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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.

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 MN!

Click the remaining dates below to learn more and register:
Mahnomen -
Tuesday, October 22
Twin Cities -
Friday, November 1

$150 for full day workshop plus 6 CEUs!

Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments

Part 2: November 26, 2019 - $150

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

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!

MESPA School Office Workshop

*member-led!

Just $150 for a principal-secretary team! 
(add additional school office staff for $25!)

November 12, 2019, Twin Cities – click here to register

Want to serve your students, parents, and staff better?

Maintaining a healthy principal/secretary relationship is so important, but as a school principal or secretary, that may seem next to impossible. If you're buried in office work, meetings, emails, and juggling schedules on top of what you really want to be focusing on, we can help! In this workshop, you and your secretary will discuss ways to make your school's office more efficient, balanced, and harmonious.

Symposium of Women Educational Leaders 2019

November 14, 2019

8:30am-3:30pm

Bethel University - Brushaber Commons

Keynote Speaker: SHAWN JUDGE


Current, former, and aspiring women educational leaders are invited to learn, share, network, plan, and reflect together!

Click here for more info and to register!

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.

“Gifting” All Students through the Pedagogy of Confidence
Yvette Jackson – October 2, 2019

Amplifying Youth Voice: Minnesota Youth Story Squad and Middle School Partnerships
Jigna Desai & Kari Smalkoski – December 12, 2019 

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 

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!

Trauma: Foundations and Applications for Trauma Responsive Schools

Friday, November 15th - $125
Learn more & register

Trauma is the root cause of many of the most challenging behaviors schools deal with every day. This highly interactive training will prepare principals and school staff to effectively serve and understand this population. 

Bring your team or send your staff at the member rate ($125)!

This workshop will address effective trauma-responsive practices in schools to assist students affected by trauma. Attendees will:

  • Develop an understanding of neurological and psychological development 
  • Learn how to create effective learning environments that support the needs of traumatized children
  • Come away with tools and strategies to immediately apply to their buildings in order to achieve continuous improvement and accountability
Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and MESPA, invite you to attend the events below with Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. 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. 

Both events below are FREE to attend. Registration in advance is required. Seating is limited. Click the links for the two offerings below to learn more and register.

  1. Monday, December 2: This FREE one-day session is geared towards those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families. Attend in-person or via livestream. Click here to learn more and register.
  2. Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday, December 4: This FREE two-day training is geared toward those working with providers, teachers, children, and families. (Head Start Staff, school district staff, kindergarten and early childhood teachers, Preschool Development Facilitators, early childhood special education, MN Initiative Foundations, etc.). Click here to learn more and register.


MESPA Institute 2020

Join 425+ of your principal colleagues for 3 incredible days of collaborating, innovating, and networking!

Save the date: February 5-7, 2020


The 2020 Keynote Speaker schedule has been released! Visit mespa.net/Institute for more details.

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!

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