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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 - Spring 2019

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

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

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

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

Click here for more info and to register!

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

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

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

MESPA Day at the Capitol 2019

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

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

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

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!

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 to be offered in Spring of 2019
    Dates and registration coming soon!
    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439 - EDINA ROOM

    MESPA's Winter 2019 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!

    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • 08 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439
    Register

    Surround yourself with 450+ principal colleagues, innovation, collaboration, and learning @ Institute 2019! 

    This three-day conference includes...

    • 40+ breakout & Unconference sessions rooted in equity, innovation, and leadership development
    • Short, impactful MESPA Speaks presentations by your very own MESPA colleagues
    • The return of our Makerspace Showcase - a hands-on display area filled with makerspaces from Minnesota schools 
    • A member-led Unconference - learn from your peers and consider leading a session
    • 80+ education-based exhibits featuring non-profits, curriculum, supplies, field trips, technology, and more!

    PLUS keynotes by Todd Nesloney, Dr. Clay Cook, and a brand new Friday program with 6 all-star school leaders!

    Click here to view the full Institute schedule!

       


    Principal Todd Nesloney (@techninjatoddauthor of Kids Deserve It, will open our conference on Wednesday with "Building a Powerful School Culture." Todd is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in TX. Todd has been recognized by the White House as a Connected Educator "Champion of Change", the National School Board Association as one of the "20 to Watch" in Education, and by the BAMMYs as the "National Elementary Principal of the Year" among many other accolades. Todd is extremely passionate about education and innovation. He took over a struggling campus, brought in a brand new staff, and used creative ideas to completely transform his school's culture. Todd also co-hosts two iTunes Top Rated podcast series called "Sparks in the Dark" with Travis Crowder and "Kids Deserve It" with Adam Welcome.

    Dr. Clay Cook (@ClayCook_phd) will kick us off on Thursday morning with "Going Beyond Why Awareness of Trauma is Important: Focusing on the What and How of Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices." In this session, we will go beyond the awareness that trauma negatively impacts student development and functioning and go deeper: we'll dive in to what schools can do to integrate trauma-informed practices and procedures into their school. Dr. Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota in the School Psychology Program. Clay has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children's mental and behavioral health. In addition to his research, he consults with school systems throughout the US to integrate a continuum of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to enhance student academic and life success.

    And what better way to end the conference than the keynote to end all keynotes? Join us for this brand new collaborative, interactive, JOINT KEYNOTE featuring 6 incredible school principals from around the country: Jessica Cabeen, Jimmy Casas, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, Brad Gustafson, Salome Thomas-El, and Joe Sanfellipo!

    Register by January 18, 2019 to save $50!

    PLUS, don't miss our Pre-Conference Session add-ons - Sign up within registration!

    This year, we are offering TWO pre-conference sessions from exceptional educational leaders in MN. Enhance your learning and add it to your Institute registration for just $20! Pre-Conference sessions will run 10-11:30am ahead of the conference kickoff (11:45am) on Wednesday, February 6th! 


    #1 - Hacking Early Learning: Working together to create the foundation for PreK-3rd grade learning by leading.

    Wondering how to better align the learning in the early years with other grades? Wanting to make meaningful connections with families before they even enroll in your school? Ready to take the next steps to ensuring alignment of play is embedded in authentic learning experiences? Jessica Cabeen, 2017 MN NAESP National Distinguished Principal, will offer ideas and take aways school leaders can use tomorrow that will amplify the early learning experience and give leaders grounding steps to take their own knowledge of these critical years to the next level. Registrants will receive a copy of Hacking Early Learning at the session! 1 additional CEU will be granted.

    #2 - Supporting Social-Emotional Learning Through Literacy 

    Presented by 2018 National Distinguished Principal Curtis Slater and a team of principals, this pre-conference session will focus on useful tools for integrating social-emotional learning into literacy in your school! Schools are an excellent setting through which to promote mental health and well-being, and educators are well-positioned to provide related instruction and support in our schools. However, educators often report that they lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver social-emotional learning instruction and to support students who struggle with mental health challenges. At this pre-conference session, we are going to share strategies that are working around the state and work together to collaborate around how literacy can help support social-emotional learning for your students, staff, and families. Free books and resources will be provided by Scholastic, and 1 additional CEU will be granted to participants. 


    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 third year of inspiring and motivating stories. On Friday, Feb 8, 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.

    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 18th to guarantee the MESPA rate!

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

    • 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
    Register


    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:

        • 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.

        • 08 Mar 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
        • TIES Conference Center - 1667 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55108 - FAIRVIEW ROOM
        Registration is closed

        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.
        • 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.

            • 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!

            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


          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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