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Everything you need to develop and sustain leading-edge Community Education programs and services.

Discovering Possibilities (Virtual Fall Conference)       

Check out the breakout sessions available at our Discovering Possibilities conference!

Fees are based on your TOTAL DISTRICT POPULATION and for that SINGLE district fee, you can register as many people as you want.

We just ask that ONE person enter all the names & emails at one time.
One link is for payment and one link is for registration.

Pay for your district using this link:

Register everyone from your district using this link:


District Size – Fee (based on TOTAL district population) One fee for unlimited participants
Less than 5,000 – $60
5,000-19,999 – $120
20,000-49,999 – $240
50,000 + – $480
Individual NOT associated w/a District (Member) – $60
Individual NOT associated w/a District (Non-memb.) – $150
Non-member Districts – $480

October 30th, 2019

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MCEA Leadership Days
Feb. 20 & 21, 2020

Daring Leadership: Taking Smart Risks in 2020

Successful organizations take risks. Strengthen your team’s ability to take smart risks and solve problems by creating a culture of belonging, inclusivity, and diverse perspectives in your organization. We will use the tools set forth by research professor Brené Brown in her book, Dare to Lead. A Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator will illustrate the collection of four skill sets that are necessary to cultivate courage, commitment and shared purpose, strive for excellence, empathy and self-compassion and to make valuable contributions and take smart risks.

Cultures thrive when all stakeholders are engaged and active in working together. Human-Centered Design is another innovative problem solving tool that is grounded in empathy and holds the belief that any problem is solvable.

In this two-day leadership conference, participants will learn skills that will help them to build a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected and willing to tackle any problem.

Online registration is now closed. Call the MCEA Executive Office at 651-257-0752 if you wish to register. We also take walk-in registrations.

Don’t forget to reserve your room at the Best Western Kelly Inn ($93) by calling 320-253-0606 and mention MCEA Leadership Days to get that rate.

If you want to pick up a 2020 Finance Manual at Leadership Days, you can order it here.

September 24th, 2019

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How to Develop and Write Your Youth Development Plans
Presented by Amy Skare, Youth Programs Supervisor, Stillwater Com. Ed., and Michelle Kamenov, MDE
Just how do you develop and write your youth development plans? What is the process? Is there a template? It’s time to get together and develop how this gets done the right way.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Location: Minnesota Department of Ed., Conference Center A, CC-13
1500 Highway 36, Roseville, MN
$55 (includes 3 CEUs)
Register here

August 22nd, 2019

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Community Education Finance and Financial Management –Maintaining Integrity and Viability
Presented by Bob Meyer, MCEA Executive Director & C.E. Director in Chisago Lakes

CE finance and financial management is becoming increasingly complex. CE Directors, Coordinators and Managers and Supervisors are coping with numerous challenges, including changes in funding formulas, continuous balancing of multiple revenue sources, generating new revenues and protecting existing revenues in CE.
Three separate financial management sessions are being offered with a follow up clinic for technical assistance concluding the last session. These workshops will include various materials, examples and useful tools and information.

Click here to register for one, two or all three workshops (sorry – no discounts for attending all 3)

Session 1: #101… Building the Base of a Budget – Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Understanding State laws and Statutes
Reading the budget print out
UFARS coding and reporting
State budget Levy and Aide statements and reports
Oct. 8, 2019
9:30-2:30 (Lunch provided) 5 CEUs


Session 2: #201… Managing Your CE Money – Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Participants will learn how to:
Create a program budget
Handle variations in expenses and revenues
What a district audit means for CE
Trouble Shoot financial issues
Nov. 12, 2019
Location: Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud 
9:30-2:30 (lunch provided) 5 CEUs


Session 3: #301…Financial Planning and Budget Strategies-Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
Analyzing your state report
Analyzing trends and variances
Identifying areas of strength and areas of potential problems for planning purposes
Differentiation between direct and indirect expenses
Project income and monitoring budget performance
Dec. 12, 2019
Location: Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud 
9:30-2:30 (lunch provided) – 5 CEUs

August 22nd, 2019

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CEND (Community Education Network on Disabilities)

Sept. 15, 2019 in St. Cloud
Nov. 20, 2019 in Minneapolis

(More dates to come)

May 6th, 2019

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(Board meetings start at 9:30 am unless posted otherwise)
January 11 – Sartell Community Center
February 21 – St. Cloud (at 4:00 pm)
March  – No Meeting (Executive Council Only)
April 12 – TBA
May 10 – TBA
June 13- TBA
July – Executive Council Only
Aug. 8 – Lindstrom
September 13 – McGregor
October 11 – TBA
November 8- TBA
Dec. 5 & 6 – (Retreat) – TBD

January 10th, 2019

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Motivating, Growing, Coaching Employees of All Ages
Presented by Bruce Miles, Big River Consulting
A highly adaptable program to make your job and your employees job more enjoyable and fulfilling. Techniques and strategies that can be immediately and easily applied to assist employees of all generations in their professional and personal growth and job related motivation. Specific attention to goal-setting, intrinsic motivation, reward selection and specific leadership strategies. Participants will be working on information provided to improve listening skills and make coaching sessions shorter and more results-focused.  Coaching homework for employees, determination of “Will vs. Skill” for the less than successful employee. Assessment tools and management strategies for all participants.

Date: Thursday, April 18 (This is a rescheduled workshop due to bad weather cancellation)
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: St. Anthony Community Center
Presenter: Bruce Miles, Big River Consulting
Fee: $70
3 CEUs
Register here

January 9th, 2019

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Please visit the Adult Community Educators page on our website under Resources, then click the link under networking groups to see the location and times of each meeting.

2019/2020 Meeting dates:

Thursday, November 14
Topic: Communications with Amanda, Lakeville
Thursday January 23
Topic: Calculating the cost of space, instructors and classes with Andrew, Minneapolis
Thursday April 30
Topic: Social Media/Marketing and Using Eleyo to create email marketing with Matt, Rosemount/Eagan/Apple Valley
All meetings:
Time: 9:30 – Noon
Location: Eisenhower Community Center – Room 223
1001 Highway 7, Hopkins MN 55305
Host: Andrea Sjogren

November 9th, 2018

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Leadership Roles: Facilitating Team Meetings and Sustaining Team Effectiveness
Presented by Scott Nelson

Team effectiveness is the ability to influence others through support and encouragement. Engaged members of your team should be dedicated to developing themselves because they know that excellence takes a lifetime of professional growth.
Objectives of the workshop: Facilitate what’s working, what’s not working and what’s needed; Create dialogue around hot topics and surfacing issues; Motivate others to achieve peak performance; Inspire a culture of accountability; Define roles and set expectations; Lead with confidence; High level discussions.

Date: Thursday, December 13
Time: 9:30-12:30
Location: Edina Community Center
Presenter: Scott Nelson
Fee: $80
3 CEUs
Register here

October 16th, 2018

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National Community Ed. Conference – Oct. 27 – 29, 2021 at the Minneapolis Marriot NW, Brooklyn Center

May 1st, 2018

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