2019 Minnesota ASCD Spring Conference: Building a Positive Climate Begins with Me: Teachers and Students
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2019 Minnesota ASCD Spring Conference: Building a Positive Climate Begins with Me: Teachers and Students

How do we build a climate that encourages supportive relationships with and among students?

Join us for a great day of learning with Minnesota experts in education and well-being. Learn about the connection between student achievement and strong relationships with students and its impact on students, classrooms, and schools. Strategies to increase focus, mindfulness, and well-being provide resources for you and your students.

Featuring keynote speaker Abdul Wright, an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, instructional coach, and data team leader at Best Academy in Minneapolis. Mr. Wright was the first black male to be recognized as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year; he’s also the youngest person, and the first from a charter school to receive the award. He strives to make a positive difference in impoverished communities, while also striving to be the best version of himself.

Breakout Self-Care Sessions are planned for the afternoon. Strategies that boost the wellness of the entire classroom community will be provided by:

Melissa Pribyl, MSN, RN, Community Health and Wellness Specialist, CENTRACARE Health- Monticello

Session: The Bounce Back Project

Bounce Back promotes health through happiness by reminding everyone of resiliency tools that are quick and easy to use. Research schools that using these simple tools can help us retrain our mind to focus on the positive and . can increase feelings of well-being and decrease feeling of depression. These tools can also open us to the possibility of greater social connections, improved sleep, enhanced memory and stronger immune system function. Anyone can use these tools to make a difference in their life.

Mindi Jenson & Stef Rothstein, HIKEhoppers Educational Team Leaders

Session: Bringing the Benefits of the Outdoors Inside: How Nature Nurtures Wellness & Well-being

The Medical field continues to make breakthroughs in research regarding nature’s affect on physical, mental, and emotional challenges, and although we as educators already understand the importance of “outside times,” the pressure of federal state and local requirement often restrict our ability to plan for extra outdoor trips. Experience how nature can be embedded into cany classroom or content area to allow for learning AND well’being, making your classroom community healthier and happier all around.

Emma Schott, Life Coach, Holistic Healer, and Yoga Teacher.

Session: Serenity Wellness & Healing: Peace Begins with Me. Once we resolve to discover the peace within ourselves, we can extend that peace to the world around us. In this session learn how Yoga, breathwork and mindfulness techniques can promote greater relaxation, focus, and self-awareness. These tools and practices will not only bring harmony into your personal life, but they can be implemented in the classroom to help create a more balanced teaching environment.

Register here.

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5th Annual New Teacher Support Summit

Sarah Brown Wesseling

Sarah Brown Wesseling

Staying Strong –

How to support new teachers in creating inviting, safe, and supportive classrooms.

Principals, superintendents, mentors, and teacher coaches:
Want to give new teachers the time and professional guidance they need to become expert teachers? Join us to learn how to support new teachers as they create classroom communities for better learning through:

• building relationships and connections
• creating and managing positive classrooms
• maintaining and sustaining personal balance


• Named 2010 NationalTeacher of the Year by President Barack Obama

• National and international spokesperson for education

• Laureate Emeritus for the Teaching Channel

• Weekly blogger “Ask Sarah” on Teacher2Teacher

• Author of “Open Teaching” blog

• Host of PBS Teaching Channel series

• Author of Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards

• Nationally Board Certified Teacher since 2005

A Collaboration of Minnesota ASCD and the Minnesota Department of Education, School Support Division

Early Bird Registration open until OCTOBER 12, 2018

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2018 Spring Conference - Taking Care of Yourself, While Taking Care of Your Students on April 12, 2018

Teachers, administrators, counselors, school board members, coaches, mentors, consultants and advisors-

Please join us for the MN ASCD Spring Conference, Taking Care of Yourself, While Taking Care of Your Students. Minnesota experts and mental health organizations will share their expertise on ways for educators to refine relationship skills and take care of themselves and support the social emotional needs of students in their classroom.

Social emotional well-being is an essential component for strong relationships, a positive school culture, high academic achievement and the development of global citizenry. This conference is a big step toward achieving that end.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/MNASCD18

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4th Annual New Teacher Support Summit
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4th Annual New Teacher Support Summit

Join Dr. Tina Boogren, Marzano Research Associate and author of Support Beginning Teachers, for the 4th Annual New Teacher Support Summit.

Principals, superintendents, mentors, and teacher coaches: 

Give new teachers the time and professional guidance they need to become expert teachers. Investigate key research and examine the four types of support - physical, emotional, instructional and institutional-that are crucial during a teacher's first year in the classroom. Explore the unique needs of new teachers of color. Discover essential strategies for K-12 mentors, coaches and school leaders to develop an effective mentoring program school wide.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Gain an understanding of how to establish a solid foundation for mentoring relationships.
  • Acquire specific strategies to provide essential physical, emotional, instructional, and institutional support for beginning teachers.
  • Frame essential instructional support strategies within a common language of instruction, including how to engage in goal-setting, focused practice, focused feedback, observations, and discussions of teaching in order to immediately and continually improve instructional practice for the beginning teacher.

Take advantage of the Early Bird rate until December1, 2017!

Register here.


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Fall Relicensure Round-Up
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Fall Relicensure Round-Up

  • Minnesota Department of Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Teachers, Administrators and people looking to renew your teacher or administrator license, join us for MN ASCD's Fall Relicensure Roundup

Earn up to SEVEN Minnesota Educator Relicensure Clock Hours*, including the new Suicide Prevention CEU

REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO  OCT. 4, 2017 Register here

All sessions are in Conference Center B. Watch signage. National American University and Conf Center B are on the west end of the complex, right behind Target. 

Fee: $25. per session or $125. for a Full Day Pass.

BONUS SESSION!!! We've had requests to add a Suicide Prevention CEU, so you are welcome to bring your own lunch or order in and eat during a FREE* suicide prevention session from 11:30-12:30. (*Free to those attending any other session. For those who ONLY want Suicide Prevention session, the cost is $25.)


8:00 Technology Integration

9:10 Reading Preparation

10:20  Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

11:30 Suicide Prevention

12:40 English Learners

1:50 Postitive Behavioral Intervention Strategies

3:00 Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials and Instruction

36 hour notice is required if you find you are unable to attend and want a refund.

*Please note that sessions fulfill statutory requirements that may or may not reflect district-specific requirements. Please check with your local relicensure committee to confirm district requirements.

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Understanding Social and Emotional Learning Connected to Current Events
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Understanding Social and Emotional Learning Connected to Current Events

  • The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Collaboration of the Minnesota Writing Project and Minnesota ASCD

Understanding Social and Emotional Learning Connected to Current Events

  • Examine how students can make parallels between historical and current event
  • Explore ways to meet student' social and emotional needs while teaching writing
  • Learn about routines to implement in your classroom throughout the year to set the climate for difficult conversations around current events


Daniel Muro LaMere, M.Ed, is in his 12th year teaching and has taught in St Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Robbinsdale Area Schools.

Carleen Matts, MA, is in her 23rd year of teaching English and currently works with 9th graders at Hopkins North Jr High teaching language arts, yearbook, and acting and improv.

Lanka Liyanapathiranage, M.Ed, has been teaching 7th grade Language Arts at Woodbury Middle School for 10 years and recently started teaching Graduate livel education classes through St. Mary's University.

All sessions are appropriate for teachers of all grade levels and across subject areas. 

Register at http://www.mwp.umn.edu Deadline is April 18.


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Minnesota ASCD Spring Conference: Developing Trauma Informed Learning Environments
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Minnesota ASCD Spring Conference: Developing Trauma Informed Learning Environments

Don't miss out! REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, 4/14/17.


Principals, MTSS teams, social workers, behavior specialists, district leaders and educators who support students and teachers through trauma in families, schools, and communities, join keynote speaker Alexs Pate, founder of The Innocent Classroom. Learn how educators can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effect on children and learning, and how educators can change methods of interacting and responding to children impacted by trauma. 

Breakout sessions will be led by Minnesota teachers and administrative leaders, exploring their successes with proactive interventions that benefit students and teachers. Team planning and networking time will be provided in the afternoon. 

While many educators are members of ASCD, registrants must be Minnesota ASCD Affiliate Members to take advantage of the lowest price option. To check your membership status, contact MinnesotaASCD@gmail.com

Early Bird registration ends March 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Ticket prices will increase on March 28, 2017.

If you are interested in presenting a break-out session, proposal information is here.

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3rd Annual New Teacher Support Summit

Principals, district leaders, mentors, coaches, and other educational leaders who support new teachers, join keynote speaker Tony Frontier, author of ASCD's new book, Making Teachers Better, Not Bitter: Balancing Evaluation, Supervision, and Reflection for Professional Growth, for a day of learning the delicate act of evaluation, supervision, and reflection to support teachers. Breakout session will be led by Minnesota district leaders and administrators, exploring mentoring and evaluation programs to accelerate teacher effectiveness for the benefit of our students. There will be time for team planning during lunch and networking in the afternoon. 

Registration includes breakfast snacks, lunch, and a copy of Dr. Frontier's new book.

While many educators are members of ASCD, registrants must be Minnesota ASCD Affiliate members to take advantage of lowest price option. To check your membership status, contact Minnesotaascd@gmail.com

Early Bird registration ends December 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Ticket prices will increase on January 1, 2017.


MN ASCD is accepting proposals to present at the 2017 New Teacher Support Summit.

Event FLYER.


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Relicensure Roundup

See "Register HERE" below for schedule and details.

Do you need to renew your license? There are 6 requirements to renew your Minnesota Teaching License, to see specifics check out the Minnesota Department of Education website here.

Attend the ASCD Relicensure Roundup to earn up to SIX Minnesota educator relicensure credits.  Each session is one hour in length and one continuing education credit will be earned.  The specific schedule for the day is driven off of registration and need. 

Cost: $25 per credit or $125 for an all day pass.

One hour sessions include:

  • English Learners - new requirement as of July
  • Reading Preparation
  • Warning Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness
  • Technology Integration
  • Accommodations and Modifications for Differentiation
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS)


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Spring Relicensure Roundup

Attend the ASCD Relicensure Roundup to earn up to SIX Minnesota educator relicensure credits...

Register for individual requirements OR purchase a day-pass for all six and get $25 off!

One hour session schedule:

8:00-9:00: English Learners

9:10-10:10: Reading Preparation

10:20-11:20: Warning Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

11:20-12:00: Lunch (on your own)

12:00-1:00: Technology Integration

1:10-2:10: Accommodations and Modifications for Differentiated Instruction

2:20-3:20: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS)O

Download event flyer HERE.


Fairview Community Center
1910 County B Rd W
Roseville, MN 55113


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Indian Education -- An Overview: Policy to Pedagogy

Teaching staff, counselors, coaches, principals, district office personnel: Join us to explore how American Indian education reflects best practice by expanding understandings of diversity and equity. You will also gain personal perspective that will equip you as an educator to advocate for American Indian students.The session will provide an overview of historical foundations surrounding American Indian education and the relationship and responsibilities between the US Government and American Indian people. In addtion we will dispel the myth of data irrelevances as it pertains to the American Indian educational experience.

This day of learning is facilitated by Indian Education Program Coordinator Ramona Kitto Stately, and Director of Educational Equity Dr. Rev Hillstrom, both of Osseo Area Schools. Learn more about our presenters here.

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New Teacher Support Summit

Registration Closed
Minnesota ASCD offers a great opportunity for educational leaders who support new teachers. Join other principals, superintendents, mentors, and teacher coaches for a day of networking, engaging breakout sessions, and a compelling keynote speaker who will share best practices and principles for developing and supporting new teachers in your district.

Keynote speaker Bryan Harris, author of ASCD's new publication, Retaining New Teachers: How Do I Support and Develop Novice Teachers?, will share research-based strategies for supporting new teachers. Breakout sessions will be led by Minnesota district leaders and administrators, exploring mentoring programs to accelerate teacher effectiveness for the benefit of our students.

Bring your team for a great day together. Conference registration includes a copy of Retaining New Teachers: How Do I Support and Develop Novice Teachers? and lunch. 

Feb. 17 agenda and breakout sessions here



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to Nov 27

The Future of Learning Series: Equity Cohort

This year, Minnesota ASCD is excited to begin a new experience in digital collaboration. We have developed a series of web-based professional development opportunities and plan to offer them for all premium members this fall.

You can expect:

  • Three weeks of digital learning experiences per topic
  • Webinars and resources from leaders in education
  • Synchronous discussions and connected learning
  • A personalized digital space just for you

November's focus will be EQUITY -- led by Dr. Rev Hillstrom, Assistant Equity Administrator with St. Paul Public Schools.

This event is FREE to Premium members and only $10 to all other participants. Premium members will receive a personal invitation to this online learning community. All other participants will receive an invite when orders are processed.



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to Oct 10

7th Annual Teacher Leader Institute -- "Closing the Gaps: Fearless Leadership for Sustainable Change"

We are excited to welcome Dr. Veronica McDermott to our Teacher Leader Institute this year.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Veronica McDermott to our Teacher Leader Institute this year. View complete event materials HERE.

About Veronica: She believes that deep learning and inspired teaching are wondrous acts of transcendent hope that should belong to every child and every teacher. Further, she believes that educators, families and students possess untapped resources to transform underperforming schools into oases of success.

The public schools of Long Island, N.Y., served as the launching pad of McDermott’s career, which has spanned more than 30 years and extended over many roles: superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, principal, district director, dean, and teacher. Her interests in curriculum, instruction, and assessment provided her with opportunities to consult, teach, present and write for numerous districts, colleges and universities, national and international organizations, and national and local publications. She continues to focus her efforts on school transformation, social justice, and equity through her work as regional director with the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She is a frequent contributor and faculty member at conferences and workshops dedicated to the role of leaders and leadership teams in school transformation.

McDermott received her BA and MA in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She earned a professional diploma in administration from Long Island University and completed her doctoral work at New York University.

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