Midwest Principals' Center

MPC helps principals and educational leaders create and guide effective schools by enriching their leadership, affiliation, and knowledge

Affiliation with the Midwest Principals’ Center deepens a commitment to work for all children who are served in our schools. Members pledge that the needs of students – academic, intellectual, physical and spiritual – will always be the measure by which we judge our work. The Center is governed by practicing school principals and has, as its primary purpose, the professional development of principals and other school leaders.

Mission: The Midwest Principals’ Center, Inc.helps principals and educational leaders create and guide effective schools by enriching their leadership, affiliation, and knowledge.

MPC is moving its office on June 1, 2018!
Our new address is:
2815 Forbs Avenue Suite 107
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
[email protected]

Congratulations to Denise Welter!. She will become the new Executive Co-Director of MPC starting June 1, 2018. LuAnn Kelly will be retiring to spend more time with family and traveling. We wish both leaders the best!


Considerations for Principals When Students Are Planning an Organized Protest or Walkout

blog.nassp.org When students’ free expression evolves into an organized protest or walkout during school hours, principals and other school officials find themselves in a conflict between supporting student voice…


PARCC pushback prompts Illinois to remake controversial test for 3rd-8th graders


chicagotribune.com This spring's PARCC exams for Grade 3 to 8 students could be the last, with the state looking to transform state tests that prompted turmoil for families and educators. The goal is to get quicker results and switch to "computer-adaptive" testing that changes questions if kids answer right or wrong.


What if we treated teachers the same way we treat professional athletes?


10 Magnificent Games to Practice Social and Emotional Skills with Kids


encourageplay.com Inside: An overview of 10 games that can be used to work on social-emotional learning at school, in small group settings or at home. What was your favorite game to play as a kid? For me, it was Monopoly. My sister and I played this game all the time - it would keep us entertained for hours on a cold


Elk Grove High School leader named Illinois Principal of the Year

Congratulations to MPC Board Member Paul Kelly!

dailyherald.com Elk Grove High School Principal Paul Kelly was named 2018 Illinois High School Principal of the Year Thursday by a statewide organization.

The Midwest Principals’ Center urges everyone to reflect upon and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!


Tell Me So I Can Hear You: A Developmental Approach to Effective Feedback - Ellie Drago-Severson - Midwest Principals' Center

Join us on January 25th!

midwestprincipalscenter.org Eligible for Illinois PD Credit and CEU Credit Administrators Academy #1250 “Ellie Drago-Severson is one of our most insightful experts on the development of adult educational leaders. She is unique in her ability to move back and forth comfortably between powerful ideas and promising practices.” —H...


NEW! Yong Zhao - World Class Learners: Educating Creative & Entrepreneurial Students - Midwest Principals' Center

Register now!

midwestprincipalscenter.org Eligible for Illinois PD Credit and CEU Credit Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia. He previously served…


Are You at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress?

edutopia.org Teaching and caring for others—especially kids in trauma—can be difficult. Here are six strategies to help you take care of yourself.


WiFi-equipped school buses help students get online

cnn.com School buses with WiFi are helping children connect to the internet and bridge the technology divide.


Educators Are More Stressed at Work Than Average People, Survey Finds

blogs.edweek.org A survey by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association found that teachers are reporting high stress levels and experiencing bad mental health days.


US Dept of Education on Twitter

twitter.com “Happy #NationalPrincipalsMonth! Sending a huge thank you to these dedicated leaders for all their hard work and guidance!#ThankAPrincipal”

"A LEADER is someone who demonstrates WHAT'S POSSIBLE." - Mark Yarnell


School principals to get help through federal grant

Congratulations Erika Hunt!

edweek.org In a news release, the school says its Center for the Study of Education Policy received the money from the U.S. Department of Education for a project called Together Everyone Achieves Through Integrated Leadership that will over the next three years involve 101 schools across Illinois.


How Houston Got Its Schools Back Online After the Hurricane

edweek.org The Houston school district’s technology chief, Lenny Schad, shares lessons about how his 216,000-student system responded to Hurricane Harvey, which besieged the community.

Center for the Study of Education Policy

ISBE recently released a new tool, the Unfilled Positions Map, to bring light to the unfilled positions in Illinois. The map displays open instructional, administrative, and support positions statewide as of October 1 of the reporting year. Users can search and sort by position type, county, and district; locate openings on a map; see aggregate data; and go to the hiring district’s website.

Center for the Study of Education Policy

Schools in at least 19 states are planning to start the school day later this year, according to Start School Later, a nonprofit organization that advocates for later school start times.


Analysis | Why some schools are closing for the solar eclipse — but others are staying open

washingtonpost.com Some are using it as a learning opportunity while others are closing for safety reasons.


The Power of Leaders

This is "The Power of Leaders" by NYC Leadership Academy on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


Analysis | Why this superintendent is banning homework — and asking kids to read instead

washingtonpost.com It only makes sense, she says.


The Case for Quiet Kids: Helping Introverts Get Heard in the Classroom - EdSurge News


edsurge.com As a student, my parents would inevitably hear the same thing at every Parent-Teacher conference—some variation of: “She sure is a spirited one!” or ...


7 tips for creating an effective PD program

districtadministration.com One of the worst “professional learning” experiences from my teaching days involved a clown nose. The entire teaching staff—700 of us—were gathered in the town’s civic auditorium to hear a speaker. Ta

Plan now to attend Lead & Learn 17 Conference on October 25-26! Check out the agenda of quality presenters! http://midwestprincipalscenter.org/events/lead-learn-17-conference/

Are fidget spinners a good distraction?
What will become of spinners in the 2017-18 school year remains uncertain




Teacher reveals odd tactic to prevent bullying - and it leaves all her students in tears.

The MPC 2017-18 Program Guide is now here! We provide the nationally known presenters to you! Please share!

[06/22/17]   Know Your IEIN?
Professional Development Requirement- IEIN Number
• When registering and signing attendance for future professional development opportunities provided by school districts, ROE, professional association, or other approved ISBE Provider, you will be required to provide your IEIN which is your Illinois Educator Information Number.
• Your personal IEIN can be found on the ELIS site, which is the ISBE site for licensure renewal and PD hour entry.
• Please know your IEIN when registering and attending. This requirement protects YOU when ISBE decides to audit your attendance at events.

MPC is an ISBE Approved Provider. MPC is also an approved provider of CEUs by the Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation.



Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers



Trump Administration Wants Advice on Cutting Back Education Regulations

blogs.edweek.org A Federal Register notice asks the education community to identify guidance and regulations that are driving up costs, or creating extra work for states, districts, and educators.

Thinking Minds

Finland has decided to change this in their educational system and introduce something which is suitable for the 21st century.


Ready to be an Illinois principal? - Illinois State University News

news.illinoisstate.edu Erika Hunt, of Illinois State's Center for the Study of Education Policy, and Mary Kay Scharf, of Bloomington School District 87, presented April 1 to a meeting of statewide school service personnel organizations on House Bill 289


Trump's First 100 Days: How Does He Stack Up to Obama, Bush on K-12?

blogs.edweek.org Since taking office, President Donald Trump has made some notable moves on K-12, but his early days look different in many respects than those of his two most immediate predecessors.


District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough - The Hechinger Report

hechingerreport.org WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer exist, children get extra hel...

Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

optimizelyedit.com Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a 'fixed' and a 'growth' mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.

Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal’s Office


www.nytimes.com Education reform often skips over one of the best solutions for helping students. Chicago shows how it can be done.


Erica Hunt and Alicia Haller from ISU's Center for the Study of Educational Policy just finished a white paper called the 'Summary of Constitutional Barriers to an Illinois School Voucher Program' that will hopefully give some peace of mind for those in Illinois worried about school vouchers. .

education.illinoisstate.edu http://education.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/csep/policypapers/Constitutional%20Challenges%20to%20Voucher%20in%20Illinois.pdf

We are excited to announce the MPC EdCamp for Leaders in Park Ridge, Illinois on March 11th. Midwest Principals Center is offering this FREE "un-conference" for administrators, school leaders, and aspiring administrators at all levels as a way to come together to share leadership knowledge, ideas, and expand your Professional Learning Network. We encourage you to come and be part of this fun and educational event! Hope to see you all there! https://sites.google.com/maine207.org/edcampc/home


Three Great Resources to Help Students Fight Off Fake News

blogs.edweek.org Students need to develop the ability to delve into blog posts and articles and determine where things veer from fact to fiction.

[01/01/17]   Happy New Year from MPC!

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