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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.

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 & to register.

Full-day Training with Dr. Clay Cook

Join us for a 1-day training with Dr. Clay Cook (@ClayCook_phd), the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. Clay has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. More information is coming soon.

March 13 in Mahnomen, MN - $50 - Includes lunch & CEUs

Click here to 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!

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!

Using an Equity Literacy Framework to Disrupt School-based Inequities

What do I need to do to be a threat to inequity?

This training addresses how to move from a deficit-based approach to an equity literacy framework for meeting the needs of marginalized students and families. Using a common definition of equity, participants will work together to define a shared vision of equity in schools, recognize existing inequities, devise a plan to respond to and redress those current inequitable policies and practices and draft a plan to create and sustain equitable policies and practices for all students and their families that move from mitigative short-term changes to transformative long-term solutions. All K-12+ MN educators and school leaders are welcome to register!

March 4 in Sartell, MN - $25 - Includes lunch & 6 CEUs
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Training objectives:

  • Describe equitable approaches to reaching and teaching students experiencing poverty and other marginalized members of our school communities.
  • Apply equity literacy principles to practice.
  • Commit to disrupting systems of inequity.
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 live recordings of 3 full-day trainings from this past December! 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!

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.

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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