MESPA Monday Memo
November 28, 2016
From The MESPA Blog :
“Celebrating Community and Traditions at the Holidays”
By Patty Barrett, Principal, Henry C. Sanborn Elementary School, Andover, MA
In this week’s post, Patty describes how her entire school community connects with seniors in their community as part of a 38th annual Harvest Festival. A wonderful example of how traditions enhance community in a school.

Write for the MESPA Blog
MESPA is looking for guest bloggers for the following dates:
          December 19 & 26, 2016
          January 2, 16 & 30, 2017
Click here to sign up for a post or contact Julie Vincentsen, Principal of Ruggles Lane School at  for more information   
From the Executive Director:
Why Support Groups? An Answer from Ireland
Are you wondering about our new Regional Support Groups - how they work and the benefits of participating?  Check out this testimonial from Catriona O’Reilly, a principal in Ireland, who participates in a group sponsored by the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN):
She says it all! Thanks to Rich Burchill for sharing this. For information on MESPA’s groups, go to:

Coming soon: a new group in Duxbury.  

Educator Evaluation: Proposed Changes
This week, Commissioner Mitchell Chester will present proposed changes to the educator evaluation system to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The proposed changes do away with a separate student learning impact rating. Instead, student learning would be an indicator under Standard II Teaching All Students. In addition, district determined measures will be replaced by common assessments. MESPA has played an active role in discussing these changes. Our board fully supports them but also remains open to continued discussion with teachers’ unions during the public comment period. This Sunday’s Boston Globe featured an article that captures the essence of these changes quite well. Read more at Educator Evaluation  in Boston Globe .  
Rick Rogers
Upcoming Twitter Chats
Wednesday, December 7
8:00-9:00 pm  

Wednesday, December 14
8:00-9:00 pm  
Free Events
The Harvard Graduate School of Education has long provided a free series of public lectures on campus called Askwith Forums.  New this year are Askwith Debates, where experts with opposing views converse on controversial topics.  Next week there are two options of interest to principals.  For more information, go to:   Admission is free and registration is not required.  
Askwith Debate
Pass/Fail: How Test-Based Accountability Stacks Up  
Monday, December 5
Mitchell Chester,
Commissioner, Massachusetts DESE
Rebecca Holcombe Vermont Education Secretary
Thomas Kane, HGSE Professor
Daniel Koretz, HGSE Professor 

Askwith Forum
What Is A Good Citizen and How Do You Create One?
Thursday, December 8
5:00-6:30 pm
Present at the National Conference
Proposal deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1st.
If you are interested in doing a presentation at this summer’s joint NAESP/NASSP Conference (July 7-9 in Philadelphia), get information on how to submit a proposal at  
Our Updated Workshop Schedule
Presented in Partnership with Ribas Associates
  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.

Note that 9 of our offerings are in an on-line format.
  Save the Date!
MESPA Spring Conference

New Time: March 22-24
New Location: Devens Common Center