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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

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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.

Click here for more info.

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!

Click here to register!

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!

Click here for more info.

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!

Full Event List

    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 19 May 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • TIES Event Center, 1667 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul 55108 - GRAND HALL
    Registration is closed

    This registration is for the Spring 2017 Twin Cities Cohort. A regional cohort for days 2-4 will also take place in Fergus Falls. Please stay tuned for that registration.

    This comprehensive, 5-day series supports elementary level principals in improving their school's readiness and the alignment of policies and practices across the birth-to-age-eight learning continuum. Developed in partnership between the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association and the Minnesota Department of Education, this series will cover a range of topics to help principals and their team members prepare strong PreK-3 programs in their schools. Plus, you earn 30 CEUs for attending the full series!

    This series has been nationally recognized and was featured in New America's Early & Elementary Education Policy Program: Principal's Corner: Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in PreK-3rd Grade. Minnesota is leading the country in principal professional development in PreK-3: come be a part of it!

    Each session is designed for a principal and various team members to attend, depending on the session focus. See individual day descriptions for details.

    Hear about the value of this series from a 15-16 team!

    Principal Sue Hoeft of Greenway Public Schools, along with Jan Reindl and Kim Tillman of Invest Early discuss the incredible benefit of this series!

    Who should attend? 
    A team must include an elementary level principal. From there, you build your team based on the session content and the needs of your ditrict! Your team might consist of your building's curriculum/instructional leader, your School Readiness Coordinator, etc. We strongly encourage your district's superintendent to attend at least days 1 & 5

    How to register
    Teams should be registered under the principal's name. The principal should plan to attend each day of the series. You will then list the rest of your team's attendance by day. 

    Cost
    This series is both affordable and flexible. Registration also includes a copy of NAESP's Leading PreK-3 Learning Communities book for your team!

    • Teams with a MESPA member: $125 for principal (includes all 5 days), plus $25 per team member per day.
    • Teams with a Non-MESPA member principal: $175 for principal (includes all 5 days) plus $35 per team member per day.

    Session format
    Participants will have opportunities to learn from national and state PreK-3 leaders on the principal's role in leading PreK-3. Teams will reflect on their current context and needs identified through self-assessments. Each session includes built-in work time to discuss essential information and create action plans to support effective implementation with your team. This series is designed to develop principal competencies outlined in NAESP's Leading Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice (available for purchase through the registration).

    Agenda by day
    Each session offers built-in work time for you and your PreK team! CLICK HERE to access the PreK-3 Principal Leadership page where you can view content from the 15-16 Cohort.
    Day 1: Embracing the PreK-3 learning continuum

    When: Tuesday, February 28

    Day 2: Ensuring high quality learning environments and teaching
    When: Thursday, March 16

    Day 3: Providing personalized, blended learning environments
    When: Tuesday, April 4

    Day 4: Using multiple measures to guide growth in student learning
    When: Friday, April 28

    Day 5: Building professional capacity and making your school a hub of P3 learning
    When: Friday, May 19

    Featured speakers
    Terrie Rose, Ph.D. (@terrierose1), a MN local and leader in the field of early childhood development and emotional readiness. Author of "Emotional Readiness: How Early Experiences & Mental Health Predict School Success," Rose is nationally recognized and has developed curriculum for infants and toddlers to ensure emotional readiness. She'll share insight into the current science of early learning and fostering family engagement.

    Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D. and Adam Holland, Ph.D. are principal investigators of the FirstSchool initiative, a national effort to develop innovative schools and schooling practices that focus on development and learning for 3-8 year olds with an emphasis on African American, Latino, and low income children and their families. Ritchie & Holland will offer their expertise in PreK-3 program design, engaging & effective instruction, and more! 

    Yvonne Caamal Canul, Michigan's 2015 Superintendent of the Year, also served as Director of Implementation for FirstSchool. Her passion for early childhood (and humor!) radiates as she shares insights into district- and community-level PreK to grade 12 implementation and reform.

    Steve Tozer, Ph.D. is founding coordinator of the EdD Urban Educational Leadership Program at the University of IL at Chicago and an expert on urban school leader preparation. Dr. Tozer will help participants formulate key strategies in their leadership roles to to support instructional quality in PreK.

    Megan Gunnar is a professor of Child Development and operates The Gunnar Laboratory for Developmental Psychobiology Research at the University of Minnesota. She is the principal investigator for The International Adoption Project and co-principal investigator of The Early Experience, Stress Neurobiology, and Prevention Science Network. Dr. Gunnar received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Sanford University in 1978. Following her graduate work she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford Medical School in Developmental Psychoneuroendocrinology. A Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Regents Professor, Dr. Gunnar's main interest is stress and coping in infants and young children.

    Doug Paulson (@DPaulsonSTEM) is the STEM Specialist at the MN Department of Education where he leads STEM initiatives and educational technology. He has experience teaching and as an administrator from Kindergarten through 9th grade. He provides leadership as a Board Director on several MN organizations as well as the Council for State Science Supervisors and was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education. He is currently working on his Ed.D. at Bethel University and is currently working on research projects on data system indicators, gender equity in STEM, and integration of computer science.

    General Information/F.A.Q.
    If a team member cannot attend, principals are welcome to bring a different team member in their place. We respectfully request that you contact us in advance so we can accommodate.

    All sessions will take place from 9am-3:00pm (check-in begins at 8:30am) in the Grand Hall of the TIES Education Center. Lunch will be provided each day of the series. CEUs are also provided (both administrative & teacher).

    For other questions, please call the MESPA office at 651.999.7310.

    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 19 May 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Days 2-4: Lakes Country Service Co-op, 1001 E Mt Faith Ave, Fergus Falls; Days 1&5: TIES Event Center, 1667 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul 55108
    Registration is closed

    This registration is for the Spring 2017 FERGUS FALLS cohort. Cohort will meet in Fergus Falls for Days 2-4 and St. Paul for Days 1 & 5. 

    This comprehensive, 5-day series supports elementary level principals in improving their school's readiness and the alignment of policies and practices across the birth-to-age-eight learning continuum. Developed in partnership between the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association and the Minnesota Department of Education, this series will cover a range of topics to help principals and their team members prepare strong PreK-3 programs in their schools. Plus, you earn 30 CEUs for attending the full series!

    This series has been nationally recognized and was featured in New America's Early & Elementary Education Policy Program: Principal's Corner: Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in PreK-3rd Grade. Minnesota is leading the country in principal professional development in PreK-3: come be a part of it!

    Each session is designed for a principal and various team members to attend, depending on the session focus. See individual day descriptions for details.

    Hear about the value of this series from a 15-16 team!

    Principal Sue Hoeft of Greenway Public Schools, along with Jan Reindl and Kim Tillman of Invest Early discuss the incredible benefit of this series!

    Who should attend? 
    A team must include an elementary level principal. From there, you build your team based on the session content and the needs of your district! Your team might consist of your building's curriculum/instructional leader, your School Readiness Coordinator, etc. We strongly encourage your district's superintendent to attend at least days 1 & 5

    How to register
    Teams should be registered under the principal's name. The principal should plan to attend each day of the series. You will then list the rest of your team's attendance by day. 

    Cost
    This series is both affordable and flexible. Registration also includes a copy of NAESP's Leading PreK-3 Learning Communities book for your team!

    • Teams with a MESPA member: $125 for principal (includes all 5 days), plus $25 per team member per day.
    • Teams with a Non-MESPA member principal: $175 for principal (includes all 5 days) plus $35 per team member per day.

    Session format
    Participants will have opportunities to learn from national and state PreK-3 leaders on the principal's role in leading PreK-3. Teams will reflect on their current context and needs identified through self-assessments. Each session includes built-in work time to discuss essential information and create action plans to support effective implementation with your team. This series is designed to develop principal competencies outlined in NAESP's Leading Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice (available for purchase through the registration).

    Agenda by day
    Each session offers built-in work time for you and your PreK team! CLICK HERE to access the PreK-3 Principal Leadership page where you can view content from the 15-16 Cohort.
    Day 1: Embracing the PreK-3 learning continuum

    When: Tuesday, February 28 (ST. PAUL)

    Day 2: Ensuring high quality learning environments and teaching
    When: Friday, March 17 (FERGUS FALLS)

    Day 3: Providing personalized, blended learning environments
    When: Monday, April 3 (FERGUS FALLS)

    Day 4: Using multiple measures to guide growth in student learning
    When: Thursday, April 28 (FERGUS FALLS)

    Day 5: Building professional capacity and making your school a hub of P3 learning
    When: Friday, May 19 (ST. PAUL)

    Featured speakers
    Terrie Rose, Ph.D. (@terrierose1), a MN local and leader in the field of early childhood development and emotional readiness. Author of "Emotional Readiness: How Early Experiences & Mental Health Predict School Success," Rose is nationally recognized and has developed curriculum for infants and toddlers to ensure emotional readiness. She'll share insight into the current science of early learning and fostering family engagement.

    Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D. and Adam Holland, Ph.D. are principal investigators of the FirstSchool initiative, a national effort to develop innovative schools and schooling practices that focus on development and learning for 3-8 year olds with an emphasis on African American, Latino, and low income children and their families. Ritchie & Holland will offer their expertise in PreK-3 program design, engaging & effective instruction, and more! 

    Yvonne Caamal Canul, Michigan's 2015 Superintendent of the Year, also served as Director of Implementation for FirstSchool. Her passion for early childhood (and humor!) radiates as she shares insights into district- and community-level PreK to grade 12 implementation and reform.

    Steve Tozer, Ph.D. is founding coordinator of the EdD Urban Educational Leadership Program at the University of IL at Chicago and an expert on urban school leader preparation. Dr. Tozer will help participants formulate key strategies in their leadership roles to to support instructional quality in PreK.

    Megan Gunnar is a professor of Child Development and operates The Gunnar Laboratory for Developmental Psychobiology Research at the University of Minnesota. She is the principal investigator for The International Adoption Project and co-principal investigator of The Early Experience, Stress Neurobiology, and Prevention Science Network. Dr. Gunnar received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Sanford University in 1978. Following her graduate work she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford Medical School in Developmental Psychoneuroendocrinology. A Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Regents Professor, Dr. Gunnar's main interest is stress and coping in infants and young children.

    Doug Paulson (@DPaulsonSTEM) is the STEM Specialist at the MN Department of Education where he leads STEM initiatives and educational technology. He has experience teaching and as an administrator from Kindergarten through 9th grade. He provides leadership as a Board Director on several MN organizations as well as the Council for State Science Supervisors and was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education. He is currently working on his Ed.D. at Bethel University and is currently working on research projects on data system indicators, gender equity in STEM, and integration of computer science.

    General Information/F.A.Q.
    If a team member cannot attend, principals are welcome to bring a different team member in their place. We respectfully request that you contact us in advance so we can accommodate.

    All sessions will take place from 9am-3:00pm (check-in begins at 8:30am) in the Grand Hall of the TIES Education Center. Lunch will be provided each day of the series. CEUs are also provided (both administrative & teacher).

    For other questions, please call the MESPA office at 651.999.7310.

    • 05 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TIES Event Center - LARPENTEUR ROOM

    MESPA's Spring 2017 Board of Directors' meeting.

    We hope all BOD members can join us for this important meeting. If you think you will be unable to attend, please let the MESPA office know by emailing mespa@mespa.net. You may be asked to send a replacement.

    Schedule:
    8am-12pm - BOD meeting (light breakfast and lunch provided)
    12:30-4pm - Division presidents stay for NDP interviews

    Division presidents will stay for interviews with our National Distinguished Principal candidates from 12:30-3:30pm. It is absolutely essential that your division is represented at these interviews to ensure fairness and support for our candidates. If you are unable to stay, we respectfully request that you send a replacement for the interview portion of the meeting.

    For up to date information on the meeting agenda and materials, please be sure to visit the Board of Directors page one week before the meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 03 Aug 2017
    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • TIES Event Center, 1667 North Snelling Avenue, Suite C101 St. Paul, 55108
    This is a four day Academy. Participants will meet the following dates:
    • Thursday, August 3
    • Friday, August 4
    • Friday, October 13
    • Friday, November 10
    CLICK HERE to read "Leading Literacy Classroom Visits," a blog post by the presenters!

    Reading Well by Third Grade requires the school principal to be a strong, knowledgeable instructional leader, who is able to develop both collaboration across a community, and a systematic, data-based review of what is and what can be achieved in school literacy. The goal is to establish a culture of literacy ensuring that all students achieve. 

    The MESPA Principal Literacy Academy will guide principals and literacy leaders in developing effective practices to observe and work with teachers to address professional learning and resource needs identified through the classroom visits, teacher survey and other data. The MESPA Literacy Academy will take place over the course of four day-long sessions strategically scheduled across a four-month period, allowing participants to implement ideas and bring back examples of their work for discussion with peers.

    Bring your literacy team at the member rate!
    Are you a MESPA member? Your literacy team is welcome to come at the MESPA member rate! Please call the MESPA office at 651.999.7310 to take advantage of this offer.

    Daily content breakdown:
    Day 1: Define Effective Reading Instruction
    Day 2: Understanding the Literacy Classroom Visit Model
    Day 3: Analyze Date from First Classroom Visits & Determine Next Round of Data Collection
    Day 4: Create Professional Learning Plan to Address Growth Areas
    Earn 6 CEUs each day!

    Goals of the Minnesota Principal Literacy Academy:
    • Empower principals as literacy leaders, gaining a deeper understanding of quality literacy instruction.
    • Identify and gain the ability to discuss key components of quality reading instruction, including observation tools and checklists.
    • Use the Literacy Classroom Visit Model resources to identify strengths and needs within the school or across a district.
    • Create a professional development plan to address growth areas in literacy.
    What attendees are saying
    "This academy has greatly affected me! I now know how to focus in on the most important parts of literacy integration." - 2015-16 Cohort
    "I feel confident that I better understand what quality literacy instruction looks like and can start leading staff through this process." - 2015-16 Cohort

    Check out "Literacy Unleashed" - a new book by the presenters!
    Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction through Classroom Visits is available now!  You can order your copy here, or add it within the event registration and we'll have it for you on Day 1 of the Academy!


    About the Presenters
    Authors of the book Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits Bonnie Houck and Sandi Novak are ready to work with you to improve your school's literacy plan!

    Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., has over 25 years experience as a teacher, literacy coach, district leader, state reading specialist, university professor, and program director for a philanthropic foundation, bringing deep knowledge of the necessary elements of school reform and the field of literacy education.

    Sandi Novak has over 30 years
    experience as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent in suburban and rural school districts. Currently, she is an independent education consultant and co-author of Deep Discussion: A Framework for Cultivating Student-Led Discussions and author of Student-Led Discussions.

    • 14 Aug 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TIES Event Center, 1667 Snelling Avenue N., St. Paul, 55108, LARPENTEUR ROOM

    Registration accommodates a team of FOUR! You can also add additional team members at $25/each!

    Are you in a PBIS rut? Have your teachers reverted to reactive discipline? Would you like to reset the mindset of your educators to a more proactive approach to PBIS?

    Join us! This seminar will enhance what you already know about PBIS and focus on five key strategies to creating a school culture that allows the PBIS structure to really work!

    Session focus

    The focus of this seminar will be on the proactive, systematic components that are put in place to decrease the likelihood that problem behaviors will occur. You’ll hear from a school principal and a practicing school psychologist about their successes and challenges in implementing and maintaining school wide PBIS in their schools.

    Goals of the session include:

    • Developing a deeper understanding of proactive behavioral instruction;
    • Enhancing the structure necessary for school wide PBIS in a multi-tiered model of instruction; and
    • Understanding the importance of mindset in all aspects of school wide PBIS.

    Who should attend?
    School teams at any stage of PBIS implementation are welcome to attend. Practitioners with an entry level understanding will benefit from the emphasis on core principles of school wide PBIS. Practitioners with implementation experience will benefit from retooling the proactive teaching mindset. All participants will benefit from access to the presenters’ website, which is designed to support PBIS implementation at the building and district levels.

    Session format

    The seminar will flow from establishing a core understanding of the importance of a proactive mindset to a review of structure. It will culminate in guided time for teams to apply the information gained throughout the day with the ultimate goal of enhancing and strengthening the culture in their own building.

    Attendees will not leave disappointed. Kevin's extensive knowledge of behavior, coupled with Ann's day-to-day experience in building a culture that allows the PBIS structure to work, will provide attendees with proven actions and strategies to truly change the mindset of the adults who work in an educational setting.

    About the presenters
    Ann Haggerty is an elementary principal for Mankato Area Public Schools. She has been an educator since 1994--9 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as an assistant principal, and 7 years as a principal. During this time, she has honed her skills in the area of developing a proactive school culture.

    Dr. Kevin Haggerty is a school psychologist for Mankato Area Public Schools. Throughout his 17 years as a school psychologist, Dr. Haggerty has focused on improving the educational outcomes for the whole child through applying the precepts of applied behavioral analysis to a structured problem solving approach.

    About PBIS training
    Ann and Kevin Haggerty are not affiliated with the MN Department of Education or PBISMN. Their training is thoughtfully rooted in their direct experience and proven success in working with PBIS in their buildings, as well as their extensive backgrounds in educational leadership and psychology.

    Questions?
    We’re happy to help! Please contact the MESPA office at 651.999.7310.

    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • TIES Event Center, 1667 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 55108, HAMLINE ROOM
     

    $150 for a principal/secretary team!


    Join us for this one of a kind professional development that has been created specifically for MESPA members, by MESPA members!

    Some of MESPA's best and brightest principals, in partnership with their administrative assistants, have come together to develop a training to make your school office more efficient, organized, and effective so that you can focus on the work that really matters - kids!

    Both principals and secretaries will benefit from this day long training that will help you and your school office team...

    • Run a school office efficiently
    • Develop a scheduling plan and protocol
    • Communicate and problem solve effectively as a team
    • Create a plan for more efficient organization and STAY organized
    • Empower one another and build trust
    • Proactively manage crisis response
    • And more!
    The results are in: hear what past attendees are saying!
    "I came in with an idea of what this would be and it was so much more!"
    "SO much helpful information from people on the job."
    "The time to work together as a team, have these conversations and develop a plan was so helpful."

    General Information
    - Registration covers the cost of the principal and one administrative assistant. You are welcome to bring additional school office team members for a small fee ($25). You can indicate this during the registration process.
    - Lunch is included.
    - Bring your school calendar, photos of your school office, and an idea of what you'd like to improve!

    Who is this training for?
    This training was designed for principals and secretaries at all stages of collaboration -- from brand new partnerships, to veteran teams. Superintendent (and other administrator) office teams are also welcome to attend!

    Presented by seasoned principal & administrative teams:
    - Tim Bell & Dawn Ryan of Five Hawks Elementary
    - Sam Fredrickson & Cathy Lynch of Birchview Elementary
    - Patrick Glynn & Mindee Hemann of Grainwood Elementary
    - Sandy Nelson of Rossman Elementary
    - Sue Smith of Washburn Elementary


    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 05 Dec 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • TIES Event Center, 1667 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul 55108 - GRAND HALL

    This comprehensive, 5-day series supports elementary level principals in improving their school's readiness and the alignment of policies and practices across the birth-to-age-eight learning continuum. Developed in partnership between the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association and the Minnesota Department of Education, this series will cover a range of topics to help principals and their team members prepare strong PreK-3 programs in their schools. Plus, you earn 30 CEUs for attending the full series!

    This series has been nationally recognized and was featured in New America's Early & Elementary Education Policy Program: Principal's Corner: Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in PreK-3rd Grade. Minnesota is leading the country in principal professional development in PreK-3: come be a part of it!

    Each session is designed for a principal and various team members to attend, depending on the session focus. See individual day descriptions for details.

    Hear about the value of this series from a 15-16 team!

    Principal Sue Hoeft of Greenway Public Schools, along with Jan Reindl and Kim Tillman of Invest Early discuss the incredible benefit of this series!

    "The sessions are helpful and full of great information. The team planning time is very helpful and I am in a better position to lead... I can't tell you how much this program has helped me grow as a leader! All I can say is 'wow'!"
    - Mark Ziebarth, Principal in Cambridge-Isanti

    Who should attend? 
    A team must include an elementary level principal. From there, you build your team based on the session content and the needs of your district! Your team might consist of your building's curriculum/instructional leader, your School Readiness Coordinator, etc. We strongly encourage your district's superintendent to attend at least days 1 & 5

    How to register
    Teams should be registered under the principal's name. The principal should plan to attend each day of the series. You will then list the rest of your team's attendance by day. 

    Cost
    This series is both affordable and flexible. Registration also includes a copy of NAESP's Leading PreK-3 Learning Communities book for your team!

    • Teams with a MESPA member: $125 for principal (includes all 5 days), plus $25 per team member per day.
    • Teams with a Non-MESPA member principal: $175 for principal (includes all 5 days) plus $35 per team member per day.

    Session format
    Participants will have opportunities to learn from national and state PreK-3 leaders on the principal's role in leading PreK-3. Teams will reflect on their current context and needs identified through self-assessments. Each session includes built-in work time to discuss essential information and create action plans to support effective implementation with your team. This series is designed to develop principal competencies outlined in NAESP's Leading Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice (available for purchase through the registration).

    Agenda by day
    Each session offers built-in work time for you and your PreK team! CLICK HERE to access the PreK-3 Principal Leadership page where you can view content from the 15-16 Cohort.
    Day 1: Embracing the PreK-3 learning continuum

    When: Tuesday, September 19

    Day 2: Ensuring high quality learning environments and teaching
    When: Tuesday, October 10

    Day 3: Providing personalized, blended learning environments
    When: Tuesday, October 30

    Day 4: Using multiple measures to guide growth in student learning
    When: Tuesday, November 14

    Day 5: Building professional capacity and making your school a hub of P3 learning
    When: Tuesday, December 5

    Featured speakers
    Terrie Rose, Ph.D. (@terrierose1), a MN local and leader in the field of early childhood development and emotional readiness. Author of "Emotional Readiness: How Early Experiences & Mental Health Predict School Success," Rose is nationally recognized and has developed curriculum for infants and toddlers to ensure emotional readiness. She'll share insight into the current science of early learning and fostering family engagement.

    Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D. and Adam Holland, Ph.D. are principal investigators of the FirstSchool initiative, a national effort to develop innovative schools and schooling practices that focus on development and learning for 3-8 year olds with an emphasis on African American, Latino, and low income children and their families. Ritchie & Holland will offer their expertise in PreK-3 program design, engaging & effective instruction, and more! 

    Yvonne Caamal Canul, Michigan's 2015 Superintendent of the Year, also served as Director of Implementation for FirstSchool. Her passion for early childhood (and humor!) radiates as she shares insights into district- and community-level PreK to grade 12 implementation and reform.

    Steve Tozer, Ph.D. is founding coordinator of the EdD Urban Educational Leadership Program at the University of IL at Chicago and an expert on urban school leader preparation. Dr. Tozer will help participants formulate key strategies in their leadership roles to to support instructional quality in PreK.

    Megan Gunnar is a professor of Child Development and operates The Gunnar Laboratory for Developmental Psychobiology Research at the University of Minnesota. She is the principal investigator for The International Adoption Project and co-principal investigator of The Early Experience, Stress Neurobiology, and Prevention Science Network. Dr. Gunnar received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Sanford University in 1978. Following her graduate work she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford Medical School in Developmental Psychoneuroendocrinology. A Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Regents Professor, Dr. Gunnar's main interest is stress and coping in infants and young children.

    Doug Paulson (@DPaulsonSTEM) is the STEM Specialist at the MN Department of Education where he leads STEM initiatives and educational technology. He has experience teaching and as an administrator from Kindergarten through 9th grade. He provides leadership as a Board Director on several MN organizations as well as the Council for State Science Supervisors and was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education. He is currently working on his Ed.D. at Bethel University and is currently working on research projects on data system indicators, gender equity in STEM, and integration of computer science.

    General Information/F.A.Q.
    If a team member cannot attend, principals are welcome to bring a different team member in their place. We respectfully request that you contact us in advance so we can accommodate.

    All sessions will take place from 9am-3:00pm (check-in begins at 8:30am) in the Grand Hall of the TIES Education Center. Lunch will be provided each day of the series. CEUs are also provided (both administrative & teacher).

    For other questions, please call the MESPA office at 651.999.7310.

    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Breezy Point Resort - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

    MESPA's Fall 2017 Board of Directors meeting.

    This BOD meeting will take place at the end of MESPA's fall Leadership Conference. Registration has not been opened for this meeting as we are assuming all BOD members who are registered for Leadership will also be attending this meeting. 

    If for some reason you are a board member planning to attend Leadership but will NOT be able to stay for the Board of Directors meeting, please let Rachel Dillon, MESPA Program Manager, know immediately by emailing: rachel@mespa.net or calling 651.999.7315.

    For up to date information on the BOD meeting agenda and materials, please be sure to visit the Board of Directors page one week before the meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Proctor Community Center, 100 Pionk Dr, Proctor, MN 55810

    "I really enjoyed and appreciated the real life accounts and situations. It really helped to give life to the statutes and laws, along with reaffirm that our building practices are correct."

    Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role.

    Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is a highly regarded school law expert who will provide you with the insight and knowledge principals need to be effective and ethical in their work.

    For more information on Roger and MESPA legal services, please visit our legal page here
     


    Schedule

    8am-9am       Northeast Division meeting and light breakfast
    9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch
    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • TIES, St. Paul - Grand Hall

    Build your leadership team to suit your needs! 

    This series is the third part in a professional learning series designed to support MN schools, communities & districts with implementing effective, comprehensive PreK-3 systems. In partnership, MESPA, MASA and the Minnesota Department of Education have created the series.

    This series focuses on taking action. Led by Joanne Quinn, it is designed to build the knowledge and skills needed to foster greater coherence and capacity to implement effective, sustained PreK-3 systems in Minnesota schools, districts, and communities. 

    Who should attend this series?
    Teams should have a Superintendent and a Principal. Other core district instructional leaders (such as Special Ed. Directors, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinators, Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Principals, and more!) and community early learning administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Unless in a position of leadership, this series would not benefit teachers.

    How to register
    Teams should be registered under the superintendent's name. A team should consist of a superintendent and a principal. Other teammates can be added within the registration for $200 per person (only $50/day). If you have more than 8 teammates total, please contact Rachel Dillon (rachel@mespa.net) to register.

    Series content
    This series is based on Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts and Systems by Michael Fullan & Joanne Quinn. Superintendent-led leadership teams will progress from analysis to action, achieving coherence in four areas:

    1. Focusing Direction - Refine and monitor the district's direction while assessing the impact of PreK-3 strategies.
    2. Cultivating Collaborative Work Cultures - Build precision in facilitating collaborative work cultures.
    3. Deepening Learning - Assess the current district conditions fostering deep learning.
    4. Leading for Coherence and Mastering the Framework - Building a commonly owned approach and fostering leadership in the system.

    Click the video to hear Dr. Fullan talk about the Coherence framework! 

    Credit for the above video is to Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn, Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for School, Districts and Systems, 2016.

    About the presenter

     

    Joanne Quinn currently serves as the Director of Global Capacity Building for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, a global partnership focused on transforming learning. As a previous superintendent, Implementation Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto, she now consults internationally on whole system change and capacity building.

    F.A.Q.
    Do I have to attend the PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series prior to attending this series? Ideally, we'd love it if your principal team member attended, but it is not a requirement.

    Does my superintendent HAVE to attend? Ideally, yes. Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, or other core leaders may attend in place of the Superintendent.

    Can non-MESPA members attend? Absolutely! This event is open to all educators.

    Questions?
    We're happy to help. Please contact the MESPA office at 651.999.7310 or mespa@mespa.net!

       



     

    • 06 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Gustavus Adolphus, 800 W College Ave, St Peter, MN 56082 - HERITAGE ROOM
    Registration is closed

    "I really enjoyed and appreciated the real life accounts and situations. It really helped to give life to the statutes and laws, along with reaffirm that our building practices are correct."

    Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role.

    Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is a highly regarded school law expert who will provide you with the insight and knowledge principals need to be effective and ethical in their work.

    For more information on Roger and MESPA legal services, please visit our legal page here 
     


    Schedule

    8am-9am       Division meeting and light breakfast
    9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch
    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Shooting Star Event Center, 777 S Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557 - WHITE EARTH ROOM

    "I really enjoyed and appreciated the real life accounts and situations. It really helped to give life to the statutes and laws, along with reaffirm that our building practices are correct."

    Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role.

    Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is a highly regarded school law expert who will provide you with the insight and knowledge principals need to be effective and ethical in their work.

    For more information on Roger and MESPA legal services, please visit our legal page here
     


    Schedule

    8am-9am       Northern Division meeting and light breakfast
    9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch
    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Best Western / Kelly Inn - 100 4th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301

    "I really enjoyed and appreciated the real life accounts and situations. It really helped to give life to the statutes and laws, along with reaffirm that our building practices are correct."

    Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role.

    Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is a highly regarded school law expert who will provide you with the insight and knowledge principals need to be effective and ethical in their work.

    For more information on Roger and MESPA legal services, please visit our legal page here 
     


    Schedule

    8am-9am       Division meeting and light breakfast
    9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Wood Lake Meeting Center - 210 Wood Lake Drive SE Rochester, MN 55904

    "I really enjoyed and appreciated the real life accounts and situations. It really helped to give life to the statutes and laws, along with reaffirm that our building practices are correct."

    Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role.

    Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is a highly regarded school law expert who will provide you with the insight and knowledge principals need to be effective and ethical in their work.

    For more information on Roger and MESPA legal services, please visit our legal page here
     


    Schedule

    8am-9am       Southeast Division meeting and coffee
    9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch
    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TIES Event Center - LARPENTEUR ROOM
    Registration is closed

    MESPA's December 2017 Board of Directors' meeting

    We hope all BOD members can join us for this important meeting. If you think you will be unable to attend, please let the MESPA office know by emailing mespa@mespa.net. You may be asked to send a replacement.

    Schedule:
    BOD Meeting - 8am-12:00pm (light breakfast and a lunch is provided)
    President Elects reviewing Assistant Principal candidates - 12:30-2:30pm
    Presidents reviewing MESPA officer candidates - 12:30-1:30pm

    After the board meeting, the Presidents-Elect will review candidates for the National Outstanding Assistant Principal. For those involved in that process, please plan on staying until 2:30pm. It is essential that you represent your division in this selection process to ensure fairness to all candidates. If you are unable to attend, it is requested that you find a replacement.

    For up to date information on the meeting agenda and materials, please be sure to visit the Board of Directors page one week before the meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 07 Feb 2018
    • 09 Feb 2018
    • DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, MN

    Save the Date for MESPA Institute 2018! Join us February 7-9, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, MN. 

    Want to know what Institute is all about? Check out Institute 2017 information at www.mespa.net/institute. 

    • 07 Feb 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439

    MESPA's Winter 2018 Board of Directors' meeting.

    This BOD meeting will take place at the beginning of MESPA's Winter Institute. Registration has not been opened for this meeting as we are assuming all BOD members who are registered for Institute will also be attending this meeting. Please make sure to register for Institute and reserve your room at the DoubleTree.

    If for some reason you are a board member planning to attend Institute but will NOT be able to stay for the Board of Directors meeting, please contact Rachel Dillon (rachel@mespa.net or 651.999.7315) know as soon as possible.

    For up to date information on the BOD meeting agenda and materials, please be sure to visit the Board of Directors page one week before the meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TIES Event Center - LARPENTEUR ROOM

    MESPA's Spring 2018 Board of Directors' meeting.

    We hope all BOD members can join us for this important meeting. If you think you will be unable to attend, please let the MESPA office know by emailing mespa@mespa.net. You may be asked to send a replacement.

    Schedule:
    8am-12pm - BOD meeting (light breakfast and lunch provided)
    12:30-3:30pm - Division presidents stay for NDP interviews

    Division presidents will stay for interviews with our National Distinguished Principal candidates from 12:30-3:30pm. It is absolutely essential that your division is represented at these interviews to ensure fairness and support for our candidates. If you are unable to stay, we respectfully request that you send a replacement for the interview portion of the meeting.

    For up to date information on the meeting agenda and materials, please be sure to visit the Board of Directors page one week before the meeting.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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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