2024 Trainer and RBPD Specialist Symposium

Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27, 2024
Ruttger’s Resort in Brainerd Lakes, MN

Join us for a retreat-style event for trainers, RBPD specialists, and course writers. Get up to 14.5 hours of Develop-approved training! Check out all the details of the phenomenal lineup of topics and presenters we have in store for you.


  • Registration fee is $400 for a single room or $275 if you share a room. This includes lodging for both nights, all meals and snacks, and all sessions.
  • Join us Thursday for an intensive session on reflective practices and conversations with Angie Klinefelter.
  • Keynote addresses Thursday evening and Friday morning with poet and activist Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
  • Dive deep with power sessions on Friday! Choose from one of four sessions delving into reflecting on your legacy, course writing, and more. Sessions begin in the morning and reconvene after lunch for more learning on the same topic. See all sessions and presenters.
  • KARAOKE! Friday night fun awaits! Bring your favorite card or board game to play.
  • Learning continues Saturday with sessions on trauma-informed coaching, the unique needs of family child care, and more. See all sessions and presenters.

Each day is approved for professional development hours in Develop; see our Snapshot Agenda below for the number of hours each day. If you are a professional who requires a certificate for hours completed, please inquire onsite at the event.

Registration closes April 12.

Snapshot Agenda


12-5:30 p.m. Check-in | Location: Church
12-1 p.m. Lunch | Location: Church
1–4:15 p.m. Welcome | Intensive session with Angie Klinefelter | Location: Isle
4:30–5:30 p.m. Reception | Location: Bear Pine
5:30–7 p.m. Dinner | Location: Isle
6:30-7:30 p.m. Keynote with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre | Location: Isle
7:30-9:30 p.m. Free time | Bonfire | Game time | Location: Bear Pine and Ruby’s

Total Develop-approved hours: 4


7:30 a.m. Breakfast | Location: Isle
8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre | Location: Isle
9:45–11:45 a.m. Power sessions part 1 (choose from four)
11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch and break | Location: Isle
1:30–3:30 p.m. Power sessions part 2
3:30–5:30 p.m. Free time
5:30–7 p.m. Dinner | Location: Ruby’s
7–9 p.m. Karaoke | Location: Bear Pine Bar

Total Develop-approved hours: 6.5


7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast | Location: Ruby’s
7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Check-out | Location: Lobby
8:45–10:45 a.m. Morning session (choose from three)
11 a.m-12 p.m. Lunch | Location: Ruby’s
12:15–2:15 p.m. Continuation of one morning session and choice of three afternoon sessions

Total Develop-approved hours: 4

Intended Audience

Early childhood trainers and RBPD specialists


We’re pleased to announce that we offer scholarships when funds are available. You may receive up to two scholarships per fiscal year. For information on availability and on applying for a scholarship, please email tarss@umn.edu.


The Trainer and RBPD Symposium is sponsored by the Trainer and Relationship-based Professional Development Specialist Support program (TARSS) funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Contact us at tarss@umn.edu.