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 • 10:10am - 11:45am
Whose Keynote is it Anyway?!

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We have always looked for ways to PACK as much learning as possible into our 3-day Institute conference. This year, we took that even further by having not one but SIX all-star educational leaders in our Friday keynote slot! Watch this space for more details on "Whose Keynote is it Anyway?!" as Institute approaches! You won't want to miss out on this collaborative, innovative, interactive session.

Join us after Whose Keynote in the Grand Ballroom foyer for a speaker meet & greet. Some of the speakers will be selling their books!

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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 →
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Jimmy Casas

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.Jimmy was named the 2012... Read More →
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Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Linda Cliatt-Wayman is a passionate education advocate with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. Her leadership as a high school principal in North Philadelphia has been featured by TED, ABC World News Tonight, and Nightline.Cliatt-Wayman grew up in poverty in North... Read More →
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Brad Gustafson

Greenwood Elementary
Dr. Brad Gustafson’s life is defined by his faith, family, and desire to help kids—and the educators who serve them—succeed. He is a practicing principal, speaker, bestselling author, National School Boards Association “20 to Watch,” Digital Innovation in Learning Award... Read More →
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Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. He holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education... Read More →
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Salome Thomas-El

“Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher and principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his life-long commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 10:10am - 11:45am CST
Grand Ballroom