Nov. 11-13, 2018

Cragun’s on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minnesota

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2018 MREA Annual Conference

Engaging Students NOW

Join us at the 2018 MREA Annual Conference to find ways to make learning relevant, authentic, and valuable in students’ lives.  More than 40 presenters will share best practices, solutions, and research on this period of adolescent transition and readiness transformation.  

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Save $45 per person when you register teams of 3 people or more from the same MREA member organization.

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Early Bird Sessions

7:00 pm Sunday 

  • Continuous Improvement: Essential Role of School Leaders  
  • Financial and Capital Projects: Tools & Case Studies 
  • Media Lessons: Stories that Make A Mark 
  • Twists, Turns & Celebrations of Personalized Learning 

Breakout Session 1

10:05 am Monday 

  • Achieving a Landmark Bond Referendum 
  • Alternative Teacher Licensing and Micro-Credentialing 
  • Basics of Effective English Learner Program 
  • Collaborative School Counseling 
  • Emergency 101: Preparing Students  
  • IB Framework for Success in Greater Minnesota 
  • If Rigor Were Easy, We’d All Be Doing It! 
  • One Big Rock to Student- Centered Classrooms  
  • Self-Paced Math Experience 

Breakout Session 2

11:10 am Monday 

  • Cybersecurity and Students: What You Should Know 
  • Enlivening Arts and Engagement
  • High Reliability: Becoming Level 1 Certified
  • Innovative Projects Improving Mental Health 
  • Making Changes and Having Difficult Conversations
  • Maximize Construction Proceeds 
  • Unit Planning for Long-Term Success
  • Using edTPA for Teacher Growth 
  • Using Home Languages in Classrooms
  • Vision 2025: Minnesota Blueprint for AFNR Education 

Breakouts Session 3

1:30 pm Monday 

  • 10 Seconds to View…A Lifetime on the Web 
  • Employment Law for Rural Administrators 
  • ENVoY and Transforming Power of Influence 
  • Leverage Commitment to Develop World’s Best Workforce 
  • Making Our Schools Safer 
  • Poetry Out Loud: Engaging Classroom Curriculum 
  • Restorative Practices: Alternative for Punitive Consequences 
  • Tiered Licensure and You 
  • The Death of Discipline: Alternatives to Suspension

Deep Dive Session

10:05 am – 2:45 pm Monday 

  • Active Learning and Moving Students into the Fast Lane


4:00 PM   Conference Check-in starts

5:30 PM   Light Dinner Buffet

7:00 PM   Early-Bird Workshops


7:00 AM     Breakfast Buffet

8:15 AM     Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker

10:05 AM  Breakout Sessions 1

11:10 AM   Breakout Sessions 2

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:30 PM     Breakout Sessions 3

3:00 PM    Mindstorm

4:15 PM     Legislative Lessons & Social

6:00 PM    Awards Banquet

7:30 PM    Dessert & Conversation


7:30 AM     Breakfast & Gallery Walk

9:30 AM     Closing Speaker

10:30 AM    MREA Annual Business Meeting

11:00 AM     Prizes, Pick up CEUs & Send-off

Member Registration (Opens July 9)

*Non-members see below


  • $275 Early Bird per person through Oct. 26
  • $315 per person after Oct. 26
  • Includes optional free Gallery Walk vendor booth
  • Register Conference Individual

Teams (3+)

  • $165 Early Bird per person through Aug. 10 
  • $230 per person beginning Aug. 11
  • $270 per person after Oct. 26
  • Includes optional free Gallery Walk vendor booth
  • Teams must register and send at least 3 people
  • Register Conference Team

Gallery Walk Vendor Only:

  • $100 per person (no conference)
  • All Gallery Walk registration closes Oct. 15 or earlier if spaces fill
  • Register Conference Individual and select “Gallery Walk vendor only”

*Non-Member Registration (Opens August 15)

  • Check back August 15 for registration links

Lodging at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake

MREA has arranged a preferred lodging rate that will be honored until October 11. Accommodations are not included with the conference registration fee. Reserve your lodging today: 

  • Groups may reserve cabins rather than individual hotel rooms. 
  • Indicate room partners, cabin requests, dietary or accessibility needs, etc. 

Don’t delay, as lodging filled early last year. Contact Cragun’s directly at phone 1-(800)-CRAGUNS regarding any lodging questions. Registration is online only.

Reserve lodging online here 

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