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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Thursday, February 7 • 10:10am - 11:10am
#LeadingAllLearners: Asset Based Approaches to Multicultural Family & Youth Engagement

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Youth and community engagement are the core of cultural sustainability and the key to building relationships that lead to improved student outcomes. The presenters will outline “what we know” about engagement from research and share practical examples from elementary schools that have been recognized for community outreach, language proficiency growth, and academic achievement of multilingual learners. Participants will reflect on how to shift mindsets to an asset framework about linguistically and culturally diverse learners and families. Timelines, planning sheets, and curated resource lists will be shared from a variety of school contexts.

Presentation Link: click here

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Justin Kiel

Principal, Isd 761- Owatonna
Justin Kiel is currently the principal of McKinley Elementary School in Owatonna, MN. This school of 625 students, (30% EL/55% FRPL), has been recognized for innovative STEAM instruction that integrates language, content and culture, outstanding co-teaching, and creative strategies... Read More →
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Amy Young

School Support EL Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Dr. Amy Young is the EL Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education. Previously, she was an EL coordinator, elementary principal, and has taught at New York University and the University of Minnesota where she published on topics including creativity, differentiation... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am CST
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