May 15, 2018
2018 MEMSPA Summer Leadership Institute
July 31-August 1 | Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel
Assess What's Worth Assessing
Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA Executive Director
We don’t want to over-assess students and teachers, but we sure seem to. And in our desire to assess less—especially assessment OF learning, which is the type used to certify if learning has occurred—we sometimes sacrifice assessing the things that truly matter.

The MDE has made an investment in arts programming in Michigan through the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) project. Performance assessment is the cornerstone of this project because the catalogue of 360 performance assessments enable teachers and their students to focus on assessing what’s worth assessing—a student’s capacity to engage in the creative process.

The MAEIA project has included field tests with arts teachers and the principals charged with evaluating them as they use performance assessments to demonstrate educator effectiveness .  The results of the field test have been terrific and serves as a strong model for using more performance assessment across all disciplines .

MEMSPA Mentoring
Syndee Malek, MEMSPA Associate Director
Did you know that MEMSPA has 25 Certified NAESP Mentors? Did you know that whether you are a new principal or an experienced principal looking for another perspective, MEMSPA is here to assist? Outside eyes, ears, and experiences can guide, affirm and challenge who you are as a leader!  

Having a MEMSPA Certified Mentor includes: 
  • 6 face to face meeting...agreed upon dates between you and your mentor
  • Unlimited emails, text and phone calls
  • Confidential guidance...although sometimes we will direct you back to your district policy and procedures
  • Someone to bounce ideas with...etc. 
If you are interested in hearing more about the MEMSPA Mentor Program, please email

Interested in becoming a Mentor? Feel free to reach out to to hear about future training.
It's Time To Renew Your MEMSPA Membership for the 18-19 School Year!
Don't forget during the end-of-year hustle and bustle to renew your MEMSPA membership! Check out the new website for more member supports, ways to connect, information, and ideas for your buildings, staff, and students.

Go to the link on our new site and renew online or call the MEMSPA office (517) 694-8955. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

Have a great end to your 2017-18 school year!
PSAT 8/9 for 8 th Grade Webinar
PSAT 8/9 will be administered in 8 th grade starting in spring 2019 for accountability in ELA and math. The College Board is offering an introductory webinar on May 22, 2018 from 10-11am to provide brief information on the assessment, 2019 test dates, accommodations, reporting features, and how to begin preparing for the 8 th grade administration. To register, click here or go to . PowerPoint will be available after if you are not able to attend.
Partner Spotlight
Online credit recovery made possible with highly-supportive digital environments
Students who struggle in their face-to-face courses need more support, not less, when transitioning into digital classrooms. That’s why we’ve tailored our Essentials courses to meet the needs of students who are seeking credit recovery or are currently enrolled in alternative learning programs. Taught by highly-qualified, Michigan-certified online teachers, these courses include mentor training, access to EdReady Math and comprehensive student orientation modules at no additional cost. Learn more about this program and the promising results of our pilot study at: