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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Wednesday, February 6 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
"All Students" means ALL STUDENTS! #closingtheopportunitygap

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School administrators are challenged to think about the most critical issues in today’s education - closing the opportunity gap. This session provides an introduction to Universal Design for Learning and Personalized Learning in a Learning Studio Model for administrators who are interested in seeking innovative strategies to create transformational changes that will impact student achievement. Specifically within a Learning Studio, the aim is to give school administrators fundamental concepts and understanding of student agency. The session goes beyond that to offer instructional strategies and skills that are valuable in a 21st century educational setting that administrators can take back to their teaching staff. Administrators will learn to become innovators and tap their inner creativity to address student needs with multiple research approaches to personalizing the learning experiences for students. School administrators will benefit from resources that are unmatched, including access to Learning Studios that are currently in practice; hear from professional educators who have been engaged in implementing the Learning Studio Model; and support for Learning Studio designs and implementation specification for each grade level.

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Billy Chan

Billy Chan is an elementary school principal with Osseo Area School District who inspires and prepares teachers to demonstrate commitment to each student’s achievement of their dreams. He leads with conviction for a paradigm shift in educational practices to ensure equitable student... Read More →
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Joy Fredrickson

Joy Fredrickson is a Student Services Coordinator with Osseo Area Schools. Joy is an adaptive leader for equity through excellence, committed to eliminating barriers in the design of learning to ensure accessibility for all, and passionate about systems change.
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Sandy Jonason

Sandy Jonason is a first-grade teacher at Palmer Lake Elementary school in Brooklyn Park, MN.  As a veteran teacher in the Osseo School District, she has seen many trends in education.  She believes Personalized Learning is not just a trend, but a fundamental shift that is necessary... Read More →
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Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt is serving in her third year as an Assistant Principal.  Sarah believes strongly in creating a school environment where students feel valued, have a voice in their learning, and are challenged every day to learn something new and meaningful.  Prior to her current role... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm CST
Atrium 7