The Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) is one of largest professional school administrators’ organization in Massachusetts.
Formed in 1926, and now serving over 900 elementary and middle school members, MESPA remains the only statewide organization dedicated to the unique professional and advocacy concerns of elementary school principals and educators in Massachusetts schools.
Along with its educational entity the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Education Foundation (MESPEF), 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 1990, 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.
MESPA has shown entrepreneurial leadership by being the first principals’ association in the country to accomplish the following:
- Develop an alternative program, not run by a university, for the licensure of principals and assistant principals according to innovative regulations developed by the Massachusetts Department of Education in 1990;
- Develop a technology center housed at a principals’ association to provide technology leadership programs;
- Develop a doctoral program in educational leadership, first with Boston College and then with Lesley University;
- Develop a technology leadership licensure program; and
- Develop a conference center for principals dedicated to serving their professional and professional development needs.
- Develop an International Leadership Academy, which has provided a long-term leadership program to principals and other leaders in Kuwait.