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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

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.

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

Weekly Fall Scenario Planning Collaboration & Discussion

Wednesdays at 12:00pm

Beginning July 1, join us Wednesdays, 12-1:00pm for a statewide discussion and sharing of ideas as you plan for the 3 fall scenarios as directed by MDE. Click here to register in advance and you will receive the Zoom details in a confirmation email.

For now, these weekly meetings are intended to be a casual, open format for members to share their plans and problem solve with others. We may shift to a more defined agenda as we progress through the weeks.

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.

$100 | 6 CEUs | Open to all educators

October 5 - click here to register
November 23 - 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 Institute 2021

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

February 3–5, 2021
Bloomington DoubleTree


An hour with Angelina Castagno: The Price of Nice

Dr. Angelina Castagno will be presenting her keynote on The Price of Nice: How (Minnesota) Niceness Reinforces Educational Inequity as a part of our 2020 Leadership Conference.

Free | 8:45-10am on Monday, September 28

All MESPA members are invited to join us for her keynote on Monday, September 28! This is a FREE experience, but you will need to register in advance. Register and learn more here!

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 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!

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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