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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 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

      Upcoming events

        • 02 Dec 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal Application Review
        It's time to decide the 2020-21 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal from Minnesota!

        Please RSVP and add this meeting to your calendar. If you think you will be unable to attend, please notify Sarah Olander by sending an email to sarah@mespa.net, along with the information for your substitute. You must send a substitute in the event that you can't attend so that your division is still represented.

        Schedule

        9–11am Read and review NOAP applications

        Location

        We will be meeting virtually via Zoom.

        We look forward to seeing you there!

        • 04 Dec 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        This meeting has been condensed to 9-11am!

        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 - 9:00-11:00am

        Division Presidents-Elect: Please also be sure to RSVP to the National Outstanding Principal Review, happening on December 2 from 9-11am. Click here to RSVP!

        Division Presidents: Please be sure to RSVP here for the virtual NDP Application Review on Tuesday, February 3 from 9am-12pm.

        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!

        • 11 Dec 2020
        • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
        • This is a virtual event! It will be held via Zoom!
        Register

        Our Nov 23 training has been rescheduled to Friday, December 11 to support those who are shifting to distance learning!


        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. 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.

        • 02 Feb 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        NAESP National Distinguished Principal Application Review
        It's time to decide the 2020-21 NAESP National Distinguished Principal from Minnesota!

        Please RSVP and add this meeting to your calendar. If you think you will be unable to attend, please notify Sarah Olander by sending an email to sarah@mespa.net, along with the information for your substitute. You must send a substitute in the event that you can't attend so that your division is still represented.

        Schedule

        9:00am–12:00pm Read and review NDP applications

        Location

        We will be meeting virtually via Zoom.

        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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