Event Details

MESPA Institute 2018

  • 07 Feb 2018
  • 09 Feb 2018
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • The standard registration rate increases after 1/19/18
  • To keep it affordable, this registration does NOT include meals. Register for the option WITH meals to include them!
  • This registration DOES include meals. To register without meals ($75) choose the option without meals.
  • This registration does NOT include meals.
  • For members of MASSP who choose to attend Institute! Use the shared promo code or contact MESPA @ 651.999.7310!
  • This covers one day at MESPA Institute. You can indicate which day you prefer next.

Registration is closed

Surround yourself with 400+ peers, innovation, collaboration and learning @ Institute 2018! 

This three-day conference includes...

  • 40+ breakout & Unconference sessions rooted in equity, innovation, and leadership development
  • MESPA Speaks inspired by TED Talks and back by popular demand
  • The return of our Makerspace Showcase - a hands-on display area filled with makerspaces from Minnesota schools 
  • A member-led Unconference - learn from your peers and consider leading a session
  • An update on the Legal & Legislative Scene from Roger Aronson
  • 70+ education-based exhibits featuring non-profits, curriculum, supplies, field trips, technology, and more!

Click here to view the full conference schedule!

PLUS keynotes by Principal Jimmy CasasDr. Yvette Jackson, and Gerry Brooks!


Principal Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) will kick us off on Wednesday with "Leading Change to Move Beyond the Status Quo." Casas has over 22 years of experience as an educational leader, has won several awards (2012 Iowa Principal of the Year, 2015 Bammy Award for National Secondary Principal of the Year), and currently serves as the Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.

Dr. Yvette Jackson (@yjacksonNUA) will wake us up on Thursday morning with her presentation on "Transforming Education for Equity through the Pedagogy of Confidence." Dr. Jackson is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Principal Gerry Brooks (@gerrybrooksprinwill close out Institute with a humor-filled talk about leading all staff in a positive and constructive manner. Brooks currently serves as an elementary principal in Lexington, Kentucky and works to spread humor in the world of education through his YouTube channel

PLUS, don't miss our Pre-Conference Session add-ons - Sign up within registration!

This year, we are offering TWO pre-conference sessions from exceptional educational leaders in MN. Enhance your learning and add it to your Institute registration for a small additional fee!

#1 - Renegade Leadership with Brad Gustafson - 10:15am, Feb 7th
Join MN's 2016 National Distinguished principal and positive deviant, Brad Gustafson (@GustafsonBrad) for an interactive discussion on how to make leadership relevant to today's learners. This innovative session includes powerful take-aways on how to create a culture of student ownership. Participants will exchange powerful PD strategies, delve into digital booktalks, and experience an interactive challenge that you'll want to take back to your very next staff meeting. Add the Renegade Leadership pre-conference session to your registration for just $30 and receive a copy of Renegade Leadership at the session. More info coming soon!

#2 - Literacy Unleashed Book & Breakfast Club - 10:15am, Feb 7th
Get to Institute early and join literacy gurus Bonnie Houck & Sandi Novak for a Book & Breakfast Pre-Conference session. Learn more about how to ensure high-quality reading instruction using the Literacy Classroom Visit Model. Bring a copy of your book and earn 5 CEUs! Add this add-on within your registration for $15. Your copy of Literacy Unleashed can be purchased HERE. This session is for both beginners and return participants! Even if you attended last year, this session will be expanded for your learning.

Plan your learning at the Unconference!
The Unconference is your chance to plan YOUR learning! In this organic, participant-driven process, we build our Unconference sessions AT the conference based on YOUR needs and YOUR ideas. Start planning today! Suggest ideas or even plan to lead a session by going to our brainstorming page here!

Get ready for goosebumps @ MESPA Speaks!

MESPA Speaks returns for its third year of inspiring and motivating stories. On Friday, Feb 9, you'll hear personal, heartfelt stories that will be sure to amaze you! Visit mespa.net/mespaspeaks to check out all of our previous performances.

For more information on this exciting conference, visit www.mespa.net/institute.

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 of the event's start date. Prior to the two-week mark, we are able to issue a refund, less a $50 processing fee.

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

Hotel Accommodations

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! 

Institute 2019 Accommodations

Reserve your hotel room for Institute at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington under the MESPA block by January 19, 2019 by clicking here or calling 952.835.7800 and asking for the MESPA rate - $142/night. 

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