What We Do

Principals face many challenges in leading for the 21st century. Transformations in school systems and communities in the U.S. and around the world have greatly expanded the leadership role of principals. MEMSPA and NAESP advocate for the support principals need to be successful 21st century leaders—to achieve the highest results for children, families, and communities.



As the only national and state association dedicated to serving elementary and middle-level principals in Michigan, our sole purpose is to help you, your teachers and your school succeed.

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We’ve got your back. In a world that is litigious and complex, where decisions in Washington and Lansing directly impact the quality of your working life, there’s no way you should go it alone.
  • With $2 million of individual professional liability coverage and up to $10,000* for job protection legal counsel, you can relax and do your job without looking over your shoulder.
  • We’re your greatest advocate in Washington D.C. and Lansing, making sure the interests of principals are at the table, whether it’s school funding, evaluation standards, education policy matters or legislative issues.
We bring you the “best of the best” resources and information.We know that time is your greatest challenge, so we cull through the latest data and research to find the gems that are practical and relevant to you, your teachers and your school. We make your job easier with:
  • Principal magazine – Sit down five times a year and absorb the latest developments in the field, find timely articles and promising practices to share, and gain the perspectives you need to lead your learning community efficiently.
  • Weekly and monthly resources to improve mastery - The Marshall Memo, sent weekly, and The Main Idea, published 10 times annually, offer distilled wisdom an staff PD ideas from the most recent education articles, research, and books.
  • Timely, vetted resources online – including the twice-weekly Before the Bell news updates; The Weekly Update, loaded with the latest news and information on issues affecting educators in Michigan, monthly Communicator, with ready-to-use resources for you and your staff; regular issues of WowEd, with highlights from the latest research, as well as a weekly Legislative Update
  • Ongoing free professional development webinars and online learning for you and your staff from the leading names in the field on PD360.
  • Topical handouts for your parents – Once a month, receive a download- able Report to Parents, ready to go in English and Spanish.

MEMSPA and NAESP connect you and  protect you!