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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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Registration is open now! Visit mespa.net/institute to register!
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Thursday, February 6 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Brain Break 10:45-11:45am: Exhibit Viewing, Business Partner Sessions, and Book Fair open! - PTOs/PTAs welcome!

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Take a breather! Browse our exhibits, enjoy some coffee and snacks (see exhibitor map, and note this is the last call for enter booth drawings and the search for a golden pineapple), attend a 25-minute Business Partner session (see schedule), or do some shopping at the Book Fair!

Book Fair Information:
You loved it, so we're bringing it back! Join us for our 2nd annual Institute Book Fair, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Scholastic is selling all books at-cost (we don't collect revenues on this) for you! Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Book Fair runs:
Wednesday, 9am-5pm
Thursday, 7am-2:30pm

Exhibits run:
Wednesday, 11am-5pm
Thursday, 7am-2:30pm
*Invite your PTA/PTO to stop by the exhibits any time during the conference! We have excellent resources on fundraising, supplies, field trips, and more waiting for them!

This year, we have THREE ways you can win awesome prizes just by visiting our exhibitors:
  • LAST CALL TO ENTER Booth Drawings: Exhibitors have generously donated excellent prizes for your school! Simply enter drawings at participating booths, check the Prize Winners’ Board (see map) starting at 12:15pm on Thursday for your name, and bring any winning slip(s) to the respective booth(s) to pick up your prize(s) by 2:15pm before exhibitors pack up. You must be present to win.

  • LAST CALL TO FOR  NEW Golden Pineapple Prizes: Keep your eyes out, a golden pineapple could appear anywhere in the Exhibit Hall at anytime from Wednesday morning until lunch on Thursday. If you find one, bring it to registration to claim 1 of 4 special prizes from MESPA: Keynote Speaker Book Bundle, BestSelf Conversation Starting Bundle, Samsung Chromebook, or Portable Green Screen Kit.

  • Bingo for Cash: Request a sticker from an applicable exhibitor to apply to each square of the bingo card you received at registration after you’ve met its requirements. Turn in your completed bingo card in the box near registration by 2:30pm on Thursday to be eligible for the cash drawing on Friday. There will be several cash prizes sponsored by MESPA, and you could win up to $250! You must be present Friday to win.

Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am CST
Exhibit Hall