• 2023 MASA/MOSPRA Spring Conference General Overview: Agenda, Pre-Conference Workshops, Keynotes, and Break-Out Sessions

    Get ready for the premier Missouri conference for public school superintendents, assistant superintendents, communications officers and other school leaders! Members of MASA and MOSPRA will gather March 22-24 at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Missouri, for outstanding professional development, powerful keynote speakers, and plenty of time to meet with colleagues and build your network.


    The conference will feature a great line-up of sessions on topics including school law, curriculum, leadership, public relations and communications, strategic planning, school finance, mental health, and innovative means to meet student needs. Among the presenters are key leaders at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, university scholars, legal experts, communication professionals, and members of MASA who are doing incredible work in their districts.



    Conference Schedule 

    (Subject to change)


    Wednesday, March 22

    8:00 - Registration Opens


    Special Wednesday Morning Workshops

    9:00 - 2:00 - *Aspiring Superintendent Workshop

    10:00 - 1:00 -- Pre-conference Session "Success Ready Student Network -- Leading & Learning

    10:00 - 1:00 -- Pre-conference Session "Beyond National Blueberry Day: Being Strategic and Successful on Social Media"

    12:00 1:00 -  Emerging Superintendents Coaching Program Discusssions


    Wednesday Afternoon Sessions

    2:00 - 3:15 - Opening General Session -- Keynote Speaker - Curtis Cain, 2022 AASA Superintendent of the Year

    3:30 - 4:30 - Breakout Sessions

    4:30 - 5:30 - Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall

    5:00 - 6:00 - Dialogue With The Commissioner


    Wednesday Evening

    4:30 - MOSPRA New Member Reception

    6:30 - MASA Awards Banquet

    6:30 - MOSPRA Banquet Reception

    7:00 - MOSPRA Awards Banquet

    9:00 - MOSPRA Award Recipients Celebration

    9:00 - MASA Dessert Reception For Honorees


    Thursday Morning, March 23

    8:00 - 11:30 - Registration Opens

    7:30 - 11:30 - Exhibits Open

    7:30 - Continental Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)

    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

    MOSPRA Administrator of the Year

    Speaker: Meagan Johnson, “Zap the Gap! Transforming Multi-Generational Teams”


    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

    7:00 - MASA / MOSPRA Fun Activity


    Friday Morning, March 24

    8:00 - MOSPRA Breakfast and Special Friday Session

    8:00 - MASA Breakfast and Business Meeting - MASA Breakfast

    9:00 - Legislative and School Finance Issues



    Wednesday Morning Group Sessions


    Aspiring Superintendent Workshop

    MASA will offer its annual workshop for those who aspire to one day serve as school superintendents. The workshop will include presentations on job expectations of the superintendent; contract issues; and the superintendent application and interview process.  (Registration is separate from the conference.)


    Emerging Superintendents Coaching Program Connection

    Participants in the new MASA Coaching program are invited to attend and connect with their coach. In addition, opportunities to connect and collaborate with other superintendents participating in the program will take place.


    Special Pre-conference Sessions (members will register sepatatly for these sessions)


    Success-Ready Student Network: Leading - Learning

    Join colleagues from the Success-Ready Students Network along with Bill Daggett (or a member of his team) to sharpen your saw on leadership for learning strategies. Participants will use their CSIP to reflect on ways they can engage stakeholders in designing personalized, competency-based learning systems that support students being high school, college, career and workplace ready. This session is designed to meet participants where they are and help them grow in their leadership learning journey.


    Presenters: Mike Fulton; Pam Hedgepath; Charles Pearson; and Jeremy Tucker


    Beyond National Blueberry Day: Being Strategic and Successful on Social Media

    School PR professionals know social media is a key component to any communications plan, but when the platforms seem to change the rules, design, and algorithms every time one logs in, it can make for a very frustrating part of the job.


    Participants should come prepared with logins and laptops as we dig into Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Areas to be covered include management components of each platform; tips and shortcuts; scenarios when things go wrong; and evaluation of  your district’s presence on social media.


    Presenter: Melissa McConnell, Manager of Professional Development and Member Engagement for the National School Public Relations Association



    Opening General Session - Wednesday - 2:00 pm


    Dr. Curtis Cain, Rockwood School District, 2022 AASA Superintendent of the Yeat

    Update from the Field”


    2022 AASA Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Curtis Cain (Rockwood, Mo. School District), will share his perspectives  on the current state of public education. Cain will cover everything from the challenges and trends he sees to the importance of setting distractions aside and focusing on the work in our classrooms, ensuring all students have the tools and support they need to be successful.


    Thursday Special Luncheon Session


    Meagan Johnson

    Zap the Gap! Transforming Multi-Generational Teams”


    Meagan Johnson is a nationally recognized multi-generational expert. Meagan has researched, written and spoken about the multiple generations since 1997. Her focus is on how to build a culture of multi-generational collaboration… not alienation. Rather than promoting generational stereotypes, Meagan explores what drives a generation to succeed.




    Breakout Sessions On Current Topics!


    Leadership, Administration & Finance

    • Current School Finance & Governance Topics (DESE)
    • Federal Relief Programs Update  (DESE)
    • Leadership & Ethics: Panel & Roundtables
    • Emerging Superintendent Coaching Program
    • Veteran Superintendent Collaborative Cohorts
    • Are You Ready for Your Next Ballot Initiative?
    • YES for Your Schools! Inform, Advocate and Bring Home a Win on Election Day
    • Women in Leadership Roundtables
    • First-Year Superintendents Panel and Discussion
    • Getting Your Community Engaged in the Legislative Process
    • Developing and Evaluating Your Leadership Team
    • Transportation Matters: Electric Buses, EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act; Clean School Bus Programs


    Curriculum & Instruction

    • Will There Be Any Five Day Week Schools In Five Years?
    • Utilizing Available Tools to Enhance District Improvement
    • Preparing an Enrollment Projection
    • Success-Ready Student Network: The Power of Partnership


    Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

    • Public School Proud
    • Student Voice Matters – and the Analytics Prove It
    • The Power of Promoting Your People
    • Amplify Your Communications from the Inside Out
    • Handling the Media Mob
    • 19 School Communication Tips from 19 + Years in the Trenches
    • Marketing To Your District
    • Forging Your Path: Your District’s and Your Own


    Innovations ● Enhancing Learning ● Teacher Shortage ● Mental Health

    • Seeking Alternative Schedules: A Trimester Model
    • Beyond the 8:00-3:00: Empowering Learners Through Their Families
    • A Strategy for Attracting and Retaining Teachers
    • Your Guide to SEL and School Based Mental Health
    • Navigating Mental Health Needs
    • Strategic Planning Beyond Academics
    • CSIP and Portrait of a Graduate Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
    • The 5k Calendar (Race, Restore, Recover, and Rest)
    • Addressing the Elephant in the Room about Missouri’s Teacher Shortage


    Legal Issues

    • Hiring for Success:  Ensuring Competitive and Compliant Hiring Practices
    • The Evolution of Virtual Education: Inclusion of special education requirements in MOCAP
    • Litigating the Culture Wars
    • Trending Student Discipline Quandaries in the 22-23 School Year
    • Safety, Security, and Student Discipline -- Protecting Students Staff and Others!
    • Student/Staff Communication: Encouraging Connection; Maintaining Boundaries
    • Order! Order! Public Participation at Board Meetings
    • Missouri Meets Mary Jane: A Discussion on Recreational Marijuana and Its Impact on Schools


    Registration cost: $290

    Pre-Conference Workshops: $50

    Aspiring Superintendents Workshop is a separate registration form.    



    MASA Members who are already in the AMP management platform will be taken directly to your AMP page.

    Important Instructions for Individuals that have not used our registration platform or Non-MASA Members: If you are not an active or group member of MASA and you have never logged in to our management platform before, please register as a non-member guest by selecting the "Member / Event Guest" icon, and completing the non-member application.  Then you will be able to register for this event or any other event of interest to you.

    (MOSPRA Members, unless you are a member of MASA through your district, you should follow the directions listed above and register as a non-member.)


    Conference Lodging



    Lodge of the Four Seasons


    Rates are $131 for single or double occupancy. Rates will be higher after February 19, 2023. Reservations received after February 19 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

    Reservations may be made at The Lodge of Four Seasons by calling 888-265-5500. Identify yourself as part of the MASA Group. Reservation cut off is February 19, 2023.

    Should the Lodge be fully booked, please have your name added to the waiting list.



    • The Regalia has reopened some availability [8 rooms now]  
    • The Resort at Lake Ozark is currently full – no additional availability in their overflow block
    • The LakeHouse is open for courtesy overflow at the conference rate:  Phone – 573-693-9336


    Other lodging in the area:

    Regalia Hotel: 573-723-3000 (Mention "MASA/MOSPRA Group Block")

    The Resort: 573-365-2081 (Mention "MASA/MOSPRA Group Block") 

    Port Randall Resort: 573-365-2081

    Camden on the Lake: 573-365-5620

    MASA & MOSPRA Contacts



    Melissa Shannon: melissa.shannon@mcsa.org


    Businesses Members, Vendors, and Exhibit Hall

    Melissa Shannon: melissa.shannon@mcsa.org

    Larry Rowe: larry.rowe@mcsa.org



    Please check with the Lodge of Four Seasons first, but if you have further questions, contact Melissa Shannon: melissa.shannon@mcsa.org


    Break-out Session Presentations and Conference Planning

    David Luther: david.luther@mcsa.org


    Other Conference-Related Questions

    David Luther:  david.luther@mcsa.org

    Kelly Hinshaw: khinshaw@mcsa.org

    Melissa Shannon: melissa.shannon@mcsa.org

    Doug Hayter: doug.hayter@mcsa.org


    MASA-Specific Questions

    Doug Hayter: doug.hayter@mcsa.org

    Melissa Shannon: melissa.shannon@mcsa.org


    MOSPRA-Specific Questions

    David Luther:  david.luther@mcsa.org or MOSPRA_Director@iCloud.com