MESPA Monday Memo
October 3, 2016
Two Twitter Chats in October!
Join a state-wide Twitter Chat this week (October 5) about the state of social-emotional learning in Massachusetts.  To encourage our members to participate in #exSEL, #mespachat will move to the second Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 12 - 8:00-9:00 pm
Topic: Professional Learning
Principals Learning from Principals:
Presenters for MESPA Fall Conference
We are still seeking school leaders or teams to present during the concurrent  break-out sessions at our Fall Conference. Share your craft knowledge and best practice with colleagues.  

To submit a proposal, go to:
The October 1st deadline has been extended to October 14.
From the Executive Director:
Did you know that October is National Principals Month? This month provides an opportunity to highlight the critical role that principals play in leading effective schools and to encourage communities to express their appreciation to principals for their dedication and hard work.     
National Principals Month is co-sponsored by NAESP, NASSP and AFSA.   In recent years, it has not received much attention in Massachusetts. I know most of you are not going to call attention to this yourselves.  On your behalf, MESPA has reached out to superintendents and parent groups to suggest we change that!  

Educator Evaluation Regulations

Last week’s Boston Globe highlighted changes being considered in educator evaluation regulations in Massachusetts, specifically related to test scores and how best to measure educators’ impact on student learning. The Globe article mentioned input from teachers unions and superintendents. Please know that MESPA and MSSAA have requested and been granted an opportunity to review and provide feedback on draft regulations before they are presented to the Board of Education in October and then opened for public comment.

Rick Rogers

From the MESPA Blog:
This Week’s Post: “Traditions: Keep Them Alive, Keep Them Going”
by Beth Wittcoff, Principal of Anne Sullivan Middle School in Franklin

Beth’s post reminds us of the important role traditions play in creating “ a warm, friendly, safe and nurturing environment during a child’s middle years.” And a principal plays a key role in telling the story of these traditions in order to make their meaning explicit. To paraphrase Beth’s story behind her school’s husky mascot, good principals help their school communities “pull and work together.” Read more at:  

Join Us at the MESPA Fall Conference!
“The Connected Leader”
Keynote Speaker: Alan November
Thursday, November 3, 2016
MESPA Educational Center in Marlborough

Alan November is a leading thinker and international leader in the area of educational technology.  His annual “ Building Learning Communities” summer conference in Boston attracts educators from all over the world. Come hear Alan talk about how school leaders can be role models and support teachers in how technology can transform teaching and learning for the 21st century.  The conference will also include breakout workshops provided by current principals in Massachusetts. 
For more information and to register, go to: Registration is limited to 100 participants so sign-up soon!
Principals Supporting Principals:
Join Our New Regional Principals’ Support Groups
We've added 2 more groups in Barre and Rowe!
For information on group locations and meeting times and to register,
Groups begin in late October so join today!
MESPA Retired Members Meeting
Thursday, October 13 – 10:00-12:00
@ MESPA Education Center
Please join us to catch up with other retirees, meet new Executive Director Rick Rogers, and hear an update on MESPA’s short-term goals and long-term future.  As an added bonus, learn how to join a Twitter chat!

RSVP to Victoria Ellison at

Tom LaValley - Retired Principals Representative. MESPA Board of Directors  

Professional Development Workshops
Choose In-Person or On-Line
Working in partnership with Ribas Associates, MESPA is providing many workshops (including on-line options) for teachers and school leaders in the areas of:
  1. Addressing the Social-Emotional Learning Needs of All Students
  2. Strengthening Collaborative Teacher Teams
  3. Developing Leadership Skills
  9 On-Line Workshops, including:
  • Eight Brain-based Teaching Strategies for Developing the Cognitive Context for Learning and Other Brain Based Strategies (Opens 10/11)
  • Executive Function: Implications for Teaching and Learning (Opens 10/17)
22 In-Person Workshops, including:
For Teachers and Principals
  • October 13:  Eight Brain-based Teaching Strategies for Developing the Cognitive Context for Learning and Other Brain Based Strategies
  • October 18:  Questioning Strategies and Checking Understanding for Differentiation
  • October 25: Examining Student Work in Supportive Teacher Teams
For School Leaders
  • October 17:  How Can We Make Our Meeting and Teacher Meetings More Engaging and Effective?
  Your teachers can register at the membership rate if you are a member.
A complete program of studies and registration form can be found at:
Why Not Write for Principal Magazine?
MESPA’s Blog provides weekly evidence of principals’ leadership – and writing abilities.   Why not go to the next level?  Submit to Principal magazine,published by NAESP,  our national association.
Upcoming themes and deadlines:
Themes                                                      Deadline
March/April: Technology for All                   Nov. 4, 2016
May/June: Accomplished Leadership        Jan. 8, 2017
Year-Long: Early Career Principals            Rolling

For more information, go to:
Thank You for Joining or Renewing!
It’s Not Too Late:
Choose MESPA only ($299) or MESPA/NAESP ($534)
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