MASPA Roundtables

Private, small-group conversations for school members in August and September, 2020

July 30, 2020

One of the most valuable resources to any one person is the network of colleagues that they can call on for consultation, comparison, and sharing common experiences.  The occasional events and email groups supported by MASPA and the State Negotiators help peers to connect but we think that there is a more that can be done in these extraordinary weeks surrounding the start of the 20-21 school year. 

As guidance rolls-out and operations get under way, numerous new and unanticipated challenges are expected.  To help the network of school administrators respond, a new benefit has been created for dues-paying members of MASPA and State Negotiators.

For the months of August and September, 2020, MASPA will host weekly Roundtable meetings.  Participants in these sessions will spend the majority of the meeting time in small group breakout rooms of 3 to 5 school administrators.  The purpose of the small group format is to allow for confidential and inclusive conversation giving individuals the opportunity to bring specific scenarios to the table with peers from other districts.  The small group breakout time will be "bookended" with facilitated large group sharing of information.

MASPA Roundtable meetings are not a replacement to the regular schedule of State Negotiators meetings.  

Each Roundtable will be scheduled for 60 minutes from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and will be held Thursday or Friday.  The first meeting is 8/6.

Because the purpose of the Roundtables is to provide peer-to-peer collaboration opportunity, attendance will be restricted to dues-paying school members of MASPA or State Negotiators, attorneys from legal firm business members, and select representatives from partner organizations.

Schedule of Roundtables

Click the date to register.  If you're not currently a dues-paying member you can upgrade for the 20-21 membership year and attend all meetings. 
All meetings start at 12:00 p.m..

Thursday, August 6

Friday, August 14

Thursday, August 20

Friday, August 28

Thursday, September 3

Thursday, September 10

Thursday, September 17

Thursday, September 24

MASPA Roundtable meeting structure

Pre-meeting activities

  • Recruit Guest Facilitator the coming meeting

  • Create topic summary email for participants; include it as a link in registration/reminder emails.


Day of meeting

12:00 p.m. 


12:00 - 12:15


  • Describe meeting format & norms

  • Present Table Topics based on prior session outcomes/topics, hot threads on the email listserv, participant interest

  • Each topic is assigned number; attendees are asked to change their screen name to reflect the room number they want to be in (e.g., “4 - Sandy Jones”)

  • Instructions for each breakout room such as, identify a spokesperson, track major points, conflicts, questions.  Ideally record these in chat for the whole-group benefit

12:15 - 12:45 Breakout room conversations. 4 to 6 people per room, grouped by similar interest.
12:45 - 12:55 Whole group sharing: each room can shares significant questions or observations.
12:55 - 1:00

Meeting close: Reminder of upcoming events, resources, and next session. Request to complete feedback form.




Questions & Answers

Who can participate?

  1. Full members of MASPA and or State Negotiators.

  2. Dues-paying members of MASPA.

  3. Attorneys from legal firms that are current and new MASPA business members.

  4. Representatives from designated partner organizations such as MSBA and AMSD.

Do other Business Members have any way of participating in these meetings?

While the eligibility for live participation limits access, Business members will have the opportunity to place approved messages with the delivery of the sessions.  Placements can be arranged with the MASPA Coordinator.

How long will the Roundtables be scheduled?

The initial plan is to schedule weekly sessions through August and September, 2020.  The MASPA Board will periodically review the performance of the sessions to determine any changes to schedule within and beyond those first couple of months.

How is the success of the Roundtable session determined?

  • Participation

  • Participant feedback

Is there a drop-in option for non-dues-paying members?

No.  The operational cost of invoicing and collecting check payments prevents this.   Guests of dues-paying members may be added at the time the member registers.


How do participants sign-up to participate?

All meetings are posted at  Registration for members and guests is done through that site.  An email invitation will be sent to eligible participants three days prior to each event.


Will recordings be mode available if a member cannot attend?

No.  The value of the Roundtable is in the many peer-to-peer conversations that will happen simultaneously.  These conversations involve smaller groups and are more intimate than would be appropriate for replay out of context.


How will breakout rooms be determined?

Each breakout room will have 4 to 6 participants.  Participants will be assigned based on the following priorities: (1) common topic interest, then (2) similarity in geographic location, then (3) similarity in organization size.

Contact us

MASPA \ State Negotiators
PO BOX 4485
Saint Paul MN 55104

(651) 343-2608

MASPA is a nonprofit organization under IRC 501(c)(6) - FEIN: 26-2135974
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