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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 High Performing PreK-3 Systems Regional Series

Attend one of SEVEN regional 3-day workshops around the state with your team to get hands-on, evidence-based improvement strategies for successful Pre-K programs.

Owatonna - Nov 13, Jan 22, Mar 5
Duluth - Nov 28, Jan 24, Apr 1
Little Falls - Dec 4, Jan 15, Feb 26
Thief River Falls - Dec 6, Jan 9, Feb 27
Westbrook - Jan 23, Feb 12, Apr 17
Fergus Falls - Feb 13, Apr 4, June 11
Twin Cities - March 14 and April 25

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

21st Century School Office
*member-led!

Just $150 for a principal-secretary team!
(Add additional school office staff for $25!)

June 10, 2019, Duluth - click here to register

Want to go home on time? We can help! Run a more efficient, organized, and effective school office so you can focus on what really matters -- kids! Created by school office teams for school office teams, principals and secretaries will learn tips and tricks from seasoned school office teams to...

  • Communicate and problem-solve effectively as a team
  • Work on a scheduling plan
  • Empower one another and build trust
  • Create a plan for more efficient organization
  • And more!

Symposium of Women Education Leaders 2019

Save the Date:

November 14, 2019

8:30am-2:30pm

WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE

BEEN WAITING FOR

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

Click here to learn more about SWEL

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

April 9, 2019, Bemidji - click here to register

April 10, 2019, Morton - click here to register

Join us for one of these two 1-day trainings that will help empower you and your students to transform challenging behaviors in your school!

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

Register for Bemidji – April 9

Register for Morton – April 10

Urban Leadership Academy

Join us for ULA's 2018-19 workshop series, to focus and reflect on what it means to be a racially equitable leader, providing expertise and vision for your district, your school, your team, and your classroom. Thanks to a partnership with the University of Minnesota's Urban Leadership Academy, MESPA members can attend the academy at a discounted rate! Use the shared code from MESPA's weekly e-news to register for $125!

Click here for more information!

Building an Educational Justice Movement: Organizing in Schools and Communities
Mark Warren - February 5, 2019

Transforming Belief Systems in Minneapolis Public Schools: The Story of the Office of Black Male Achievement
Michael Walker, Keith Mayes - April 10, 2019

Division Meetings

Did you know that your MESPA division offers professional development and networking opportunities? Check out your MESPA division page linked here for current meetings. 

The 2018-19 meeting schedule is coordinated in late September by your division. Contact your Division President for more information!

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

Full Event List

    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 15 Jul 2019
    • Online
    Register

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Who Should Participate?

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

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

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

    THIEF RIVER FALLS COHORT:

    Dates: Dec 6, Jan 9, and Feb 27 - 10am-3pm, (Feb 27 is remote)
    Click here to register!  
    WESTBROOK COHORT:
    Dates: Jan 23, Feb 12, Apr 17 - 10am-3pm
    Westbrook Community Center
    Click here to register!
    FERGUS FALLS COHORT:
    Dates: Feb 13, Apr 4, Jun 11 - 10am-3pm
    Click here to register!
    TWIN CITIES COHORT:
    Condensed 2-day workshop: March 14 and April 25
    Maple Grove Community Center
    Click here to register!
    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Maple Grove Community Center - 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 - BALLROOM
    Registration is closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Who Should Participate?

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

    How to register

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

    Questions? Changes to your registration?
    Contact Rachel Dillon, MESPA Program Manager, at 952.297.8675 or rachel@mespa.net.

    • 03 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mystic Lake Center, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372 - Chaska Room
    Register

    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)
    12:15-4:30pm - 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!

    • 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!


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


    Save the Date!


    WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

    -Abby Wambach, Former Professional Soccer Player

    Keynote and Breakout Sessions to focus on themes from Abby Wambach’s work:

    Make failure your fuel

    Lead from the bench

    Champion each other

    Demand the ball

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

    Click here to learn more about SWEL

    Due to a number of logistical reasons, coupled with participant feedback and the long term goal to move SWEL to the fall, the 2019 SWEL will be rescheduled to November 14th, 2019.

    REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

    MESPA supports this excellent professional development opportunity.

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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