Nov. 17-19, 2019

Cragun’s on Gull Lake

2019 MREA Annual Conference

Relating With Students Now

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!”


4:00 PM   Conference Check-in Starts

5:30 PM   Light Dinner Buffet – Poolside

6:15 PM    Conference Connections Kickoff – Poolside

7:00 PM   Early Bird Workshops


6:45 AM     Breakfast Buffet – Main Dining

8:00 AM     Welcome & Opening Keynote Speakers

10:05 AM  Breakout Sessions 1

11:10 AM   Breakout Sessions 2

12:00 PM   Lunch with Gov. Tim Walz (Main Dining Room) and Rural Proud Moments (Pioneer)

1:30 PM     Breakout Sessions 3

3:00 PM    Mindstorm – Poolside

4:15 PM     Legislative Lessons & Social with Sam Walseth – Lakeshore 1-4
with Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker

6:00 PM    Dinner & Awards Banquet – Main Dining Room

7:30 PM    Dessert & Conversation – Poolside


** All activities in Event Centre

7:o0 AM     Breakfast & Gallery Walk

9:30 AM     Closing Session

10:30 AM    MREA Annual Business Meeting

11:00 AM     Prizes, Pick up CEUs & Send-off

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 

Harnessing the Power of the Student Voice 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) 

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