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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

All MESPA PD will be virtual in 2020!

We are committed to your safety and wellbeing. That is why we are working hard to craft all of our professional development into virtual offerings through at least December 31, 2020. We can't wait until it's safe to meet in-person again, but we are looking forward to providing you with new opportunities and bringing back many of your favorites in a virtual setting. Stay up to date by checking this page and the MESPA weekly e-news!

Upcoming MESPA Professional Development

Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments

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

Now offered virtually!

The Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) model was developed to help schools break away 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. Choose between the two dates below! Each training will have the same content. We hope to provide a Part 2 offering of this training in the spring or summer of 2021 if it is safe to offer trainings in-person.

Nov 23 | $100 | 5.5 CEUs | Open to all educators

Click here to register!

Resilience for Educators:

Stress Management Techniques for Reducing Physical Tension, Quieting the Mind, and Igniting the Higher Self

MESPA wants to give you the gift of self-care! All 2020-21 MESPA members and their staff are invited to attend this FREE virtual workshop to help you take better care of you!


Part 1: Thursday, November 5, 12-2pm

Part 2: Friday, November 6, 12-2pm

Learn more and register here!

Send your staff! Staff of MESPA members can also attend this training for FREE using the code shared in the e-news!

Leading for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Challenging Times

State and federal laws require licensed school administrators to have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the needs of English learners. What does this mean in these challenging times?

FREE | 9am-12pm on Tuesday, November 17 | 3 CEUs

This workshop will help leaders understand how to:

  • Identify distance and hybrid program models that develop language proficiency and promote academic achievement
  • Expand family engagement strategies
  • Ensure effective and equitable educational opportunities
  • Combine funding to implement state and federal requirements

Led by Dr. Amy Young, EL Specialist, this FREE training for elementary and middle-level principals will meet the EL requirement for teacher re-licensure. 3 BOSA CEUs will also be awarded.

Click here to register!

NAESP Free COVID-19 Focused  Webinars and Recordings

NAESP is offering free webinars and recordings focusing on the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit NAESP's page directly to register and watch past recordings. Thanks to NAESP for this great resource!

MESPA PrincipalCast

Tune in any time to our podcast, featuring local and national leaders in school leadership! Visit our podcast page or search for "MESPA PrincipalCast" in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play to listen and subscribe!

MESPA Advocate Blog

Visit our blog to read incredible pieces written by MESPA members, crafted for MESPA members. New articles are published monthly!

Interested in writing a blog post? Email mespa@mespa.net!

School Law Seminars

Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of our School Law Seminars, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If your regional date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Click the dates below to register for any seminar!

October 22 - Southeast division

October 23 - Northeast division

October 29 - Metro area divisions

$125 for members | 3 CEUs will be awarded

Cultural Competency Training

This three part virtual training focuses on further developing self-awareness and understanding of our own frames of reference, potential bias in these frames, and their impact on expectations for and relationships with students, students' families, and school communities. Sessions will be a balance of content, self reflection, and discussion aligned to relicensure requirements in the area of Cultural Competence from PELSB and the state of Minnesota.

This training is offered free to 20-21 MESPA members!

Click here to register!

This training will be split into three 2-hour sessions. In order to receive your certificate of attendance for re-licensure, attendees must attend all three sessions in full.

  • Tuesday, Oct 27 - 4-6pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 10 - 4-6pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 24 - 4-6pm

An hour with Angelina Castagno:

The Price of Nice Recording

Dr. Angelina Castagno presented her keynote The Price of Nice: How (Minnesota) Niceness Reinforces Educational Inequity as a part of our 2020 Leadership Conference in September.

Members can access the recorded video at mespa.net/priceofnice

Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: recorded trainings

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and MESPA, invite you watch the FREE live recordings of 3 full-day trainings and 1-hour webinars recorded December 2019! 

Dr. Rosemarie 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. 

All recordings, slides, and handouts are at mespa.net/bias!

MESPA Institute 2021

Save the date for MESPA Institute 2021! We will provide information as we receive it. 

February 3–5, 2021
Bloomington DoubleTree

MESPA Division Meetings

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

Note: The 2020-21 meeting schedule is coordinated in late September by your division and will be released in October. Contact your Division President for more information!

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

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!

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