Professional Development Opportunities 

If you have or know of a professional development opportunity that would be a good for Minnesota School Psychologists, please email our webmaster at with the information that you'd like us to post. We'll email you to confirm its posting. 

  • 25 Aug 2020 8:30 AM | Meghan Hickey (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Department of Education,  Minnesota Department of Human Services and MNPBIS are excited to offer this webinar  to support the work of Multi-Tiered System of Supports and School Mental Health .

    August 25th, 8:30-10:00, The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) with Kelly Perales and Brian Meyer from the Midwest Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Center

    The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is an implementation framework designed to integrate Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and School Mental Health (SMH) within school systems by recognizing the shared contributions of each system. The ISF applies the core features of MTSS to intentionally integrate mental health, community, school and family partners through a single system of support to promote wellness. This session is designed for district, school, and mental health partners to explore how to efficiently and effectively meet the social-emotional-behavioral health needs of all students. Strategies, resources, and tools will be shared with participants, in addition to examples of how education and mental health systems can create a single system of delivery. This webinar is a collaborative effort between the Divisions of Special Education and School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education as well as the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division.

    Registration is limited, please only register if you are able to attend the live event.  If we are able to provide a recording an announcement and link will be made at a later date.

    To register, please click on the link below:

    For any other questions, please contact the PBIS Management team

  • 24 Aug 2020 1:00 PM | Meghan Hickey (Administrator)
    • Check-In/Check-Out as a Tier 2 Support: What Does It Look Like and How Can It Be Adapted During Distance or Hybrid Learning Environments, Dr. Kevin Filter, MSU-Mankato
    Register at

  • 14 Aug 2020 9:00 AM | Meghan Hickey (Administrator)

  • 28 Feb 2020 9:23 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Wisconsin School Psychologists Association Spring Conference 2020

    20/20: Bringing the Practitioner into Focus

    Wintergreen Resort and Convention Center

    Wisconsin Dells, WI

    March 5th-6th, 2020

    Register Here!

  • 28 Feb 2020 9:22 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    The Restorative Practices in Schools and Communities Trainings

    June 15-26, 2020 in Bemidji, Cloquet and Crystal

    Registration is now open!

    The Minnesota Department of Education School Climate Center is offering two weeks of Restorative Practices training in three locations in Minnesota: Crystal, Cloquet and Bemidji. Restorative Practices are approaches based in Indigenous knowledge that schools can use to improve school climate, encourage youth voice and as an alternative to exclusionary discipline. The trainings are open to anyone who works with youth, in or out of schools. Schools are encouraged to send a team to the trainings. Individuals are welcome.

    There are sessions for people who are just beginning their exploration of restorative practices as well as sessions to help experienced practitioners hone their practice and deepen their knowledge. For more information, below are the links:

    For guidance on what sessions to attend, refer to Frequently Asked Questions on Restorative Practices in Schools and Communities June Trainings.

    Please feel free to contact Nancy Riestenberg if you have questions about these events.

  • 5 Feb 2020 7:31 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    The Minnesota School Psychologist Association would like to share a professional development opportunity at the 8th annual MinneSLIFE conference, being held at Hamline University, on March 21st, 2020.  Registration is free for those who would like to attend and learn more about our Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education.

    Recently, the criteria for SLIFE has changed meaning more school psychologists and special education teams will be encountering, making interventions for, and assessing this group of students. Participants will learn what the new criteria are and information to consider when serving our SLIFE population.

    Registration is on a first come first serve basis and attendance has a cap so don't hesitate!

  • 25 Nov 2019 9:43 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Legislative Opportunity: Learn, Network, Collaborate, Advocate.

    Blueprint to Ending Poverty

    Friday, December 06, 2019    12:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    Hamline University Anderson Center  774 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

    In 2009, Minnesota Legislature Commission to End Poverty created a report with a pathway to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020.

    What has worked? What hasn't? What do we need to do next?

    We will examine poverty from the perspective of courts, nonprofit organizations, corrections, and personal experience. CEU’s available. For more information and to register click here


    Jim Scheibel

    Former St. Paul Mayor and Professor at Hamline University

    Catherine Johnson

    Director of Hennepin County Dept. of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation

    Andrew Gordon

    Associate Director of The Legal Rights Center

    Julia Dinsmore

    Personal Experience

    Representative Carlos Mariani

    Minnesota Representative for District 65B

    Senator John Marty

    Minnesota State Senator representing District 66

    Senator Jim Abeler

    Minnesota State Senator representing District 35

    Legislative Co-Chairs: Sally Baas and Marilyn Leifgren

  • 11 Nov 2019 2:00 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    UW-River Falls 

    On November 15th, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00, Katie Maki, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program at the University of Florida will present Specific Learning Disabilities: Attempting to Implement Meaningful Practices for a Problematic ConstructAn optional lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 is also available for attendees at no charge. The session and the lunch will be held at the UW-River Falls Hudson Center (2501 Hanley Road, Hudson, WI 54016) in Room 200B.

    See the link below for additional session details and to reserve your seat. 

    Registration for UW-RF Professional Development Session

  • 25 Oct 2019 7:43 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Warp Speed 11.21.19 Final.pdf

    Date: November 21, 2019

    Time: 6:00—8:00 p.m.

    Location: Plymouth Middle School Cafeteria 10011 36th Ave N Plymouth, MN 55441

    Cost: FREE

    To Register by Eventbrite:

    Questions or to RSVP by phone: 763-504-4981

    Please be aware this event will be video recorded for use by an outside documentary specialist; all participants will be asked to sign a media release. 

  • 23 Sep 2019 2:31 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    WSPA Fall Conference 2019
    Oct. 24-25
    Metropolis Resort & Conference Center
    Eau Claire, WI
    Register online at:

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