2020 School Leadership Conference

Save the Dates!
Monday, September 28 – Wednesday September 30, 2020
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, Deerwood, Minnesota

2019 School Leadership Conference
September 23-25, 2019

Click here to view pictures from this year’s conference


School Leadership Conference Planning Committee

Joel Landskroener, Executive Director, Mayer Lutheran High School
Barry Lieske, President, DeLaSalle High School
Wyayn Rasmussen, Executive Director, Academy of Whole Learning
Kari Staples, Principal, St. Alphonsus Catholic School

Conference Agenda

Conference highlights

  • Monday evening President’s Reception. A great way to meet and reconnect with other attendees, partner sponsors, and the conference planning committee and staff. First time attendees are highly encouraged to attend.
  • After a full day of sessions on Tuesday, relax and enjoy some recreation opportunities such as complimentary golf on the 9-hole course, bike rentals, or a pontoon ride on Bay Lake (weather permitting)
  • Before dinner on Tuesday, attend the Sponsor Reception at the Bear Pine Bar with complimentary appetizers and drink tickets provided.
  • An after-dinner bonfire (weather permitting).
  • Ample networking breaks and time to visit with sponsors throughout the conference day on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
  • Conference ends at 11:30 AM on Wednesday,

Conference cost

The School Leadership Conference is for member schools only*. Cost includes lodging, meals, (day rate includes lunch only), reception,  recreation options, and conference materials.

Special pricing for first-time attendees~two nights for the price of one!

Stay Price
Two nights

One night

Day only

First time attendees




$250/one or two nights

*If you are interested in joining MISF get more information here, or contact Tim Benz, MISF President, at [email protected]

Session Topics*

  • Blended Learning ~ Kari Staples and Staff from St. Alphonsus Catholic School:
    What is Blended Learning? Already using technology to differentiate instruction?  Many educators have differing definitions of what a Blended Learning classroom looks like. This session will introduce leaders to the emerging trends, thoughtful implementations, and lessons learned from teachers and administration in their own blended learning initiative. You will hear and see the lessons of one school who took Blended Learning to the next level.  How they became a data rich environment, where students began to take ownership of their own learning and what Blended Learning can look like in a variety of classrooms!
  • Forum for Inducting, Retaining and Supporting Teachers (F.I.R.S.T.) ~ Brian Sullivan, Headmaster, and Kelly Capp,  FIRST Director, Maranatha Christian Academy: 
    Maranatha Christian Academy’s Forum for Inducting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers (F.I.R.S.T.) Program is designed to provide new teachers with the 3-year support they need to be successful in the classroom and in their career. In a world where many teachers are quitting after two years, this program is one that I think keeps teachers in the field for a lifetime. (Recipient of the 2019 MISF Program Award)
  • Teacher Retention in Private Schools ~ Dr. Wyayn Rasmussen, Executive Director, Academy of Whole Learning:
    Private school teachers have greater satisfaction in their jobs than their public school peers, yet they are leaving the profession at much higher rates. Why is this and what can we do about it? This presentation will present researched strategies that work to increase teacher recruitment and retention. Hint – it’s not salaries.
  • HR/Employment and Student Legal Topics ~ Phyllis Karasov, Shareholder, Larkin Hoffman
    HR, employment and student related issues can be time consuming, and overwhelming. In this session, Phyllis Karasov of Larkin Hoffman, will highlight a variety of issues that commonly arise in employment law and in student affairs. Phyllis will help guide attendees through other potential HR, employment and student related legal pitfalls. If you have a specific topic for discussion at the School Leadership Conference enter it here – all inquiries will be kept confidential.
  • Equitable Services for Private Schools ~  Michael Coppotelli, Associate Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of New York 
  • Educational Leadership as Vocation ~ Dr. Mary Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict
    Leadership: As we engage in the challenging, yet immensely rewarding, work of leading, teaching, mentoring and supporting the next generation of learners, how do we sustain ourselves? This session will explore why our work as leaders is so much more than administration. Dr. Hinton will help us to understand and appreciate our work as vocation and encourage us to use that lens as we undertake this critically important task.

*More descriptions and details comingTopics may be changed or added.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the School Leadership Conference click here for more information or contact Lisa Vosbeek at 651-424-4930 ~ [email protected].

2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor