We Claim Bragging Rights

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Diane_McMillan_3_0.jpgBy Diane McMillan
Associate Director

I have to admit it--I get pretty defensive when I read and hear about principals being replaced because of the sanctions of NCLB. We at MASSP know that these reports paint a very inaccurate picture of the quality of the principalship in Michigan. We know that some of the finest principals in the nation, who are often working under the extreme economic difficulties that plague Michigan, reside in Michigan. These great principals provide steady, innovative, and effective leadership every day!

Now is not the time to be modest. We at MASSP are committed to spreading the word about our quality principals by honoring our school leaders and school buildings who are getting the job done in stellar fashion. Here's where you, the principal, and your staff come in. We need Michigan school leaders to participate in record numbers in MASSP awards programs!

The Principal of the Year Program http://www.mymassp.com/principalofyear

Every year, MASSP honors a high school, middle level, CTE administrator, and assistant principal. These principals then go on to represent Michigan in the NASSP Principal/Assistant Principal of the Year program. Here's the problem--we know that there are many, many worthy principals in Michigan, but the number of nomination applications we receive in no way represents the potential candidates.

We've streamlined the application process to make it match the NASSP application process. We've changed the eligibility criteria from five to 3 years. We're even extending the application deadline to July 15, 2009. Middle level, CTE administrators, and assistant principals, we especially need your applications!

We know it is the nature of the principal to downplay your service and credit your staff. That's fine and noble. But, we also know that great staffs are led by great principals. We haven't seen a great staff yet without a great principal at the helm! MASSP now has two other awards programs that help you recognize your hard working staff, while we honor great leadership. Why not participate in all the awards programs?

We know you're out there. Apply for the Principal of the Year program while you honor your staff in our new Ready, Set, Success Awards Program.

Ready, Set, Success Program http://mymassp.com/readysetsuccess

MASSP, in partnership with MEEMIC, want to honor TEAM decisions that have demonstrated school change. We hope to honor your TEAM
for successful strategies that: demonstrate collaborative leadership,
and professional learning communities, or, personalizing school
environment, or, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, or, ideas to
reduce educational costs. The SHORT application questionnaire is available by clicking here or following this link:

School To Watch Program http://www.michiganstw.org/index.htm

Congratulations to the recently named Michigan Schools to Watch:

  • Baldwin Street Middle School, Hudsonville, Dave Powers, Principal, 2008 MASSP Middle Level Principal of the Year
  • Escanaba Middle School, Escanaba, Dr. Kay Johnson, Principal
  • Riley Street Middle School, Hudsonville, Bill Ross, Principal

They join the other Michigan Schools to Watch:

  • Belding Middle School, Belding, John B. Deiter, Ph.D., Principal
  • Ludington Magnet Middle School, Detroit, Alora Comer-Maxwell, Principal
  • Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter, Jami R. Bronson, Principal
  • Oakview Middle School, Oakland Township, Alice Seppanen, Principal, MASSP 2006 Principal of the Year
  • Saline Middle School, Saline, David Raft, Principal
  • White Pine Middle School, Saginaw, Bonnie Eaves, Principal

Michigan Schools to Watch® is a state-level partnership that seeks to identify and recognize high-performing middle-grades schools. Through a set of criteria, MSTW provides guidance to classroom teachers, administrators, parents, and community members as they evaluate and improve school programs.

Let MASSP know about you and your staff's great work. We are often in conversations with others outside of the principal ranks. We love to use the information from your applications as ammunition to combat those who disparage or diminish the great work of our secondary school administrators.

Give us some "bragging rights" information! Apply for all of the awards programs that are applicable to your position!