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
Creating Access and Opportunity for Historically Underserved Students in Gifted Education

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Students of all races and socio economic status are capable of high intellectual performance, yet Minnesota’s gifted and talented classrooms overrepresent white students and students who do not qualify for free and reduced lunch. This unfortunate tradition continues to perpetuate gifted education, but options exist for districts to use robust identification practices to identify typically underrepresented students. In addition to identifying these learners, unique instructional strategies can be employed to enable diverse, talented students to actualize their potential. Hear from three different districts about the efforts they have made to close opportunity and achievement gaps.

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Laura Steabner

Laura Steabner is a Talent Development and Accelerated Services Coordinator in the St. Cloud Area School District.
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Lisa Willman

Lisa Willman is a Curriculum Specialist in the Elk River Area School District. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, a gifted & talented pull-out teacher, and is now a district-level coordinator.
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David Wolff

Principal, Austin Public Schools
David Wolff is Principal of Neveln Elementary School in Austin, MN. Previously, David served as a classroom teacher for 11 years and District Coordinator for Gifted & Talented Services for 5 years.

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