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.


  • Talkin' Bout My Generation

    • Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    • Jonathon Wennstrom

    At a recent Rotary meeting, I heard a presentation on generational differences and their impact on the workplace.  It was a fascinating presentation and I did some more research on the web and thought I would share some of the things I learned.  First, I learned that the generation titles and years vary from source to source, but I've tried to consolidate them as best as I could to get the most agreed upon groups. Here are the four main generational groups and some of the key characteristics of each:

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  • Changing the laws of learning

    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    • Ben Gilpin

    Some time ago I observed two boys.  I was immediately intrigued by the curiosity and imagination. The boys had just found a very large cardboard box.  They were discussing how to design a fort. The older of the boys seemed to be "pulling the strings".  He was explaining that it had to have a door, window and a spot to lookout.  The older boy also began to create a list of rules that needed to be obeyed in the fort.

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  • What determines a successful school year?

    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    • Ben Gilpin

    This past week I went to a county educator meeting and I listened to back and forth chatter about Standardized Test scores, Smarter Balance and student achievement.  I listened.  I grew more and more agitated under the surface.  I began to think about some of our students that in all likelihood won't excel at "the test".  I began to think, "Is this why I got into education?"  I truly wish standardized tests didn't exist.  I don't believe they are the solution.  I drove back to Warner after that meeting with mixed feelings.  One thought I couldn't get out of my head is, "If a student is not proficient does that mean the student is a failure?"  Does it?

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The thing I'm looking forward to the most about school starting is
Trying out a new idea
New school supplies
Seeing the excitement on my students' faces

Meetings & Events

Summer Leadership Institute

Tuesday August 5 - Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | Double Tree Hotel, Bay City
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.
This years institute will feature Dr. Robyn Jackson, author of The Instructional Leader's Guide to Strategic Conversations with Teachers, and Dr. Nancy Colflesh.