MASPA 2021 Winter Conference

Welcome 2021! Every Interaction Matters

Two virtual sessions

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 9:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:00 to 11:15 a.m.



MASPA's 2021 Winter Conference will continue our pattern of multiple, shorter presentations delivered in a virtual setting. The Winter Conference consists of two separate virtual events on the mornings of January 29 and February 26.
You can attend either or both - MASPA members will have access to all presentation recordings .

Conference  Program 

Friday, January 29, 2021    
    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Impact the Narrative  Dr. Joe Sanfelippo
    10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Break + breakout room networking  
    10:15 - 11:15 a.m.  Legal Update: Hot topics for schools  Mick Waldspurger
Friday,  February 26, 2021    
    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Retaining Teachers of Color Takes Intentionality  Regina Seabrook
    10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Break + breakout room networking  
    10:15 - 11:00 a.m.  PELSB Update: Understanding Permissions and other PELSB News  Julie Coffey & Alex Liuzzi
    11:00 - 11:15 a.m.  MASPA Business Meeting  Sonya Sailer


Session Descriptions and Presenters

January 29, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote: Impact the Narrative
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo, Superintendent, Fall Creek School District (WI)

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The kickoff presentation for our Winter Conference promises an inspiring message of strategic and tactical significance for all central administrators - the power of storytelling.  This is particularly important for human resources.  The narratives that shape perception of labor relationships, investigations, recruiting and retention of high performing staff can make or break a situation.  Dr. Joe Sanfelippo, 2019 National Superintendent of the Year, has presented to thousands of school administrators and will bring his energetic and thoughtful presence to MASPA.

Every interaction matters because every interaction could be the one they talk about for the rest of their lives. School perception is often based on the narrative of those who attended schools years ago. If we are INTENTIONAL about walking into every conversation knowing it could be the one they talk about for years to come, we OPEN DOORS for that outside to see us for who we are and BUILD MOMENTUM by creating a culture where every story matters we have a tremendous opportunity to impact the narrative of our students, teachers, and community.

About the Presenter

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI...home of the Fall Creek Crickets. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, an MS in Educational Psychology, an MS in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Leadership, Learning, and Service. Joe co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 Administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.

January 29, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Legal Update: Hot Topics for Schools
Mick Waldspurger, Shareholder, Rupp, Anderson, Squires, & Waldspurger, P.A.

About the Presenter

Mick Waldspurger is a shareholder with the law firm of Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. Mick is dedicated to providing practical and proactive legal advice to his clients. He represents Minnesota and Wisconsin school districts in all areas of school law, including labor and employment law, special education, student discipline, data practices, board governance, and civil litigation. Mick also represents cities in labor and employment law matters and in civil litigation. Mick's successful litigation experience includes lawsuits, arbitration proceedings, due process hearings, and countless other administrative actions.

Sharing the experience he has gained in the field, Mick frequently presents at school workshops, training sessions, and state-wide conferences. He has also been a keynote speaker at the national level on labor relations and teacher contract negotiations. Mick is a member of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and the Minnesota Council of School Attorneys. After graduating from law school, Mick had the honor of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Donald Steinmetz of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Mick received his B.A., cum laude, from Knox College and his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Marquette Law Review.

February 26, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Retaining Teachers of Color Takes Intentionality
Regina Seabrook, Director of Research, Curriculum and Professional Development, Equity Alliance MN

As Minnesota's student of color population continues to increase, the percentage of teachers of color remains at 4%. Most children in schools across Minnesota will never have a teacher of color. We know from research that all children benefit from a diverse teacher force and that representation matters. Come explore how HR professionals can strengthen the teacher pipeline through equity mindsets and practices focused on teacher retention. This presentation uplifts the voices and experiences of Minnesota's teachers of color and invites HR professionals to consider more deeply the impact they can individually and collectively make on teacher of color retention.

About the Presenter

Regina Seabrook is the Director of Research, Curriculum and Professional Development for Equity Alliance MN. With her team, she plans, coordinates and provides educational equity focused professional and organizational learning in collaboration with school leaders, schools, and districts. A visionary, strategist, veteran educator of 22 years, and 2010 Finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, she brings the experiences of a classroom teacher, district administrator, parent, and cross-sector partner to her work in support of Minnesota's school children.

She earned degrees in Sociology from Hamline University and Social Studies Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a Master’s Degree in Education from Hamline University, and her K12 principal and superintendent credentials from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and also serving on the Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers Steering Committee, the Conflict Resolution Minnesota Board of Directors, and the African American Leadership Forum Education Workstream.

February 26, 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

PELSB Update: Understanding Permissions and other PELSB News
Julie Coffey, PELSB Board Member, and Executive Director of Human Resources, Mounds View Public Schools
Alex Liuzzi, Executive Director, Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

Julie Coffey and Alex Liuzzi will join the group with an update on tiered licensure, including: rulemaking, license applications, application processing. They'll put extra attention on the application process used for Tier 1, out-of-field, and discretionary variance permissions. They will also respond to your questions regarding specific scenarios as you seek to meet your staffing goals.

Contact us

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