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Re-examining Student Discipline: Shifting from a Compliance Model to a Culture of Influence

By Dr. Amy Reed (@AmyReedEDU), Ramsey Elementary Principal and MESPA North Suburban Division President-Elect  “If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach. If a child doesn’t know how … Continue reading

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Reteach and Enrich – Meeting the Math Needs of All Students

By Kenny Newby (@KennyNewby81), Forest Lake Elementary School Principal, MESPA East Suburban Division President-Elect Two years ago a teacher from our school approached me and shared a video clip (watch video embedded below) she had seen online about a school … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Dean Makes

By Deb Reynolds (@debprincipal), Hermantown Elementary School Principal, MESPA Northeast Division President-Elect As I near the end of my tenth year as the principal at Hermantown Elementary School, I reflect over the increasing demands of the principal position. We have … Continue reading

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The Power of Books #SPARKSINTHEDARK #TELLYOURSTORY

By Todd Nesloney (@techninjatodd), Author, Kids Deserve It! and Principal, Webb Elementary This blog was originally shared at toddnesloney.com. Posted with the permission of the author. To see Todd speak in person, register for MESPA Institute 2019 and be sure … Continue reading

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Ensuring High-Quality Inclusive Instruction for All Students

By Kevin Oldenburg (@kwoldenburg), Principal, Howe & Hiawatha Community School, Minneapolis, MESPA Minneapolis Division President-Elect As the new year begins, leaders should take time to look back and audit our goals set out at the beginning of the school year. … Continue reading

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Give Thanks For Your Communities

By Judith Brockway, Principal, New York Mills Elementary, New York Mills, MESPA Western Division President Elect With Thanksgiving and the giving season just around the corner, I can’t help but feel grateful for the wonderful staff, students, parents, and community … Continue reading

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We Can’t Do It Alone and We Shouldn’t

By Josie Koivisto (@Eaglecreekers), Principal, Eagle Creek Elementary, Shakopee, MESPA South Suburban Division President Elect We often talk about teachers being isolated or teaching in silos. We want to break down the silos and foster collaboration. We want them to … Continue reading

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