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. 

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Development Seminar/Webinar
June 20, 2019

This Professional Development Lunch & Learn Seminar
is being sponsored by

Middle Child Syndrome: Keys for Mid-level Giving Programs

Development  Lunch & Learn Seminar
June 20, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Academy of Holy Angels, 6600 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield (map)

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.

Hayley Mueller

Director of Major and Planned Giving
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Presentation

Seminar Content

While the mid-level is defined differently for every organization, it represents the donors who give more than the direct mail annual fund donors and less than the major gift donors. This group is literally in the middle of your overall donor file, yet they are capable of large gifts and increased engagement.  Through traditional moves management strategies focusing on personalization, nonprofits are reaping the long-term benefits of the mid-level donor as they move up the donor pipeline.  Without a robust mid-level program, nonprofits are at risk of losing a critical group of donors in an ever-competitive fundraising world.  This session will look at the current trends with mid-level giving and will outline key steps needed to start and/or maintain a successful program.  Engaging the mid-level donor now will be beneficial for decades to come.

Seminar Goals:

  • Understand what a mid-level donor is and their value to a nonprofit organization.
  • Learn about the current trends within the nonprofit sector as they pertain to mid-level giving.
  • Walk away with an outline of key steps to start and/or maintain a successful mid-level giving program.

Presenter Bio

Hayley Mueller has worked in Development for over 10 years from a phonathon caller in college to major, principal and planned giving work in her current position. She has worked at Cretin-Derham Hall, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and has experience in annual giving, major and principal gifts, planned giving, donor cultivation and stewardship and capital and endowment campaigns. Her interest in mid-level giving began as a graduate student where she researched and created a capstone project on the often forgotten, mid-level donor. Hayley is a St. Paul native and attended St. Mark’s and Cretin-Derham Hall. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict and a master’s degree from Hamline University. Hayley resides in Eagan with her husband , Kyle and two children, Jack and Lucy.

STEM-Technology Seminar/Webinar
May 16, 2019

This Professional Development Lunch & Learn Seminar
is being sponsored by

Journey Toward Exploratory and Experiential Learning

STEM-Technology  Lunch & Learn Seminar
May 16, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Thrivent Financial Conference Room 701 Xenia Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416 (map)

Golden Hills Office Center (Tall office building on the northeast corner of Xenia and Park Place Drive)
Enter through doors at the center of the building.  Free parking is available in main and upper open ramp adjacent to building.

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.

Amanda Kopischke, Founder & CEO
and
Angela Anderson: Chief Creative Officer

Incubate to Innovate, LLC

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Presentation
Framework for Exploratory & Experiential Learning
ChangeMaker Prototyping
ChangeMaker Mindsets
ChangeMaker Innovation Process
I Like, I Wish, I Wonder

ChangeMakers for Impact Video

Seminar Content

Understand the Zone of Predictability vs. the Zone of Possibility and how one can reframe learning experiences, utilize mindsets, and implement innovation design thinking to invite learners and leaders into exploratory and experiential learning. Learn and embrace ideas for systemic and systematic implementation of exploratory and experiential learning within your school community.

Presenter Bios

Amanda Kopischke is the Founder and CEO of Incubate to Innovate, LLC. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Bethel University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Saint Mary’s University. Amanda is an author, speaker, developer, and bridge builder empowering others to reimagine education.

Angela Anderson is the Chief Creative Officer of Incubate to Innovate, LLC. Angela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Middle School Education from Bethel University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Bethel University. Angela is an innovator, speaker, designer, and connector who is passionate about coming alongside educators on their journey.

Admissions & Marketing Seminar/Webinar
March 21, 2019

This Professional Development Lunch & Learn Seminar
is being sponsored by

How to Decode the Retention Formula

Admissions & Marketing  Lunch & Learn Seminar
March 21, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Maranatha Christian Academy, 9201 75th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 (map)

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.

Barbara L. Mooney, VP of Operations
and
Lisa Anderson, Director of Schools

Healey Education Foundation

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Presentation

Retention Audit Handout from Healey Education Foundation

Resources from Healey Education Foundation

Notre Dame Community Events Handout

Seminar Content

The presenters will identify the retention formula to determine current behaviors and practices that lead to credibility, empathy, and trust.  We will introduce ROB and examine Retention Oriented Behaviors that involve your whole team, principal, faculty and staff.  We will share best practices from around the entire country and have a panel of current directors share what they are doing to show double digit enrollment growth while retaining 90% or more of their existing families.

Participants will participate in a self-reflection and analyze their own individual school photos as well as other photos that determine credibility crashers, empathy erasers, and trust takers.

Attendees will take home a Best Practices list that they can begin using immediately!

Presenter Bios

Barbara L. Mooney – Vice President of Operations, Healey Education Foundation

As Vice President of Operations, Barbara L. Mooney leads the development and rollout of the Healey Education Foundation’s enrollment management methodology for PK-12 Catholic schools. She also serves on the Healey leadership team to set strategy and goals for the organization and deliver best practices in school governance and development. Barbara brings to the Foundation a strong PreK-8 education administration background, team building and change management experience and a solid track record in business operations. An entrepreneurial leader with a 30-year track record in driving sales for innovative and high growth companies, she is accomplished in sales management, new business development, organizational growth and strategic planning. She has a proven ability to turn around underperforming and challenged markets.

 

Lisa Anderson – Director of Schools, Healey Education Foundation

Lisa Anderson works with a cohort of Healey partner schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis. In her initial assignment launching the pilot phase of the Foundation’s program in the Twin Cities, she coaches and trains six elementary schools in implementing the Advancement Methodology for success in governance, enrollment management and fundraising. Lisa has nearly 25 years of comprehensive development experience in the areas of major gifts, board management, volunteer management, marketing, communications and consulting. She had served as Philanthropy Consultant with Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb, where she provided counsel to nonprofits in fundraising management, capital campaigns, boards and planned giving. Prior to that role, she was a Senior Development Officer at St. Thomas University where she supported the University’s $500 million capital campaign and cultivated and solicited annual gifts, campaign donations and planned giving dollars.

STEM Seminar/Webinar
January 17, 2019

This Professional Development Lunch & Learn Seminar
is being sponsored by

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)

Registration is now closed. Contact MISF at 651-297-6716
for further information.

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.

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
Jenna Laleman, STEAM Teacher, Nativity of Our Lord School

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Presentation
Additional Makerspace Opportunities

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.

Jenna is the STEAM specialist at Nativity of our Lord Catholic School in Saint Paul. She works with preschool-6th grade students during the school day and after school, balancing time between a computer lab setting and the school’s Makerspace area, the Creative Learning Lab. Additionally, she is a mentor for one of the school’s all-girls First robotics teams. Jenna is passionate about offering students opportunities to work collaboratively and grow in creative confidence as independent problem-solvers. She loves to learn from and with her students daily!

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

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Presentation

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

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Presentation

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

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Presentation

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.

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.

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.