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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

Below is a snapshot of our upcoming professional development! Scroll down to check the calendar for more information!

NEW High Performing PreK-3 Systems Regional Series

Attend one of SEVEN regional 3-day workshops around the state with your team to get hands-on, evidence-based improvement strategies for successful Pre-K programs.

Owatonna - Nov 13, Jan 22, Mar 5
Duluth - Nov 28, Jan 24, Apr 1
Little Falls - Dec 4, Jan 15, Feb 26
Thief River Falls - Dec 6, Jan 9, Feb 27
Hutchinson - Dec 10, Feb 12, Apr 17
Fergus Falls - Feb 13, Apr 4, June 11
Twin Cities - Spring 2019

The Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops are designed for intensive, hands-on collaborative work. District-led teams will spend the day learning and discussing essential PreK-3 program elements that will support their World’s Best Workforce goals and ESSA implementation. Provided in partnership with MN Dept. of Education, MN Initiative Foundations, and MESPA.

NEW Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments with Students 

Thursday, December 6, 2018
$150 - All educators welcome!

Join us for this 1-day training that will help empower you and your students to transform challenging behaviors 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. Registration is just $150 and is open to all educators. Participants will earn 6 CEUs!

21st Century School Office
*member-led!

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

June 10, 2019, Duluth - click here to register

Want to go home on time? We can help! Run a more efficient, organized, and effective school office so you can focus on what really matters -- kids! Created by school office teams for school office teams, principals and 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!

Division Meetings

Did you know that your MESPA division offers professional development and networking opportunities? Check out your MESPA division page linked here for current meetings. 

The 2018-19 meeting schedule is coordinated in late September by your division. Contact your Division President for more information!

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!

MESPA Institute 2019: Feb. 6-8
*member-led

Join 450+ of your principal colleagues for 3 incredible days of collaborating, innovating, and networking. Registration is now open!

Click here for more info and to register!

Institute hosts presentations from incredible thought leaders including Todd Nesloney, Dr. Clay Cook, and many more; 25+ sessions rooted in mental health, education equity, innovation, and leadership development; MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues; the 3rd annual Makerspace Showcase; an Unconference in which you guide your own learning; and 80+ education-based exhibits... you won't want to miss this!

Make sure you stick around until Friday for Whose Keynote Is It Anyway?! a one-of-a-kind collaborative keynote experience featuring SIX all-star educational leaders

Visit www.mespa.net/institute for more details on everything this amazing conference has to offer!

MESPA Day at the Capitol 2019

Join us for MESPA's Day at the State Capitol! Make your voice heard. Join MESPA and our legal and legislative counsel Roger Aronson for MESPA Day at the Capitol!

We had such great feedback from last year's event, this time we are offering TWO dates to choose from. Click the dates below for more information and to register:

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019

NEW How to Build, Influence, and Support a Positive School Culture
*member-led

Friday, March 8, 2019
$125 / 7 CEUs
Click here for more info & to register!

Creating a positive school culture is the foundation of any school. We all want to walk into our schools knowing that we have a positive culture for students and staff to learn and grow, but how do we get everyone committed to the work? In this workshop, you will analyze your school’s current framework, collaborate with other school leaders to learn some strategies that are working for others, hear about existing resources to support your work, and more! 

Join MN's 2018 National Distinguished Principal, Curtis Slater (@slater_curtis_), as he facilitates this important conversation that will help support your students, staff, and families. Mr. Slater has trained more than 400 schools around creating a positive school culture!

Urban Leadership Academy

Join us for ULA's 2018-19 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 a partnership with the University of Minnesota's Urban Leadership Academy, MESPA members can attend the academy at a discounted rate! Use the shared code from MESPA's weekly e-news to register for $125!

Click here for more information!

Five Lenses for Education, Leadership, and Movement Building
Kevin Kumashiro - December 12, 2018

Building an Educational Justice Movement: Organizing in Schools and Communities
Mark Warren - February 5, 2019

Transforming Belief Systems in Minneapolis Public Schools: The Story of the Office of Black Male Achievement
Michael Walker, Keith Mayes - April 10, 2019

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.

Be sure to check out MESPA's resources page for other free resources and grants!

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