The following book is included with the registration and will serve as a key resource throughout this learning experience:


This is an extended learning experience - all 5 dates are included in the registration.

  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019


Each session will run from 

9:00 am - 3:00pm and 5 hours of SCECHs will be available.

Registration Fees

Member:              $699
Non-Member:     $849

Fee includes learning materials, SCECH processing, lunch, and refreshments for all 5 sessions.


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

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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 spring and fall of 2019.

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 purposefully to meet for five sessions.  Our first meetings are in March - June of 2019, in order to help principals and evaluators learn about the Leverage Leadership philosophy, how to use our energy and resources carrying out activities that will give us the most "leverage" - the greatest result for effort expended.  After the spring sessions, in September and October of 2019, 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.

This learning series will assist principals in:

  • Structuring our work around the seven core areas of school leadership that drive consistent growth,
  • Organizing our time to prioritize feedback sessions with teachers, no matter which evaluation model is being implemented
  • Understanding and providing an opportunity to practice delivering the elements of effective feedback, and
  • Nurturing and sustaining the culture of high relational trust among faculty which is essential to this work.

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.


Debbie McFalone, Ph.D., will serve as lead facilitator for this learning experience. Debbie draws on her experience as a former teacher, principal and Area Superintendent to inform her consulting work with educational organizations and school districts across Michigan and Wisconsin. She has studied for four years with the Harvard Change Leadership Group, building her understanding of change process in people and organizations.  Debbie earned her doctorate at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Her new  book, Uncommon Leadership: Live Well, Lead Strong will be available in November 2018.


Taryn Hurley