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MASA Learning Labs: Focus on Experiential Learning


The MASA Learning Labs are an opportunity for district leaders to work within a small cohort of colleagues for collaborative learning, studying problems of practice, and working collectively to impart change.  


Focus of the Learning Labs

  • Continuous Improvement through Experiential/Real Life Learning
  • Defining Experiential Learning – What does it mean for your learners?


Commitments to the Learning Lab Process

  • Meet at least four times each year with other central office colleagues.  This includes two large group meetings occurring on October 12 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MASA office in Jefferson City and the other taking place at the MASA Spring Conference in March 2022.   There will then be at least two regional small group meetings in a district and dates selected by the regional team.
  • Openness to new learning and willingness to share your expertise
  • Serve as “consultants or thinking partners” for one another to foster individual learning and growth.
  • Be willing to host their regional team in their home district to observe programs.
  • Participate for 1-2 years.  The teams may decide to continue meeting after two years as deemed helpful to their learning.


Starting Date – MASA Learning Lab Launch is October 12, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the MASA offices:  3550 Amazonas in Jefferson City.  Lunch will be provided.


Participation Per Cohort

There will be approximately five central office leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors, etc.) in each group.  Dr. Sean Doherty will take lead on initiating the process and act as a consultant to the Learning Labs.


Who May Participate?

Any central office leader in any public school district, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors, etc.


Cost – There is no cost to participate in this program.


Benefits for Participants

  • Grow with peers through an in-depth learning experience and collegial interactions..
  • Develop professional learning connections throughout Missouri
  • Learn and be able to implement structures to effectively address problems of practice with peers.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of high-quality experiential learning opportunities for students and utilize feedback from their peers to continually improve program or offerings within their home districts.
  • Learn new structures for professional learning with their own districts.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of this new MASA learning endeavor.  They will get to be a part of the initial group and help create MASA Learning Labs for the future.

Deadline to register is September 30.