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MESPA professional development is designed by members, for members, to meet the needs of today's school leaders. Working with members, MESPA identifies the most relevant and engaging professional development topics each year to ensure MN principals have the training and support they need.

"Institute and MESPA workshops help keep principals informed with high quality professional development... MESPA keeps us connected, provides us with assistance, and supports us with our needs.”

– Jeffrey Lund, Marshall County Central Schools

Upcoming MESPA Professional Development


Join us for our 4-session book study beginning January 17, 2023!
https://mespa.net/event-5087558

Let's Talk About Race and Other Hard Things
with Principals Nancy Antoine and Ariana Wright

Leading with an equity mindset requires a skill set in initiating and facilitating difficult conversations.  As leaders it is critical that we are able to communicate compassionately and effectively.  In the book Let's Talk About Race and Other Hard Things by Dr. Nancy Dome you will learn how to lead Compassionate Dialogue™ using the RIR Protocol (Recognize, Interrupt, Repair). Learn how to lean into difficult conversation with empathy and confidence in this interactive book study.

Join National Distinguished Principals Nancy Antione and Ariana Wright in this monthly book study with multiple meeting time options that fit your busy schedule.

ALL Meetings held via Zoom

January 17, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

February 21, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

March 16, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM

April 13, 2023 (two time options available)

6:45 - 7:45 AM

3:15 - 4:15 PM


Leading for Cultural & Linguistic Diversity during Challenging Times - Recordings

This training was provided by Dr. Amy Young for MESPA members on November 17.

MESPA members can access the recording here!

Contact mespa@mespa.net to receive the access codes and Google folder.

Dr. Amy Young is currently the EL Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education and works with schools all over the state to develop effective programming for multilingual learners. Previously, she has been an Elementary Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, EL Coordinator, and has taught at the UMN and NYU.

An hour with Angelina Castagno:

The Price of Nice Recording

Dr. Angelina Castagno presented her keynote The Price of Nice: How (Minnesota) Niceness Reinforces Educational Inequity as a part of our 2020 Leadership Conference in September.

Members can access the recorded video for FREE at mespa.net/priceofnice

MESPA Advocate Blog

Visit our blog to read incredible pieces written by MESPA members, crafted for MESPA members. New articles are published monthly!

Interested in writing a blog post? Email mespa@mespa.net!

Resilience for Educators recordings:
Stress Management Techniques

MESPA members:
Click here to access the recordings!

Contact mespa@mespa.net to receive the access codes and handouts!

Part 1: An Integrative Paradigm for Emotional Health

Part 2: Emotional Management Techniques for Tough Situations

Dr. Heidi Kopacek is a licensed psychologist who practices a holistic approach to emotional health. Her integrative mind-body-spirit therapy focuses on soothing and healing the body, challenging the fear of the mind, and helping her client’s live in a way that wakes up their deeper sense of joy and purpose in life. Dr. Kopacek is a registered yoga instructor who teaches both restorative and vinyasa yoga practices. She is author of the book Soothe: Your Mind Body Spirit Guide for Dealing with Crappy Emotions.

Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias: recorded trainings

The MN Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, Metropolitan State University, and MESPA, invite you watch the FREE live recordings of 3 full-day trainings and 1-hour webinars recorded December 2019! 

Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. 

All recordings, slides, and handouts are at mespa.net/bias!

MESPA PrincipalCast

Tune in any time to our podcast, featuring local and national leaders in school leadership! Visit our podcast page or search for "MESPA PrincipalCast" in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play to listen and subscribe!

MESPA Members: Interested in leading a seminar? Do you have a great idea that other members need to hear? Contact Erin Cooper, Program Manager (erin@mespa.net) with your ideas!

MESPA Division Meetings

Did you know that your MESPA division offers professional development and networking opportunities? Many even award CEUs! Find your MESPA division page linked here for upcoming division meetings! 

Note: The 2022-23 meeting schedule is coordinated in late September by your division and will be released in October. Contact your Division President for more information!

P.S.: Check out the Retired Principals of MESPA page for additional meetings, most are free!

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