MASPA 2019 Fall Conference

Communicate to Engage

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 8:00 to 3:00 p.m.

DoubleTree Park Place, Minneapolis, MN

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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 - 10:00

The Nine Principles: Principal #8 -- Communication at All Levels

Dr. Kathy Oropallo, Leader Coach, Studer Eduction
When organizational leaders are intentional about aligning their goals, actions and values and are clear with communicating this at all levels, employees know what is expected, better understand their sense of purpose, and can see the difference they make as they engage in worthwhile work. This session will explore common scenarios leaders encounter in the workplace using tactics and tools to help leaders effectively communicate and engage employees at all levels.
Florida State University
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
State University of New York at Oswego
B.S. Elementary Education

State University of New York at Oswego

Kathy’s unique work experience crosses public, private and non-profit educational sectors. She brings a unique a diverse perspective as she collaborates and partners with transformational leaders in high-performing organizations and systems. Kathy has also successfully helped schools and organizations align and narrow priorities in order to achieve results that last. Her Florida Department of Education administrative leadership, managing federal grants and delivering professional services to all 67 counties in Florida, has built long-lasting relationships with educators in Florida and across the country.

She also has a deep passion for designing unique adult and student learning experiences. As a curriculum designer, she has gained hours of school improvement experience in some of the most challenging demographics in the U.S. (including large urban districts and small, rural districts), while achieving consistent results in student achievement, school transformation and sustainability.

She has developed and published materials and professional learning for thousands of educators around the country. Kathy’s work includes pioneering a national youth educational outreach program for highly-recognized organizations like the National Football League that reached more than 1 million youth across it’s twelve-year run, as well as University and school, teacher leadership partnership programs for the National Writing Project that developed more than 200 teacher leaders in literacy.

Built on a strong knowledge foundation of learning and brain-based sciences, as well as improvement science, Kathy has delivered more than 7000 hours in professional development and learning with leaders and educators around the country. This experience in adult learning constantly reminds her that we are all learners and eagerly drives her to continuously wonder and grow beside these very important educational leaders and thought partners.

 10:00 - 10:15

Morning Break

 10:15 - 11:15

Communication at All Levels, cont.

Dr. Oropallo

 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 - 12:30


 12:30 - 1:45

Building an Engaged Workforce, a District Case Study

Dr. Matt Hillmann, Superintendent, Northfield Public Schools
Molly Viesselman, Director of Human Resources, Northfield Public Schools
Sam Richardson, Principal, Greenvale Park Elementary School

Sustainable change involves participation of leaders throughout any organization.  In this session, attendees will learn how Northfield Public Schools is working to systematically build employee engagement at all levels through its partnership with Studer Education.  In the course of the presentation, the audience will hear perspectives from building, HR department, and district-wide leadership.
 1:45 - 2:00

Afternoon Break

 2:00 - 3:00

Legal Update for Public School Human Resource Professionals:  Recent Legislation, Case Law and Trends.

Maggie Wallner, Attorney & Shareholder, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

This session will review the 2019 legislative session and recent developments in employment and labor law, anti-discrimination/accommodation law, data practices, and due process requirements.  Participants will have an opportunity to discuss how to apply the changes and trends in the law to their decision-making and responsibilities in personnel management.
Maggie R. Wallner has provided legal counsel to numerous Minnesota school districts for three decades. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment and labor law, administrative hearings, the administration of collective bargaining agreements and grievance arbitration, discrimination and civil rights law, student discipline, education law and employee benefits. She has also represented school districts in litigation matters in state, federal and appellate courts.

Maggie is a frequent lecturer, most prominently in the areas of discrimination and civil rights laws, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, public sector employment law, teacher tenure law and sexual harassment.

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

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Saint Paul MN 55104

(651) 343-2608

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