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.


Renaissance Star Early Literacy® and Renaissance Star Reading® are approved by the Michigan Department of Education as Initial Assessments for the 2017–2018 school year! As a Michigan educator, you know how important early literacy skills are and, at Renaissance®, we want to make assessing students’ literacy levels easy for you.

With Renaissance Star 360® Assessments, you’ll have:

  • Valid, reliable insights in less than 20 minutes (one-third the time of other assessments!)

  • Access to hundreds of instructional materials (automatically included with your subscription!)

  • At-a-glance data dashboards (easily track students’ path to mastery of grade-level standards!)

  • Spanish assessments for grades 1–8 (confidently monitor, track progress, and guide instruction for English Learners!)


Why spend more time on assessment than you need to? See how easy it is to assess, plan, and provide personalized instruction: Request your demo today!


  • Reflecting on #MEMSPA16

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    • MEMSPA

    By Allyson Apsey

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  • Tips to get Quality Professional Development

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    • MEMSPA

    By Jonathon Wennstrom

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  • You can never predict

    • Thursday, August 6, 2015
    • Ben Gilpin

    One of my characteristics (or flaws) is the fact that I always try to predict the future.  During my days as a classroom teacher the class would work on career awareness.  Students would take quizzes that gave indications on what career fit their answers.  Looking back, we didn't take it ultra serious, I mean, the kids were in 5th grade.  To pigeonhole them into a career at ten years old is crazy.

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Meetings & Events

June 28, 2017
Fundraising Dinner