May 2011 (vol. 40, no. 3) SPECIAL AWARDS ISSUE Most importantly, create an environment that recognizes the best in all children and the adults who support them.
-- Sanford Nelson, 2010 MN National Distinguished Principal
December 2010 (vol. 40, no. 2) When schools add
"brain fitness training" to excellent teaching and excellent
curriculum, they strengthen the third essential leg of the learning stool
- the brain functions the child needs to become an excellent
--Paula Tallal, Ph.D.
September 2010 (vol. 40, no. 1) Every school day, students arrive in their classrooms with their brains powered by 100 billion neurons and the capacity for making as many connections as there are stars in the universe. We now know that learning can change the function and structure of the brain. Reading remains the fundamental skill for the 21st century...More has been learned about the brain in the last 10 years than in the previous 200...Principals as leaders for reading in their schools can have a powerful and positive influence on reading achievement by modeling a passion for reading and helping teachers to put research into practice in what it takes to 'wire the brain to read.'
Mission: The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association is dedicated to promoting and improving education for children and youth, strengthening the role as educational leader for elementary and middle level principals, and collaborating with partners in education to assist in achieving these goals.
Leading schools toward excellence through the MESPA vision to be the premiere resource for preparing today's principals for tomorrow and a strong leading voice for public education.
Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association