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MESPA professional development is designed by members, for members, to meet the needs of today's school leaders. 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

Below is a snapshot of our upcoming professional development! Scroll down to check the calendar for a full list of our upcoming events.

Just announced: FREE Webinar Series with Dr. Rosemarie Allen

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, and MESPA invite you to partake in "bite-sized" professional learning for teachers, administrators, and leaders who are on the go!

These five essential webinars will air live at 10:00-11:00am! Webinars will also be recorded!

Click here for more information & to register!

  • November 19 - Overview of Implicit Bias through the Lens of Suspensions and Expulsions
  • December 6 – Culturally-Responsive Leadership
  • December 10 – Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Promote Resilience
  • December 13 – Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Families
  • December 16 – Microaggressions and Cultural Humility
Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments

Part 2: November 26, 2019 - $150

The training that will help change the discipline paradigm in your school! 

The Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) model was developed to help schools break free from the traditional "obedience model," to train educators and school leaders how to respond to disruptive and spiraling situations, and to empower students to take responsibility for their own actions. Attend Part 1 to get the basics; pair it with Part 2 to go deeper!

MESPA Institute 2020

With presentations from incredible thought leaders; 25+ sessions rooted in mental health, education equity, innovation, and leadership development; MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues; an Unconference in which you guide your own learning; and 80+ education-based exhibits... you won't want to miss this!

Registration open now! Visit www.mespa.net/institute for all details.


The 2020 Keynote Speaker lineup has been released! Visit mespa.net/Institute for more details.

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!

Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and MESPA, invite you to attend the events below with Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. 

Both events below are FREE to attend. Registration in advance is required. Seating is limited. Click the links for the two offerings below to learn more and register.

  1. Monday, December 2: This FREE one-day session is geared towards those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families. Attend in-person or via livestream. Click here to learn more and register.
  2. Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday, December 4: This FREE two-day training is geared toward those working with providers, teachers, children, and families. (Head Start Staff, school district staff, kindergarten and early childhood teachers, Preschool Development Facilitators, early childhood special education, MN Initiative Foundations, etc.). Click here to learn more and register.

Division Meetings

Did you know that your MESPA division offers professional development and networking opportunities? Many even give out CEUs! Find your MESPA division page linked here for upcoming division meetings!

Note: The 2019-20 meeting schedule is coordinated in late September by your division. Contact your Division President for more information!

P.S.: Check out the Retired Principals of MESPA page for additional meetings, most are free!

Urban Leadership Academy
Join us for Urban Leadership Academy's 2019-20 workshop series to focus and reflect on what it means to be a racially equitable leader, providing expertise and vision for your district, your school, your team, and your classroom. Thanks to MESPA's partnership with ULA, our members can attend the academy workshops at a discounted rate. Use the codes shared in MESPA's E-News.

Amplifying Youth Voice: Minnesota Youth Story Squad and Middle School Partnerships
Jigna Desai & Kari Smalkoski – December 12, 2019 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo – February 3, 2020

Learning to Be a Threat to Inequity: Teaching and Leading with Equity Literacy
Paul Gorski & Seema Pothini - April 9, 2020 

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