MESPA Institute is still on despite the weather! Travel safely and we will see you there! Join us for the professional development event of the year! On February 6-8, 2019, you will be joined by 450+ of your colleagues for an incredible experience. With presentations from EIGHT incredible thought leaders, more than 25 sessions rooted in mental health, innovation, education equity, and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, a Makerspace and Therapy Dog Showcase, an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, and 80+ education-based exhibits, how could you go wrong?

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Friday, February 8 • 9:15am - 10:00am
MESPA Speaks

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Back by popular demand, MESPA Speaks is here again and we can't wait to hear more! What is more powerful than the voices of your peers? Join us for our fourth annual MESPA Speaks! These short, impactful talks from MESPA principals will leave you feeling EMPOWERED, MOTIVATED, and COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!

This year's lineup:
  • "If You Do Not Believe, We Will Not Achieve" -  Cordelro Maddox, 5th Grader at Wyoming Elementary School in Forest Lake
  • "The Transforming Power of Influence" - Josh Smith, Principal at Pillager Elementary School in Pillager
  • "Why I am a Champion of the Underdog" - Mark French, Principal at Gatewood Elementary School in Hopkins

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Mark French

Mark French, Principal, Gatewood Elementary, Hopkins Public Schools; 37 year educator, 22nd year as a principal; 2015 Minnesota NDP; MESPA past president.
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Cordelro Maddox

Cordelro Maddox is a fifth grade student at Wyoming Elementary in the Forest Lake School District. His amazing mom Danielle Lake and younger brothers Messiah and Elijah love to have family time and a good movie night. Cordelro, in his free time, loves to hang out with friends, make... Read More →
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Josh Smith

Josh Smith is currently the Principal at Pillager Elementary School in Pillager, MN.  He began his career in Pillager as a fifth grade teacher and has also served the district as a Dean of Students, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and High School Principal.In Smith’s current... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CST
Grand Ballroom