MSCA Annual Conference

April 29, 2018 – May 01, 2018
Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minnesota


Theme: Anchor Your Passion

The Southwest Division will be hosting the MSCA Spring Conference this year April 29-May 1, 2018 and we are excited for you to join us for this professional conference!

We have two amazing keynote speakers lined up for the 2018 conference!  Manny Scott will be opening the conference on Sunday evening.  Mike Smith will be our featured keynote on Monday morning.  He is also offering an extended follow up session immediately following his large group keynote session.  You can access information about each keynote below!


Manny Scott –

Mike Smith –



Exhibitors Contact:

Should you have any questions to register as an exhibitor, please contact Jessica Kirschner –

Link to exhibitors form.  All exhibitor requests need to be submitted by March 1, 2018.


Programs Contact:

Heather Krause –

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Conference Planning CommitteeConference Tri-Chairs:

Amanda Bomstad –

Laura Zender –

Jessica Kirschner –

Costs for staying on site at Maddens

The below prices are subject to change-be sure to contact or visit Maddens site directly for the current prices.

The reservation deadline to stay on site at Maddens is March 30, 2018.

Make your Reservations at Maddens

Run of the House Room:

$478.31 Single Occupancy, per person

$308.87 Double Occupancy, per person

$252.36 Triple Occupancy, per person*

$224.11 Quadruple Occupancy, per person*


These rates include your lodging for Sunday and Monday evenings, we well as the following meals: Sunday Supper, Monday Breakfast, Monday Dinner Banquet, Tuesday Breakfast (Monday Lunch is included in your conference registration fee)


* For Triple and Quadruple Rates:

  • Please note that there are limited units with 3 or more beds at the resort
  • Guests registering for the triple or quad rate will be assigned to those units on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Once those are booked, you will have 2 options
  1. We will honor the triple or quad rate in our Run of the House rooms that has 2 beds/1 or 2 baths
  2. You can change your reservation to a single or double occupancy rate


If you book as a double, triple, or quad rate, but fewer people than indicated actually check in, you will be charged the rate based on the number of people that checked in for the stay (Example: if your initial registration indicated 4 people (quad rate), but only 2 checked in for the stay, you will be charged the double occupancy rate



  • Full package payment is required at the time of reservation request


Cancellation Policy:

  • You are responsible for your entire stay, early departures or reservation reduced in length are not refundable. Package payments are refundable, less a $25 cancellation fee if you cancel by March 28, 2018. Any cancellation made after March 28, 2018 will not receive a refund (replacements gladly accepted). Reservations made after the deadline are non-refundable.


The reservation deadline to stay on site at Maddens is March 30, 2018.

Link to programs submission form.  All proposals are due December 15th, 2017.


Programs Contact: Heather Krause –

MSCA Day on the Hill

The MSCA Team will provide updates on the 2018 Day on the Hill very soon. Please check back for more details.

2018 Day on the Hill: March 15, 2018

On behalf of the MSCA Government Relations Committee, we would like to thank all that attended The Day on the Hill on March 16th, 2017.

Never attended a Day on the Hill? Nervous about meeting with legislators? There is support for those who have never attended and opportunities to go along with veteran school counselors.

Photos from the 2017 Day on the Hill

Tentative Agenda 2017 : 

Convene at Education Minnesota Building (Basement Meeting Room): 41 Sherburne Ave, St. Paul MN 55103 (Basement Meeting Room)

  • 8:00 Welcome/Registration/Refreshments
  • 8:30 Welcome of Legislators
  • 9:00 Training by GR Team/Goff regarding advocacy/meetings
  • 10:00-3:00 Meetings with Legislators (arranged personally by individual counselors)
  • 12:00 Lunch will be available After lunch: Tours available of Capitol Building
  • 3:00 Debrief with GR team

CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATORS AND APPOINTMENTS FOR THE DAY: Begin contacting your legislators in the area where you live and/or the area where you work. Appointments should be made between 10:00 am and 3:00 if possible. If needed, appts can be made earlier and you can join the group at EdMN between appts. If you need to find out who your legislators are, here is a link

ATTIRE: Business casual is the recommended attire for the day as we meet with legislators. We are on the move often heading between buildings so comfortable shoes are recommended.

PARKING: Parking: In any public capitol complex lots or in the Bethesda Hospital complex

If you have any questions, contact your division president or GR chair or any of the MSCA Government Relations team:

Murray Smart, Government Relations Chair at 320-305-1397 or

Dr. Walter Roberts or

Tom Tillberry, MSCA President or

Leah Kent, MSCA President Elect or

Jillian McGee or

Julia Corneil-Smith or