Thank you to our 2021 conference sponsors for their generous support!

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If have registered for the conference, but can't locate your sign-in information, contact Bruce Lombard at

If you still want to register for the conference, please contact Jen Ebert at

Recordings of Week 1 sessions are available to view through Tuesday, January 19.


MSBA Leadership Conference

The 2021 MSBA Leadership Conference will be held in a virtual format on Thursday, January 14; Thursday, January 21; and Thursday, January 28, 2021There is NO fee for MSBA members to attend — however, registration is required. Please ask your district office to sign you up in advance for the conference.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Advance online registration closed on January 6. If you’d still like to register for the Leadership Conference, please contact MSBA’s Jen Ebert at Please coordinate registration through your district office.

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Conference At-a-Glance

Thursday, January 14

8:30 a.m. – Aitkin High School Choral and Handbell Department, featuring the Fists of Fury Handbell Choir

9 a.m. – Welcome, MSBA Business Meeting and Opening Keynote Speaker Phyllis Braxton-Frierson, LGSW

10:40 a.m. – Board Members of Color Session

10:40 a.m. – Round Table Sessions

11:15 a.m. – Round Table Sessions

Noon – Lunch & Learn: Mary Cathryn Ricker, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education

Thursday, January 21

9 a.m. – Round Table Sessions

9:35 a.m. – Round Table Sessions

10:05 a.m. – MSBA Director District Elections and Discussions

10:50 a.m. – Workshops

11:40 a.m. – The Becker High School Choirs

Noon – Lunch & Learn: Erich Martens, Executive Director of the Minnesota State High School League

Thursday, January 28

8 a.m. – Skills Sessions

9:05 a.m. – Workshops

10:10 a.m. – Passing of the Gavel: Mike Domin Becomes MSBA President and Closing Keynote Speaker Dr. Phil Gore

11:40 a.m. – Spring Grove High School Band

Noon – Lunch & Learn: MSBA Member Meet and Greet

MSBA Awards Recognition Ceremony set for Saturday, January 30

MSBA will be hosting a virtual Awards Recognition ceremony noon Saturday, January 30. Board members will receive acknowledgement for qualifying in at least one of MSBA’s award categories. Access the 2021 MSBA Honor Roll for a list of those members receiving a Service Award (20 years or 30 years), Directors’ Award, President’s Award, or Leadership Development Certificate. We will also honor our All-State school board members and our Rising Star winner. More details regarding the virtual ceremony will be coming soon. If you believe you have been omitted or included in error, contact Kelly Martell at or 507-420-0370.

Thank you to our talented public school musicians for providing the entertainment!