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MESPA professional development is designed to meet the needs of today's principals. Working with members, MESPA identifies the most relevant and engaging professional development topics each year to ensure MN principals have the training and support they need.

"Institute and MESPA workshops help keep principals informed with high quality professional development... MESPA keeps us connected, provides us with assistance, and supports us with our needs.”

– Jeffrey Lund, Marshall County Central Schools

MESPA PD Snapshot

MESPA Members: Interested in leading a seminar? Do you have a great idea that other members need to hear? Contact Rachel Dillon, Program Manager (rachel@mespa.net) with your ideas!

Early Career Principals Workshop

Join us for this BRAND NEW workshop for principals who are new or early in their careers! Designed by early career principals alongside veteran principals, this interactive, participant-driven workshop provides time to problem-solve with colleagues, build your PLN, participate in an Unconference, ask a Q&A panel your burning questions, receive school law advice, discover tangible resources to bring back to your building, and network with colleagues!

Registration is just $95, PLUS you get 1/2 off of a 21CSO registration AND 6 CEUs!

Click here for more info!

PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series

Improve your school's readiness and alignment of policies and practices across the P-3 continuum to prepare strong PreK-3 programs in your school. Over 150 principals and their teams have gone through the series. Don't miss out!

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Twin Cities: Sep 19, Oct 10, Oct 30, Nov 14, Dec 5

Total series costs: $125 for principal (includes all 5 days) plus just $25/team member, per day. Build the team that works for YOUR building!

Building PreK-3 Systems: Alignment to Coherence

Back by popular demand! This series focuses on taking action. Build the knowledge and skills you need to foster greater coherence and capacity to implement effective, sustained MN PreK-3 systems.

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This four-day series begins October 4 and is just $200 per person for the whole series!

Presented by Joanne Quinn, co-author of Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools with Michael Fullan. Director of Whole System Change & Capacity Building at Michael Fullan Enterprises, where she leads the design of strategic whole system capacity.

21st Century School Office

Just $150 for a principal and secretary team!

Twin Cities: October 27, 2017 - Click here to register

Run a more efficient, organized, and effective school office so you can focus on what really matters -- kids! Created by school office teams for office teams, principals and their secretaries will learn tips and tricks from seasoned school office teams to...

  • Communicate and problem solve effectively as a team
  • Work on a scheduling plan
  • Empower one another and build trust
  • Create a plan for more efficient organization
  • And more!

Principal Legal Seminars

Get the need-to-know on school law in Minnesota from school law expert and legal counsel Roger Aronson. These seminars are highly interactive, based on the current legal scene, and are driven by your needs. Bring your questions and scenarios!

Click the dates below for more information and to register. Registration is just $150, plus you earn 6 CEUs!

Sep 29 - Duluth Oct 6 - St. Peter
Oct 16 - Mahnomen Nov 1 - St. Cloud
Nov 7 - St. Paul Nov 15 - Rochester

Building Rigorous & Robust PreK-3 Classroom Environments

This FREE online course, for all MN educators and school leaders, focuses on communication and oral language development to improve student learning, classroom community, and the culture of collaborative inquiry in schools.

Kickoff begins the week of September 25! Don't miss out!

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Save the date: Institute 2018!

Join us for the professional development event of the year!
Visit mespa.net/institute for more info.

Professional Development and Learning Resources

Free Professional Resources From Crayola
As part of its Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant program with NAESP, Crayola hosts free professional arts-themed resources for educators. The complete program covers: Art Builds 21st Century Skills, Creativity Connects Us, Advocacy, and Creative Leadership workshops and videos and guides. Along with a supplemental introductory leadership guide, additional resources help you facilitate workshops and arts-infused education advocacy meetings--everything you need from PowerPoint presentations to flyers, handouts and evaluation forms. These resources will help transform your school culture, and infuse arts across your curriculum. Click here to access these resources now.

Code.org Workshops
Code.org is offering free 1-day workshops to prepare educators and content-area teachers to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to k-5 learners. The workshop will cover content for all three courses and teachers will receive the supplies they need to teach the course- at no cost. These workshops will be led by experienced Code.org K-5 Facilitators in over 60 cities across the United States. Visit their website to find a workshop near you.

Partners in Learning
The Microsoft Innovative Schools Program helps district and school leaders embrace innovation and implement technology effectively to support teaching and learning. Through this program school leaders can explore the possibilities, collaborate with other leaders and create a vision for the future of your school community.

Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota released a publication titled Impact: Feature issue on Education K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities, which offers information on how to effectively educate English-language learners with disabilities and measure their progress.

Green Strides - Webinar Series 
This webinar series, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools initiative, features experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal programs. Topics include fitness, solar energy, life in space, and more.

Implementing Common Core Standards in Math - Webinar Series 
This free webinar series and online professional learning community, sponsored by ETA/Cuisenaire, provides advice and support regarding the national math curriculum. The program provides free webinars, live chats, lesson plans and online discussions to assist teachers in connecting and collaborating with others in the same grade level.

Global Learning for Educators - Webinar Series
The Asia Society is providing a free, year-long webinar series, Global Learning for Educators, designed to help educators prepare students for college and the interconnected world beyond. Topics include project-based global learning, preparing your school for global learning initiatives, and more.

RTI in Early Childhood Settings - Webcast
“Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives,” an 80-minute webcast from the RTI Action Network, features a panel of nationally recognized researchers and dynamic RTI implementers on RTI’s role RTI in early childhood. This unique blend of multiple perspectives targets matching high-quality instruction and interventions to meet learning needs during the early childhood years.

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