June 17-19, 2021 | University Plaza Hotel, Springfield

Igniting Great Ideas Summit Special Events

Thursday, June 17 (separate registration and fee required)

Igniting Great Ideas Summit – $170

 Friday, June 18                                                                 

8:30 am – 9:45 am           Welcome and General Session

          • Empowering School Leaders in Expanding Connectivity, Tim Arbeiter, Director, Broadband Development, Missouri Department of Economic Development

10:00 am – 11:15 am      Concurrent Sessions 

          • MSBA Equity Policy Toolkit
          • Competency Based Learning
          • Human Trafficking: More Than Meets the Eye!
          • Addressing the Missouri Teacher Shortage

11:30 am – 12:45 pm      Awards Luncheon and General Session

          • Statewide Belcher Scholarship Winner
          • Board Member Certification Awards

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm          Concurrent Sessions

          • The UnSchool Challenge – Liberty Academy
          • Learning in the Post COVID Era
          • Legislative Roundup
          • Grow Your Own: A Conversation with District Leaders on Teacher Recruitment

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm          Concurrent Sessions

          • Expanding and Sustaining Healthcare Services: Leveraging ESSER Funds and Medicaid Revenue
          • School Protection Officers and More
          • Board Member Refresher Training
          • Teachers Recruiting Future Teachers: Perspectives on Grow Your Own Programs

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm          Delegate Assembly and DESE Updates

Evening                            Dinner on your own

Saturday, June 19

8:00 am –11:00 am          Governance Team Awards Breakfast and General Session

     Sponsored by 

          • Governance Team Awards
          • General Session: Leveraging COVID Relief Funds for Schools, Dr. Kari Monsees, Deputy Commissioner, Financial and Administrative Services, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


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Information for Delegates

Hotel Information
University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
333 S. John Q Hammons Pkwy
Springfield, MO 65806
Room Rate – $123 plus taxes.
(Rate expires Monday, May 31)

Speaker Biographies

Tim ArbeiterMr. Tim Arbeiter
Director, Office of Broadband Development
Missouri Department of Economic Development

Tim joined the Missouri Department of Economic Development as the state’s new Director of Broadband Development in July, 2018. He leads the effort to address Missouri’s broadband needs, work with all public and private partners, and deploy new concepts for broadband in the state’s rural economies. Prior to his work for the State, Mr. Arbeiter worked for two Chambers of Commerce in Lee’s Summit and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He holds the Institute of Organization Management (IOM) designation from the US Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Arbeiter attained his Masters in Counseling (2000) and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (1997) from Southeast Missouri State University.

Kari Monsees

Dr. Kari Monsees
Deputy Commissioner, Financial and Administrative Services,
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Dr. Kari Monsees is completing his first year as Deputy Commissioner for Financial and Administrative Services at DESE. He retired as superintendent of the Raymore-Peculiar School District in 2020.  Dr. Monsees previously served as Chief Financial Officer in the Wentzville School District. Prior to that, he held administrator positions in the Warrensburg School District and the Moniteau County R-I School District. He began his career as a teacher and athletic director in the Smithton R-VI School District. In his role at DESE, Dr. Monsees is responsible for various aspects of school finance and governance, the distribution of state and federal funds to schools, as well as many of the internal operations of DESE.