|Mari Lu Martens, 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), is Minnesota’s 2013 National Distinguished Principal. MESPA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals present the prestigious award, with corporate sponsorship from VALIC. |
“It 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 are able to do.”
Teacher Evaluation for Principals: begins June 25.
brings you proven, researched-based strategies and techniques for
effectively working to improve teaching and learning: a three-part
seminar series on Teacher Evaluation for Principals, presented by John
F. Eller Ph.D. The series will be held in
Part 1: Evaluating Teachers (June 25)
Part 2: Improving Marginal Teacher Performance (August 19)
Part 3: Dealing with Deficient and Non-Performing Teachers (September 18)
The Breakthrough Coach: June 10-11.
SEMINAR FILLED. WAITING LIST ACCEPTED, ONLY.
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. It's one
of the most practical -- and liberating -- programs you will ever
attend: June 10-11, at the TIES Education Center, St. Paul.
Principals Cognitive Coaching: begins June 13.
the 8-day Principals’ Cognitive Coaching for Leading Professional
Learning Communities seminar with Jim Roussin (strategic change
consultant and a national trainer for the Center for Cognitive
Coaching), and earn 56 CEUs. Why cognitive coaching for principals? It improves teacher evaluation. If you want to see your
evaluation efforts support a growth mind-set for teacher learning, use
The Minnesota Principals Academy is pleased to announce a new cohort (beginning Fall 2013) and
its new home in the University of Minnesota’s Department of
Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD) in the College
of Education and Human Development. The Minnesota Principals Academy provides leaders of Minnesota schools
with knowledge, tools and strategies to create schools where all
students graduate college and career ready. Apply today!
MESPA supports Minnesota
Education by promoting the following five priorities to the 2013 Minnesota
- Adequate Sustainable Funding
- Fulltime Licensed Principal at each school site
- High-Quality Aligned System Age 3 - Grade 3, including all-day kindergarten and continuing to the early school grades.
- Teacher Evaluation strategies and techniques that are professional, fair, and doable -- and effectively work to improve teaching and learning.
- Funding for evidence-based bullying prevention programs that recognize bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person.
Competition, It's Here to Stay.
Public schools as the preferred entryway to future well-being and prosperity was assumed when many of our current school leaders were preparing to become school administrators. For most of those leaders little or no training was required in the area of public relations. Yet that has become an increasingly large part of the job for effective superintendents and principals. The facts are:
* Public schools must now compete for the profound privilege of educating Minnesota’s children for the future.
* Today’s educational leaders need to also be public relations leaders for their schools to successfully compete.
Visit InvestMN for nine reminders of ways to improve public relations for your school.
Best Practices: for principals from principals
What are best practice for leadership in the principalship? In your school communities, you, Minnesota's elementary and middle level principals provide: instructional leadership, resource leadership, and school culture leadership. Recently posted on the MESPA Web:
Ranae Case Evenson on Managing Change and School Culture;
Stephanie Flickinger on Growing Leaders through PBIS;
Jeffrey Lund on Efficiency and Productivity through Technology;
Heather Nelson on Peace Education.
MESPA Colleague-to-Colleague is a web-based
forum, your resource for directly asking your peers questions and
sharing responses. Check
out the newest conversations on: Gifted and Talented Programming; Retirement Parties; Cursive Handwriting; Media Para Ideas; Learning Readiness;
MCA FAQ Sheets; Innovative Staff Development; SPED Interview Questions;
Kindergarten Graduation; Assessment
Support for Classroom Teachers; Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking;
Everyday Formative Math Assessment;
ISS and OSS; Goals and Processes for Gathering District Information;
Volunteer Background Checks...
Storti on Achievement Gap
View his presentation on Vimeo.
Talking to children about violence
from Nat'l. Assn. of School Psychologists, American School Counselor Association, and NAESP -- in wake of the latest violence at the Boston Marathon.
Ask Roger Esser.
“MESPA has always represented to me that unified voice for
education and vast resource to principals. I especially enjoy Roger
Aronson’s Legislative Updates. Institute provides a much needed
mid-year rejuvenation providing opportunities to hear some fantastic
speakers and see many colleagues from across the state.” – Roger Esser, principal, Pinecrest Elementary, Hastings
MESPA Honors Excellence!
The Minnesota School of Excellence Program promotes excellence through a
rigorous evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st
century. Seven schools have been endorsed as 2012-2013 MN Schools of Excellence!
Reduced fee: MESPA members!
Connects schools to donors!
Chart a Course for Academic Success!
Efficacy of Study Island on Study Achievement!
Lexia Reading, the technology-based, award-winning reading program
Unlimited 1-year access: $6,800
Download Storia: free, interactive e-reader App!
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Use Search (left column).
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Web -- search there for information available only to MESPA members.