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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

Save the Date for MESPA Institute 2022

MESPA will return to an in-person conference for Institute 2022! Click here to read about our new venue and stay up to date as we make announcements. Institute will take place February 2-4, 2022. Mark your calendars, registration opens mid-October!

School Law Seminars

Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight to school law best practice! Presented by Roger Aronson, one of the most highly regarded school law experts in Minnesota!

Click the dates below to learn more and register:

St Peter - Friday, October 15

St Cloud - Monday, October 18

Rochester - Tuesday, October 19

Mahnomen - Tuesday, October 26

Proctor - Friday, October 29

Twin Cities - Thursday, November 4

$150 for full day workshop PLUS 5 CEUs!

Leading for Cultural & Linguistic Diversity during Challenging Times - Recordings

This training was provided by Dr. Amy Young for MESPA members on November 17.

MESPA members can access the recording here!

Contact mespa@mespa.net to receive the access codes and Google folder.

Dr. Amy Young is currently the EL Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education and works with schools all over the state to develop effective programming for multilingual learners. Previously, she has been an Elementary Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, EL Coordinator, and has taught at the UMN and NYU.

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 for FREE at mespa.net/priceofnice

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 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 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!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Early Career Principals Workshop

Collaborate ● Problem-Solve ● Network

November 9 | $95 | Twin Cities

Join MESPA and a design team of five MESPA members for an empowering day of learning and collaboration at MESPA's 4th annual workshop designed BY early career principals, FOR early career principals!

This workshop is a place for newer principals to ask questions and problem solve in a collaborative environment. Participants will leave feeling supported and equipped with tangible resources to continue the work at hand. You'll get a chance to ask those tough "What do I do when..." or "How should I go about..." questions in a safe, supportive, and confidential space.

Click here to learn more and register!

Responsibility-Centered Discipline:

Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments

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

Part 1: October 28 | $100 | Virtual | 5.5 CEUs

Part 2: December 10 | $125 | Twin Cities | 5.5 CEUs

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!

Share with your staff! Teachers, paras, and specialists can attend at the same rate: $100 for Part 1; $125 for Part 2.

Resilience for Educators recordings:
Stress Management Techniques

MESPA members:
Click here to access the recordings!

Contact mespa@mespa.net to receive the access codes and handouts!

Part 1: An Integrative Paradigm for Emotional Health

Part 2: Emotional Management Techniques for Tough Situations

Dr. Heidi Kopacek is a licensed psychologist who practices a holistic approach to emotional health. Her integrative mind-body-spirit therapy focuses on soothing and healing the body, challenging the fear of the mind, and helping her client’s live in a way that wakes up their deeper sense of joy and purpose in life. Dr. Kopacek is a registered yoga instructor who teaches both restorative and vinyasa yoga practices. She is author of the book Soothe: Your Mind Body Spirit Guide for Dealing with Crappy Emotions.

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!

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 Members: Interested in leading a seminar? Do you have a great idea that other members need to hear? Contact Erin Cooper, Program Manager (erin@mespa.net) with your ideas!

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