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
Why you Need to Understand the Child Brain Before you Reform your School

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Our current education system rarely meets the mental health and behavioral needs of our students. In this session, you will learn how understanding the child brain will significantly influence your school reform efforts. We will discuss child development, specifically focusing on the brain, in order to understand how we can meet the needs of our students more effectively. We will learn how to best support teacher efforts to maximize student and staff engagement along with learning how to support the development of a continuum of mental health services in school buildings.

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Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson is a licensed School Psychologist. Jessica began her career as a School Psychologist with a northern suburban district working with early childhood and middle school programs where she supported special education students, guiding building response to intervention... Read More →
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Kelly Arrington

Kelly Arrington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Before transitioning to School Social Work, Kelly worked as an outpatient therapist providing individual and family therapy to victims of trauma in both clinical and school settings. Upon joining Minneapolis Public Schools, Kelly... Read More →

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