Secondary school administrators are being called upon during the COVID-19 Pandemic, like never before, to provide leadership to their students, staff and stakeholders. This crisis challenges school leaders to "be at our best" every day in so many different ways while navigating a journey that offers no GPS or roadmap for how to arrive at our destination. 

Leadership can often be lonely; coupled with "social distancing" guidelines and the sense of urgency required of school administrators right now, the feelings of isolation can expand exponentially.  

To support secondary administrators in navigating these uncertain times, MASSP has partnered with Dr. Greg Dale, Professor of Psychology and Director of Athletic Leadership Programs at Duke University, and Mark Thomas, Principal at Northview High School to facilitate a free five week seminar, "The Art of Education Leadership.”  

This seminar is designed to offer connection, coaching, communication and support for secondary administrators by leaders who understand because they "walk the same walk and do battle in the same arena."  The format of the seminars is much like a relaxed "fireside chat" in that Mark and Greg will start by discussing a leadership topic of mutual interest. Participants will pose questions and share comments to further the discussion. 

Dr. Dale began a relationship with MASSP in 2010 when he keynoted our annual summer conference themed "Building Credible Leaders.” He works across the globe with high school, college and professional athletes and coaches, Fortune 500 business leaders and educators on improving leadership and performance. Mark has served as the Principal of Northview High School for the past 19 years in addition to holding a number of educational leadership roles at the state and national levels in his 32 years as an educator. In 2010 Mark was named Michigan Principal of the Year. 

Title: The "Art of Educational Leadership" Seminar Series

Presenters: Dr. Greg Dale, Professor of Psychology and Director of Athletic Leadership Programs at Duke University, Mark C. Thomas, Principal, Northview High School, Past-President, MASSP 

When: Sunday evenings from 8-9 p.m. EST

  • May 10 | The Power of Attitude: How to Leverage Obstacle as Opportunity
  • May 17 | Loved or Feared? How to be a Credible Leader
  • May 24 | (Memorial Day Weekend): No session
  • May 31 | Permission to be Human: How to Promote a Caring Culture in Your School
  • June 7 | Substance and Style: Striving to be a Well-Rounded Leader
  • June 14 | Seeing Around Corners: The Value of Forward and Strategic Thinking

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Written by Colin Ripmaster, MASSP Associate Executive Director