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Reforming Dysfunctional Teams

Dr. Tracy Reimer (@TracyReimer53), Bethel University Program Director: EdD Leadership in K-12 Administration Mrs. Becky Gerdes (@BeckyJoGerdes), Bethel University Adjunct Faculty: Special Education Department TRUST MATTERS Trust matters because it is at the core of everything we do. With trust, … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Celebrate

by Chris Bjerklie (@ChrisBjerklie), Principal, J.A. Hughes Elementary School Each May I find myself reflecting on the current school year and wondering if J.A. Hughes Elementary School made a difference in the lives of our students. Did we better our … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned as a Focus School

by Jen Larva (@jlarva4371), proud principal of Lowell Elementary School in the Duluth Public School District As we are wrapping up our four-year designation as an MDE Focus school, I spent some time celebrating our work with my leadership team. … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Dreams be Dreams

by Tom Benson, Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School, instagram.com/Tombenson777/ Dear Friends, As you may know, I am out sailing for a year on Faith Afloat, my Catalina 350 sailboat, with my two boys Luke, 12, and Liam, 16. But many … Continue reading

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Power of the Dog

by Taber Akin (@taberakin) and Bret Domstrand (@bretdom) Junkyard Dog, Snoop Dogg, School Resource Dog Which of these sounds like something you want to share at your school? I hope the answer was easy: School Resource Dog (SRD). Since 2014, … Continue reading

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Trust Your Wisdom (and Play to Your Strengths)

by Jake Donze, Plainview-Elgin-Millville PreK-3 Principal, @PrincipalDonze Last week I attended ‘open gym’ at one of our school buildings to play some basketball. I expected to find a bunch of middle-aged people like myself who wanted an evening of gentle … Continue reading

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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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