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Save the Date for Institute 2020: February 5-7, 2020 at the Bloomington DoubleTree! Keynotes and other content coming soon!

MESPA Institute 2020

3 days. 400+ principals. February 5-7, 2020

Bloomington DoubleTree

Save the date for the professional development event of the year: February 5-7, 2020

Institute hosts more than 400 of your elementary and middle level principal colleagues. With presentations from incredible thought leaders; 25+ sessions rooted in mental health, education equity, innovation, and leadership development; MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues; an Unconference in which you guide your own learning; and 80+ education-based exhibits... you won't want to miss this! Watch this space for more information on Institute 2020, coming soon!

Meet our 2020 Co-Chairs!

We are thankful for our 2 great Institute Co-chairs who will host Institute 2020 and keep us focused and energized throughout the conference.

Welcome Toni Baartman, principal at Hill & Brown Elementaries, Pipestone, and Andrew Dokken, principal at Hill City School, Hill City.

These 2 have done a great job planning so far and we can't wait to see what fun and exciting things they have in store for us!

Tweet with #mespamn!

Join the conversation online with fellow Institute attendees! Follow the hashtag #mespamn and tag @MESPAPrincipals to continue the learning online!

Where and When?

The DoubleTree by Hilton:

7800 Normandale Blvd

Minneapolis, MN 55439


Wednesday, February 5-Friday, February 7, 2020

Our 2020 Thought Leaders

Wednesday Keynote

Coming soon!

Thursday Afternoon Keynote

Coming soon!

Thursday Morning Keynote

Coming soon!

Friday Keynote

Coming soon!

Expand your learning with a Pre-conference Session!

For those who want to pack even more learning into their conference, we're offering several pre-conference sessions Wednesday morning! The sessions will be held on Wednesday, February 5th at 10:00am. Choose one as an add-on in your Institute registration and receive extra CEUs! Pre-conference sessions will be announced soon!

Preconference session 1

Coming soon!

Preconference session 2

Coming soon!

MESPA Speaks returns!

"One of THE best parts of Institute!" - said anyone at Institute ever

Join us for our 5th annual MESPA Speaks on Friday, February 7th! Watch this space for the 2020 lineup!

Can't wait until February for your dose of inspiration? Click here to check out MESPA Speaks videos from the last 4 years.


Join us in the exhibit hall Wednesday and Thursday at Institute for the MESPA Book Fair, back by popular demand! Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, and do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders! The Book Fair is operated by MESPA Premier Business Partner Scholastic Book Fairs.

mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase

Back by popular demand: Take time to relax at the mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase! Come learn from practicing principals about the benefits therapy animals can bring to your school community! Also, learn what it takes to become a therapy animal team. Plus, pet some puppies, of course!

Get ready for the Unconference!

First time attending Institute? Get ready for the Unconference (AKA "EdCamps" "Participant-Driven Conferences" etc.), where you build your own learning.

The Unconference is driven by YOU and is an opportunity to lead and learn from your peers. Click the video to hear from Principal Liann Hanson, one of our Unconference facilitators.

Exhibit at Institute 2020, February 5-6

Exhibits are a vital part of our Institute experience and conference atmosphere. If you or someone you know wants to market materials and services exclusively to 400+ Minnesota elementary and middle level principals and school decision makers, MESPA's annual convention is the place to do it! Registration information for exhibitors will be linked here when available. Click here to join the exhibitor mailing list to be kept in the loop when registration opens up for Institute 2020 Exhibits next fall.

In the words of Principal Lisa Carlson of Woodland Elementary in Eagan: "If you're not at Institute, principals simply don't know that you exist!" 

Recommend an exhibitor!  

Are you using an amazing educational product or service you think more principals should know about? Do you work with an awesome company/organization and or vendor who you think should be connecting with over 400 Minnesota principals and other educational leaders at Institute? Recommend them here! We appreciate all recommendations, throughout the year, and will follow up with your contact to make sure they know about the value of MESPA Institute Exhibits and have registration information.

Recommend an Exhibitor

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Institute 2021: February 3-5, 2021

Recommend a Keynote Speaker!
Have you seen a keynote speaker recently that you really loved? Is there someone out there you've been dying to hear? Know of someone who would a perfect fit for Institute? Recommend them here! Any time of year, your recommendation is welcome and much appreciated.

Institute 2019 was a hit!

The results are in: you rated Institute 2019 as the best Institute ever! Our 2019 app is still up and you can still access materials and resources at mespainstitute2019.sched.com

Thanks to our 2019 exhibitors!

Our exhibitors made our conference a huge success! You can still check out our list of exhibitors and get in touch for great resources, products, and FUN for your school! 

Click here for a list of our 2019 exhibitors

Want more High Quality PD?

Thank you to our 2019 Exhibitors for making Institute possible! Also, a special thank you to our Business Partners for supporting MESPA year-round.

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