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Summer Seminar



The Summer Seminar helps MSBA members start the new school year informed and inspired. You'll meet new people, share ideas, and learn about key education issues. Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning and hear what's happening in schools. Be the best board member you can be.

Theme: "Access and Inclusion Matters: Throughout COVID-19 and Beyond"

Summer Seminar schedule

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Note: A recording of each Wednesday night session will be replayed for viewing the following Thursday at 9 a.m. The four breakout sessions on August 12 will also be recorded. The 6 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. breakout sessions will be replayed for viewing the next morning, Thursday, August 13, at 9 a.m. and 10:05 a.m., respectively.

Only paid registrants can access the Thursday replays.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration is closed. Contact MSBA's Jen Ebert if you are interested in attending the Summer Seminar.

Summer Seminar registration fee

  • $255 until registration closes on Wednesday, July 29
  • $285 after registration has closed on Wednesday, July 29 — this includes an administrative fee of $30
  • For those who register after July 29, MSBA cannot guarantee arrival of Summer Seminar materials before the August 5 session

Summer Seminar Agenda

DAY 1: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

6 p.m.

Keynote: "Ways School Boards Can Improve School Mental Health"
Dr. Jennifer Ulie-Wells, Executive Director of Please Pass the Love Mental Health Initiative and West Des Moines School Board Member

There is a mental health epidemic facing schools across the nation. Comprehensive school mental health systems build the foundations for schools to be able to create thriving environments and develop sustainable supports. This keynote address will highlight how school boards can improve the mental health of our students, staff, and families.

7:25 p.m.

"From Idea to Legislation: Help Drive Change"
Denise Dittrich MSBA Director of Government Relations, and Kimberley Dunn Lewis, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations

Together we will look at how different advocacy structures work throughout Minnesota. From responding to a legislative alert to building a team of advocates in your school district, we will explore how you can garner best practices and implement them in your district.

  • Panelists: Hopkins School Board Member Steve Adams and Mankato Area School Board Member Jodi Sapp will share the structure of their legislative committees. New Ulm Superintendent Jeff Bertrang will provide an example of grassroots advocacy.

DAY 2: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Breakout Sessions — Participants can choose from one of two breakout sessions at both 6 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.

6 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.

"Communication Throughout COVID-19 and Beyond"
Greg Abbott, MSBA Director of Communications, and Barbara Nicol, Founder of Barbara Nicol Public Relations

Whether your district will be using in-person classes, distance learning or a hybrid this fall, effective communication is a must. Learn some strategies for planning and implementing clear, consistent communication with staff, students, parents, and your community.

"Superintendent Evaluation in a COVID-19 Reality"
Barb Dorn, MSBA Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search, and Dr. Deb Henton, Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Learn what questions school boards should ask and what considerations should be made as they conduct superintendent evaluations in the middle of a pandemic.

7:05 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"The Changes We Need in a COVID-19 World"
Denise Dittrich MSBA Director of Government Relations, and Kimberley Dunn Lewis, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations

What could our schools look like in the future given the policy and funding implications of COVID-19? Learn more about potential legislation that we may see in response to lessons learned from distance learning.

"Race 101"
Katie Klanderud, MSBA Director of Board Development, and Paula O'Loughlin, MSBA Associate Director of Board Development

Talking about race is not easy, but each of us can take a first step from where we are. In this session, participants will learn more about the history of race, common terms related to race and the impact of race in education.

DAY 3: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

6 p.m.

Keynote: "Our Collective Challenge:  Providing a Truly Equitable Education for Every Child"
Verjeana Jacobs, Esq., Chief Equity and Member Services Officer for the National School Boards Association

This keynote presentation will address the knowledge and action steps school board leaders need to effectively identify and address some of the most important drivers of racial equity in education, and what board leaders must do to confront the challenge of providing a truly equitable education for every child.

7:25 p.m.

"Case Law Update and Policy Trends"
Terence Morrow, MSBA Director of Legal and Policy Services

This session will review recent court cases, administrative opinions, and other legal updates affecting Minnesota’s school districts and charter schools.

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Meeting Participants for Summer Seminar

(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 $105.

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