Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
MESPA Monday Memo
June 19, 2017
MESPA is Closing June 30!
After June 30, contact Rick Rogers at:
508-541-7997
or
c/o MSSAA
30 Forge Parkway
Franklin, MA 02038  
Join Your MSAA!
For more information about the unified
PK-12 Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association
and to download an enrollment form, go to:

Sign Up for a Committee
Members are also invited to sign up to serve on a committee – as a new way to get involved and connect with colleagues at all levels. The committee sign-up can be found at:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSElementary .
From the Executive Director:
New Beginnings
As principals, we know that, when it comes to cultivating a culture, small things matter.  This past week, I spent two days at MSSAA/MIAA office in Franklin.  When I arrived on my first day, I was immediately made to feel welcome as I found my new office set up and ready with my name outside the door.  MSSAA/MIAA Executive Director Bill Gaine had thoughtfully suggested I join a staff-wide professional development day which enabled me to meet and talk with many members of the staff.  Throughout the first day, greetings were warm and the welcome was genuine.   And into the second day, I was provided with support to get on board with technology, phones, and who’s who. In brief, I was made to feel part of the association.   

I share my personal experience because it symbolizes what we want MESPA members to experience as we join a unified PK-12 association – a warm welcome, a genuine desire to serve, and a willingness to learn together.   I encourage all elementary principals and assistant principals, current MESPA members or not, to join our new association and take part in the expanded professional learning, support and member services that our new association will offer.  

  • MSSAA Summer Institute  MESPA members are welcome to attend the Summer Institute July 26-28 on the Cape.  Additional details about the offerings will be coming soon.  Meanwhile, check out the Preconference Workshops on the Registration Information page.
  • Professional Development:  95 workshops for teachers and administrators have been scheduled for next year – many with a PK-12 focus and others focused on elementary issues.  The complete list will be published soon.  Your membership provides a reduced rate for you and teachers in your school.
  • Committees:  Members are also invited to sign up to serve on a committee – as a new way to get involved and connect with colleagues at all levels.  A new Elementary Committee will plan programming for elementary principals.   But other committees may be of interest to you, including Urban, Assistant Principals, and  Educational Policies.  Most committees meet 4 times a year with work in between sessions.   The committee sign-up can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSElementary.

I will be working some additional days in June & July in order to help plan and prepare for next year before officially beginning my duties as part-time Assistant Director on August 1st when the new Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA) goes into effect.   

Before you go off for the summer, be sure to send in your membership form. And if interested, sign up to be part of a committee.  I look forward to continuing to work with you next year. 

Rick Rogers
Going to Philadelphia? Join the Fun Run!
The PA Principals Association will be sponsoring a 5K Fun/Walk in Philadelphia in conjunction with the National Conference.   The event will take place on Sunday, July 9th Sign-up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/principals-5-k-fun-walkrun-tickets-35005143326.

For information on the joint NAESP/NASSP National Conference, go to: http://www.principalsconference.org/
Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinets Open for Applications
The Department is pleased to convene Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets each year as a way to recognize excellent educators, elevate teacher and principal voices at the state level, and provide opportunities for leadership. Cabinet members attend five meetings a year and provide insights and feedback about current policies and inform the development of new policies and resources. The Department seeks input from a diverse group of teachers and principals who represent urban, suburban, and rural districts and reflect the demographics of Massachusetts' students. To ensure a wide range of input, the Department convenes East and Central/West branches of each cabinet.  

The Principal Advisory Cabinets are open to all school-level administrators, including principals, assistant principals, department chairs, and charter school leaders. Applications are due June 21, and more information is available on the principal and teacher cabinet applications.