Professional Development Opportunities 

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  • 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:

  • 12 Sep 2019 10:18 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)


    Overcoming Racism 2019: Dismantling White Supremacy - Its Power, Structures and Culture November 15-16, 2019 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Register now!

    'Like' us on Facebook to be part of our ongoing conversation.

    Scroll down for details & other upcoming opportunities - including one tonight!



    Overcoming Racism Conference registration is OPEN and Early Bird pricing ends September 24 - just 12 more days! This conference fills fast, so don't procrastinate.

    Check the registration page for registration cost and information to collect if you are registering a group.

    Indigenous/native persons attend do not need to pay to attend (though we do ask that you register) and student ticket cost is low. Volunteers are assigned duties for 3-4 hours and attend for free. Those options are on the registration form.

    If you will need a scholarship, click here to apply right away! You will need to have your scholarship approved before you register.

    Registration is linked from the conference registration page or go directly to


    FREC 2019 OCR Flyer

    Click to view conference flyer

    Keynote speakers & performers for the 2019 Overcoming Racism conference: Joe Feagin & Winona LaDuke and Exposed Brick Theatre

    On Friday we will hear from & interact with:

    Winona LaDuke, Environmentalist, Political Activist, Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, Founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. She has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues.

    Joe Feagin, Ella C. McFadden and Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, does major research on systemic racism, classism, and sexism issues. He has published 70 scholarly books in these research areas, including The White Racial Frame

    Saturday morning's plenary will be an adapted version of "American as Curry Pie" presented by Aamera Siddiqui of Exposed Brick Theatre who will also facilitate dialogue about the performance experience.

  • 4 Sep 2019 11:11 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)




  • 4 Sep 2019 10:58 AM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    BICA Training - Special Education Law - Section 504 Workshop

    This training will be available in person and/or live on line.

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights act that prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of their disability.  Section 504 protects all students with disabilities; those covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and those who are not in special education.  Section 504, like the IDEA, requires that educators deliver a free appropriate public education (FAPE), which is often accomplished by having school-based teams develop Section 504 plans to deliver a FAPE.  The purpose of this presentation is to explain the requirements of Section 504 and describe how the law affects issues such as discipline and bullying.

    Participants will learn:

    ·         Overview of Section 504 and FAPE

    ·         Requirements of Section 504

    ·         How the law affects issues such as discipline and bullying

    Faculty:  Mitchell Yell, Ph.D. - Univ. of South Carolina, Fred and Francis Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education, Special Education


    DATE Wednesday, Sept. 11

    TIME   1:00 pm -4:00 pm

    LOCATION     Little Canada, MN

    COST  $40 (by Sept. 6) + Webinar Option*

                $45 (after Sept. 6)


    REGISTRATION         Online Registration

    or call 651-484-5510


    Please share with friends and colleagues who may be interested.

    Thank you.


    Sheldon Braaten, Ph.D.

    Executive Director

    Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents

    203 Little Canada Road E. Suite 200

    Little Canada, MN 55117

    Ph 651-484-5510

    Fax 651-483-3879

    Cell 651-335-8002

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