2019 MREA Annual Conference
Relating With Students Now
Join us at the 2019 MREA Annual Conference at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd to find ways to better relate with students now. Teachers have long built relationships with students. But the importance and depth of those relationships are becoming even more critical to the ability for today’s students to learn, engage and achieve. Learn more about the research.
The MREA Annual Conference is the only conference in the state that brings together educators, administrators, school board members and other advocates across Greater Minnesota for quality professional development, networking and career recognition.
“I had great conversations with a variety of professionals—superintendents, principals, teachers, school board members. I LOVE the professional energy in celebrating and learning from success!”
It Happens in the Hallway
Mark Johnson’s career in education spans over two decades, including serving as an elementary school teacher for 12 years before becoming a principal position. He received the Milken National Educator Award in 2004 as a teacher, and as a principal was a National Blue Ribbon Award winner in 2010. He was also named Outstanding New Principal of the Year for the state of Nebraska in 2011 and was recently served as the President for the NAESP in Nebraska. His passion for Education and Elvis knows no bounds.
It Happens in the Hallway
Sam Stecher has served as superintendent of East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Nebraska since 2014. Sam got his start in education as a middle school history teacher. His passion for education led him to co-found Mission Monday with Mark Johnson. Mission Monday specializes in providing teachers, schools, and communities with interventions to foster a positive school culture. The educators also are authors of “It Happens in the Hallway,” a dynamic account of their experiences in the classroom.
Legislative Lessons: What’s Next for Rural Schools?
Sam Walseth has logged 18 legislative sessions lobbying at the Minnesota State Capitol and leading successful coalitions to improve equity in educational opportunities for rural students. He will provide an insider’s perspective on the 2019 legislative activities and share what’s next for rural schools.
Corey Martin, MD
Moving From Surviving to Thriving
Corey Martin is a Yale-trained family physician driven to change the delivery of healthcare and improve the mental and physical health of our communities. He is a founder of the Bounce Back Project and lead physician in Allina Health’s response to clinician burnout. Driven to do this work by the loss of two colleagues and friends, Corey strives to create an environment of opportunity in which all of us can do the deep, heartfelt work of changing the way we show up and interact in each other’s lives.
Here’s an at-a-glance view of the breakout sessions.
Sunday 7:00 pm
Monday 10:05 am
Monday 11:10 am
Monday 1:30 pm
|Developing Your Profile of a Graduate
Open Careers & Education Doors For Rural Students
|Career Academies: Pathway for Every Student||Kids: Community Agents Of Change|
|Small Town Robot: Documentary Viewing & Discussion
Equity In Rural Educational Settings
|Making Mission Monday Sustainable in Your School
Metier: Middle School Careers Program
It’s About Learning And Not About Grades
Prioritizing Equitable Educational Experiences, Now
Calming The Storm: Regulating Behavior
|The School Social Media Trap
Cultivate Amazing Connections With Students
Full–Service Community Schools
Unlock Literacy Through Movement
|Core Values And Student Performance
Resources That Engage All Students
Implementing POWERFUL Teaching Practices
Positive Behavior Interventions And Supports (PBIS)
Connecting With Communities Through Podcasting
|Changing Mindsets Through Student Voices And Views||Cognitive Behavioral Interventions For Trauma||Creating Practical School Threat Assessments|
|Involve Your Community
Before the Bond
|Addressing Radon in Schools||What’s New In Education Finance
Construction: It’s Not Greek To Us
|Enhancing Community Connections|
Hire And Retain!
|Supporting New Teachers From The Start
Educator Collaboration In Action
|Personalizing Professional Development
Internships For Success
Partnering For School Success Through Instructional Coaching
|Raising Teachers: Add Water & Stir
The First Year of Tiered Licensing
Deep Dive Workshop
|Supporting Farm Youth Through Understanding And Intervention
(10:05 am – 2:45 pm)
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
4:00 PM Conference Check-in Starts
5:30 PM Light Dinner Buffet
7:00 PM Early-Bird Workshops
MONDAY. NOV. 18
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 Reception
TUESDAY, NOV. 19
7:00 AM Breakfast & Gallery Walk
9:30 AM Closing Speaker
10:30 AM MREA Annual Business Meeting
11:00 AM Prizes, CEUs & Send-off
Individuals Register here.
- $275 per person through Nov. 1
- $315 per person Nov. 2-8
- Includes optional free Gallery Walk vendor booth through Oct. 15
Teams Register here.
- Must register at least 3 people per team
- $189 per person Early Bird through Aug. 9 ($567 team of 3)
- $229.50 per person Aug. 10-Nov. 1 ($688.50 team of 3)
- $270 per person Nov. 2-8 ($810 team of 3)
- Includes optional free Gallery Walk vendor booth through Oct. 15 (GALLERY WALK REGISTRATION CLOSED OCTOBER 8)
Gallery Walk Only (CLOSED OCTOBER 8)
- $200 per person (without conference registration)
- Register as Conference Individual and select “Gallery Walk vendor only”
- ALL Gallery Walk registration closes Oct. 15 or earlier if space fills
- $600 per person, conference only through Nov. 1
- $700 per person, Gallery Walk booth only, through October 15 (GALLERY WALK REGISTRATION CLOSED OCTOBER 8)
- $1,200 per person, conference and Gallery Walk booth, through Oct. 15 (GALLERY WALK REGISTRATION CLOSED OCTOBER 8)
- Use the link above to reserve and pay for meals for guests who are not registered for the full conference. Available meals include Sunday night through Tuesday morning, including the Awards Banquet.
NO REGISTRATION AFTER NOVEMBER 8
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 (800) CRAGUNS regarding any lodging questions. Registration is online only.
2019 GALLERY WALK REGISTRATION HAS NOW CLOSED.
Reach out during the Gallery Walk to increase your reach with professional educators while creating a strong network of associates. When you need to talk with school administrators and educators, Gallery Walk is your place to successfully connect. It’s held concurrently with breakfast on Tuesday, allowing vendors more interaction time with conference attendees.
Gallery Walk registration opens July 10 for members and August 15 for non-members:
- Exhibiting is included with Conference registration for MREA Associate/school district members. (Check box during registration.)
- Gallery Walk only (no Conference registration) for Associate/school district members is $200 per person.
- Gallery Walk only (no Conference registration) for non-members is $700 per person; non-member Conference registration including Gallery Walk is $1200 per person.
- Registration closes October 15 or earlier if all spaces fill.
Plan Your Booth
- Booth displays must be set up by 6:45 am Tuesday. Set-up is from 8:00-9:30 pm Monday and 6:15-6:45 am Tuesday in the Event Centre.
- One 8 ft. long by 30” wide covered table and two chairs are provided. Skirting, dividers, and drapery are not provided.
- Electricity and WiFi are available at every table. Vendors should supply extension cords and power strips.
- Table-top banners and displays work best. Floor-standing banners and exhibits may be accommodated behind tables or replace tables.
- Booth set-up is flexible and must be contained within the space occupied by the table and chairs.
- Food preparation is allowed only with prior permission from Cragun’s.
- Vendors are provided breakfast before Gallery Walk opens.
- Booth take-down is allowed during the Closing Session and Business Meeting provided there is no disruption to these other conference activities.
- Bring a small stamp or sticker to validate participants’ Gallery Walk Passports after they visit your booth. Completed passports qualify schools to win additional prizes.
- Any and all conference giveaways are limited to $5 or less value per individual to comply with Minnesota’s gift law for public officials.