
  • Conference At A Glance
  • Thursday General Session
  • Recognition Luncheon
  • Show & Tell
  • Thursday Workshops
  • Round Table Sessions
  • Friday Workshops
  • Closing Session
  • Honor Roll

Click here to view the January-February Leadership Conference 2014 MSBA Journal.




2013 November-December Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column "Latest teacher evaluation mandate needs to be kept simple, outside of Collective Bargaining Agreement"
  • MSBA President Walter Hautala's column "Testing, just like anything we do, should be done in moderation"
  • "To reach your goals, you need Vision, Mindset and GRIT" by Greg Abbott
  • "Reading is the Key" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Centers for Excellence help to give student achievement a boost" by Brenda Cassellius
  • "NSBA sets up a National Connection" by Lisa Bartusek
  • "Culture Matters" by Steve Lamb
  • "93rd Annual Leadership Conference Preview" by MSBA staff
  • Ask MSBA features Cathy Miller's "How can schools Pay for iPads, other tablets or e-readers?"

Click here to view the November-December 2013 MSBA Journal.




2013 September-October Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column on "See a Problem? Participaing in our Delegate Assembly process can help solve it"
  • MSBA President Walter Hautala's column "Some of the best input for a board is from students at the table"
  • "Consolidation Proliferation" by James Guetter and Scott Monson
  • "Innovation Zone" by Jim Skelly and Jim Elert
  • "Students gain insights from board members working together" by Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard
  • "Summer Seminar Scrapbook" photos by Greg Abbott
  • Ask MSBA features Gary Lee's "Start Work on Affordable Care Act this year"

Click here to view the September-October 2013 MSBA Journal.




2013 July-August Journal


  • Kirk Schneidawind's column on "Building a Next Century Association"
  • MSBA President Walter Hautala's column "Safety Comes in Many Forms"
  • "Lessons We Have Learned from the ROCORI shooting" by Scott Staska
  • "The Fourth R of a Crisis: Recovery" by Shamus O'Meara
  • "Rachel's Challenge Takes a Proactive Approach with School Safety" by Joe Coles
  • "School Social Workers are the Vital Link to School Success" by Tammie Knick and Heather Alden Pope
  • "Safe Schools Start with Climate, Design and Security Systems" by Christopher Gibbs
  • Ask MSBA features Sandy Gundlach's "Dealing with a Tornado and its Aftermath"

Click here to view the July-August 2013 MSBA Journal.




2013 May-June Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on his retirement "Thanks for the Memories"
  • MSBA President Walter Hautala's column "Increasing the Graduation Rate is a Solid Focus for the State."
  • "1 to 1 iPads: Two Years of Accelerating Learning" by Dave Eisenmann, Minnetonka Public Schools
  • "Putting Students First" by Lara Gerhardson
  • "Senioritis An Idea to Try in Your District" by Bruce Lombard
  • "A Hidden Jewel The American Schools Foundation Alliance" by Bruce Lombard
  • "School Safety Lessons Learned: From Cleveland to Newtown" by Stephen Sroka
  • Ask MSBA features Cathy Miller's "How Can School Boards Avoid Legal Entaglements over the Graduation Ceremony?"

Click here to view the May-June 2013 MSBA Journal.




2013 March-April Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Training is Important at a Local AND State Level"
  • "The Landscape of Minnesota School Board Members," by Candace Raskin, Anne Weyandt, Roberta Thatcher and Barbara Wilson
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know about the Multiple Measurement Rating System," by Stephanie Graff
  • "DNR Plan to Focus on Maximizing Revenue for Public Education," by Aaron M. Vande Linde
  • "Early College at Irondale High School wins State Local Government Innovation Award," by Greg Abbott and Mounds View School District
  • "2013 Leadership Conference Scrapbook," by MSBA staff
  • Ask MSBA: "Filling a Vacancy the Right Way," by Greg Abbott

Click here to view the March-April 2013 MSBA Journal.




2013 January-February Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "The Importance of Attending Your Director District Discussion"
  • "The Trust Edge: 8 Pillars to Build an Extraordinary Leader" by Greg Abbott, MSBA
  • MSBA's 92nd Leadership Conference Program At A Glance
  • Thursday Show & Tell Listings
  • Thursday Workshops
  • Thursday and Friday Round Table sessions
  • Friday Workshops
  • Friday Closing Session
  • Exhibitor Directory
  • MSBA Honor Roll for 2013

Click here to view the January-February 2013 MSBA Journal.




2012 November-December Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Survey Examines Board Members and Leadership"
  • MSBA President's column on "Parting Shots as MSBA President"
  • "Top Performing Boards Know the Importance of Trust" by Greg Abbott
  • "Times of Turnover: How Do You Deal With a Rebooted Board?" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Want Achievement? Get Active!" by Greg Abbott
  • "A Different View: Perceptions of the Four-Day School Week on District Budgets and Student Achievement" by Deron Stender
  • Ask MSBA's Kirk Schneidawind writes about "How Can School Boards Get Involved in Advocacy?"

Click here to view the November-December 2012 MSBA Journal.




2012 September-October Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Latest Poll Shows People Still Want Local Control of Their Schools"
  • MSBA President's column on "Delegate Assembly Process Sets MSBA Policies"
  • "Closing Minnesota's Achievement Gap: A State Imperative" by Steven Rosenstone
  • "A Case Study in Successful Reorganization" by Dr. Debra Bowers
  • "As Some Districts Cut Back on Gifted Programs, SAGE Went Forward" by Pam Winfield
  • "Quality Recess Can Help Improve Student Success" by Deb Loy
  • "Farming Agricultural Lessons Across a School Curriculum" by Sue Knott
  • Ask MSBA's Gary Lee writes about "Navigating the Pitfalls of Campaign Season"

Click here to view the September-October 2012 MSBA Journal.




2012 July-August Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "We're Tightening Our Belt, But Continue to Keep Your Benefits Top-Notch"
  • MSBA President's column on "Strengthening the Board-Superintendent Relationship"
  • "Learning Curve: Summer Seminar keynote to tout importance of learning" by Bruce Lombard, MSBA
  • "If You Focus on Purpose, You Can Light Up the Room" by Greg Abbott, MSBA
  • "Dollars for Student School Board Member Scholars" by Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard, MSBA
  • "Reflecting on a Powerful Evening: Jame Nabozny, Bullied" by Dick Bernard, World Citizen
  • "Eight Quality Indicators that Make a Great School" by Greg Abbott, MSBA
  • Ask MSBA's Amy Fullenkamp-Taylor writes about "Question from the Family and Medical Leave Act"

Click here to view the July-August 2012 MSBA Journal.




2012 May-June Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "A Basic Primer Reinforces How Important It is for School Boards to do Their Job"
  • MSBA President's column on "Take Time to Stop and Reflect"
  • "Going Year-Round" by Bruce Lombard, MSBA
  • "Minnesota's NCLB Waiver Prevents Slow-motion Train Wreck" by Sam Kramer, Minnesota Department of Education
  • "Cabinet to Cloud: Click Here to See My Learning" by Jen Green, Stacy Warneke, Justin Jourdan and Jen Hegna of Byron Public Schools
  • "Booster Basics" by Bruce Lombard, MSBA
  • "Making a Change: Selecting a Self-Funded Healthcare Plan" by Matt Mons and Julie Cink of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
  • Ask MSBA's Sandy Gundlach writes about "How Boards Can Help a New Superintendent"

Click here to view the May-June 2012 MSBA Journal.




2012 March-April Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "An Easy Way to Keep Up with All the Latest Information"
  • MSBA President's column on "Make Training a Priority for Your Entire Board"
  • "Questions and Answers About Flipped Classrooms" by Kristin Daniels, Wayne Feller and Michael Dronen of Stillwater Area Public Schools
  • "Absolutely FABulous" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Explaining School Budgets to the Public" by Margo Nash of Edina Public Schools
  • "Supporting Our Military Families" by Charles Kyte
  • "Leadership Conference Scrapbook" by MSBA staff
  • And Ask MSBA's Greg Abbott writes about "A Few Basic Questions About Parliamentary Procedure"

Click here to view the March-April 2012 MSBA Journal.




2012 January-February Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "The Best Time For a School Board Conference"
  • "Teamwork, Dreamwork message comes to MSBA Conference" by Earl Rickman III
  • MSBA's 91st Leadership Conference Program At A Glance
  • Thursday Show & Tell Listings
  • Thursday Workshops
  • Thursday and Friday Round Table sessions
  • Friday Workshops
  • Friday Closing Session
  • Exhibitor Directory
  • MSBA Honor Roll for 2012

Click here to view the January-February 2012 MSBA Journal.




2011 November-December Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "When You Need Help as a Board Member, MSBA is Just a Phone Call Away"
  • MSBA President's column on "I Got Elected to the School Board...Now What?
  • "Achieving Graduation for All Minnesota Youth: A Collaborative Effort" by Cammy Lehr and Sally Wherry
  • "No Child Left Behind (But It's OK After Age 16)" by Greg Abbott
  • "Climate Change From the Inside Out" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Win Over Your Upset Constituents" by Linda Johnson
  • "Making a Difference With Your Board Team" by Steve Gilliland
  • "Leadership Conference Preview" by MSBA staff
  • Ask MSBA's Bob Lowe writes about "Meetings, Community Education and Conflicts of Interest"

Click here to view the 2011 November-December MSBA Journal.




2011 September-October Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "When Times Get Tough, MSBA is Going to be There for You"
  • MSBA President's column on "Setting an Example of a Lifelong Learner"
  • "The Science of Compliance" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Passing a Levy Renewal in Tough Times" by Dr. Bill Morris
  • "The Kline Way" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Why Transformation is the Only Path" by David Houle
  • "Providing Energy Savings Performance Contracting for Schools With Proper Oversight" by Martin Duda
  • "Summer Seminar Scrapbook" by MSBA staff
  • Ask MSBA's Greg Abbott writes about "Learning in AND out of the Conference"

Click here to view the 2011 September-October MSBA Journal.




2011 July-August Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Your Best Return on Investment is MSBA"
  • MSBA President's column on "Cooperation Usually Ends in a Win-Win for Everyone"
  • "Student Board Members Make an Impact in Their District" by Greg Abbott and Bruce Lombard
  • "Schools Show Success of Cooperation" by Marilynn Taylor, Nicole LaChapelle, Jeremy Kovash and Cliff Carmody
  • "MSHSL: Sprots, but a Whole Lot More" by John Millea
  • "Going From Doom to Zoom" by Greg Abbott
  • "Learning to Lead From Your Soul" by Greg Abbott
  • Ask MSBA's Katie Klanderud writes about "Being a School Board Member is a Family Commitment"

Click here to view the 2011 July-August MSBA Journal.



2011 May-June Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Education Finance Group Takes on Huge Challenge"
  • MSBA President's column on "Federal Advocacy is More Important Than Ever"
  • "A Vision From the Top with Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius" by Bruce Lombard
  • "A Perfect Mathematical Storm: Changing the Face of Education" by Jen Hegna, Troy Faulkner, Rob Warneke, Jen Green and Jeremy Baubach of Byron Public Schools
  • "Planning and Executing Successful Referenda in the New Normal" by Don Lifto and J. Bradford Senden
  • "Communicating to Your Community" by Janet Swiecichowski and Jake Sturgis
  • "For Guaranteed Energy Savings Projects, It's Buyer Beware" by Deb Metz
  • Ask MSBA's Gary Lee writes about "Smart Insurance for Your District"

Click here to view the 2011 May-June MSBA Journal.



2011 March-April Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Don't Be the Odd District Out During Odd-Year Elections"
  • MSBA President's column on "Connecting Careers With Agricultural Education"
  • "Superintendent Search Tips From the Pros" by Dr. Michael Siggerud
  • "The Write Stuff: Advocates Opine on the State of Minnesota High School Journalism" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Keeping School Agriculture Programs Strong" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Ten Constructs for School Board Governance and Reform" by Jerry Robicheau
  • "2011 Leadership Conference Scrapbook" with photos by Gary Lee, Bruce Lombard and Greg Abbott
  • Ask MSBA's John Sylvester writes about "Tough Issues Around Negotiations"

Click here to view the 2011 March-April MSBA Journal.




January-February 2011 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Conference Timing Keeps Costs Down, Gives Board Members a Boost"
  • "Learn the Code of a Champion For Your District" by Ross Bernstein
  • Leadership Conference At a Glance
  • Tips for First-Time Attendees
  • Thursday Skill Sessions
  • Thursday General Session
  • Thursday Show & Tell
  • Thursday Workshops
  • Thursday and Friday Round Tables
  • Friday Workshops
  • Friday Closing Session
  • Bylaw Change
  • Exhibitor Academy
  • MSBA Honor Roll

Click here to view the 2011 January-February MSBA Journal and Leadership Conference Program.




November-December 2010 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Changes in Census Will Give School Boards Additional Representation"
  • MSBA President's column on "Don't Wait for Superman: Look in the Mirror"
  • "School Board-Superintendent Relationships in Minnesota and Four Recommendations for Improvement" by Dr. Mary Ann Nelson
  • "What Board Members Can Do to Get Districts (And Students) In Shape" by Greg Abbott
  • "Putting on a Clinic: Brooklyn Center Community Schools provides students with on-site health care facility" by Bruce Lombard
  • "If in Doubt, Sit Them Out: High School League Gets Tougher on Concussion Policy" by Greg Abbott
  • "Shared Services Study: Reduce Costs, Increase Effectiveness, Improve Efficiency" by Carter A. Christie
  • MSBA's 90th Annual Leadership Conference Preview and Exhibitor Academy
  • Ask MSBA's Cathy Miller writes about "Holidays in the Schools"

Click here to view the 2010 November-December MSBA Journal.




September-October 2010 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Diving Into Social Media"
  • MSBA President's column on "If the State Falls Short of Funding Schools, Local Businesses Can Help Out"
  • "Orientation Express" by Bruce Lombard
  • "So, Tell Us Why You Don't Like Us: Community Engagement Around Parents Who Choose Not to Attend Our Schools" by Mark Porter and Barbara Brown
  • "The Write Stuff: Advocates Opine on the State of High School Journalism" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Your Next Campaign: Strategic Planning" by Greg Abbott
  • "Learn at Lunch Expands for Individuals, Boards" by Greg Abbott
  • "Summer Seminar Scrapbook" photos and text by Greg Abbott
  • Ask MSBA's Bob Lowe writes about "Back to School Brings Common Questions"

Click here to view the 2010 September-October MSBA Journal.




July-August 2010 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Your Association Gives Schools a Huge Return on Investment"
  • MSBA President's column on "Raising the Bar Means Raising It For Everyone"
  • "Keeping Kids First" by Renee Rongen
  • "At-Risk or At-Resilient: How Do We See Our Students?" by Tommy Watson
  • "Two Student School Board Members Rise to the Top" by Bruce Lombard
  • "MSBA To Offer Superintendent Search Services" by Sandy Gundlach
  • "Your Friendly Neighborhood Schools" by Bruce Lombard
  • "Parent Chats" by Greg Abbott
  • Ask MSBA's Greg Abbott writes about "A Year of Major Changes for the Election Process"

Click here to view the 2010 July-August MSBA Journal.




May-June 2010 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Will We do our Part to Improve the Next Generation?"
  • MSBA President's column on "A Simple Gesture Goes a Long Way in Recognizing Your Employees Who Serve"
  • "What Will it Take to Get Off the Funding Cliff?" by Greg Abbott
  • "Lessons Learned From Consolidation" by Bruce Lombard
  • "College Readiness: This Isn't Your Father's World Anymore" by Julie Sweitzer
  • "Tips for Planning and Executing Successful Referenda in a Tough Economy" by Don Lifto and J. Bradford Senden
  • "Get Your School on the Right Frequency" by Larry Pint
  • Ask MSBA's Bruce Lombard writes about "Behind the Scenes at the Boardcaster and the News Clipping Service"

Click here to view the 2010 May-June MSBA Journal.




March-April 2010 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Get on the Minnesota State High School League Team"
  • MSBA President's column on "End the Partisanship and Get the State on Solid Fiscal Ground"
  • "Cooperation on a Large Scale" by Bruce Lombard
  • MSBA's 89th Leadership Conference "Doing The Right Thing for Kids" special scrapbook
  • "The Supply and Demand of School Leaders" by Jean M. Haar, Candice F. Raskin and Jerry W. Robicheau
  • "Minnesota's Addition to its "New Schools Creation" policy: Site-Governed Schools" by Bob Wedl
  • "Teach for America Aims to Give Excellence to All" by Daniel Sellers
  • "Got Nutrition? Nutrient-Rich Dairy is Essential for Kids" by Lisa McCann
  • Ask MSBA's Tiffany Rodning writes about "How Districts Can Save Money in the MNTAAB Borrowing Pool"

Click here to view the March-April 2010 MSBA Journal.




January-February 2010 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "You Don't Have to Look Hard to Find Inspiration"
  • MSBA President's column on "When it Comes to Teaching and Learning, Class Size Does Matter"
  • "Double-Duty Superintendents" by Bruce Lombard
  • MSBA's 89th Leadership Conference "Doing The Right Thing for Kids" special preview
  • "Getting It Right & Doing It Better" by Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Bryan Townsend
  • "Sage Advice for New Board Members" by Greg Abbott
  • "Supporting Military Families" by Laura Poppen
  • Ask MSBA's Kirk Schneidawind writes about "How to get Involved in Your MSBA"

Click here to view the January-February 2010 MSBA Journal.




November-December 2009 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "New Delegate Assembly Nomination Process Brings Bigger Participation"
  • MSBA President's column on "Getting on Board for a View at the State Level"
  • "Are You a Good Leader?" Ethical Principals by Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Dr. Bruce Weinstein
  • MSBA's 89th Leadership Conference "Doing The Right Thing for Kids" special preview
  • "Lessons Learned from Dealing with H1N1" Experiences from ROCORI, Orono and Duluth, written by Scott Staska of ROCORI, Gary Kubat from Orono and Katie Kaufman from Duluth
  • "Showing Darkness in a Whole New Light" Three schools in Minnesota use their planetariums to interest kids in science
  • "The Future of Education Reform" a commentary on NCLB and IDEA by U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor Rep. John Kline
  • MSBA's Denise Drill writes about the benefits of the Minnesota School Boards Association Insurance Trust

Click here to view the November-December 2009 MSBA Journal.




September-October 2009 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Making Training Easy for Board Members"
  • MSBA President's column on "High-tech Still Needs High-Touch"
  • "Web 2.0" How school districts can set up best practices for social media
  • Attorney Jennifer K. Earley's "Making the Right Call on Cell Phone Policies"
  • "Laptop Legacy," on how three state school districts have launched laptop initiatives and what the results have been
  • MSBA's Bruce Lombard examines "High-tech School Boards"
  • Tracy Quarnstrom looks at how "Changes in Technology Bring the Classroom to the Student" for online learning
  • Ask MSBA's Bill Kautt shows the ins and outs of the information landmine, PEERNet

Click here to view the September-October 2009 MSBA Journal.




July-August 2009 Journal


  • Bob Meeks' column on "Getting Involved with Your MSBA"
  • MSBA President's column on "Student School Board Members"
  • South Washington County's "Community Driven Boundary Changes"
  • An NSBA seminar on "Boundary Change the Woodstock Way"
  • MSBA's featured "Student Board Member Scholarship Winners"
  • Summer Seminar speaker Alan Zimmerman's "Motivating Others will Help you get things Done"
  • Don Lifto and J. Bradford Senden's "Transforming White Light into Rainbows for Successful School Tax Elections"
  • St. Paul's Michael Bauman on "Coloring Referendum Funds for Accountability"
  • Ask MSBA's Amy Taylor on "Unrequested Leave of Absence"

Click here to view the July-August 2009 MSBA Journal.



May-June 2009


  • MSBA Executive Director Bob Meeks column on reducing injuries at school
  • MSBA President's Column by Jackie Magnuson: Stop Mandates on Printing Notices
  • Ask MSBA column on Boards Behaving Badly by Katie Klanderud, Director of Board Development
  • An Interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • All-day Preschool is Sign of the Times
  • Lessons Learned from Closing and Repurposing Schools
  • Hiring a Board-Savvy Superintendent
  • Passing a Levy Against All Odds 

Click here to view the May-June 2009 MSBA Journal.




March-April 2009


  • MSBA Executive Director Bob Meeks column on improving the Leadership Conference
  • MSBA President's Column by Jackie Magnuson: Groundhog's Day of Testing
  • The Art of Community Conversations
  • Alumni Parents and School Voting Tendencies
  • Leading the Way on STEM education
  • Create an Accountability Framework
  • Ask MSBA column on negotiations by Sandy Gundlach, Director of Management Services

Click here to view the March-April 2009 MSBA Journal.



January-February 2009


  • MSBA Executive Director Bob Meeks column on the state budget deficit
  • MSBA President's Column by Jackie Magnuson: The Bank of Public Education
  • Serving Students, Serving Country
  • Attracting Women Leaders to the Superintendency
  • The Basics of Good Board Behavior
  • The Principal's Critical Role in Leading Instruction
  • Working on a Growth Model
  • Ask MSBA column on negotiations by John Sylvester, Deputy Executive Director of Membership Services

Click here to view the January-February 2009 MSBA Journal.

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