Summer Workshops

As your central Minnesota service cooperative, we are committed to delivering relevant and impactful training and workshops each summer for educators across the region. Our goal is to cultivate valuable professional development opportunities that empower educators to elevate student success in their classrooms and to grow within this rewarding profession. Take advantage of these valuable professional development opportunities this summer to set yourself up for success in the coming academic year. Register now to invest in your professional growth and make a lasting impact on the lives of your students. Together, let's shape a brighter future for education in our community!

Check out all of our professional development opportunities we will be offering this summer!
June 2024
The Deepest Well Book Study

Description:

Gain insight into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on childhood growth and development, physical health and long-term well-being, by diving into The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris. Connect with school nurses, health assistants, counselors and educators to discuss and gain perspective on ways to support our students throughout their lives. All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. 


Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 8:30 - 9:30 am

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Nursing CEU,  Educator CEU
Who should enroll? School nurses, health office assistants, support staff, licensed teachers


Facilitator: Amanda Lamecker, RN, LSN

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2024

Date:
June 5, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am
June 12, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am
June 19, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am
June 26, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction Book Study

Description:

Students in 3rd grade and higher need to be learning 2,000 - 3,000 new words a year.  Vocabulary is a key component to reading comprehension and important to student success across all content areas.  Join us in June as we read Bringing Words to Life by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown and Linda Kucan.  This book is grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension.  All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. 


Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Teacher CEU

Who should enroll? Elementary & Secondary Licensed Teachers


Facilitator: Kelsey Harps

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2024

Date:
June 5, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am
June 12, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am
June 19, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am
June 26, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

UDL Now! Book Study

Description:

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), author Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners succeed in a post-pandemic world. Join Education Director, Michelle Wang, as we read and discuss Novak’s book, UDL Now!: A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Unviersal Design for Learning (3rd Ed.). All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book.


Dates: June 6, 13, 20, and 27

Time: 7:30-8:30 am

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Teacher CEU; Administrator CEU

Who should enroll? Support staff, licensed teachers, administrators, higher education

 

Facilitators: Michelle Wang 

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: May 23, 2024

Date:
June 6, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
June 13, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
June 20, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
June 27, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

The Make or Break Year Book Study

Description:

For at-risk students, the freshmen-year transition will set the stage for a path to graduation or dropping out. This book study will follow how schools in Chicago began to use research to reorganize their educational system to support all ninth grade students on their path to graduation. Educators, counselors, and leaders invested in student success will gain valuable insight from this book and perspective of fellow participants. All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book.

 

Dates: June 6, 13, 20, and 27

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Teacher CEU
Who should enroll? Support staff, licensed teachers, administrators, higher education


Facilitator: Alison Orgaard

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: May 23, 2024

Date:
June 6, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm
June 13, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm
June 20, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm
June 27, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

Todays AI in Education

Description:

Discover the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your educational and professional endeavors. Engage in hands-on exploration of generative AI's tools to witness how it can simplify tasks, boost efficiency, and save valuable time. This interactive workshop will also foster discussions on the ethical considerations of incorporating AI into classrooms. Bring your devices to explore along with the presenter.

Workshop Goals:

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of AI's inner workings
  • Explore ways AI can assist in various educational tasks
  • Discuss the responsible and ethical uses and potential limitations of AI in education
  • Familiarize yourself with several AI applications designed for educators
  • Apply AI to enhance your professional practices

Workshop Outline:

  • Begin with hands on activity that demonstrates how AI machines learn
  • Present How AI can assist with Educational Tasks
  • Hands on Activity to learn about Algorithms
  • Discussion of the Ethical Implications and Responsible uses of AI
  • Demonstration of Educational AI platforms
    • MagicSchool AI
    • Eduaide AI
    • Brisk AI
  • Exploration of AI tools to assist with educational and/or professional practices

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: June 5, 2024

Date:
June 11, 2024 8:00am - 11:00am
June 13, 2024 8:00am - 11:00am
August 15, 2024 8:00am - 11:00am

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost:
Full Member: $50 Associate Member: $67 Non-Member: $83

Preserving Professional Credentials: A License Saver Session for Educators

Description:

Are you needing to complete your requirements prior to renewing your license? Join our Resource Training and Solutions Education staff to meet all requirements within one day! Registration cost includes lunch. Hour-long sessions include: Reading preparation, multilingal learners, accommodations and modifications, mental health and suicide prevention, cultural competency, and PBIS. Registration is for the full day; partial day registrations are not available.

 

Dates: June 18, 2024

Time: 8:30-3:30 (includes lunch)

Location: Resource Training & Solutions, 137 23rd St. S., Sartell

CEUs: Teacher CEU

Who should enroll? Licensed educators


Facilitators: Resource Training & Solutions Education Department Staff


Cost: 

Full Member: $110 (includes lunch)

Associate Member: $147

Non-Member: $183 

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: June 4, 2024

Date:
June 18, 2024 8:30am - 2:30pm

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost:
Full Member: $110 (includes lunch) Associate Member: $147 Non-Member: $183

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Description:

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adolescents ages 12-18. You’ll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to young people who are struggling. You’ll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.


AFTER THE COURSE, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO: 

  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • Understand how to interact with a young person in crisis.
  • Know how to connect a young person with help.
  • Better understand trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.

Date:  June 26th, 2024
Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm 

Location: Resource Training & Solutions, Sartell          

 

CEUs: Administrative CEU, Educator CEU

 

Who should enroll? Everyone

 

Facilitators: Brittani Daniel, Director of Insurance & Wellness
Megan Perry, Regional Licensed Social Worker

Cost includes: Mental Health First Aid Manual, Participant Processing Guide, and lunch

Cost:

Full Member: $200

Associate Member: $267

Non-Member: $333

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: June 3, 2024

Date:
June 25, 2024 9:00am - 3:30pm

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost:
Cost: Full Member: $200 Associate Member: $267 Non-Member: $333

July 2024
I Love It Here Book Study

Description:

This virtual book club is dedicated to delving into Clint Pulver's empowering book, "I Love It Here." In our sessions, we'll explore Pulver's insights on identifying talent, building a sense of ownership, and developing a workplace culture that employees will love. Through discussions and shared experiences, we’ll uncover practical strategies for cultivating an organization your people never want to leave. Whether you're a seasoned professional or embarking on a new journey, this is an opportunity to connect with others and gain valuable perspectives. All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. This book club is appropriate for educators and those outside the education sector.


Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 7:30-8:30 am

Location: Zoom/Virtual

CEUs: Teacher CEU; Administrator CEU

Who should enroll? Leaders interested in transforming their workplace into one where people don’t just survive, but thrive. 


Facilitators: Michelle Wang 

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: June 25, 2024

Date:
July 9, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
July 16, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
July 23, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
July 30, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

(Re)Defining the Goal Book Study

Description:

How can we best prepare students to be successful in the modern workforce? Many students leave education over-educated, under-employed, and facing mounting college costs. Kevin J Fleming has been a leader in career development research and advocate for preparing students to hold a competitive advantage in the modern workforce. We will use this study to learn, assess our own programming, and learn from others perspectives. All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book.

 

Dates: July 10, 17, 24, and 31

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Teacher CEU
Who should enroll? Support staff, licensed teachers, administrators, higher education


Facilitator: Alison Orgaard

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2024

Date:
July 10, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm
July 17, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm
July 24, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm
July 31, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

The Art of Coaching Book Study

Description:

This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find this to be a wonderful resource.  This summer book study will provide participants with a collaborative environment to dive deeper to Elena Aguilar’s effective strategies.  All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. 

 

Dates: July 24, 31 and August 7, 14

Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Teacher CEU

Who should enroll? Elementary & Secondary Licensed Teachers


Facilitator: Kelsey Harps

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2024

Date:
July 24, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am
July 31, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am
August 7, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am
August 14, 2024 8:00am - 9:00am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

August 2024
Relentless Book Study

Description:

Whether you're an educator, administrator, or passionate advocate for education, our book study provides a collaborative platform to exchange ideas and inspire action. Join us as we delve into "Relentless" by Hamish Brewer, igniting a passion for relentless pursuit of excellence in education and beyond. All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book.


 

Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 7:30-8:30 am

Location: Zoom/Virtual

CEUs: Teacher CEU; Administrator CEU

Who should enroll? Support staff, licensed teachers, administrators, higher education

 

Facilitators: Michelle Wang

 

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: July 18, 2024

Date:
August 1, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
August 8, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
August 15, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am
August 22, 2024 7:30am - 8:30am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

The Mindful Nurse Book Study

Description:

Mindfulness research has proven effective in changing our brain and biology in positive ways. The Mindful Nurse, by Carmel Sheridan, offers nurses a new skill set to incorporate everyday mindfulness practices. Join Amanda Lamecker, Regional Licensed School Nurse as you learn strategies to cope with the challenges of the profession and sustain compassion for those you care for. All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. 


Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 8:30 - 9:30 am

Location: Virtual via Zoom

CEUs: Nursing CEU

Who should enroll? School nurse, health office assistant


Facilitators: Amanda Lamecker, RN, LSN

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: July 18, 2024

Date:
August 1, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am
August 8, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am
August 15, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am
August 22, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

Explicit Instruction Effective and Efficient Teaching Book Study

Description:

This virtual book club will provide educators from all classroom settings an opportunity to collaborate as they dive into using an explicit instruction approach to their classroom lessons. Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented--and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area.  All meetings will occur via Zoom. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. 


Dates: August 7, 14, 21, 28 

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Location: Zoom

CEUs: Teacher CEU

Who should enroll? Elementary & Secondary Licensed Teachers


Facilitator: Kelsey Harps

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: July 24, 2024

Date:
August 7, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am
August 14, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am
August 21, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am
August 28, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $60 Associate Member: $80 Non-Member: $100

Back to School: Mental Health Professional Preparation

Description:

Dive into mental health grab & go resources, crisis resources, county, and state resources to fall back on in times of need. 

Topics include but are not limited to: mental health screenings, suicide assessments & safety planning, grab & go lessons, helplines, mobile crisis teams, housing emergencies, reporting, documenting, IEP’s & 504’s, resilience building interventions, LGBTQIA+, games & fidgets, therapy, and treatment options. 

 

Date: August 13, 2024
Time: 9:00-11:00

Location: Virtual via Zoom        

 

CEUs: Educator CEU


Who should attend? School social workers and counselors who are new to the field or to the school setting. Existing professionals needing a resource overhaul! If these topics interest you as a mental health professional in another setting you are welcome to join! 


Facilitator: Megan Perry, Regional Social Worker

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: August 6, 2024

Date:
August 13, 2024 9:00am - 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member + College Student: $50 Associate Member: $67 Non-Member: $83

Catalyst Team: NED Grant Session

Description:

We highly encourage you to draft your catalyst team this spring and send as many team members to the summer session as possible. Teams should be developed per school, not district. We recommend including (but not limited to): 1 administrator, dean of students (if applicable), 1 school social worker/counselor, and 1 teacher.  

NED support for participating schools will include:

  • Establish implementation teams to build capacity for trauma-skilled training, restorative practices, and non-exclusionary discipline policies and procedures.
  • Resource will deliver evidenced based training on Trauma-Informed Systems.
  • Monitor implementation using data, providing technical assistance as needed.
  • Provide a toolbox of non-exclusionary discipline practices that focuses on accountability, restorative practices, and supportive relationships. With a trauma-informed lens, the toolbox will hold tools, strategies, and resources to use with individuals, in classrooms, and for the purpose of community building.
  • Operationalize a facilitated network for participating districts/schools.

This  work will benefit Tier 1, 2, and 3 support, foster inclusive and accountable culture, prioritize relationships and accountability, and shift mindsets from reacting to behavior to understanding the behavior - working WITH the student. 

Date:  August 14th 
Time: 9-1  

Location: Resource Training & Solutions, 137 23rd St. S., Sartell      

 

CEUs: Educator and Admin CEUs


Who should enroll? Administrators, Dean of Students, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Teachers

 

Facilitator: Megan Perry, Regional Social Worker 

 

Cost: The cost of this training is covered by the Non-Exclusionary Discipline Grant from MDE. Fees for this training cover lunch, which cannot be included in the grant.

Full Member: $20/person

Associate Member: This event is open to full members only.

Non-Member: This event is open to full members only.

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: July 31, 2024

Date:
August 14, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost:
Cost covers lunch.

Girls Group Training

Description:

According to the Minnesota Student Survey, our girls are struggling now more than ever. 
This Girls Group training provides a run-through of an 8 week group for middle school and high school girls. The purpose of the group is for girls to learn about themselves, stress, build peer support, as well as provide direct services for those who may have identified needs. This group includes skill building in the areas of emotion management, assertiveness, mindfulness, problem solving, and positive connections. The weekly lessons are designed to assist girls in developing skills that will help them with everyday stress as well the chronic stress they may be experiencing. Each topic has roughly 50 minutes of material, which can also be broken down into smaller sections. 

The training slides I use with you will be the same slides (with embedded activities) you will use with students to help them build and nurture the strength that lives within them.
 

Week 1 - Group Overview | Strengths 

Week 2 - School Topics | Conflict Resolution

Week 3 - Anxiety, Stress, and Healthy Coping

Week 4 - Positives and Negatives of Social Media

Week 5 - Body Image

Week 6 - Positive Identity

Week 7 - Friendships + Relationships

Week 8 - Celebrate + Appreciate

 

Date:  August 15th, 2024
Time: 11:00 -12:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom        


CEUs: Educator CEU

 

Who should enroll? Middle school & high school social workers, counselors, and educators comfortable with mental health and the topics listed below.

 

Facilitator: Megan Perry, Regional Social Worker

 

Cost includes curriculum to use with students.

Cost:

Full Member: $95

Associate Member: $127 

Non-Member: $158

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2024

Date:
August 15, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $95 Associate Member: $127 Non-Member: $158

Resilience Group Training

Description:

The Resilience Group training provides a run-through of an 8 week Resilience Group for middle  and high school students. The purpose of the group is for students to gain the experience of building emotional resilience through practical reflections, discussions, and activities. Each topic has roughly 50 minutes of material, which can also be broken down into smaller sections. . Material can be used in two ways:

  1. Use as an 8 week group led by a counselor, social worker, case manager, or educator
  2. Incorporate materials into class as social emotional learning opportunities for students
    The training slides I use with you will be the same slides (with embedded activities) you will use with students to help them build and nurture the resilience that lives within them.
    Week 1 - Know Yourself
    Week 2- Your Story 
    Week 3- Be Here Now
    Week 4 - Bright Spots 
    Week 5- Compassion
    Week 6- Play + Create 
    Week 7- Change 
    Week 8- Celebrate + Appreciate

Date:  August 15th, 2024
Time: 9:00 -10:00 am

Location: Virtual via Zoom         

 

CEUs: Educator CEU


Who should enroll? Middle school & high school social workers, counselors, and educators ready to lead group discussions in the much needed area of “Resilience”


 

Facilitator: Megan Perry, Regional Social Worker

Cost includes curriculum to use with students.

Cost:

Full Member: $95

Associate Member: $127

Non-Member: $158
 

VIRTUAL

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2024

Date:
August 15, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Cost:
Full Member: $95 Associate Member: $127 Non-Member: $158

Back to School: Health Assistant Preparation

Description:

Are you looking to improve your proficiency in the school health office? Whether you’re an experienced veteran of school health or brand new to the health assistant role, this training provides an opportunity to hone your skills and review best practices. Included topics: medication administration, diabetic management and insulin pumps, gastrostomy tubes, catheterization, seizure management and data collection. 


Dates: August 20th

Time: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

Location: Resource Training & Solutions

CEU’s: Nursing CEU’s

Who should enroll? Health office assistants


Facilitators: Amanda Lamecker, LSN

 

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: August 6, 2024

Date:
August 20, 2024 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost:
Full Member: $87 Associate Member: $116 Non-Member: $145

Trauma + Resilience

Description:

The bad news is trauma is a fact, but the good news is, so is resilience! We can’t talk about making a school trauma informed without talking about how to make a school resilience-focused. We may not be able to take away toxic stress and trauma that a student has experienced or will continue to experience, but we can create new experiences of resilience in our schools.

 

Understand trauma as an experience and how providing resilience-building opportunities positively impacts all students, but especially those who've experienced trauma. This material helps bridge the gap between the significant needs of students today and the number of caring adults who know how to support them. Gain some new ideas, practical tools, and strategies to make your work both rewarding and effective.

Date: August 21, 2024
Time: 12:30-3:30

Location: Resource Training & Solutions, Sartell          

 

CEUs:  Educator CEU, Administrator CEU


Who should enroll? Administrators, educators, mental health professionals, educational support staff, or anyone who interacts with students who’ve experienced trauma


Facilitator: Megan Perry, Regional Social Worker

 

Cost:

Full Member: $64

Associate Member: $85 

Non-Member: $107
 

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: August 7, 2024

Date:
August 21, 2024 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost:
Full Member: $64 Associate Member: $85 Non-Member: $107

Substitute Success: Training Essentials for New Substitutes

Description:

Are you new to substitute teaching? This professional development session is designed to equip new substitute teachers with the essential skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the classroom. Covering topics such as classroom management techniques, effective communication strategies, and lesson delivery methods, this training provides the confidence and competence to effectively support student learning and maintain a positive classroom environment. 

Dates: August 27

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: Resource Training & Solutions, 137 23rd St. S., Sartell

CEUs: Teacher CEU; Administrator CEU

Who should enroll? Those who are new to the education field and interested in serving as a substitute teacher.


Facilitators: Michelle Wang

IN-PERSON

Registration Deadline: August 13, 2024

Date:
August 27, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location:
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

Cost: $150.00