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What MESPA is Thankful For This Year

by Jon Millerhagen, MESPA Executive Director Dear MESPA members, Happy Thanksgiving! At this time of year, I like to reflect on what I’m thankful for here at MESPA. The biggest thing I’m thankful for, of course, is all of you. … Continue reading

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12 Things School Leaders Should Stop Doing Today

by Institute 2018 Keynote Speaker Jimmy Casas This guest blog was originally posted at https://jimmycasas.com/blog/. Reposted with permission from the author. A couple of weeks ago I was part of a group discussion where a building principal shared that he … Continue reading

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Fork in the Road: A Symbol for the School Year

Emotions are the gateway to learning for our students as well as for our staff. How can we tap into that as we start the year? As we know, our first interactions with staff during August workshop week are important … Continue reading

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10 Quick Tips For A Great Year

Welcome to the 17-18 School Year! I hope you had a great summer and are ready to work with students and staff once again.  As you can tell, I didn’t win the Powerball, so I too am hard at work. … Continue reading

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Executive Functioning in Early Childhood

At conferences and talks, many early childhood educators are interested in information about executive functioning in children. Recent brain research is demonstrating that the skills and abilities of executive functioning are essential to academic success and effectiveness in the workplace. … Continue reading

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2 Minutes to Better Relationships with Your Most At-Risk Students

There is much pride in the role of being an elementary school principal. There are many different hats to wear throughout the day and many different kinds of people to work with. One of my favorite aspects of the job … Continue reading

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Future Ready Leaders

Four Essentials of Future Ready Leaders This is the statistic that disrupted my thinking as an elementary principal: 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. Today’s … Continue reading

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