Lunch & Learn Seminars

MISF’s Lunch & Learn Seminars are opportunities for K-12 independent school professionals and staff to connect and engage in idea sharing to help schools enhance the offerings they provide students and families.

Admissions, marketing, development, and technology staff are exposed to practical, hands-on tools presented by experts from local and national organizations who share valuable information about current trends. 

Click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor of a Lunch & Learn Seminar.

2018-2019 Lunch & Learn Seminar Dates

October 25, 2018-Admissions & Marketing
December 6, 2018-Development
January 17, 2019-STEM
March 21, 2019-Admissions & Marketing
May 16, 2019-STEM/Technology
June 20, 2019-Development

STEM Seminar/Webinar
January 17, 2019

Embracing the Maker Movement at Your School:
Designing a Purposeful Makerspace

STEM  Lunch & Learn Seminar
January 17, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Nativity of Our Lord, 1900 Stanford Avenue, St. Paul, 55105 (map here)

Join in person or via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn CEU credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Click here to register

CANCELLATION/NO-SHOW POLICY: Registration fees paid are nonrefundable; however, they may be transferred to another staff member (including board members, committee members, volunteers, or any individual affiliated with your school community). Cancellations for unpaid registrants who notify MISF less than 48 hours of the seminar or do not show up to the event will be charged as follows:
MEMBERS – $25; NONMEMBERS – $65.

Anne Schneeman Dougherty, Engineering Teacher, Benide-St. Margaret’s
Justin Spencer, Associate Director of Education, The Bakken Museum
Nicole Koen, Makerspace Coordinator, Mounds Park Academy

Embracing the Maker Movement at Your School: Designing a Purposeful Makerspace

Does your school have a makerspace, FabLab, hackerspace or are you thinking about creating one? In this seminar we will consider the philosophy behind makerspace learning environments through hands-on experiences and discussion. Maker education is fundamentally about approaches, mindsets, and community–more than it is about stuff. Yet, we know that educators need support, tools, and resources to fully participate. Discussion will include defining your school’s maker philosophy, research behind this popular movement in STEM education, guidelines for outfitting your makerspace, and the role of teachers, school leadership, parents and other stakeholders in creating a culture that supports making.

Presenter Bios

Anne has 20+ years (but who’s counting) creative problem solving in communications, technology, research, robotics and education. In 2016 she founded the Nativity Creative Learning Lab  (a STEAM initiative at a large Catholic elementary school) focused on using Maker Education to prepare students to be fearless and persistent learners. She also teaches engineering at Benilde St. Margaret’s in Minneapolis (which includes frustrating students to tears some days).  Along with her co-teachers, she’ll be taking 20+ students to Australia this summer for the international RoboCup Rescue competition.

Justin is the Associate Director of Education at The Bakken Museum, where he has been leading youth invention programs and summer camps for more than a decade. In addition, Justin serves on MISF’s STEM Advisory Committee. He has also worked as a high school physics and electronics teacher, and holds a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota.

Nicole runs the AnnMarie Thomas Makerspace at Mounds Park Academy. She is an experienced maker and lifelong learner filling shoes that are too big, but wearing them with a smile and loving every minute of it! The AnnMarie Thomas Makerspace is a place for the community (at MPA and beyond) to dream, imagine, share, grow, innovate, play, and inspire one another. It is the only PreK-12 creative center of its kind in the Twin Cities.

Development Seminar/Webinar
December 6, 2018

Crafting the Donor Story

This Professional Development Lunch & Learn Seminar
is being sponsored by

Development  Lunch & Learn Seminar
December 6, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Sunrise Bank Corporate Headquarters (not a branch location)
2525 Wabash Avenue, St. Paul, 55114. (MAP HERE)

Join in person or via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn CEU credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Online registration is closed

CANCELLATION/NO-SHOW POLICY: Registration fees paid are nonrefundable; however, they may be transferred to another staff member (including board members, committee members, volunteers, or any individual affiliated with your school community). Cancellations for unpaid registrants who notify MISF less than 48 hours of the seminar or do not show up to the event will be charged as follows:
MEMBERS – $25; NONMEMBERS – $65.

Kyle Queal
Vice President, Mission Advancement Professionals

CRAFTING THE DONOR STORY

Could you be confusing your donors with too much information? Do they see too much clutter in your materials? How can you give them absolute clarity about your mission and gain their trust? Your major donors deserve a unique and compelling story in which they are the central character. Let them partner with you to overcome your biggest challenges and then celebrate a successful conclusion together. This will help you realize a capacity giving and healthy, balanced donor relationships.

This session will help you:

  • Discover the language your donors need to hear
  • Design the steps of personal interaction with key donors
  • Deliver a unique and compelling experience for your donors

Presenter Bio

For the past 20 years, Kyle Queal has served in various capacities within the nonprofit space, including teaching, starting and leading a ministry at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, and serving as Director of Development and then Head of School for The Covenant School of Dallas. Just prior to joining MAP, he worked for the largest public charter school organization in Texas, Responsive Education Solutions, serving as Vice President of Learning & Leadership Development.

Kyle is a native of North Texas who grew up in the Lakewood area of East Dallas. He earned a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy from UT-Austin and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Sarah live in Richardson, TX with their three great kids: Molly, Sam, and Sophie and dog Lucy.

Admissions & Marketing Seminar/Webinar
October 25, 2018

Standing Out, Being Bold & Working a Plan

Admissions/Marketing  Lunch & Learn Seminar
October 25, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church~Adjacent to Notre Dame Academy, Minnetonka

Join in person or via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn CEU credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Online registration is closed

CANCELLATION/NO-SHOW POLICY: Registration fees paid are nonrefundable; however, they may be transferred to another staff member (including board members, committee members, volunteers, or any individual affiliated with your school community). Cancellations for unpaid registrants who notify MISF less than 48 hours of the seminar or do not show up to the event will be charged as follows:
MEMBERS – $25; NONMEMBERS – $65.

Megan Junius
President & Creative Director
Peter Hill Design

Seminar/Webinar Content

Let’s face it. There are a lot of education choices out there and it’s hard to distinguish a school against competitor. Even harder is working with limited resources including small budgets, limited staff and time.

The presentation will highlight our examples of our work with St. Thomas More (St. Paul) and how the brand has evolved, gained awareness and impacted enrollment. Examples of how to create marketing strategies and execute a plan will be included. In addition, we will feature work for District 196 and Lakeville Area Schools to illustrate our process for gaining consensus in a broader system and developing cohesive branding and messaging.

Presenter Bio

Megan Junius has worked in design for more than 18 years as a graphic designer and art director, leading brand and advertising projects for national consumer and B2B clients.
Megan embraces project challenges head-on and never lets go.
She combines her big picture understanding with a fine grasp of details. Her firm foundation in print and digital marketing assures that even the most complex and large-scale projects sail through to final execution with ease. She works closely with clients to understand objectives and brings back creative solutions from her award-winning team that produce those ‘aha’ moments.
Megan is an Iowa native, a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict, and a mom of three. She resides in Saint Paul with her husband and family.

Development Seminar/Webinar
June 21, 2018

Utilizing Volunteers to Enhance Your Fundraising Efforts

Join in person or via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn CEU credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Online registration is now closed

CANCELLATION/NO-SHOW POLICY: Registration fees paid are nonrefundable; however, they may be transferred to another staff member (including board members, committee members, volunteers, or any individual affiliated with your school community). Cancellations for unpaid registrants who notify MISF less than 48 hours of the seminar or do not show up to the event will be charged as follows:
MEMBERS – $25; NONMEMBERS – $65.

Development Lunch & Learn Seminar
June 21, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis

Tina Palmer
MA/CFRE

Tina Palmer, MA, CFRE has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years with significant leadership experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, management, and board governance. Her areas of expertise include: annual fund, donor acquisition, individual donor cultivation and stewardship, communications and public relations, major and planned gift fundraising, capital campaigns, and event planning.

Seminar/Webinar Content

Fundraising is HARD work… you can’t do it alone! As Development professionals, you have limited staff and funding resources. Tapping into your volunteers will enhance your work and make you significantly more successful. During this session, we’ll talk about specific opportunities to build and utilize a Development Committee, as well as other volunteers (including students and parents) to grow contributions at your school. Samples of volunteer job descriptions will be provided, as will lists of resources to help educate you, your school’s leadership, and your volunteers on how to be effective in your fundraising efforts.

Reading in Science Workshop
June 19, 2018

Close Reading in Science:
Engaging middle & high school students in challenging text
to enhance science learning

Special MISF Members-Only Opportunity!

Attention secondary science teachers:  Join the Bakken Teacher Academy for a FREE full-day workshop for teachers grades 6-12 from MISF member schools!

June 19, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Lunch included)

Location: The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. South, Minneapolis

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – Free

Registration Closed-Session Full

Facilitated by

Beth Murphy and Betsy Stretch

In this workshop, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of “close reading” and how it can be used in the secondary science classroom to support learning goals, promote student engagement, and help students make meaning of complex nonfiction text.

Topics covered include:

  • selecting appropriate and challenging texts from both historical and contemporary sources;
  • demonstrating active reading for students through teacher modeling;
  • annotating to facilitate student attention to text for future tasks such as writing and discussion; and
  • developing and scaffolding text-dependent questions to focus student attention on important parts of the text.

This workshop will also feature discussion techniques designed to get science students talking (in pairs, small groups or with the whole class) to help them build engagement with, understanding of and connections to challenging text.

Armed with a deeper understanding of how “close reading” can benefit science learning—and using the tools and practices described above—participating teachers will then collaborate to develop and improve lesson ideas that they can use with their science students.

Following the workshop, participants will have access to an online repository of texts for Close Reading and lessons created by science teachers who have participated in Bakken Teacher Academy workshops.

Technology/Admissions/Marketing Webinar
May 16, 2018

Growing Enrollment through Effective Digital Content

Technology/Admissions/Marketing Lunch & Learn Webinar
May 16th, 2018
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Webinar Only

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn CEU credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – Free
Nonmember Schools – $25

Online Registration is Closed

Marc Ohmann

President

DS6

Improve enrollment yield through a high touch, student-centric approach to content marketing. Learn how to drive more students through the door and into the classroom by providing the right content at the right time to prospective and admitted students. All while gaining the business intelligence you need to make timely, data-driven decisions that will improve your process.

Admissions/Marketing Seminar
March 22, 2018

The Birth of a Culture of Ownership
and how YOU can implement this NOW

Join in person or via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn CEU credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Online registration is now closed.

Admissions/Marketing Lunch & Learn Seminar
March 22, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Bethany Academy – 4300 W 98th St, Bloomington, MN 55437

Janice Crampton

Executive Director

Association of Independent School Admission Professionals

 

In July 2007, AISAP Board of Directors appointed Janice Crampton to serve as their Executive Director. She brings more than 35 years of experience in school and university experience to the organization. AISAP is a global association whose mission and vision is to support and advance those involved in admission and enrollment management in their responsibilities for advancing institutional mission and financial sustainability.

A graduate of Bucknell University, Janice began her professional career in the university’s Office of Admission, traveling throughout the United States as well as internationally working with international and transfer students. Janice also served with the State of New Jersey Department of Higher Education, working for the Assistant Chancellor, and as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Gill St. Bernard’s School, a prekindergarten-grade 12 school in New Jersey. Returning to her college admission and placement roots, she Janice was Director of College Counseling at Francis Parker School in California, followed by Greenwich Academy and The Williams School in Connecticut, before her arrival to The Country School located in Madison, Connecticut. Janice has served on the board of directors for local charities and several independent schools.

Lunch and Learn Seminar/Webinar
January 18, 2018

Non-cognitive Mindset Development in
Authentic Learning Environments

Technology Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar
January 18, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location 

Notre Dame Academy
Fellowship Hall
13505 Excelsior Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Steve will be presenting in person and also via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn BOSA-approved continuing education credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor of a Lunch & Learn Seminar.

Online registration is now closed.

Steve Pohlen
Director of Learning and Technology
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School

As technological advances progress, machines will take over more and more of the manual and cognitive tasks that we humans once performed. What will be left for us, and how do we prepare our students for that world? Developing student mindsets for complex communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking is vital. This session will discuss curriculum design for maximizing mindset development.

Development Seminar/Webinar
December 7, 2017

Development Seminar

Development Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar
December 7, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location

Bethany Academy
4300 W 98th Street
Bloomington, MN 55437

The Role of CEO in Independent/Private School Fundraising

Fundraising is essential to the health, vitality and sustainability of independent schools.  The responsibility for generating development revenue through events, direct mail, phone calls and personal visits often falls to the CEO of the school, and in many cases, the CEO feels unprepared for the role.  Even in schools in which there is a development director or team, the CEO is responsible for creating and supporting a culture in which a development program can thrive.  In this session, the role of the school CEO in development, and ideas for creating a culture of giving in your school will be explored.

Steve will be presenting in person and also via webinar.

Open to all MISF member and nonmember schools in Minnesota.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn BOSA-approved continuing education credits!

Cost:
MISF Member Schools – First in person attendee: Free
MISF Member Schools – Additional in person attendees: $25
MISF Member Schools – Attending via webinar: Free

Nonmember Schools – Attending in person: $65
Nonmember Schools – Attending via webinar: $25

Online registration is now closed.

Steve Hoeppner
Vice President
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

As vice president, Steve is responsible for assisting the president and CEO in the overall management and strategic direction of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. His primary focus is education, which involves researching grant opportunities, visiting with potential grantees, making grant recommendations to the Foundation’s board of trustees, and ensuring that grants to educational institutions produce meaningful results.

Previously, Steve was executive director of development at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was responsible for managing the university’s development operation and staff. Before joining St. Thomas, Steve served as director of development at Fraser, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of educational, health care, and residential services to children and adults with special needs.

A Twin Cities native, Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas. He and his wife, Beth, are the parents of two daughters and live in Eagan, Minnesota.