Event Details

Online Course: Building Rigorous & Robust PreK-3 Learning Environments

  • 23 Jan 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Course is online. In-person course kickoff is Tue, Jan 23, 10am-3pm in St. Paul


Course kick-off: January 23, 2018!

Space is limited -- sign up soon!

This FREE online course, focused on communication and oral language development, is designed to improve student learning, classroom community and the culture of collaborative inquiry in schools.

Check out the video above to learn more about the Online Course. Thanks to Austin Public Schools for their participation in this video!

This course is sponsored by the MN Department of Education and the MN Elementary School Principals' Association. Course content is provided by the University of North Carolina's FirstSchool program.

Who should enroll?
ALL Minnesota PreK-3rd grade educators, principals, directors, instructional coaches, and other school leaders are invited to enroll. At least two colleagues should enroll from any school, agency or program.  

Course details
  • Two tracks are available: one for administrators and an educator track tailored to PreK-3 teachers (see below for more details)
  • Comprises 12 modules on topics such as conversation, formative assessment, equity, collaboration, student communication in literacy and math instruction, and more
  • Participants will attend a course kickoff on Tuesday, January 23 2018
  • Course runs from late January and will conclude in April, 2018
  • Click here to view our flier with more information

  • Each module requires approx. 1.5 hours online plus time to do your assignment.
  • Modules are designed to be self-paced, but coursework must be completed within a two-week window.
Course kickoff
Participants are expected to attend the in-person course kickoff on Tuesday, January 23rd from 10am-3pm. Attending the kickoff will give you access to the course as well as fully explain how to use the online modules and make the most of your experience!

Educator Track
  • Examine research and practice strategies supporting the use of oral language and vocabulary in classrooms, essential for student engagement and success in literacy and mathematics.
  • Use student communication to meet learning standards and assess student progress.
  • Earn 40 CEUs!
Administrator Track
  • Help lead teachers to implement effective, research-based practice in scaffolded instruction, intentional teaching & planning, small group interactions, vocabulary development and more.
  • Support teachers in using student communication to assess progress and meet learning standards.
  • Understand how child development impacts social and academic learning.
  • Earn 40 CEUs!
Please contact the MESPA office at mespa@mespa.net or 651.999.7310.

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. 

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

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