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MESPA Institute 2018     February 7-9, 2018

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, over 25+ 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?! Registration opens November 1st.

Our 2018 Keynotes

Institute 2018 is already bound to be a success with these keynotes!

Principal Jimmy Casas will kick us off on Wednesday with "Leading Change to Move Beyond the Status Quo." Casas has over 22 years of experience as an educational leader, has won several awards (2012 Iowa Principal of the Year, 2015 Bammy Award for National Secondary Principal of the Year), and currently serves as the Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.

Dr. Yvette Jackson will wake us up on Thursday morning with her presentation on "Transforming Education for Equity through the Pedagogy of Confidence." Dr. Jackson is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Principal Gerry Brooks will close out Institute with a humor-filled talk about leading all staff in a positive and constructive manner. Brooks currently serves as an elementary principal in Lexington, Kentucky and works to spread humor in the world of education through his YouTube channel


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.

MESPA Speaks: Inspire & Be Inspired

We keep thinking MESPA Speaks can't get any better -- and then it does! Check out our 2017 videos (sponsored by Lifetouch) here! 

Want to be a part of something big?

CLICK HERE to apply for MESPA Speaks by November 10.
CLICK HERE to nominate a colleague!

Exhibit at Institute 2018 — February 7 & 8

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.

Meet our 2018 Co-Chairs!
We're continuing on with 3 Co-Chairs in 2018! Our Lakeville District Co-Chairs are ready to share in all the shenanigans -- err, learning -- at Institute 2018!

Bret Domstrand (@BretDom) principal at Lake Marion Elementary,
Paul Helberg (@CVEPrincipal) principal at Cherry View Elementary, and
Wade Labatte principal at Oak Hill Elementary!


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 to be notified when more information and sign-up is available.

Institute 2017 was a hit!

The results are in: you rated Institute 2017 as the best Institute ever! Our 2017 app is still up and you can still access materials and resources at mespainstitute2017.sched.com

Thanks to our 2017 exhibitors!

Our exhibitors made our conference a huge success! You can still check out our list of exhibitors and get in touch for great resources, products, and FUN for your school! 

Click here for a list of our 2017 exhibitors!

Want more High Quality PD?

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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