Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
MESPA Monday Memo
January 16, 2017
MALeads EdCamp is Coming!
Saturday, February 4
Open to All Educators!
Sign up (FREE) at:
From The MESPA Blog:
EdCamp: Who’s Ed?
by Jen Chapin - Principal, Hatfield Elementary School, Hatfield, MA
In this week’s post,  Jen describes her experience hosting an EdCamp for her faculty as “a valuable, relevant day for educators to learn from each other in an informal, supportive setting…Teachers had opportunities to talk about their craft and share with each other. People smiled all day! They left inspired and returned the next day recharged and ready to try something they learned the day before.” To read more, go to: .  

Curious about EdCamps? Join us for MALeads EdCamp on February 4!
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, 15 concurrent sessions will be announced in February. 

Click on flyer to see full-size.
Spring Conference Concurrent Sessions
Proposals are due by February 1st.
We invite school leaders and teams to present during the concurrent break-out sessions at our Spring Conference.  Share your craft knowledge and best practice with colleagues. To submit a proposal, go to: Spring Call for Proposals.  

There is no required theme for these presentations, but we are seeking presentations in the areas of: Mindfulness, Social Emotional Learning, Trauma Sensitive Schools, Technology Integration, and Intervention Programs.

From the Executive Director:
Highlights from Our Survey
Complete Survey Results (minus written comments) can be found at:
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.  

Who Completed the Survey & Working Conditions
Overall, 283 administrators responded to this year’s survey on the principalship.  244 were members of MESPA and 32 were non-members.   93% of respondents were principals and 7% were Assistant Principals.  

The breakdown of respondents mirrored our overall membership.   68% of respondents were women and 32% were men.  Principals from every part of the state participated with the most responses coming from Middlesex County (27%) and Worcester Country (17%).   62% identified their school as Suburban, 20% Urban and 18% Rural.    78% of respondents described their school as elementary, with 8% Early Childhood, 9% Middle School and 5% K-8.  38% reported having a PK program in their school.  

Assistant Principal
51% of respondents reported having an Assistant Principal in their school, up from only 44% in  2010.   When sorted by school size,  schools with Assistant Principals:
  • <300 students                4%
  • 300-500 students         53%
  • >500 students              91%  

Working Conditions
  • Salary:  73% report making over $100,00 (up from 23% in 2010).   51% reported a salary between $100-120,000 with 22% reporting making more than $120,000.
  • Contract Length:  76% of respondents had a 3-year contract (up from 66% in 2010), but only 5% had a contract longer than 3 years (3% in 2010).     66% report being given their contract with little or no discussion (little change from 2010).

  • Work Year:  83% of respondents have a 12-month contract (up from 75% in 2010).

  • Hours Worked:  46% report working 51-60 hours per week with 27% reporting 61-70 and 7% reporting over 70 hours. These results mirror national statistics showing principals work an average of 60 hours per week (EdWeek November 2, 2016).

  • Sampling of Benefits (see full results for others)
    • Longevity Clause       44% (down form 58% in 2010)
    • Vacation Buyback      18% (up from 12%)
    • Professional Dues paid by District 76% (no change from 2010)
More Survey Highlights Next Week:  Professional Development & In Your Own Words

Survey Raffle Winner
Congratulations to:  Frank Rothwell
Principal, Brophy Elementary School, Framingham!
Frank won a half-price registration to this year’s Spring Conference after a drawing from among the 89 administrators who registered for the raffle at the end of the survey.  
Rick Rogers
Upcoming Teacher Workshops
  Click on titles for details. 

We need a few more registrations to run this workshop:
Call MESPA today to sign-up!
Friday, February 3, 2017    

RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ Memorial School, Natick  

Teachers can register at the membership rate if principal a MESPA member.
Discounts for teams of 3 or more from same school.
Thomas C. Passios
Outstanding Principal Award Nomination materials can be found at: .
Nomination deadline is February 1, 2017.
National Principals Conference
Register by January 27 and Save!
Register now with promo code NEWYEAR17!
The  2017 National Principals Conference is the first-ever joint national conference of Pre-K–12 school leaders.  Come to Philadelphia, July 9–11, 2017, and turn theory into practice, create opportunities across all grade levels, and make connections that will last far beyond the conference. Visit for details.