MASPA 2019 Winter Conference

The Trust to Innovate:
Positioning HR for Strategic Impact

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00 to 3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Park Place, Minneapolis, MN

Conference Program Preview Only
Agenda will be finalized and registration starts by December 15

Need Lodging?  Discount rate is available from the DoubleTree for conference attendees.  Deadline for reservations is January 3 - reserve online or by calling 952-542-8600

Conference  Program

 8:00 - 8:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 8:45 - 9:00


Ryan Stromberg, MASPA Board President, Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development, Spring Lake Park Schools
 9:00 - 10:15

Positioning HR as a Strategic Partner

Annie Doughty, Retired Executive Director of Human Resources, Wayzata Public Schools
We know that HR is critical to a district's success – but it doesn't always feel that way. Sometimes it can feel like HR is an afterthought in district decision-making and that we are fighting for a seat at the table.
It's up to us to help district leaders and boards understand the strong connection that talent management has to the district mission/vision and HR's ability to provide valuable strategic insight across all areas of the district. We will discuss and share strategies to demonstrate and drive the value of HR to leadership and employees.
Annie Doughty served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Wayzata Public Schools from 2002 through her 2017 retirement. Prior to her employment with the Wayzata Public Schools, Annie served as Human Resources Director for the Buffalo School District.
At the time of her retirement, Annie had three decades of experience in all human resource functions including lead negotiator for all bargaining units, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee relations and as the District EEO/Human Rights Officer.
Annie earned her degree in Organization Management and Communications from Concordia University and a Public Sector Human Resource Certification from the Carlson School of Management.
 10:15 - 10:30

Morning Break

 10:30 - 11:15

Attracting and Retaining Special Education Teachers


Educators that are qualified and proficient in teaching Special Education remain in high demand across the state and across the country.  In this session, attendees will hear how to attract and retain from HR pros that are at the ground zero of SpEd recruiting and retention. Presenters TENTATIVE

 11:15 - 11:30

MASPA Business Meeting and Reports

Ryan Stromberg, MASPA Board President, Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development, Spring Lake Park Schools

 11:30 - 12:15


 12:15 - 1:30

Reaching Out and Reaching In: Effective Efforts in Developing the Teacher Pipeline

Dr. Stacie Stanley, Assistant Superintendent, Eden Prairie Schools

In this two-part session, our presenters will share programs that have helped their districts grow the ranks of qualified and enrolled teachers. Dr. Stacie Stanley joined the Eden Prairie School District as Assistant Superintendent of Academics and Innovation in July  2018. Prior to her work in Eden Prairie, Dr. Stanley served as the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction, and Support Services for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, ISD 191, where she participated in the design and implementation of that district's "grow your own" program. 

 1:30 - 1:45

Afternoon Break

 1:45 - 3:00

Legal Update - Hot Topics in Education and #SocialMediaGuidance

Mick Waldspurger, Shareholder, Rupp, Anderson, Squires, & Waldspurger, P.A.

In this session, Mick returns to the lectern to deliver a thoughtful, insightful, and relevant presentation on the legal topics of greatest relevance to Minnesota schools in January 2019.  Expect updates on emerging case law, observations from the field on topics related to employment and labor relations, including specific cases arising from the presence of Social Media in schools. 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. 

MASPA has applied for BOSA and CLE credit for attendees of this event.

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MASPA \ State Negotiators
PO BOX 4485
Saint Paul MN 55104

(651) 343-2608

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