Winning Strategies Conference for Paraprofessionals and Future Teachers 2020

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Registration Closed.
Agency: Metro ECSU
Agency Contact: Kayna Plaisted
Agency Assistant: Gail Jankowski 612-638-1522
Location: Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Facility: Enter through Kopp Student Center. Park in Lot 3
2/1/2020 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Metro ECSU and Normandale Community College are proud to present the. . .
15th Annual Winning Strategies Conference for Future Teachers and Paraprofessionals
February 1, 2020

Registration & Cancellation deadline is January 24, 2020

Audience: Paraprofessionals and future teachers
Event Cost: $25 (includes morning beverages, lunch and handouts). Credit card payments are not acepted at this time.
CEU hours: 5

Keynote Presentation:

Balance Your Conflict - Step by Step Communication to Transform Difficult Interactions

This year keynote Jodi Janati will present "Balance Your Conflict - Step by Step Communication to Transform Difficult Interactions" Got Conflict? Find your Conversation Peace. Most people have come to accept that conflict is inevitable. Assertive communication promotes healthy boundaries and can transform conflict during difficult conversations. There are a number of conflict management workshops offered each year, yet rarely does the facilitator tell participants exactly what should be said or done. The purpose of this workshop is to specifically address, "What do I say and do" when dealing with people during difficult situations to avoid destructive patterns. Participants will learn how to control their anger and emotions, be assertive and effectively defuse conflict through a variety of applied approaches. Multiple techniques will be discussed to demonstrate that practical solutions are attainable through a variety of step by step methods. For more information, visit


Participants will attend three (3) breakout sessions. Sessions will be selected at the event.

  • Drama Free Communication, Jodi Janati
  • I Don’t Need Your Help – I Need a Friend, Tess Haakonson & Aidan Kilgannon
  • Understanding and Supporting Students Who Have Experienced Trauma, Jen Zaske
  • Strategies for Working with Dual-Eligible Students (EL & SpEd), Chloe Bluth & Marie Nelson
  • Core Vocabulary for Limited and Non-Verbal Communicators, Jodi Mettee & Jenny Muehlhausen
  •  Dial Up Communication to Dial Up School Success, Jill Rentmeester Disher 
  • How Assistive Technology can Support Executive Function for Greater Independence and Success, Jenn Veenendall 
  • Sexuality for All Abilities: Safe and Healthy Relationships for All Abilities, Leah Bauman-Smith
  • Accommodations and Modifications: Equity for Each and Every, Samantha Jung
  • Getting Your SPED License, Linette Manier
  • From Practice: 2e (twice exceptional) Strategies that Work, Max Melby 

This initiative is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using Federal funding CFDA 84.027A, Special Education - Grants to States. This conference does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education; endorsement by the federal or state government should not be assumed.

Cancellation: You can cancel your own registration for an event before the cancellation deadline. (Please check the event information for specific cancellation details.) If the event has a fee, refunds are possible only if cancellation is prior to the deadline. If you do not attend and do not cancel prior to an event, you are still responsible for payment and will be billed.

Special Accommodations: Please alert Metro ECSU 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop/event if you need special accommodations, including sign language interpreters. (Metro ECSU requires a notice of 2 business days to cancel a sign language interpreter. If you fail to cancel, we reserve the right to bill your school/district for this expense.) Update your profile as needed. Special accommodations are not included with each registration, but are stored in your profile until you make changes.