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MESPA Institute 2017     February 1–3, 2017

Join us for the professional development event of the year!

Institute hosts over 400 of your elementary and middle level principal colleagues. With presentations from two incredible keynotes, sessions rooted in technology and innovation, education equity and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, a Makerspace Showcase, and an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, how could you go wrong?! Click here to register!

MESPA Institute 2017 registration is open to current MESPA members, MASSP members, and superintendents.
To become a MESPA member click here.


Take time to explore our Makerspace Showcase at Institute to learn about different kinds of makerspaces, explore how makerspaces can promote diversity & equity, and gather ideas for your school!

Does your school have a phenomenal makerspace that you'd like to share with your colleagues? We'd love to have you join our Makerspace Showcase! Please complete this form and we'll be in touch! Please call the MESPA office with any questions!

Our NEW and IMPROVED Institute app is here! 

This app is both web and mobile friendly, and now there's no need to download anything onto your phone or tablet! Just simply go to mespainstitute2017.sched.org 

to view sessions and plan your learning! Click here to view the PDF "At A Glance" for a quick overview of the schedule.

40+ Breakout & Unconference Sessions

Did you know? Our breakout sessions are primarily led by MN principals! Check out great sessions, such as:

  • Developing Principals as Equity-Centered Instructional Leaders
  • Leadership, Equity, and Mental Health
  • Harness the Power of Your PLN (Professional Learning Network)
  • And more! Click here to view all sessions!

Our 2017 Keynotes

We are excited to announce our two keynote speakers for 2017!

Principal Baruti Kafele (@principalkafele) will open Institute 2017 with "Critical Leadership Questions to Inspire Schoolwide Excellence." Principal Kafele has been an urban public school educator for over 20 years in New Jersey schools. As a principal, he led the transformation of 4 NJ schools, including "the mighty" Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school to recognition by US New & World Report Magazine as one of America's best high schools.

Dr. Sharroky Hollie will open on Thursday morning with a wealth of knowledge on cultural responsiveness in education and education equity. As executive director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning, Sharroky serves as a national expert on cultural responsiveness and he and his team have worked with over 100,000 educators. Dr. Hollie is cofounder of the nationally acclaimed laboratory school Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS) a school that promotes culturally responsive pedagogy as its primary approach.


Recommend a Keynote Speaker!
Have you seen a keynote speaker recently that you really loved? Is there someone out there you've been dying to hear? Know of someone who would a perfect fit for Institute? Recommend them here! Any time of year, your recommendation is welcome and much appreciated.

"Hands down, the best part of the conference. So inspiring & motivating!"

- Evaluation feedback, 2016

Back by popular demand: MESPA Speaks!

MESPA Speaks returns to Institute 2017 with incredible talks by your colleagues! Check out 2017's presentations:

  • If We Weren't Elementary Principals - Paul Anderson
  • How Principals Can Empower Teachers - Elle Stefan
  • The Importance of Identity Work - Tim Brown
  • School Transformation: Doing it Right - Bondo Nyembwe
  • Leadership through an Equity Lens - Sarabeth deNeui
  • Do You See Me & Do You Like What You See? - Todd Goggleye
  • Let's Get the Band Back Together! - Eric Skanson
  • Remembering your Why - Chreese Jones

Click here to view 2016's MESPA Speaks presentations!

Plan your learning at the Unconference!

Click here to use the Unconference Brainstorming Forum to discuss topics that interest you & begin planning sessions!

The Unconference is driven by YOU and is an opportunity to lead and learn from your peers. Click the video to hear from Principal Liann Hanson, one of our Unconference facilitators.

NEW: Pre-Conference Book & Breakfast Club!

Join literacy gurus Bonnie Houck and Sandi Novak for a Book & Breakfast Pre-Conference session and learn more about how to ensure high-quality reading instruction using the Literacy Classroom Visit (LCV) Model. Bring a copy of the book the book and your experiences using the LCV instructions and collaborate with colleagues about how to develop a culture of literacy in your school.

Click here to check out the book!

Wednesday, February 1 - 10:15-11:30am
Choose this add-on in your Institute registration!

Earn FIVE extra CEUs and attend for just $15!

Meet our 2017 Co-Chairs!

We are so lucky to have THREE fabulous co-chairs at Institute 2017:
Ariana Wright (@ariana_wright) principal at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary in Kasson,
Kim DeWitte (@chattiger716) principal at Chatfield Elementary in Belle Plain, and
Chreese Jones (@chreesejones) principal at The Heights Community School in St. Paul!

Keep an eye out for their silly shenanigans (and important information, of course) as the year progresses!

Reserve your room at Institute 2017 with DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington at the reduced MESPA rate by clicking here.

Exhibit at Institute 2017 — February 1–2

Market your materials and services exclusively to Minnesota elementary and middle level principals and school decision makers at the annual convention of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association! 

In the words of Principal Lisa Carlson of Woodland Elementary in Eagan: "If you're not at Institute, principals simply don't know that you exist!" Exhibit registration opens in October! Click here for more information on exhibiting.

Upcoming events

Institute 2016 Overview

The Results are In!

This last year's institute was deemed a success! The keynotes, breakout sessions, MESPA Speaks, and unconference all received great reviews and feedback in the Institute Eval. Thank you for everyone who completed this evaluation - your feedback helps us learn what we're doing right and what we can work on to ensure you have the best Institute experience possible!

Institute 2016 App

You can still access the Institute App from 2016 here. Use this resource to refresh yourself on the keynote speakers you liked, the vendors you visited, and access any shared resources from our breakout sessions!

Thank you to our 2016 Exhibitors for making Institute possible! View all exhibitors and their contact information here. Also, a special thank you to our Business Partners for supporting MESPA year-round.

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