Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association

The Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) is the largest professional school administrators’ organization in Massachusetts.

Formed in 1926 and now serving over 1000 members (elementary and middle school), MESPA remains the only statewide organization dedicated to the unique professional and advocacy concerns of elementary school principals and educators in Massachusetts schools.

Through its educational entity MESPEF (Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Education Foundation), MESPA develops programs in response to the needs of the full spectrum of its membership, including elementary and middle school principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents, supervisors, and other allied members of the profession.

The organization employed its first professional Executive Director in 1979 and, in 1991, purchased the MESPA Education and Technology Center in Marlborough, which serves as the Association’s headquarters as well as the site of its year-round professional development programs.

Goals of MESPA

  • Implementing goals of the reform movement.
  • Endeavor to strengthen and benefit school principalships and to lobby for corrective legislation to address vital concerns of Bay State principals.
  • Expand MESPA’s role as an advocate for the professionalism of principals by supporting and collaborating with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education¬†in the recertification of state elementary and middle school principals, development of an accredited assessment and evaluation process to determine proficiency and professional development needs of principals, and creation and implementation of professional development programs to improve principal competency and to facilitate recertification.
  • Provide legal and liability assistance and contractual support to afford principals greater job security in their work environments.
  • Emphasize, through MESPA programs and publications, the value of and procedures for encouraging diversity in the schools.
  • Encourage development of technological skills for principals and increased technology in schools.