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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
        Register


        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:

        https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89001363722


          • 19 Aug 2022
          • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Prairie Oak Community Church 1657, 161st Ave NW, Andover, MN 55304
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          Whole Child Classroom Management:

          Creating a Classroom Environment that Supports Teaching and Learning around Best Practices. 

          Tools and Strategies for Principals and Teachers.

          All teachers have a classroom management plan that works for some students; but what is happening day to day during the school year, do you see a pattern that the students are starting to struggle more with behavior and social skills? Time to Flip the Behavior before it impacts teaching and learning. Walk away with best practice strategies that you can use in your school tomorrow.

          Participants will: Identify Tier 1 interventions that will support all students, understand how to use some tools and strategies to support students and staff with behaviors, identify some classroom best practices around supporting students with mental health issues, and develop a school-wide process to support families that might be struggling with social and emotional issues.

          Goals/Outcomes of Whole Child Classroom Management:

          ● Address the staff environment and look at best practices for adult self-care

          ● Advance social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes as the foundation for academic and life success

          ● Create a positive, predictable, nurturing environment for staff, students, and families

          ● Address discipline disparities and disproportionality in special education

          ● Maintain the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities

          ● Provide teachers with tools to effectively support social-emotional development and behavioral functioning

          ● Improve academic engagement and achievement

          Workshop schedule:

          • 8:30-9:00 Welcome and Introductions
          • 9:00-10:00 Presentation- Overview of the Whole Child MTSS Framework
          • 10:00-10:15 Self Reflection Classroom Practices
          • 10:15-10:45 Small-Group Break Out session to support Proactive vs Reactive
          • 10:45 -11:00 Break
          • 11:00-12:00 Tier 1 Classroom Best Practices that promote belonging, well being, and engagement
          • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
          • 1:00-2:00 Planning Template to Continuously Improve Classroom Practices
          • 2:00 - 2:30 Self Reflection Fitting the Practices into your Typical day 
          • 2:30 - 2:45 Break
          • 2:45-3:30 Creating Support for students that are struggling in the classroom and not responding to Tier 1
          • 3:30 - 4:00 Reflection, Questions, and Resources

          This PD opportunity will earn participants 5.5 BOSA CEUs.

          About the presenter: Mr. Curtis Slater has had the pleasure to work in the U.S public school system for the past 30 years. He has been a paraprofessional in a level 4 EBD program, Teacher, Dean of Students, Associate Principal, and Principal. He has had the opportunity to train over 800 schools around positive school culture, social/emotional learning, RTI, and MTSS frameworks. He works with the University of Minnesota around a TIER 2 intervention system that supports staff and students, the system is IM4. He was the 2018 National Distinguished Principal of the Year for Minnesota. He is a trainer, speaker, and coach that works with school systems around the country to support nurturing, caring, positive, engaging environments that support staff, students, families, and communities. Mr. Slater is also a co-founder of TILL360Consulting in Minneapolis. TILL360 works with school systems that support the whole child approach.

          • 15 Sep 2022
          • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Quora Education Center, 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117
          Register


          Join us for this 1-day training that will help empower you and your students to transform challenging behaviors 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. 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.

          Download a RCD 6 steps infographic hereGive 'em Five infographic here.

          Principal Kenny Newby, Forest Lake Elementary, shares his experience with the program.

          "I had numerous staff, both veteran and new, say it's the best professional development they've ever received around student behaviors, building relationships, and giving them tools they feel can help keep kids in their classroom more and not have to send them out for help."

          Learning objectives
          During this training, participants will work to:

          • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
          • Implement do's and don'ts to address specific behaviors
          • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach to a responsibility-centered approach
          • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
          • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior

          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!

          Training format
          The day will begin with theory-based insights into the paradigm shift of school discipline: a responsibility-centered model in place of a traditional obedience-based model. We will then discuss insights, strategies, and tips for dealing with challenging behaviors rooted in responsibility-centered practice. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to work through examples, practice these new strategies, and discuss ideas for implementation in your building.

          Topics covered include:

          • The difference between responsibility-centered vs. obedience-based models
          • Essentials of a successful learning environment
          • Why many school discipline models fail
          • Alternatives to out-of-school suspensions
          • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors
          • Becoming a master of challenging moments with students
          • Developing your own self-regulation skills (and helping your staff do the same!)

          "This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended."
          - Chad Grassel, Assistant Principal at New Heights Elementary, East Grand Forks 

          Who can attend?
          This training is open to all school leaders and educators at all school levels, pre-kindergarten to high school. 

          Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
          Part 2 of this training (focusing on high intensity situations, role playing, and systemic changes) is scheduled for Sept. 16. Click here to register.

          General information
          A workbook is included within the cost of registration. Lunch is provided. 6 CEUs will be distributed for this workshop.

          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.

          • 16 Sep 2022
          • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117
          Register


          Join us for PART 2 of the training to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills around Responsibility-Centered Discipline! Earn 6 CEUs.

          This is PART 2 of MESPA's RCD training. If you would like to register for PART 1, which will take place on Sept. 15 click this link.

          Part 2 of this training will address...

          • 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?

            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, but not required, that you have attended one of our Part 1 trainings before you attend Part 2! The next Part 1 training will be held on Thursday, September 15 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.

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


            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.

            • 25 Sep 2022
            • 10:30 AM
            • 26 Sep 2022
            • 12:00 PM
            • Breezy Point Resport - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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            MESPA Leadership 2022 will be held in-person on Sept 25-26. See the FAQ for Guidelines

            MESPA: Improve. Unite. Encourage. Advocate.

            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.

            Click here to view the full Schedule!*

            *Please note that the schedule is subject to change

            Hotel Accommodations

            Please book your overnight accommodations under the MESPA block at Breezy Point Resort. Head to breezypointresort.com, select online reservations, and enter #371821 for the group ID. You will be reimbursed for half of a one-night stay on September 25. If you and a colleague share a room, MESPA will reimburse you for the full cost of a standard room. The reimbursement form is linked here. Please wait to submit until after the conference.

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

            Attire
            Attire is casual.

            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 26th following the conference. Check out all Board meeting dates at mespa.net/BOD.

            F.A.Q.

            What are MESPA's policies for gathering in person during COVID-19?  MESPA will abide by the current CDC guidelines for in-person gatherings (linked here) and expects all attendees without medical exemptions to be vaccinated.

            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.

            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 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.

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

             


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