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 • 2:40pm - 3:05pm
PE Meets the Playground

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The fight to combat childhood obesity is constantly on the forefront this day and age and we’re continuously looking for solutions to keep our kids happy and healthy. What if there are ways to not only provide fun, active combatants to obesity, but also fitness focused solutions that are promoting healthy minds? John J. Ratey’s book SPARK delves into how targeted physical education classes in a school setting are correlated with record test scores in a pilot study in Naperville, IL. Landscape Structures’ Scott Roschi will be joined by principal Barry Voight of Delano Intermediate school where they’ll share insight on not only the design of Fitcore Extreme, but also its implementation in a local school setting. PE has finally met the playground to provide kids with a compelling, and fun way to challenge themselves, stay active, and promote a healthy mind.

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Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures

Owner & President, Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures
We design and install school playground equipment for ages Pre-K- 13+ yrs with child development as a focus!Our service that will exceed your expectations!Playgrounds, Shelters, Site Furnishings, Athletic Equipment, Surfacing, and more.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:40pm - 3:05pm CST
Edina Room