May 29, 2018
2018 MEMSPA Summer Leadership Institute
July 31-August 1 | Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel
#MEMSPAchat 2018, Tech & the Future
Michael Domagalski, MEMSPA Technology Chair
Well, we have finished another outstanding year of collaborating on #MEMSPAchat.  Now that our fourth year is complete, there is some data that I’d like to share, some thank you’s, what’s in store for #MEMSPAchat in the future as well as what we have in the hopper as it pertains to future technology learning opportunities at MEMSPA.  

There are so many things to say about how the chat has grown over the last four years.  Funny to think how we when we started in 2014 we have 3 people on the chat with a total of 28 constructive tweets within an hours time.  Now, the chat pretty much runs itself, producing hundreds of tweets and collaborations within a given hour. Each one of these tweets is a connection, a collaboration, and a collection of ideas that are shared from one leader to another.  If you think about it, when each question is posed on #MEMSPAchat, there are more than 20 or 30 people connecting and collaborating about the question. With each response the same number of people see each other’s answer and the connections through each question/answer, as well as the connections on the side, are nearly endless.  It’s now become like a ripple effect in a pond. Ultimately, the collection of ideas on #MEMSPAchat has grown exponentially, and we are proud to say that we are one of the lead educational chats for principals and lead educators statewide, regionally, and often times nationally.

MEMSPAmatters - Renew your Membership Today!
Shanna Spickard, MEMSPA Membership Chair
Can you believe it? It is June already! Where did the year go? If you had a year like mine, it was rewarding but also a taxing and busy year, and I cannot believe we are at the end already. As you start to think about next year and preparing for a fantastic 2018-19 school year, take time to remember how important your MEMSPA family and network are to you. I know that this year would not have been nearly as successful without my MEMSPA connections. Being a part of Leadership Matters, MEMSPAconnects Mentoring, the state conference, MEMSPAchat, and additional MEMSPA PD offerings and networking has kept me moving forward and given me the energy and support to finish this year strong.

This is the perfect time to make sure you renew your membership for next year. It will be one last thing to worry about when opening up the new year. The MEMSPA office can even defer your payment until July when the new school year budget is released.  It's important to not let your membership lapse to maintain your cumulative NEASP legal benefits. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how important these additional benefit perks are becoming to administrators. I have heard personal stories from several colleagues about how valuable this has personally become to them in this more litigious climate.
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