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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
 

8:00am

MESPA Board of Directors Meeting
A continental breakfast and coffee will be served.

Visit the BOD page of the MESPA website to view the Board Packet and other board materials. You must be signed in to access the BOD page (www.mespa.net/BOD)

*This Board Meeting is open to Board members only. Please plan to attend our Annual Business Meeting on Friday, Feb. 8 for a comprehensive MESPA update.

Wednesday February 5, 2020 8:00am - 10:00am
Edina Room

9:00am

Institute Book Fair Opens!
You loved it, so we're bringing it back! Join us for our 2nd annual Institute Book Fiar, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
Wednesday, 9am-5pm
Thursday, 7am-2:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Business Partners
avatar for Scholastic Book Fairs

Scholastic Book Fairs

Each year Scholastic Book Fairs®, in partnership with schools across the country, hosts more than 130,000 book-sale events that give more than 35 million students and their families access to thousands of affordable and educational products, helping foster a lifelong love of reading.School... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

9:30am

Pre-Conference Session with Dr. Clay Cook: Effective Intervention Programming from Beginning to End for Students with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems
This session requires advanced registration ($25) as an add-on to your Institute registration! Please sign-in on-site for documentation. You will earn 1 additional CEU by participating in this training.

A one-size-fits-all approach to intervention programming for students with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties (SEBD) results in limited success and is wasteful of educators’ precious time and resources. This presentation will discuss an approach to personalizing interventions to students with significant social, emotional and behavioral difficulties (SEBD) that has been shown to significantly increase the probability of achieving successful outcomes. Attendees will learn about this approach – intervention matching, mapping, monitoring, and meeting (IM4) – and understand the teaming process that must be up and running in a school to drive successful implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Cook

Clay Cook

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Atrium 6

10:30am

Joint Legislative & EPAC Committee Meeting
All MESPA Legislative and EPAC Committee members are asked to attend this session. Roger Aronson, MESPA Legal & Legislative Counsel, will also drop by to discuss priorities and the upcoming legislative session.

EPAC Committee Chair: Dr. Susan Risius
Legislative Resolutions Committee Chair: Jeannie Mayer


Wednesday February 5, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Atrium 3

11:00am

Exhibits Open - Invite your PTA!
Check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

Wednesday February 5, 2020 11:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

Registration Opens!
Be sure to stop by the registration booths in the Bloomington Foyer to collect your name badge, schedule,  all registration materials, and sign in for CEUs. You must have a name badge to attend the conference.

If your registration doesn't include meals (some Aspiring and Retired principals), you can purchase a lunch ticket at the registration table.

Wednesday February 5, 2020 11:00am - 5:00pm
Bloomington Foyer

11:15am

Educational Advisory Committee Meeting
MESPA Educational Advisory Members: Please meet in MESPA Headquarters at 11:15am for a quick huddle to review expectations and responsibilities during Institute 2020! If you cannot attend, please contact Rachel Dillon (rachel@mespa.net) or Committee Chair Jen Olson (j.olson@hlww.k12.mn.us) as soon as possible!

Wednesday February 5, 2020 11:15am - 11:30am
Atrium 8

11:30am

Institute Orientation & Reception: How to DO Institute!
All new principals and first-time Institute attendees are welcome! Join MESPA leaders to learn all the ins and outs of Institute, learn about fun things to do on Wednesday evening, meet other first-time attendees, and have some tasty appetizers while you're at it!

Wednesday February 5, 2020 11:30am - 11:55am
Atrium 7

11:45am

Networking Luncheon
Help us kick off Institute 2020 with a tasty lunch and some great opportunities to network! Lunch begins at 11:45am. Don't forget to arrive early and get your name badge first at the registration table! Registration opens at 11am. If your registration includes meals ($375/425 registration), your name badge will get you in to all meals!

On the lunch buffet:
Herb Roasted Rotisserie Chicken, BBQ ribs, Baked beans, Coleslaw, Tossed salad, Corn bread and butter. Includes coffee and tea.


Wednesday February 5, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Heather Forbes: The Trauma-Informed School
Many children, who may be doing well early on, can suddenly demonstrate negative and out-of-control behaviors once they start their academic careers. School environments present a tremendous challenge to many of our children due to the increase in social interactions and the demands placed on their focus, concentration, and performance. This workshop will examine the impact of life experiences on a child’s development and will offer a new understanding of challenging behaviors for children in the classroom. A fresh perspective, with effective classroom tools, will be discussed and demonstrated successfully create environments to return our children to the love of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Heather T. Forbes

Heather T. Forbes

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute and author of numerous books on the topic of working with children impacted by trauma. Coming from a family of educators, Heather has a passion for helping children in the classroom. Trauma robs children of... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

Brain Break 2:30-3:45pm: Dessert, Exhibit Viewing, Spark Sessions, and Book Fair open! - PTOs/PTAs welcome!
Runs 2:30-3:45pm. Enjoy dessert in the Exhibit Hall as you browse the exhibits. See map for food and beverage locations. Consider stopping by a Spark session at 3pm (see schedule for details)!

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!

Wednesday February 5, 2020 2:30pm - 3:45pm

3:00pm

Optional: Spark Sessions
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!

Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Varies (see schedule)

3:00pm

Spark Session: Clean it Up: A Relationship is Not a Plan!
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.

Speakers
avatar for Katie O'Connell

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 →
avatar for Andrew Skinner

Andrew Skinner

Pinewood Elementary
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 →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Atrium 4

3:00pm

Spark Session: Early Learning Family-Guided Routines-Based Early Intervention: An Asset Based Approach
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!

In this session, we will provide information and have informed dialogue with administrators about evidence-based approaches that can help families with young children promote their families competence, confidence, and enjoyment of their child’s learning.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Domino

Julie Domino

Hello my name is Julie Domino. I currently serve as an Early Childhood Special Education Director for the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative. I started at the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative in 2007. I have licensure in the following areas: Special Education Director, Principal... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Atrium 1

3:00pm

Spark Session: Get Off Your Island and Join #MNPrincipalExchange!
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!

Come learn from other principals that have taken the time to collaborate and build a digital folder that supports professional development, positive staff culture, and other strategies that you can start using on Monday.

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Slater

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 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Atrium 6

3:00pm

Spark Session: The Depths of Depression: One School Administrator's Story
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!

In this presentation, Al Levin will share his story of two major bouts of depression, one so debilitating that it required him to take five weeks off of work. Through this presentation, audience members will learn the importance of sharing stories, self-care, and the care of others.

Speakers
avatar for Al Levin

Al Levin

Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus
Al Levin has been in Saint Paul Public Schools for twenty years, the past fifteen years at the administrative level. He’s completed all of the coursework in working towards a Co-Active coaching certificate through the Coaches Training Institute.Al is also a person who has recovered... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Atrium 2

3:00pm

Spark Session: The Urgency of Equity: Addressing the Opportunity Gap
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!


Gorski’s structural mindset and Khalifa, Gooden, and Davis’s Culturally Responsive School Leadership (CRSL) Framework will be synthesized to underpin leadership action that addresses the opportunity gap. Participants will be better equipped to recognize and combat the bias and inequity that undermine educational engagement for students experiencing poverty. Attendees will be introduced to strategies that will help improve schools, particularly for the most marginalized students. Every participant will leave this session with at least one activity, effort, or initiative to implement in his/her school to better serve students and families experiencing poverty.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannie Mayer

Jeannie Mayer

Jeannie Mayer is the Elementary Principal in Menahga, MN, an Adjunt Professor for SMSU's EDAL program, and a Doctoral Student through Bethel University. Jeannie also serves as the Legislative Chair for MESPA.
avatar for Tracy Reimer

Tracy Reimer

Tracy Reimer is the Program Director of the Leadership in PK-12 Administration Doctoral Program at Bethel University. Prior to joining the Bethel faculty, she served ten years as the elementary principal and two years as the K-12 district curriculum coordinator in Annandale, MN. Tracy... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Spark Session: Where Are They? Many children are NOT getting educated!
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!

According to data from the American Community Survey for the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 3% of school-aged (5-17) children in the U.S. are not being educated in any setting. The World Education Forum-USA is organizing representatives in each state to share this startling information. What does this look like in Minnesota? Bring your laptop or tablet to access the WEF-USA website to examine the data. Questions to explore: Where are they? Why are they missing? What can be done?

Speakers
avatar for Elmer Koch

Elmer Koch

Elmer's basic 30 year education career was with the Minneapolis Public School District as elementary teacher, elementary principal, elementary math consultant, and K-12 curriculum director. Following that was a 3 year administrative role in a private school setting, Torah Academy... Read More →


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

3:15pm

RPM Meeting and Social
Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Plaza 2

3:45pm

A School's Story of Creating Equity and Collective Responsibility through Tier 1 Interventions
Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) provide a structure for collaboration across a school by engaging all stakeholders in best literacy practices. Schools take on the challenging work of implementing MTSS in an effort to dramatically affect the outcome of student growth. In this session, we will share research about implementing an MTSS framework for elementary reading (Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites - PRESS) and one principal’s story of implementation. Participants will learn about one rural elementary school’s efforts to build a school culture of learning and collective responsibility to meet the literacy needs of an increasingly diverse student population. In this school-university partnership story, presenters will detail how they implemented tier one interventions to raise reading achievement for students while also building capacity for collaboration and collective efficacy for staff. Presenters will highlight implementation successes and challenges, how these align with what research identifies as common, and how a principal worked with the support of PRESS and school personnel to overcome obstacles and impact student outcomes.


In this session, participants will:
  • Learn about one school’s experience implementing Tier one interventions within an MTSS framework for elementary reading (Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites - PRESS)
  • Review the relevant MTSS implementation research for reading, leadership, and tier one interventions
  • Understand common challenges of program implementation, while also receiving
    suggestions for successful application in a diversity of school settings

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Burger

Kristin Burger

Kristin has been an educator in schools in Massachusetts and Minnesota for many years. Her roles have included elementary classroom teacher, reading intervention teacher, literacy coach, and research assistant. Throughout her career, she has worked for equity in education. She holds... Read More →
avatar for Melodee Hoffner

Melodee Hoffner

Melodee is in her sixth year, as a Principal, in the Owatonna Public Schools. She spent her first three years at the Owatonna Alternative Center and is currently at Wilson Elementary. Melodee participated in the two year Minnesota Principal’s Academy through the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 1

3:45pm

Building a Firewall: Protecting Childhood for Children
It’s time. Let’s talk about childhood and what children and families need from it. After we talk about it, let’s commit to creating schools that celebrate childhood. And then, let’s do the work, the work of protecting children from a culture that does not always have their best interests in mind. Let’s create schools that see them, those children, as unique human beings needing to belong, to play, to feel loved, and to matter. Time to roll up our sleeves and do the work of protecting children, building a firewall around them in schools. We can do this.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Cabeen

Jessica Cabeen

Jessica is the Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the principal of the “Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota”, the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education supervisor, and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Skanson

Eric Skanson

Dr. Eric Skanson is a husband, father of five and elementary principal in the ROCORI District in Cold Spring. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development in 2016, his Master's of Education is from Hamline University... Read More →
avatar for Katy Smith

Katy Smith

Katy Smith is an inspired parent educator, trainer, early childhood advocate, and keynote speaker. Katy has two undergraduate degrees in social work and in parent education from Winona State University. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Bloomington Room

3:45pm

Cna Yuo Raed Tihs? ​Keys to Unlocking the Mysteries of Dyslexia
Educators are still curious about ways to identify and support students with dyslexia. Why is it so hard to identify and address? Hearing the word dyslexia can make educators uncomfortable, possibly because we know about the challenges and concentrate on how hard it can be to find the right interventions and supports. Happily, new research and instructional methods have been developed to assist teachers in identifying and supporting students with dyslexia.
                       
Together, we will:
  • Discuss current expectations educators have in supporting students with dyslexia
  • Learn strategies to screen and identify students who may have dyslexia or other reading related challenges
  • Participate in hands-on activities and collaborative conversations about dyslexia
  • Learn from other educators how they address this challenge in their school
  • Explore possible interventions and opportunities to motivate and inspire students with dyslexia
  • Take away resources for screening and identifying students with characteristic of dyslexia and to inform parents and the community.


Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Houck

Bonnie Houck

Bonnie Houck is a consultant, coach, author, speaker, and trainer who specializes in literacy leadership development and positive school change. Bonnie is the co-author of the ASCD book, Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction through Classroom Visits. Bonnie works... Read More →


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

3:45pm

Project Connection: An Innovative Inspirational School-Based Mentoring Program
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.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Alden

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 →
avatar for Emma Conway

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
Atrium 2

3:45pm

Social-Emotional Learning Impacts All of Us: 5 Principals Share Strategies and Stories You'll Use Tomorrow
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!

Speakers
avatar for Toni Baartman

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 →
avatar for Beatriz Desantiago-Fjelstad

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 →
avatar for Brad Gustafson

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 →
avatar for Curtis Slater

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
Atrium 6

3:45pm

The Difference Between Bad Behavior and Developmental Trauma
We often underestimate the impact of trauma on a child’s development. Unpredictable, unstructured, and emotionally or physically hurtful experiences can create heightened states of autonomic arousal, anxiety, depression, mood changes, irritability, agitation, non-reality thinking, and a general pattern of disorganized behaviors. Tokens and other non-effective behavioral strategies not only do not work, they often make it worse for these students as this is a developmental trauma issue, not a behavioral issue. A social- emotional approach is needed to help these students excel to their highest academic potential. Explanations of how to do this from a scientific brain-based perspective will be explained and demonstrated in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Heather T. Forbes

Heather T. Forbes

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute and author of numerous books on the topic of working with children impacted by trauma. Coming from a family of educators, Heather has a passion for helping children in the classroom. Trauma robs children of... Read More →


Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Edina Room

5:00pm

MESPA Welcome Reception
Join us to kick off Institute 2020 with the MESPA Welcome Reception! All MESPA Institute attendees are welcome! Connect with old friends, meet some new colleagues, and enjoy the appetizers and cash bar! Your division presidents will host a longer gathering afterward that you won't want to miss! Follow the crowds to the Cabana rooms near the pool for more networking and fun after 6pm!

On the menu: Heavy appetizers and a cash bar are available. Additional food will be available in the Cabana Rooms after 6pm.

Want to go out!? See the attached file for a VIP shopping package from the Mall of America! Click here for a list of nearby restaurants.


Wednesday February 5, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Poolside

6:00pm

Division Meetings: see description
Some divisions choose to hold division meetings at Institute to gather and connect. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. For more information about MESPA divisions, check out mespa.net/divisions.

Wednesday meetings, 6-7pm:
  • East Suburban: Meet at the Pool Area
  • Northeast Division: Atrium 2
  • South Suburban Division: Atrium 4
  • Southeast Division: Atrium 1

Thursday meetings, 7-8am:
  • Western: Atrium 1

Other division 'happenings':
  • Southwest Division: meet on Wednesday at 11:30 before lunch (location TBD, look out for info from Darin Doherty and Toni Baartman)


Wednesday February 5, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Varies (see description)

6:00pm

Networking & Social
Join your colleagues for a networking event hosted by your Division Presidents! There will be food, refreshments, and plenty of fun! All are welcome to attend.

Poolside reception: 5-6pm with appetizers and cash bar
Division Meetings: 6-7pm (see app for details)
Networking social: Cabana Rooms #115 and #118 near pool - ALL ARE WELCOME! Food and refreshments provided and feel free to bring something for your self (or to share)!

Wednesday February 5, 2020 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cabana Rooms
 
Thursday, February 6
 

7:00am

Walking Continental Breakfast
Good morning sunshines! All Institute participants are invited to join us for a walking continental breakfast in the Exhibit Hall! See map for location.

Thursday February 6, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall

7:00am

Division Meetings: see description
Some divisions choose to hold division meetings at Institute to gather and connect. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. For more information about MESPA divisions, check out mespa.net/divisions.

Wednesday meetings, 6-7pm:
  • East Suburban: Meet at the Pool Area
  • Northeast Division: Atrium 2
  • South Suburban Division: Atrium 4
  • Southeast Division: Atrium 1

Thursday meetings, 7-8am:
  • Western: Atrium 1

Other division 'happenings':
  • Southwest Division: meet on Wednesday at 11:30 before lunch (location TBD, look out for info from Darin Doherty and Toni Baartman)

Thursday February 6, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am
Varies (see description)

7:00am

Exhibits Open
Check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

Thursday February 6, 2020 7:00am - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00am

Registration Opens!
Be sure to stop by the registration booths in the Bloomington Foyer to collect your name badge, schedule,  all registration materials, and sign in for CEUs. You must have a name badge to attend the conference.

If your registration doesn't include meals (some Aspiring and Retired principals), you can purchase a lunch ticket at the registration table.

Thursday February 6, 2020 7:00am - 3:35pm
Bloomington Foyer

8:00am

Ken Williams: Starting a Movement in a PLC: Building Culture from the Inside-Out
Discover how to quiet the noise and focus on research-based high leverage collective commitments that will help you build a culture of learning for all. Learn how to LIVE your posters, and deliver on the promise education should offer every student, high levels of learning for ALL. This session is not for the faint of heart...or for defenders of the status quo. For all others, prepare for a transformational experience…

Speakers
avatar for Ken Williams

Ken Williams

Kenneth C. Williams shares his experience and expertise as a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, coach, and consultant in leadership and education. He is the Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold the Soul, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping schools live their posters. Skilled... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom

9:15am

Unconference Intro & Board Building
Help us brainstorm ideas in advance! What do you want to learn? What could you lead? Click here to add to our padlet!

The Unconference returns to Institute creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using a shared document through open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment 'new idea' that would be fun to talk about. From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new. In the end, YOU guide your own learning!

Never attended an Unconference? Click here for a good overview.
Unconference Board: Click here to view the board. We will build the board at 9:15am on Thursday morning!


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:15am - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom

9:45am

Break
Take a break & browse our exhibits ahead of today's first set of breakout sessions!

Thursday February 6, 2020 9:45am - 10:00am

10:00am

Getting our "Body in the Group" around Social Skills
Over the past three years, all Nisswa Elementary staff have been on a journey to better understand, measure, and teach social skills to all, while also establishing a system of support around SEL. Staff have received over 40 hours of staff development, been supplied with the We Thinker’s resources, developed a social emotional rubric, assessed all students using rubrics (three times per year), planned lessons based on the data, aligned our Think Sheets and restorative practices, and embarked on developing tiered levels of support. The presentation will encompass one school’s journey to support students in acquiring lifelong social emotional skills.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Raske

Molly Raske

Molly Raske is the principal of Nisswa Elementary School with Brainerd Public School District.She has been in education for over 15 years, eight of those being as an elementary principal. Mrs. Raske was raised by educators and is married to a teacher, who is also a proud Brainerd... Read More →



Thursday February 6, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
Atrium 4

10:00am

Unconference & Breakout Session Block #1
Help us brainstorm ideas in advance! What do you want to learn? What could you lead? Click here to add to our padlet!

The Unconference returns to Institute creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using a shared document through open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment 'new idea' that would be fun to talk about. From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new. In the end, YOU guide your own learning!

Never attended an Unconference? Click here for a good overview.
Unconference Board: Click here to view the board. We will build the board at 9:15am on Thursday morning!

Thursday February 6, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
Varies (see Unconference Board)

10:00am

Using Nearpod to Transform Your Staff Meetings / Staff Development
Improve your staff meetings using Nearpod. Learn more about the software and leave with ideas for your next staff meeting that will help engage participants, explore topics, and collect data with one simple platform.

Participants will:
a. Hear the story of how one school uses Nearpod for all staff meetings
b. Learn how to use Nearpod to improve staff meetings
C. Reflect on your own school’s improvement journey
d. Learn to use Nearpod to collect data from staff and increase whole school collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson is the principal of Battle Creek Elementary school in St. Paul, MN.. Mr. Anderson is in his 25th year as an urban educator. He has worked in the St. Paul Public Schools as a 6th grade teacher, a curriculum coordinator, a school improvement administrator, an assistant... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
Atrium 6

10:45am

Brain Break 10:45-11:45am: Exhibit Viewing, Business Partner Sessions, and Book Fair open! - PTOs/PTAs welcome!
Take a breather! Browse our exhibits, enjoy some coffee and snacks (see exhibitor map), 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!

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

10:50am

Attract and Retain: Help your Employees with their Financial Wellness
Horace Mann has a unique appreciation for the challenges educators face because their company was Founded by Educators for Educators®. Their understanding of those challenges has led them to develop products and services to help you achieve your financial goals — whether you’re a new teacher concerned about repaying college loans or an experienced educator preparing for retirement. Horace Mann can help you protect yourself and your family from risk, save for the future and feel more confident that you will have enough income in retirement. Horace Mann’s solutions often offer unique benefits and discounts designed especially for educators.

Business Partners
avatar for Horace Mann Companies

Horace Mann Companies

President & Agency Owner, The Horace Mann Companies
Horace Mann helps educators meet their financial challengesHorace Mann has a unique appreciation for the challenges educators face because they’re company was Founded by Educators for Educators®. Their understanding of those challenges has led them to develop products and services... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:50am - 11:15am
Edina Room

10:50am

SCHOLASTIC GO! Offering & Resources to Help Build a Reading Culture!
Gain access to over 115,000 expertly written articles sortable by Lexile level and view hundreds of videos that allow learners to build their background knowledge and support their research and further learning. While students need to cultivate their ability to verify information, they also need to have trusted sources to discover the information they are seeking. Scholastic GO! Articles and content are written, edited and updated by the industry’s best and most trusted researchers, writers, and editors.

Business Partners
avatar for Scholastic Book Fairs

Scholastic Book Fairs

Each year Scholastic Book Fairs®, in partnership with schools across the country, hosts more than 130,000 book-sale events that give more than 35 million students and their families access to thousands of affordable and educational products, helping foster a lifelong love of reading.School... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:50am - 11:15am
Bloomington Room

10:50am

The 4 Essential Roles of Great Leaders
Inspire Trust. Create Vision. Execute Strategy. Coach Potential.

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the 4 essential roles of great leaders; both conceptually and as a practical framework you might leverage as you look to enhance your leadership style and inspire others. This inside-out approach follows our whole-person paradigm and has the potential to positively transform your school with a common belief that everyone has genius and everyone can be a leader.

Business Partners
avatar for Leader In Me

Leader In Me

Client Partner, FranklinCovey
$100 TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY! STOP BY TO REGISTER!Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s K-12 whole school transformation process built on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 4 Disciplines of Execution. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:50am - 11:15am
Atrium 1

10:50am

Trends in Play Space Design
Schools and Parks today face the challenge of providing environments that will attract children and families to engage, play and stay. To compete with indoor, more sedentary activities. In this session, we will examine playground trends that create kid magnets, facilitate multi-generational interaction and signature playgrounds that tell a community story. Discussions will also focus on the opportunities for stronger collaboration between playground designers and park/playground planners.

Presenter: Scott Roschi, Landscape Structures -Creative Director

Business Partners
avatar for Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures

Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures

Owner & President, Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures
We design and install school playground equipment for ages Pre-K- 13+ yrs with child development as a focus!Our service that will exceed your expectations!Playgrounds, Shelters, Site Furnishings, Athletic Equipment, Surfacing, and more.


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:50am - 11:15am
Atrium 2

11:20am

7Mindsets Presentation
Business Partners
avatar for 7 Mindsets

7 Mindsets

Christine Post
Combining elements of relationship-based teaching and social-emotional learning, the 7 Mindsets distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms. With multiple courses of flexible... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:20am - 11:45am
Atrium 3

11:20am

Computer-Adaptive Intervention and Instruction
Based on scientific evidence and research, Istation's formative assessments, adaptive curriculum, personalized data profiles and flexible teacher resources help schools measure growth and introduce new skills for reading, math and Spanish literacy. Powered by the science of reading, Istaiton's engaging assessments and instruction cover the National Reading Council's "Big Five" foundational essentials. Schools get the support they need to improve comprehension and growth with activities and lessons that provide actionable and insightful data that measures phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.

Exhibitors
avatar for Istation

Istation

BRONZE SPONSOR
Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas, Istation (Imagination Station) has become one of the nation’s leading providers of richly animated, game-like educational technology.Winner of several national educational technology awards, the Istation program puts more instructional... Read More →

Business Partners
avatar for Istation

Istation

BRONZE SPONSOR
Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas, Istation (Imagination Station) has become one of the nation’s leading providers of richly animated, game-like educational technology.Winner of several national educational technology awards, the Istation program puts more instructional... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:20am - 11:45am
Atrium 4

11:20am

Renaissance Learning- Personalizing Reading and Math practice
Learn how our Star, myOn and Freckle solutions can bring assessment driven personalized practice and digital access together at your school to spark amazing growth

Exhibitors
avatar for Renaissance

Renaissance

Field Account Executive
Renaissance is the leader in pre-K—12 assessment, as well as,  Reading and Math practice software. Renaissance helps educators like you ensure that all students reach their full potential. When using Renaissance, you will understand where your students are currently at in the Minnesota... Read More →

Business Partners
avatar for Renaissance

Renaissance

Field Account Executive
Renaissance is the leader in pre-K—12 assessment, as well as,  Reading and Math practice software. Renaissance helps educators like you ensure that all students reach their full potential. When using Renaissance, you will understand where your students are currently at in the Minnesota... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:20am - 11:45am
Atrium 6

11:45am

Lunch & Keynote by Larry Thompson: Building a Responsibility-Centered School Culture
Please arrive in the Ballroom as soon as possible to be seated for lunch so we can get started right at Noon with Larry's keynote!

When they first walk into the building, most educators can “feel” the climate of a school fairly quickly. Leaders sometimes hope that team building events, open-door policies, additional technology and frequent communication will create a positive school culture. But school culture is based on relationships. When relationships are in conflict, the climate and culture are impacted. Many of the conflicts in school life are caused by behavior and discipline issues. If a teacher does not feel supported, that creates conflict. If a student does not feel “listened to,” that creates conflict. Behavior issues – and academic issues – can often be traced back to a student’s lack of self-control (perhaps related to trauma or a diagnosis).

Imagine a student with a weak self-control muscle. It may look like she can’t get herself to do things that she doesn’t enjoy or can’t control her anger. To help such students reach their potential, educators must help them grow the self-control muscle. In this session, author and supportive discipline innovator Larry Thompson will discuss how teaching students self-responsibility and self-control has transformed the culture of schools throughout North America – from private schools to juvenile prisons – resulting in improved academic performance. You will learn how giving students the gift of self-control can improve academic performance and transform your school culture.

Lunch menu:
Flank Steak Grilled with Mushroom Cabernet Demi Glaze, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Spears & Blistered Tomatoes. Includes a fresh garden salad, dinner rolls, coffee and tea.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands... Read More →



Thursday February 6, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:15pm

Get Your Lead On!
Within this activity-based session, our mission is to equip you with leadership and team-building skills needed to direct your staff forward in developing a positive school environment. The session will reinforce social and emotional skills needed for your group to succeed. The presenter will provide activities, appropriate challenges and debriefing techniques which will allow you, the school leader, to encourage your team to collaborate, communicate and successfully build trusting relationships all while have fun. Some activities could include: Human Mastermind, Growth Mindset Puzzles, Card Perspective, Eye of the Needle, Frantic, Raccoon Circles and many more.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Graham

Mark Graham

Becker
Public school teacher and administrator for the past 38 yearsFacilitated workshops and staff development for teachers, administrative retreats and youth groups1999 “Minnesota Physical Education Teacher of the Year”2001-2002 Becker School District “Teacher of the Year”Founder... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Atrium 4

1:15pm

Hurts2BeHuman
High school students across the country are reporting, not knowing their siblings. They are describing a void feeling in themselves, indicating lack of attachment to parents. It appears to be connected to chronic stress from both parents working, kids stress in schools from dramas and lack friendships, social anxiety, and spending excess time on devices gaming. University of Iowa research team reported over 90% of 2-year-olds on screens last year. Will these kids go through the terrible 2's or pay the price when they experience adolescence? This session will present strategies for schools, communities and parents to address these concerns.

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Sparby

Jerry Sparby

In 2003, as a school principal, Jerry experienced a school shooting that changed the focus of his life. He started ​Building a World of Love Center with doctors from Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC. He is a Parent Coach, Therapist and Counselor in his practice in... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Atrium 6

1:15pm

Unconference & Breakout Session Block #2
Help us brainstorm ideas in advance! What do you want to learn? What could you lead? Click here to add to our padlet!

The Unconference returns to Institute creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using a shared document through open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment 'new idea' that would be fun to talk about. From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new. In the end, YOU guide your own learning!

Never attended an Unconference? Click here for a good overview.
Unconference Board: Click here to view the board. We will build the board at 9:15am on Thursday morning!

Thursday February 6, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Varies (see Unconference Board)

2:00pm

Final Exhibit Viewing & Dessert Break
Exhibits close at 2:30pm. Be sure to thank our exhibitors and collect any prizes you have won by then! 

Check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Exhibit Hall

2:25pm

#Thankyouforcallingmebymyrightpronoun: Theory to Practice Lessons on Gender Diversity for School Administrators
This interactive session introduces participants to theories related to gender-diversity and investigate current trends in gender equity. Participants will also discuss how race, class, and sexual orientation can impact gender inequality in academic settings. A case study approach will be used to discuss the legal implications for ensuring the safety of gender diverse students (and school staff/faculty). Administrators will examine research-based practices for ensuring social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools for gender diverse students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jayne K. Sommers

Dr. Jayne K. Sommers

Dr. Jayne K. Sommers (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor and director of the Leadership in Student Affairs MA program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has a decade of professional experience working at a variety of higher education institutions and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor and the director of Administrative Licenses at the University of St. Thomas. A firsthand experience tutoring neighborhood children led Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck to pursue a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Illinois-Chicago... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 2

2:25pm

Create a Top 20 Culture
Top 20 leaders create a culture that develops the potential of staff and students. This session presents four components of a Top 20 culture: (1) help others succeed, (2) communicate ‘you matter,’ (3) honor the absent, and (4) see the problem, own the problem. It also presents a tool for assessing the degree to which these components exist in a culture.

Leaders will develop a deeper awareness of the powerful effect that staff culture plays in the learning process. Participants will:
• Help Others Succeed
• Communicate ‘You Matter’ to others
• Honor the Absent
• See & Own Problems in their schools
• Learn how to diminish negativity
• Learn to assess these initiatives in their schools

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cody

Tom Cody

Tom Cody, a co-founder of Top 20 Training, shares his unique witticisms, insights and wisdom gathered from 40 years in the classroom. His professional life has been committed to education, serving as a grade school and high school math teacher and character ed teacher from 1974 until... Read More →



Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 6

2:25pm

Cultivating Educational Leadership through SEL
What if we told you there was a way to increase your sense of resiliency and efficacy while simultaneously decreasing stress and the likelihood of burnout in the profession? We know there are benefits of SEL (social-emotional learning) for students and that these benefits are applicable to teachers and school leaders as well. Studies have shown that a greater focus on SEL skills for leaders promotes a positive school climate and leads to improved relationships between teachers and students and students and their peers. Furthermore, there is a link between developing teachers’ and leaders’ SEL competencies and better academic outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Allie Storti

Allie Storti

As a 19 year veteran, Allie Storti has played many instrumental roles in E-12 education in districts across the Metro Area, including North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale, Mounds View and Wayzata Public Schools. She served as an elementary principal for five years, three years as a... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Werner

Jessica Werner

Jessica Werner, Ph.D. is the founder of North Shore Coaching & Consulting LLC. She works at schools in the Metro and also nationwide as an instructional coach and mentor for teachers. The mission of her consulting practice is to help principals support and retain effective teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 3

2:25pm

Datapalooza! Using Evidence to Match Students with Resources
Participants will learn about one district’s approach to using the Multi-Tiered System of Supports Cycle of Inquiry and Action (MTSS CIA) to change teacher evidence use practices. A focus will be on the research foundation and the connection to collective teacher efficacy. Participants will explore how the MTSS CIA can be used for collaborative teaming and system change. ISD 622 eliminated the reading achievement gap in Kindergarten (over 730 students, 65% non-white) after only four months as a result of teachers using this process. Building the capacity of teacher-leaders to facilitate the learning of peers in their collaborative teams, using evidence to make decisions, and keeping equity at the center meant that teachers were able to make nimble instructional decisions. Participants will learn how to do similar work with their teams and will walk away with insight into how it is possible to meaningfully change teacher mindset and skill-set.

Speakers
avatar for Mona Perkins

Mona Perkins

Park Terrace Elementary School
For more than 15 years, Mona Perkins has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Her points of focus throughout her educational career have been around equity and intervention (both academic and behavioral). Her priority is to be a voice... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 4

2:25pm

Evidence-based school shooting prevention: What principals need to know
Based on extensive research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, this session will examine definitions and prevalence rates of school shootings in America over the past 20 years, and present findings on the life histories of perpetrators of school shootings including demographics, trauma, mental health, warning signs, and leakage. A new model of school violence prevention will be explored that includes crisis intervention and de-escalation training, suicide prevention, care assessment teams, and relationship building. Discover why our current strategies are failing, and explore new avenues to school shooting prevention beyond drills and security.

Speakers
avatar for James Densley

James Densley

James Densley, Ph.D. is a sociologist and professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University. James and colleague Jillian Peterson are principal investigators on a U.S. Department of Justice grant-funded project looking at the psycho-social life histories of school shooters... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Peterson

Jillian Peterson

Jillian Peterson, Ph.D. is a psychologist and professor of criminal justice at Hamline University.  Previously she worked as an investigator on death penalty cases in New York City. Jillian, along with James Densley, are principal investigators on a U.S. Department of Justice grant-funded... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 1

2:25pm

Help! My Principal Licensure Program Didn’t Teach Me How To Lead & Support Literacy Instruction In My School
A principal’s understanding of literacy development is arguably one of the most critical aspects of ensuring ALL children learn to read and write. Too often, principals are left feeling overwhelmed and sometimes even confused about the things that matter most when developing and supporting effective literacy practices in every classroom, for every child.
                       
This session is a real-life case study, presenting one principal’s growth in her understanding of literacy development and, subsequently, improvement in her leadership of all teachers in being more responsive to students’ needs. The most important outcome, of course, is that all students are learning to read.
                       
Session Outcomes:
  • Understand the progression of reading development and what to look for when observing in classrooms: what is necessary in literacy instruction and what is not.
  • Learn specific strategies to support your teachers in gathering diagnostic reading data, matching instruction to individual needs, delivering highly effective core instruction, and aligning interventions when needed.
  • Solidify your understanding of the critical importance of Phonemic Awareness & Phonics in a balanced & comprehensive literacy program.
  • Learn strategies that can be implemented immediately at no cost, with very little prep, using just a few materials your teachers already have on hand.
  • Increase your understanding of Minnesota’s comprehension standards in Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text, their progression, and how to apply them effectively to align all tiers of literacy instruction


Speakers
avatar for Karissa Jiskoot

Karissa Jiskoot

Karissa Jiskoot is a second grade teacher at Park Side Elementary in Marshall, MN whose passion is igniting the love for learning in all her students. She loves teaching because she has the ability to positively impact children’s lives and watch them learn and grow. Karissa has... Read More →
avatar for Darci Love

Darci Love

Darci Love is the principal at Park Side Elementary in Marshall, Minnesota with over 20 years of experience in education. Prior to being a principal, she was an 8th grade social studies teacher for 10 years and a Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Federal Programs Coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Remmert

Nancy Remmert

Nancy Remmert is an independent education consultant, speaker, and professional developer whose passion is ensuring high levels of learning for ALL students, without exception and without excuse. She works with teachers and administrators to facilitate, implement, and align systemic... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 7

2:25pm

Non-Exclusionary Discipline: Alternatives to the Referral/Suspension Quagmire
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have advocated a shift in school discipline policies – due to concerns about inequities in the administration of “exclusionary discipline” practices with minorities and students with disabilities. While the causes of those inequities are the source of some debate, almost everyone can agree that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom. Attendees will be guided through school-wide evidence-based discipline practices and proven de-escalation processes that are designed to create responsible students by harnessing the power of self-regulation. Implementing these key components has enabled schools to report reductions in office referrals of as much as 90 percent, while almost eliminating suspensions.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Edina Room

2:25pm

Relevance: The Future of Education
Have you been hearing buzz words such as personalized, learner-centered, innovative, project-based in way that overwhelms instead of excites? In this session, I will bring all the transformational initiatives together under one roof: relevance. We will dig deep in to our own belief systems of education, so that we can better understand and contribute to the future of education in our state, nation, and world.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Meinertz

Gina Meinertz

Spring Grove Public Schools
I was a Montessori Adolescent Teacher in a multi-age, interdisciplinary, and project-based setting for nine years. I was a Principal and Curriculum Director at Caledonia Public Schools for five years. This year I took a position as a Transformational Leader in Spring Grove, MN. I... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Bloomington Room

2:30pm

Exhibits Close
Thursday February 6, 2020 2:30pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

3:35pm

"Benefit of the Future" & "Planning for Retirement" Mini Sessions: SEE DESCRIPTION!
Take in two 30-minute mini sessions from the Minnesota TRA! Attendees are welcome to attend the full session from 3:35-4:35, or attend the section most relevant to you!

3:35-4:05pm: PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT
Our “Planning for Retirement” presentation is geared toward members who are within 7 to 10 years of retirement. In this talk, we will cover such topics as High-5 salary, when to retire, choosing beneficiary coverage, acceleration, and when to apply for retirement. We will also review working after retirement, taxes, direct deposit and the documents required to process a retirement application.

4:05-4:35pm: BENEFIT OF THE FUTURE
Our “Benefit of the Future” talk is aimed at the younger or mid-career educators. We will explain how the TRA pension works with Social Security benefits to provide a solid foundation for a member’s financial future. We will describe how a defined benefit plan like TRA is calculated. We will also discuss leaves of absence, beneficiary coverage while working, voluntary savings plans and the benefit options upon retirement.

Speakers
avatar for MN TRA

MN TRA

The Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) is a Minnesota statewide public pension fund that provides retirement, disability and death benefits to Minnesota public school teachers, administrators, college faculty, retirees, their families and beneficiaries.


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Atrium 1

3:35pm

Breaking News! Live at 5: School Leader Responds to Racist Incident at School
School administrators are responsible for creating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) environments for students and staff. Responding appropriately to racism, hate, and bullying in schools is the key to maintaining a safe school. Using the tools of social justice to address the issues of racism in school settings, school leaders learn how to effectively respond and manage incidents of racism in academic settings. A case-study approach is used to examine one school’s approach to addressing racism on campus. Participants examine their current plan of action to responding to racist incidents in their school setting.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cornelius Gilbert

Dr. Cornelius Gilbert

Dr. Cornelius Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cornelius Gilbert currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Professor Gilbert’s brings a fresh approach to contemporary issues and topics... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jayne K. Sommers

Dr. Jayne K. Sommers

Dr. Jayne K. Sommers (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor and director of the Leadership in Student Affairs MA program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has a decade of professional experience working at a variety of higher education institutions and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor and the director of Administrative Licenses at the University of St. Thomas. A firsthand experience tutoring neighborhood children led Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck to pursue a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Illinois-Chicago... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Atrium 2

3:35pm

Join the Ranks of MN School of Excellence!
What is the Minnesota School of Excellence program? What does it take to be endorsed as a Minnesota School of Excellence - and what benefits does the program offer schools? This session is for principals whose schools are in the midst of completing their MN School of Excellence application and have questions - as well as for the curious who are considering undertaking the school improvement process in their school community. Promote excellence through a rigorous evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st century!

More information about the MN School of Excellence program is at mespa.net/SOE.


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Atrium 3

3:35pm

Managing & Reducing Conflict, Resistant Employees, and Difficult Parents
Conflict & resistant people are like the weather: Talked about, complained about, & rarely handled effectively. School leaders & their teams need to be able to sort through the many issues, clarify causes of conflict, & have tools & strategies that are effective & can be taught to other school employees to improve the school. Session participants will review the above topics during a lecture presentation with an ongoing question & answer format.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Miles

Bruce Miles

Dr. Bruce Miles is the owner of the Big River Group.  He has been a paraprofessional, a regular education & special education teacher, and a school administrator.  For seven years, he was an Assistant Professor & taught Graduate & Doctoral coursework in the areas of Educational... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Bloomington Room

3:35pm

Suicide Prevention: What You Need to Know
Participants will understand their role in evidence-informed best practices for suicide prevention in the school setting, including:
  • How your personal bias plays a role in suicide prevention
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • What to say and what not to say
  • Next steps after a report of suicide
This 1-hour session can count towards your suicide prevention CEU requirement for teacher re-licensure. Be sure to sign in during the session for documentation. Certificates of attendance will be distributed after the session. You must attend the full hour to receive credit.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Hommerding

Liz Hommerding

MSW, LICSW School Social Worker for 11 years with New London-Spicer Schools; MSSWA (MN School Social Workers Assn) Region 11 Representative and Past President for MSSWA.
avatar for Stephanie Ochocki

Stephanie Ochocki

DSW, LICSW District Social Worker Anoka-Hennepin Schools, representing MSSWA (MN School Social Workers Association) Past President and Midwest Representative on School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) board of directors.


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Atrium 6

3:35pm

The Art of Negotiation
If you are interested or involved in principal contract negotiations - whether for 1 or 100 principals in a bargaining unit - this is for you! MESPA's Legal Counsel, Roger Aronson, will be on hand to share helpful resources, discuss current topics/trends, and answer your questions.

Sponsored by MESPA's Negotiations Committee. Take our Salary & Benefits Survey -- live now!

Speakers
avatar for Roger Aronson

Roger Aronson

Roger has practiced in the area of school law since 1981. A highly regarded school law expert, he co-chairs the Minnesota State Bar Association School Law Conference, is on the executive committee of BELL (the education lobbyist group), and frequently speaks and lectures on school... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Edina Room

3:35pm

Tipping your School Culture: 10 Doable, Kind, and Clear Strategies for Moving School Culture from "Meh" to GREAT
Imagine teachers, parents, community members and even reserve teachers who have been at your building talking about you and your school on social media - And it’s ALL GREAT! Imagine beginning EVERY school day with an all-staff huddle where you are surrounded by talented and dedicated professionals who commit to each other to be ALL IN, every day! In this session participants will learn strategies for building and maintaining a positive school culture that have been successful in attracting and retaining excellent teachers and staff, developing teacher leaders, improving academic achievement for students, and maximizing partnerships.

Speakers
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Joel Carlovsky

Joel Carlovsky is a Continuous Improvement and Innovation Coach at Woodcrest Elementary Spanish Immersion School in Fridley, Minnesota. He has been teaching internationally and in the states for over ten years. He lives in Minneapolis with the best guy he knows- his husband. Joel... Read More →
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Elizabeth Linares

Since 1996, Elizabeth Linares, a bilingual principal has lead the successful development of three       metro Spanish immersion schools, working with diverse staff and student populations in St. Louis Park, MN, Eden Prairie, MN, and Spring Lake Park, MN. Currently, she is principal... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Atrium 7

3:35pm

What DOES the 'Research' Say? Six Research Studies in Sixty Minutes!
Have you found yourself scrolling through Twitter and thinking, “I wonder what the research really says about that?” While it may not be 280 characters, this session will provide a brief overview and easy to use summaries of evidence-based research on the following topics: Student Discipline, Personalized Learning, Teacher Myths about Learning, School-Based Mental Health, Coaching on Cultural Proficiency, and Retention.

Speakers
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Kim Gibbons

Dr. Kim Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) located in Rush City, MN. SCRED has received national recognition... Read More →
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Dan Knewitz

Dan Knewitz is an experienced educator who specializes in the training and implementation of evidenced-based frameworks of support in education. He received a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2010 and has over eight years of experience working... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 3:35pm - 4:35pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

The MESPYs: MESPA's Annual Awards Celebration *NEW FORMAT*
Celebrate your incredible MESPA colleagues! Our celebration will begin at 5:00pm with a reception and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by a brief awards ceremony, and will end at 6:30pm, in time for you to enjoy dinner on your own after the event. This exclusive event is included FREE with your Active-level Institute registration (at $375/425)! 

Schedule:
5-5:45pm - Reception with music, cash bar, and heavy hors d'oeuvres
5:45pm - Brief awards ceremony
6:15pm - Presentation of the National Distinguished Principal Award
6:30pm - Event concludes

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55439 - 2nd Floor Grand Ballroom.

Attire: "Come as you are" is our motto for this event. Some awardees and special guests may choose to dress up for this event, but it is not required.



Thursday February 6, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Friday, February 7
 

7:00am

Breakfast Buffet
Breakfast will begin at 7:00am in the Grand Ballroom and served until 8am.

On the menu:
Local and Seasonally inspired sliced Fruit. Freshly Made Bakeries with Butter and Fruit Preserves. Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes. Your choice of Bacon or Sausage Links.


Friday February 7, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am
Grand Ballroom

7:00am

School Spirit Day: Wear your school pride on Friday!
Who's got spirit?! WE DO! Wear your favorite school gear to the conference on Friday!

Friday February 7, 2020 7:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom

7:30am

MESPA Annual Meeting
All members are invited and encouraged to attend MESPA's Annual Meeting. You will find all Annual Meeting materials on the Annual Meeting page of the MESPA website when they are available. This is a members-only page of our website; you must be signed in to access the Annual Meeting page (mespa.net/annualmtg).

P.S. Join us for breakfast ahead of the meeting, starting at 7am! Breakfast will be served until 8am.

Breakfast buffet:
Local and Seasonally inspired sliced Fruit. Freshly Made Bakeries with Butter and Fruit Preserves. Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, and Sausage Links.


Friday February 7, 2020 7:30am - 8:30am
Grand Ballroom

8:30am

Legal & Legislative Lowdown with Roger Aronson
Get the scoop on what's going on at the MN Capitol with MESPA's Legal Counsel, Roger Aronson.

Speakers
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Roger Aronson

Roger has practiced in the area of school law since 1981. A highly regarded school law expert, he co-chairs the Minnesota State Bar Association School Law Conference, is on the executive committee of BELL (the education lobbyist group), and frequently speaks and lectures on school... Read More →



Friday February 7, 2020 8:30am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom

9:00am

Break
Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom

9:15am

MESPA Speaks
What is more powerful than the voices of your peers? Join us for our 5th annual MESPA Speaks! These short, impactful talks from MESPA principals will leave you feeling EMPOWERED, MOTIVATED, and COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!

This year's lineup:
  • "You've Got the Power" - Shawn Stibbins, Principal at Crest View Elementary, Osseo Area Schools
  • "Looking Our Beliefs in the Mirror" - Ariana Wright, Principal at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary, Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools
  • "The Danger of a Double Story" - Fatima Lawson, Principal at Highwood Hills Elementary, St. Paul Public Schools
  • "Serve Like 'Themus'" - Brian Franklin, Principal at Cokato Elementary, Dassel-Cokato Schools
  • "Who Are You? No, Who Am I?" - Sam Fredrickson, Birchview Elementary, Wayzata Public Schools

Speakers
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Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin has been in education for the past 24 years as a 6th grade teacher, middle school dean of students, middle school principal, adjunct college professor, and is currently on his 6th year as Cokato Elementary Principal. Brian has also worked with various law enforcement... Read More →
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Sam Fredrickson

Sam Fredrickson is in his seventh year as principal of Birchview Elementary School in Wayzata Public Schools, a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Prior to Birchview, Sam was the Assistant Principal of Kaposia Education Center in South St. Paul. He started his career... Read More →
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Fatima Lawson

Fatima Lawson is a strong advocate for children and education, especially the education of women and girls, and is passionate about social justice! She was raised in a predominantly Muslim community in Kano, Northern Nigeria, and beat all odds to pursue a career in education. Married... Read More →
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Shawn Stibbins

Crest View Elementary
Shawn Stibbins has been in education for more than 20 years as a paraprofessional, teacher, coach, and administrator. Shawn got into education to make a difference in the lives of students with the primary goal of providing a positive and productive school experience especially for... Read More →
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Ariana Wright

Ariana Wright is the proud principal at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School.  She leads a building of 850 K-4 students. She leads through her belief that all people can grow and change, all means all, we are better together, and kids come first - always, no exceptions.  Ariana’s... Read More →



Friday February 7, 2020 9:15am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Break
Friday February 7, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am
Grand Ballroom

10:15am

Transform Culture and Build Schools Where Students & Staff Run to Get IN, not OUT
Learn dynamic strategies to dramatically transform culture and build schools where students and staff run to get in, not out.  This motivational session demonstrates how to take revolutionary ideas from Teach Like a PIRATE and supercharge them for leaders so you can become the leader you’ve always wanted to be.
Through a highly interactive and fun session, participants will learn to:

Harness PASSION and encourage risk-taking in their schools
IMMERSE themselves in the work that makes the biggest impact on student learning
Build RAPPORT and relationships grounded in trust
ANALYZE lessons and ASK great questions to help move learning forward
Dramatically TRANSFORM school culture
Lead with ENTHUSIASM that is contagious

Leaders will walk away from this session with strategies and a coaching model they can implement tomorrow! Additionally, through Shelley’s intense commitment to staying connected via Twitter, participants can expect ongoing collaboration and support and are encouraged to participate in weekly leadership challenges uniquely designed to support them in taking steps to becoming PIRATE leaders.

Take-aways include:
  • Ideas to help leaders ignite passion and tap into the inner genius of their team in order to encourage risk-taking, learning and growth
  • Strategies to help leaders maximize their time and spend most of their time doing the work that has the greatest impact on teacher growth and student learning.
  • Actions to help leaders earn trust... not lose it
  • A coaching model designed to support leaders in giving feedback that teachers value and helps move practice forward
  • Models for how to transform professional learning in their schools

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Burgess

Shelley Burgess

Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of... Read More →
avatar for Beth Houf

Beth Houf

Beth Houf is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

Institute 2020 ends!
Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom