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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.

Full-day Training with Dr. Clay Cook

Join us for a 1-day training with Dr. Clay Cook (@ClayCook_phd), the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. Clay has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. More information is coming soon.

March 13 in Mahnomen, MN - $50 - Includes lunch & CEUs

Click here to register!

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!

MESPA Institute 2021

Save the date for MESPA Institute 2021! We will provide information as we receive it. 

February 3–5, 2021
Bloomington DoubleTree

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!

Using an Equity Literacy Framework to Disrupt School-based Inequities

Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: recorded trainings

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and MESPA, invite you watch the live recordings of 3 full-day trainings from this past December! Dr. 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. 

All recordings, slides, and handouts are at mespa.net/bias!

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.

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

Full Event List

    • 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.

    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!

    • 27 Sep 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • 28 Sep 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Breezy Point Resport - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
    Registration is closed

    MESPA: Improve. Unite. Encourage. Advocate.

    Save the date for Leadership 2020: Sunday, September 27 - Monday, September 28!
    More information will be sent in the summer of 2020!

    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.

    Hotel Accommodations
    Information coming soon!

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

    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.

    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.

    • 03 Feb 2021
    • 05 Feb 2021
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439

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

    Details to come.

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

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