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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

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 remaining dates below to learn more and register:
Mahnomen -
Tuesday, October 22
Twin Cities -
Friday, November 1

$150 for full day workshop plus 6 CEUs!

Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments

Part 2: November 26, 2019 - $150

The training that will help change the discipline paradigm 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. Attend Part 1 to get the basics; pair it with Part 2 to go deeper!

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! In this workshop, you and your secretary will discuss ways to make your school's office more efficient, balanced, and harmonious.

Symposium of Women Educational Leaders 2019

November 14, 2019

8:30am-3:30pm

Bethel University - Brushaber Commons

Keynote Speaker: SHAWN JUDGE


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!

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

“Gifting” All Students through the Pedagogy of Confidence
Yvette Jackson – October 2, 2019

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

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

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

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!

Trauma: Foundations and Applications for Trauma Responsive Schools

Friday, November 15th - $125
Learn more & 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. 

Bring your team or send your staff at the member rate ($125)!

This workshop will address 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
  • Come away with tools and strategies to immediately apply to their buildings in order to achieve continuous improvement and accountability
Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

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

Both events below are FREE to attend. Registration in advance is required. Seating is limited. Click the links for the two offerings below to learn more and register.

  1. Monday, December 2: This FREE one-day session is geared towards those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families. Attend in-person or via livestream. Click here to learn more and register.
  2. Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday, December 4: This FREE two-day training is geared toward those working with providers, teachers, children, and families. (Head Start Staff, school district staff, kindergarten and early childhood teachers, Preschool Development Facilitators, early childhood special education, MN Initiative Foundations, etc.). Click here to learn more and register.


MESPA Institute 2020

Join 425+ 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.

Division Meetings

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

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

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

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.


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

      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 

       
      • 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
      • Anderson Center @ Bethel University - 2 Pine Tree Drive, Arden Hills, MN 55112
      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 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.

          • 02 Dec 2019
          • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Minnesota Department of Education - Conference Center B - 1500 MN-36, Roseville, MN 55113
          Register

          The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association invite you to attend a special one-day professional learning opportunity for those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families.

          Who should attend this session?
          This one-day session is geared toward those making policy, program, and funding decisions impacting children and families, including legislators, funders, advocates, government staff, school principals and district leaders, faculty, and more. If you are looking for the two-day session on December 3-4, for those working with providers, teachers, children, and families, please click here.

          Attend in-person or via teleconference! 
          Within your event registration, please indicate whether you plan to attend the event in-person or live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. You must register to attend this event, even if attending via livestream. Instructions will be sent to those who register for the teleconference as we get closer.

          During this FREE 1-day session, you will:

          • Examine the issues of early childhood suspensions and expulsions.
          • Identify behavioral expectations based on children's development.
          • Assess what behaviors promote inequities and bias.
          • Investigate what supports are needed for schools, teachers, providers, and children & their families.
          • Identify what Minnesota can do.
          • Develop a plan to create policy to address school suspensions.

          General information:

          • Event runs 9am-4pm, with check-in beginning at 8:30am.
          • This event is FREE to attend. 
          • Upon registering, you can purchase a lunch ($18) if you choose, and an invoice will be sent to you to pay via check. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or go out for lunch if you would prefer. Please note: lunch orders are non-refundable if made or cancelled after November 15th.
            • Dec 2 lunch ($18): Provided by Breaking Bread (a social enterprise restaurant from Appetite for Change). Lunch buffet includes dry rub roasted chicken; arugula salad with roasted beets, feta, pecans, and maple vinaigrette; mac & cheese; roasted root vegetables; and cornbread. If you have special dietary needs, please note in your registration so accommodations can be made.
          • 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for school administrators, teachers, and DEVELOP will be awarded.

          About the presenter: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

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

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

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

           

          • 03 Dec 2019
          • 04 Dec 2019
          • 2 sessions
          • Metro State University - 700 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106 - FOUNDER'S HALL
          Join waitlist

          The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association invite you to attend a special two-day professional learning opportunity for those working with providers, teachers, children, and families.

          Once we approach 220 registrants, a waitlist will open while we work with our P3 Regional Collaboratives around their district's registrations. We will release seats as we can on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a part of the P3 Regional Collaboratives and need to register, please contact rachel@mespa.net.

          During this FREE 2-day session, you will:

          • Examine the issues of early childhood suspensions and expulsions.
          • Identify behavioral expectations based on children's development.
          • Assess awareness of your own hidden biases.
          • Investigate empathetic listening to build relationships.
          • Identify how culturally responsive practices can be implemented in the classroom.
          • Apply what you have learned to develop an action plan to reduce bias and identify areas for enhancement using an Equity Audit.

          Who should attend this session?
          Head Start staff, school district staff, kindergarten and early childhood teachers, Professional Development Facilitators, early childhood special education (Part C and Part 619B), the Minnesota Initiative Foundations – Minnesota Early Childhood Initiatives, coaches, home visitors, child care providers, and more. Open to all educators.

          General information:

          • Event runs 9am-4pm both days, with check-in beginning at 8:30am.
          • This event is FREE to attend. 
          • 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for school administrators, teachers, and DEVELOP will be awarded per day.

          • Upon registering, you can purchase a boxed lunch for each day ($18 each) and an invoice will be sent to you to pay via check. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch or go out for lunch if you would prefer. Please note: lunch orders are non-refundable if made or cancelled after November 15th. Lunch will be located in the Great Hall.

            • Dec 3 boxed lunch: from Common Roots Catering (assorted wraps, sandwiches, and salads - includes dessert, fruit, and a beverage) - $18
            • Dec 4 boxed lunch: from Sawatdee (options include Pad Thai, noodle salad, and Banh Mi - includes appetizer, salad, and a beverage) - $18

          About the presenter: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

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

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

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

           

          • 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!

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        Roseville, Minnesota, 55113
        952.297.8670
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