The 2019 M-E-A Conference is set for tomorrow in St. Paul. Educators from around the state will gather for a day of guest speakers, exhibits and workshops. Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says the two biggest areas members say they want to address are mental health and cultural competency in their classrooms.

“I know that a lot of that is understanding how to build better relationships, but also understanding ourselves as educators and our responsibility to making sure we are taking the time to understand our students and build those relationships. It’s really important.”

The conference will open with a key note address on themes of culture and racial justice by Dr. Eddie Moore Junior, director of The Privilege Institute and The National White Privilege Conference. The event is free and open to Education Minnesota members and aspiring educators.