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MCEA Spring Regional Meetings

Join us to discuss Legislation, Board goals, and other issues facing community educators today. If your regional meeting is at least 3 hours long, 3 CEUs will be provided. If you wish to join a different meeting other than your region, you can certainly do so.

Register here

Regions 1/2 (Virtual)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – 9:00 -10:30 am

Regions 3-6 (Virtual)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Regions 7/8 (In Person)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hermantown Learning Center, 4333 Hawk Circle Dr., Hermantown
See agenda here

Region 9 (Virtual)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – 9:00 am

March 17th, 2022

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The MCEA Equity Study Group began meeting June 30, 2020 on zoom to discuss the ways that Community Education, across the state of MN, can be more fully representing all of our communities and how racial bias is influencing our work. The meetings take place every other week for one hour and the topics that we discuss bubble up from the group. There have been three book club sessions that have come out of this Equity Study Group, reading How to Be an AntiRacist, Me and White Supremacy, and A Good Time for the Truth. The discussions have been centered on how to incorporate the insights from the books into our work in community education and our role as community education leaders. All are welcome to join the group!
Contact Kristen Stuenkel at stuenkek@colheights.k12.mn.us to be added to the list.
Meeting dates are all at 1:00 via Zoom:
March 22, 2022
April 5 & 19, 2022
May 3 & 17, 2022

March 17th, 2022

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Join us on the third Thursday of the month via Zoom for our Leadership Forums. Forums are free and last one hour. No CEUs can be given. Please register and put your questions/concerns in the registration form. Zoom link will be sent out the day prior or the morning of the forum.

Topics for spring, 2022 are below:

Thursday, March 17, 12-1pm, Marketing Ideas for Summer (and Fall)
Register here for this event only.

Thursday, April 21, 12-1pm, Enhancing and Leveraging Community, District, and Family Partnerships
Register here for this event only.

Thursday, May 19, 12-1pm Fall Planning: What’s New?

March 1st, 2022

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HR Series: From Recruitment to Retention
$45/session (no CEUs unless you attend the first three sessions)

Session 1: Recruiting & Hiring: Tips & Trends
Monday, March 14, 12-1:30pm

Struggling to find qualified candidates to fill open positions? Learn about labor force and industry trends and hiring trends from Tim O’Neill from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Walk away with a better understanding of the job market and how you can attract the best candidates.

Session 2: Onboarding: Off to a Great Start
Thursday, April 14, 12-1:30pm

You’ve hired a great candidate; now what? Onboarding is your chance to acclimate your new employee to your district, the vision and mission of your department, and the district culture. Nate Eklund from Eklund Consulting will help you discover how to get your staff off to a great start with planful onboarding. 

Session 3: Staff Engagement for Retention
Thursday, May 12, 12-1:30pm

Staff turnover is expensive and unwanted turnover negatively impacts the performance of your department. Engaged employees are more productive, provide better customer service, experience more job satisfaction and are more invested in their job. Explore the best ways to engage and retain your employees with Nate Eklund, founder and President of Eklund Consulting.

Session 4: Recruitment to Retention: Implementation Check-In
Monday, May 23, 12-1:30pm

Join others who participated in this series to share what you are implementing and what you are not. Find out what is working and ask questions of your peers.

Register here

Presenter Biographies

Tim O’Neill is DEED’s labor market analyst for the seven-county Twin Cities region of Minnesota. He focuses on labor force and industry trends, regional demographics, hiring demand, and educational outcomes. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from St. Olaf College in Northfield and a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Nathan Eklund, President and Founder of Eklund Consulting knew, after 13 years of being a classroom teacher, that there were other ways he wanted to serve the field of education. Focusing on teacher job satisfaction and organizational improvement in schools, he published his book “How Was YOUR Day at School? Improving Dialogue About Teacher Job Satisfaction.” The book led to speaking. Speaking led to consulting which led to launching Eklund Consulting.  Now that focus and passion has led to improving the lives and work of thousands of educators and administrators.

February 15th, 2022

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Community Education Finance and Financial Management –Maintaining Integrity and Viability
Presented by Bob Meyer, MCEA Executive Director

CE finance and financial management is becoming increasingly complex. CE Directors, Coordinators, 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 – Wed., Sept. 29, 2021
Understanding State laws and Statutes
Reading the budget print out
UFARS coding and reporting
State budget Levy and Aide statements and reports
Wed., Sept. 29, 2021
Location:
Best Western, Monticello

$70 
9:00-1:30 (Lunch provided) 4 CEUs
Click here to register

Session 2: #201… Managing Your CE Money – Wed, Oct. 13, 2021
Participants will learn:
How to create a program budget
How to handle variations in expenses and revenues
What a district audit means for CE
How to troubleshoot financial issues
Wed., Oct. 13, 2021
Location: Best Western, Monticello
$75
9:30-1:30 (lunch provided) 4 CEUs
Click here to register

Session 3: #301…Financial Planning and Budget Strategies – Wednesday, Oct. 27
**Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Center**
Focus will be on:
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
Projecting income and monitoring budget performance

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021
Location: Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Center **
$80
8:00-12:00 (coffee provided – lunch on your own) – 4 CEUs
Click here to register


(**Same day as the start of the MCEA Fall Conf. and different location from the previous 2 workshops – Fall Conf. begins a 1:00 pm)

 

September 2nd, 2021

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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.
PLEASE USE THE SEPARATE GOOGLE FORM TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE.
One link is for payment and one link is for registration.

Pay for your district using this link:
https://mnmcea.wufoo.com/forms/z13oywe21qv8pts/

Register everyone from your district using this link:
https://forms.gle/hAUEHCKwjVbie4EF6

 

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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Leadership Days – Feb. 17 & 18 at the Best Western Kelly Inn – St. Cloud

To kick things off on Thursday morning, we will have SSG John Kriesel. Mr. Kriesel is a local veteran and KFAN contributor who lost his legs during an IED explosion while serving our country. He will speak to us about his experience and how to have a positive view on life.
We will also have Dr. Jim Johnson, professor at Moorhead State and former Superintendent at Monticello speaking on the future of education in MN and elsewhere.
You don’t want to miss the lifetime achievement award presentation (Karen Willers & Charlie Blesener), our legislative update, Ursula Pottinga and more. Join us for this day and a half of keynotes and group discussions.

Click here to see Leadership Days flier

Thursday
8:00 – 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 Keynoter – SSG John Kreisel
10:15 – 11:15 Keynoter – Jim Johson, Prof. at MSUM
11:30 – noon – Lunch
Noon – 1:00p – Awards, Annual Meeting, Legis. Update
1:15 – 3:30 – Large Group – Kara Radke – Equity

Friday
7:30 – 8:30am – Registration, Breakfast & Welcome
8:30 – -9:45  Keynote Ursula Pottinga – Science of Stress
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote Ursual Pottinga – Stress Management by Effectiveness
11:30 – Soup & Salad Buffet & Networking lunch

Feb. 17 & 18, 2022
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud
Cost: Th/Fr. – $209 (member)
            Thur. only – $159 (member)
            Fri. only – $109 (member)
            Thur. Awards luncheon only – $25
Register here
Don’t forget to reserve your room ($97/night) by calling 320-253-0606 – mention MCEA.

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
$70 
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 
$75
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 
$80
9:30-2:30 (lunch provided) – 5 CEUs

August 22nd, 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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