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Leverage Leadership Series with Dr. Debbie McFalone

September 29, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Dates for the Cohort
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 9am-3pm
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – 9am-3pm
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – 9am-3pm
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – 9am-3pm
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – 9am-3pm

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

Member Fee: $699
Non-Member Fee: $849

SCECHs are available

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



The learning opportunity we’ve been hoping would come along is finally here.

MEMSPA is proud to bring an outstanding learning experience to our organization: The Leverage Leadership Series for administrators, facilitated by Debbie McFalone, Ph.D. Drawing on her experience as a highly skilled facilitator who’s worked with hundreds of leaders, Debbie will engage administrators in a series of five day-long learning sessions between fall of 2021 and spring 2022.

The Leverage Leadership series addresses the most critical responsibility of any principal or evaluator: to ensure that an effective teacher is in every classroom every day.  This series of learning sessions is appropriate and applicable to any evaluation model, be it Marzano, Danielson, etc—-The focus is on building competence and confidence in actually holding the individualized conversations with teachers around their instructional practice. Many times principals possess the technical skills to do a classroom observation;  however, no change occurs in instruction unless deep conversations are held with teachers, and they are coached for improvement through focused, intentional conversations.

Based on Bambrick-Santoyo’s book Leverage Leadership, this course is designed intentionally to sustain growth over the school year.   Our first three sessions are in the fall of 2021, when principals and other leaders will learn about the Leverage Leadership philosophy, how to use our energy and resources carrying out activities that will give leaders the most “leverage” —the greatest result in teacher performance.  In early 2022, leaders will have support in actually implementing this process, and will come together as a cohort to share their experiences and learn from each other.  Participants will build their skills in holding vibrant, rich feedback conversations with their people, and that’s so important!  This learning experience is meant to be transformational, and to enrich your leadership practice in a profound and significant way.

Ideally, this program is a rich learning experience for colleagues and district teams, although individual participation is absolutely fine also.  The learning series will assist school leaders in
  • Developing and Nurturing Relational Trust As The Foundation For This Work,

  • Adopting Time Management Strategies and Naming Leadership Priorities, 

  • Deep Work and Practice on Delivering Unique, Individualized Feedback To Each Teacher

  • Strategies For Receiving Leadership Feedback

  • Equipping Leaders With High Level Coaching Protocols, and

  • Helping Leaders Develop A Culture Where Feedback Thrives

This 5-part learning series will provide principals with specific skills for working with teachers in ways that impact student achievement: fostering relentless commitment to offer individualized, frequent feedback to teachers about their instructional practice, and building the capacity to offer skillful feedback and direction to teacher teams. Video clips and role playing will be used to demonstrate and practice effective principal/teacher coaching sessions.

Questions about the Program

If you have specific questions about the program, feel free to contact Debbie McFalone, Ph.D. at debbiemcfalone@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 presented at the national principals conference in 2019.


September 29, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


MEMSPA Training Center
1980 N College Road
Mason, MI 48854 United States
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