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 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Social-Emotional Learning Impacts All of Us: 5 Principals Share Strategies and Stories You'll Use Tomorrow

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Chances are you’ve never attended a PD session quite like this one! Five MESPA Principals will share dynamic stories (in 5 minutes or less) that reveal leadership secrets you can take with you and apply tomorrow! Curt Slater and Brad Gustafson will facilitate a time of humor, audience interaction, and maybe even a couple of tears. You won’t just leave with strategies you can apply tomorrow...you’ll leave with a deeper network of friends who you can continue the collaboration with for years to come.

All of the leadership stories will connect to an SEL theme. Your facilitators will integrate time for conversation and reflection into the 60-minute session so this will be FAR from sit-and-get!

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Toni Baartman

Principal, 507-215-1966
Most importantly I am a boymom of three amazing boys ages 22, 18, and 15.  I have been involved in education for 22 years, and I am in my 23rd year.  I was a private school principal for 2 years, an Instructional Coach/DAC/Para Inductionist for one year as well as the Assistant... Read More →
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Beatriz Desantiago-Fjelstad

I am passionate about education, equity, leadership, social-emotional learning, cultures, languages, and families. I have over 20 years of experience teaching, coaching, leading programs, developing ideas, and managing in private and public organizations.Currently, I work as Assistant... Read More →
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Ashley Farrington

I am Ashley Farrington and I'm the Associate Principal at Wayzata Central Middle School. I have been at the school for the last two years and in Wayzata for my entire career. I am passionate about improving our schools to be a true equalizer for all our students and a space where... Read More →
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Brad Gustafson

Brad Gustafson believes stories can be a powerful vehicle for change and that principals are better together. When we share our time, vulnerability, and stories our students win. Brad is the 2016 NDP, a National School Boards “20 to Watch,” and Best-Selling Author. (He’s also... Read More →
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Curtis Slater

Curt has nearly 30 years of experience in public education. He's had the opportunity to be a paraprofessional, teacher, associate principal, and principal.  He has trained over 450 schools around, MTSS, RTI, school-wide positive climate and culture, classroom management, Tier 2 and... Read More →

Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm CST
Atrium 6