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LOCAL EVENTS - January 2020

New Year, New Opportunities!

All events held at Sourcewell (unless noted otherwise).





Jan. 15, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Equity Advocates

For K-12 educators: Cohort participants will learn how to adapt and advocate for policies and practices that foster schoolwide equitable learning environments, enhancing engagement and achievement of all students. Second session of a five-part series. Registration is now closed. 

Jan. 15, 2020

Educators of Excellence Nomination Deadline

For everyone: Do you know a leader, team, paraprofessional, or coach in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, or Wadena counties who positively impacts students and colleagues? Nominate them by Jan. 15 for recognition at the 2020 Educators of Excellence Banquet.

Jan. 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

MDE: Year Two Physical Education Standards Workshop

For K-12 educators: This workshop provides a continued conversation about curriculum design, with an emphasis on best practices in assessments and standards-based grading. POSTPONED

Jan. 20, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Classroom Support Leadership for Paraeducators (ENVoY for Paras)

For paraprofessionals: Develop a variety of easy and practical behavior management and communication strategies. Formerly ENVoY for Paraprofessionals. Registration is now closed.

Jan. 25, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Eyes Up: Improving Mindset and Mental Skills for Athletics and Life

For coaches: Helping coaches and others bring intentionality to mental skill development through practical application. POSTPONED

Jan. 28, 2020
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Creating a Difference

For everyone: This Todd County coalition includes youth, parents, and community leaders all working together to address issues relating to the prevention of underage use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. For additional information, contact

Jan. 29, 2020
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Webinar: Differentiation Strategies

For K-12 educators: This webinar will discuss elements of differentiation and explore differentiation strategies such as questioning, grouping, and choice. Registration open until event.

Jan. 29, 2020
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Webinar: Statewide Census 2020

For all government organizations: Join this virtual, interactive opportunity to connect with community leaders and help ensure an accurate count. Registration is now closed.

Jan. 30, 2020
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Advanced SEED Seminar

For K-12 educators: Part of a five-part series, this is a peer-led professional development program focused on building capacity for more equitable curriculum, schools, and communities. Requires participation in Beginner seminar or an Equity Advocates Leadership Cohort. Registration is now closed.

January – April

Knowledge Bowl

Junior and Senior high students: Facing off against other teams, students work together to answer questions related to all areas of learning. Registration for the regional meet begins at the end of January.

Ongoing, online training

Cybersecurity for Educators

For educators: Provided by Sourcewell Technology, this online and on-demand course helps educators understand what they need to know to help students navigate the online world responsibly and safely.

Ongoing, online training

Cybersecurity for Parents

For parents: Provided by Sourcewell Technology, this online and on-demand course provides parents/guardians with basic information needed to limit your family's risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or other cybercrimes.

Ongoing, online training

Introduction to Google Drive for Administrative Assistants

For administrative assistants: Provided by Sourcewell Technology, this online, on-demand course provides introductory lessons for Google Drive including Google Documents, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms.

About Sourcewell

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 more than 325 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.