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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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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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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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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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