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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

Upcoming MESPA Professional Development

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

Psst: Looking for Distance Learning resources during COVID-19?

Check out our members-only Distance Learning page, filled with resources from other members and school leaders so you don't need to reinvent the wheel! You must be logged in to view.

FREE Live Professional Leadership Series

These leadership-focused sessions led by former principal Matt Miller and coach Erica Tyson will offer practical resources and tools you can apply to your work today! In a relaxed format, each 45-minute Zoom session will feature an overview by the presenter, exploration of the topic area, breakout sessions, an interactive chat box, and an optional 15-minute Q&A at the end. Register for one session, or attend them all! More info here.

SESSION 1: SELF CARE AND RENEWAL - Friday, May 22 @ 11:00 AM CDT

SESSION 2: LEADERSHIP LENS - Friday, May 29 @ 10:00 AM CDT

SESSION 3: PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS - Friday, June 5 @ 10:00 AM CDT

SESSION 4: BUILDING TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS - Friday, June 12 @ 10:00 AM CDT

SESSION 5: STAFF ENGAGEMENT- THE SPEED OF TRUST - Wednesday, June 17 @ 10:00 AM CDT

SESSION 6: DISTANCE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING - Friday, June 19 @ 10:00 AM CDT

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 Institute 2021

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

February 3–5, 2021
Bloomington DoubleTree


NAESP Free COVID-19 Focused  Webinars and Recordings

NAESP is offering free webinars and recordings focusing on the COVID-19 outbreak. MESPA has all webinars listed here, or visit NAESP's page directly to register and watch past recordings. Thanks to NAESP for this great resource!

MESPA 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! P.S. Many divisions are meeting weekly via video during distance learning!

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!

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!

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 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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