Event Details

Principal Literacy Academy

  • 08 Aug 2016
  • 18 Nov 2016
  • 4 sessions
  • 08 Aug 2016, 8:00 AM 3:30 PM
  • 09 Aug 2016, 8:00 AM 3:30 PM
  • 28 Oct 2016, 8:00 AM 3:30 PM
  • 18 Nov 2016, 8:00 AM 3:30 PM
  • TIES Event Center, 1667 North Snelling Avenue, Suite C101 St. Paul, 55108


Registration is closed
This is is a four day Academy. Participants will meet the following dates:
  • Monday, August 8
  • Tuesday, August 9
  • Friday, October 28
  • Friday, November 18
CLICK HERE to read "Leading Literacy Classroom Visits," a blog post by the presenters!

Reading Well by Third Grade requires the school principal to be a strong, knowledgeable instructional leader, who is able to develop both collaboration across a community, and a systematic, data-based review of what is and what can be achieved in school literacy. The goal is to establish a culture of literacy ensuring that all students achieve. 

The MESPA Principal Literacy Academy will guide principals in developing effective practices to observe and confer with teachers about their reading instruction to ensure a solid foundation of instruction for literacy plans. The Minnesota Principal Literacy Academy will take place over the course of four day-long sessions strategically scheduled across a four-month period, allowing participants to implement ideas and bring back examples of their work for discussion with peers.

Daily content breakdown:
Day 1: Define Effective Reading Instruction
Day 2: Identify Areas for Professional Growth
Day 3: Foster Effective Principal-Teacher Conversations
Day 4: Set Goals to Implement Literacy Plan

Goals of the Minnesota Principal Literacy Academy:
  • Empower principals as literacy leaders, gaining a deeper understanding of quality literacy instruction.
  • Identify and gain the ability to discuss key components of quality reading instruction, including observation tools and checklists.
  • Identify elements of reflective conversations with teachers about their reading instruction, including conferencing templates.
  • Identify proven strategies to support and mentor teachers in continuous progress, moving across a continuous trajectory toward excellence and student success.

Check out "Literacy Unleashed" - a new book by the presenters!
Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction through Classroom Visits is available for pre-order now!  You can preorder your copy here!


Authors of the book  Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits Bonnie Houck and Sandi Novak are ready to work with you to improve your school's literacy plan!

Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., has over 25 years experience as a teacher, literacy coach, district leader, state reading specialist, university professor, and program director for a philanthropic foundation, bringing deep knowledge of the necessary elements of school reform and the field of literacy education.

Sandi Novak has over 30 years
experience as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent in suburban and rural school districts. Currently, she is an independent education consultant.

Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks from the start of the professional development. Prior to the two week mark, we are able to issue a 50% refund.

For Institute Exhibit registrations, please see the Cancellation Policy at mespa.net/exhibit.

Hotel Accommodations

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville. For reservations, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MESPA rate - $109 a night! 

MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

1667 Snelling Avenue North, Suite C101
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55108

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software