2017 Annual Conference:

November 12-14
Cragun’s Resort, Brainerd

2016 Annual Conference

Making Teaching Matter

Today’s teachers are redefining education and creating learning environments that equip, empower and inspire learners. They’re making a difference in many big and small ways. We’ll shine a spotlight on teaching through our general sessions, more than 30 breakout sessions and other learning connections. Complete the Conference Evaluation.

Reclaiming the Value of Teaching with Sarah Brown Wessling

Reimagining Education with Kayla Delzer (Slides) Watch the video of Kayla Delzer’s session, provided by the Flyer Media Productions at Little Falls Community Schools

2017 Minnesota Legislative Landscape with Sam Walseth

Early Bird Sessions

Learning to Look: Finding Learning, Shifting Instruction (.PDF)

Education’s Silent Opponent: Toxic Stress … Changing Everything

Personalized Learning: The Flipped Model (.PDF)

Teacher Cadet Program — Addressing the Teacher Shortage

Why We Play/Teach (.PDF)

Voluntary Pre-K Forum for Funded Districts (.PDF)

Breakout Session II

Creativity Through Constraint: Projects that Enliven and Challenge

Crisis in AgEd: Recruitment and Retention Efforts (.PDF)

Focus on Math and Science Teachers in High-Need Rural and Urban Communities (.PDF)

Learning to Improve: The Power of Data! (.PDF)

Inside Montevideo Public School’s Communications Initiative (.PDF)

Inclusion of Non-Traditional Populations in Post-Secondary Attainment

Online 18 — Preserving Concurrent Enrollment (.PDF)

Overview of Winona State University’s Education Village (.PDF)

Preparing Early Childhood Teachers: A Collaborative Online Licensure Program

Student Growth Measures in TDE/Q Comp

TRA Funding Challenges for 2017 (.PDF)

Sunday, Nov. 13

5:00 PM

Conference Check-in

Location: Main Lobby

5:30 PM

Light Dinner Buffet

Location: Poolside

6:15 PM

Conference Connections Kickoff

Location: Poolside

7:00 PM

Early-Bird Workshops

Monday, Nov. 14

7:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

Location: Main Dining Room

8:15 AM

Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker: Sarah Brown Wessling “Reclaiming the Value of Teaching”

Location: Event Centre

10:05 AM

Breakout Session I


11:10 AM

Breakout Session II


12:00 PM


Location: Main Dining Room

1:30 PM

Breakout Session III


3:00 PM


Location: Poolside

4:30 PM

Legislative Lessons & Social Hour: What’s Next for Rural Schools?

Location: Lakeshore 1-4

6:00 PM

Awards Banquet

Location: Main Dining Room

7:30 PM

Dessert & Conversation

Location: Lakeshore 1-4

Tuesday, Nov. 15

7:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet

Location: Event Centre

7:30 AM

Gallery Walk

Location: Event Centre

9:30 AM

Closing Speaker: Kayla Delzer, “Reimagining Education”

Location: Event Centre

10:30 AM

MREA Annual Business Meeting

Location: Event Centre

11:00 AM

Prizes & Send-off

Location: Event Centre