MEMSPA: A Community of Principals

We are a community of principals dedicated to advocating, leading and learning. We recognize the evolving nature of the principal’s role and support those committed to this important work. All who share in our purpose are welcome to join. Find out more about MEMSPA here.


  • Synergize!

    • Friday, May 22, 2015
    • Jonathon Wennstrom

    This month, our school is focusing on the habit of "synergize". We have been talking about how we can achieve more when we all work together. This habit reminded me of the positive power that can come when educators become connected with one another. I started thinking of all those that have encouraged me over the past year that I have connected with on Twitter.  I would like to give a shout out to some of those folks in this post. I've decided to use one word or phrase to describe how they have helped me in becoming a connected educator. Here we go!

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  • 5 Tips to Positive Student Outcomes

    • Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    • Shanna Spickard

    While it is not an easy, one-size-fits-all formula, several factors are positively related to middle school student success.   

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  • Positive Power Perseveres

    • Saturday, March 7, 2015
    • Shanna Spickard

    “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Dr Wayne Dyer   I have decided that I want more positivity in my life. Just by making that decision, positivity perseveres. As Dr. Dyer's quote suggests, we have the power to change our outlook and view of people, places, and things. One cannot do away with negativity completely. Being in education, I am faced with it trying to enter my positive bubble force on a daily basis, but choosing not to let it consume me has made both my professional and personal life better. Being an administrator means that I cannot make everyone happy. My mother, one of the most selfless, caring, and supportive human beings on this earth, reminded me when I first took the principalship to remember that if I made everyone happy that I wouldn't be doing my job or a good one at that. 

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This summer I am most looking forward to...
Catching up on my reading
Catching up with friends
Catching up on sleep

Meetings & Events

August 4-5, 2015  | The Hilton  |  Grand Rapids, MI

Practical. Timely. Designed to prepare you for what lies ahead.

The Institute is an in-depth and practical learning opportunity for practicing and aspiring principals as well as teacher leaders. School leaders will leave with the knowledge and confidence to implement key concepts and new skills.