Registration Still Open This Week!
Don’t Miss the MESPA Fall Conference!
On-Line Registration Now Available:
MESPA Fall Conference
" The Connected Leader” Keynote Speaker:
Alan November
Thursday, November 3, 2016
MESPA Education Center in Marlborough
Alan November will challenge and inspire you to think about technology in different ways.  Plus choose two from our list six Concurrent Sessions (Complete descriptions are posted with the link to registration).
Chatting on Twitter: How to Participate, Facilitate and Share
Brenda Maurao, Assistant Principal, Miller Elementary School, Holliston, MA

Managing School Wide Systems of Support in an RtI Framework with Google Drive Thomas Martellone, Principal, Fiske Elementary School, Lexington, MA

Social-Emotional Learning in Your School: The Principal’s View Bill Ribas, President, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc.

Storytellers in Chief: Using Technology to Share Your School’s Story Chris Dodge, Principal, Orange Elementary School, Orange, MA Mike Leander, Principal, Athol Community Elementary School, Athol, MA Julie Vincentsen, Principal, Ruggles Lane School, Barre, MA

How To Be An Effective Principal: ‘Be yourself’ and other tips for connecting with staff, students and parents            
Paul S. Haughey, Ed. D, Principal, Millville Elementary School, Millville, MA UD

What?...The What, the How, and the Why of Learning with Universal Design for Learning
Liz Garden, Principal, Florence Roche Elementary School, Groton, MA
From the Executive Director:
Supporting Principals In Working with
Students’ Social-Emotional & Mental Health Needs 
Principals at every level can attest to the dramatic increase in mental health needs faced by today’s students.  Elementary principals who feel they can’t leave their building due a student in crisis.   Middle school principals who see an increase in cutting and other self-injurious behavior among early adolescents.  High school principals who see increases in stress and depression.    As we face these challenges, it is imperative that we find support.  Here’s how MESPA can help:
  • Support your school’s crisis team by participating together in a workshop to go deeper into the issues.  MESPA is offering several of these workshops on-line (see below).   Your team won’t have to leave the building.
  • Support yourself. 
  • Learn from the new exSEL coalition,which seeks to provide educators resources while also making the needs visible to policy makers.  Visit their website at   Participate in next week’s Twitter Chat (#exSEL) with Chad D’Entremont from the Rennie Center.
To repeat a quote from last week’s national panel on school leadership, the principal does not have to be the “person who can handle everything that one else can handle.”  Don’t go it alone.  Seek support in a way that works for you and your school. 

Rick Rogers
From The MESPA Blog:
Wisdom from the Unwise: Reflections on Change from the Second Year
by Kenneth Russo, Assistant Principal - Westwood Regional Middle School Westwood, NJ

This week's post comes from a New Jersey administrator.  Coming off his first year as an administrator,  Ken offers some words of wisdom about approaching change when you are new.  Among these words is a caution to take time to learn the history behind why things are the way they are - before making change.  He also reminds us "to be a person"  (Relationships first!).  Ken's post offers wisdom from the wise!  Read more at the MESPA Blog.

Updated Workshop Schedule
Updated calendar and on-line registration can be found at:
Teachers can register at the membership rate if you are a member.  
Discounts for teams of 3 or more from same school.
We have recently rescheduled several of our on-line workshops which were scheduled too early in the fall. New dates are in December-March.  

For Teachers and School Teams:
On-Line Offerings
  • Working in Classrooms with Students with Neurological & Emotional Disorders – Opens January 16
  • Working with Students with Behavioral Issues – Opens March 6
  • Addressing the Social-Emotional and Learning Needs of Students from Poverty –Opens March 20
  • Plus 6 others….
In Person Workshops
  • Executive Function: Implications for Teaching & Learning – December 9
  • Teaching and Reaching Your Students on the Autism Spectrum – Developing Effective Teams – January 27
For Principals & School Leaders
  • Building Strong School Cultures: Improve Morale and Learn Strategies to Reduce Conflict – November 17
  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media – December 12
  • Do I Want to Be a Principal?  A Program for Teachers and Assistant Principals – January 9
  • Plus 2 more… 

Next Twitter Chat
Wednesday, November 2
8:00-9:00 pm
Moderator: Chad D'Entremont
The Rennie Center
Read the Rennie Center SEL Report , "Social and Emotional Learning:  Opportunities for Massachusetts, Lessons for the Nation" at

MESPA Spring Conference
New Time (no MCAS conflict): March 22-24
Beautifui New Location:  Devens Common Center
2017 Passios Outstanding Principal Award
Nomination Information Available at:
The Thomas C. Passios Outstanding Principal Award was established in 1979 to honor the memory of an outstanding school leader. The award is presented annually at the MESPA Spring Conference to a principal who has demonstrated clear leadership in developing successful programs for children and teachers, exceptional dedication to education, outstanding professionalism, and an unselfish attitude toward helping others.  Consider encouraging a team in a colleague's school to nominate their principal!