MREA hosted the 2015 Annual Conference on Great Beginnings: When Learning Starts Early, Inspires and Applies from Nov. 15-17 at Cragun’s on the Lake in Brainerd. We share the electronic versions of the presentations and resources we received from featured speakers, general sessions and breakouts here.

Featured Speakers

Building Strong Foundations for Early Student Success

Economics of Investing in Early Childhood Learning

The Economic Case for Investing in Young Children

Legislative Update: What’s Next for Rural Schools

Leadership Practices and Their Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction

Engaging Students with Technology

Early  Brain  Development  and  Its Implications  for  Learning  and Early  Childhood  Education

Breakouts I

Leveraging NAEYC Accreditation to Sustain and Scale

Minnesota’s Early Childhood Landscape: Lessons and Opportunities

Indian Education Funding in Minnesota: New Opportunities

Research-Based Strategies for PK-3rd Grade Students to Meet Standards

Unlock the Alphabetic Code

Major TRA Changes Impacting Schools

What’s Your Plan? Preparing Students for a Career

Breakouts II

Dare to Do the Digital Dance

Integration Statutes Related Statutes

Permanent Rules Relating to Achievement and Integration

PreK-3 Strategies for School Readiness and Third Grade Reading Proficiency

Engage Students with Video for a Purpose

Engage Students ACT District Report

Use Social Media to Tell Your Spectacular School Stories

Sanford Education Center’s Early Childhood Programs Under One Roof

Breakouts III

Use Data for Early Literacy Interventions

Career Changers: College of St. Scholastica

Career Changers: Winona State University

Inspire Creative Thinking; Apply Critical Thinking

New Standards, Timeless Goals: Every Child K-2 A Reader

Shortage: Minnesota’s Changing Teacher Licensure Policy Landscape