Event Details

Early Career Principals Workshop

  • 09 Nov 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Bethel Anderson Center - 2 Pine Tree Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112 - ROOM 307 EAST (main floor)


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Join us for an empowering day of learning and collaboration at MESPA's 4th annual workshop designed BY early career principals, FOR early career principals!

Workshop content

This workshop is collaborative, interactive, and driven by your needs. We will meet you where you are at. In this workshop, you will work with your leaders and a cohort of other early career principals to:

  • Gain access to tangible strategies and tools that have worked for other principals that you can take back to your school to try out TOMORROW.
  • Problem-solve with colleagues using real-world scenarios from your school.
  • Answer your burning questions about best practices with staff, students, family & community, curriculum, and climate/culture.
  • Connect with a supportive network of colleagues to contact with questions and meet other early career principals.
  • Receive access to a Google folder filled with resources from experienced principals.
  • Have fun! Play games, meet other early career principals, and more!

NEW: This year the Early Career Principals Workshop will offer monthly Zoom check-ins with the cohort to offer support and community for the entire school year! Dates for Zoom check-ins will be chosen at the Nov. 9 workshop— they will be voluntary and FREE to attend!

Workshop goals
This workshop is a place for newer principals to ask questions and problem solve in a collaborative environment. Participants will leave feeling supported and equipped with tangible resources to continue the work at hand. You'll get a chance to ask those tough "What do I do when..." or "How should I go about..." questions in a safe, supportive, and confidential space.

Who can attend?
All new and early career Elementary and Middle-level principals are encouraged to attend! "Early career" is purposefully left open-ended—if this workshop description resonates with you at any level of your career, then you are welcome to attend!

Our 4th annual workshop is designed to be different than the others. Repeat attendees are welcome!

Our Team:

This workshop is member-led! We have a fabulous group of principals who are working to design this workshop to meet your needs:

  • Principal Toni Baartman @ToniJoStamer from Hill and Brown Elementary Schools, Pipestone Area Schools (5 years as principal)
  • Principal Bret Domstrand @BretDom from Lake Marion Elementary, Lakeville Schools (7 years as principal)
  • Principal Ashley Farrington @FarringtonEdu from Birchview Elementary, Wayzata Public Schools (Second year principal)
  • Principal Staci Souhan @RCSouhan from Turtle Lake Elementary, Mounds View Schools (3 years as principal)
  • Principal Tami Staloch-Schultz @TSS196 from Westview Elementary in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan (10 years as principal)
  • MESPA Executive Director Jon Millerhagen @MESPAexec.

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. We are sorry, but we unable to issue refunds for no-show registrations.

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