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Join us for the professional development event of the year! On February 5-7, you will be joined by 425+ of your colleagues for an incredible experience. With presentations from incredible thought leaders, more than 30 sessions rooted in mental health, innovation, education equity, and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, and 80+ education-based exhibits, how could you go wrong?

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Wednesday, February 5 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Spark Session: Clean it Up: A Relationship is Not a Plan!

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New this year, Spark Sessions are 30-minute sessions with a specific topic or challenge in mind. These sessions are optional to attend. Not seeing a session that meets your needs? Feel free to check out our great exhibits, do some shopping at the Book Fair, or grab some coffee with a colleague!

To be successful with an at-risk population of students, all you need are talented staff and strong relationships, right? When staff move on, relationships leave with them, creating a void in the system. What is your plan then? In this session, hear about Pinewood Elementary’s student support evolution. Over the course of seven years, they moved from a reactive behavior center model, to decentralized behavior response, to clear and proactive multi-tiered systems of support. In this session, hear about the lessons Pinewood learned along the way and reflect on your own building’s systems and sustainability.

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Andrew Skinner

Andrew Skinner proudly serves as principal at Pinewood Elementary School. After beginning his career teaching ELA at the middle level, he has served as both an elementary and middle school administrator in the Mounds View School district since 2012. In his fourth year as Principal... Read More →
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Katie O'Connell

Katie O’Connell currently serves as the Student Services Assistant at Pinewood Elementary School in the Mounds View School District. She is passionate about improving the educational system to best meet the needs of all students in all areas of instruction; both social-emotional... Read More →

Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm

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