Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
MESPA Monday Memo
February 6, 2017
Join our Next Twitter Chat
Kids Deserve It!
Wednesday, February 8
8:00-9:00 pm

Guest Moderator: Todd Nesloney
Spring Conference Keynote Speaker & Co-Author of Kids Deserve It

Engage in an online discussion with Todd prior to hearing him at our Spring Conference! Todd is the Principal of a struggling, high poverty PK-5 school in Navasota, Texas. He brought in a brand new staff, and used his creative ideas to transform a campus.  He and co-author Adam Welcome helped to create a Kids Deserve It! website featuring a blog and a weekly podcast.
From The MESPA Blog:
My First EdCamp Rocked My World
by Brenda Maurao, Assistant Principal
Fred Miller Elementary School, Holliston, MA
In this week’s post, Brenda provides an overview of her (and MESPA’s) first EdCamp experience. Using pictures taken from tweets, she provides a clear step-by-step description for those who have never participated in EdCamp.  To read more, go to:  
  MALeads EdCamp participants gather for an end-of-day photo op.  

From the Executive Director:
MALeads EdCamp A Success!
MESPA has long had a mission of providing professional learning and networking for principals.  During this year of transition, we are working to revitalize the way we do this work in order to better serve the needs and learning preferences of today’s principals. Our weekly MESPA Blog and monthly Twitter chat (#mespachat) are two examples.  Last week’s MALeads EdCamp, which is so aptly described by Brenda Maurao in this week’s blog post, provides another example.     

On Saturday morning, 43 educators from across the state gathered at the Howe-Manning School in Middleton for the first MALeads EdCamp organized by MESPA and MSSAA. Participants trickled in on a cold winter morning warmed by coffee and bagels and quiet conversation with colleagues.  We then joined in creating the “Big Board,” selecting the day’s topics based on their interests.   
18 topics emerged and were scheduled in 4 sessions across the day. Topics included:  Data Meetings, Innovation and Design Thinking, Making Thinking Visible, Peer Observation, Project-Based Learning & Engagement, Replacing Staff Meetings with Unconferences, Social Emotional Learning, and Technology Apps for Organization.   Using links in a Google Docs “Big Board,” participants could access and add to notes from each session.  And connections and sharing were happening on Twitter (#edcampmaleads was trending throughout the day) and in person during breaks and over lunch. 
  • To access the notes from these sessions, go to our online Big Board and click of the title of the session you are interested in.
  • To see the Twitter feed, go to #edcampmaleads or click for a complete transcript.
  The day exemplified how much educators can learn from and be inspired by each other!  

Our Hosts:
Principal James Sforza and the staff at the beautiful Howe-Manning School in Middleton.  

Our Sponsors: 
Breakfast: McGraw Hill
Lunch: American Reading Company, Didax, & MTA

Our Rocking Planning Committee
Heather Leonard (Reading), Chris Dodge (Orange), Julie Vincentsen (Barre), Rick Rogers (MESPA), Steve Guditus (Tri-Town School Union), Diane Carreiro (Middleton) & Liz Garden (Groton). 
Missing from Photo: Jen Chapin (Hatfield) & Sarah O’Leary (Topsfield)  

Rick Rogers

P.S. Highlights from Our Survey (Part III Your Comments) will appear next week. A reminder that complete survey results (including salary information) can be found at this link:  The link brings you to the beginning of the survey.  Use the drop down menu at the top to move among the different sections of the survey.
MESPA Spring Conference:
Leading Innovation & Change Registration Is Now Open!
March 22-24, 2017
Devens Common Center
  We hope you will join us for what promises to be three days of powerful professional learning, as well as a welcome opportunity to network with colleagues.   In addition to our 3 keynotes, 21 concurrent sessions will be announced later this week. 

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Leading Together:
Strengthening Relational Trust in Schools
(Editor’s Note:   Pamela Seigle and Chip Wood were keynote speakers
at last year’s Spring Conference.)

Collaborative, supportive school communities are critical to helping students succeed in learning and life. Research tells us that the quality of adult relationships within a school has the biggest impact on the school’s ability to improve. It’s a direct link—-schools are only as effective as the social relationships of the people within them. Positive adult relationships, built upon trust, make a powerful difference for students.   

Beginning in  August 10, 2017 at Wellesley College, Pamela Seigle (Courage & Renewal Northeast & Open Circle) and Chip Wood (Courage & Renewal Northeast & Responsive Classroom) will offer  "Leading Together: Strengthening Relational Trust in Schools," a program of the Center for Courage & Renewal designed to help school leadership teams work with their adult community to enhance relationships and build the trust essential for a school's success.  

To learn more about the upcoming program, including all dates, cost, and registration details, at
Teacher Workshop on Executive Function
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
@ Memorial School, Natick

This workshop will definitely run – and still has space for additional participants.  
Teachers can register at the membership rate if principal a MESPA member.
Discounts for teams of 3 or more from same school.