Event Details

MESPA Literacy Academy

  • 03 Aug 2017
  • 10 Nov 2017
  • 4 sessions
  • 03 Aug 2017, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • 04 Aug 2017, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • 13 Oct 2017, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • 10 Nov 2017, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • TIES Event Center, 1667 North Snelling Avenue, Suite C101 St. Paul, 55108


  • Use the code provided from the MN Reading Association to attend at the MESPA member rate!

Registration is closed
This is a four day Academy. Participants will meet the following dates:
  • Thursday, August 3
  • Friday, August 4
  • Friday, October 13
  • Friday, November 10
CLICK HERE to read "Leading Literacy Classroom Visits," a blog post by the presenters!

Reading Well by Third Grade requires the school principal to be a strong, knowledgeable instructional leader, who is able to develop both collaboration across a community, and a systematic, data-based review of what is and what can be achieved in school literacy. The goal is to establish a culture of literacy ensuring that all students achieve. 

The MESPA Literacy Academy will guide principals and literacy leaders in developing effective practices to observe and work with teachers to address professional learning and resource needs identified through the classroom visits, teacher survey and other data. The MESPA Literacy Academy will take place over the course of four day-long sessions strategically scheduled across a four-month period, allowing participants to implement ideas and bring back examples of their work for discussion with peers.

Bring your literacy team at the member rate!
Are you a MESPA member? Your literacy team is welcome to come at the MESPA member rate! Please call the MESPA office at 651.999.7310 to take advantage of this offer.

Daily content breakdown:
Day 1: Define Effective Reading Instruction
Day 2: Understanding the Literacy Classroom Visit Model
Day 3: Analyze Date from First Classroom Visits & Determine Next Round of Data Collection
Day 4: Create Professional Learning Plan to Address Growth Areas
Earn 6 CEUs each day!

Goals of the Minnesota Principal Literacy Academy:
  • Empower principals as literacy leaders, gaining a deeper understanding of quality literacy instruction.
  • Identify and gain the ability to discuss key components of quality reading instruction, including observation tools and checklists.
  • Use the Literacy Classroom Visit Model resources to identify strengths and needs within the school or across a district.
  • Create a professional development plan to address growth areas in literacy.
See for yourself! Hear from past attendees on the benefit of this academy below:

Check out "Literacy Unleashed" - a new book by the presenters!
Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction through Classroom Visits is available now!  You can order your copy here, or add it within the event registration and we'll have it for you on Day 1 of the Academy!

About the Presenters
Authors of the book Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits Bonnie Houck and Sandi Novak are ready to work with you to improve your school's literacy plan!

Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., has over 25 years experience as a teacher, literacy coach, district leader, state reading specialist, university professor, and program director for a philanthropic foundation, bringing deep knowledge of the necessary elements of school reform and the field of literacy education.

Sandi Novak has over 30 years
experience as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent in suburban and rural school districts. Currently, she is an independent education consultant and co-author of Deep Discussion: A Framework for Cultivating Student-Led Discussions and author of Student-Led Discussions.

Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks from the start of the professional development. Prior to the two week mark, we are able to issue a 50% refund.

For Institute Exhibit registrations, please see the Cancellation Policy at mespa.net/exhibit.

Hotel Accommodations

Institute 2018: Book your room at the DoubleTree in Bloomington by CLICKING HERE or calling 952.835.7800 and asking for the MESPA group rate - $139/night.

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville. For reservations, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MESPA rate - $113 a night! 

MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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St. Paul, Minnesota, 55108

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