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2020 MASS/MCASE Virtual Fall Conference 
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September 21-22, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for the 2020 MASS/MCASE Virtual Fall Conference! 

Use the Conference menu below to quickly navigate between sessions. Click on the link for each session to connect to the live Zoom session.  All conference materials and session recordings will be accessible on this webpage following the conference. 

Following the conference, be sure to complete the evaluation by clicking on this link:  MASS/MCASE Virtual Fall Conference 2020 Evaluation. We value your feedback! And, if you're attending to earn OPI Renewal Unit credits, completing the survey will generate your certificate.  

Be sure to visit the SAM Business Partner & Vendor Virtual Exhibit Hall! It's like being back in the exhibit hall!  Stop by the exhibit booths to learn more.  Leave your name (by updating your 'Nickname' in the chat roll), organization, and email address in a chat for a chance to win PRIZES.  

To ensure a positive conference experience for all participants, please review the conference protocols.

If you have questions or are experiencing technical difficulties, leave a message in the chat during a session or email Gary ([email protected]), Kim ([email protected]), or Kirk ([email protected])


 2020 MASS/MCASE Fall Conference Agenda


Monday, September 21st

8:15-8:30 - Welcome and Introductions - Michelle Halberg and Casey Klasna

8:30-10:00 - Lead On! Helping Staff Thrive in Any Environment - Pete Hall
                          Lead On PowerPoint
                            Now What.pdf
                            Operational Norms.pdf

  • The challenges we're facing in education are numerous, daunting, and complex. How do we lead effectively in tumultuous times, on ever-changing platforms, under pressure-cooker conditions, with unpredictable futures? In this down-to-earth, upbeat address, award-winning former principal Pete Hall examines a handful of strategies we can take to keep our mindsets focused and positive. The better we are to ourselves, the better we are for our people. With optimistic reminders and realistic approaches, we can practice authentic self-care and offer genuine support to the people we lead, allowing the opportunity for staff and students to develop resilience and thrive in any environment. Lead on!

10:00-10:15 - Break & Visit Virtual Vendor Hall

10:15-11:15 - FAPE, Title IX and Masks:  What’s Next…Locusts?
Elizabeth Kaleva, Kaleva Law Office
                         PowerPoint Presentation

  • We will review updates on how to provide FAPE during this difficult time, how new Title IX regulations are impacting schools and special education and state/local health mandates that impact public schools.

11:15-11:30 - Break & Visit Virtual Vendor Hall

11:30-12:00 - SAM Lessons Learned & Future Focused - Updates, Resources, and Q&A - Kirk Miller, SAM Executive Director

     SAM Update 2020 MASS-MCASE Virtual Fall Conference 9-21-20

SAM Pin Award Winners 2019-20 for MASS-MCASE Fall Conference.

12:00-12:15 - Break & Visit Virtual Vendor Hall

12:30-1:30 - MASS Board of Directors Meeting


MASS -- Tuesday, September 22nd

8:00-8:10 - Welcome and Introductions - Casey Klasna

8:10-9:00 - AASA Update - Noelle Ellerson Ng

9:00-10:15 - School Size Caucus

  • AA - Rob Watson, Missoula County Public Schools
  • A - Tobin Novasio, Lockwood
  • B - Allison Evertz, Joliet
  • C - Brad Moore, Stanford
  • Independent Elementary - Cal Ketchum, West Valley
  • Native American School Leader Caucus - Jeremy MacDonald, Box Elder

10:15-11:00 - Legislative Topics Overview - Rick Duncan

     SAM Legislative Topics Overview MASS Virtual Fall Conf 2020 Duncan 9.22.20

11:00- 11:30 - MASS Awards Celebration


MCASE -- Tuesday, September 22nd

8:15-9:00 - MCASE Membership Meeting

     MCASE Membership Meeting DRAFT Agenda 9-22-20

9:00-9:15 - Break & Visit Virtual Vendor Hall

9:15-10:15 - OPI Special Education Division Presentation
                         OPI Hot Topics.pdf

10:15-10:30 - Break & Visit Virtual Vendor Hall

10:30-11:30 Breakout Sessions: MCASE Regions