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|MESPA welcomes the class of 2012! Row 1 (l-r) Darin Doherty, Jennifer Larva, Ami Aalgaard, Kari Wehrmann, Molly Raske, Melissa Hesch, Lisa Sayles-Adams, Nernan Moncada. : Row 2 (l-r) MESPA Executive Director P. Fred Storti, Diane Morin, Jillynne Raymond, Marcy Burch, Wendy Templin, Melissa Barnett, Candace Hofstad, Kristin, Chryst, Jason Grovom. Row 3 (l-r) Heidi Meyer, Paul VanderHagen, Alan Cue, Charles Leibfried, Jeffrey Eklund, Derek Bell, Kimberly DeWitte, Todd Goggleye. Photo by Lifetouch.|
SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE PRINCIPALSHIP
October 14, 2013:
Build the network of peers and resources you need to succeed!
Please join us for the MESPA New Principals' Seminar: Surviving and Thriving in the Principalship, a networking and professional development opportunity for elementary and middle level administrators new to the principalship.
Our one-day program offers practical advice from people who understand the flow of your work. This comprehensive seminar builds professional capacity, and provides you with a solid orientation to the resources and assistance available from MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). And you earn continuing education credits.
Network statewide with others new to the profession and presenters who are practitioners in the field. Seminar topics are designed to support you in your role as an elementary or middle level principal and MESPA member:
- Benefits of membership in MESPA -- our responsive, grassroots association with MESPA Executive Director P. Fred Storti and MESPA President Kristine Stueve.
- School law for new principals with Roger Aronson, MESPA
legal and legislative counsel (highly regarded school law expert;
practiced in school law since 1981; co-chairs the Minnesota State Bar
Association School Law Conference; on the executive committee of BELL --
education lobbyist group; Special Projects Counsel for the Minnesota
State High School League; represents Minnesota Association of Secondary
- Energizing Staff Meetings with Sheila A. Eller (elementary
principal in Mounds View Public Schools; renowned author, consultant,
and trainer; works with educators to develop energized staff meetings,
school-improvement initiatives, team-teaching strategies, and employee
Infuse staff meetings with enthusiasm and purpose, and
breathe new life into school culture!
|The day began with a scavenger hunt led by MESPA Executive Director P. Fred Storti. Teams raced to find resources on the MESPA Web.|
- PreK-Grade 3 Alignment: Jon Millerhagen (Bloomington).
- Bullying Prevention, the Olweus Program: Curt Carpenter (Minnetonka) and Michelle Krell (Kasson-Mantorville).
- Reflections from the 2012 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal, Jon Millerhagen (Bloomington).
- Ask the Experts: advice from practitioners in the field, a panel of experienced Minnesota principals: Curt Carpenter, Sheila Eller, Michelle Krell, Jon Millerhagen, Allie Storti, and Kris Stueve.
PLUS, participants receive copies of two valuable books.
“Energizing Staff Meetings” (by Sheila Eller and John Eller, published by Corwin Press). By modeling best practice at staff meetings, leaders give their teachers new engagement tools that they can put directly to use in their classrooms. The authors demonstrate how to reduce the "chore" factor of meetings by:
As the energy from your staff meetings ripples through the school, every teacher and classroom will experience the motivation and focus that you create!
- Lightening the atmosphere with creative approaches
- Starting with purpose-focused theme music and other energizers
- Building relationships within the team that transform the school culture
- Overcoming barriers to productivity
“Leading Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do” (published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals -- second edition, updated and expanded). This handbook for principals provides practical recommendations that affirm best practices and help educators create structures that not only promote positive student behaviors, but also reduce schoolwide management problems and increase student achievement. Updated for the next generation of school leaders! ©2008
The MESPA Network: Collegial, division-based peer connections to support new principals.
Agenda for MESPA New Principals Seminar, October 15, 2012.
New Principals' Seminar 2012
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The seminar day includes continental breakfast, lunch, handouts, and
administrator clock-hour credits (CEUs). Date, location, fee
Monday, October 14, 2013
8 - 8:30 a.m. registration
TIES Education Center
$95 for MESPA members
$150 for non-members.
(Registration due Fri., Oct. 4.)
Click here to register
online. Or scroll down to the registration form that can be
downloaded and mailed or faxed to MESPA.
Scroll down to view photos (slideshows) from the seminar.
From the Class of 2012:
- It was great to connect with other first year principals. I met another principal who received a School Improvement Grant who I can network with.
- It was great to connect with other principals and to learn about all the valuable resources MESPA has to offer.
- The seminar gave ideas that could be implemented this first year and some for down the road – especially with staff relationships.
- Thanks for all the time and planning for this event. All materials and content were purposeful and relevant!
- It was great to have principals share their knowledge and resources about bullying prevention, and to connect with other principals.
- Awesome day. Thank you.
MESPA Network Sponsor
Collegial, division-based peer connections to support new principals.
Why should you attend?
“It’s literally like a warm blanket. The job is so demanding and you often feel alone. I can’t imagine being able to survive without the caring support of so many capable colleagues.”
--2010 seminar participant
If seminar attendees need
hotel accommodations for the evenings of October 14-15, MESPA has arranged a
special MESPA room rate with the Radisson Hotel Roseville. The hotel is located
very near the TIES Education Center at 2450 N. Cleveland Avenue in Roseville.
For reservations, interested individuals should call the hotel at (651)
636-4567, and request the MESPA room rate.