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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.

School Law Seminars

Legal issues are an everyday occurrence for school leaders. Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight to school law best practice! Presented by Roger Aronson, one of the most highly regarded school law experts in MN!

Click the dates below to learn more and register:
Proctor -
Friday, September 20
Rochester -
Friday, September 27
St. Peter - Friday, October 4
St. Cloud - Monday, October 7
Mahnomen -
Tuesday, October 22
Twin Cities -
Friday, November 1

$150 for full day workshop plus 6 CEUs!

Topics covered: New 2019 policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more!

Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments - PART 1

October 4, 2019 – Roseville

Join us for this 1-day training that will help empower you and your students to transform challenging behaviors in your school!

The Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) model was developed to help schools break free from the traditional "obedience model," to train educators and school leaders how to respond to disruptive and spiraling situations, and to empower students to take responsibility for their own actions. Registration is just $150 and is open to all educators. Participants will receive 6 CEUs!

Click here for more info and to register!

NEW!: Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
Part 2 of this training (focusing on high intensity situations, role playing, and systemic changes) is scheduled for November 26. Click here to register.

NEW: Responsibility-Centered Discipline - PART 2

November 26, 2019 – Little Canada

Join us for PART 2 of the training to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills around Responsibility-Centered Discipline!

This is PART 2 of MESPA's RCD training. Attending a Part 1 training is a pre-requisite to this training. The next Responsibility-Centered Discipline Day 1 training is on October 4th and registration is linked here

Part 2 of this training will address...

  • Quick review of Day 1
  • Working with higher intensity (Tier 2 & Tier 3) students
  • Building you personal skills: practicing and role playing
  • Office referrals
  • Addressing the systemic fixes to help your school, teachers, students, and administrators
  • Q & A: What questions do you have since we last met?

Click here for more info and to register!

MESPA School Office Workshop

*member-led!

Just $150 for a principal-secretary team! 

(add additional school office staff for $25!)

November 12, 2019, Twin Cities – click here to register

Want to serve your students, parents, and staff better?

Maintaining a healthy principal/secretary relationship is so important, but as a school principal or secretary, that may seem next to impossible. If you're buried in office work, meetings, emails, and juggling schedules on top of what you really want to be focusing on, we can help! Join us for our NEW MESPA School Office Workshop where you and your secretary will discuss ways to make your school's office more efficient, balanced, and harmonious.

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
  • Utilize time in the office better
  • 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

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!

Early Career Principals Workshop

*member-led!

Join us for an empowering day of learning and collaboration at MESPA's 3rd annual workshop designed BY early career principals, FOR early career principals!

Monday, October 14 in Arden Hills - $95

All new and early career Elementary and Middle-level principals are encouraged to attend! "Early career" is purposefully left open-ended -- if this workshop description resonates with you at any level of your career, then you are welcome to attend!

This workshop is collaborative, interactive and driven by your needs. We will meet you where you are at. In this workshop, you will work with other early career principals to:

  • Gain access to tangible strategies and tools that have worked for other principals that you can take back to your school to try out TOMORROW.
  • Problem-solve with colleagues using real-world scenarios from your school.
  • Answer your burning questions about best practices with staff, students, family & community, curriculum, and climate/culture.
  • Learn about school law and get your legal questions answered by Roger Aronson, renowned school law expert extraordinaire.
  • Connect with a supportive network of colleagues to contact with questions and meet other early career principals.

Trauma: Foundations and Applications for Trauma Responsive Schools

Trauma is the root cause of many of the most challenging behaviors schools deal with every day. This highly interactive training will prepare principals and school staff to effectively serve and understand this population. 

Register for one of two workshops:

Thursday, October 24 in Little Canada

Friday, November 15 in Little Canada

Bring your team for the member rate ($125)!

This workshop will progress from the foundational knowledge of trauma to practical applications for effective trauma-responsive practices in schools to assist students affected by trauma.

In this training, attendees will:

  • Develop an understanding of neurological and psychological development 
  • Learn how to create effective learning environments that support the needs of traumatized children
  • Come away with tools and strategies to immediately apply to their buildings in order to achieve continuous improvement and accountability

MESPA Institute 2020

Join more than 400 of your principal colleagues for 3 incredible days of collaborating, innovating, and networking!

Save the date: February 5-7, 2020


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

Symposium of Women Education Leaders 2019

November 14, 2019

8:30am-3:30pm

Bethel University - Brushaber Commons

Keynote Speaker: SHAWN JUDGE (The Speaker's Edge)

Current, former, and aspiring women educational leaders are invited to learn, share, network, plan, and reflect together!

Click here for more info and to register!

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

Full Event List

    • 01 Aug 2019
    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Bethel University, Anderson Center - 2 Pine Tree Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112 - 307 EAST CONFERENCE ROOM
    Registration is closed
    Join us for our 7th cohort of the MESPA Literacy Academy! 

    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. 

    Presented by Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., the MESPA Literacy Academy invites principals and their leadership teams to an interactive learning experience that will guide principals and literacy leadership teams 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 full day sessions strategically scheduled across a four-month period, allowing participants to implement ideas, collect observational data, and bring back examples of their work for discussion with peers.

    Daily content breakdown:
    Day 1 (Thu Aug 1): Define Effective Reading Instruction
    Day 2 (Fri Aug 2): Understanding the Literacy Classroom Visit Model
    Day 3 (Fri Oct 25): Analyze Date from First Classroom Visits & Determine Next Round of Data Collection
    Day 4 (Fri Nov 22): Create Professional Learning Plan to Address Growth Areas
    Earn 6 CEUs each day!

    Goals of the 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 observe and reflect on their teaching team's current instructional practices, identifying strengths and needs within the school or across a district.
    • Create a professional development plan to address growth areas in literacy.
    • Obtain resources to guide the implementation of literacy professional development in your school.

    Who will this training benefit?
    The Literacy Academy will benefit schools and districts that need to:

    • Increase their reading scores on state and achievement assessments
    • Develop a cohesive professional development plan
    • Guide implementation of professional development using relevant data in order to get results
    • Update their Literacy Plan

    ...AND Principals and Teams (district leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders) who want to:

    • Develop their knowledge of literacy leadership
    • Establish collaborative teams to support literacy development
    • Learn more about literacy culture and effective instructional practices in their schools
    • Identify specific areas of literacy instruction in need of growth to support student achievement

    See for yourself! Hear from past attendees on the benefit of this academy below:

    What's new at the MESPA Literacy Academy 2019?:

    • Discussion of culturally and linguistically responsive literacy resources and instruction
    • Knowledge of new state expectations to support dyslexia in Core instruction
    • Focus on instruction to support specific strategies that are assessed in MCA assessments

    Bring your literacy team at the member rate!
    This training works well for teams, and while not required, bringing your literacy team (district leaders, instructional coaches, or teacher leaders) is recommended! Are you a MESPA member? Your literacy team is welcome to attend the 4-day academy at the MESPA member rate ($500)! Please call the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 to take advantage of this offer.


      Check out "Literacy Unleashed" - co-authored by the presenter!
      Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction through Classroom Visits is available now!  While it is not required, it is strongly recommended that you add a copy of Literacy Unleashed to your registration as we will reference chapters and resources from the book to expand your learning. You can order a copy via Amazon or ASCD (e-books also available) or add it within the event registration and we'll have it for you on Day 1 of the Academy!

      About the Presenter: Bonnie Houck
      Co-Author of the book Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits, Bonnie Houck is ready to work with you to improve your school's literacy plan and develop professional learning experiences that will help foster student literacy growth and achievement!

      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. Bonnie has keynoted and presented at state, national, and international conferences, sharing her joy and passion for reading with educators. For the past either years, Bonnie has facilitated the MESPA Literacy Academy, partnering with principals and instructional leaders to infuse literacy into their leadership.


      • 20 Sep 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Proctor Area Community Center - 100 Pionk Dr, Proctor, MN 55810 - CHAMBER ROOM
      Register

      Find out what's new in school law, have your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

      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.


      "I always enjoy this session because Roger understands the role of school administrators. He presents information that is directly related to our jobs and really outlines how it might impact us."
      - Derek Bell, Shakopee Public Schools

      Schedule

      8am-9am       Northeast Division meeting and light breakfast (all are welcome)
      9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

      Topics covered:
      New 2019 laws and policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them.

      About Roger Aronson


      Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is one of the most highly regarded school law experts in the state of MN and will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to be effective and ethical in your work.


      "Roger does a great job of helping us not only understand the changes in the law or legislation, he also helps us understand the background of the bill that was presented and the reasons behind them. This helps provide us with talking points when working through the legal changes we are expected to address in our schools." - Brian Franklin, Principal, Dassel-Cokato schools

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

       
      • 22 Sep 2019
      • 10:30 AM
      • 23 Sep 2019
      • 12:00 PM
      • Breezy Point Resport - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
      Register


      MESPA: Improve. Unite. Encourage. Advocate.

      MESPA's annual Leadership Conference is an opportunity for MESPA's leaders to get together to help plan another fantastic year for MESPA members. This conference brings together the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and all committee members to meet, plan, network, and have some fun!

      Click here for more info about the MESPA Leadership Conference

      Your presence is vital! This conference is the kickoff to our MESPA year. We need your voice at this conference. Your input will determine the association's priorities, as well as establish a key network to communicate and carry out MESPA activities, issues, and concerns. YOU represent our membership! We need you there to ensure that we are moving forward as an association, with divisions and committees all supporting one another. It is a requirement for division leaders, committee chairs, and committee representatives to attend this conference.

      General Schedule
      Our final, detailed schedule is coming soon. However, our general schedule is below:
      Sunday, September 22:
      7:30am - Golfing (optional)
      10:30am - Registration Opens
      11am-4:30pm - Leadership Conference
      4:45pm - Social in Dockside Lounge and/or lawn games
      6:00pm - Dinner & Social
       

      Monday, September 23:
      7am - Breakfast
      8am-11:40am - Leadership Conference
      11:45am - Leadership Conference ends
      12-2:30pm - Board of Directors Meeting (for BOD members only)

      Hotel Accommodations
      Please book your overnight accommodations under the MESPA block at Breezy Point Resort by August 31st. Head to breezypointresort.com, select online reservations, and enter #265590 for the group ID. You will be reimbursed for half of a one-night stay on September 22. If you and a colleague share a room, MESPA will reimburse you for the full cost of a standard room. The reimbursement form is linked here: PDF and Word

      Carpooling is strongly encouraged! Carpool with your colleagues and be reimbursed fully for your mileage!

      Attire
      Attire is casual. Wear your school pride on Sunday!

      Who attends the Board of Director's Meeting?
      The MESPA board consists of the 12 division presidents, 12 division presidents-elect, 8 committee chairs, 1 RPM rep, and the MESPA executive committee. The Board Meeting will be held on Monday, September 23rd following the conference. Check out all Board meeting dates at mespa.net/BOD.

      F.A.Q.
      What if I can't attend the conference? It is important that all divisions are equally represented. We ask that you please notify the MESPA office and work with your Division President to locate a replacement.

      Are CEUs provided? Yes! You will earn 9 CEUs by attending this conference.

      Is there a cost to attend? It is free to attend the conference. There is a cost to stay in the hotel overnight, but MESPA will reimburse you for half of a one-night stay.

      How do I get reimbursed for my hotel room and mileage? Please submit the reimbursement form here after the conference. If your district will reimburse you for mileage, we ask that you please go through your district. Carpooling is encouraged!

      Are meals included? Sunday lunch and dinner, as well as Monday breakfast are included. Monday lunch is also included if you are on the Board (for the Board of Directors meeting).

      Can my partner/spouse/family attend? You are welcome to bring your family to Breezy, and they are welcome to join the Sunday morning activities and Sunday evening social. Please note that MESPA is not able to provide meals for your guest(s). If you would like to purchase additional meal tickets for any of the provided meals, please contact the MESPA office.

      Additional questions? We can help you! Contact the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or mespa@mespa.net.

      • 23 Sep 2019
      • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
      • Breezy Point Resort - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

      MESPA's Fall 2019 Board of Directors meeting.
      Wanting to RSVP? Simply RSVP to the Leadership Conference. We assume all Board members attending Leadership will attend this Board 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 contact the MESPA office at mespa@mespa.net or 952.297.8670.

      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 Sep 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • St. Mary's Cascade Meadow Wetlands - 2900 19th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901
      Register

      Find out what's new in school law, have your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

      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.


      "I always enjoy this session because Roger understands the role of school administrators. He presents information that is directly related to our jobs and really outlines how it might impact us."
      - Derek Bell, Shakopee Public Schools

      Schedule

      8am-9am Southeast Division Meeting and light breakfast (all are welcome)
      9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

      Topics covered:
      New 2019 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them.

      About Roger Aronson


      Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is one of the most highly regarded school law experts in the state of MN and will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to be effective and ethical in your work.


      "Roger does a great job of helping us not only understand the changes in the law or legislation, he also helps us understand the background of the bill that was presented and the reasons behind them. This helps provide us with talking points when working through the legal changes we are expected to address in our schools." - Brian Franklin, Principal, Dassel-Cokato schools

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

       
      • 04 Oct 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Roseville Skating Center - Banquet Hall - 2661 Civic Center Dr, St Paul, MN 55113
      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 my 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!)

      "This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended."
      - Chad Grassel, Assistant Principal at New Heights Elementary, East Grand Forks 

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

      NEW!: Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
      Part 2 of this training (focusing on high intensity situations, role playing, and systemic changes) is scheduled for November 26. Click here to register.

      General information
      A workbook is included within the cost of registration. 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.

      • 04 Oct 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Gustavus Adolphus, 800 W College Ave, St Peter, MN 56082 - HERITAGE ROOM
      Register

      Find out what's new in school law, have your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

      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.


      "I always enjoy this session because Roger understands the role of school administrators. He presents information that is directly related to our jobs and really outlines how it might impact us."
      - Derek Bell, Shakopee Public Schools

      Schedule

      8am-9am       MESPA Southwest Division meeting and light breakfast (all are welcome)
      9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

      Topics covered:
      New 2019 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them.

      About Roger Aronson


      Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is one of the most highly regarded school law experts in the state of MN and will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to be effective and ethical in your work.


      "Roger does a great job of helping us not only understand the changes in the law or legislation, he also helps us understand the background of the bill that was presented and the reasons behind them. This helps provide us with talking points when working through the legal changes we are expected to address in our schools." - Brian Franklin, Principal, Dassel-Cokato schools

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

       
      • 07 Oct 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn & Suites - St. Cloud | 75 South 37th Ave St. Cloud, MN 56301
      Register

      Find out what's new in school law, have your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

      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.


      "I always enjoy this session because Roger understands the role of school administrators. He presents information that is directly related to our jobs and really outlines how it might impact us."
      - Derek Bell, Shakopee Public Schools

      Schedule

      8am-9am       Central Division meeting and light breakfast (all are welcome)
      9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

      Topics covered:
      New 2018 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them.

      About Roger Aronson


      Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is one of the most highly regarded school law experts in the state of MN and will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to be effective and ethical in your work.


      "Roger does a great job of helping us not only understand the changes in the law or legislation, he also helps us understand the background of the bill that was presented and the reasons behind them. This helps provide us with talking points when working through the legal changes we are expected to address in our schools." - Brian Franklin, Principal, Dassel-Cokato schools

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

       
      • 14 Oct 2019
      • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Bethel Anderson Center - 2 Pine Tree Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112 - ROOM 307 EAST (main floor)
      Register

      Join us for an empowering day of learning and collaboration at MESPA's 3rd annual workshop designed BY early career principals, FOR early career principals!


      Workshop content
      This workshop is collaborative, interactive and driven by your needs. We will meet you where you are at. In this workshop, you will work with other early career principals to:

      • Gain access to tangible strategies and tools that have worked for other principals that you can take back to your school to try out TOMORROW.
      • Problem-solve with colleagues using real-world scenarios from your school.
      • Answer your burning questions about best practices with staff, students, family & community, curriculum, and climate/culture.
      • Learn about school law and get your legal questions answered by Roger Aronson, renowned school law extraordinaire.
      • Connect with a supportive network of colleagues to contact with questions and meet other early career principals.
      • Receive access to a Google folder filled with resources from experienced principals.
      • Have fun! Play games, meet other early career principals, and more!
      • Earn 6 Admin CEUs for attending.
      Click here to view the full workshop schedule! Workshop goals
      This workshop is a safe space for newer principals to ask questions and problem solve in a collaborative environment. Participants will leave feeling supported and equipped with tangible resources to continue the work at hand. You'll get a chance to ask those tough "What do I do when..." or "How should I go about..." questions in a safe and supportive space.

      Who can attend?
      All new and early career Elementary and Middle-level principals are encouraged to attend! "Early career" is purposefully left open-ended -- if this workshop description resonates with you at any level of your career, then you are welcome to attend!

      Our 3rd annual workshop is designed to be different than the others! Repeat attendees are welcome!

      Our Design Team
      This workshop is member-led! We have a fabulous group of early career principals who are working to design this workshop to meet your needs!


      • Principal Toni Baartman @ToniJoStamer from Hill and Brown Elementary Schools, Pipestone Area Schools (3 years as principal)
      • Principal Bret Domstrand @BretDom from Lake Marion Elementary, Lakeville Schools (5 years as principal)
      • Principal Chreese Jones @ChreeseJones from Global Arts Plus, St. Paul Public Schools (4 years as principal)
      • Principal Gina Meinertz @GMeinertz from Spring Grove Public Schools (5 years as principal)
      • Principal Staci Souhan @RCSouhan from CE Jacobson Elementary, Rush City (2 years as principal)

      PLUS Get 50% off a MESPA School Office workshop!

      We want you to feel totally empowered and ready to be successful in your building. Register for ECP, and you'll also receive 50% off a registration to our MESPA School Office Workshop (Nov. 12) -- attend with your secretary for just $75 and get ready to build the best school office team imaginable! Click here to read more about MSO. Use the code shared in your ECP registration confirmation email to get the discount. 

      • 22 Oct 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Shooting Star Event Center - 777 SE Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557 - Richwood Pinebend Room
      Register

      Find out what's new in school law, have your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

      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.


      "I always enjoy this session because Roger understands the role of school administrators. He presents information that is directly related to our jobs and really outlines how it might impact us."
      - Derek Bell, Shakopee Public Schools

      Schedule

      8am-9am       Division meeting and light breakfast (all are welcome)
      9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

      Topics covered:
      New 2018 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them.

      About Roger Aronson


      Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is one of the most highly regarded school law experts in the state of MN and will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to be effective and ethical in your work.


      "Roger does a great job of helping us not only understand the changes in the law or legislation, he also helps us understand the background of the bill that was presented and the reasons behind them. This helps provide us with talking points when working through the legal changes we are expected to address in our schools." - Brian Franklin, Principal, Dassel-Cokato schools

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

       
      • 24 Oct 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117 - CONFERENCE ROOM B
      Register

      Trauma is the root cause of many of the most challenging behaviors schools deal with every day. This highly interactive training will prepare principals and school staff to effectively serve and understand this population. 

      Workshop Goals
      This workshop will progress from the foundational knowledge of trauma to practical applications for effective trauma-responsive practices in schools to assist students affected by trauma. Attendees will develop an understanding of neurological and psychological development, learn how to create effective learning environments that support the needs of traumatized children, and come away with tools and strategies to immediately apply to their buildings in order to achieve continuous improvement and accountability. In addition, numerous interactional, instructional, and visual classroom management strategies will be presented.

      "Danielle is an amazing educator who believes in the growth and development of ALL kids! She is wise, centered and REAL in her expectations of others and of herself. Those who get a chance to work with Danielle are lucky and will, undoubtedly, grow professionally in their ability to meet the varying and ever-changing needs of our students!."

      - Beth Svenby, Owatonna Public Schools

      In order to establish effective interactions the adults, not our students, must make the initial adjustments. Educators must learn how to understand the experience of these children in order to better serve them. This training covers all of these components for those working with our most vulnerable children. It is highly interactive with videos, music, and discussion to increase the level of impact and application.

      Who should attend? 
      This training is right for school leaders and staff at all stages of their journey to address trauma in their schools. The first half of the training will address the foundations leaders need to know to start addressing trauma. In the afternoon, attendees will learn how to apply the morning's lessons to their schools. 

      Bring a team at the member rate!
      Want to bring a school team, or send a few staff? If you are a member of MESPA, your whole team is invited to attend at the member rate! Use the code TRAUMATEAM to get the member rate ($125) for your staff. Call the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or email mespa@mespa.net for assistance.

      About the Presenter
      This training is facilitated by licensed psychotherapist and K-12 principal, Danielle Theis. Danielle has been working successfully with youth who experience mental health and behavioral challenges since 1990, and currently serves as Director of Special Services in Owatonna Public Schools. She prides herself in assisting schools in becoming trauma responsive. Her experience includes serving youth through residential treatment, school social work, child protective services, children’s mental health services and centers for child victims of domestic violence. Learn more about Danielle at http://danielletheisconsulting.com/.

      General information

      • 6 Administrative CEUs will be provided for attending this workshop.
      • Morning beverages and lunch will be provided and included in your registration fee. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know.
      • Additional questions? Contact the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or email mespa@mespa.net.
      • 01 Nov 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Twin Cities Metro Area - venue coming soon!
      Register

      Find out what's new in school law, have your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

      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.


      "I always enjoy this session because Roger understands the role of school administrators. He presents information that is directly related to our jobs and really outlines how it might impact us."
      - Derek Bell, Shakopee Public Schools

      Schedule

      8am-9am       MESPA's East and North Suburban Joint Division Meeting and light breakfast (all are welcome!)
      9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

      Topics covered:
      New 2019 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them.

      About Roger Aronson


      Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this full-day seminar is both relevant and interactive. Aronson is one of the most highly regarded school law experts in the state of MN and will provide you with the insight and knowledge you need to be effective and ethical in your work.


      "Roger does a great job of helping us not only understand the changes in the law or legislation, he also helps us understand the background of the bill that was presented and the reasons behind them. This helps provide us with talking points when working through the legal changes we are expected to address in our schools." - Brian Franklin, Principal, Dassel-Cokato schools

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

       
      • 12 Nov 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Twin Cities Metro
      Register
       

      Want to serve your students, parents, and staff better?

      Maintaining a healthy principal/secretary relationship is so important, but as a school principal or secretary, that may seem next to impossible. If you're buried in office work, meetings, emails, and juggling schedules on top of what you really want to be focusing on, we can help! Join us for our NEW MESPA School Office Workshop where you and your secretary will discuss ways to make your school's office more efficient, balanced, and harmonious.


      Join us for our principal/secretary professional development that has been created specifically for MESPA members and their secretaries.

      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
      • Utilize time in the office better
      • 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!

      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!

        Early Career Principals: Get 50% off a MESPA School Office workshop!

        Register for our Early Career Principals Workshop (Oct. 14), and you'll also receive 50% off a registration to this MESPA School Office Workshop -- attend with your secretary for just $75 and get ready to build the best school office team imaginable! Use the code shared in your ECP registration confirmation email to get the discount.

        • 14 Nov 2019
        • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
        • Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Dr. St. Paul, MN 55112


        Thursday, November 14

        8:30am-3:30pm

        Bethel University - Brushaber Commons



        Register now!


        Current, former, and aspiring women educational leaders are invited to learn, share, network, plan, and reflect together!

        2019 SWEL Presenters:

        Keynote Speaker: SHAWN JUDGE (The Speaker's Edge)

        Breakout Presenters:

        Lead From The Bench: HEIDI HAHN (Assistant Superintendent, ISD 181)

        Champion Each Other: MICHELLE MORTENSEN (Superintendent, ISD 2890)

        Make Failure Your Fuel & Demand the Ball: ELIZABETH ORME (Founder & CEO, Creatively Focused)

        Click here for more information.

        Click here to register.

        MESPA supports this excellent professional development opportunity.

        • 15 Nov 2019
        • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
        • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117 - CONFERENCE ROOM B
        Register

        Trauma is the root cause of many of the most challenging behaviors schools deal with every day. This highly interactive training will prepare principals and school staff to effectively serve and understand this population. 

        Workshop Goals
        This workshop will progress from the foundational knowledge of trauma to practical applications for effective trauma-responsive practices in schools to assist students affected by trauma. Attendees will develop an understanding of neurological and psychological development, learn how to create effective learning environments that support the needs of traumatized children, and come away with tools and strategies to immediately apply to their buildings in order to achieve continuous improvement and accountability. In addition, numerous interactional, instructional, and visual classroom management strategies will be presented.

        "Danielle is an amazing educator who believes in the growth and development of ALL kids! She is wise, centered and REAL in her expectations of others and of herself. Those who get a chance to work with Danielle are lucky and will, undoubtedly, grow professionally in their ability to meet the varying and ever-changing needs of our students!."

        - Beth Svenby, Owatonna Public Schools

        In order to establish effective interactions the adults, not our students, must make the initial adjustments. Educators must learn how to understand the experience of these children in order to better serve them. This training covers all of these components for those working with our most vulnerable children. It is highly interactive with videos, music, and discussion to increase the level of impact and application.

        Who should attend? 
        This training is right for school leaders and staff at all stages of their journey to address trauma in their schools. The first half of the training will address the foundations leaders need to know to start addressing trauma. In the afternoon, attendees will learn how to apply the morning's lessons to their schools. 

        Bring a team at the member rate!
        Want to bring a school team, or send a few staff? If you are a member of MESPA, your whole team is invited to attend at the member rate! Use the code TRAUMATEAM to get the member rate ($125) for your staff. Call the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or email mespa@mespa.net for assistance.

        About the Presenter
        This training is facilitated by licensed psychotherapist and K-12 principal, Danielle Theis. Danielle has been working successfully with youth who experience mental health and behavioral challenges since 1990, and currently serves as Director of Special Services in Owatonna Public Schools. She prides herself in assisting schools in becoming trauma responsive. Her experience includes serving youth through residential treatment, school social work, child protective services, children’s mental health services and centers for child victims of domestic violence. Learn more about Danielle at http://danielletheisconsulting.com/.

        General information

        • 6 Administrative CEUs will be provided for attending this workshop.
        • Morning beverages and lunch will be provided and included in your registration fee. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know.
        • Additional questions? Contact the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or email mespa@mespa.net.
        • 26 Nov 2019
        • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
        • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117 - CONFERENCE ROOM A
        Register


        Join us for PART 2 of the training to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills around Responsibility-Centered Discipline!

        This is PART 2 of MESPA's RCD training. Attending a Part 1 training is a pre-requisite to this training. The next Responsibility-Centered Discipline Day 1 training is on October 4th and registration is linked here

        Part 2 of this training will address...

        • Quick review of Day 1
        • Working with higher intensity (Tier 2 & Tier 3) students
        • Building your personal skills: practicing and role playing
        • Office referrals
        • Addressing the systemic fixes to help your school, teachers, students, and administrators
        • Q & A: What questions do you have since we last met?

          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.

          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!

          Who can attend?
          This training is open to all school leaders and educators at all school levels, pre-kindergarten to high school. It is recommended that you have attended one of our Part 1 trainings before you attend Part 2! The next Part 1 training will be held on Friday, October 4th and registration is linked here.

          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.

          • 06 Dec 2019
          • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
          • Anderson Center @ Bethel University, 2 Pine Tree Drive, Arden Hills, MN 55112
          Register

          MESPA's December 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:
          BOD Meeting - 8am-12:00pm (light breakfast and a lunch is provided)
          President Elects reviewing Assistant Principal candidates - 12:30-2:30pm

          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!

          • 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!

          • 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!

        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!

        MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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