Nov. 17-19, 2019

Cragun’s on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minnesota

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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!”

Here’s an at-a-glance view of the breakout sessions.

>> Learn more about the sessions.


Early Bird

Sunday 7:00 pm 

Breakouts 1 

Monday 10:05 am 

Breakouts 2 

Monday 11:10 am 

Breakouts 3 

Monday 1:30 pm 

& Content  


  Developing Your Profile of a Graduate


Open Careers & Education Doors For Rural Students 

Career Academies: Pathway for Every Student KidsCommunity Agents Of Change 

Learning &

Small Town Robot: Documentary Viewing & Discussion


Equity In Rural Educational Settings 

Making Mission Monday Sustainable in Your School  


MetierMiddle School Careers Program 


It’s About Learning And Not About Grades 


Prioritizing Equitable Educational ExperiencesNow 


Calming The StormRegulating Behavior 

The School Social Media Trap 


Cultivate Amazing Connections With Students 


FullService 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 

Student &
School Safety 

Changing Mindsets Through Student Voices And Views  Cognitive Behavioral Interventions For Trauma     Creating Practical School Threat Assessments  

Finance &

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 

Staffing &


Staff Engagement:
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 TeachersAdd Water Stir  


The First Year oTiered Licensing 

Deep Dive Workshop 

  Supporting Farm Youth Through Understanding And Intervention 

(10:05 am – 2:45 pm) 


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 Reception


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


Register here.

  • $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)

Guest Dining

Reserve here.

  • 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.


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.

Reserve lodging online here 

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