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Leadership Matters 2020

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Dates for the Cohort
January 17 & 18, 2020
February 21 & 22, 2020
March 20 & 21, 2020
April 24 & 25, 2020
June 12 & 13, 2020
August 5 & 6, 2020
September 18 & 19, 2020
October 23 & 24, 2020


MEMSPA Training Center
1980 N College Rd, Mason, MI 48854

All sessions are held at the MEMSPA Training Center in Mason, MI with the exception of the August dates. Those will be held in Kalamazoo at a location tbd.


Member Fee: $2,500
Non-Member Fee: $2,800

MEMSPA is committed to working with school districts and individuals to arrange funding for this program. If your district uses Title 2 Professional Development funds to pay for Cohort 11 2020 Leadership Matters, remember that Title 2 funds from both the 2019-20 and the 2020-21 school year may be accessed. Also, if you are responsible for paying for Leadership Matters from personal funds, MEMSPA will work with you to set up a monthly payment plan to cover your cost. Please contact Taryn at taryn@memspa.org to request for these arrangements to be made.


College Credit and SCECHs are available.


Contact Taryn Hurley at (517) 694-8955 or taryn@memspa.org.











Deepen your knowledge…
Improve your leadership skills…
Strive for mastery.

The Leadership Matters Specialty Endorsement Program is a very special learning opportunity for principals who aspire to be exceptional leaders. The program offers something that no other program does: it connects theory and practice in a powerful and effective way. The program allows you to dig deeply into the content and learn how to apply enhanced leadership skills everyday in your schools.

The program was carefully designed to help participants become thoughtful, responsive leaders. Integrated within the Leadership Matters program are themes of intentionality, reflection, courage and integrity, coaching and collaborative culture. Participants use technology to extend learning and impact and engage in reflective writing. In addition to facilitating monthly learning sessions, Debbie McFalone, Ph.D. and Derek Wheaton act as leadership coaches for participants and extend this coaching into professional practice through scheduled personal phone sessions. Lastly but no less important, participants develop strong and lasting professional bonds with cohort members, who help them reflect and process.

Questions about the Program

If you have specific questions about the program, feel free to contact Debbie McFalone, Ph.D. at debbiemcfalone@gmail.com or Derek Wheaton at derekwheaton@gmail.com.

If you have general questions about the program, feel free to contact MEMSPA staff at taryn@memspa.org.


About the Facilitators:

Debbie McFalone, PhD is a co-author of the MEMSPA Leadership Matters program, and has co-facilitated the program since it began in 2009. She is the author of Uncommon Leadership: Live Well, Lead Strong for Courage and Integrity (2018), and is a sought-after leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and leadership coach. She draws on her experience as a principal and Area Superintendent to inform her work of empowering and equipping today’s leaders. Debbie has led learning sessions for leaders in over 60 districts, ISDs, and leadership organizations in MIchigan and Wisconsin, and will present at the national principals conference in 2019.


Derek Wheaton has been an educator for 38 years.  His experience includes 14 years as a former teacher in both inner city and urban elementary schools, and 18 years as a practicing principal of a large K-2 center in southwest Michigan.  He leads Derek Wheaton Consulting, LLC and provides professional learning for schools and district leaders. His passion includes coaching and mentoring early career principals as his part-time legacy work. Derek is a Nationally Certified Principal Mentor & Coach via the NAESP Principal Mentor Certification Program.

Besides co-facilitating MEMSPA’s yearlong principal endorsement program, Leadership Matters, his work with leaders includes providing training on the administrator evaluation system, School ADvance, facilitating and coordinating leaders through WMU Achievement Centered Leadership program and High Impact Literacy Project grants.  






January 17
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


MEMSPA Training Center
1980 N College Road
Mason, MI 48854 United States
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(517) 694-8955