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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.

In December of 2019, two in-person trainings and five 1-hour webinars were recorded and are now available for you to watch anytime below!

    Watch the recordings!

    One-hour recorded webinars with Dr. Allen
    These webinars from Dr. Rosemarie Allen were recorded in the fall of 2019 and are free to view! Click the links to the titles below to watch any time.

    Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias Conference with Dr. Allen

    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 closed captioning this training.

    Handouts and resources:

      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!

      Handouts and resources:

      Additional resources on racism

      Upcoming events

        • 22 Jul 2022
        • 12 May 2023
        • 11 sessions
        • Virtually on Zoom

        Join MESPA and your early career principal peers for a monthly check-in on Zoom! 

        MESPA will be hosting this zoom meeting monthly in perpetuity. All are welcome!

        All self-defined new and early career Elementary and Middle-level school leaders are encouraged to attend! "Early career" is purposefully left open-ended—come to the group as often or as little as you like. You can cancel your registration at any time.

        Zoom content

        Sign up for this event and you will receive a reminder for each planned meeting date as well as an agenda for each meeting in advance. Every month will have a "burning questions" topic of focus and time for questions and open discussion.

        • Connect with a supportive and confidential network of colleagues. 
        • Gain access to tangible strategies and tools that have worked for other principals. 
        • Problem-solve and get immediate feedback on issues at your school.
        • Answer your burning questions about best practices with staff, students, family & community, curriculum, and climate/culture.

        Zoom link:


          • 22 Sep 2022
          • 15 Dec 2022
          • 4 sessions
          • Zoom

          Connect, discuss, learn, and grow in educational leadership by participating in a book study group! Starting this September, we will be reading: How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

          Led by Minnesota's 2022 National Distinguished Principal, Ariana Wright, join your MESPA colleagues to read and discuss this book over 4 months beginning September 22. You can pick the time that works best for you! The AM cohort will meet via Zoom at 6:45am to 7:45am, and the PM cohort will meet via Zoom from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

          How Women Rise is an invaluable handbook for women trying to take the next step in their careers. For many women, the very skills and habits that made them successful early in their careers could actually be holding them back as they advance to the next stage of their working lives. Women can, in particular, struggle with habits like:

          1. Reluctance to claim your achievements

          2. Expecting others to spontaneously notice and reward your hard work

          3. Overvaluing expertise

          4. Just building relationships rather than building and leveraging relationships

          This book aims to help women identify specific behaviors that keep them from realizing their full potential, no matter what stage they are in their career. This group will continue into a Women in Leadership Affinity group after the book discussion ends in December.

          Please note: while this book is aimed at people who identify as women, leaders of all genders are absolutely welcome and encouraged to join and attend the group as well!

          Request a copy from your local public library, click a link below for purchase options, or indicate that you'd like MESPA to mail you a paperback copy in the registration form! 

          Amazon has the book on Kindle and Audible

          Used copies from BooksaMillion, Abe Books, or ThriftBooks

          About your leader: Ariana Wright has been a Minnesota educator since 2001. She began her career as a music teacher, and is now the very proud principal of Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School where she has worked since 2015. She believes in a student-centered learning approach and building on the strengths of her staff. Ariana has a long history of participation with MESPA: she received the Southeast Division Leadership award in 2018, has been an Institute co-chair and breakout presenter, and was just named the 2022 National Distinguished Principal from Minnesota by MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

          • 06 Dec 2022
          • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
          • Quora Education Center, 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117

          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


          8am-9am       Metro Area Divisions meeting (all are welcome)

          9am-3pm       Seminar with lunch

          Topics covered:
          New 2022 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, school discipline, critical race theory, 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 

          • 15 Dec 2022
          • 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
          • Zoom

          • 04 May 2023
          • 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
          • Zoom

          • 14 Jun 2023
          • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
          • TBD- In Person

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