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MESPA professional development is designed to meet the needs of today's principals. 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

MESPA Members: 

Interested in leading a seminar? Do you have a great idea that other members need to hear? Contact Rachel Miller, Program Manager (rachel@mespa.net) with your ideas!

MESPA Literacy Academy

Presented by literacy gurus Bonnie Houck and Sandi Novak, this four-day academy will help you develop effective practices for literacy classroom visits and will ensure a solid foundation of instruction for literacy plans.

This series is for principals and other school literacy leaders! Bring your literacy team!

Click here to register!

Lucy Calkins: A Fast-Paced Intensive Overview of the Writing Workshop

Presented by the MN Reading Council Twin Cities, Lucy Calkins is coming to Minnesota on April 22nd! Educators of all levels are invited to attend this excellent opportunity.

MESPA members attend for just $50! (use code MESPA50)

Click here to register

Lucy is Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a New York City-based organization that has influenced literacy instruction around the globe for more than thirty years. She is the author of many best-selling books about the art of teaching writing and reading.

Building PreK-3 Systems: Alignment to Coherence - Cohort 2

Back by popular demand! This series focuses on taking action. Build the knowledge and skills you need to foster greater coherence and capacity to implement effective, sustained MN PreK-3 systems.

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This four-day series begins October 4 and is just $200 per person for the whole series!

Presented by Joanne Quinn, co-author of Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools with Michael Fullan. Director of Whole System Change & Capacity Building at Michael Fullan Enterprises, where she leads the design of strategic whole system capacity.

21st Century School Office

Wednesday, August 16 - 8:30-3:30
Just $150 for a principal and secretary team!

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Run a more efficient, organized, and effective school office so you can focus on what really matters -- kids! Created by school office teams for office teams, principals and their secretaries will learn tips and tricks from seasoned school office teams to...

  • Communicate and problem solve effectively as a team
  • Work on a scheduling plan
  • Empower one another and build trust
  • Create a plan for more efficient organization
  • And more!

PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series
Fall 2017 Cohort

Improve your school's readiness and alignment of policies and practices across the P-3 continuum to prepare strong PreK-3 programs in your school. Over 150 principals and their teams have gone through the series. Don't miss out!

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Twin Cities: Sep 19, Oct 10, Oct 30, Nov 14, Dec 5

Total series costs: $125 for principal (includes all 5 days) plus just $25/team member, per day. Build the team that works for YOUR building!

Speakers include: Dr. Terri Rose, author of Emotional Readiness: How Early Experiences & Mental Health Predict School Success; Dr. Sharon Ritchie & Dr. Adam Holland, co-leaders of the FirstSchool Initiative; Yvonne Caamal Canul, Michigan's 2015 Supt of the Year; and MORE!

Professional Development and Learning Resources

Free Professional Resources From Crayola
As part of its Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant program with NAESP, Crayola hosts free professional arts-themed resources for educators. The complete program covers: Art Builds 21st Century Skills, Creativity Connects Us, Advocacy, and Creative Leadership workshops and videos and guides. Along with a supplemental introductory leadership guide, additional resources help you facilitate workshops and arts-infused education advocacy meetings--everything you need from PowerPoint presentations to flyers, handouts and evaluation forms. These resources will help transform your school culture, and infuse arts across your curriculum. Click here to access these resources now.

Code.org Workshops
Code.org is offering free 1-day workshops to prepare educators and content-area teachers to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to k-5 learners. The workshop will cover content for all three courses and teachers will receive the supplies they need to teach the course- at no cost. These workshops will be led by experienced Code.org K-5 Facilitators in over 60 cities across the United States. Visit their website to find a workshop near you.

Partners in Learning
The Microsoft Innovative Schools Program helps district and school leaders embrace innovation and implement technology effectively to support teaching and learning. Through this program school leaders can explore the possibilities, collaborate with other leaders and create a vision for the future of your school community.

Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota released a publication titled Impact: Feature issue on Education K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities, which offers information on how to effectively educate English-language learners with disabilities and measure their progress.

Green Strides - Webinar Series 
This webinar series, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools initiative, features experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal programs. Topics include fitness, solar energy, life in space, and more.

Implementing Common Core Standards in Math - Webinar Series 
This free webinar series and online professional learning community, sponsored by ETA/Cuisenaire, provides advice and support regarding the national math curriculum. The program provides free webinars, live chats, lesson plans and online discussions to assist teachers in connecting and collaborating with others in the same grade level.

Global Learning for Educators - Webinar Series
The Asia Society is providing a free, year-long webinar series, Global Learning for Educators, designed to help educators prepare students for college and the interconnected world beyond. Topics include project-based global learning, preparing your school for global learning initiatives, and more.

RTI in Early Childhood Settings - Webcast
“Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives,” an 80-minute webcast from the RTI Action Network, features a panel of nationally recognized researchers and dynamic RTI implementers on RTI’s role RTI in early childhood. This unique blend of multiple perspectives targets matching high-quality instruction and interventions to meet learning needs during the early childhood years.

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