This training will occur over two half day sequential sessions on:

Monday 2/27/12, 9:00AM to 12:30PM
Tuesday, 3/20/12, 9:00AM to 12:30PM

Particpants who complete both sessions
will earn .6 SB-CEUs.


Registration fees include both sessions.

MEMSPA Member     $129
Non Member             $149


Genesee ISD
Health, Safety & Nutirition Building

2284 S. Ballenger Hwy
Flint, MI 48503

Driving Directions

This training is being offered in Northern, Western  and Eastern Michigan. Registration at other locations is available as follows:


Annette Erickson 

Courage in Leadership:
Difficult Conversations and Teacher Evaluations 

How does a principal discuss an evaluation with a teacher whose instruction is minimally effective? Or the teacher whose instruction is effective but not yet highly effective? ...And do so in a way that improves performance?

This session is designed to help principals prepare for those conversations.

Effective school leaders demonstrate courage and integrity in their practice through their skillful handling of difficult conversations.  With the current focus on teacher evaluation, building the capacity for effectively addressing performance issues with teachers is critically important.  These two sessions are sequential, with information at the first session serving as a foundation for the second session.  Participants at these two sessions will:

  • Examine the "will level" and "skill level" of teachers, and become aware of the different types of leadership conversations needed for specific types of teachers
  • Be introduced to and practice a specific model for offering effective feedback
  • Learn a method for planning and conducting a difficult conversation, and build their personal capacity for holding these conversations

                         Session 1 Agenda                                                      Session 2 Agenda

Meet the Facilitator...Debbie McFalone

Debbie McFalone, Consultant

Debbie McFalone is a Ph.D Candidate in Educational Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. She studied for four years with the Harvard Change Leadership Group, building a deep understanding of leading during these times of exponential change. Debbie is a co-author of Leadership Matters, the Michigan Administrative Specialty Endorsement program, and co-facilitates that program thru MEMSPA. She also facilitates the Experienced Curriculum Leaders Institute through Michigan ASCD. Debbie has presented nationally on the topic of “Difficult Conversations”, and has coached district teams in Michigan and Wisconsin to strengthen teaming and collaboration in schools. Debbie has served as a principal and Area Superintendent, as well as Executive Director for Leadership and Curriculum.