Fall Conference Announced and Principals' Voices
MESPA Monday Memo
September 19, 2016
Announcing 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: http://mespa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MESPA-Fall-Conference-2016-Flyer.pdf Registration is limited to 100 participants so sign-up soon!  
From the MESPA Blog
This Week’s Post: “What Stories Will You Make Possible This Year?”
by Thomas Martellone
Principal of the Fiske School in Lexington
 Storytelling can play an important role in leadership.  Principals help “tell the story” of their schools. In this inspirational piece, Tom reflects not just on the stories he hopes to tell this year, but also on the stories he hopes will be made possible and told by students and staff.  What stories will your school make possible this year?  

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Helping Principals’ Voices Be Heard
Most of my initial communication to membership has focused on professional learning – the core of our work at MESPA.  However, another important role that MESPA (and NAESP) play is advocating for principals at the state and national level.    Here are some examples of how:
  • MassPartners:  MESPA is part of this coalition of the statewide teacher, parent, school committee, principal, and superintendent organizations in Massachusetts. The organizations strive to find common ground on issues that affect everyday life in schools. MassPartners advocates on behalf of the public school community with state and federal legislators and represents the interests and concerns of public schools to the state department of elementary and secondary education. For more information, go to: http://masspartners.org/about/.
  • Meetings with the Commissioner:  The executive boards of both state principals’ associations meet together with the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education four times during the school year. 
  • DESE Committees and Task Forces:  MESPA representatives participate in a variety state-wide committees to provide input and feedback on policies and regulations. Some examples include: the School and District Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council, MCAS Standards Setting Policy Committee, and Educator Evaluation. 
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): I recently traveled to Washington for an orientation for new state executive directors sponsored by NAESP and NASSP. I came away very impressed with the policy staff who monitor and provide input into federal legislation. ESSA took effect in August. A key provision in ESSA is the flexibility that the law provides state education agencies.  With that flexibility, however, state agencies (i.e. DESE) are required to consult with stakeholders when developing new policies and regulations.  MESPA will work to ensure that this consultation is meaningful and that principals’ voices are included in the process.  For a brief summary of ESSA, go to:   http://www.naesp.org/essa
Rick Rogers
MESPA Executive Director

P.S. Legislative Chair:  We are seeking someone to fill the Legislative Chair positon on our Board. This person is responsible for monitoring state legislation and keeping MESPA members informed. Please contact me if you are interested.
Principals Supporting Principals:
Join Our New Regional Principals’ Support Groups
For information on group locations and meeting times, go to:  Regional Support Group Flyer . For registration, go to: Regional Support Group Registration Form .
Groups begin in October, so join today!

Groups will meet at a regular, specified time 8 times per year for two hours.  Each group will be co-facilitated by an experienced, sitting principal and a retired principal/consultant. Groups will also communicate between sessions using Voxer, an app that combines voice and text messages to enable asynchronous group communication. Meetings will have an open agenda format with each group member having an opportunity to share issues.  The facilitators will guide the conversation, drawing on the insights and experiences of group members to help engage the group in reflective dialogue and collaborative problem-solving.  Questions?  Contact Rick Rogers (rrogers@mespa.org).

MESPA On-Line Workshops
Offered in Partnership with Ribas Associates
Don’t want to be out of school? 
Want to participate in learning when it fits your schedule? 
Try one of our on-line workshops intended for teachers and principals.  
(Each workshop is open for 7 days.)
  • Overview of Disabling Conditions in the Classroom (Opens 9/26)
  • Working with Students with Behavioral Issues (Opens 10/4)
  • 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)
  • Questioning Strategies and Checking for Understanding for Differentiation (Opens 10/25)
  • Creating a Socially, Emotionally, and Academically Appropriate Classroom for Advanced and Gifted Learners (Opens 10/26)
  • Addressing the Social-Emotional and Learning Needs of Students from Poverty (Opens 11/1)
  • Working in Classrooms with Students with Neurological and Emotional Disorders (Opens 11/29)
  • Teaching and Reaching Your Students on the Autism Spectrum – Developing Effective Teams (Opens 2/6)
We also offer in-person versions of these workshops as well as other in-person workshops.
For a complete listing and registration go to: http://mespa.org/professional-development-calendar/
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