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Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland , 363 Maine Mall Rd , South Portland, ME 04106 (US).
  • Ideally located 2 miles from Portland International Jetport, 5 miles from downtown
  • Within walking distance to The Maine Mall and several restaurants
  • Meeting/event space for between 12 and 550 guests and a 24-hour business center
  • Heated indoor pool and fully equipped fitness center
  • Located near several beautiful Maine beaches and championship golf courses
  • Complimentary shuttle service to airport and locations in a 1 mile radius of the property

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Maine Principals' Association

Fall Conference

November 16-17, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, South Portland
(Across from the Maine Mall)


Keynote Presentation:

Eight Mind-Shifts in Education

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with Kim Marshall

Kim Marshall was a teacher, central office administrator, and principal in the Boston Public Schools for 32 years. He now advises and coaches new principals (mostly with New Leaders for New Schools), teaches courses and conducts workshops on instructional leadership and time management, and publishes a weekly newsletter, the Marshall Memo, which summarizes ideas and research from 44 publications ( Kim has written several books and numerous articles on teaching and school leadership. His most recent book is Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (Jossey-Bass, 2013). He is married and has two children, both teachers.

Important changes have occurred in educators' and the lay public's attitudes on a number of key issues in K-12 schools. Kim will explore positive shifts in these beliefs:



  • Intelligence and talent are fixed at birth,
  • Poverty is destiny,
  • Principals are primarily managers,
  • Great teachers are born, not made,
  • Teacher evaluation doesn’t add value,
  • Students’ feedback can’t be taken seriously,
  • Tests are tests, and
  • Teachers can’t be held responsible for student learning.

    Kim will invite participants to think about whether colleagues, students, and other stakeholders still hold these beliefs, success stories on how beliefs have been changed, and specific plans for making progress in one or two key areas “back home.”



Maine School Law Seminar

“Bullying and the Law”

Sponsored by the
Maine Principals’ Association
In Partnership with
Drummond Woodsum

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Friday, November 17, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Included in conference registration.


Peter Felmly counsels public schools in all aspects of labor law, employment law, and school law. Peter’s practice includes counseling in regard to hiring practices, discipline and discharge practices, conducting workplace investigations, compliance with discrimination laws and laws regarding the payment of wages, and the constitutional rights of students and school employees. He is a co-author of Maine School Law (5th Edition 2014), and has served as an instructor for school law courses offered by the University of Southern Maine.

Allen Kropp is a member of the School & Education and Higher Education Practice Groups at Drummond Woodsum. He specializes in civil rights, special education, and disability law, and works extensively with schools, colleges, and universities on a wide range of disability issues under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, gender discrimination issues under Title IX, and race/color/national origin matters under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

In this interactive session, two experienced school lawyers will address the subject of bias-based or identity-based bullying in our schools. This form of bullying – bullying based on protected characteristics such as gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion - has always been present in our schools; however, it can be difficult to identify and a challenge to address. Peter and Allen will share their experiences in dealing with bullying of this nature and will discuss ways to prevent such behavior, how to identify bias-based bullying, and best practices in dealing with bullying.


Thursday, November 16

** Be sure to visit the exhibitors during their one day show **

7:00 – 8:00 a.m

Registration - Lobby

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome, Entertainment, and Professional Division Business Meeting – Ball Room
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Coffee Break and Visit Exhibitors – Sebago Room
9:45 – 11:45 a.m. Keynote: Eight Mind-Shifts in Education Over the Past Decade with Kim Marshall
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Sponsored by Horace Mann
Visit Exhibitors and Door Prizes – Sebago Room
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Session I
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Session II and Interscholastic Division Business Meeting
3:25 – 4:25 p.m. Concurrent Session III
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Jostens Principals’ Reception Whaleback Room
All conference participants are welcome.

Friday, November 17

7:00 – 8:30 a.m

Registration - Lobby
Breakfast – Winter Harbor Room

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Session IV
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break - Sebago Room
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Session V
11:05 – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 – 2:00 p.m Keynote: Bullying and the Law with Drummond Woodsum

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~ About the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, South Portland...  Directions, Parking, and Accommodations ~

The hotel is located at 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland.  The Maine Mall is positioned right across from the hotel.   Parking is free in the DoubleTree Parking Lot.

You can reserve overnight accommodations at the special conference rate of $109 plus tax for single or double occupancy by calling the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 207-775-6161 by November 3. You are welcome to come to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel up to four days prior and four days after the conference at this rate as well. Mention that you are attending the MPA conference and get the special room rate.

Directions: From I-95/ Maine Turnpike take Exit 45 Mall Road Exit , travel through toll booth and exit right towards Maine Mall Road. Turn right onto Maine Mall Road and at your third set of lights hotel will be on your left.


*** Please register by November 10, 2017 ***
(Sorry, no refunds after November 10, 2017)


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