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Conference Breakouts Promise Practical Ideas

By August 14, 2015 No Comments

MREA announced today the breakout sessions for the 2015 Annual Conference. The 30 sessions feature experts from inside and outside the classroom, providing practical insight and ideas on everything from early learning and career readiness to parent engagement and professional development.

Great Beginnings: When Learning Starts Early, Inspires and Applies offers plenty of networking and development opportunities for a diverse audience of teachers, administrators, school board members and other education professionals.

See all the breakout sessions and presenters.

Breakout Session Descriptions

Here are three breakout session descriptions from this year’s conference Nov. 15-17 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd:

  • Leveraging NAEYC Accreditation to Scale-up High-Quality Early Learning

For more than 30 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) accreditation system has focused on identifying and building quality. States and school districts continue to leverage NAEYC’s accreditation system to support quality improvement and assurance. Learn more at this session with NAEYC’s Dr. Susan Hedges and Jessie Watson from Horizon Academy.

  • Alternative Career Pathways and Teacher Professional Development

Educational systems are constantly talking about individualizing learning for the students, with great results. The question that still remains is, “What about teachers?” How is their professional development being made relevant for their needs and also for the district? Hear from Stephen Jones and Mark Diehl from Little Falls Community Schools  how six Minnesota rural school districts are embarking upon an initiative that creates an individualized approach to educator career advancement beyond earning graduate credits.

  • Community Broadband Initiatives – What’s in it for Schools?

Wireless internet access is increasingly available on almost every school campus, but learning does not stop outside the school door. Today’s learning requires connectivity and devices, plus dynamic curriculum. Learn how schools have played a critical role in the success of many community broadband initiatives across greater Minnesota and what role your school district can have in helping your community thrive. Join this panel presentation facilitated by Bernadine Joselyn from the Blandin Foundation.

Register Your Team Today

A team of 3 people from the same organization can attend the entire conference for only $645, a $180 savings off individual registrations. Learn more about registering.

Register yourself or a team today.