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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 • 11:50am - 12:15pm
Principal-Led Crowdfunding the Right Way

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Public schools have long used donations to enrich students' academic experience and to fund materials that system budgets cannot always afford. Though crowdfunding is becoming a viable funding source, school leaders need to make sure they are proceeding in an accountable and safe way that also helps them connect to donors far outside their school community. Come learn how you can lead your staff to maximize a platform like DonorsChoose.org and reap over $100,000 in new materials and school improvements each year while maintaining accountability, privacy, and safety.

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Horace Mann -- the largest national, multi-line insurance corporation to focus on the insurance and financial planning needs of the educational community -- provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by educators... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:50am - 12:15pm CST
Bloomington Room