MESPA INSTITUTE KEYNOTES
- Gabe Zichermann! Engagement with student learning and leading schools, through the lens of gamification.
- Commissioner Cassellius in an armchair conversation on MN education issues with Roger Aronson -- introduced by Sen. Al Franken!
- Anthony S. Muhammad, Ph.D., on the Will and Skill to Lead School Communities: maintaining a healthy school culture to improve learning for all students.
your place at Institute 2014.
______Kudos to 2013-2014 MN School of Excellence validations:
The December MESPA Advocate!
MESPA welcomes the New Principal Class of 2013!
(l-r) Front Row
-- MESPA President Joey Page, 2013 MN National Distinguished
Principal Mari Lu Martens, Concha Fernandez Del Rey, Cameo De Dominces, Mari Lynn Smith, Diane Schultz, Kathy Johnson, MESPA Legal/Legislative Counsel Roger Aronson, MESPA Ex. Dir. Jon Millerhagen; Row 2
-- Jeremy Erler, Jim Hebeisen, Heather Timm, Wayland Denny, Lourdes Flores-Hanson, Shawn Stibbins, Tim Stowe, Sherry Colter; Row 3
-- Jill Kelly, Stephanie Amberg, Curt Rock, Brian Koland, Allyson Kuehn, Angela Turry, Trish Mariotti; Row 4
-- Amy Hiedeman, Shane McBroom, James Hill, Chris Priebe, Staci Allmaras, Jen Hendrickson. Photo by Lifetouch.
MN Principal Literacy
Academy: Series 3, Feb.-May 2014.
In 2011, Minnesota updated its reading intervention
legislation to require that all districts create a literacy plan. The process
of developing a Reading Well by Third
Grade Literacy Plan
requires the school principal to be a strong,
knowledgeable instructional leader -- able to develop collaboration
community, and a systematic, data-based review of what is and what can be
achieved in school literacy. The four-day MESPA Minnesota Principal Literacy
Academy -- created and presented by Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., and Sandi Novak --
guides principals in developing effective practices.
Superintendent/Board Relations are Public Relations.
"The quality of superintendent-school board relationships has a direct impact on the success of any school system through the power of good public relations.” (Patricia Richardson, Journal of School Public Relations, 2005).
According to a 2010 study done by MASA Richard Green Scholar, Mary Ann Nelson, the vast majority of Minnesota superintendents view their relationships with their school boards as good or very good. The study also reveals a clear correlation between superintendents’ job satisfaction and their relationship with the school board. Of the 37% of respondents rating themselves as highly effective, 63% selected the
|Mari Lu Martens, 2013 MN National Distinguished Principal|
board of education as their number-one or number-two most important effectiveness factor. Read more in MESPA Resources, INVESTMN
Mari Lu Martens
is Minnesota's 2013 National Distinguished Principal!
Martens is principal of Sibley East Elementary Schools (Gaylord and Arlington
campuses) in the Sibley East Public Schools, and a member of the
Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association. MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals
present the prestigious award, with corporate sponsorship from VALIC. She was recognized in Washington D.C
. by U.S. Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan on October 25.
is about doing things right, and doing the right things,” said Martens.
“Collectively all of us are responsible for student achievement, from
the nourishment provided by food service, to the
Problem Solving Team
that is monitoring student progress. At Sibley East we are teachers and
learners who continue to define and redefine what we know and do.”
Glendale Elementary School, Savage,
Principal Sam Richardson;
Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School, Kasson,
Principal Michelle Krell;
Lake Harriet Community School,
Minneapolis – Assistant Principal Merry Tilleson, Upper Campus
Principal Mary Rynchek (retired), Upper Campus Principal Walter
Schleisman, Lower Campus Principal Jan Parrish;
Lake Nokomis Community School, Wenonah Campus, Minneapolis (Minneapolis Public Schools),
Principal Elizabeth Ness;
Maple Lake Elementary School, Maple Lake,
Principal Kris Harlan;
North Intermediate School, St. Peter,
Principal Karen Coblentz;
Oak Crest Elementary School, Belle Plaine,
Principal Dr. Liann Hanson;
Roosevelt Elementary School, Detroit Lakes,
Principal Renee Kerzman;
Rossman Elementary School, Detroit Lakes,
Principal Sanford Nelson;
Twin Lakes Elementary School, Elk River,
Principal Daniel Collins;
Waseca Central Intermediate School, Waseca,
Principal John Huttemier; and
Winsted Elementary School, Winsted, Principal Jen Olson.
The Breakthrough Coach: June 12-13, 2014.
Work beyond administrivia! What if you could trim 20 hours off your work week AND multiply your time in classrooms by 500%? Learn “How to Work Less, Produce More, and Still Get the Job Done in a Sensible School Week” with Malachi Pancoast, President, The Breakthrough Coach. Register for the only Breakthrough Coach seminar offered in Minnesota during 2014. (It will be back in June 2015!) It's one of the most practical -- and liberating -- programs you will ever attend: June 12-13, at the TIES Conference Center, St. Paul, MN (teams of principal and secretary/administrative asst.). Teams who attended a recent seminar and need a refresher can “Re-Energize the Fundamentals” by attending only Day 2 (June 13). All participants will receive: Scheduling Workbooks, the Breakthrough Coach DVD, Podcast Services for one year, a Curriculum Guide, and the Breakthrough Coach App.
MESPA Colleague-to-Colleague is a web-based
forum, your resource for directly asking your peers questions and
sharing responses. Check
out the newest conversation on: Finding Census Information on Incoming Kindergartners?
continuing conversations on: Allowing Students to Access Personal G-Mail Accounts; PreK Classes/Programming in Elementary
Schools; Schoology and the Principal; Kindergarten Retention; Admin iPad
Apps; Assessment Support for
Classroom Teachers; Learning Readiness; Staff Dress
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