Summer Seminar

The 2024 Summer Seminar — “Effective Leadership for Student Success” — is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2024, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park (7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park).

Why you should attend: High-functioning boards can increase student success. At MSBA’s Summer Seminar, see how you can focus on student learning. Hear about the relationship between good governance and student achievement. Learn from other boards who are seeing their students soar.

Summer Seminar events at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest:

Summer Seminar Highlights

Summer Seminar: “Effective Leadership for Student Success” | Monday, August 5, 2024 | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park)

Featured Speakers

Dr. Phil Gore, Chief Learning Officer, Idaho School Boards Association
“Governing for Improved Student Success”
Though far from the classroom, research demonstrates a relationship between school boards and student success. Consider ways your board could improve perspectives, knowledge and skills, and actions that support student success. Learn how to lead with a unified plan.

Dr. Terry Morrow, General Counsel, Minnesota School Boards Association
“The Impact of School District Policies on Student Success”
School district policies serve a wide range of functions from facilitating district legal compliance to offering a comprehensive resource for the district’s community. This presentation focuses upon a key role for school district policies: supporting student success. We will discuss a set of MSBA model policies and ways in which school boards can enhance student success through policy development.

Dr. Sonn Sam, National Director of Partnerships, Big Picture Learning
“What Happens When We Believe All Young People are Brilliant?”
Dr. Sonn Sam will explore the transformative impact of truly believing in the brilliance of all young people. Drawing from his extensive experience in educational leadership, including his roles as Chief Innovation Officer, Regional Director, and National Director of Partnerships, Dr. Sam will illustrate how shifting our perspective from a compliance-driven system to a learner-driven system can fundamentally alter the educational landscape. This belief fosters a more inclusive and equitable environment and empowers students to achieve their fullest potential. Dr. Sam will share practical insights and strategies for school board members to implement this paradigm shift in their districts.

The Breakout Session lineup will be announced soon. Check back for future agenda items!

Access registration and hotel information below.

Summer Seminar Registration and Hotel Information

Event Registration

Registration fees:
Register by June 29: $295
Register between June 30 and July 19: $315
Walk-in rate (after July 19): $335

Direct any registration-related questions to Jen Ebert.

Hotel Reservations

Hotel: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Room rate: $159 per night (plus tax)

Hotel reservation deadline: Monday, July 15, 2024

Early Bird Session: Strategic Advocacy for Student Success

What: Strategic Advocacy for Student Success

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2024

Where: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, 7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park

Presenters: Denise Dittrich (MSBA Director of Government Relations) and Kim Lewis (MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations)

Why you should attend: This interactive workshop is designed to equip school district leaders with a thorough understanding of the legislative process and effective advocacy strategies. Tailored specifically for education professionals, participants will learn to engage with elected officials at state and federal levels. The program provides practical tools for building strong relationships and valuable insights into the political landscape. Attendees will gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed to advocate effectively on behalf of their community, schools, and students.

Early Bird Session fees: $125 for advance registration | $135 for walk-in rate (after July 19)

Registration: Click here to register for the Early Bird Session.

Registration deadline: July 19, 2024

Direct any registration-related questions to Jen Ebert at

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2024 Summer Seminar

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Meeting Participants for the Summer Seminar

Cancellations made 10 days or more prior to the event will not be charged. Pre-paid registrants will receive a full refund.

Cancellations made 3 to 9 days prior to the event will incur a $100 fee.

Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to the event will be responsible for the full fee.

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