Event Details

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

  • 26 Sep 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Course is online. In-person course kickoff is Sep 26, 2018 at TIES Event Center in St. Paul.


Click here to enroll! (instructions below)

Brought to you in partnership with the MN Department of Education, Univeristy of North Carolina's FirstSchool, and the MESPA, 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.

Click here to enroll!

How to enroll
  • Click here to go to the University of North Carolina / FirstSchool's Moodle Page
  • Click "Create New Account" and fill out the simple form
  • Click "Create My New Account"
  • System will send an email to validate email address
  • Click the link in the email for the FirstSchool Course Listings
  • Click on the Minnesota Course
  • Type MN2018! in the enrollment key box and hit "Enroll Me"
  • User is enrolled in the course
  • Click here to RSVP to the course kickoff on Sep 26 (options to attend in-person or via recorded video are available)

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 10 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 Wednesday, September 26 in St. Paul.
  • Course runs from October 2018 to May 2019.
  • Participants are awarded 40 CEUs for the completion of the online course.
  • Click here to view our flier with more information.

Time Commitment
  • 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 Wednesday, September 26 from 10am-2pm at the TIES Event Center in St. Paul. 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! Lunch is provided.

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 - Twin Cities events

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! 

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