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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 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!

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
Westbrook - Jan 23, Feb 12, Apr 17
Fergus Falls - Feb 13, Apr 4, June 11
Twin Cities - March 14 and April 25

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.

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!

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

April 9, 2019, Bemidji - click here to register

April 10, 2019, Morton - click here to register

Join us for one of these two 1-day trainings 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!

Register for Bemidji – April 9

Register for Morton – April 10

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!

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

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!

Full Event List

    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 15 Jul 2019
    • Online
    Register

    Join school leaders around the country in the new and improved online learning platform, Ed Leaders Network. Multiple state principal associations have partnered together to provide you high quality, on demand professional development to enhance your educational leadership! You'll have access to hundreds of on-demand trainings, like:

    • Creating Mentally Healthy Schools
    • Brain Science for Principals
    • Creating a Valid & Reliable Assessment
    • Working with Unmotivated Students
    • Restorative Practices: Academic & Counseling Circles
    • Becoming a Dynamic & Effective Leader
    • PLCs: Supporting Student Achievement

    This 1-year, online subscription will run July 15, 2018 to July 15, 2019.


    ADD TO YOUR MESPA MEMBERSHIP WHEN YOU RENEW OR JOIN FOR JUST $10! When you join MESPA or renew your MESPA membership, you'll have the opportunity to add this great benefit to your membership this year for $10!

    ALREADY RENEWED & DIDN'T SIGN UP? WANT TO ADD A COLLEAGUE OR STAFF MEMBER? Use this registration page to add for just $10!

    • 23 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 7 regional locations: see description!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: In partnership, the MN Dept. of Education, MN Initiative Foundations, and MESPA will be offering SEVEN REGIONAL LOCATIONS for this workshop. 

    Focused, high-quality PreK-3 systems provide us with the greatest potential for achieving World's Best Workforce (WBWF) goals. PreK-3 systems with a broader scope, including collaborations with other organizations and providers, enable communities to focus their efforts on maximizing child outcomes.

    These workshops are about learning and doing. District/community teams will spend time learning about evidence-based school improvement strategies within a PreK-3 system, followed by dedicated time spent on ensuring the most impactful school improvement strategies are effective in your PreK-3 system.

    Day 1 - Elements of High-Performing PreK-3 Systems: Community Partnerships, Transitions, and Data-Driven Improvement

    Day 2 - Teaching and Instructional Quality in your PreK-3 System: Aligning Curriculum, Assessments and Instruction, and Ensuring High-Quality Learning Environments for ALL Students

    Day 3 - Blending and Braiding: Maximizing your Federal, State, and Local Resources to Support your PreK-3 System

    Alignment and coherence are a focus throughout the workshops where teams practice aligning on paper (e.g. practices, procedures, policies, etc.) followed by ensuring alignment in practice, which is coherence.

    Who Should Participate?

    Districts and charter schools must register in teams. Since the workshops are focused on action, team members should include those who are in a position to contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of your PreK-3 system. Suggested teams minimally consist of: early childhood administrator, elementary school principal, Head Start Director and community early childhood program leader. Day 2 teams should add a teaching and learning administrator or specialist. Team members may be different for each session. Team leaders should decide who is best suited to participate in each session.

    Locations & Registration
    Registration will be linked under each cohort as they become available.

    OWATONNA COHORT:
    Dates: Nov 13, Jan 22, Mar 5 - 10am-3pm
    Click here to register!
    DULUTH COHORT:
    Dates: Nov 28, Jan 24, Apr 1 - 10am-3pm
    Click here to register!
    LITTLE FALLS COHORT:
    Dates: Dec 4, Jan 15, Feb 26 - 10am-3pm
    Click here to register!

    THIEF RIVER FALLS COHORT:

    Dates: Dec 6, Jan 9, and Feb 27 - 10am-3pm, (Feb 27 is remote)
    Click here to register!  
    WESTBROOK COHORT:
    Dates: Jan 23, Feb 12, Apr 17 - 10am-3pm
    Westbrook Community Center
    Click here to register!
    FERGUS FALLS COHORT:
    Dates: Feb 13, Apr 4, Jun 11 - 10am-3pm
    Click here to register!
    TWIN CITIES COHORT:
    Condensed 2-day workshop: March 14 and April 25
    Maple Grove Community Center
    Click here to register!
    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MN State Capitol Building, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155
    Registration is closed


    Join us for MESPA's Day at the State Capitol: Thursday, February 21st!

      Make your voice heard. Join MESPA legal and legislative counsel Roger Aronson for the MESPA Day at the Capitol! 

      • Meet with legislators and share your opinions on policy
      • Attend committee meetings to learn what's going on in education policy
      • Go on a Capitol tour led by Roger – you've never seen the Minnesota State Capitol like this!
      • Make your voice heard! Legislators won't know what's going on in schools unless you tell them. Your voice is important: You can't make an impact if you don't show up!

        Who should attend?
        All MESPA members are invited to attend this event. School leaders from underrepresented groups, including people of color, the LGBTQ community, and women, are especially encouraged to attend.

        Tentative Schedule
        A detailed schedule will be shared as we finalize details. The tentative schedule is as follows:

        • 8:45am - Meet group in 400 North State Office Building (see map)
        • 9-9:45am - Meet with various state and local representatives and get the inside scoop on the legislative process! (400 North State Office Building)
        • 9:45am - Sit in on House Education Finance Committee Meeting (5 State Office Building) 
        • 11am - Continue to meet with various state and local representatives. Lunch is provided. (400 North State Office Building
        • 12pm - After lunch, get a personal tour of the Capitol building from Roger Aronson himself!

        Getting to the Capitol
        MESPA will provide transportation to and from the capitol for those who are interested (details coming soon). You are also welcome to meet us at the Capitol building. To see a map of all parking options at the State Capitol, visit https://mn.gov/bms-stat/assets/capitol-7.pdf.

        • 08 Mar 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
        • Bethel University, Anderson Center - 2 Pine Tree Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112 - 307 EAST CONFERENCE ROOM
        Register

        New date: Friday, March 8th!

        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? Many of our schools might provide a positive school climate for some of our students and staff, but it is our job to make sure we move past a positive climate and ensure we build a positive culture for learning and teaching for ALL. Join us as we learn around a framework that will support us in this process and help give our teachers and students a leadership role in the journey.

        Who should attend?
        This session is for school leaders who are looking for strategies and a framework that will support their work around school culture. This session is designated for school leaders only to support a safe space for you to ask questions openly and problem-solve with the group.

        Session learning targets:

        • Collaborate with other leaders and learn some strategies that are working for other schools around the state
        • Take and analyze a school climate survey that will determine your school's needs
        • Understand the difference between "Will" vs "Skill" of creating a positive school culture
        • Understand the state and local resources available to support your work
        • Build a professional learning community around school culture
        • Gain access to a digital folder that will have Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions and resources that will support your school

        Session details:
        • Session runs 8am-3:30pm at the TIES Conference Center in St. Paul.
        • 7 Administrative CEUs will be granted upon completion of the training.
        • MESPA members attend for just $125 -- sign in to receive the member rate!
        • Morning coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know in your registration.

        About the presenter: Principal Curt Slater
        Come join Mr. Curtis Slater (@slater_curtis_), MN's 2018 National Distinguished Principal, as he facilitates the conversation around building a positive school culture that will support your students, staff, and families.

        Over the past 12 years, Mr. Slater has had the chance to train more than 400 schools around creating a positive school culture. These trainings did not just support licensed staff, he has had the chance to work with bus drivers, administrative assistants, school lunch staff, custodians, and community education. Slater asserts that every adult that works in a school plays a vital role in this process. If we want to create a positive culture and climate in our schools, we need to take the time to teach the skills that adults will need in the process. Curt Slater is the elementary principal of Wyoming Elementary in Forest Lake Public Schools.
        • 14 Mar 2019
        • 25 Apr 2019
        • 2 sessions
        • Maple Grove Community Center - 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 - BALLROOM
        Register

        This registration is specifically for the Twin Cities Cohort of this series. The Twin Cities Cohort is a condensed 2-day version of the full 3-day series. In partnership, the MN Dept. of Education, MN Initiative Foundations, and MESPA is offering SEVEN REGIONAL LOCATIONS for this workshop. To view all available cohorts, click here.

        Focused, high-quality PreK-3 systems provide us with the greatest potential for achieving World's Best Workforce (WBWF) goals. PreK-3 systems with a broader scope, including collaborations with other organizations and providers, enable communities to focus their efforts on maximizing child outcomes.

        These workshops are about learning and doing. District/community teams will spend time learning about evidence-based school improvement strategies within a PreK-3 system, followed by dedicated time spent on ensuring the most impactful school improvement strategies are effective in your PreK-3 system.

        Day 1, Mar 14 - Elements of High-Performing PreK-3 Systems: Community Partnerships, Transitions, and Data-Driven Improvement

        Day 2, Apr 25 - Teaching and Instructional Quality in your PreK-3 System: Aligning Curriculum, Assessments and Instruction, and Ensuring High-Quality Learning Environments for ALL Students

        Alignment and coherence are a focus throughout the workshops where teams practice aligning on paper (e.g. practices, procedures, policies, etc.) followed by ensuring alignment in practice, which is coherence.

        Who Should Participate?

        Districts and charter schools must register in teams. Since the workshops are focused on action, team members should include those who are in a position to contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of your PreK-3 system. Suggested teams minimally consist of: early childhood administrator, elementary school principal, Head Start Director and community early childhood program leader. Day 2 teams should add a teaching and learning administrator or specialist. Team members may be different for each session. Team leaders should decide who is best suited to participate in each session. You can customize your team's attendance within the registration.

        How to register

        Teams should register together when possible so we can plan for seating, etc. based by teams. Click the registration button to customize your team's attendance by day. A small fee of $25 per team member, per day, will be assessed for food and materials. You can customize your team's attendance within the registration.

        Questions? Changes to your registration?
        Contact Rachel Dillon, MESPA Program Manager, at 651.999.7315 or rachel@mespa.net.

        • 21 Mar 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • MN State Capitol Building, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155
        Register


        Join us for MESPA's Day at the State Capitol: Thursday, March 21st!

          Make your voice heard. Join MESPA legal and legislative counsel Roger Aronson for the MESPA Day at the Capitol! 

          • Meet with legislators and share your opinions on policy
          • Attend committee meetings to learn what's going on in education policy
          • Go on a Capitol tour led by Roger – you've never seen the Minnesota State Capitol like this!
          • Make your voice heard! Legislators won't know what's going on in schools unless you tell them. Your voice is important: You can't make an impact if you don't show up!

            Who should attend?
            All MESPA members are invited to attend this event. School leaders from underrepresented groups, including people of color, the LGBTQ community, and women, are especially encouraged to attend.

            Tentative Schedule
            A detailed schedule will be shared as we finalize details. The tentative schedule is as follows:

            • 7:45am - Meet group at the Capitol
            • 8-9:30am - Sit in on committee meetings and hearings
            • 9:30am-12pm - Meet with various state and local representatives and get the inside scoop on the legislative process! Lunch is provided.
            • 12pm - After lunch, get a personal tour of the Capitol building from Roger Aronson himself
            • 2-4pm - Sit in on committee meetings and hearings

            Getting to the Capitol
            MESPA will provide transportation to and from the capitol for those who are interested (details coming soon). You are also welcome to meet us at the Capitol building. To see a map of all parking options at the State Capitol, visit https://mn.gov/bms-stat/assets/capitol-7.pdf.

            • 09 Apr 2019
            • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
            • Holiday Inn Bemidji - 2422 Ridgeway Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
            Register


            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. Schools often struggle to achieve lasting change in student behavior because students do not feel responsible for their own actions and, instead, find ways to project the responsibility for their behavior onto others. Often students elect to choose a handy exit off the road to responsibility. This training provides a framework for shifting the burden of ownership back to students -- promoting lasting change and greater learning. RCD provides real skills that school leaders, teachers, and paraprofessionals can start using immediately.

            "I attended Larry Thompson's RCD Training in Orlando, FL, and it completely changed by school, discipline strategy, and our test scores increased. Other significant factors that helped achieve these results include a trauma-sensitive schools training and an alternative behavior intervention program. Larry's training was the most practical training that filled my toolbox with tools that actually worked with student discipline. Larry was so good I demanded that he train our entire staff..."
            - Chris Trostad, principal at Highland Elementary School, Crookston, MN

            Learning objectives
            During this training, participants will work to:

            • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
            • Implement do's and don'ts to address specific behaviors
            • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach to a responsibility-centered approach
            • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
            • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior

            THIS MODEL INTRODUCES A PARADIGM SHIFT!
            The goal is to move away from punitive punishments and time-based consequences and instead to enable your students to take responsibility and create solutions.. together!

            Training format
            The day will begin with theory-based insights into the paradigm shift of school discipline: a responsibility-centered model in place of a traditional obedience-based model. We will then discuss insights, strategies, and tips for dealing with challenging behaviors rooted in responsibility-centered practice. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to work through examples, practice these new strategies, and discuss ideas for implementation in your building.

            Topics covered include:

            • The difference between responsibility-centered vs. obedience-based models
            • Essentials of a successful learning environment
            • Why many school discipline models fail
            • Alternatives to out-of-school suspensions
            • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors
            • Becoming a master of challenging moments with students
            • Developing your own self-regulation skills (and helping your staff do the same!)

            Who can attend?
            This training is open to all school leaders and educators at all school levels, elementary to high school. 

            General information
            A training workbook is included with registration. The full book, Roadmap to Responsibility, is also available to add to your registration for $17.95 and MESPA will have it for you when you arrive at the training. Lunch is provided. 6 CEUs will be distributed for this workshop.

            The RCD Model pairs well with Multi-Tiered Systems!
            Programs like PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) and other Multi-Tiered Systems of Support have been implemented in schools across North America in order to increase student achievement. Not only do student discipline issues disrupt the learning environment, but time-based consequences have the unfortunate side effect of removing students who may need the most help from the classroom. A key to success for PBIS, RTI and other MTSS programs is involving all students in the first level of intervention – and RCD is designed to provide consistent and effective disciplinary support at that level. RCD will also support the process as these programs move into more advanced tiers.


            About the presenter
            Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, and founder of the RCD model, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained. Learn more about Larry at givemfive.com.

            This training is provided in partnership with the MN Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) and Accutrain.

            • 10 Apr 2019
            • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
            • Jackpot Junction Event Center - 39375 County Rd 24, Morton, MN 56270
            Register


            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. Schools often struggle to achieve lasting change in student behavior because students do not feel responsible for their own actions and, instead, find ways to project the responsibility for their behavior onto others. Often students elect to choose a handy exit off the road to responsibility. This training provides a framework for shifting the burden of ownership back to students -- promoting lasting change and greater learning. RCD provides real skills that school leaders, teachers, and paraprofessionals can start using immediately.

            "I attended Larry Thompson's RCD Training in Orlando, FL, and it completely changed by school, discipline strategy, and our test scores increased. Other significant factors that helped achieve these results include a trauma-sensitive schools training and an alternative behavior intervention program. Larry's training was the most practical training that filled my toolbox with tools that actually worked with student discipline. Larry was so good I demanded that he train our entire staff..."
            - Chris Trostad, principal at Highland Elementary School, Crookston, MN

            Learning objectives
            During this training, participants will work to:

            • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
            • Implement do's and don'ts to address specific behaviors
            • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach to a responsibility-centered approach
            • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
            • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior

            THIS MODEL INTRODUCES A PARADIGM SHIFT!
            The goal is to move away from punitive punishments and time-based consequences and instead to enable your students to take responsibility and create solutions.. together!

            Training format
            The day will begin with theory-based insights into the paradigm shift of school discipline: a responsibility-centered model in place of a traditional obedience-based model. We will then discuss insights, strategies, and tips for dealing with challenging behaviors rooted in responsibility-centered practice. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to work through examples, practice these new strategies, and discuss ideas for implementation in your building.

            Topics covered include:

            • The difference between responsibility-centered vs. obedience-based models
            • Essentials of a successful learning environment
            • Why many school discipline models fail
            • Alternatives to out-of-school suspensions
            • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors
            • Becoming a master of challenging moments with students
            • Developing your own self-regulation skills (and helping your staff do the same!)

            Who can attend?
            This training is open to all school leaders and educators at all school levels, elementary to high school. 

            General information
            A training workbook is included with registration. The full book, Roadmap to Responsibility, is also available to add to your registration for $17.95 and MESPA will have it for you when you arrive at the training. Lunch is provided. 6 CEUs will be distributed for this workshop.

            The RCD Model pairs well with Multi-Tiered Systems!
            Programs like PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) and other Multi-Tiered Systems of Support have been implemented in schools across North America in order to increase student achievement. Not only do student discipline issues disrupt the learning environment, but time-based consequences have the unfortunate side effect of removing students who may need the most help from the classroom. A key to success for PBIS, RTI and other MTSS programs is involving all students in the first level of intervention – and RCD is designed to provide consistent and effective disciplinary support at that level. RCD will also support the process as these programs move into more advanced tiers.


            About the presenter
            Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, and founder of the RCD model, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained. Learn more about Larry at givemfive.com.

            This training is provided in partnership with the MN Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) and Accutrain.

            • 03 May 2019
            • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
            • TIES Event Center - LARPENTEUR ROOM
            Registration is closed

            MESPA's Spring 2019 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)
            12:30-4:00pm - Division presidents stay for NDP interviews

            Division presidents will stay for interviews with our National Distinguished Principal candidates from 12:30-4:00pm. 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!

            • 10 Jun 2019
            • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
            • Duluth Public Schools (Official Site), 215 N 1st Ave E, Duluth, MN 55802, USA - ROOM 318 (3rd floor)
            Register
             

            21CSO is coming to Duluth on June 10, 2019!

            Hosted by MESPA's Northeast Division, this 21CSO will be a great opportunity to connect with your secretary and your colleagues nearby!  All are welcome to join us at this training.

            Want to go home on time?

            Maintaining a work/life balance is so important, but as a school principal or secretary, that may seem next to impossible. If you're buried office work, emails, "do-you-have-a-minutes," and juggling schedules on top of what you really want to be focusing on, we can help! Join us for 11th cohort of 21st Century School Office, where you and your secretary will discuss ways to make your school's office more efficient, proactive, and balanced.


            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
            • Go home on time and have a better work-life balance
            • 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 participants are saying!
            • "As an early career principal, this session helped me understand what I could ask of and hand over to my secretary. We already have a great partnership, but this will really take us to another level of trust an efficiency. I think we've both been empowered!" - Principal Chreese Jones, The Heights Community School, St. Paul
            • "This was well worth our time and we got a lot of amazing ideas.. some that we can implement immediately and can't wait to try!" - Principal Toni Baartman, Pipestone Area Elementary, Pipestone
            • "This opportunity gave us the TIME we needed to effectively plan out our year and how we can better work together to become a more organized and efficient team." - Principal Jessica Cabeen, Woodson Kindergarten Center, Austin

            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!
            • 6 Administrator CEUs are granted upon completion of this training.

            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!


          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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