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.


  • Retention Story

    • Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    • Jonathon Wennstrom

    During the summer vacation between my 7th and 8th grade school years, I developed a friendship with a classmate named Mark.  Mark was a year ahead of me in school and that summer, both of our dads had become very sick (mine with kidney disease). We spent most of our vacation in hospitals and both of our dads ended up going to the Mayo Clinic.  In the fall, my dad came home, but Mark's didn't.  Shortly after his dad passed away, his oldest brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.  Mark missed a lot of school that year.  He also was retained for failing grades.  Mark and I graduated together and have remained life-long friends.  When I think about retention, I usually picture Mark and how upset and embarrassed he was after his retention. We never talk about it, but I know it's still a source of embarrassment for him today.

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  • What Story Is Being Told?

    • Thursday, April 03, 2014
    • Ben Gilpin

    Just the other day I read an online article about education.  The article talked about increased safety in schools, more tools for students than ever before and individualized professional development for staff. The article was very positive and lifted me up.  Then I scrolled to the comments at the bottom of the page.  In a word...disappointing.  Person after person bashed education.  I chose to stop reading.  The sad thing is that I left with a bad taste in my mouth rather than feeling uplifted. So this got me thinking.  What story is being told about our school?  What story is being told about our classrooms?  Who is telling the story?

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  • Making Connections

    • Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    • Jonathon Wennstrom

    As educators, we all know the importance of students making connections between their learning and real-world applications.  We help guide them to find the links from theory to practice.  Students make learning connections all the time.  But, we also need to remember the importance of making a personal connection with students. Research shows us that student learn more effectively when they feel a connection with their teacher. In high school, the connections I had with some teachers ignited a love of learning that caused me to choose teaching as a profession. I'm sure the connections that you make with students on a daily basis will help guide their choices and where they go in life.

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Registration for the Secretaries' Workshop & Celebration

Meetings & Events

Michigan Bullying Prevention and School Safety Summit

Michigan Bullying Prevention and School Safety Summit Monday, April 28.
Join concerned community members, educators, and students from across Michigan in East Lansing for a day focused on preventing bullying in our schools, building safer communities, and connecting with others who are passionate about creating safe places for young people to grow and learn. Register today!