MEA registration now open

EddieMooreJr-promophoto.jpgEducation Minnesota members can now register for the state’s largest professional development conference.

The 2019 Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference will be Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and once again, open to just Education Minnesota members and college students working to become educators.

The day will feature more than 80 workshops, with a focus on sessions that meet the state’s relicensure categories. Keynote speaker Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., will kick off the conference by talking about why racial justice work is the work of all of us, no matter where we live or who we know.

Moore is the co-founder and director of The Privilege Institute and The National White Privilege Conference, which provide opportunities and possibilities for research, publications, speaking and collaborations by those committed to true social and institutional change.

He received his doctorate in educational policy and leadership studies at the University of Iowa. Under his direction and inclusive relationship model, the White Privilege Conference has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege and leadership.

Education Minnesota members will need to register for the conference. Register early to get in to the classes you want. Same-day registration is possible, if space is available. To see the workshop listings and register today, go to www.educationminnesota.org/events/mea.

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.

Education Minnesota will be offering free onsite child care during the MEA conference. Registration will open by early August, so watch our website for more information.

The service is open to kids ages 6 months to 10 years. ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 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 Minnesota Educator magazine.

A printable schedule and detailed workshop descriptions are available at www.educationminnesota.org/events/mea and on the Education Minnesota Crowd Compass event app.

What you need to know

The Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference is held at Saint Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul on the third Thursday of October each year. It includes a full day of activities on Thursday. There are no longer Friday sessions.

When: ThursdayEM-MEA_Color_Logo.png, Oct. 17. No Friday sessions.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102.
Admission: Free and open to Education Minnesota members only.
Registration: Education Minnesota members must register for workshops.
Exhibits: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Workshops: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Child care: Free onsite child care will be available for Education Minnesota members during the MEA conference. The service is open to kids ages 6 months to 10 years, and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration will open by early August.

Can teachers earn continuing education credit at the conference?
You might be able to earn clock hours and fulfill some relicensure requirements. You’ll receive a certificate of attendance at the end of each workshop session you attend. Your local continuing education committee determines whether to approve the credit.

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Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.