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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

        • 28 Sep 2020
        • 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom
        Register

        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!

        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.

        MESPA Leadership Schedule

        We've condensed most of Leadership from a two-day conference to just one half day to be sensitive to your needs this fall! All meetings will be held virtually via Zoom.


        I. Monday, September 28: Leadership Conference (All MESPA Leaders)

        • 8:45am- Welcome and Announcements
        • 9-10am - Keynote presentation by Dr. Angelina Castagno
        • 10:15-10:45am - MESPA Leadership Welcome + Info for MESPA Leaders
        • 10:45-11am - Legal + Legislative Lowdown with Roger Aronson
        • 11-11:15am - Closing
        • 11:30am-12:30pm - Committee Meetings

        II. Between Sep 28 and Oct 9: Your Division's Planning Meeting (All MESPA Leaders)

        This 1-hour meeting, to be scheduled by your Division President and President-Elect, will be used to set your division's meetings for the year, and to discuss any other goals from MESPA Leadership. All MESPA Leaders are asked to attend their division's Planning Meeting. Info about these meetings will come later this summer.


        III. Friday, October 9: Board of Directors Meeting (MESPA Board only) - 12:00-2:00pm

        Who attends the Board of Directors 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 Friday, October 9 from 12-2pm. 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 as soon as possible, and work with your Division President to locate a replacement.

        Is there a cost to attend? There is no cost to attend the conference.

        Additional questions? We can help you! Contact the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 or mespa@mespa.net.

        About our keynote speaker

        Angelina E. Castagno, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Just Perspective, LLC, as well a Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She is a former Director of the Ethnic Studies Program at NAU and has spent over a decade researching and teaching in the areas of diversity and equity across the educational spectrum (early childhood through graduate education). Her expertise lies especially in the areas of race and whiteness in education, as well as in American Indian education. She has given keynote presentations, facilitated community dialogues, and presented at various schools and districts on issues of diversity and equity. She has also served as lead program evaluator for multiple non-profit educational programs, district efforts, and federally-funded programs in both K12 and higher education settings.

        Dr. Castagno has published in highly respected academic journals and regularly presented as national and international conferences. Her books include Postsecondary Education for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Higher Education for Nation Building and Self-Determination (co-authored with Brayboy, Fann, and Solyom); Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools; and The Anthropology of Education Policy: Ethnographic Inquiries into Policy as Sociocultural Process (co-edited with McCarty). Her newest book project, The Price of Nice: How Niceness Perpetuates Educational Inequity, is an edited volume exploring the concept of Niceness in schools and universities across the U.S.

        Dr. Castagno's keynote: The Price of Nice: How (Minnesota) Niceness Reinforces Educational Inequity

        Despite their good intentions and the general Niceness among educators, most schools in the U.S. contribute to inequity every day. How does this happen? And what might be done about this paradox? In this keynote, I address these questions so that the audience can examine their own role in patterned educational inequities, and specifically, how Niceness may be getting in the way of efforts to advance equity at the school and district level. I will offer a definition of Niceness, illustrate what Niceness looks and feels like in schools, and offer some ways to begin to identify and disrupt Niceness among educators.

        • 28 Sep 2020
        • 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom (link will be sent as we get closer)
        Register

        Join MESPA leaders for a keynote by Dr. Angelina Castagno!

        As a part of MESPA's 2020 Leadership Conference, Dr. Angelina Castagno will be presenting "The Price of Nice: How (Minnesota) Niceness Reinforces Educational Inequity." All MESPA members are invited to attend this free keynote! Register in advance by clicking the "Register" button on this page!

        The Price of Nice: How (Minnesota) Niceness Reinforces Educational Inequity

        Despite their good intentions and the general Niceness among educators, most schools in the U.S. contribute to inequity every day. How does this happen? And what might be done about this paradox? In this keynote, I address these questions so that the audience can examine their own role in patterned educational inequities, and specifically, how Niceness may be getting in the way of efforts to advance equity at the school and district level. I will offer a definition of Niceness, illustrate what Niceness looks and feels like in schools, and offer some ways to begin to identify and disrupt Niceness among educators.


        All MESPA members are invited to attend this free keynote!

        Advance registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent ahead of the training. 
        NOTE: If you are on MESPA's Board of Directors or serve on one of MESPA's committees, you do NOT need to register here. Please instead register here for MESPA Leadership 2020.

        What about my staff?
        Staff of MESPA members can register by using the shared code provided in MESPA's e-news. You can also email mespa@mespa.net!

        Schedule

        ~8:45am: Welcome and morning announcements (official start time TBA)
        9:00am: Keynote presentation
        10:00am: Closing

        10:15am: MESPA Leadership 2020 continues (for MESPA's board and committee reps)

        About the presenter

        Angelina E. Castagno, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Just Perspective, LLC, as well a Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She is a former Director of the Ethnic Studies Program at NAU and has spent over a decade researching and teaching in the areas of diversity and equity across the educational spectrum (early childhood through graduate education). Her expertise lies especially in the areas of race and whiteness in education, as well as in American Indian education. She has given keynote presentations, facilitated community dialogues, and presented at various schools and districts on issues of diversity and equity. She has also served as lead program evaluator for multiple non-profit educational programs, district efforts, and federally-funded programs in both K12 and higher education settings.

        Dr. Castagno has published in highly respected academic journals and regularly presented as national and international conferences. Her books include Postsecondary Education for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Higher Education for Nation Building and Self-Determination (co-authored with Brayboy, Fann, and Solyom); Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools; and The Anthropology of Education Policy: Ethnographic Inquiries into Policy as Sociocultural Process (co-edited with McCarty). Her newest book project, The Price of Nice: How Niceness Perpetuates Educational Inequity, is an edited volume exploring the concept of Niceness in schools and universities across the U.S.


        Questions?

        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!

        Now through September 25: Register one person from your school and then use the code BOGORCD to get your next registration $10 off!



        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. 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.

        • 06 Oct 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom!
        Register

        Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

        Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. Attend MESPA's School Law Seminar to learn the important information you need in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way! 


        "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

        This event will be held virtually and in a regional cohort model—attend any one of six!

        Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of MESPA's School Law Seminar, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office or home! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If this date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Check out our Professional Development page to view all six dates!

        Schedule - Tuesday, October 6, 2020

        This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom!

        8am-9am       Division meeting (all are welcome to attend!)

        9am-12pm     School Law Seminar

        Who can attend?

        Any MESPA member can register for this seminar. Principals who are not MESPA members can attend for an additional fee. You do not need to be a member of the division(s) noted to attend this seminar. See above for more information.

        Topics to be covered:
        New 2020 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, data privacy, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, Unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them. You will be provided with an E-book to follow along.

        About Roger Aronson

        Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this 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

        MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role. For more information on Roger and MESPA's legal services, please visit our legal page here 

         
        • 08 Oct 2020
        • (CDT)
        • 06 Nov 2020
        • (CST)
        • 4 sessions
        • Virtual via Zoom (you will receive a link once registered)
        Register

        MESPA wants to give you the gift of self-care! To thank you for renewing your membership for the 20-21 membership year, you and your staff are invited to attend this FREE training to help you take better care of you!

        This workshop sets aside curriculum goals, classroom standards, and teaching objectives. It is about you, your self-care, and your emotional wellbeing. Spend two 2-hour sessions with licensed psychologist Dr. Heidi Kopacek and study a whole health approach to cultivating and maintaining resilience as an educator. Examine proactive lifestyle habits, as well as in-the-heat-of-the-moment techniques, for reducing the impact of stress on the body, and learn how this changes our emotional state not just a little, but a lot. Study innovative and fun-to-implement ways, based on the principles of mindfulness, to quiet anxious thinking and improve energy, focus, and attention. Master perspective-shifting techniques that awaken your highest self and connect you to your deepest values as an educator. Take away a formula for resilience that can be applied to your most challenging or hectic work days.

        In this workshop, you will learn:

        • What negative emotions are, why we have them, and what we are, by design, meant to do with them
        • The four primary sources of stress and how to tend to them using mind, body, and human spirit
        • Fast-acting, in-the-moment, techniques to shift the body from the sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system during stressful moments
        • Easy-to-implement practices for taming “monkey mind” and maintaining mental ease and focus
        • High mileage perspective-shifting strategies to ignite your highest self and awaken your values, strength, and passion as an educator
        • Three emotional health formulas for managing life’s extra tough stuff
        • One spirit-lifting exercise for when you need an emotional “reset”

        "This is an absolutely necessary class to help principals manage their own stress levels and learn how to support their staff. It gives holistic advice on how to approach our jobs." - Sam Fredrickson, Elementary Principal, Birchview Elementary School, Wayzata Public Schools

        Schedule - mix and match the dates of your choosing!

        This training will be offered twice this fall. Mix and match the dates below in your registration. 4 CEUs will be awarded to those who attend both sessions.


        Part 1 - Attend either Thursday, Oct. 8, 9-11am OR Thursday, Nov 5, 12-2pm

        Part 2 - Attend either Friday, Oct. 9, 9-11am OR Friday, Nov 6, 12-2pm


        Part 1: An Integrative Paradigm for Emotional Health - Attend either Thursday, Oct. 8, 9-11am OR Thursday, Nov 5, 12-2pm

        • Stress, Emotions, and A Whole Health Formula For What We Do With Them—What are emotions and what do we do with them? Why are we designed to have them? What are sources of stress and how is stress unique for educators?

        • Physical, Cognitive, and Inner Resilience—What lifestyle habits cultivate resilience? How do we make these habits more fun? How do we quickly access our higher selves when facing stress? What does resilience look like on a typical work day?

        Part 2: Emotional Management Techniques for Tough Situations - Attend either Friday, Oct. 9, 9-11am OR Friday, Nov 6, 12-2pm

        • Skill 1: Getting out of a rut—An easy exercise for shifting thoughts and actions when you’re feeling stuck emotionally
        • Skill 2: The 1-2-3’s of Empathy—How to efficiently and effectively support and empower others (minimal energy required!)
        • Skill 3: Boundary setting made easy—Creative ways to say “no” or de-escalate an argument
        • Skill 4: Waking up your highest self—A lifestyle exercise to awaken your sense of purpose, vitality, and spirit

        About the Presenter

        Heidi Kopacek is a licensed psychologist who practices a holistic approach to emotional health. Her integrative mind-body-spirit therapy focuses on soothing and healing the body, challenging the fear of the mind, and helping her client’s live in a way that wakes up their deeper sense of joy and purpose in life.

        Dr. Kopacek is a registered yoga instructor who teaches both restorative and vinyasa yoga practices. She is also a certified health coach with the Integrative Institute of Nutrition. Author of the book Soothe: Your Mind Body Spirit Guide for Dealing with Crappy Emotions, Dr. Kopacek has travelled and taught on mindfulness, yoga, and a whole health approach to resilience.

        "Dr. Heidi Kopacek was a captivating speaker for our school staff. She comes across in a light-yet-direct manner. She encouraged our staff to make time for themselves to relax. She gave many concrete examples of how to practice self-care. She is very knowledgable on speaking towards stress and how to manage it. Everyone was very impressed and the comments from my staff were all about having her come to speak again. I highly recommend any school or business having her speak to their staff."

        - Chad Ryburn, Elementary Principal, Highland Elementary School, ISD 196

        F.A.Q.

        Are CEUs granted? Registrants who attend both Part 1 + Part 2 will receive 4 CEUs. We will take attendance at the start and end of each meeting. We are unable to issue CEUs to those who aren't able to attend both sessions.

        Can I send my staff? Yes, staff of MESPA members are invited to attend this session free of charge! Staff should use the code shared in the e-news (or send an email to mespa@mespa.net).

        Will this training be recorded? The training in November will be recorded and will be released to all MESPA members in mid-November.

        How do I renew my membership? Renewal is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

        1. Log into your profile right at mespa.net, then click View profile.
        2. Scroll down past the header text Membership details.
        3. Click the gray Renew Until 01 Jul 2021 button.
        4. Update your profile, then click Update and next, and click Invoice me to pay by check OR click Pay online to pay by credit card for an additional fee.
        • 09 Oct 2020
        • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        MESPA's First Board of Directors meeting of the 2020-21 year!

        This meeting is typically held at Breezy Point during MESPA's Leadership Conference, but since we are going virtual this year, we have moved the Leadership Conference to Monday, September 28, and the Board meeting to Friday, October 9. 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 as soon as possible by emailing mespa@mespa.net. You may be asked to send a replacement.

        Please RSVP by Monday, September 28!

        Schedule (online via Zoom):
        BOD Orientation and Meeting - 12:00-2:00pm

        Agenda and Materials:

        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!

        • 13 Oct 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom!
        Register

        Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

        Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. Attend MESPA's School Law Seminar to learn the important information you need in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way! 


        "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

        This event will be held virtually and in a regional cohort model—attend any one of six!

        Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of MESPA's School Law Seminar, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office or home! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If this date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Check out our Professional Development page to view all six dates!

        Schedule - Tuesday, October 13, 2020

        This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom! 3 CEUs will be awarded.

        8am-9am       Division meeting (all are welcome to attend!)

        9am-12pm     School Law Seminar

        Who can attend?

        Any MESPA member can register for this seminar. Principals who are not MESPA members can attend for an additional fee. You do not need to be a member of the division(s) noted to attend this seminar. See above for more information.

        Topics to be covered:
        New 2020 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, data privacy, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, Unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them. You will be provided with an E-book to follow along.

        About Roger Aronson

        Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this 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

        MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role. For more information on Roger and MESPA's legal services, please visit our legal page here 

         
        • 19 Oct 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom!
        Register

        Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

        Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. Attend MESPA's School Law Seminar to learn the important information you need in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way! 


        "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


        This event will be held virtually and in a regional cohort model—attend any one of six!

        Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of MESPA's School Law Seminar, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office or home! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If this date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Check out our Professional Development page to view all six dates!

        Schedule - Monday, October 19, 2020

        This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom! 3 CEUs will be awarded.

        8am-9am       Division meeting (all are welcome to attend!)

        9am-12pm     School Law Seminar

        Who can attend?

        Any MESPA member can register for this seminar. Principals who are not MESPA members can attend for an additional fee. You do not need to be a member of the division(s) noted to attend this seminar. See above for more information.

        Topics to be covered:
        New 2020 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, data privacy, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, Unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them. You will be provided with an E-book to follow along.

        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

        MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role. For more information on Roger and MESPA's legal services, please visit our legal page here 

         
        • 22 Oct 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom!
        Register

        Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

        Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. Attend MESPA's School Law Seminar to learn the important information you need in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way! 

        "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


        This event will be held virtually and in a regional cohort model—attend any one of six!

        Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of MESPA's School Law Seminar, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office or home! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If this date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Check out our Professional Development page to view all six dates!

        Schedule - Thursday, October 22, 2020

        This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom! 3 CEUs will be awarded.

        9am-12pm     School Law Seminar

        Who can attend?

        Any MESPA member can register for this seminar. Principals who are not MESPA members can attend for an additional fee. You do not need to be a member of the division(s) noted to attend this seminar. See above for more information.

        Topics to be covered:
        New 2020 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, data privacy, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, Unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them. You will be provided with an E-book to follow along.

        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

        MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role. For more information on Roger and MESPA's legal services, please visit our legal page here 

         
        • 23 Oct 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom!
        Register

        Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

        Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. Attend MESPA's School Law Seminar to learn the important information you need in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way! 


        "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

        This event will be held virtually and in a regional cohort model—attend any one of six!

        Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of MESPA's School Law Seminar, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office or home! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If this date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Check out our Professional Development page to view all six dates!

        Schedule - Friday, October 23, 2020

        This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom! 3 CEUs will be awarded.

        8am-9am       Division meeting (all are welcome to attend!)

        9am-12pm     School Law Seminar

        Who can attend?

        Any MESPA member can register for this seminar. Principals who are not MESPA members can attend for an additional fee. You do not need to be a member of the division(s) noted to attend this seminar. See above for more information.

        Topics to be covered:
        New 2020 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, data privacy, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, Unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them. You will be provided with an E-book to follow along.

        About Roger Aronson

        Presented by Roger Aronson, MESPA's legislative and legal counsel, this 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

        MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role. For more information on Roger and MESPA's legal services, please visit our legal page here 

         
        • 29 Oct 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • Virtual via Zoom!
        Register

        Find out what's new in school law, get your legal questions answered, and gain valuable insight into best practices!

        Legal issues and questions are an everyday occurrence for principals. Attend MESPA's School Law Seminar to learn the important information you need in order to be prepared for whatever comes your way! 


        "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

        This event will be held virtually and in a regional cohort model—attend any one of six!

        Join us for our VIRTUAL edition of MESPA's School Law Seminar, condensed to meet your needs from the comfort of your office or home! While the seminar will be held virtually, we have established regional cohorts so you can connect with other colleagues in the area. If this date doesn't jive with your schedule, no worries! Check out our Professional Development page to view all six dates!

        Schedule - Thursday, October 29, 2020

        This seminar will be held virtually via Zoom! 3 CEUs will be awarded.

        8am-9am       *TENTATIVE* Division meeting (all are welcome to attend!)

        9am-12pm     School Law Seminar

        Who can attend?

        Any MESPA member can register for this seminar. Principals who are not MESPA members can attend for an additional fee. You do not need to be a member of the division(s) noted to attend this seminar. See above for more information.

        Topics to be covered:
        New 2020 laws or policy changes that impact YOU, COVID policies, data privacy, child custody basics, ESSA, school discipline, Unrequested Leave, bullying, TRA, transgender issues and status, and more. This is an open format so please bring your questions and Roger will do his best to address them. You will be provided with an E-book to follow along.

        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

        MESPA provides the legal support elementary and middle level principals need to thrive in their role. For more information on Roger and MESPA's legal services, please visit our legal page here 

         
        • 17 Nov 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
        • Online via Zoom (link will be emailed)
        Register


        State and federal laws require licensed school administrators to have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the needs of English learners. What does this mean in these challenging times?

        This workshop will help leaders understand how to:

        • Identify distance and hybrid program models that develop language proficiency and promote academic achievement
        • Expand family engagement strategies
        • Ensure effective and equitable educational opportunities
        • Combine funding to implement state and federal requirements

        Participants will have opportunities to network and receive feedback on their programming practices.

        This FREE training for elementary and middle-level principals will meet the EL requirement for teacher re-licensure. 3 BOSA CEUs will also be awarded.

        About the presenter:

        Dr. Amy Young is currently the EL Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education and works with schools all over the state to develop effective programming for multilingual learners. Previously, she has been an Elementary Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, EL Coordinator, and has taught at the UMN and NYU.

        • 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!

        Now through September 25: Register one person from your school and then use the code BOGORCD to get your next registration $10 off!


        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. 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.

        • 04 Dec 2020
        • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        MESPA's December 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.

        Schedule:
        BOD Meeting - 8am-12:00pm *times may be condensed*
        President Elects reviewing National Outstanding Assistant Principal candidates - 12:30-2:30pm

        PRESIDENT-ELECTS PLEASE NOTE: After the board meeting, the Presidents-Elect will review candidates for the National Outstanding Assistant Principal. For those involved in that process, please plan on staying until 2:30pm. It is essential that you represent your division in this selection process to ensure fairness to all candidates. If you are unable to attend, it is requested that you find a replacement.

        Agenda and Materials:

        For up to date information on the meeting agenda and materials, please be sure to visit the Board of Directors page. We will email our Board Packet out to you one week before the meeting to review in advance.

        We look forward to seeing you there!

        • 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.

        • 03 Feb 2021
        • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)
        • TBA

        MESPA's Winter 2021 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!

        • 07 May 2021
        • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
        • TBA
        Registration is closed

        MESPA's Spring 2020 Board of Directors meeting.
        We hope all BOD members can join us for this important and condensed 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.

        Schedule

        8:00am–12:00pm BOD meeting
        12:15–3:30pm - Division presidents reconvene for NDP interviews

        Location
        Location or virtual plans will be made as we get closer to the event to be sure we are complying with COVID-19 regulations and keeping you safe. Please save the date and the times below, and note that we may adjust the condense if we go virtual.

        **Division presidents will reconvene for interviews with our National Distinguished Principal candidates from 12:15-3:30pm. 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 participate, we respectfully request that you notify MESPA ASAP and 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!

        • 03 Oct 2021
        • (CDT)
        • 04 Oct 2021
        • (CDT)
        • Breezy Point Resort - 9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point, MN 56472

        Save the Date for MESPA Leadership 2021 at Breezy Point Resort!

        Sunday, October 3 - Monday, October 4
        More information to come, Summer 2021


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