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 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
"Paycheck of the Future" & "Planning for Retirement" Mini Sessions: SEE DESCRIPTION!

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Take in two 30-minute mini sessions from the Minnesota TRA! Attendees are welcome to attend the full session from 3:30-4:30, or attend the section most relevant to you!

Our “Planning for Retirement” presentation is geared toward members who are within 7 to 10 years of retirement. In this talk, we will cover such topics as High-5 salary, when to retire, choosing beneficiary coverage, acceleration, and when to apply for retirement. We will also review working after retirement, taxes, direct deposit and the documents required to process a retirement application.

Our “Paycheck of the Future” talk is aimed at the younger or mid-career educators. We will explain how the TRA pension works with Social Security benefits to provide a solid foundation for a member’s financial future. We will describe how a defined benefit plan like TRA is calculated. We will also discuss leaves of absence, beneficiary coverage while working, voluntary savings plans and the benefit options upon retirement.

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The Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) is a Minnesota statewide public pension fund that provides retirement, disability and death benefits to Minnesota public school teachers, administrators, college faculty, retirees, their families and beneficiaries.

Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
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