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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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Wednesday, February 6
 

8:00am

MESPA Board Meeting
A continental breakfast and coffee will be served.

Visit the BOD page of the MESPA website to view the Board Packet and other board materials. You must be signed in to access the BOD page (www.mespa.net/BOD)

*This Board Meeting is open to Board members only. Please plan to attend our Annual Business Meeting on Friday, Feb. 8 for a comprehensive MESPA update.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Edina Room

9:00am

MESPA Book Fair Opens!
Join us for our first ever Book Fair at MESPA Institute, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 8am-3:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

10:00am

Preconference Session: Hacking Early Learning
Note: All are welcome to attend this session, but space is limited and registering in advance is needed. You can add this session to your Institute registration for just $20.
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WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE THE FOUNDATION FOR PREK-3RD GRADE LEARNING BY LEADING.

Wondering how to better align the learning in the early years with other grades? Wanting to make meaningful connections with families before they even enroll in your school? Ready to take the next steps to ensuring alignment of play is embedded in authentic learning experiences? Jessica Cabeen, 2017 MN NAESP National Distinguished Principal, will offer ideas and take aways school leaders can use tomorrow that will amplify the early learning experience and give leaders grounding steps to take their own knowledge of these critical years to the next level.
Add the Hacking Early Learning Session to your registration for just $20 and receive a copy of Hacking Early Learning at the session! 1 CEU will be granted!

"Hacking Early Learning gets to both the heart and mind of our youngest learners. The practical strategies allow the reader to set up an environment that works for everyone in the learning community. If you work with kids, or adults who work with kids, Hacking Early Learning is an essential component to your leadership toolbox."
– Joe Sanfelippo, Superintendent, Fall Creek Schools, Co-author of Hacking Leadership

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Cabeen

Jessica Cabeen

Jessica is the Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the principal of the “Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota”, the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education supervisor, and... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Atrium 7

10:00am

Preconference Session: Supporting Social-Emotional Learning Through Literacy
Note: All are welcome to attend this session, but space is limited and registering in advance is needed. You can add this session to your Institute registration for just $20.
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Presented by 2018 National Distinguished Principal Curtis Slater and Dr. Steven Geis, this pre-conference session will focus on useful tools for integrating social-emotional learning into literacy in your school! Schools are an excellent setting through which to promote mental health and well-being, and educators are well-positioned to provide related instruction and support in our schools. However, educators often report that they lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver social-emotional learning instruction and to support students who struggle with mental health challenges. At this pre-conference session, we are going to share strategies that are working around the state and work together to collaborate around how literacy can help support social-emotional learning for your students, staff, and families. Free books and resources will be provided by Scholastic, and 1 additional CEU will be granted to participants.

Presentation link: click here

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Slater

Curtis Slater

Mr. Curtis Slater is the Proud Principal of the “Wildcats” at Wyoming Elementary School in Forest Lake School District. He has worked in the U.S public school system for 25 years. Over the past 10 years Mr. Slater has had the chance to train over 400 school around creating a positive... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Bloomington Room

10:30am

Legislative & EPAC Committee Meeting
Join Committee Chairs Dawn Brown, Susan Risius and Roger Aronson for a Legislative Resolutions & EPAC Committee Meeting. We are anticipating all Legislative and EPAC Committee members to attend this meeting.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Atrium 3

11:00am

Exhibits Open - Invite your PTA!
Check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

PLUS win big for your school!
Be sure to complete your BINGO sheet to win big prizes for your school and cash for yourself!
  • Exhibitor prizes: Drawings on Thursday at 12:15pm (winners posted in exhibit hall by 12:45pm, be sure to check the prize winners' board for your name after lunch)
  • Institute cash drawing: Drawings on Friday at 11:40am (must be present to win)
How do you win?! Visit exhibit booths, enter individual booth drawings for exhibitor-sponsored prizes (don't forget to write your name and the name of your school on each entry), and request a numbered booth sticker from an applicable exhibitor to apply to each square on your BINGO sheet. Turn in your BINGO sheet in the box near the Registration Area by 3:30pm on Thursday to be eligible for the drawing on Friday.
Get a traditional BINGO: You'll get a chance to win up to $150 cash
Get a blackout BINGO: You'll get a chance to win $250 cash (2 winners will be selected)
You MUST be present to win on Thursday or Friday. Good luck!

Wednesday February 6, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

Registration Opens!
Be sure to stop by the registration booths in the Bloomington Foyer to collect your name badge, schedule,  all registration materials, and sign in for CEUs. You must have a name badge to attend the conference.

If your registration doesn't include meals (some Aspiring and Retired principals), you can purchase a lunch ticket at the registration table:
Wednesday lunch - $35
Thursday lunch - $35
MESPYs - $50
Friday breakfast - $25

Wednesday February 6, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm
Bloomington Foyer

11:00am

Makerspace Showcase Opens!
Your colleagues have brought in their best makerspaces for you to view! Come take a look at the great ways makerspaces are being used in MN schools, get tips from makerspace gurus, find great resources, and more! Don't be shy! It's a myth that makerspaces have to be expensive. Come check out easy & affordable ways to get started.

COLLABORATE & SHARE: Check out our shared Google folder FILLED with resources for all stages of makerspace incorporation. Feel free to add your own resources too!

The showcase runs 11am until 5pm today only.

This year's participating schools:
  • Echo Park Elementary, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools
  • Gatewood Elementary, Hopkins Public Schools
  • Level Up Academy
  • Oak Ridge Elementary, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools
  • Palmer Lake Elementary, Osseo Area Schools

Wednesday February 6, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

11:15am

Educational Advisory Committee Meeting
All Educational Advisory Committee members should plan to attend this brief meeting where we'll review expectations and responsibilities during Institute 2019! If you cannot attend, please contact Rachel Dillon (rachel@mespa.net) or Committee Chair Jen Olson (j.olson@hlww.k12.mn.us) as soon as possible!

Wednesday February 6, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Atrium 8

11:45am

Networking Luncheon
Help us kick off Institute 2019 with a tasty lunch and some great opportunities to network! Lunch begins at 11:45am. Don't forget to arrive early and get your name badge first at the registration table! Registration opens at 11am.

On the lunch menu: Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Mixed Greens w/Balsamic and Ranch Dressings, Bistro Potato Salad. Plus a yummy sandwich bar: smoked turkey on thick sliced multi-grain with bacon and cranberry compote; Shaved pastrami on thick cut marble rye with whole grain mustard; Grilled vegetables on ciabatta with havarti cheese and balsamic glaze. Served with coffee, decaf, iced tea. Desserts, popcorn, chips and salsa served at 2:30pm in the exhibit hall!


Wednesday February 6, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Todd Nesloney: Building a Powerful School Culture
Todd Nesloney (@techninjatodd), author of Kids Deserve It, will open our conference on Wednesday with "Building a Powerful School Culture." Todd is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in TX. Todd has been recognized by the White House as a Connected Educator "Champion of Change", the National School Board Association as one of the "20 to Watch" in Education, and by the BAMMYs as the "National Elementary Principal of the Year" among many other accolades. Todd is passionate about education and innovation. Todd was a classroom teacher for 7 years before taking the leap straight to campus principal in Navasota, TX. Todd took over a struggling campus, brought in a brand new staff, and used creative ideas to transform a school culture. Todd also co-hosts two iTunes Top Rated podcast series called "Sparks in the Dark" with Travis Crowder and "Kids Deserve It" with Adam Welcome.

Join Todd after his keynote for a book sale & signing in the ballroom at 2:30pm. Credit cards only.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney (often referred to as @TechNinjaTodd) is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his work in authoring Stories from Webb, co-authoring Kids Deserve It! and Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class, as... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

Todd Nesloney Book Sale & Signing!
Get a copy of one of Todd's books (Kids Deserve It, Stories from Webb, or Sparks in the Dark) OR a Top 10 Things Kids Deserve poster signed by the leader himself! Book sale and signing will take place immediately following the keynote's conclusion. Only credit cards will be accepted (sorry, no cash). You are welcome to take a photo with Todd at this time!

To buy books in bulk at a discounted price, follow the links below:
Kid's Deserve It:  https://bulkbooks.com/products/kids-deserve-it/hb
KDI Poster:  https://bulkbooks.com/products/top-10-things-kids-deserve-poster/hb
Sparks In the Dark:  https://bulkbooks.com/products/sparks-in-the-dark-lessons-ideas-and-strategies-to-illuminate-the-reading-and-writing-lives-in-all-of-us/hb
Stories from Webb:  https://bulkbooks.com/products/stories-from-webb-the-ideas-passions-and-convictions-of-a-principal-and-his-school-family/hb

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom

2:30pm

MESPA Book Fair Shopping
Join us for our first ever Book Fair at MESPA Institute, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 8am-3:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

2:30pm

Exhibit viewing & dessert - Invite your PTA!
Enjoy a little something sweet and check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

PLUS win big for your school!
Be sure to complete your BINGO sheet to win big prizes for your school and cash for yourself!
  • Exhibitor prizes: Drawings on Thursday at 12:15pm (winners posted in exhibit hall by 12:45pm, be sure to check the prize winners' board for your name after lunch)
  • Institute cash drawing: Drawings on Friday at 11:40am (must be present to win)
How do you win?! Visit exhibit booths, enter individual booth drawings for exhibitor-sponsored prizes (don't forget to write your name and the name of your school on each entry), and request a numbered booth sticker from an applicable exhibitor to apply to each square on your BINGO sheet. Turn in your BINGO sheet in the box near the Registration Area by 3:30pm on Thursday to be eligible for the drawing on Friday.
Get a traditional BINGO: You'll get a chance to win up to $150 cash
Get a blackout BINGO: You'll get a chance to win $250 cash (2 winners will be selected)
You MUST be present to win on Thursday or Friday. Good luck!

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Exhibit Hall

2:30pm

Makerspace Showcase - Open Viewing!
Your colleagues have brought in their best makerspaces for you to view! Come take a look at the great ways makerspaces are being used in MN schools, get tips from makerspace gurus, find great resources, and more! Don't be shy! It's a myth that makerspaces have to be expensive. Come check out easy & affordable ways to get started.

COLLABORATE & SHARE: Check out our shared Google folder FILLED with resources for all stages of makerspace incorporation. Feel free to add your own resources too!

The showcase runs 11am until 5pm today only.

This year's participating schools:
  • Echo Park Elementary, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools
  • Gatewood Elementary, Hopkins Public Schools
  • Level Up Academy
  • Oak Ridge Elementary, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools
  • Palmer Lake Elementary, Osseo Area Schools

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

2:40pm

PE Meets the Playground
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.

Business Partners
avatar for Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures

Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures

Flagship Recreation + Landscape Structures
Commercial outdoor recreation: playgrounds, shelters, benches, athletic equipment, surfacing, etc.Booth 40


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

2:40pm

Using Renaissance Programs like myON and Star to Help Students and Educators with Dyslexia
More info coming soon!

Business Partners
avatar for myON by Renaissance

myON by Renaissance

myON®, by Renaissance®, is an award-winning personalized literacy environment that incorporates:-A state-of-the art learning platform-Enhanced digital reading content-Daily news articles written for students-The Lexile® Framework for Reading-Cutting-edge literacy tools-Embedded... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Institute Orientation & Reception: How to DO Institute!
Join MESPA leaders to learn all the ins and outs of Institute, learn about what to do on Wednesday evening, meet other first-time attendees, and have some tasty appetizers while you're at it! All new principals and first-time Institute attendees are welcome!



Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Atrium 7

3:05pm

Help Students Become Proficient Readers with Core 5!
Lexia Learning is committed to helping all students become proficient readers and confident learners. Lexia partners with K-12 educators to provide personalized instruction, actionable data, and professional learning to promote student achievement.

Lexia® Core5® Reading is a research-proven, blended learning program that accelerates the development of fundamental literacy skills for students of all abilities in grades pre-K-5. Following a rigorous scope and sequence, Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized, adaptive learning paths in six areas of reading.

Lexia's approach connects (1) independent, student-driven learning, (2) real-time data to drive instructional decisions, and (3) targeted resources for face-to-face instruction and student practice. Learn about Lexia Learning's 3 step approach to personalized learning for teachers and students to make a powerful impact on literacy gains in Minnesota.


Business Partners
avatar for Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning
Lexia currently helps nearly 87,000 students in Ohio make the critical reading gains they need to become successful readers and confident learners. Aligned to the Ohio Learning Standards for ELA, Lexia’s instructional programs (Core5 and PowerUp) help to accelerate literacy skill... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:05pm - 3:30pm
Atrium 1

3:15pm

RPM Meeting and Social
Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Plaza 1

3:45pm

"All Students" means ALL STUDENTS! #closingtheopportunitygap
School administrators are challenged to think about the most critical issues in today’s education - closing the opportunity gap. This session provides an introduction to Universal Design for Learning and Personalized Learning in a Learning Studio Model for administrators who are interested in seeking innovative strategies to create transformational changes that will impact student achievement. Specifically within a Learning Studio, the aim is to give school administrators fundamental concepts and understanding of student agency. The session goes beyond that to offer instructional strategies and skills that are valuable in a 21st century educational setting that administrators can take back to their teaching staff. Administrators will learn to become innovators and tap their inner creativity to address student needs with multiple research approaches to personalizing the learning experiences for students. School administrators will benefit from resources that are unmatched, including access to Learning Studios that are currently in practice; hear from professional educators who have been engaged in implementing the Learning Studio Model; and support for Learning Studio designs and implementation specification for each grade level.

Speakers
avatar for Billy Chan

Billy Chan

Billy Chan is an elementary school principal with Osseo Area School District who inspires and prepares teachers to demonstrate commitment to each student’s achievement of their dreams. He leads with conviction for a paradigm shift in educational practices to ensure equitable student... Read More →
avatar for Joy Fredrickson

Joy Fredrickson

Joy Fredrickson is a Student Services Coordinator with Osseo Area Schools. Joy is an adaptive leader for equity through excellence, committed to eliminating barriers in the design of learning to ensure accessibility for all, and passionate about systems change.
avatar for Sandy Jonason

Sandy Jonason

Sandy Jonason is a first-grade teacher at Palmer Lake Elementary school in Brooklyn Park, MN.  As a veteran teacher in the Osseo School District, she has seen many trends in education.  She believes Personalized Learning is not just a trend, but a fundamental shift that is necessary... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt is serving in her third year as an Assistant Principal.  Sarah believes strongly in creating a school environment where students feel valued, have a voice in their learning, and are challenged every day to learn something new and meaningful.  Prior to her current role... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 7

3:45pm

BELIEVE: Strategies for Building a Positive School Community
BELIEVE. Want to make sure your staff are prepared for students to enter the school each and every day? During this session strategies will be shared to help you as a principal to get staff engaged and feel a part of your school community. We will also cover how to take care of yourself as a leader so you BELIEVE that you can truly make a difference each and every day.

Participants will be learning about how to take care of themselves as well as their staff through the power of their own leadership as a principal. Using the BELIEVE model to share with them strategies that can work to build staff community and partnerships. During the session participants will learn how to involve staff in positive team building strategies and bring awareness to their own mental health.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Luksik

Jason Luksik

I have been a principal for 13 years. During that time I have been at three different elementary schools. Most of my experience has been with schools that have a high population of poverty and varying demographics. I look at the principal role as being a leader for staff and students... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 6

3:45pm

Culture, Connections, and Color: How to Make Houses Happen in your 'Hood
Culture, Connections and Color; How to Make Houses Happen in your ‘Hood! Are you looking for strategies and tools to continually make your school the place students want to be? Eastview is on our second year of a school-wide implementation of “houses”. We’ll share our process for developing the idea, share why this worked for us as a way to strengthen our culture, facilitate new connections, add color increase student excitement and engagement, and offer ways to make it happen in your school!

Speakers
avatar for Taber Akin

Taber Akin

Taber Akin is the Principal at Eastview Elementary School in Lakeville.
avatar for Kelly Kunze

Kelly Kunze

Kelly Kunze has been teaching in the Lakeville School District for 18 years.  She was a special education teacher for thirteen years before moving into the general education classroom.  Kelly currently teaches 2nd grade at Eastview Elementary School in Lakeville, MN.  Kelly visited... Read More →
avatar for Doug Mohr

Doug Mohr

Doug Mohr has been teaching Physical Education in the Lakeville District for twenty-eight years.  Doug is currently the PE teacher and PBIS coach at Eastview Elementary in Lakeville, MN.  Doug visited the Ron Clark Academy in January 2018.
avatar for Hilary Moorlach

Hilary Moorlach

Hilary Moorlach has been teaching in the Lakeville School District for twenty-two years.  She has taught 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades.  She is currently the Digital Learning Specialist at Eastview Elementary in Lakeville, MN.  Hilary visited the Ron Clark Academy in January 20... Read More →
avatar for Scott Sherman

Scott Sherman

Scott Sherman has been teaching in the Lakeville School District  for twenty-two years.  He has been the Learning Specialist, has taught 4th grade and is currently job-sharing a 2nd grade classroom and the Learning Specialist position at Eastview Elementary in Lakeville, MN.  Scott... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Suby

Jessica Suby

Jessica Suby has been teaching in the Lakeville School District for 20 years.  She has taught special education as well as 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th grades.  Jessica is currently a 1st grade teacher at Eastview Elementary School in Lakeville, MN.  Jessica visited the Ron Clark Academy... Read More →
avatar for Alanna Ulmen

Alanna Ulmen

Alanna Ulmen has been teaching in the Lakeville School District for 21 years.  She has taught  4th, 5th and 6th grades.  She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Eastview Elementary in Lakeville, MN.  Alanna visited the Ron Clark Academy in May 2017.



Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 4

3:45pm

Flipping Behavior Upside Down to Support All Students, Staff, and Families
The goal of the session to to share some best practices around supporting all students social and emotional skills. We all have students that come to school everyday that are able to meet and exceed our expectations. What are we doing with the students that are struggling to meet our expectations? In the session we will also look at creating a framework that will support your staff, students and families in the process.

Participants will:
  1. Identify Tier 1 interventions that will support all students
  2. Develop and Establish some Tier 2 Interventions that will support students that are not responding to the Tier 1 expectations
  3. Understand how to use some tools and strategies to support students and staff with behaviors
  4. Identify some classroom best practice around supporting students with mental health issues
  5. Develop a school wide process to support families that might be struggling with social and emotional issues

Resources folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1EKL29RKRzS1qUQTt4rXYsOPfAjN43x2c

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Slater

Curtis Slater

Mr. Curtis Slater is the Proud Principal of the “Wildcats” at Wyoming Elementary School in Forest Lake School District. He has worked in the U.S public school system for 25 years. Over the past 10 years Mr. Slater has had the chance to train over 400 school around creating a positive... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Bloomington Room

3:45pm

Ghosts in the Classroom: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Impact on Children
The single biggest public health discovery of our time plays out in our schools on a daily basis. Students who have experienced significant traumatic events may have difficulty with relationships, learning in the school environment, or significant behavioral problems. Without understanding this dynamic, schools may inadvertently negatively impact these children.

A national organization called ACE Interface has put together information to share with others on the impact of ACEs on children and families. In this presentation, attendees will gain a better understanding of what ACES are, their impact on the body and mind, and what you can do to limit the impact of these experiences on your students.

Participants will:
1. Understand how ACEs effects learning and classroom behavior
2. Understand how resiliency factors can mitigate the impact of ACEs
3. Put into place structures that meet the needs of kids with trauma                    

Speakers
avatar for Luke Spiegelhoff

Luke Spiegelhoff

Luke Spiegelhoff is a clinical social worker who has been practicing over 25 years in a variety of mental health positions including in-home therapist, outpatient therapist, school social worker, and clinical supervisor. He has served mainly school aged children and their families... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 1

3:45pm

Tech Tools for Administrators
Everyone likes a good tech tool that will make their jobs easier, right? Todd knows a handful of tools that exists that can benefit any administrator who is looking to keep organized, get out of their office more, and save some time!

Presentation slides: https://bit.ly/2LiaUgA

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney (often referred to as @TechNinjaTodd) is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his work in authoring Stories from Webb, co-authoring Kids Deserve It! and Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class, as... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Edina Room

3:45pm

What All Principals Need to Know about Closing the Reading Proficiency Gap
Too many students are at-risk of academic failure, and a common denominator for many students is an inability to read grade-level text. Research conducted by neuroscientists in the area of reading highlights factors that disrupt the process of learning to read and that reduce the probability of reading failure. Learn the scientific evidence about early reading and the importance of creating “neural pathways” in the brain, what to look for in beginning reading instruction, and what pre-K-2 educators must do to prevent students from needing reading intervention in grade three.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Kling Peroutky

Pamela Kling Peroutky

Pamela Kling Peroutky, Ed.D., Independent Literacy Specialist, has been in education for over 30 years. She taught in elementary and middle school classrooms and served as a school principal and assistant superintendent responsible for curriculum, assessment, and professional development... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 2

3:45pm

Why you Need to Understand the Child Brain Before you Reform your School
Our current education system rarely meets the mental health and behavioral needs of our students. In this session, you will learn how understanding the child brain will significantly influence your school reform efforts. We will discuss child development, specifically focusing on the brain, in order to understand how we can meet the needs of our students more effectively. We will learn how to best support teacher efforts to maximize student and staff engagement along with learning how to support the development of a continuum of mental health services in school buildings.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson is a licensed School Psychologist. Jessica began her career as a School Psychologist with a northern suburban district working with early childhood and middle school programs where she supported special education students, guiding building response to intervention... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Arrington

Kelly Arrington

Kelly Arrington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Before transitioning to School Social Work, Kelly worked as an outpatient therapist providing individual and family therapy to victims of trauma in both clinical and school settings. Upon joining Minneapolis Public Schools, Kelly... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

MESPA Book Fair Closes
Join us for our first ever Book Fair at MESPA Institute, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 8am-3:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 5:00pm - 5:00pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

5:00pm

MESPA Welcome Reception
Join us to kick off Institute 2019 with the MESPA Welcome Reception! All MESPA Institute attendees are welcome! Connect with old friends, meet some new colleagues, and enjoy the appetizers and cash bar! Your division presidents will host a longer gathering afterward that you won't want to miss! Follow the crowds to the Cabana rooms near the pool.

Cash bar.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Garden Court, Poolside

6:00pm

Division Meetings: See Description
Some divisions choose to hold division meetings at Institute to gather and connect. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. For more information about MESPA divisions, check out mespa.net/divisions.

Wednesday meetings:
  • North Suburban: Meet by the Pool Area
  • Northeast Division: Edina Room
  • Southeast Division: Bloomington Room
  • West Suburban Division: Atrium 1
  • Western: Meet by the Pool Area

Wednesday February 6, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Varies

6:00pm

Networking & Social
Join your colleagues for a networking event hosted by your Division Presidents! There will be food, refreshments, and plenty of fun! All are welcome to attend.

Poolside reception: 5-6pm with appetizers and cash bar
Division Meetings: 6-7pm (see app for details)
Networking social: Cabana Rooms #115 and #118 near pool

Wednesday February 6, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Poolside
 
Thursday, February 7
 

7:00am

Breakfast on your own
Breakfast options:
- Crescent Kitchen Restaurant @ DoubleTree, breakfast buffet opens at 6:30am
- Daily Brew Coffee Shop @ DoubleTree, opens 6:00am, serves Starbucks Coffee
- Room Service, begins at 6:00am
- Other nearby restaurants: Edina EateryOriginal Pancake HouseDenny'sBruegger'sCaribou Coffee* *walking distance

Thursday February 7, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Varies

7:00am

Division Meetings: See description
Some divisions choose to hold division meetings at Institute. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. For more information about MESPA divisions, check out mespa.net/divisions.

Thursday meetings:
  • South Suburban - Bloomington Room
  • Western - Edina Room

Thursday February 7, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Varies

7:30am

Registration Opens!
Thursday February 7, 2019 7:30am - 3:15pm
Bloomington Foyer

8:00am

DASH for CASH Service Project Collection
Each year, MESPA's 12 divisions come together to raise funds for our Annual Service Project. Please plan to bring cash or a check made out to your division to contribute to your division's designated organization! Last year, we were able to collectively raise over $2,000 dollars! Going with our conference's mental health theme this year, divisions will be choosing local mental health organizations. Your division's organization of choice will be listed below as they are confirmed:

Thursday February 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:10am
Ballroom

8:00am

Dr. Clay Cook: Going Beyond WHY Awareness of Trauma is Important by Focusing on WHAT Schools Can Do to Address the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs of All Students
Dr. Clay Cook (@ClayCook_phd) will kick us off on Thursday morning with "Going Beyond Why Awareness of Trauma is Important by Focusing on What Schools Can Do to Address the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs of All Students." Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACES) have created a tidal wave of interest and pressure on school leaders to increase educators’ awareness of how trauma impacts student social, emotional, and academic functioning in school. However, awareness of trauma alone is insufficient to enable educators to effectively meet the needs of students who experience significant adversity outside of school. This talk will discuss the why, what, and how of integrating trauma-informed practices so school leaders are able to incorporate a continuum of supports that remove social, emotional, and behavioral barriers to academic and life success.

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. He co-founded the School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center at the University of Washington and is a core faculty member who helps direct the Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. He has received over 8.5 million dollars in external grant funding from multiple agencies and foundations. In addition to his research, he consults with several school systems throughout the US to integrate a continuum of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to enhance student academic and life success.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Cook

Clay Cook

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

MESPA Book Fair Opens!
Join us for our first ever Book Fair at MESPA Institute, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 8am-3:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Thursday February 7, 2019 8:00am - 3:30pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

9:30am

Unconference Intro & Board Building
The Unconference returns to Institute creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using a shared document through open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment 'new idea' that would be fun to talk about. From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new. In the end, YOU guide your own learning!

Never attended an Unconference? Click here for a good overview.
Unconference Board: Click here to view the Board. We will build the board at 9:30am on Thursday morning!

Thursday February 7, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

9:30am

Exhibits Open!
Check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

PLUS win big for your school!
Be sure to complete your BINGO sheet to win big prizes for your school and cash for yourself!
  • Exhibitor prizes: Drawings on Thursday at 12:15pm (winners posted in exhibit hall by 12:45pm, be sure to check for your name on the prize winners' board in the exhibit hall after lunch)
  • Institute cash drawing: Drawings on Friday at 11:40am (must be present to win)
How do you win cash?! Visit exhibit booths, enter individual booth drawings for exhibitor-sponsored prizes (don't forget to write your name and the name of your school on each entry), and request a numbered booth sticker from an applicable exhibitor to apply to each square on your BINGO sheet. Turn in your BINGO sheet in the box near the Registration Area by 3:30pm on Thursday to be eligible for the drawing on Friday.
Get a traditional BINGO: You'll get a chance to win up to $150 cash
Get a blackout BINGO: You'll get a chance to win $250 cash (2 winners will be selected)
You MUST be present to win on Thursday or Friday. Good luck!

Thursday February 7, 2019 9:30am - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

10:10am

#LeadingAllLearners: Asset Based Approaches to Multicultural Family & Youth Engagement
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

Speakers
avatar for Justin Kiel

Justin Kiel

McKinley Elementary STEAM School
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 →
avatar for Amy Young

Amy Young

MN Department of Education
Amy Young is currently the EL Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education. Previously, she was the EL coordinator and an elementary principal for Owatonna Public Schools. Before that, she worked at New York University in the Multilingual Multicultural Studies... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Atrium 3

10:10am

Assessing your School's Systemic Equity: Where are your Growth Areas?
Culturally responsive teaching and culturally responsive leadership are similar, but not the same. Equitable schools are built by culturally responsive leaders - individuals who pause to reflect on how their actions decisions, and leadership impact others. Participants will engage in reflection, dialogue, listening, and activities to deepen their cultural responsiveness as leaders and learn ways to better leverage their leadership practice to build capacity in their teams, better engage with students and families, and improve school climate as they continue their work to ensure the education of all students.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Lubke

Jean Lubke

Dr. Jean Lubke is the Executive Director of the East Metro Integration District / Equity Alliance MN in the Twin Cities. Dr. Lubke has also held district Curriculum and Instruction Director positions in Eden Prairie, St. Paul, and Rochester, MN districts. She created and led the corporate... Read More →
avatar for Paula O'Loughlin

Paula O'Loughlin

Paula O'Loughlin has been with Equity Alliance MN for the past 7 years. In her current role as Program Manager, Paula oversees the Classroom Partnership Programming and facilitates professional learning and development to expand cultural responsiveness, intercultural competency, and... Read More →
avatar for Regina Seabrook

Regina Seabrook

Regina Seabrook is the Program Manager for Professional Development at Equity Alliance MN. She plans, coordinates, and provides both professional learning and organizational learning in collaborative partnership with community stakeholders and for a network of schools and school districts... Read More →



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

10:10am

Comprehensive Tier 1 Supports for All
The foundation of MTSS is the universal level of support, which entails integrating and delivering evidence-based practices to all students with the goal of preventing escalation of problems and enhancing success-promoting factors. This breakout session will focus on Tier 1 trauma-informed practices that can be integrated with other universal supports to provide a more comprehensive system of supports.  Specifically, this session will cover: (1) relationship practices that teachers can implement to cultivate a greater sense of belonging and trust among students, (2) proactive classroom management strategies to create more predictable and stable learning environments that enable students to better regulate their emotions and behavior, (3) social-emotional learning curriculum that teach students self-regulation skills and how to be resilient in the face of adversity, and (4) positive behavior supports that help create greater consistency among the adults to promote desired student behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Cook

Clay Cook

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Edina Room

10:10am

Going Digital to Support Social Skills Instruction
Do you want to use video and technology to efficiently teach social skills in your school? Streamline your lessons and delivery using video and Google tools. You will leave empowered to deliver digital lessons and track their implementation school-wide.

This session will give actual examples and fresh ideas about how to use video and technology to teach and track social skills lessons across a school. The use of video and the Google platform - Docs, Sheets, and Forms can enhance the implementation of site PBIS: non-classroom and classroom lessons, staff professional development, information for parents, and more.

This session provides information that can truly improve the practice of those who attend by giving them the tools to create their own digital lessons to dramatically improve dissemination, delivery, and tracking of social skills lessons.

This session is based on current practice in the field. These concepts and format have been incorporated into our Minnesota PBIS team training so that schools and sites have an effective way of delivering and tracking social skills lessons. Those teams are able to use the data generated through this practice to better serve and support their staff, students, and families.

Presentation link: https://tinyurl.com/MESPA2019

Speakers
avatar for John Beach

John Beach

John Beach has been fortunate to be part of a PBIS journey with a Cohort 1 school as an elementary principal. This experience has given him many opportunities to engage in PBIS content around the state and country as a presenter. He is a MN PBIS team trainer for the Southern Regional... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Atrium 2

10:10am

Got Stress? Get SMART: An Introduction to Stress Management and Resiliency Training
Is your plate overflowing? Is your stress and anxiety continuing to climb? Is your family and personal life taking a back seat? Ten years of research by Dr. Amit Sood, formerly of the Mayo Clinic, has shown that a few simple and quick practices can positively decrease your stress and increase your Resiliency, allowing you to better carry the load of life. Practices take a total of 10 minutes– sprinkled in 2-minute chunks throughout the day. A clinical study with Minnesota educators found a 65% drop in anxiety with more that 70% of participants reporting that their interaction with students improved.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Clark

Ann Clark

For the past 30 years Ann Clark’s leadership career has included work at every level, from the classroom to the State of Minnesota. She currently provides leadership coaching to principals and is a licensed trainer for Stress Management and Resiliency Training. Ann brings 18 years... Read More →
avatar for Ariana Wright

Ariana Wright

Ariana Wright is the proud principal at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School. She leads a building of 850 K-4 students. She is a past Co-Chair of MESPA, co-facilitator of the PreK -3 Principal Leadership Series and a recovering stressed principal. Ariana’s passion for ensuring success... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Atrium 6

10:10am

Leading and Teaching Human Beings: Empowered to Breathe and BE
With the increasing demands on building administrators, there is rarely a time to catch your breath and be an effective and authentic leader. This workshop will focus on two strategic principles to integrate into the workday for yourself and your staff. Join us as we explore how being mindfully present can positively impact your school environment and experience the power of movement and breath work to cultivate a school community where all feel safe, valued and fully engaged in learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Flaminio

Kathy Flaminio

Kathy Flaminio, LGSW, MSW, E-RYT-200, is the founder of 1000 Petals LLC, a holistic health and well-being training and consulting company on the science and practice of mindfulness, movement and social/emotional learning. A public speaker on the local and national level, Kathy is... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Hernandez

Lynn Hernandez

Lynn worked in public education for 22 years as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan school district. She has a bachelor degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of Texas at Arlington, a teaching license... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Atrium 4

10:10am

Principals in Action 2.0
Do you have dance parties on your playground? Do you make positive phone calls home for students and staff members? Do you want to have more fun at work? Do you need to spend more time with your family? Principal French and Principal Kapuchuck will share their experiences as Principals In Action who work to be out of their office connecting with others and engaging with students. Even with being in two different states, Principal French and Principal Kapuchuck have become friends and colleagues and enjoy supporting each other and other principals in their states and around the country.

Speakers
avatar for Mark French

Mark French

Mark French, Principal, Gatewood Elementary, Hopkins Public Schools; 37 year educator, 22nd year as a principal; 2015 Minnesota NDP; MESPA past president.
avatar for J Kapuchuck

J Kapuchuck

J Kapuchuck, Principal, Plains Elementary, Rockingham, Virginia Public Schools; 20 year educator, 4th year principal; VAESP, NAESP member.


Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Bloomington Room

10:10am

Taking the Long View: A Systemic Approach to Student Success in K-5 Reading
This session will focus on one school’s story of MTSS implementation in reading in juxtaposition with a synthesis of current research on the implementation of MTSS in elementary schools. Participants will have the chance to assess and reflect on their own MTSS implementation opportunities, challenges, and next steps.

In this session, participants will:
  • Learn about one school’s experience implementing an MTSS framework for elementary reading (Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites - PRESS)
  • Review the relevant MTSS implementation research for reading
  • Understand common challenges of program implementation, while also receiving suggestions for successful application in a diversity of school settings
  • Learn about a new tool for evaluating MTSS implementation in reading at school sites.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Burger

Kristin Burger

Kristin has been an educator in schools in Massachusetts and Minnesota for many years. Her roles have included elementary classroom teacher, reading intervention teacher, literacy coach, and research assistant. Throughout her career, she has worked for equity in education. She holds... Read More →
avatar for Mona Perkins

Mona Perkins

For the past 14 years, Mona Perkins has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Her points of focus throughout her educational career have been around equity and intervention (both academic and behavioral). Her priority is to be a voice and... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Atrium 1

11:15am

MESPA Book Fair Shopping
Join us for our first ever Book Fair at MESPA Institute, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 8am-3:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

11:15am

Exhibit Viewing - Invite your PTA!
Check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

PLUS win big for your school!
Be sure to complete your BINGO sheet to win big prizes for your school and cash for yourself!
  • Exhibitor prizes: Drawings on Thursday at 12:15pm (winners posted in exhibit hall by 12:45pm, be sure to check for your name on the prize winners' board in the exhibit hall after lunch)
  • Institute cash drawing: Drawings on Friday at 11:40am (must be present to win)
How do you win cash?! Visit exhibit booths, enter individual booth drawings for exhibitor-sponsored prizes (don't forget to write your name and the name of your school on each entry), and request a numbered booth sticker from an applicable exhibitor to apply to each square on your BINGO sheet. Turn in your BINGO sheet in the box near the Registration Area by 3:30pm on Thursday to be eligible for the drawing on Friday.
Get a traditional BINGO: You'll get a chance to win up to $150 cash
Get a blackout BINGO: You'll get a chance to win $250 cash (2 winners will be selected)
You MUST be present to win on Thursday or Friday. Good luck!

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall

11:15am

mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase Block 1
Come learn from North Star Therapy Animals and a few practicing principals and school staff about the benefits therapy animals can bring to your school community at the mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase! Also, learn what it take to become a therapy animal team. Plus, pet some puppies, of course!

Find out more about North Star Therapy Animals at northstartherapyanimals.org.

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

11:20am

Leader in Me: Assessing Impact
In this session, Scott Anderson will highlight examples, research, and testimonials of the impact Leader in Me is having on students, staff, and parents across Minnesota and around the country, answering the fundamental question, “is it worth it?”.
 
Leader in Me shifts our paradigms about leadership, provides highly effective practices, and delivers measurable results in the classroom, on campus, and in the community based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Having recently received the distinguished endorsement of CASEL for Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me directly aligns with the expectations and guidance of the Minnesota Department of Education.
 
Leader in Me is a comprehensive K-12 whole-school transformation model that equips students with the essential leadership and life-readiness skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century; represented as a global community of educators in over 3,500 schools in 80 countries.
 
In the words of Muriel Summers, Elementary Principal of A.B. Combs in North Carolina, “We only get one chance to prepare children for a world none of us can possibly predict, what are we going to do with that one chance?”

Scott Anderson will be joined by Diedre Bloemers, Leader in Me Principal at University Elementary in Anoka-Hennepin.

Business Partners
avatar for Leader in Me

Leader in Me

Client Partner, FranklinCovey
$100 TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY! STOP BY TO REGISTER!Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s K-12 whole school transformation process built on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 4 Disciplines of Execution. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:20am - 11:45am
Atrium 2

11:20am

Learning Through Play: Strategies for Increased Executive Functioning and SEL Skills in Elementary Education
Every kid deserves to learn how to be a good friend, to feel like a hero and to have a voice. Join us to see how utilizing play-based learning and best practices can increase student success throughout the school day. Our proven strategies lead to a direct impact on student's academic success, social relationships and physical health. Explore how play can maximize your staff to help increase student academic engagement, ability to focus in the classroom and reduce discipline referrals.

Business Partners
avatar for PLAYWORKS

PLAYWORKS

Playworks’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Today, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:20am - 11:45am
Atrium 1

11:50am

Principal-Led Crowdfunding the Right Way
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.

Business Partners
avatar for Horace Mann Companies

Horace Mann Companies

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
Bloomington Room

11:50am

Reinvigorating SEL with a Mindsets-Based approach and Proven Methodology for Effectiveness
During this interactive session, hear how a Mindsets-based approach to social and emotional learning can make a lasting change in students and staff!  Take a peek into youth empowerment thought leader Scott Shickler's secret technique for ensuring effective social and emotional learning lesson delivery.

Business Partners
avatar for 7 Mindsets

7 Mindsets

Christine Post
Combining elements of relationship-based teaching and social-emotional learning, the 7 Mindsets distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms. With multiple courses of flexible... Read More →


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

12:15pm

Luncheon & MESPA Candidate Presentations
Join us for lunch and hear from 6 candidates running for MESPA State Office to represent YOU starting in 2019! View all candidate information at mespa.net/State-Officers. Electronic voting will be open Feb. 22-March 8. Watch your email for more information!

Meet your candidates:
MESPA President-Elect Candidates:
Bret Domstrand and Jason Luksik

MESPA NAESP State Representative Candidates:
Dawn Brown and Kip Lynk

MESPA Secretary/Treasurer Candidates:
Liann Hanson and Jen Olson

On the menu: Pot roast, garlic mashed potatoes, and vegetable du jour. Served with rolls, coffee, and iced tea. Ice cream, cookies, and bars served in the exhibit hall at 2:00pm!

Thursday February 7, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Grand Ballroom

1:20pm

UNCONFERENCE BREAKOUT BLOCK #1
The Unconference returns to Institute creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using a shared document through open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment 'new idea' that would be fun to talk about. From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new. In the end, YOU guide your own learning!

Never attended an Unconference? Click here for a good overview.
Unconference Board: Click here to view the Board. We will build the board at 9:30am on Thursday morning!

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:20pm - 2:05pm
Varies

1:20pm

mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase Block 2
Come learn from North Star Therapy Animals and a few practicing principals and school staff about the benefits therapy animals can bring to your school community at the mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase! Also, learn what it take to become a therapy animal team. Plus, pet some puppies, of course!

Find out more about North Star Therapy Animals at northstartherapyanimals.org.

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

2:05pm

Exhibit Viewing, Prize Pickup, and Dessert
Enjoy something sweet and check out our fantastic exhibitors! With non-profit organizations, fundraising opportunities, curriculum solutions, office supplies, and more, how could you go wrong? Make the exhibitor's hall your one stop shop for all of your principal and school needs!

And don't forget to check the prize winners' board for your name (winners posted in exhibit hall by 12:45pm). If you find your name on the board, bring your winning slip(s) to the respective booth(s) to pick up your prize(s) by 2:15, before exhibitors pack up.

PLUS don't miss your chance to win some cash!
Be sure to complete your BINGO sheet to win cash for yourself!
  • Institute cash drawing: Drawings on Friday at 11:40am (must be present to win)
How do you win cash?! Visit exhibit booths, enter individual booth drawings for exhibitor-sponsored prizes (don't forget to write your name and the name of your school on each entry), and request a numbered booth sticker from an applicable exhibitor to apply to each square on your BINGO sheet. Turn in your BINGO sheet in the box near the Registration Area by 3:30pm on Thursday to be eligible for the drawing on Friday.
Get a traditional BINGO: You'll get a chance to win up to $150 cash
Get a blackout BINGO: You'll get a chance to win $250 cash (2 winners will be selected)

You MUST be present to win on Thursday or Friday. Good luck!

Thursday February 7, 2019 2:05pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

2:30pm

Exhibits Close!
Thursday February 7, 2019 2:30pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

2:30pm

mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase ends!
Come learn from North Star Therapy Animals and a few practicing principals and school staff about the benefits therapy animals can bring to your school community at the mesPAW Therapy Dog Showcase! Also, learn what it take to become a therapy animal team. Plus, pet some puppies, of course!

Find out more about North Star Therapy Animals at northstartherapyanimals.org.

Thursday February 7, 2019 2:30pm - 2:30pm
Veranda Room in Exhibit Hall

2:35pm

UNCONFERENCE BREAKOUT BLOCK #2
The Unconference returns to Institute creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using a shared document through open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment 'new idea' that would be fun to talk about. From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new. In the end, YOU guide your own learning!

Never attended an Unconference? Click here for a good overview.
Unconference Board: Click here to view the Board. We will build the board at 9:30am on Thursday morning!

Thursday February 7, 2019 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Varies

3:30pm

MESPA Book Fair Closes
Join us for our first ever Book Fair at MESPA Institute, provided by Scholastic Book Fairs. Browse the latest and greatest in children's books, as well as do a little shopping for yourself by checking out their selection of books for school leaders!

The Institute Book Fair will be open:
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 8am-3:30pm
Cash and credit cards are accepted. Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs for their support.

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

3:30pm

"Paycheck of the Future" & "Planning for Retirement" Mini Sessions: SEE DESCRIPTION!
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!

3:30-4pm: PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT
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.

4-4:30pm: PAYCHECK OF THE FUTURE
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.

Speakers
avatar for MN TRA

MN TRA

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
Atrium 1

3:30pm

Creating Access and Opportunity for Historically Underserved Students in Gifted Education
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.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Steabner

Laura Steabner

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

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
Atrium 7

3:30pm

Data Rounds + Interventions = Student Success!
Looking to improve your decision-making process for students that are not yet successful? Does the randomness of academic and behavioral interventions got ya exhausted? Tired of singletons making referrals to special education? We have an intervention model for you and your building.

Participants will learn about an Rice Lake Elementary School’s success using data rounds to guide academic and behavioral interventions. This model is a structured approach that guides the flow of moving students into and out of interventions as well as referrals to special education, if appropriate. Key elements of this model make it uniquely effective: four rounds of intervention and four data analysis meetings to determine next steps for students. It is an intervention model that merges quality instructional practices with continuous review of student progress and multiple perspectives from educational professionals.

Participants will:
a. Learn about a rounds-based intervention model with quarterly data meetings to assess student progress.
b. Understand logistics and planning required of this model.
c. Discuss indicators of success.
d. Have access to documents that outline the process, track interventions (student level and school wide), communicate with parents, and facilitate the scheduling of the intervention rounds and data meetings.

Speakers
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Jody Seppala

Rice Lake Elementary School
Aspiring principal with over 28 years educational experience within ISD 279, Osseo Area Schools. Extensive elementary teaching background, Instructional Coach, Title 1 Lead, and Instructional Assistant.            



Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

Join the Ranks of MN School of Excellence
What is the Minnesota School of Excellence program? What does it take to be endorsed as a Minnesota School of Excellence - and what benefits does the program offer schools? This session is for principals whose schools are in the midst of completing their MN School of Excellence application and have questions - as well as for the curious who are considering undertaking the school improvement process in their school community. Promote excellence through a rigorous evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st century!

Speakers
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Andrew Vollmuth

Normandale Hills Elementary
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Lisa Pikop

Garfield Elementary (Miltona & Carlos)
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Sam Richardson

Principal at Greenvale Park Elementary in Northfield, is the chair of the MN School of Excellence Committee. Sam's school was validated as a MN School of Excellence in 2013-2014.


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

3:30pm

Suicide Prevention: What You Need to Know
Participants will understand their role in evidence-informed best practices for suicide prevention in the school setting, including:
  • How your personal bias plays a role in suicide prevention
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • What to say and what not to say
  • Next steps after a report of suicide

This 1-hour session can count towards your suicide prevention CEU requirement for teacher re-licensure. Be sure to sign in during the session. Certificates of attendance will be distributed after the session.

Speakers
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Liz Hommerding

MSW, LICSW School Social Worker for 11 years with New London-Spicer Schools; MSSWA (MN School Social Workers Assn) Region 11 Representative and President for MSSWA.
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Stephanie Ochocki

DSW, LICSW District Social Worker Anoka-Hennepin Schools, representing MSSWA (MN School Social Workers Association) Past President.



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

3:30pm

The Art of Negotiation
If you are interested or involved in principal contract negotiations - whether for 1 or 100 principals in a bargaining unit - this is for you! MESPA's Legal Counsel, Roger Aronson, will be on hand to share helpful resources, discuss current topics/trends, and answer your questions.

Speakers
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Roger Aronson

Roger has practiced in the area of school law since 1981. A highly regarded school law expert, he co-chairs the Minnesota State Bar Association School Law Conference, is on the executive committee of BELL (the education lobbyist group), and frequently speaks and lectures on school... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Edina Room

3:30pm

UNSTOPPABLE: Wonder Woman Style
Have you ever felt defeated, not enough, or worried about what others are thinking?  This session will provide practical strategies for overcoming the stressors leaders face on a regular basis.  Toni will share her 11 steps towards successfully navigating the many hats you may wear as a leader daily.

Participants will have the opportunity to dive deep into the UNSTOPPABLE method. Unwavering, Nourishing, Shining servant, Tenacious, “Open heart surgery, Passion, Positive intent, Authentic, Benevolent, Love, Empower.

Speakers
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Toni Baartman

First, and foremost, I am a mother of three amazing boys ages 21, 17, and 14.  I have been involved in education for 21 years, and I am in my 22nd year.  If you count coaching while attending college, it has been 29 years.  I was a private school principal for 2 years, an Instructional... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 2

3:30pm

What DOES the 'Research' Say? Six Research Studies in Sixty Minutes!
Have you found yourself scrolling through Twitter and thinking, “I wonder what the research really says about that?” While it may not be 280 characters, this session will provide a brief overview and easy to use summaries of evidence-based research on the following topics: Homework, Class Size, Looping, Departmentalization, Instructional Coaching, and the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.

In a time when principals have little time, and may lack access to high-quality research, they are left making their best judgements based on a myriad of messages. Twitter is a great connecting platform, though it rarely leads to a deep analysis or understanding of the empirical research surrounding some of the most common issues or decisions principals face today. Should we abandon homework? How many student is really too many in a class? Is it a good idea to loop students from 2nd to 3rd grade? Should I let my 4th grade team “departmentalize”? Is the FTE we are spending on coaching really impacting student learning? Which screener should I be using for literacy? We will answer these questions through in a “speed learning” approach to look at the salient research that answers these questions. Participants will get a 5 minute overview on each topic, be provided with a brief “One Pager” summarizing the research with helpful implications for practice and links to the original research and additional resources, and have an opportunity to choose the topic of their choice to discuss more deeply with session participants.

Speakers
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Kim Gibbons

Dr. Kim Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) located in Rush City, MN. SCRED has received national recognition... Read More →
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Katie Pekel

Dr. Katie Pekel is the Principal in Residence for the University of Minnesota where she teaches and advises as part of the graduate faculty, oversees the Minnesota Principals Academy, the Executive PhD program for educational leaders, the Urban Leadership Academy and coordinates Educational... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington Room

5:30pm

The MESPYs: Reception
Join us for music and cocktails as we welcome our honorees for the evening! The MESPYs are free to attend for full-paying registrants! The new MN Commissioner of Education, Mary Cathryn Ricker, will also be in attendance.

Aspiring or retired principals: you can purchase tickets at the registration booth earlier in the day.

Honoring these amazing principals:
MN NAESP National Distinguished Principal - Curtis Slater
MN NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal - John Awsumb
STEM Innovation Award - Lisa Carlson & David Lostetter
MN Schools of Excellence - Taber Akin, Judith Brockway, Chris Ellingson, Susan Hoeft, Dr. Rae Villebrun
Division Leadership Award - Taber Akin, Toni Jo Baartman, Kate Flynn, Julie Greiman, Jason Kuehn, Jason Luksik, Gina Meinertz, Dr. Amy Reed, Debra Reynolds, Barbara Shin, Be Cheuyee Vang, Dr. Kari Wehrmann, Dr. Lloyd E. Winfield
National Blue Ribbon Schools - Ryan Arndt, Susan Hoeft, Ashley Farrington, David Hansen, Heather Hanson, Jon Lewis, Nathaniel Messick

Cash bar.

On the menu:
Dinner Menu
Pork Mignon wrapped in Applewood Smoked Bacon, Braised Cabbage Confit with a Port Wine Demi Glaze, and Roasted Potatoes

Dessert Menu
Chocolate Mousse Martini
Apple Cheesecake Martini

Thursday February 7, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom

6:00pm

The MESPYs!
Join us for a full course meal as we welcome our honorees for the evening! The MESPYs are free to attend for full-paying registrants! The new MN Commissioner of Education, Mary Cathryn Ricker, will also be in attendance.

Schedule:
5:30pm - Reception with cash bar
6:00pm - Awards (Division Leadership, Blue Ribbon Schools, STEM Innovation Award, National Outstanding Assistant Principal)
6:30pm - Dinner served
7:00pm - Honoring National Distinguished Principal Curtis Slater
7:15-8pm - Dessert, hors d'oeuvres, and music!

Aspiring or retired principals: you can purchase tickets at the registration booth earlier in the day.

Honoring these amazing principals:
MN NAESP National Distinguished Principal - Curtis Slater
MN NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal - John Awsumb
STEM Innovation Award - Lisa Carlson & David Lostetter
MN Schools of Excellence - Taber Akin, Judith Brockway, Chris Ellingson, Susan Hoeft, Dr. Rae Villebrun
Division Leadership Award - Taber Akin, Toni Jo Baartman, Kate Flynn, Julie Greiman, Jason Kuehn, Jason Luksik, Gina Meinertz, Dr. Amy Reed, Debra Reynolds, Barbara Shin, Be Cheuyee Vang, Dr. Kari Wehrmann, Dr. Lloyd E. Winfield
National Blue Ribbon Schools - Ryan Arndt, Susan Hoeft, Ashley Farrington, David Hansen, Heather Hanson, Jon Lewis, Nathaniel Messick

On the menu:
Dinner Menu
Pork Mignon wrapped in Applewood Smoked Bacon, Braised Cabbage Confit with a Port Wine Demi Glaze, and Roasted Potatoes

Dessert Menu
Chocolate Mousse Martini
Apple Cheesecake Martini

Cash Bar.

Thursday February 7, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Friday, February 8
 

7:30am

School Spirit Day: Wear your school pride on Friday!
Who's got spirit?! WE DO! Wear your favorite school gear to the conference on Friday!



Friday February 8, 2019 7:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

MESPA Annual Meeting & Legal and Legislative Update - All are welcome!
All members are invited and encouraged to attend MESPA's Annual Meeting. You will find all Annual Meeting materials on the Annual Meeting page of the MESPA website. You must be signed in to access the Annual Meeting page (mespa.net/annualmtg). Plus, hear the Legal and Legislative Lowdown with MESPA's Legal Counsel, Roger Aronson. Click here (or see attached file) to see MESPA's 2019 Legislative Priorities!

Speakers
avatar for Roger Aronson

Roger Aronson

Roger has practiced in the area of school law since 1981. A highly regarded school law expert, he co-chairs the Minnesota State Bar Association School Law Conference, is on the executive committee of BELL (the education lobbyist group), and frequently speaks and lectures on school... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom

9:15am

MESPA Speaks
Back by popular demand, MESPA Speaks is here again and we can't wait to hear more! What is more powerful than the voices of your peers? Join us for our fourth annual MESPA Speaks! These short, impactful talks from MESPA principals will leave you feeling EMPOWERED, MOTIVATED, and COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!

This year's lineup:
  • "If You Do Not Believe, We Will Not Achieve" -  Cordelro Maddox, 5th Grader at Wyoming Elementary School in Forest Lake
  • "The Transforming Power of Influence" - Josh Smith, Principal at Pillager Elementary School in Pillager
  • "Why I am a Champion of the Underdog" - Mark French, Principal at Gatewood Elementary School in Hopkins

Speakers
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Mark French

Mark French, Principal, Gatewood Elementary, Hopkins Public Schools; 37 year educator, 22nd year as a principal; 2015 Minnesota NDP; MESPA past president.
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Cordelro Maddox

Cordelro Maddox is a fifth grade student at Wyoming Elementary in the Forest Lake School District. His amazing mom Danielle Lake and younger brothers Messiah and Elijah love to have family time and a good movie night. Cordelro, in his free time, loves to hang out with friends, make... Read More →
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Josh Smith

Josh Smith is currently the Principal at Pillager Elementary School in Pillager, MN.  He began his career in Pillager as a fifth grade teacher and has also served the district as a Dean of Students, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and High School Principal.In Smith’s current... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:10am

Whose Keynote is it Anyway?!
We have always looked for ways to PACK as much learning as possible into our 3-day Institute conference. This year, we took that even further by having not one but SIX all-star educational leaders in our Friday keynote slot! Watch this space for more details on "Whose Keynote is it Anyway?!" as Institute approaches! You won't want to miss out on this collaborative, innovative, interactive session.

Join us after Whose Keynote in the Grand Ballroom foyer for a speaker meet & greet. Some of the speakers will be selling their books!

Speakers
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Jessica Cabeen

Jessica is the Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the principal of the “Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota”, the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education supervisor, and... Read More →
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Jimmy Casas

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.Jimmy was named the 2012... Read More →
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Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Linda Cliatt-Wayman is a passionate education advocate with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. Her leadership as a high school principal in North Philadelphia has been featured by TED, ABC World News Tonight, and Nightline.Cliatt-Wayman grew up in poverty in North... Read More →
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Brad Gustafson

Greenwood Elementary
Dr. Brad Gustafson’s life is defined by his faith, family, and desire to help kids—and the educators who serve them—succeed. He is a practicing principal, speaker, bestselling author, National School Boards Association “20 to Watch,” Digital Innovation in Learning Award... Read More →
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Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. He holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education... Read More →
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Salome Thomas-El

“Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher and principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his life-long commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 10:10am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom

11:40am

Wrap up - cash drawing!
Institute 2019 adjourns! Thank you for your participation!
Save the date for Institute 2020 - Feb. 5-7!

Wondering about CEUs? The Institute General Conference Evaluation will open on Friday afternoon. Take the evaluation, provide your email address, and we will send you your CEUs within ONE week!

We hope you will also evaluate our 2019 breakout sessions. Your feedback helps us in planning future breakouts!

Friday February 8, 2019 11:40am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom

11:40am

Whose Keynote Meet & Greet and Book Sale
Join us following the conference for a Whose Keynote presenter meet & greet and book sale in the foyer just outside of the Grand Ballroom. Take a selfie with your favorite presenter at tweet to #mespamn!

Many presenters will be selling and signing copies of their books during this time. Most presenters will accept credit cards or checks only, but it might be worth having cash as well just in case!

Friday February 8, 2019 11:40am - 12:15pm
Grand Ballroom