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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 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Project Connection: An Innovative Inspirational School-Based Mentoring Program

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Project Connection is a school-based innovative mentor program where the students and school-based mentors build a meaningful relationship that has a demonstrated positive impact on school attendance, academic attainment and marked decrease in behavior incidents.  Learn about this trauma informed approach that is innovative in its design and has been making a huge impact on the school community for the past 11 years!  This program illustrates the power of relationships and how when you make a bridge with a student and their family; the student will truly start to feel a sense of ownership in their school and the community has more success.

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Heather Alden

Heather Alden is a school social worker in St. Paul Public Schools, having worked in urban education as both a teacher and school social worker for over 20 years. She received her masters in social work at the University of Houston and undergraduate degree from Hamline University... Read More →
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Emma Conway

Emma Conway is a MSW Student at UMN Graduate School of Social Work who did her internship at EXPO Elementary School 2018-2019 and co-facilitated Project Connection.   She is studying to be a clinical social worker and is committed to learning about alternative ways to create change... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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  • about Heather Alden is a school social worker in St. Paul Public Schools, having worked in urban education as both a teacher and school social worker for over 20 years. She received her masters in social work at the University of Houston and undergraduate degree from Hamline University. Heather received the MSSWA MN School Social Worker of the year award in 2011 and was named the SSWAA National School Social Worker of the year in 2012. In 2015 she received the Hamline University Alumni, "Making the World a Better Place" award. Heather has provided professional development to educators, other mental health professionals, and parents and is an adjunct faculty professor at Augsburg College. Alden is an advocate for mental health awareness, increased parent involvement, social emotional learning, culturally competent practice. and bullying prevention work.

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