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.


  • MEMSPA: Lead Positive and Use the Membership

    • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    • Shanna Spickard

    This month I undertake the role of Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association President. I am so honored to be serving principals in the state of Michigan. MEMSPA has been a huge support to me over the past nine years. The connections, networking, professional learning, and opportunities have been extremely beneficial to me both personally and professionally. My goal in this year of both leadership and service is to remind you throughout the year to focus on positivity. As the leader of our buildings, students, and staff, we must bring back validation to the profession, teaching, and education. We can do that by being positive ambassadors for education. This year, I will use the theme "Lead Positive" as a reminder to be positive and model positivity.

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  • 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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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.