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LOCAL EVENTS - April 2018

See what's happening at NJPA, and throughout Region 5, for the month of April

See what’s happening at NJPA, and throughout Region 5, for the month of April

All events held at NJPA (unless noted otherwise)


Tuesday, April 10

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Connections High School Project Night PresentationStudents from Connections High School share their final projects.

Wednesday, April 11

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Department of Education - Title I, II, and III Spring TrainingThis workshop will highlight the changes in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements for Federal Title Programs I, II, and III. Participants will be provided information on how Title programs support the World's Best Workforce Plan, using evidence-based strategies for implementing Title programs, overview of the new accountability system, and changes in district SERVS applications. Resources and practical examples will be shared. Register by April 9. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 11

5 - 8 p.m.

27th Annual Student Recognition Banquet

(Madden's Resort in Brainerd)

NJPA will honor 44 students from 22 Region 5 high schools as Rising Stars. Each is selected by his or her respective school staff, with the criteria that they are “unsung heroes” of their district - the behind-the-scenes students that receive little (if any) recognition for their hard work and dedicated service to their community, school, and fellow students. Donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals make it possible for each student to receive a scholarship, plus a chance to win door prizes. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 12

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Performance Management 101This special topic workshop is designed for county administrators and department heads with a focus on performance management. Participants will cover three major areas: performance reviews, ongoing communication, and performance-improvement planning with the goal of developing a framework for establishing a system for managing employee performance. Presented in partnership with the Association of Minnesota Counties by Gary Weiers, management consultant from DDA Human Resources, Inc. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 18

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

English Language Development SeriesThe third session of a multi-part series for educators looking to better reach English Language Learners. Attendees will focus on designing lessons with language in mind, creating language objectives, analyzing academic language load of curricula, and building background knowledge. Learn more at

Tuesday, April 24

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Todd County Citizens Against Drugs (CAD) Coalition - monthly meetingCAD is a collection of friends, family, community leaders, and neighbors all working together to address issues relating to the prevention of underage alcohol consumption, adult alcohol abuse, and drug misuse. Meeting includes lunch. Learn more and RSVP at, or contact CAD coordinator, Connie Burns at

Friday, April 27

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Leadership Lunch & LeadJoin the Staples Economic Development Association for an introduction to the GiANT Worldwide Leadership philosophy, which supports leaders at all levels in their own leadership challenges - whether you are a Manager, Independent Business Owner, staff person, community or church leader, or community member. Includes lunch. Contact Melissa Radermacher to learn more and RSVP (by April 20) at or 218-894-2550.

Monday, May 2

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Bridging Divides: What to do when people disagreeAngry constituents? Hot topics like ‘buffer strips’ or ‘police-community relations’? Are fellow board members feeling passionate about issues? Compromise isn't the only option. In this workshop, learn what to do when emotions run high and positions are deeply held, plus how to de-escalate difficult situations and move from confrontation and conflict to effective solutions. Presented in partnership with the Association of Minnesota Counties by the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services. Learn more at


About NJPA

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 200 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.