Event Details

How to Build, Influence, and Support a Positive School Culture

  • 08 Mar 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Bethel University, Anderson Center - 2 Pine Tree Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112 - 307 EAST CONFERENCE ROOM


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New date: Friday, March 8th!

Creating a positive school culture is the foundation of any school. 

We all want to walk into our schools knowing that we have a positive culture for students and staff to learn and grow but how do we get everyone committed to the work? Many of our schools might provide a positive school climate for some of our students and staff, but it is our job to make sure we move past a positive climate and ensure we build a positive culture for learning and teaching for ALL. Join us as we learn around a framework that will support us in this process and help give our teachers and students a leadership role in the journey.

Who should attend?
This session is for school leaders who are looking for strategies and a framework that will support their work around school culture. This session is designated for school leaders only to support a safe space for you to ask questions openly and problem-solve with the group.

Session learning targets:

  • Collaborate with other leaders and learn some strategies that are working for other schools around the state
  • Take and analyze a school climate survey that will determine your school's needs
  • Understand the difference between "Will" vs "Skill" of creating a positive school culture
  • Understand the state and local resources available to support your work
  • Build a professional learning community around school culture
  • Gain access to a digital folder that will have Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions and resources that will support your school

Session details:
  • Session runs 8am-3:30pm at the Anderson Center, a part of Bethel College.
  • 7 Administrative CEUs will be granted upon completion of the training.
  • MESPA members attend for just $125 -- sign in to receive the member rate!
  • Morning coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know in your registration.

About the presenter: Principal Curt Slater
Come join Mr. Curtis Slater (@slater_curtis_), MN's 2018 National Distinguished Principal, as he facilitates the conversation around building a positive school culture that will support your students, staff, and families.

Over the past 12 years, Mr. Slater has had the chance to train more than 400 schools around creating a positive school culture. These trainings did not just support licensed staff, he has had the chance to work with bus drivers, administrative assistants, school lunch staff, custodians, and community education. Slater asserts that every adult that works in a school plays a vital role in this process. If we want to create a positive culture and climate in our schools, we need to take the time to teach the skills that adults will need in the process. Curt Slater is the elementary principal of Wyoming Elementary in Forest Lake Public Schools.

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.

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