William Woods University graduate students use their degrees in leadership positions in their schools and districts. Many students, including the masters of education administration, doctorate of education leadership and others – get involved in organizations that regularly offer development opportunities even after they graduate.
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP), for example, serves as a professional organization that aspires to bring continuous improvement to secondary education throughout Missouri. With its offices located in Columbia, MASSP is actively engaged in the professional development of principals and assistant principals of middle and high school state institutions; as well providing support to youth through ongoing programs. MASSP is also affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Eight Missouri districts have been defined, with each district led by representatives who are part of MASSP’s Board of Directors, along with their respective district officers.
Members can attend conferences, round table sessions, seminars, workshops and programs throughout the year, organized to support MASSP’s mission: To improve secondary education through leadership development, as well as to optimize the performance of Missouri students. Members can take up issues through this platform, as the MASSP also undertakes legislative advocacy.
Individuals aspiring to become principals may also attend regional workshops to learn more about the profession. Each region is set to host the “Aspiring Principals Workshop” – planned to take place during February 2015. An MASSP spring conference, as well as a fall conference, takes place each year – to forward the development of Principals and administrators, and also a platform where they can stay updated on relevant developments in their professional, in addition to schools and youth development. Registration information on the upcoming Spring Conference can be sought from MASSP here.
More information on principal-ship, school administration and initiatives supporting Missouri education and educators, may be found in the links below:
- Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP)
- Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)
- Better Schools for Missouri
There are numerous other resource links to browse on the MASSP site.