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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.

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    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

        • 09 Aug 2021
        • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
        • This is a virtual event! It will be held via Zoom!
        Register


        Join us for this VIRTUAL 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.

        "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: Virtual in 2021!
        This training will be held via Zoom with interactive lecture, group discussion, as well as breakout sessions. 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 school staff at all levels, pre-kindergarten to high school. Teachers and paras will benefit greatly from this training! You do NOT have to be a MESPA member to attend this training!

        Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
        We will be holding a Part 2 of this training on Friday, December 10! Click here to register!

        General information
        A workbook is included within the cost of registration. 5.5 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
        Brian Dinkins, Ed.S. is the Founder and President of the National Institute for Child Empowerment. He has served as a special education teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels -- participating in the collaborative academic and social/emotional transformation of each school that he has served. Brian serves as an adjunct professor at Marian University while working to complete his doctorate at Ball State University. His diverse educational background, his passion for serving students and his desire to help them in a collaborative manner have uniquely prepared him to be a Master Certified RCD Trainer.

        • 03 Oct 2021
        • 10:30 AM (CDT)
        • 04 Oct 2021
        • 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Breezy Point Resport - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
        Register

        Save the date: MESPA Leadership 2021 will tentatively be held in-person on Oct 3-4, pending the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you updated as we get closer to the event.

        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.

        Hotel Accommodations

        Please book your overnight accommodations under the MESPA block at Breezy Point Resort. Head to breezypointresort.com, select online reservations, and enter #319384 for the group ID. You will be reimbursed for half of a one-night stay on October 3. 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.

        We are looking for 4 volunteers to stay in the boat house cabin this year. Each person has their own bedroom/bathroom. This cabin will be the location for the social/bonfire on Sunday evening, so you'd need to be willing to stay up later and you would need to permit MESPA staff to set up for the social/bonfire Sunday afternoon. Please email mespa@mespa.net if you are interested.

        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, October 4th following the conference. Check out all Board meeting dates at mespa.net/BOD.

        F.A.Q.
        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.

        • 28 Oct 2021
        • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
        • This is a virtual event! It will be held via Zoom!
        Register


        Join us for this VIRTUAL 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.

        "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: Virtual in 2021!
        This training will be held via Zoom with interactive lecture, group discussion, as well as breakout sessions. 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 school staff at all levels, pre-kindergarten to high school. Teachers and paras will benefit greatly from this training! You do NOT have to be a MESPA member to attend this training!

        Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
        We will be holding a Part 2 of this training on Friday, December 10 in-person! Click here to register!

        General information
        A workbook is included within the cost of registration. 5.5 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.

        • 10 Dec 2021
        • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
        • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117 - CONFERENCE ROOMS A+B
        Register


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

        This is PART 2 of MESPA's RCD training. Attending a Part 1 training is a pre-requisite to this training. Register for a virtual Part 1 training:

        Part 2 of this training will address...

        • Quick review of Day 1
        • 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 since we last met?

          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 that you have attended one of our Part 1 trainings before you attend Part 2! 

            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.


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