MSBA Annual Conference
September 26-29, 2019

In the fall, MSBA hosts the MSBA Annual Conference in cooperation with MASA – the largest gathering of education leaders in Missouri. The conference features nationally recognized speakers and nearly 100 sessions on a variety of timely topics. The Delegate Assembly convenes during the Annual Conference to adopt the legislative resolutions.

Annual Conference Program Book

Annual Conference Presentations

Conference Deadlines
September 6th – Registration/Cancellation Deadline:  Pre-registration ends. Additional registrations will be accepted on-site during the conference at the late registration rate of $290 per person. This is also the last day conference cancellations are accepted. Cancellations are accepted in writing, e-mailed, or postmarked no later than September 6th and are charged a $50 processing fee. Sorry, no refunds given after September 6th.  Email cancellations to

September 8th – Tan-Tar-A Resort Cancellation Deadline:  Contact the hotel directly to make cancellations. Deposits will be refunded only when cancellation notice reaches the Tan-Tar-A office by September 8, 2019.  Your deposit will be forfeited if any change in the arrival and/or departure date of your reservation occurs after September 8, 2019.

Dr. Donyall Dickey is a nationally recognized authority on curriculum, instruction, organizational development, and administration of schools. Through strategic planning, knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and attention to the professional development delivery model, Dr. Dickey achieved significant gains as a Regional Superintendent of Schools in Philadelphia where he managed a diverse network of 33 schools. Dr. Dickey also served as the Chief Academic Officer of the School District of Philadelphia. He also served students and families in Atlanta as the Chief Schools Officer and Chief Academic Officer of Atlanta Public Schools.

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Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. 

Wes’ first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore, and This Way Home.

Wes grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. 

Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative tech platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. BridgeEdU reinvents freshman year for underserved students. Wes remains chairman of the board of directors at BridgeEDU. He has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York. 

Wes’ proudest accomplishments are his two children with his wife Dawn.

Sponsored by

MSBA Legacy of Leadership Awards, MSBA Student Video Contest Winner, MASA Superintendent of the Year Award and recognition of Missouri Teacher of the Year!
And you won’t want to miss a very special announcement!

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Addressing Three of the Biggest Challenges Schools Face Today: High Achievement, Sufficient Finances and Mental Health Resources

Kim Ratcliffe, Ed.D., has directed the MSBA Medicaid Consortium since its creation in 2008.  A 48-year veteran of special education, Kim will present background information on how schools and Medicaid got connected and why it is part of the solution to addressing high achievement for all students; adequate financing of required medical services; and a means of accessing mental health services for students.  Three panelists will offer their perspectives and experiences to address the nuts and bolts of these issues and how action can yield results in Missouri schools today. You will leave this session with practical ideas of what you might do in your district to further address these issues.     


Perry Hilvitz, Ed. D., has worked as a public school educator, building administrator and district administrator for 29 years.  He currently serves as the assistant superintendent in the North Kansas City School District and sits on the boards of Tri-County Mental Health and the Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance of Missouri.  His district currently provides health, mental health, vision and dental services to thousands of students each year.

Molly Ticknor, MA, ATR, LPC is the Executive Director of the Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance. Ms. Ticknor is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Registered Art Therapist with over 25 years of combined experience within the mental health, school systems and social service fields, as a clinician, supervisor and educator. Ms. Ticknor has served as an active member of the Missouri School Boards’ Association School- Based Health Center Task Force and she played an active role in the development of the School-Based Health procedures and Medicaid standards. She has worked to develop trauma-informed school-based physical and mental health programming, collaborating with school administrators, teachers and counselors to meet the socio-emotional needs of the students and families.

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Jaime Fessler – Manager, Conferences & Events
573-445-9920, ext. 303

Sharon Horbyk – Director, Business Development
573-445-9920, ext. 373

MSBA’s Student Showcase of
Public School Choice
Colleen Mahon – Administrative Specialist
573-445-9920, ext. 340

Awards Presented at Annual Conference

2019 Student Video Contest
Be Wise…Speak Up…Save Lives
Learn More  |  Entry Form

Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award
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Legacy of Leadership Awards
The Carter Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award
Nomination Form

The Paul Morris Community Service Award
Nomination Form

Attendee Information

Offsite Lodging
Tan-Tar-A Conference Center (Margaritaville Lake Resort) Meeting Room Map
Golf Tournament

Exhibitor Information

An Invitation to Exhibit
Page & Brown Shipping Form
Tan-Tar-A Conference Center (Margaritaville Lake Resort) Extras
Tan-Tar-A Conference Center (Margaritaville Lake Resort) Load-In Information