The Minnesota Association of School Administrators has begun a yearlong initiative to bridge the space between our visions for the future of Minnesota’s schools and the realities of today. “Minnevate!” is a dialogue process to build an action agenda for Minnesota educational leadership, and Education Futures LLC is proud to be engaged in this initiative.
75 participants joined MASA as we launched Minnevate! on December 3rd with an event that included conversations surrounding the opportunities for Minnesota’s schools in the future, engaging key stakeholders to develop collective capacity around a common agenda, and collaborative opportunities to create positive futures for Minnesota’s youth. Presenters included Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, MASA Richard Green Scholar Aaron Ruhland, and Education Futures founder John Moravec.
Constituents from many stakeholder groups engaged in rich conversation, discussions focused on how we can come together and truly work as a state on behalf of every child, focusing on what we all can agree upon and not what we don’t agree upon.
The Minnevate! website archives this ongoing conversation – with cultivated ideas presented in our “ideas” section. We also took some photos that helped to capture the spirit of the event; and, with the help of VoiceHive‘s Jeff Brown, we took a snapshot of our “Minnevator Mood.”
We are grateful to the students, faculty, and staff of the Art of Hosting Community of Practice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota for acting as table hosts for the December 3rd conversation and providing the conversation summaries that are posted on this website.
Results from the December meeting will help inform our work in the following months as we continue the conversation with communities across Minnesota, connecting with each of MASA’s nine regions. Our final product, to be released in autumn, 2014, will be an agenda for action that school leaders can use to build positive futures for education in Minnesota.
You are invited to read and respond to World Café summaries and cultivations from our table hosts:
- Merrie Benasutti
- Brittany Edwards
- Susan Engelmann
- Jessica Green and Cass McLaughlin
- Leah Hakkola
- Cristina Lopez
- Vicki O’Day
- Danette Olsen
- Alfonso Sintjago
- Tobias “Toby” Spanier
To learn more about the Minnevate! project, visit http://minnevate.mnasa.org