The Lodge of Four Seasons
    March 27-29, 2019
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


    Registration for the 2019 MASA/MOSPRA Spring Conference is now open. The 2019 Conference will be packed with great breakout sessions, outstanding keynote talks, and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues.



    Conference Schedule

    Wednesday, March 27

    • 8:00 - Registration Opens
    • 9:00 - 2:00 - *Aspiring Superintendent Workshop - Sponsored by OPAA! Food Management
    • (*This session is separate from the conference.)
    • 10:00 - 1:00 - **Pre-Conference “Changing the Narrative with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo”
    • (**Participants must register for this session on the conference registration page.)

    Wednesday Afternoon Sessions

    • 2:00 - 3:15 - Opening General Session
    • Keynote Speaker - Dr. Joe Sanfelippo
    • 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 Blackboard
    • 7:30 - MOSPRA Awards Banquet - Sponsored by WEST/SchoolMessenger Solutions and Patron Insight, Inc
    • 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 28

    • 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
    • Speakers: Governor Parson; Commissioner Vandeven; AASA President Gaines

    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:
    • George K. Baum and Co.
    • American Fidelity Assurance Company
    • 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 29

    • 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

    DESE: Current School Finance Topics

    Leading Through Choice

    Developing Assessment Capable Learners & The Journey to National Blue Ribbon Schools

    Navigating SB 603 with Launch Virtual Courses

    DESE: State and Federal Accountability

    The Impact of School Choice: A Case Study

    Employee Wellness Impact


    Communications & Public Relations

    Embracing Chaos: Engaging Your Community Through Transition

    #ThisIsTech: A Rebranding of Vocational Education

    Sharing Your District’s Story Through VIdeo Storytelling: Highlighting the Bright Spots

    Highlighting Abilities of Students with Disabilities

    Crisis Communication Using the S.T.A.I.R. Way

    A Tale of Two Engagement Series

    Get that Chamber Chicken to Lay a Golden Egg

    Best Foot Forward: Equipping Leaders to Market Their Schools

    Cannonball! Maximizing the Social Media Splash for Your District


    Innovations / Enhancing Learning / Technology

    Leading the Evolution: How to Make Competency-Based Education a Reality

    1:1 Does NOT Mean You’re Done!

    Simplifying the Data Review Team Process

    The Four-Day School Week In Missouri -- Thirty-three Schools Take a Different Path

    Leading in a Climate of Innovation


    Legal Issues

    Sex & Gender in School: Challenges Facing Schools in 2019

    Sitting Ducks No More: Responding to Your Worst PR Nightmares

    The Hiring Process -- Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light

    Pot Quiz: What Your District Needs to Know About Medical Marijuana

    Mental Health at the Front of the Classroom

    What to Expect When Expecting Student-on-Student Harassment Litigation

    Navigating Discrimination Claims by Misbehaving Employees

    Custody, Residency & Homelessness: Who’s the Parent, Where Does the Student Live, and Where Can the Student Go to School?!


    Workforce Development

    How to Build an Employee-Friendly HR Online Portal

    In-House Teacher Pipelines: Starting a Grow Your Own Program

    Strategies for Engaging & Retaining Talented Employees

    Youth Apprenticeships, Teacher Externships, and Workforce Development Connections


    Pre-Conference Workshop

    MASA & MOSPRA will offer a special pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The session will include lunch.

    “Changing the Narrative: Telling the Powerful REAL Stories of Your Schools”

    Amazing things are happening in your schools every day, but is your community hearing them? What is the perception of your school district and how can you effectively tell the real story? Learn the tools and techniques to empower others to be the storytellers of your district.


    Opening General Session

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

    “Changing the Narrative”

    When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather…learn…leave…and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. School perception is often based on the narrative of those who attended years ago. Telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Utilizing social media and empowering those around you to be the storytellers of your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE...BUILD YOUR BRAND...CELEBRATE KIDS!!


    Thursday Luncheon Speakers

    The MASA/MOSPRA Thursday Luncheon will feature Missouri Governor Michael Parsons; Missouri Commissioner of Education, Dr. Margie Vandeven; and AASA President, Dr. Chris Gaines (Mehlville School District). Be sure to join your colleagues to hear more about the state of public education in Missouri and nationally.




    Room 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 over the next few weeks.  Please check back with us.  If you have questions, call (573) 638-4825 or email David Luther at MOSPRA_Director@iCloud.com.