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Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias as a Barrier to Reaching ALL Children: Trainings with Dr. Rosemarie Allen

These trainings are brought to you by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association.

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

    Watch the recordings!

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

    Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias Conference with Dr. Allen

    December 2: The one-day training geared toward policymakers and school and childcare leadership is linked here. The passcode to access the video is 1912bias! Thank you to the MN Department of Education for recording and closed captioning this training.

    Handouts and resources:

      December 3-4: The two-day training geared toward those working directly with students is available below. Thank you to Metropolitan State University for livestreaming and recording these trainings!

      Handouts and resources:


      Additional resources on racism

      Upcoming events

        • 05 Apr 2022
        • 17 Mar 2023
        • 12 sessions
        • Virtually on Zoom
        Register


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

        MESPA will be hosting this zoom meeting monthly in perpetuity. A short survey to help choose upcoming available dates will be sent out during the first meeting.

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

        Zoom content

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

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

        Zoom link:

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


          • 11 Aug 2022
          • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W College Ave, St Peter, MN 56082
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          Maintaining a healthy principal/secretary relationship is important, but as a school principal or secretary, that may seem next to impossible. If you're buried in office work, meetings, emails, and juggling schedules on top of what you really want to be focusing on, we can help! Join us for our MESPA School Office (MSO) Workshop where you and your secretary will discuss ways to make your school's office more efficient, balanced, and harmonious. MSO is created specifically for MESPA members and their secretaries.

          MESPA's best and brightest principals, in partnership with their administrative assistants, have come together to develop a training to make your school office more efficient, organized, and effective so that you can focus on the work that really matters: kids!

          Both principals and secretaries will benefit from this day long training that will help you and your school office team...

          • Run a school office efficiently
          • Develop a scheduling plan and protocol
          • Utilize time in the office better
          • Communicate and problem solve effectively as a team
          • Create a plan for more efficient organization and STAY organized
          • Empower one another and build trust
          • Proactively manage crisis response
          • And more!

          General Information

            • Registration covers the cost of the principal and one administrative assistant. You are welcome to bring additional school office team members for a small fee ($25). You can indicate this during the registration process.
            • Lunch is included.
            • 6 Administrator CEUs are granted upon completion of this training.
            • Lunch will be provided.

            Who is this training for?
            This training was designed for principals and secretaries at all stages of collaboration—from brand new partnerships, to veteran teams. Superintendent (and other administrator) office teams are also welcome to attend!

            Questions? Call us at 952-297-2675 or email us at mespa@mespa.net!

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


            Whole Child Classroom Management:

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

            Tools and Strategies for Principals and Teachers.

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

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

            Goals/Outcomes of Whole Child Classroom Management:

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

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

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

            ● Address discipline disparities and disproportionality in special education

            ● Maintain the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities

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

            ● Improve academic engagement and achievement

            Workshop schedule:

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

            This PD opportunity will earn participants 5.5 BOSA CEUs.

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

            • 15 Sep 2022
            • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
            • Quora Education Center, 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117
            Register


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

            The Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) model was developed to help schools break free from the traditional "obedience model," to train educators and school leaders how to respond to disruptive and spiraling situations, and to empower students to take responsibility for their own actions. Schools often struggle to achieve lasting change in student behavior because students do not feel responsible for their own actions and, instead, find ways to project the responsibility for their behavior onto others. Often students elect to choose a handy exit off the road to responsibility. This training provides a framework for shifting the burden of ownership back to students -- promoting lasting change and greater learning. RCD provides real skills that school leaders, teachers, and paraprofessionals can start using immediately.

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

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

            Learning objectives
            During this training, participants will work to:

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

            THIS MODEL INTRODUCES A PARADIGM SHIFT!
            The goal is to move away from punitive punishments and time-based consequences and instead to enable your students to take responsibility and create solutions.. together!

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

            Topics covered include:

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

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

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

            NEW!: Expand your knowledge & attend Part 2!
            Part 2 of this training (focusing on high intensity situations, role playing, and systemic changes) is scheduled for November 26. Click here to register.

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

            The RCD Model pairs well with Multi-Tiered Systems!
            Programs like PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) and other Multi-Tiered Systems of Support have been implemented in schools across North America in order to increase student achievement. Not only do student discipline issues disrupt the learning environment, but time-based consequences have the unfortunate side effect of removing students who may need the most help from the classroom. A key to success for PBIS, RTI and other MTSS programs is involving all students in the first level of intervention – and RCD is designed to provide consistent and effective disciplinary support at that level. RCD will also support the process as these programs move into more advanced tiers.


            About the presenter
            Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, and founder of the RCD model, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained. Learn more about Larry at givemfive.com.

            • 16 Sep 2022
            • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
            • Quora Education Center - 70 County Road B2 W, Little Canada, MN 55117
            Register


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

            This is PART 2 of MESPA's RCD training. Attending a Part 1 training is a pre-requisite to this training. The next Responsibility-Centered Discipline Day 1 training is on October 4th and registration is linked here

            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 next Part 1 training will be held on Friday, October 4th and registration is linked here.

              The RCD Model pairs well with Multi-Tiered Systems!
              Programs like PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) and other Multi-Tiered Systems of Support have been implemented in schools across North America in order to increase student achievement. Not only do student discipline issues disrupt the learning environment, but time-based consequences have the unfortunate side effect of removing students who may need the most help from the classroom. A key to success for PBIS, RTI and other MTSS programs is involving all students in the first level of intervention – and RCD is designed to provide consistent and effective disciplinary support at that level. RCD will also support the process as these programs move into more advanced tiers.


              About the presenter
              Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, and founder of the RCD model, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained. Learn more about Larry at givemfive.com.


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