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"MESPA provides the leadership and the resources that many of us use to better meet the challenges we face every day. MESPA is the foundation which keeps me grounded and focused on what is most important for my school. Whether it is the main office personnel, the division leadership teams, or the smaller cohorts such as our East Central group, MESPA is dedicated professionals committed to making our students successful."
- Randy Pauly
Isanti Middle School
School districts such as Bloomington and St. Paul have mounting evidence that Pre-K investments create positive long-term results. Poverty and EL students who participate in Pre-K programs perform at the same level as, or above, most of their peers by third grade in reading and math, and they perform much higher than their poverty and EL peers who didn’t participate in Pre-K programs.
The momentum around increasing services for early learners in Minnesota is driven by several factors, including:
MESPA has created a Pre-K Design Team led by Eric Skanson from Cold Spring Elementary School. This team is made up of MESPA principals statewide who have interest and experience in leading PreK-3 Communities. This team is partnering with Early Learning Director Bobbie Burnham and Mike Brown from the Minnesota Department of Education to create relevant and effective professional development around this theme. Visit the Professional Development page to learn more about the Pre-K Leadership Series and register today!