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MESPA professional development is designed by members, for members, to meet the needs of today's school leaders. Working with members, MESPA identifies the most relevant and engaging professional development topics each year to ensure MN principals have the training and support they need.

"Institute and MESPA workshops help keep principals informed with high quality professional development... MESPA keeps us connected, provides us with assistance, and supports us with our needs.”

– Jeffrey Lund, Marshall County Central Schools

MESPA PD Snapshot

Below is a snapshot of our upcoming professional development! Scroll down to check the calendar for a full list of our upcoming events.

Just announced: FREE Webinar Series with Dr. Rosemarie Allen

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, and MESPA invite you to partake in "bite-sized" professional learning for teachers, administrators, and leaders who are on the go!

These five essential webinars will air live at 10:00-11:00am! Webinars will also be recorded!

Click here for more information & to register!

  • November 19 - Overview of Implicit Bias through the Lens of Suspensions and Expulsions
  • December 6 – Culturally-Responsive Leadership
  • December 10 – Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Promote Resilience
  • December 13 – Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Families
  • December 16 – Microaggressions and Cultural Humility
Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: Dr. Rosemarie Allen:
recorded trainings

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and MESPA, invite you to attend the events below with Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. 

Click here to watch!

Thanks to Metro State University, we were able to livestream and record the Implicit Bias Trainings on December 3-4!

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

MESPA Institute 2020

With presentations from incredible thought leaders; 25+ sessions rooted in mental health, education equity, innovation, and leadership development; MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues; an Unconference in which you guide your own learning; and 80+ education-based exhibits... you won't want to miss this!

Registration open now! Visit www.mespa.net/institute for all details.


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

Division Meetings

Did you know that your MESPA division offers professional development and networking opportunities? Many even give out CEUs! Find your MESPA division page linked here for upcoming division meetings!

Note: The 2019-20 meeting schedule is coordinated in late September by your division. Contact your Division President for more information!

P.S.: Check out the Retired Principals of MESPA page for additional meetings, most are free!

Urban Leadership Academy
Join us for Urban Leadership Academy's 2019-20 workshop series to focus and reflect on what it means to be a racially equitable leader, providing expertise and vision for your district, your school, your team, and your classroom. Thanks to MESPA's partnership with ULA, our members can attend the academy workshops at a discounted rate. Use the codes shared in MESPA's E-News.

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

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo – February 3, 2020

Learning to Be a Threat to Inequity: Teaching and Leading with Equity Literacy
Paul Gorski & Seema Pothini - April 9, 2020 

Full Event List

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Web-based - click the dates and topics to register

    The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association invite you to partake in "bite-sized" professional learning for teachers, administrators, and leaders who are on the go!

    These five essential webinars will air live at 10:00-11:00am!
    Click the links below to register. The webinars will also be recorded!

    November 19 - Overview of Implicit Bias through the Lens of Suspensions and Expulsions: Examine the issues of inequities in early childhood specifically around suspensions and expulsions.

    December 6 – Culturally-Responsive Leadership: Assess awareness of your own hidden biases and develop skills in culturally responsive leadership.

    December 10 – Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Promote Resilience: Investigate the impacts of trauma at children’s developmental stages and how to respond with trauma informed practices.

    December 13 – Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Families: Learn how to connect with families who are hard-to-reach (under-represented, invisible/overlooked, and service avoidant).

    December 16 – Microaggressions and Cultural Humility: Examine 3 types of macroaggressions and how they show up in the work place. Practice cultural humility.

    Who should participate?
    School district administrators, early childhood administrators, higher education faculty, Head Start staff, school district staff, kindergarten and early childhood teachers, Preschool Development Facilitators, early childhood special education, the Minnesota Initiative Foundations – Minnesota Early Childhood Initiatives, coaches, home visitors, child care providers and more. CEUs will not be issued for these webinars.

    About the presenter: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

    Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices.

    She is also the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Allen was appointed a Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum on Early Care and Education. She collaborates with professionals and advocates from more than 80 countries who meet to share inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide. Rosemarie earned her B.A. from California State University, M.Ed from Lesley University and Ed.D in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.

    This event is made possible using federal funding, 93.434 - ESSA Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

      

    • 05 Feb 2020
    • 06 Feb 2020
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439
    • 18
    Register

    Market your materials and services exclusively to Minnesota elementary and middle-level principals and school decision makers at MESPA Institute 2020. What is MESPA Institute? MESPA Institute 2020 reaches 425+ school leaders from around the state who gather to learn, collaborate, and grow.


    Register early to choose from
    a larger selection of booth locations!


    Standard Registration Fee, November 28 and after: $640


    For more information about exhibiting, click here.
    For more general information about MESPA Institute 2020, click here.

    All Exhibitors Receive...

    • One 6 x10 foot booth ( NEW  Booths located in the center aisles are open concept, with 3' high back drape, to enhance both exhibitor and attendee experience. Booths along the walls will have
      8' high back drape.)
    • Standard booth sign
    • One 6' x 30" undraped table and two chairs
    • An Institute participant list
    • Complimentary WIFI Internet access provided by MESPA
    • An email from Brede, trade show specialists, to order additional booth items: drapes, extra tables, chairs, electricity, etc.

    PLUS:

    •  NEW  Open concept floor plan to create better sight lines and easier navigation for both exhibitors and attendees. 
    • Coffee stations and dessert breaks, along with a walking breakfast on Thursday  (NEW) , a special showcase, and a book fair, will all be exclusively located in the exhibit hall area to increase foot traffic throughout. 
    •  NEW  Direct entry to the exhibit hall from the Grand Ballroom in two directions
    • Multiple break times to visit exhibits.
    • Games that motivate attendees to mingle and move throughout the exhibits.
    • Your marketing information and links maintained on the Institute App for six months after Institute.
    • 2020 exhibitors who complete an exhibitor evaluation will be given preference for booth location selection for 2021 exhibits!
    To view 2020 booth locations, click here.
    • 05 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439 - EDINA ROOM

    MESPA's Winter 2020 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 the MESPA Office at mespa@mespa.net or 952.297.8670 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!

    • 05 Feb 2020
    • 11:00 AM
    • 07 Feb 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439
    Register

    Surround yourself with 425+ colleagues, innovation, collaboration, and learning @ Institute 2020! Registration opens November 4!

    This three-day conference includes...

    • 40+ breakout & Unconference sessions rooted in equity, mental health and student behavior supports, innovation, and leadership development
    • A member-led Unconference - learn from your peers and consider leading a session
    • Short, impactful MESPA Speaks presentations by your very own MESPA colleagues
    • Book Fair featuring the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as a selection of books for school leaders!
    • 80+ education-based exhibits featuring non-profits, curriculum, supplies, field trips, technology, and more!

    Visit mespa.net/institute for more highlights!

    Heather T. Forbes, LCSW (@HeatherTForbes) opens Wednesday with The Trauma-Informed School.

    Ken Williams (@unfoldthesoul) opens Thursday morning with Starting a Movement in a PLC: Building Culture from the Inside-Out.

    Larry Thompson, M.Ed. (@RCDGivemFive) presents during Thursday lunch with Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments with Students.

    Beth Houf (@BethHouf& Shelley Burgess (@burgess_shelley) will close our conference Friday morning with Lead Like a PIRATE: Transform Culture and Build Schools Where Students & Staff Run to Get IN, not OUT. 


    Register by January 17, 2020 to save $50!
    Early Bird Member Rate: $375
    January 18 and on: $425


    General schedule:
    Our detailed schedule & event app is coming soon! Below is our general timeline.
    Wednesday, Feb 5 - Registration opens 11am. Conference runs 11:45am-5:00pm
    Thursday, Feb 6 - 8am-5pm
    Friday, Feb 7 - 8am-12pm

    Plus, don't miss a Pre-Conference Session on Tier 2 + 3 Supports with Dr. Clay Cook!

    Enhance your learning and attend a pre-conference session on Wednesday morning with Dr. Clay Cook, from 9:30-11:00am. Add this session to your Institute registration for just $25!

    Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. 


    Plan your learning at the Unconference!

    The Unconference is your chance to plan YOUR learning! In this organic, participant-driven process, we build our Unconference sessions AT the conference based on YOUR needs and YOUR ideas. Start planning today! Suggest ideas or even plan to lead a session by going to our brainstorming page here!

    Get ready for goosebumps @ MESPA Speaks!


    MESPA Speaks returns for its fifth year of inspiring and motivating stories. On Friday, Feb 7, you'll hear personal, heartfelt stories that will be sure to amaze you! Visit mespa.net/mespaspeaks to check out all of our previous performances.

    Find your next great read at the Institute Book Fair!
    You loved it so much, we're bringing it back! Join us for the Institute Book Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, and do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

    Hotel information
    This conference is located at the DoubleTree in Bloomington, MN. A block of rooms has been reserved at the reduced rate of $142/night at the MESPA rate. Click here to reserve your room or call 952.835.7800. Book your room by January 17th to guarantee the MESPA rate!

    For more information on this exciting conference, visit www.mespa.net/institute.

    F.A.Q.

    • Do I need to be a MESPA member to attend? Yes! If you are an elementary or middle-level principal in MN, we would love for you to be a member. We also honor the member rate for MASSP members! If you are attending from out-of-state, we would love to have you! Contact us to register.
    • I'm an aspiring principal. Is this conference relevant to me? YES and you will be welcomed with open arms! Join MESPA as an aspiring member and you can attend the conference for just $75!
    • Are meals included with registration? Yes, if you are a full-paying registrant (AKA not an Aspiring or Retired member) meals are included. For other levels, you can add meal tickets to your registration on-site!
    • Do you accept credit cards? Not at this time. You will receive an automated invoice via email once you've registered that you can forward on to your business office.
    • Other questions? Please contact MESPA at 952.297.8670!
    • 01 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anderson Center @ Bethel University - 2 Pine Tree Drive, Arden Hills, MN 55112
    Registration is closed

    MESPA's Spring 2020 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)
    12:15-4:30pm - Division presidents stay for NDP interviews

    Division presidents will stay for interviews with our National Distinguished Principal candidates from 12:15-4:30pm. 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 Feb 2021
    • 05 Feb 2021
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439

    Save the date for Institute 2021: February 3-5!

    Details to come.

    For information about 2020's conference, visit mespa.net/institute.

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