Read "Reflections of a First Year Principal"

MESPA Monday Memo
July 25, 2016
MESPA Blog “Reflections of a First Year Principal”
Be sure to check out the most recent post on the MESPA Blog by Rebecca Brogadir, Principal of the Elm St. School in Walpole. Becca shares her experience and offers some insightful tips that are relevant for all principals.  It’s a keeper!
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Next #MESPAChat
Join us for the next “live” #MESPAChat on Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00 pm.
  Renew Your Membership!
New This Year:
Choose MESPA only ($299) or MESPA/NAESP ($534)
Current members should have received a membership renewal form and invoice in the mail last week.   Or you may download the membership form (  and submit it for processing.   Please share this information with new principals in your district.  And encourage your assistant principals to join us!
  New Professional Learning Opportunities!

New Professional Learning Partnership with Ribas Associates 

Watch your inbox later this week for a schedule of professional learning workshops being offered by MESPA and Ribas Associates.  These workshops will be of interest to you and your teachers. Remember that your teachers can register at the membership rate if you are a member.  Workshops (both live and on-line) will be available in the following categories:

  • Addressing the Social-Emotional Learning Needs of All Students
  • Strengthening Collaborative Teacher Teams:  A Key to Academic, Social and Emotional Success
  • Developing Leadership Skills

Ribas Associates is a leading provider of professional development, consulting and publication services designed to improve educator effectiveness and student performance (  

Leadership Coaching

We are working to expand MESPA’s Leadership Coaching Program in the coming year. If you are interested in serving as a coach, please contact Rick Rogers ( If you are interested in receiving coaching, please contact Brenda Elmes (     

Regional Principals’ Groups

We will be organizing low-cost regional groups for principals that will meet 6-8 times during the year (some groups may use a blended in-person/on-line approach).   These groups of 8-12 principals from different districts will be facilitated by an experienced or retired principal.  If you are interested in facilitating or participating in one of these groups, please contact Rick Rogers (

  Another Massachusetts Principal Presents at NAESP
Congratulations to a fifth Massachusetts principal who presented at the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ annual conference in July. Alice Shull (retired) was part of a panel presentation called “ From the Principal's Office: How Mentoring Drives Student Learning.”  Alice is one the coaches in MESPA’s Leadership Coaching program.
Rick Rogers
MESPA Executive Director

Next MESPA Monday Memo:  August 8, 2016.
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