Big changes coming to MEA conference

The 2018 Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference will be Thursday, Oct. 18, only and open to just Education Minnesota members and college students working to become teachers.

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Condensing the conference down to one day and making other changes allows Education Minnesota to still offer almost as many classes as in previous years, and focus the offerings to our members who are paying dues to receive this professional development.

“Education Minnesota would love to be able to continue to provide this free service to the public,” said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht. “Unfortunately, anti-union forces are trying to financially destabilize labor unions through court cases and legislation.”

“We need to give preference to the people who are paying for the conference. Education Minnesota members, who teach and support most of Minnesota’s students, are sometimes turned away from sessions on Thursday because they are so in demand.”

The conference will continue to take place in downtown St. Paul at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, and will still be the largest professional development opportunity for educators in Minnesota.

The Thursday event will feature more than 90 workshops, with a focus on sessions that meet the state’s relicensure categories.

Education Minnesota members will need to register for the conference. Same-day registration is possible, if space is available. 

To see the workshop listings and register today, go to

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of each workshop session, but local continuing education committees will determine whether to approve the credit.

There will be no general session this year, but multiple mini-keynote speakers will be featured throughout the day. 

Confirmed mini-keynotes include the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Kelly Holstine from Shakopee, national organizer Jitu Brown and media expert Erin Walsh.

Education Minnesota will be offering onsite child care during the MEA conference. The service is open to kids ages 6 months to 10 years and will be free to Education Minnesota members.

ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ACCENT has prepared a children’s program called Camp MEA, which includes age-appropriate, curriculum-enriched activities. 

A preview containing the conference schedule and highlights will be in the October/November issue of the new Minnesota Educator magazine. A printable schedule and detailed workshop descriptions will be available at and on the Education Minnesota Crowd Compass event app.