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MSBA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

The 2017 MSBA Leadership Conference, "Courageous Leadership," is scheduled for January 12-13, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is a two-day conference and there is no registration fee for MSBA members. MSBA provides this free conference every January as part of members’ annual dues. The conference features nationally recognized speakers, workshops on a variety of topics, a Show and Tell event and a trade show. Early Bird Sessions are provided the evening before the conference. 

ACCESS REGISTRATION — under "2017 Leadership Conference" select "Gen Sessions, Workshops and Exhibit" (please coordinate your registration through your school district office)

Note: Scroll down to bottom page for MSBA's cancellation policy.

Keynote Speakers


OPENING SESSION KEYNOTE: Alan Blankstein
Award-winning author and education leader

“Courageous Leadership for Districtwide Success” | Thursday, January 12

Educational leaders who succeed in serving the needs of all their students must find ways to pursue excellence and equity simultaneously, and to create conditions in schools that address the academic and non-academic needs of children. For all this to occur, leaders must have a clear sense of how to systematically build the capacity of their schools to meet the needs of the students they serve. This presentation will describe how such strategies are being implemented successfully, even in the most disadvantaged communities where the needs are great, and how the five principles of courageous leadership can unleash positive energy toward enhancing student success in your district.

CLOSING SESSION KEYNOTE: Alan Page
Former Minnesota Vikings standout and state Supreme Court justice

“Education is the Tool for Success” | Friday, January 13

Growing up in Ohio during the segregation era, Alan Page’s parents repeatedly reinforced the importance of education. Alan’s parents understood that education was a tool that allows people to achieve their “hopes and dreams.” Education helped propel Alan to his hopes and dreams throughout his remarkable life, culminating in a 23-year tenure as a Minnesota Supreme Court justice. Now Page is the one emphasizing the value of an education — believing every student has potential, but that many students need support to realize their hopes and dreams. Page’s devotion to education is manifested in his Page Education Foundation, which assists students of color in their pursuit of postsecondary education. Page will discuss character, race, education and a number of other topics interesting to school leaders.

Pre-Conference Events: MSBA Workshop Series and Early Bird Sessions

Tuesday, January 10

  • Learning to Lead — School Board Basics: Phase I | Details

Wednesday, January 11

  • Leadership Foundations — School Finance and Management: Phase II | Details
  • Early Bird Session: Bargaining Basics | Details
  • Early Bird Session: Torn From the Headlines: Social Media Challenges and Policy-Guided Responses | Details

NOTE: The advance registration deadline for all Leadership Conference events is January 4, 2017.

Cancellation by Meeting Participants:

  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 a late cancellation fee; and
  3. once an event/activity begins, all registrants are responsible for the full registration fee.

Hotel Reservations

View your conference hotel room options. The MSBA housing room block closes on December 9.

Recognition Luncheon

The MSBA Leadership Conference Recognition Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 12. REGISTER IN ADVANCE — select "Recognition Luncheon." (Please coordinate your registration through your school district office.)

Leadership Conference Brochure

Leadership Conference Exhibitors

Driving Directions and Parking

Access driving directions and parking information for the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Convention Center is located at 1301 Second Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Contact Information

Minnesota School Boards Association
1900 West Jefferson Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082-3015
Phone: 507-934-2450 or 800-324-4459 (Minn. only)
Fax: 507-931-1515

Driving Directions

Traveling NORTH on HIGHWAY 169
• Upon reaching St. Peter, turn LEFT on JEFFERSON AVENUE at the second stop light.
• Proceed on JEFFERSON AVENUE for 1 MILE. The MSBA OFFICE will be on your LEFT.


Traveling SOUTH on HIGHWAY 169
• Upon reaching St. Peter city limit sign, drive approximately 2.5 MILES and turn RIGHT on JEFFERSON AVENUE at stop light.
• Proceed on JEFFERSON AVENUE for 1 MILE. The MSBA OFFICE will be on your LEFT.


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