2020 Virtual School Leadership Conference

Monday, September 28 – Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about social distancing, this year’s School Leadership Conference will be a virtual one for MISF members only**

Conference Schedule:

Monday, 9/28
> 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm President’s “Zoomception” on Zoom
While we won’t be able to gather in person at the Bear Pine Bar, we’ll still get together – no drink tickets necessary. Settle in with your laptop/phone/tablet and beverage of choice for conversation, laughs, and a game to bring out your competitive side… come wearing your school swag, too!

Tuesday, 9/29
> 9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome, introductions and MISF updates
> 9:30 am – 11:00 am Human Development and the Power of Alignment, presented by Paul Bernabei
> 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Cultivating Educational Leadership Through SEL, presented by Jessica Werner, Ph.D.

Cost: $85*
Includes all sessions, course materials and access to session recordings.

*Title Funds may be available ~ check with your LEA for more information.


Human Development and the Power of Alignment
by Paul Bernabei

We can enhance our leadership effectiveness by: (1) understanding the power of alignment on the growth and development of our students, staff, and self and (2) quieting our saboteurs (negative mental habits), and (3) accessing the five powers of our sage.

Cultivating Educational Leadership Through SEL
by Jessica Werner, Ph. D.

What if we told you there was a way to increase your sense of resiliency and efficacy while simultaneously decreasing stress and the likelihood of burnout in the profession? We know there are benefits of SEL (social-emotional learning) for students and that these benefits apply to teachers and school leaders as well. Studies have shown that a greater focus on SEL skills for leaders promotes a positive school climate and leads to improved relationships between teachers and students and students and their peers. Furthermore, there is a link between developing teachers’ and leaders’ SEL competencies and better academic outcomes.


Paul Bernabei

Co-Owner/Co-Founder/Senior Facilitator/Author/Director

Paul directs Top 20 Training and has been leading the initiative to transform American education and bring Top 20 to schools around the world. Paul travels the U.S. presenting Top 20 Training seminars. He has been an educator in Twin Cities schools for over 30 years and has conducted hundreds of retreats for youth and adults. He has co-authored Top 20 Teachers: The Revolution in American Education, Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children and Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating Secrets of Successful TeenagersHe has also authored Why Students Disengage in American Schools and What We Can Do about ItA graduate of St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas, Paul and his wife Paula, a retired kindergarten teacher, have four daughters and fourteen grandchildren. They live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jessica Werner, Ph.D.

Northshore Coaching and Consulting

Jessica holds a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. She has worked as a classroom teacher in South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the United States. She currently teaches Classroom Management to pre-service teachers through the College of St. Scholastica in St. Paul, MN, and consults at schools as an instructional coach and mentor for teachers across the United States. Dr. Werner is also co-authoring a book, Thriving Teachers, Thriving Schools and is a senior facilitator of the Personal Leadership program which offers SEL-based strategies for leadership. She lives in Vadnais Heights with her husband and two children.