The Lodge of Four Seasons
    March 25-27, 2020
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday





    Registration for the 2020 MASA/MOSPRA Spring Conference is now open. The 2020 Conference will be packed with great breakout sessions, outstanding keynote talks, and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues.


    Conference Schedule

    Wednesday, March 25
    • 8:00 - Registration Opens
    • 9:00 - 2:00 - *Aspiring Superintendent Workshop - Sponsored by OPAA! Food Management
    • (*This session is a separate registration from the conference and the form will be posted and mailed soon.)

    • 9:30 - 1:30 - **Pre-Conference “Safe and Responsive Schools: Strategies and Communication” with Rick Kaufman, APR
    • (**Participants must register for this session on the conference registration page.)

    Wednesday Afternoon Sessions
    • 2:00 - 3:15 - Opening General Session
    • Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bruce Baker

    • 3:30 - 4:30 - Breakout Sessions
    • 3:30 - 6:30 - Exhibits open
    • Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company
    • 5:30 - 6:30 - Dialogue With The Commissioner

    Wednesday Evening
    • 6:30 - MASA Awards Banquet - Sponsored by Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, PC and Horace Mann
    • 4:30 -- MOSPRA New Member Reception -- Sponsored by MarketVolt
    • 6:30 - MOSPRA Banquet Reception - Sponsored by Intrado/SchoolMessenger Solutions
    • 7:30 - MOSPRA Awards Banquet - Sponsored by Blackboard
    • 9:00 - MOSPRA Award Recipients Celebration - Sponsored by Peachjar and Blackboard
    • 9:00 - MASA Dessert Reception For Honorees - Sponsored by United Health Care

    Thursday Morning, March 26
    • 8:00 - 11:30 - Registration Opens
    • 7:30 - 11:30 - Exhibits Open
    • 7:30 - Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by ACI/Boland Architects
    • 8:30 - 9:30 - Breakout Sessions
    • 9:30 - 10:30 - Time To Visit Exhibit Hall
    • 10:30 -11:30 - Breakout Sessions

    Thursday Luncheon
    • 11:30 - General Session Luncheon - Sponsored by L. J. Hart & Co. and
    • EdCounsel LLC School Attorneys
    • MOSPRA Administrator of the Year
    • Speaker: Sean Covel

    Thursday Afternoon
    • 2:00 - 3:00 Breakout Sessions
    • 3:00 - 3:30 Refreshment Break
    • 3:30 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions

    Thursday Evening
    • 5:30 - President’s Gala Reception - Exhibit Door Prizes Announced
    • Sponsors by: Stifel, American Fidelity Assurance Company, and
    • Missouri Propane Education Research Council (MOPERC)
    • 8:30 -- MOSPRA Special Thursday Evening Event -- Sponsored by Thoughtexchange
    • 7:00 - Fun Activity - Sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company and Guin Mundorf, LLC

    Friday Morning, March 27
    • 8:00 - MOSPRA Breakfast and Special Friday Session - Sponsored by Unicom●ARC & Gabbart Communications
    • 8:00 - MASA Breakfast and Business Meeting - MASA Breakfast Sponsored by Mickes O’Toole, LLC
    • 9:00 - Legislative and School Finance Issues

    Breakout Sessions On Current Topics!

    Leadership, Administration & Finance
    • Current School Finance Topics (DESE)
    • You Can’t Press Unsend: Life Changing Consequences for Social Media Posts
    • Visioning a High School for the Future
    • A Superintendent’s Budgeting Journey
    • Behavior and How We Address it
    • Supporting LGBT Administrators, Teachers, and Students in Missouri’s Public Schools
    • Employee Wellness Impact
    • Propane buses: Turn fuel $ Into School $
    • Leadership Development Partners – Missouri’s Leadership Development (DESE)
    • MSIP and ESSA Updates (DESE)

    Communications and Public Relations
    • Preparing for the Firestorm: November 2020 Elections
    • How to Survive a Social Media Fire: The Good, Bad & Ugly
    • Your Parents: What Are They REALLY Thinking?
    • Harnessing the Power of Alumni
    • Keep Calm and Call the PR Pro
    • RepMO Hero: Creating An Effective Employee Recognition Program to Supercharge Your Culture
    • Psychology in Design
    • Boost Parent Engagement on Multiple Levels through an Award-Winning Event
    • Connecting Construction & Community: Impactful Communications During Bond Construction
    • PR Gold Mine: Multiple Mini-Sessions
    • Proverbs for PR: 20 Things It Took Us Too Long To Learn (Special Friday MOSPRA Session)

    Innovations ● Enhancing Learning ● Technology ● Mental Health
    • Care Days: How to Utilize Mondays On A Four-Day Week to Provide Health and Mental Health Care to Students
    • Beyond the Score: Using Student Interviews for Strategic Planning
    • Practical Implications of the 4 Day School Week: Superintendents’ Perspectives
    • Simplifying the Data Review Team Process
    • A Framework for Transitioning to Standards-Based Instruction, Assessment, and Reporting
    • Curriculum Review: A Quick Reference Guide for Administrators
    • SUBstantive SUBstitute Session (DESE)
    • Best Practices in Virtual Course Processes and Policies
    • Making the Call for Student Success - Phones Away During the Day
    • Place-Based Instruction to Increase Engagement, Achievement, and Attendance
    • Moving From Loud to Crowd - Crowdsourcing & Getting Beyond the Loud Voices
    • Trauma-Informed Schools, Social Emotional Learning, School Mental Health - WHAT’S UP? (DESE)

    Legal Issues
    • Legal Drugs in School: The Highs and Lows
    • A Practical and Legal Overview of Interviews during Discrimination/Harassment Investigations
    • They Posted WHAT????
    • Data Breaches: Legal Compliance and Risks
    • From Bad to Worse: How to Get Out In Front of a PR Nightmare without Getting Sued
    • Top Eight Employment Mistakes Your District Is Absolutely (Maybe) Making
    • Navigating the Use of Titles for Staff within the Gender Spectrum

    Conference Speakers & Special Presentations

    Pre-Conference Workshop

    “Safe and Responsive Schools: Strategies and Communication”  Rick Kaufman, APR

    School safety is a top of mind concern for parents, school staff and educational leaders. With few exceptions, our schools and communities are faced with the dilemma of how to protect the integrity of the environment where learning takes place amidst a world of increasing violence. The concerns for school safety are not new. The challenges are real. In this engaging session, participants will: 1) Understand the elements of Safe and Responsive Schools; 2) Explore best practices to manage a crisis, and 3) work through school crisis table-top scenarios.

    (Please be sure to note on your registration form that you plan to attend this session.)

    Opening General Session

    Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Bruce Baker
    “School Funding Myths and Realities: Show-Me State Edition”

    How well are Missouri schools doing as they work to provide quality education while constantly dealing with funding challenges? What does the research tell us about how and why equitable and adequate financing, and substantial, sustained school finance reforms matter for short and long term student outcomes? Bruce Baker will break these issues down as well as sharing estimates of cost to achieve academic goals (including a look at which states are doing this well and which are floundering). An expert in school finance with a wry sense of humor, Bruce Baker is always a favorite speaker for administrators.

    Thursday Luncheon

    Keynote Speaker:
    Sean Covel
    “The Word that Shapes Our World”

    So here’s the thing; your mind is a computer, pure and simple. And a computer has only one function: to answer questions. The questions you ask your mind result in answers that shape the way you see the world and how you interact in it. When you consider what questions others are asking themselves, you unlock the key to creating deep connections, find opportunities to collaborate on building great things, and gain a powerful tool to re-direct the lives of students and community members who are all but defeated in many aspects of their lives.

    The most powerful questions you can ask yourself rely on one single word. It is a word that, more than any other, has shaped the entire modern world... And it is a word you already use each and every day.


    Hotel Registration

    Reservations @ The Lodge of Four Seasons (We encourage members to register soon as rooms fill quickly.)

    MASA and MOSPRA members may book their hotel room by calling reservations at The Lodge of Four Seasons: 888-265-5500 or by going online:


    No login/attendee code is needed.

    More information about the conference will be posted as we approach the 2020 conference.  Please check back with us.  If you have questions, call (573) 638-4825 or email David Luther at MOSPRA_Director@iCloud.com.