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MASPA Fall Conference

  • 10/09/2020
  • 10/23/2020
  • 2 sessions
  • 10/09/2020, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (CDT)
  • 10/23/2020, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (CDT)
  • Online


  • For business members of MASPA: Access to live presentations, recording replay, and all presentation resources.
  • For dues-paying members of MASPA: Access to live presentations, recording replay, and all presentation resources at discounted rate.
  • For full members of MASPA: Access to live presentations, recording replay, and all presentation resources
  • Non-MASPA members can access both events in this series also. Attend the live presentations and all presentation resources. Recordings are not available to non-members.


MASPA's 2020-2021 Fall Conference series begins with a big "thank you" to our renewing members. Rather than holding a single conference date as we have in the past, the Fall Conference consists of two separate virtual events on October 9 and October 23.   You can attend either or both - MASPA members will be able to replay recordings of the sessions for a limited time.

Register now for either or both of these exciting and valuable topics!

Session #1, Keynote: Building Trust in Your School District During Crisis and Recovery
October 9, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The first of two sessions in the Fall dives into the element that is fundamental to relationships at the personal, group and organizational level: Trust.  Internationally-recognized trust expert and Minnesotan David Horsager will present his framework for personal and professional growth in the context of this challenging school year.

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams and respect and schools lose reputation, retention of good people, and relationships. But with trust, individuals, schools and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Through David’s industry leading research, The Trust Outlook™ and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest performing organizations, David reveals how top leaders, schools and organizations drive results to become the most trusted in their industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • The single most important driver in communication during times of crisis and recovery
  • How to identify counterforces to trust
  • How to start a movement to build a culture of trust

About the Presenter

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, national bestselling author of The Trust Edge, inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. David has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.

Watch David's Speaker Demo video

Session #2, Legal Update in the Time of a Global Pandemic
October 23, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the questions from administrators and employees alike regarding how COVID-19 might impact areas of importance to them?  The pandemic has brought forward so many questions that we as HR leaders have never had to consider before including the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, paid leave requirements, FFCRA, FMLA, ADA accommodations – and communication to the school community.  We are pleased to present a legal update by Adam Wattenbarger and Alex Ivan of the law firm of Kennedy and Graven centered on all of these questions and more.   Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn on October 23!

About the Legal Presenters

Adam Wattenbarger is an associate attorney at Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, with a focus on education law.

Adam received his undergraduate degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. Prior to joining Kennedy & Graven as an associate, Adam worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Since joining Kennedy & Graven in 2015, Adam has primarily focused his practice in education law, representing and advising public school districts and charter schools on wide-ranging legal matters, including employment and labor law, student discipline, data privacy, discrimination complaints, constitutional concerns, and policy development.

Adam lives in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife Micaela and two dogs.

Alex Ivan is an associate attorney with Kennedy & Graven whose practice is concentrated in civil litigation and education law, with particular emphasis on special education law.

Alex earned his B.A. from Baylor University and his M.Ed. and J.D. degrees from Arizona State University. Before joining Kennedy & Graven, he practiced in Arizona with a firm representing over 40 public school districts throughout that state. Alex is committed to providing public school districts and charters sound advice on the various legal issues they face, such as employment-related matters, special education disputes, data privacy concerns, discrimination charges, and more.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys vegetable gardening, cooking with his wife, Jill, and being silly with his two kids.


Are CEUs granted? Registrants who attend will receive 2 Admin CEUs for each session.  Continuing legal education credits (CLEs) will be issued for the October 23 session.

How do I renew my membership? Renewal is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!
  1. Log into your profile at mnaspa.org,
  2. Scroll down past the header text Membership details.
  3. Click the  Renew Until 09/01/2021 button.
  4. Update your profile, then click Update and next, and click Invoice me to pay by check.

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