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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!

    Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias trainings 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 close 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

      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.

      Upcoming events

        • 01 Jul 2020
        • (CDT)
        • 29 Jul 2020
        • (CDT)
        • 5 sessions
        • Via Zoom (emailed to you once you register!)
        Register

        Join us for a weekly Fall Scenario Planning Collaboration with MESPA members around the state!


        We are stronger together! Beginning July 1, join us Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm for a statewide discussion and sharing of ideas as you plan for the 3 fall scenarios as directed by MDE. Please register in advance and the email will contain a secure Zoom link. These meetings are for MESPA members only, though you are welcome to sit in on them with your planning team. 

        Meeting format: For now, these weekly meetings are intended to be a casual, open format for MESPA members to share their plans and problem solve with others. Each meeting will be facilitated by a group of MESPA principals. We may shift to a more defined agenda as we progress through the weeks. We will plan to meet weekly through July and will consider adding more weekly meetings as we get closer.

        How to get the zoom link: Please click the "Register" button to the left on your screen. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a secure Zoom link to your email. The Zoom link will be the same for each meeting unless you hear otherwise from us. We will send you a reminder email ahead of each meeting.

        We will record each meeting and will share the recordings with those who are registered in the event you cannot make one of the meetings.


        Questions? Please contact mespa@mespa.net or 952.297.8670 with questions. Please note: our small-but-mighty staff will do our best to troubleshoot with you ahead of meetings, but during meetings, we will primarily be focused on the meeting itself. We will get back to you after meetings if you have specific questions.

        • We know most folks have used Zoom at this point. If you haven't, you can download Zoom here. You can also click "join from browser" during a meeting to join from a webpage.
        • 28 Sep 2020
        • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom
        Registration is closed

        MESPA: Improve. Unite. Encourage. Advocate.

        Save the date for Leadership 2020: Virtual Edition!
        Monday, September 28, 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
        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.

        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.

        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.

        • 05 Oct 2020
        • 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
        • NEW We will also focus on engaging students at a distance and working with no- and low-contact students during Distance Learning.

        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 2020!
        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!

        Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
        We will be holding a Part 2 of this training in the spring or summer of 2021, provided it is safe at that time to hold events in-person.

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

        • 23 Nov 2020
        • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
        • 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
        • NEW We will also focus on engaging students at a distance and working with no- and low-contact students during Distance Learning.

        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 2020!
        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!

        Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
        We will be holding a Part 2 of this training in the spring or summer of 2021, provided it is safe at that time to hold events in-person.

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

        • 03 Feb 2021
        • (CST)
        • 05 Feb 2021
        • (CST)
        • 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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