• The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funds tuition-free summer programs for K-12 educators and higher education faculty. Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. Programs are held throughout the country. These one- to four-week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and strong models of scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

    Minnesota: The Power of Leading Symposium
    November 29, 2018 8:30-1:00 pm
    Mound Westonka H.S. | Performing Arts Center
    5905 Sunnyfield Rd E Minnetrista, MN 55364
    - Lunch Included
    This is a free event

    RSVP by Monday, November 19.
    hmhco.force.com/VFRSVP - enter RSVP code: MINNETRISTA1129

    Join industry thought leaders Dr. Bill Daggett, Dr. Adam Drummond, and Treve Brinkman from the International Center for Leadership in Education and Math Solutions as they address current topics important to Minnesota educators. The future of education, ways to enhance instructional leadership, and building strategies for teachers to effectively teach mathematical processes are just some of the pertinent subjects which will be presented. We hope you can join us for this special event co-hosted with Westonka Public Schools.

    ✱ Getting Relationships Right
    December 4-5, 2018
    8 am-4:30 pm
    Radisson Red Hotel Minneapolis 
    Use the code MPA25 to saves $25 per registration (Minnesota participants only)

    Many of you expressed an interest in hearing more from Dr. Kent Pekel on the topic of Developmental Relationships.  The Search Institute is offering a workshop December 4-5 at the Radisson Red in Minneapolis and the Search Institute is offering a discount for Minnesota participants.

    Leadership and teams of at least two or more people from schools, youth programs, and other organizations that serve young people. While teams can be comprised of people who play many different roles, at least one member of the team should be a leader who has responsibility for the professional development of staff or other important aspects of organizational improvement.  

    The workshop prepares teams  to return to their schools and programs to lead professional development sessions and organizational improvement efforts that help staff build developmental relationships with all of the young people that the organization serves. To help them achieve that objective, leaders leave the workshop with:

    • Instructions for facilitating interactive professional development activities that engage staff in thinking and talking about ways to strengthen relationships in their organizations.
    • PowerPoint slides accompanied by suggested scripts that they can use to provide staff with compelling information on the power of relationships to improve youth outcomes and the five elements of a developmental relationship.
    • The Getting Relationships Right Workbook, which includes six practical tools that leaders can use to help staff become more intentional and inclusive in their approach to relationships.

    Racial Justice Leadership Institute
    February 25, 2019
    8 am-5 pm
    Minnesota Department of Education
    1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113,
    Conference Center B


    The fifth annual Racial Justice Leadership Institute will be held February 25, 2019. Applications are due November 15, 2018. This institute is designed to empower educational leadership teams (both K-12 and higher education) to sharpen their critical consciousness and their ability to drive real, sustainable, systemic change in their organization.

    Looking for a book study for your leadership team?

    MASA's "What We Are Reading" Blog is a great resource.


    SCHOOL TAX REFERENDA: A Comprehensive Planning Model for Success
    Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) and Springsted Incorporated

    Monday, April 8, 2019
    9:15 am - 4 pm
    at the MASA Building in St. Paul

    Click here to register

    Based on past workshops, registering a district team is highly recommended to ensure a common understanding.
    This is a workshop based on a book on referendum planning co-authored by our presenter, Dr. Don Lifto. Don is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has had more than a dozen articles on referendum planning published in national journals. Don will be joined by Barb Nicol, APR, who has more than 30-years experience in the communications field. She focuses her work on providing strategic and high-quality communications expertise to school districts and education-related organizations. The workshop’s content represents a marriage of research and successful practice, emphasizing systems and strategies rather than specific campaign tactics, allowing school leaders to elevate their thinking to a more comprehensive and long-range vision of referendum planning.


    MESPA: 21st Century School Office
    June 10, 2019

    Want to go home on time? Maintaining a work-life balance is so important, but as a principal or school secretary, that may seem next to impossible. If you're buried in office work, emails, "do-you-have-a-minute" and juggling schedules on top of what you really want to be focusing on, we can help! Join us for this one-of-a-kind professional development that has been created for school office teams by school office teams to help you make your school office more efficient, manage crisis response, set standards and expectations, and bond together! You'll have work time to discuss your current office challenges and successes, and create a plan together to implement new strategies to make it even better!

    Culturally Responsive Board Leadership
    Workshop Series
    January 29, 2019
    February 19, 2019
    March 19, 2019
    5-8 pm
    Equity Alliance MN | 6063 Hudson Road Set. 218, Woodbury, MN 55125
    Informational Flyer

    To register, please contact Paula O’Loughlin at 651-379-2628 or paula.oloughlin@equityalliancemn.org.

    Equity Alliance MN is proud to offer three workshops on culturally responsive leadership for school board members. Each workshop focuses on ways to build internal capacity for culturally responsive leadership and collective capacity for school board governance using an equity lens.

    Essential Questions Include…

    • Workshop 101: What questions can I begin to ask that lead to developing equity in my district?
    • Workshop 202: Acting as a single entity, what can we do as a board to affect systemic change?
    • Workshop 303: How do we handle pushback when doing equity work?