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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

Join us for our 4-session book study beginning January 17, 2023!

Let's Talk About Race and Other Hard Things
with Principals Nancy Antoine and Ariana Wright

Leading with an equity mindset requires a skill set in initiating and facilitating difficult conversations.  As leaders it is critical that we are able to communicate compassionately and effectively.  In the book Let's Talk About Race and Other Hard Things by Dr. Nancy Dome you will learn how to lead Compassionate Dialogue™ using the RIR Protocol (Recognize, Interrupt, Repair). Learn how to lean into difficult conversation with empathy and confidence in this interactive book study.

Join National Distinguished Principals Nancy Antione and Ariana Wright in this monthly book study with multiple meeting time options that fit your busy schedule.

ALL Meetings held via Zoom

January 17, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

February 21, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

March 16, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

April 13, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

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 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!

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 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 2022-23 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!

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.

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!

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