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Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias as a Barrier to Reaching ALL Children: Trainings with Dr. Rosemarie Allen

These trainings are brought to you by 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.

These trainings have now ended. All resources and recordings are linked below for you to enjoy!

    Watch the recordings!

    December 2: The one-day training geared toward policymakers and school and childcare leadership is linked here. The passcode to access the video is 1912bias! Thank you to the MN Department of Education for recording and close captioning this training.

    December 3-4: The two-day training geared toward those working directly with students is available below. Thank you to Metropolitan State University for livestreaming and recording these trainings!

    December 2 Handouts & Resources

    December 3-4 Handouts & Resources

    Upcoming events

      • 05 Feb 2020
      • 06 Feb 2020
      • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439
      • 4
      Join waitlist

      Thank you for your interest in exhibiting. We have reached our capacity for booth registrations at this time. Please read the description of what Institute exhibitors can expect below and either click " Join waitlist " to the left in case a booth opens up unexpectedly, or join our mailing list so that you will be kept in the loop when registration opens up for Institute 2021 Exhibits next fall.

      For more information about exhibiting, click here.
      For more general information about MESPA Institute 2020, click here.

      All Exhibitors Receive...

      • One 6 x10 foot booth ( NEW  Booths located in the center aisles are open concept, with 3' high back drape, to enhance both exhibitor and attendee experience. Booths along the walls will have
        8' high back drape.)
      • Standard booth sign
      • One 6' x 30" undraped table and two chairs
      • An Institute participant list
      • Complimentary WIFI Internet access provided by MESPA
      • An email from Brede, trade show specialists, to order additional booth items: drapes, extra tables, chairs, electricity, etc.


      •  NEW  Open concept floor plan to create better sight lines and easier navigation for both exhibitors and attendees. 
      • Coffee stations and dessert breaks, along with a walking breakfast on Thursday  (NEW) , a special showcase, and a book fair, will all be exclusively located in the exhibit hall area to increase foot traffic throughout. 
      •  NEW  Direct entry to the exhibit hall from the Grand Ballroom in two directions
      • Multiple break times to visit exhibits.
      • Games that motivate attendees to mingle and move throughout the exhibits.
      • Your marketing information and links maintained on the Institute App for six months after Institute.
      • 2020 exhibitors who complete an exhibitor evaluation will be given preference for booth location selection for 2021 exhibits!

      To view 2020 booth locations, click here.

      • 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!

      • 05 Feb 2020
      • 11:00 AM
      • 07 Feb 2020
      • 12:00 PM
      • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439

      Surround yourself with 425+ colleagues, innovation, collaboration, and learning @ Institute 2020! 

      This three-day conference includes...

      • 40+ breakout & Unconference sessions rooted in equity, mental health and student behavior supports, innovation, and leadership development
      • A member-led Unconference - learn from your peers and consider leading a session
      • Short, impactful MESPA Speaks presentations by your very own MESPA colleagues
      • Book Fair featuring the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as a selection of books for school leaders!
      • 80+ education-based exhibits featuring non-profits, curriculum, supplies, field trips, technology, and more!

      Visit mespa.net/institute for more highlights!

      Heather T. Forbes, LCSW (@HeatherTForbes) opens Wednesday with The Trauma-Informed School.

      Ken Williams (@unfoldthesoul) opens Thursday morning with Starting a Movement in a PLC: Building Culture from the Inside-Out.

      Larry Thompson, M.Ed. (@RCDGivemFive) presents during Thursday lunch with Responsibility-Centered Discipline: Becoming a Master of Challenging Moments with Students.

      Beth Houf (@BethHouf& Shelley Burgess (@burgess_shelley) will close our conference Friday morning with Lead Like a PIRATE: Transform Culture and Build Schools Where Students & Staff Run to Get IN, not OUT. 

      Register by January 17, 2020 to save $50!
      Early Bird Member Rate: $375
      January 18 and on: $425

      General schedule:
      Our detailed schedule & event app is coming soon! Below is our general timeline.
      Wednesday, Feb 5 - Registration opens 11am. Conference runs 11:45am-5:00pm
      Thursday, Feb 6 - 8am-5pm
      Friday, Feb 7 - 8am-12pm

      Plus, don't miss a Pre-Conference Session on Tier 2 + 3 Supports with Dr. Clay Cook!

      Enhance your learning and attend a pre-conference session on Wednesday morning with Dr. Clay Cook, from 9:30-11:00am. Add this session to your Institute registration for just $25!

      Dr. Clay Cook is 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. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. 

      Plan your learning at the Unconference!

      The Unconference is your chance to plan YOUR learning! In this organic, participant-driven process, we build our Unconference sessions AT the conference based on YOUR needs and YOUR ideas. Start planning today! Suggest ideas or even plan to lead a session by going to our brainstorming page here!

      Get ready for goosebumps @ MESPA Speaks!

      MESPA Speaks returns for its fifth year of inspiring and motivating stories. On Friday, Feb 7, you'll hear personal, heartfelt stories that will be sure to amaze you! Visit mespa.net/mespaspeaks to check out all of our previous performances.

      Find your next great read at the Institute Book Fair!
      You loved it so much, we're bringing it back! Join us for the Institute Book Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, and do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

      Hotel information
      This conference is located at the DoubleTree in Bloomington, MN. A block of rooms has been reserved at the reduced rate of $142/night at the MESPA rate. Click here to reserve your room or call 952.835.7800. Book your room by January 17th to guarantee the MESPA rate!

      For more information on this exciting conference, visit www.mespa.net/institute.


      • Do I need to be a MESPA member to attend? Yes! If you are an elementary or middle-level principal in MN, we would love for you to be a member. We also honor the member rate for MASSP members! If you are attending from out-of-state, we would love to have you! Contact us to register.
      • I'm an aspiring principal. Is this conference relevant to me? YES and you will be welcomed with open arms! Join MESPA as an aspiring member and you can attend the conference for just $75!
      • Are meals included with registration? Yes, if you are a full-paying registrant (AKA not an Aspiring or Retired member) meals are included. For other levels, you can add meal tickets to your registration on-site!
      • Do you accept credit cards? Not at this time. You will receive an automated invoice via email once you've registered that you can forward on to your business office.
      • Other questions? Please contact MESPA at 952.297.8670!
      • 04 Mar 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Resource Training and Solutions, 137 23rd St. S, #201, Sartell, MN 56377

      Presented by MESPA in partnership with RESOURCE Training and Solutions, this training is open to all MN educators. Training sponsored by MESPA's Central Division.

      What do I need to do to be a threat to inequity?

      Strategies for reaching marginalized students that rely solely on individual interventions give educators permission to ignore systems of inequality, rely on stereotypes and focus on deficits. This interactive professional development addresses how to move from a deficit-based approach to an equity literacy framework for meeting the needs of marginalized students and families. Using a common definition of equity, participants will work together to define a shared vision of equity in schools, recognize existing inequities, devise a plan to respond to and redress those current inequitable policies and practices and draft a plan to create and sustain equitable policies and practices for all students and their families that move from mitigative short-term changes to transformative long-term solutions. Lunch will be provided and CEU's will be awarded after the event.

      Training objectives:

      • Describe equitable approaches to reaching and teaching students experiencing poverty and other marginalized members of our school communities.
      • Apply equity literacy principles to practice.
      • Commit to disrupting systems of inequity.

      "Equity Literacy training has given us the skills to identify inequities in our system, the courage to address inequities, and the framework to bring others along with us on this journey. Sara’s training has been incredibly valuable for our district leadership team. With her help, we’ve been able to sharpen our own equity lenses and enact real change for underserved students in our district."

      —Sam CourtPrincipal, John Clark Elementary School, ROCORI Public Schools

      About the presenter:
      This training was created by Sara Wicht Consulting and is presented by principal and MESPA member Scott Thomas
      Scott Thomas serves as the principal of Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science, an award winning racially and socioeconomically diverse school located a few minutes south of St. Paul, MN. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director for Magnet Schools of America, based schools in Washington DC. During this time, Scott developed national standards for magnet schools that define essential characteristics that include leveraging student diversity in meaningful ways, equity, family and community engagement, academic excellence, and theme fidelity of magnet schools. Scott is also a consultant with school districts on projects related to magnet school design, student selection, evaluation and improvement. He is also the father of three children.

      Who can attend this training?
      Any MN educator is invited to attend this training for $25 (includes lunch). This training has limited seating. Register soon!

      • 10 Mar 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • MN State Capitol Building, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155

      Join us for MESPA's Day at the State Capitol: Tuesday, March 10!

        Make your voice heard. Join MESPA legal and legislative counsel Roger Aronson for the MESPA Day at the Capitol! 

        • Meet with legislators and share your opinions on policy
        • Attend committee meetings to learn what's going on in education policy
        • Go on a Capitol tour led by Roger – you've never seen the Minnesota State Capitol like this!
        • Make your voice heard! Legislators won't know what's going on in schools unless you tell them. Your voice is important: You can't make an impact if you don't show up!

          Who should attend?
          All MESPA members are invited to attend this event. School leaders from underrepresented groups, including people of color, the LGBTQ community, and women, are especially encouraged to attend.

          Tentative Schedule
          A detailed schedule will be shared as we finalize details. The tentative schedule is as follows:

          • 7:45am - Travel to the Capitol
          • 8:45am - Meet group in 400 North State Office Building (see map)
          • 9-9:45am - Meet with various state and local representatives and get the inside scoop on the legislative process!
          • 9:45am - Sit in on Committee Meeting
          • 11am - Continue to meet with various state and local representatives. Lunch is provided. 
          • 12pm - After lunch, get a personal tour of the Capitol building from Roger Aronson himself!
          • 2pm - Wrap up and head home!
          • 13 Mar 2020
          • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
          • Shooting Star Casino, 777 SE Casino Rd, Mahnomen, MN 56557

          Presented by MESPA and sponsored by MESPA's Northern and Western Divisions.

          Join us for a full-day training with Dr. Clay Cook on trauma, social-emotional learning, and behavior supports. More information is coming soon! Lunch will be provided and CEU's will be awarded after the event.

          Who can attend this training?
          Any MN educator is invited to attend this training for $50 (includes lunch). This training has limited seating. Register soon!

          About the presenter:

          Dr. Clay Cook (@ClayCook_phd) is 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. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. He co-founded the School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center at the University of Washington and is a core faculty member who helps direct the Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. He has received over 8.5 million dollars in external grant funding from multiple agencies and foundations. In addition to his research, he consults with several school systems throughout the US to integrate a continuum of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to enhance student academic and life success.

          General information:

          • Hotel block: A block of rooms has been reserved at Shooting Star Casino & Hotel for Thursday, March 12. Rooms are $65 under the MESPA Block (typically $99). You need to book your room 10 days before (March 2) to get this rate. Use code #11001 to get this rate. Call 800.453.7827 to reserve your room.

          • 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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