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Regions 8 Spring Meeting - Grand Rapids
Region 8 Spring Meeting

9-9:30 am Registration / Rolls and Coffee

9:30 - 9:45 am  Introductions / Ice Breaker

Chris Langenbrunner - MCEA Region 8 Representative & Melanie DeBay, Director Itasca Collaborative

To hand out:

New SAC Guide

MCEA Mentor Forms

9:45 - 10:15 am  President’s  and MCEA Update

Dave Maurer, MCEA President, Community Education Director, Cambridge, MN &
Robert Meyer, MCEA Executive Director

10:15 - 10:25 am - Break

10:25 - 11:00 am RALLI - Legislative Update - RALLI Committee Members

11 am -  Noon Networking Tables Topics

CE Programs and Special Education Needs

Safety and Security for CE Programs


Update/ Sharing from all  tables

Noon to 1:00 -  Lunch with Speaker from Invest Early

1:00 to 2:00 pm - Afternoon Workshop - Jodi Janati

“Professional Communication & Acumen: Lead With Your Assertive Voice” (see below for description)

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Region 8 Network Meeting

Schedule for 2017-18

Register here
ISD 318 Admin Building Board Room
820 NW 1st Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Seminar Description

Most professionals are faced with difficult interactions where their integrity can be compromised. Explore how to effectively communicate, especially when functioning in the role of a group facilitator or leader. Leading with your assertive voice allows you to be clear and concise across diverse audiences while maintaining a professional tone. You will learn how to balance your personal appeals and better understand how to structure a message that best suits your communication style. Step by step methods for dealing with intense conversations and correcting broken relationships will also be discussed.


Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Learn How to Communicate in Your Most Effective Assertive Tone
  • Understand How to Best Frame/Outline and Deliver a Message for an Intended Audience
  • Apply Professional Responses that are Free from Excuses and Other Disconfirming Messages
  • Learn How to Set Healthy Boundaries, Deliver Bad News, Say No, Foster Accountability and Manage Another’s Expression of Anger

Trainer, speaker, conference facilitator… Jody Janati has an Ed.D. degree in Organizational Leadership, and a M.A. degree in Speech Communication. She currently teaches in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. She offers a variety of public and professional workshops on conflict reduction tactics and effective communication skills throughout the year. During her academic career she has held a number of administrative positions in higher education, taught for the MN state prison system and worked for various colleges throughout Minnesota. She is also the author

of five books.

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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