Weekly Update – 1/22/19

NAESP State Rep Updates Shanna Spickard, NAESP Respresentative Advocacy Your NAESP advocacy team has supported some great success on federal legislation this past year: preserving Title II-A funds for FY18 and FY19; increasing Title I grants; increasing special education grants; and increasing Title IV–student support and academic enrichment grants. Several executive MEMSPA board members will join me and 200 national …

No Kids Hungry Campaign Materials

No Kids Hungry Campaign   Wisconsin State Journal: Our state shouldn’t be last for school breakfast By Beth A. Oswald, teaches world history at J. C. McKenna Middle School in Evansville September 1, 2018 https://madison.com/wsj/opinion/column/beth-a-oswald-our-state-shouldn-t-be-last-for/article_5d3f3533-3028-5688-96bb-a1bb4e1d698f.html   BRISTOL HERALD COURIER: Celebrating SW Va. principals’ leadership against childhood hunger By Steven R. Staples, Ph.D., Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction October 25, 2017 …

Weekly Update – 12/4/18

Growing In The Middle Carmen Maring, MEMSPA Middle Level Chair Welcome to December friends! With the change in season comes a final push to the end of 2018. Often times this last month can get crazy and we can lose sight of our purpose in the culture of more, more, more. I listened to a podcast recently (Happier by Gretchen …

Middle Level Newsletter – 12/4/18

MEMSPA Growing in the Middle Carmen Maring, MEMSPA Middle Level Chair Welcome to December friends! With the change in season comes a final push to the end of 2018. Often times this last month can get crazy and we can lose sight of our purpose in the culture of more, more, more. I listened to a podcast recently (Happier by …

Legislative Update – 11/30/2018

Lame Duck Update “Lame duck” session is well underway and the Legislature has not hesitated to get started on a great number of issues with the November election behind us and many new faces set to take office in January. Below is a summary of issues of specific interest that saw action (or no action) this week: The Senate Education …

Weekly Update – 11/27/2018

Taking Care of Yourself… Syndee Malek, MEMSPA Associate Executive Director For those who know me well…you know I am a self-help junkie! I follow/stalk the Brene’ and Oprah’s of the world. A little over 12 years ago, life came to a screeching halt and the importance of living became a priority. What really gets me though is how life had …

Weekly Update – 11/20/2018

Leading with a Thankful Heart Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA Executive Director As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches I have been reflecting on 2018, challenges and successes. I am amazed at the speed that change has occurred in K-12 education in just 6 years and know that much of it is needed but perhaps not all. The major reforms that have been implemented …

Weekly Update – 11/13/2018

LEAD Positive Amie McCaw, Professional Development Chair Hello, Michigan Principals! It’s hard to believe but twenty-five percent of our school year has passed. Daylight saving’s time brings shorter days and our exposure to sun rays will be decreasing with each day. It may be a time when it is difficult to find inspiration and a positive spirit. The great news …

Legislative Update – 11/9/2018

Lame Duck Update With Tuesday’s election results transferring control of nearly all statewide offices from Republicans to Democrats for the first time in decades on January 1, we expect an increased flurry of last-minute legislative activity in the upcoming lame duck session as Republicans now have a limited timeframe in which to move their legislative priorities while they still maintain …