Educational Institutions

Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Education Foundation

  • Marlborough, MA
  • www.mespa.org

Mission Statement

The mission statement defines our shared sense of purpose, direction, and opportunity. The Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association is committed to serving the needs of the elementary and middle level principalship in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by: * promoting elementary and middle level schools as learning communities that provide excellent learning opportunities for all children; * advancing superior professional standards of practice for elementary and middle level principals; * providing high quality professional development experiences for urban, suburban, and rural principals and other educators, statewide, based on their common and unique professsional development needs; * advocating on behalf of elementary and middle level principals and their efforts to provide a high quality education for all children within the framework of our democratic principles; * provide ample opportunities for networking, collegiality, and community.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy Leadership Academy
  2. Leadership Coaching Program
  3. Instructional Technology Teacher Masters/Certification Program
  4. Attitude, Diet and Exercise: A Wellness Program with Woburn Public Schools - PROPOSED
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 1979

Self-reported

Ms. Nadya Aswad Higgins

Keywords

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MESPEF; MESPA; MA Elementary Principals Assn., Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association, MA Elementary School Education Foundation

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EIN

22-2710946

 Number

1833072963

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Top 3 Accomplishments:1. MESPEF, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association, established an International Leadership Academy through which it is providing leadership training for school leaders from foreign countries. A group of leaders and Ministry of Education officials from Kuwait were successfully trained this year in Massachusetts in the areas of leadership and curriculum. 2. Scholarships for children of MESPA members were provided for higher education that helped students with their expenses for textbooks, etc.3. The Literacy Leadership Academy was a yearlong program to advance literacy in schools. School teams of principals, teachers, and literacy coordinators received training and mentoring on increasing literacy in their student bodies. Goals for 2012-13 MESPA: Day to Day for our members Provide support for our members to address the myriad of challenges they encounter daily, as well as the ever-growing mandates from DESE in the 2012-2013 school year. MESPA: Wall to Wall for our members Continue to reach out to our membership and keep them current and informed in the profession by strengthening and empowering the connections principals make with each other across the state ~ in face-to-face communities as well as virtual professional communities. MESPA: Moment to Moment for our members Continue to develop tools to reach out to our members frequently with information that will support and uplift them, including increased use of MESPA's Facebook page, as well as a plan and timeline for website upgrade.

Programs

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Program 1

Literacy Leadership Academy

The Academy was designed to work with teams of educators from rural, urban, and suburban districts. Six days of instruction and meetings were designed to form a network for participants to work together and with experts in the field, both electronically and face-to-face. Building-based teams were selected and guided through the process of establishing the essential components of Multi-Tiered Support Systems such as: Evidence-based Assessment &Curriculum; Assessment-driven instruction for all students in a tiered framework; and ongoing professional development for educators. Topics included: establishing and maintaining a Literacy Team & a Site Action Plan; the critical role of leadership so that all staff are on board; Running Data meetings & Use of Data; the roles of Reading Coaches, Principals, Parents, Paras & Others; Collective Responsibility - reallocating and sharing resources; and Self-Assessment of Implementation to ""Progress Monitor"" a school as it develops this model.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

$21,560.00

Program 2

Leadership Coaching Program

The MESPA Leadership Coaching Program was begun in 2007 with 35 school administrators (superintendents and principals) being assigned individual coaches trained by MESPA. This program was designed to build the capacity of school leaders so that they are better able to guide and direct the large scale, sustained improvement of teaching and learning and the conditions in which they occur. The program is research-based and adheres to the MESPA 6-Point Framework for school reform. Coaches provide quality, comprehensive customized coaching. Coaches serve as the catalyst for change, increase knowledge and skills of school leaders, change leadership behavior, and help those being coached to set goals and guide the development of an action plan to improve teaching and learning so that all students achieve at high levels. Coaches help school administrators to be reflective, think differently, develop confidence, and develop productive behaviors in a confidential and trusting relationship.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

$224,000.00

Program 3

Instructional Technology Teacher Masters/Certification Program

The Technology Teacher MA/CERT Program is an action oriented program, based on the National Technology Standards for Students and Teaches, provides solid instructional and experiential opportunities for participants to begin to develop proficiency necessary to become effective leaders in the (1) development of skills & understandings related to leadership, communication, technology planning and culture of schools; (2) development of skills & strategies related to effective teaching practices & understanding technology's role in teaching, learning and the curriculum; (3) development of skills and stategies related to understanding hardware, software, peripherals and networking as well as their upkeep, maintenance and managment; (4) examination of the ethical, legal, equity and practical issues that impact the operation of technologies in an educational environment. This is an annual program last run with 8 students.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

$70,400.00

Program 4

Attitude, Diet and Exercise: A Wellness Program with Woburn Public Schools - PROPOSED

MESPEF will partner with the Woburn Public Schools and Tufts Univ. Sch. of Medicine to provide A.D.E.: A Wellness Program. This program will expand on the work begun in Woburn through the ""Be Well Woburn"" initiative, a collaborative effort of the school district, recreation department, Board of Health and Mayor's office. In consultation with the Ass't. Sup't., it has been determined that there is a high level of awareness in Woburn about childhood obesity, and that the school department is ready for a program of this nature to be designed and implemented to support their efforts. ADE will offer professional development for teachers, parents and community members in teams to ensure that children enter adulthood healthy and able to lead emotionally happy, physically healthy, economically productive, and socially rewarding lives. The district administration is supportive, invested in the goals, and is interested in building the capacity across the community to create a ""healthy Woburn"".

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Funding Needs

The most pressing needs of MESPEF and MESPA are as follows: 1. Funding is needed to support two programs: a statewide coaching program as new principals have represented 50% of the principalship in the last six years and need this service. Cost is $100,000. A Wellness Program to be offered to Woburn Public Schools at a cost of $100,000. 2. The Web site needs to be redone and updated. This is a significant cost that we have been unable to fund. The Web site needs to include on-line registrations for programs, an opportunity for principals to communicate and share best practices with each other, have the capacity for video, and represent the professionalism of the Foundation and Association in a better way. Estimate of $20,000 have been received. 3. Development of an on-line training program for administrators and teachers so that they can access professional development without leaving their buildings. This would be roughly about $30,000. 4. New computers and other technology for training purposes and for staff needs to be updated. A cost of $15,000 is estimated. 5. The Certification Program for Administrator Licensure would like to offer scholarships for its incoming students. An estimated $45,000 would assist fifteen students to be able to access the program.

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Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Educatii
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Education Foundation

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Principal Officer

Ms. Nadya Aswad Higgins

BIO

Nadya Aswad Higgins is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association, the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Education Foundation, and the MESPA Technology Center. She is an educator who has had teaching, administrative and association management experience since 1961. Her experience in association management totals thirty-seven years, having served concurrently as Executive Director for MESPA for thirty-four years, for MESPEF for twenty-eight years, and the Technology Center for eighteen years. Her responsibilities include development and overall management of the professional development, licensure program, advocacy, and development programs of these organizations and for liaison activities with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and Care. She has served on numerous advisory task forces and committees for these entities. She has written state, national and international grants and has designed the Study Tours for Kuwaiti educators over the past few years. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton, with graduate work completed at Cornell University, Loyola College (Baltimore), and SUNY Binghamton. Prior to coming to Massachusetts, she served as the Executive Director for the American Association of University Professors for the New York State Conference. She is widely credited for the growth and success of MESPA and MESPEF, the development of the MESPA licensure programs, the establishment of the MESPA Technology Center and for leading the development of all of the major programs of the Association and Foundation.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"MESPEF and MESPA are results-oriented entrepreneurial entities dedicated to serving principals, assistant principals and other educators in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They are the only entities in the Commonwealth dedicated to K-8 education leadership. During MESPEF's 28-year and MESPA's 87 year history, they have strived to understand the needs of principals, schools, and students and to develop programs that will improve the knowledge and skills of administrators and teachers. Both entities addresss pre-service through a licensure program, in-service through professional development and advocacy programs as well as publications, and post-service through support of retired principals and assistant principals. Recognized as a quality organization and foundation nationally, these entities were the first in the country to: own a conference center, develop a technology center, develop an instructional technology licensure program, develop a licensure program for aspiring principals, develop a doctoral program for educators in educational leadership. In recent years, an International Leadership Academy has been formed and has presented Study Tours on leadership and curriculum to educators from Kuwait. Negotiations are in place to bring leaders from Brazil to Massachusetts for training. Recognized as a leader in training principals, assistant principals and other educators, other countries are interested in working with them. Working with a small staff, MESPEF and MESPA develop and produce quality programs and maximize resources in exceptional ways. They are committed to improving leadership and schools."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Anthony Cipro

Florence Houghton Elementary School

Term: July 2009 - June 2015

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