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INSTITUTE 2012 February 1 - 3 DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington

MESPA Institute 2012 / February 1-3

General Sessions

Wednesday, February 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. TheImmortalityofInfluence

Sponsored by VIRCO "Every child needs someone to be crazy about them," says Salome Thomas-El -- world-renowned principal, educator, motivator, author of I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence, and member of television's Core Team Oz. Principal Thomas-El considers the question that lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education policy, the day in and day out work of school personnel, and the hopes of every parent: "How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?" Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. How to Create a Healthy School

"Walk and learn," says Mark Fenton -- national public health consultant, host of America's Walking on PBS, planning and transportation consultant, and associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Fenton considers How to Create a Healthy School starting with the principal.

Thursday, February 2, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The "Sense" of Humor

Sponsored by Lexia Learning

"Laugh and learn," says Jim Winter -- educator, certified laughter leader, founder of Wavelength Inc., award winning actor, staff developer, corporate trainer, and former high school English teacher. Winter empowers your school leadership with one of the most potent technologies known to education --- the ability to use humor effectively.

Friday, February 3, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Legislative Health of MN Education

"Education is still the state's most important function," says Roger Aronson, MESPA legal and legislative counsel, "and legislators from both parties know that." Highly regarded school law expert, Aronson will discuss the current realities of education with key MN legislators.

Roger Aronson

Mark Fenton

Salome Thomas-El

Jim Winter

Exhibits and Exercise

"Come early and walk the exhibits," say Paul Schullo and Teresa Vibar, Exhibit co-chairs. This year, for the first time, you receive double-prize tickets for every exhibit booth you visit from 11:00 a.m.-Noon, before the first Institute session on Wednesday, February 1. "That is two, not one, ticket to be entered for the Exhibitor Door Prize drawing and the MESPA Cash drawing," Teresa says. "The more vendors you talk to, the more chances you might win!" says Paul. "Wear your exercise formal and plan to move," say Jayne Ropella and Patrick Glynn, Institute 2012 co-chairs. "We want you to be comfortable and ready to get up and move! Tour the exhibits. Take in the focus sessions. Maybe start your day with Yoga, Walk-N-Talk, or Boot Camp!" What is exercise formal? That depends. Perhaps all you need is a pair of tennis shoes with your business casual. It's up to you. According to Mary Hanson, MESPA Educational Advisory Committee chair: "Think you're going to an exercise class in an upscale exercise club and your staff is going to be there, rather than to the treadmill in the basement. Not your sweats. And think carefully about spandex..."

MESPA Educational Advisory Chair Mary Hanson, Madelia

Institute 2012 Co-Chairs Jayne Ropella, St. Paul Patrick Glynn, Prior Lake-Savage

Where do principals go in February? Institute! Mark your calendar today...we'll get you moving and we've got a "sense" of humor! Plan now to gather with your colleagues for three days of networking and professional development -- and earn 17 CEUs at our annual MESPA Institute (statewide convention): February 1-3, 2012. Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds will encapsulate the principals' role in increasing student learning and effective principal leadership through health! For up-to-the minute Institute details, visit MESPA Professional Development at Register today! As an organization we have a chance to make a difference with the service project at Institute 2012: Principals Love to Feed Kids! Each division will choose one or more food shelves and make a cash donation to them. So, bring your cash (or checks) to Institute and be ready to donate actively when the time is right!

INSTITUTE 2012 At-A-Glance

Wednesday, February 1

11:00 am 11:00-Noon 11:45-12:30 12:30 1-2:30 Registration, Internet Café (sponsor: TIES) Exhibits Open Early Bird Exhibits Viewing Lunch Welcome TheImmortalityofInfluence, Salome Thomas-El (sponsor: VIRCO) 2:30 3 3 3:30-4:30 5-6 6 Dessert and tour Exhibits Area 25 Year Club Meeting and Social Institute Orientation: 1st time attendees Concurrent focus sessions Hors d' Oeuvres Reception (co-sponsored by Horace Dinner and evening on your own

Mann and MESPA; beverages by Zaner-Bloser, Jane Dalrymple, rep.)

Thursday, February 2

6:15-7:00 am 7:30-8:45 7:30-8:45 7:30-8:45 8-10:30 8-3 pm 9:00-10:30 Boot Camp, Yoga, Walk-N-Talk Breakfast on your own MESPA New Principal Breakfast (sponsor: Horace Mann) Wake Up with Your iPad! Registration Open Internet Café (sponsor: TIES) Exhibits Open How to Create a Healthy School, Mark Fenton (sponsor: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN) 10:30-11 11:00-Noon Noon-1 pm 1:00-2:30 2:15-3 3-4 4:15-5:15 5:45-6:45 6:45 Break - View the Exhibits Concurrent Focus Sessions Buffet Lunch The "Sense" of Humor, Jim Winter

(sponsor: Lexia Learning)

Dessert and tour Exhibits Area Concurrent Focus Sessions MESPA Division Meetings Gala Reception (sponsor: Lifetouch, Inc.) Awards Program and Banquet (semi-formal attire)

Friday, February 3

6:15-7:00 am 7:15-8:15 8-9:45 10-11:30 Boot Camp, Yoga, Walk-N-Talk Breakfast Buffet, exhibitor door prize drawing MESPA Annual Business Meeting EPAC drawing Legislative Health of Minnesota Education, 11:30 Noon MESPA Institute Cash prizes MESPA Service Project, division results CEU certificate presentation Institute 2012 adjourns

Roger Aronson and invited legislators

Concurrent 60-Minute Focus Sessions Supporting the Principal's Role as Instructional Leader

For complete session descriptions, visit; click on Professional Development

Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.

Health for principals and how that leads to improved leadership -- Salome Thomas-El (also presenting Wednesday keynote) 9 Simple Techniques to Pump Up Your Staff Before They DeflateYouandYourStudents-- Dr. Wendy Claussen-Schoolmeester, professor of education, and Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, assistant professor of education, Southwest MN State University Life Balance for Improved School Leadership -- Gloria Kumagai, Ph.D., academic program director, Walden University MN's Blueprint for Literacy: Using the science of implementation to develop and implement a district-wide literacy plan -- Bobbie Burnham, program manager, and Kari Ross, K-12 reading specialist, Minnesota Department of Education Join the Ranks of the Minnesota Schools of Excellence -- led by Laura Pierce, chair MN School of Excellence Program, principal Farmington; and Schools of Excellence leaders

Thursday, 7:30 a.m.

Wake Up With Your iPad --Sean Martinson, principal, Grand Rapids

Thursday, 11:00 a.m.

Opening Your Eyes with a Walk -- Mark Fenton (also presenting Thursday morning keynote) Eating to Win Day: Developing a special school event with shorttermpizzazzandlongtermhealthbenefitsforstudents -- Becky Gerdes, principal, Rochester; Angie Murad, registered dietician; Amelia Barwise, MD; Angela Schuhmacher, district wellness dietician Communicating with Professional Elegance Across Race, Culture, and Ethnicity-- Donna Montgomery, principal, Hopkins HealthySpine,HealthyMind:Beingflexibleinthemindand body -- Raymond Yu, principal, Bloomington: Kathy Flaminio, MSW and ACE, Yoga Alliance, and Yoga Calm certified Recess Matters: The power of play -- Dana LoVecchio, training program director, Playworks School Wellness: Community partners to improve outcomes and your bottom line -- Deb Loy, director of the Coordinated School Health Program, Minnesota Department of Education; Lisa McCann, registered dietician, Midwest Dairy Council; Susan Nygaard, manager of community health improvement, Allina Hospitals and Clinics YourTRABenefits:Viewpointsforprincipalsnearingretirement and those early in your careers -- Richard McLeod, retirement services supervisor, Minnesota Teacher's Retirement Association How All Kids Can Learn Changed Kennedy -- Travis Olson, principal, Mankato; and Jill Mueller, assistant to the principal, Mankato Mindful Teaching: Creating a healthy school environment that fosters student achievement -- Becky Bone, national literacy consultant, Scholastic Classroom & Library Group

Thursday, 3:00 p.m.

Communications Skills that Work -- Jim Winter (also presenting Thursday afternoon keynote) Safe Routes to School for Healthy Kids: Guide for planning and implementing Safe Routes to School initiatives -- Jill Chamberlain, organizer, MN Safe Routes to School Network; and Lisa Bender, coordinator, Safe Routes to School, MN Department of Transportation

Enhance Your Negotiations IQ -- led by Rolf Carlsen, chair MESPA Negotiations Committee, principal Anoka-Hennepin; and members of the MESPA Negotiations Committee


Wednesday, February 1 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, February 2 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Paul Schullo and Teresa Vibar, MESPA Exhibits Co-Chairs, have gathered 100 exhibitors, showcasing a wide variety of innovative education products and services. Visit the exhibits and gather tickets to win a door prize and Institute Cash!

MESPA Annual Banquet and Awards Celebration

With Gala Reception sponsored by Lifetouch Inc. Grand Ballroom, Thursday evening, February 2

Honoring: · Minnesota National Distinguished Principal - Joan Steffes-Franks · Minnesota National Outstanding Assistant Principal · Minnesota School of Excellence Validations · Science and Mathematics Principal of the Year · MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Awards · Minnesota Principals' Academy · and recognition of other achievements

Twenty-Five Year Club Annual Meeting and Social

Wednesday - February 1 at 3:00 pm

Important Reminders

CHECK-IN TIME for room reservations is 3:00 pm. Please leave luggage in your cars until this time. MESPA HEADQUARTERS will be in Atrium 8.

Orientation for 1st Time Institute Participants

Are you new to the MESPA Institute? What should you be sure to attend? Wednesday - February 1 at 3:00 pm

EMERGENCY PHONE CALLS - The DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Hotel telephone number is: 952-835-7800. Messages may be forwarded to Atrium 8 from February 1-3. They will be posted in the Institute registration area. EarlyBirdExhibitViewing - Visit vendor exhibits the hour before Institute begins (11 am - noon, Wed., Feb. 1) and double your luck with two door prize tickets at every booth. AWARDS BANQUET ATTIRE for Thursday evening February 2 is semi-formal.

MESPA New Principal Breakfast

Thursday - February 2, 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by Horace Mann


Reserve hotel accommodations on-line through the MESPA Web site at www.mespa. net, click on Professional Development; Institute 2012; Registration to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from now until January 17, 2012. Or you may call 952-835-7800 for reservations. An Institute registration form is enclosed with this mailing. Institute registration fee is $350 for MESPA members. Institute registration due date: January 16, 2012. Late registration: After January 16 - $365.00. On-site February 1 - $375.00. If you are registering between Jan. 6 - 27, please fax your form to the MESPA office (651/999-7311) before sending it to your district office - and indicate that the actual registration form and payment will follow. We want to be sure we have Institute materials and meals reserved for you! Registration fee includes four meals, materials, speakers, and 17 clock hour credits (CEUs). Partial or one-day registrations are not available. Purchase guest meal tickets at Institute registration desk. Cancellation/Refund Policy: Individuals registered for Institute but unable to attend, may receive a refund (less a $75 processing fee) by sending a letter/e-mail to the MESPA office by January 16. (No refunds after January 16.) Particpants with disabilities who need special services or individuals with food allergies, please notify the MESPA office in writing by January 16.

Institute Opening Schedule: February 1 Institute registration (to pick up your program, name tag, and meal tickets) begins at 11:00 a.m. Early Bird exhibits from 11 a.m. - Noon Lunch is served from 11:45 - 12:30 p.m. Opening Session begins at 12:30 p.m.

Registration Due: JANUARY 16, 2012

Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association, 1667 Snelling Avenue North, Suite C101, St. Paul, MN 55108 651-999-7310; greater Minnesota 1-800-642-6807; FAX 651-999-7311; [email protected] Serving Minnesota Elementary and Middle Level Principals


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