Midwinter Conference

24 January - 27 January Amway Grand

Schedule

  • 24 January
  • 25 January
  • 26 January
  • 27 January

Sustain Excellence Leadership Academy Session (prior registration required)

09:00 AM 01:00 PM

MASA Board and Council Lunch and Meeting with Foundation Representatives (optional)

11:30 AM 01:15 PM

Preconference The Orange Frog Workshop: Creating Positive School Culture with the Happiness Advantage

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

DT Dr. Steve Tunnicliff

Mary Behm

JM Jim Mahoney

MASA Board and Council Meeting

01:30 PM 04:00 PM

MASA Conference Registration

07:30 AM 04:30 PM

MAISA Board of Directors Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

MAISA Administrative Leadership Committee Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

MAISA Instructional Leadership Committee Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

Courageous Journey (prior registration required)

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Middle Cities Education Association Meeting

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

MAISA General Membership Meeting

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

School Equity Caucus and Small & Rural Schools Meeting

11:00 AM 02:00 PM

MISEN Meeting

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

SAPAC Meeting

11:45 AM 12:45 PM

Middle Cities Education Association Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

General Session

01:00 PM 03:00 PM

Dr. Thomas  Tucker

Chris  Wigent

Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Innovation: How Makerspace Can Impact Teaching and Learning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dr. RJ  Webber

Dr. Steve  Matthews

Strategic Planning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Dr. Thomas  Tucker

Leadership Lessons Learned in a Volatile Educational Environment

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Yvonne  Caamal Canul

Dr. Michael Rice

Sinking Funds 101: Everything You Need to Know

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Bill  McCarthy

Bill  Weinrauch, AIA

Kari K.  Shay

Dual Enrollment: How to Build a Purposeful Dual Enrollment Program as Part of a Regular High School Day

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Crystal  Cordes

Dr. Rod  Rock

Dr. Jeff  Pratt

One District’s Journey to Personalized Learning for Every Student

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Gerald  Hopkins

Creating a True Culture of Learning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

RH Rodney  Hetherton

Michelle  Corbat

AH Adam  Hartley

Transgender Issues: A View from a Local District

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Robert  Behnke

Lessons Learned from Deficit Districts and Those Near the Edge

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Donald  Sovey, CPA, CFO

Lead the Way Through Cyber Security

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

James  Hajjar

Travis  Van Tighem

Region Meetings

04:45 PM 05:45 PM

Michigan Association African American Superintendents (MAAAS) Meeting

05:30 PM 07:30 PM

MASA Conference Registration

07:00 AM 04:30 PM

General Session

08:30 AM 10:15 AM

Dr. Brian  Davis

Dirk  Weeldreyer

Kathy Stewart

Curtis  Finch Jr. Ph.D

Monica Merritt

Dr. Steve  Matthews

Travel Break

10:15 AM 10:30 AM

Capture Collective Capacity – COLLABORATE

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Dr. Rusty  Stitt

Dr. Kevin Ivers

Greer Doug

Jean Logan

Ben Tomlinson

Dr. Kyle  Mayer

DM Dr. Bobbi Morehead

PH Peter Haines

Reaching All Learners with Tools for Differentiation

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Maximizing the Use of PSAT & SAT Data

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Wendy  Zdeb

Student Growth for Education Evaluations in Michigan

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Brian  Lloyd

The Importance of Telling Your Story: Communication Strategies That Work

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Kriss  Giannetti

Jeff  Beal

Increasing Student Achievement: Building Teacher Capacity Through Collaborations with Institutions of Higher Learning

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

RN Rui  Niu-Cooper, PhD

Garth  Cooper, PhD

SJ Shirley  Johnson, PhD

Mayda  Bahamonde-Gunnell, EdD

CL Carol  Lantenbach, EdD

TR Thomas  Reeder

JS John  Shinski, PhD

Creative Leadership, Yes, These Two Words CAN Go Together

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

David  Tebo

Scott  Graden

Mary  Wever

Dr. Rob  Glass

How to Achieve 1.5 Years Growth in Math & Reading While Conquering Poverty

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Shawn  Hurt

Increasing Post-Secondary Outcomes Through Early College & Cultural Change

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

PM Patrick  Malley

Craig  Carmoney

Building a Positive Change Framework for School Districts & Communities

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Leonard C.  Burrello

Awards Luncheon: Superintendent of the Year and Retiree Recognition

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Dr. Michael Rice

Dr. Rob  Glass

Chris  Wigent

Hot Topic General Session: School Finance Research Project

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Robert  Moore

Elizabeth  Welch

Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Addressing the Urgency: Statewide Support for Early Literacy

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

DS Dr. John  Severson

Susan  Townsend

Randy  Lindquist

Paul  Liabenow

Erin  Brown

Dr. Melissa  Usiak

Personalized Learning – Dexter’s Summit Basecamp Pilot

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Christopher  Timmis

The Courage to Lead, the Will to Innovate – 5 Strategies for Successful Leaders

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Debbie  McFalone

Creating Successful Readers: Simple Facts and Dangerous Myths

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Nancy  DeFrance

MS Mary  Shelton

Why Mentors Matter

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Michael  Murray

Ken  Dirkin

Using Culturally Responsive Teaching to Improve African-American Student Achievement

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

William  Hill

Summer Reading Innovation: Using Choices, Challenges & Rewards to Eliminate the Summer Reading Slide

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Kevin  Sorice

Negotiating Your Contract: The What, How, and When for Women Leaders

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Susan  Wakefield

Sara  Shriver

Creating Educational Leaders by Cultivating Crucial Culturally Responsive Conversations

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Stacy  Calloway, Ed.S

The Power of Storytelling – Building Trust in an Emotional Situation

03:15 PM 04:30 PM

Brian  Ahearne

Nick  Ceglarek

Sponsor Appreciation Reception

04:30 PM 06:00 PM

Hot Buffet Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

General Session

08:30 AM 11:30 AM

Peter  Spadafore

Sponsors

Speakers

Dr. Thomas Tucker

AASA National Superintendent of the Year and Superintendent
Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio
Dr. Thomas Tucker, AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Superintendent, Princeton City Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio. Thomas Tucker, the superintendent of Princeton City schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, was named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year on Thursday at the AASA, the School Superintendents Association's, annual education conference in Phoenix. Tucker joined the Princeton City schools in 2015, and previously served in school districts in Kansas and Ohio, according to the AASA. Over a 26-year career, he has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent. In 2008, Tucker became the first African-American to serve as superintendent in the Licking Heights district in Licking County, Ohio. "It's about the work of our students, our teachers—the best teachers in the world—our support staff, our community members, and our board of education members," he said. "And I ask you to join me today and, in the future, in continuing to improve our education system." "American public education is second to none, " he said later, to applause. " Again, is second to none."

25 January

25 January

Chris Wigent

Executive Director
MASA
Before joining MASA as Executive Director on March 9, 2015, Chris spent eight years as Superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (WRESA). Prior to WRESA, Chris served as Superintendent at Calhoun ISD, Olivet Community Schools, and Dryden Community Schools. Chris actively serves on several education and community boards, and is also an instructor for the Michigan Association of School Boards, specializing in Board-Superintendent relationships. Chris is dedicated to supporting education leaders and assisting them in the vital role of serving Michigan’s 1.5 million public school students.

25 January

26 January

Peter Spadafore

Associate Executive Director, Government Relations
Michigan Association of School Administrators

27 January

Robert Moore

Deputy Superintendent
Finance & Operations, Oakland Schools
Mr. Robert Moore is the Grant Program Director for the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. He is also the Deputy Superintendent of Finance & Operations of Oakland Schools. Moore has spent 29 years as a deputy superintendent and CFO for large school systems in both Colorado and Michigan. He spent seven years as a production engineer and general foreman at a large steel mill and seven years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

26 January

Elizabeth Welch

Attorney
Labor & Employment Law, Welch Law, and East Grand Rapids School Board Member
Elizabeth M. Welch is a Grand Rapids-based labor and employment attorney, with clientele ranging from small, family-owned businesses to mid-sized corporations and non-profit organizations. Welch is vice president of the East Grand Rapids Public School Board, and devotes much of her time to public education advocacy. She serves Grand Rapids’ nonprofit community in several roles, including as a trustee for the Steelcase Foundation and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Welch holds a law degree from Ohio State University, and graduated with honors from Penn State University. In 2009, she was named one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Business Leaders.

26 January

Brian Ahearne

Founder
Novel Leaders
Brian Ahearne is the founder of Novel Leaders, a firm designed to teach business professionals the Power of Storytelling and how to incorporate Storytelling into their corporate communication arsenal. He was recently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University, has a Masters degree in Communication and has spent 3 decades helping business people create powerful messages that help build teamwork, inspire, motivate and drive decision-making.

26 January

Mayda Bahamonde-Gunnell, EdD

Director of Equity and Inclusion/ELL
Grand Rapids Public Schools

26 January

Jeff Beal

Superintendent
Jackson Public Schools
Jeff Beal returned to Jackson as the Superintendent for the Jackson Public Schools in June 2014. After graduating from Jackson High School in 1989, Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Olivet College, his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University and his Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from Grand Valley State University. He has served as a Middle School and High School English Teacher, Middle School Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal and Athletic Director for Chippewa Hills School District (Between Mt. Pleasant and Big Rapids), Middle School Principal, Special Education Director and Superintendent for Vestaburg Community Schools (in Montcalm County). Jeff's wife is also in school administration and is an elementary principal at Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor, together they have five children all attending Jackson Public Schools and so when he speaks about his commitment to our students he truly means our students.

26 January

Mary Behm

Assistant Superintendent for Education and Learning
Genesee Intermediate School District

24 January

Robert Behnke

Superintendent
Adrian Public Schools
Bob Behnke is the Superintendent of Adrian Public Schools and has advocated for diversity education and awareness over his twenty years in career in education. Bob was previously a member of the National Education Association's National Round table on GLBT issues. As a former Fulbright Principal Scholar, he had the opportunity to travel abroad and see first-hand the similarities and differences of the German Educational system, including early adoption of LGBT policies and practices. This last year he was present as one of his students and parents testified before the State Board of Education on LGBT guidelines in schools. Sadly, he has had to attend more than one funeral of a LGBT individual that took their own life. Bob encourages all of us to be aware of how to best advocate for all of our students to prevent future tragedies.

25 January

Erin Brown

Literacy Consultant
Muskegon ISD

26 January

Leonard C. Burrello

Executive Director for The Center on Appreciative Organizing in Education and Professor Emeritus, Co-Principal Investigator for the Leadership Preparation and Policy and Community Reform Project
Indiana University, University of South Florida
Leonard Burrello is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of South Florida, and Emeritus Professor at Indiana University. He has consulted in twenty states, over forty school districts and internationally. He has directed over 160 dissertations, authored seven books and over fifty-five articles, and produced twenty-nine training videos as the Executive Director of the Forum on Education. His research interests include district leadership and school capacity building, and inclusive practices including MTSS implementation.

26 January

Yvonne Caamal Canul

Superintendent
Lansing School District
Yvonne Caamal Canul, Michigan's 2015 Superintendent of the Year, wraps up her fifth year as the Lansing School District superintendent. Raised in Latin America, Yvonne brings a rich “world-view” to her work in the field of education as a former teacher, school principal, director of curriculum and assessment, consultant for priority schools, a state department of education official, as a corporate senior executive in the private sector leading a research and innovation division, and directing a Kellogg Foundation Early Childhood collaborative between Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina. Yvonne currently serves as Superintendent of the Lansing School District in Michigan’s capital city.
Since taking the helm in 2012, Yvonne has spearheaded a bold restructuring plan that focuses on research-based models to improve instruction. The plan establishes a long-term instructional vision that aims to achieve educational achievement and financial stability for the largest district in the mid-Michigan’ region. Yvonne is well-known throughout the area as a no-nonsense, student focused leader dedicated to educating students in a caring and collaborative environment. Yvonne recently launched an innovative career and college readiness plan called the Lansing Pathway Promise which provides students with learning options in multiple pathways of learning. (www.lansingpathwaypromise.net)
With more than 40 years of expertise in education, it’s no surprise that Yvonne was named the 2015 Michigan Superintendent of the Year. Yvonne was recognized for her visionary leadership and energetic advocacy for public education. Throughout the course of her career, she has received numerous other awards, among them are the National Educator Award presented by the Milken Family Foundation, the Human Rights Award given by the Michigan Education Association, and Greater Lansing Woman of the Year Finalist.
Yvonne received a degree in speech and theater from Olivet College and a master’s degree in elementary education and racial and ethnic studies from Michigan State University. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Olivet College in 1997 and selected as a Distinguished Alumni in 2015. Yvonne and her husband Victor have a home in Mexico where theymight retire someday.

25 January

Stacy Calloway, Ed.S

ELA Lead Teacher and District Trainer
Pontiac School District/International Technology Academy
Stacy Calloway is an English Language Arts (ELA) district trainer and an 8th grade ELA Middle School Teacher Leader at The International Technology Academy in Pontiac, Michigan. She received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication from The University of Southwestern Louisiana and a M.A.T. degree from the University of Michigan. In August, she completed an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. She has been active as a district teacher leader, a Michigan Reading Association presenter, and a Train the Trainer in the development of culturally responsive modules, project-based learning curriculum, and instructional learning cycle assessments.

She is also a recipient of the 2015 Michigan Education Excellence Award from the Michigan Association of School Boards. She has more than 12 years of experience in the classroom teaching honors reading, writing, and PBL courses.

26 January

Craig Carmoney

Superintendent
Meridian Public Schools
Craig Carmoney was named Superintendent of Meridian Public Schools in July of 2011. Meridian Public Schools is 21st Century school district that has partnered with the New Tech Network, Project Lead the Way and Delta College to offer project-based learning, 1:1 technology and early college for all students. Meridian is the only district in the state of Michigan to operate a full-school early college and partner with the New Tech Network to support K-12 project-based learning for every learner. Meridian Early College High School has been recognized annually since 2013 as a National Demonstration School by the New Tech Network.

Under Carmoney’s five years at the helm, several great things have taken place at Meridian Public Schools. The district has received around $3M in grants, passed a $7.7M bond and more than doubled its fund balance. Most importantly, its first year college completion rate has more than doubled to almost 80% and its most recent graduation rate increased from a historical average of just under 90% to over 95%. 50% of the most recent senior class took college courses and passed those courses at a 98% success rate with a 3.2 gpa. Almost 2/3’s of those students elected to return for a 5th year where they attend college full-time. Meridian students now earn over 2,000 college credits per year, twenty times the amount of credits earned prior to Carmoney’s tenure.

Before coming to Meridian, Carmoney served as Middle School Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Bullock Creek Schools. In that role, he led the school in key school improvement initiates that resulted in student achievement improvement, and before that taught at Bullock Creek and Alpena. Being active and involved in the community is a priority for Carmoney. He has served in numerous organizations that include the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Midland County College Access Network Leadership Team, the Saginaw Valley State University External Advisory Team and the Midland County DARE Board of Directors.

Carmoney has dedicated his career to ensuring that every child is given the opportunity and pathways to succeed in life, college and careers in the 21st Century. Carmoney holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. He is also successfully completed the Michigan Leadership Institute Supes Academy and the Saginaw Valley State University Gerstacker Fellowship Program.

Carmoney and his wife, Kelly, have three children.

26 January

Nick Ceglarek

Superintendent
Hudsonville Public Schools
Dr. Nick Ceglarek currently serves as Superintendent of Hudsonville Public Schools, a high-achieving growing suburban district located between the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and the thriving metropolis of Grand Rapids. Collaboration between dedicated staff and supportive families has resulted in several state and national recognitions for HPS including MDE Reward School statusfor all eight elementary schools, National Schools to Watch recognition for both middle schools, and recognition for Hudsonville High School in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report's Top High Schools and The Washington Post 2016 Most Challenging High Schools.

Before coming to Hudsonville in 2009, Dr. Nick Ceglarek served as Superintendent of Fruitport Community Schools and Baldwin Community Schools, and as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Director of District Assessment for Rockford Public Schools. Dr. Nick Ceglarek holds bachelor's degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, and Psychology, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University, and a Doctorate in Education from Eastern Michigan University. Every year for the past 30 years, HPS has experienced positive enrollment growth. Managing the growth and working with the community to provide high-quality facilities has been a rewarding opportunity.

26 January

Garth Cooper, PhD

Superintendent
Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools

26 January

Michelle Corbat

Morrish Elementary Principal
Swartz Creek Community Schools

25 January

Crystal Cordes

Program Manager
University of Michigan-Flint
Mrs. Crystal Cordes, UM-Flint, K-12 Partnerships, Program Manager: Crystal brings 18 years of marketing and data analysis/management expertise. As the Program Manager of K-12 Partnerships, Crystal works directly with K-12 administrators and staff to facilitate dual enrollment programing to meet the specific needs of the University’s K-12 partners.

25 January

Nancy DeFrance

Literacy Studies Faculty
Grand Valley State University
Nancy DeFrance is a former special educator, now teacher educator in Literacy Studies at Grand Valley State University. Dr. DeFrance has worked in partnership with K-12 literacy coaches to develop authentic field experiences for teachers pursuing endorsement in reading and reading specialist credentials.

26 January

Ken Dirkin

Director of Online Professional Learning
Michigan Virtual University
Ken Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual University. Ken has been with MVU since 2015 and is focused on bringing engaging online professional learning opportunities to educators throughout Michigan. His background is focused on innovative ways to deliver instruction via technology. Before MVU Ken worked for 15 years as an educational technology innovator at the College of Education at Michigan State University, including service as the Associate Director of the Confucius Institute and the Director of Technology at the Office of K-12 Outreach. He lives in East Lansing with his wife and two children.

26 January

Kriss Giannetti

Director of Communications
Jackson Public Schools
Kriss Giannetti is the Director of Communications for Jackson Public Schools. Kriss has been a part of the JPS family since 2010 serving initially as the Jackson Promise Zone and marketing coordinator part time. During that time Kriss also served as founder and manager for United Way’s Energizing Education Literacy and Family Involvement Program. As manager she delivered Energizing Education to 6 schools in 4 school districts across Jackson County. Kriss has also served in community organizations as well. She was president of Jackson Local First and one of the founding members of Jackson2020. In addition, Kriss was one of the founding members of the Cradle to Career collective impact network in Jackson County.
Kriss holds a BA in Business Administration from Baker College. Though a native of New Jersey she has lived in Michigan for 17 years. She is the proud mom of three hard working adult children. She enjoys snowmobiling and boating in her version of paradise in Indian River, Michigan.

26 January

Dr. Rob Glass

Superintendent
Bloomfield Schools

26 January

26 January

Scott Graden

Superintendent
Saline Area Schools
Scot Graden has been the superintendent for Saline Area Schools since 2007. He began his career with Saline in 1995 as a Community Education Program Specialist. In 2000 he became the Director of Community Education. In addition to his Community Education responsibilities, he served the district at various times as the Interim Athletic Director, Alternative High School Principal, and Executive Director of Community Services. He was named the 2005 Saline "Citizen of the Year" and in 2008 he was awarded the George A. Anderson "Vision Award" given to the a government leader who has demonstrated a clear and consistent vision for the Saline community. He serves on the EdLeader21 and Scholastic Administrator Advisory Boards. He holds a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a second master's degree from Michigan State University.

26 January

James Hajjar

Product Manager
Hartford Steam Boiler
James Hajjar currently serves as a Product Manager at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB). In his role, Mr. Hajjar is responsible for identifying, developing and marketing new insurance products as well as managing and enhancing the company’s existing portfolio of cyber products. Mr. Hajjar has over 20 years of diversified financial services experience including roles at JP Morgan Chase and The Hartford.

Mr. Hajjar holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from Villanova University and a masters of business administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

25 January

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Adam Hartley

Superintendent
Fenton Area Public Schools

25 January

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Rodney Hetherton

Assistant Superintendent
Swartz Creek Community Schools

25 January

William Hill

Regional Executive Director, Midwest
Partners in School Innovation
William Hill. A results oriented change agent, William brings an eclectic perspective and a relentless focus on college and career readiness for vulnerable children of color to the Partners Leadership Team. Born and raised in Baltimore, William attended Sojourner Douglass College, Johns Hopkins, Loyola and Morgan State Universities. William worked as a teacher for several years in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County Public School Systems. William has served as an assistant principal and principal and has received multiple school performance awards. Prior to joining Partners, William served as the executive director of a network of high performing, in-district charter schools that he successfully scaled. Since joining Partners William has led successful school and district transformation projects in multiple school districts in Michigan and Mississippi supporting Board governance training, school district consolidation, systemic literacy reform, strategic planning, human capital strategy reform, leadership and teacher development programming, school redesign, and embedding nested ROCI cycles into district systems to use data to drive improvements in organizational effectiveness and efficiency. True to form, William has made several innovative program contributions to Partners District Transformation Approach. An avid reader, when not designing and supporting innovative school options for historically underserved and underprivileged students, William enjoys spending time with his wife, Antoinette and three children, Donovan, Gabrielle and William III, spiritual growth activities, martial arts, weight lifting and movies.

26 January

Gerald Hopkins

Superintendent
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Gerald (Jerry) Hopkins is in his 23rd year as an educator and sixth year as Superintendent of Kenowa Hills Public Schools. He has been a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, elementary principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He has a passion for reimagining and redesigning education to personalize learning for all students. He was an active participant in the planning of a new multiage elementary school, principal of another multiage school and has spent the last four years redesigning the system at Kenowa Hills to make learning the constant and time the variable.

25 January

Shawn Hurt

School Turnaround Principal
Inkster Preparatory Academy
Mr. Shawn Hurt is the School Turnaround Principal of Inkster Preparatory Academy. As a School Turnaround Specialist, Mr. Hurt has a laser focus on student achievement and transforming school culture. As a result, Shawn has had an average score of 1.4 years growth in reading and 1.6 years growth in math over the past three years as a Turnaround Principal.
Shawn worked as a Turnaround Principal at Edgewood Elementary School. Edgewood was a priority school and, according to the State of Michigan, his student academic growth went from 5% to 21% in his first year as principal. Edgewood’s academic growth for the year, under Shawn’s leadership, was the highest in Muskegon County. The 3rd graders at Edgewood had the highest MEAP scores in math and reading, in comparison to all of the schools located in the Muskegon area, with the exception of one local suburban school. Shawn has had an average Scantron score of 1.4 years growth in reading and 1.6 years growth in math over the past three years as a Turnaround Principal.

Shawn has been a Turnaround Specialist since 2010, and has educated over 4,200 students during his career. He is currently working on a Data Analysis Model that will help schools increase the average growth in math and reading by 2.0 years, based on the Scantron Testing which is currently used by many school districts.
Shawn Hurt has served in education for over 15 years. Mr. Hurt earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Mary’s College, Master’s of Arts Degree from Marygrove College, and Educational Specialist Certification form Western Michigan University. Mr. Hurt has spoken at many national conferences over the years with a strong focus on school turnaround and increasing student achievement in inner city schools.

26 January

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Shirley Johnson, PhD

Superintendent
Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools

26 January

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Carol Lantenbach, EdD

Assistant Superintendent
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

26 January

Paul Liabenow

Executive Director
Michigan Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals
Paul Liabenow is dedicated to
Michigan’s young people. With degrees
from Michigan State University and
Central Michigan University, Paul joined
Cadillac Area Public Schools where he
worked his way through the ranks of
teacher, building leader and principal.
In 2003, he became the district’s
superintendent – a position he held for
nearly a decade.
During his time in Cadillac, Paul
developed a passion for building safe
communities. His work in the areas
of bullying prevention and suicide
prevention made him a leader across
Michigan. Most recently, his leadership
led to the creation of OK-2-SAY – a
hotline built for students to anonymously
report safety concerns.
Today Paul serves as executive
director of the Michigan Association
of Elementary and Middle School
Principals, representing over 1,000
school principals from across the state.
He leads political advocacy efforts
through lobbying at the state and
national level and provides leadership
training and continuing education serving
courses for hundreds of school leaders.
In addition, Paul currently serves the
community with his leadership abilities
as a member of the Board of Directors
for the Michigan United Way and the
Michigan After School Programs.
Paul and his wife, Bonnie, also
work together as owners of Liabenow
Tree Farms and Core Communications
International – a marketing and
publishing firm. In the midst of his many
distinctions including the 2007 Champion
for Children Award and being named
the 2009 Superintendent of the Year
by the Michigan Association of School
Administrators, Paul continues to say that
his biggest accomplishments in life can be
found in his family.

26 January

Randy Lindquist

Assistant Superintendent
Muskegon ISD

26 January

Brian Lloyd

Education Research Consultant and Student Growth Consultant
Michigan Department of Education Office of Educator Talent
Brian Lloyd is working in the Office of Educator Talent (OET) within the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) under the title of education research consultant. Brian’s role within the OET is student growth consultant, providing technical support and best-practice consultation to school districts to support the design and implementation of educator evaluation systems through the appropriate use of various student growth and assessment data. Brian began in this role in late September of 2016. Brian previously worked for Ingham Intermediate School District as an MTSS Implementer/School Psychologist, where he was responsible consultation and professional development for multi-tiered system of supports practices. Prior to working for Ingham Intermediate School District, Brian worked for East Lansing Public Schools as a school psychologist, where he also performed duties as an MTSS coach.
Talent

26 January

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Jim Mahoney

Executive Director
Battelle for Kids

24 January

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Patrick Malley

High School Principal
Meridian Public Schools

26 January

Dr. Steve Matthews

Superintendent
Novi Community School District
Dr. Steve Matthews has served as the Superintendent of the Novi Community School District since 2011. His focus is on creating a positive school culture, improving educational outcomes, and creating positive learning spaces for students.

25 January

26 January

Bill McCarthy

President
McCarthy & Smith, Inc.
Bill McCarthy, President, McCarthy & Smith, Inc. Bill has been president of the construction company, McCarthy & Smith, Inc. since 1996. Under his guidance, the firm has experienced substantial growth, by providing value-conscious, client-focused construction services to clients. A graduate of Michigan Technology University, Bill holds a degree in Civil Engineering. He has been assisting Owners with their construction needs since 1982. Bill has presented at multiple conferences and his firm has completed multiple sinking fund programs for Michigan districts.

25 January

Debbie McFalone

Educational Consultant
McFalone Consulting LLC
In her work as an independent consultant, Debbie draws on her experience as a teacher, principal, and Area Superintendent to inform her work of empowering and equipping today’s educators. Debbie is a co-author of the MEMSPA Leadership Matters Program, and has co-facilitated the program since it’s beginning in 2009.

She studied for four years with the Harvard Change Leadership Group, building a deep understanding of leading during times of exponential change. Debbie facilitates the Instructional Leaders Institute through Michigan ASCD and has presented nationally on the topic of “Difficult Conversations”. She has led learning sessions for leaders in over 40 districts and intermediate school districts in Michigan and Wisconsin. Debbie’s priority is ongoing, sustained work over time with district leadership teams, as she believes this is how transformational change occurs.

Debbie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, where her dissertation focused on the nature of courage and integrity in leadership. She frequently works with leadership teams on issues related to skillful teacher observation and feedback. Debbie is also the originator and facilitator for MEMSPA’s additional cohort program for principals, the Leverage Leadership program, and 400 leaders across Michigan have participated in that body of work. You can reach Debbie at debbiemcfalone@gmail.com, or on Twitter at @debbiemcfalone.

26 January

Michael Murray

Consultant
EdTech Specialists
Michael Murray has spent forty-six years in education, beginning with student teaching in Detroit Public Schools in 1970. In 1971, he began a four year teaching job in St. Paul, Minnesota. The next stop in this career pathway was a fourteen-year stint with the Department of Defense School System in what was then West Germany. This was followed by two and a half years as principal in Newaygo, MI, and then seventeen years as a principal in Traverse City Area Public Schools. In January of 2007, he became superintendent of Suttons Bay Public Schools. In July of 2014, he left Suttons Bay to work for a consulting firm in Michigan.

While at Suttons Bay, he established a virtual school, which expanded to include a satellite program 250 miles away. He then joined in a consortium of three districts to cover all of northern lower Michigan with virtual schools. The virtual schools expanded scope to include nonpublic schools and home schooled students. The teachers in Suttons Bay Virtual School developed their own curricula for use, rather than relying on vendors to provide content.

He has been a time advocating for legislative changes to smooth the way for districts to engage in this aspect of teaching and learning.

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Rui Niu-Cooper, PhD

Associate Professor
Aquinas College

26 January

Dr. Jeff Pratt

Program Director
University of Michigan-Flint
Dr. Jeff Pratt, UM-Flint, K-12 Partnerships, Program Director: Dr. Pratt is a retired Superintendent from Swartz Creek Community Schools with 33 years K-12 experience as a teacher, building principal and central office administrator. He is currently the Program Director for the K-12 Partnership Office at the University of Michigan-Flint specializing in dual enrollment through the highly successful D.E.E.P. Program. The K-12 Office oversees three early colleges in addition to dual enrollment programs at over 20 different school districts involving 600 high school students.

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Thomas Reeder

Superintendent
Wyoming Public Schools

26 January

Dr. Michael Rice

Superintendent
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Dr. Michael Rice, Michigan's 2016 Superintendent of the Year has led the Kalamazoo Public Schools for eleven years. Prior to his appointment, Rice served for five years as superintendent of the Clifton Public Schools in Clifton, New Jersey.

During Dr. Rice’s tenure as superintendent, the district has adopted the nationally recognized OWL pre-school curriculum with community pre-school partners that include the county-run Head Start Program, New Genesis, and the YWCA; expanded full-day kindergarten from 176 to 1009 students, with the use of federal Title I funds; created a K-3 writing block; adopted new K-5 math materials, the first time since 1992; created new K-5 language arts and math guides; more than doubled the number of students in high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the number of AP courses that students take; and increased elementary, middle school, and high school state reading and math scores from 2007 to 2011.


During the same period, the district opened its first two newly constructed schools, Prairie Ridge Elementary School and Linden Grove Middle School, since 1972; began El Sol Elementary, a dual language school; and started the new Middle School Alternative Learning Program.
In the last year and a half, KPS has run community literacy programs in parent education and family literacy, informed by three years of literacy research and work and funded by Kellogg Foundation grants.


The district and community appreciated the opportunity to welcome President Barack Obama in June 2010 when the president named Kalamazoo Central High School the winner of the first annual Commencement Challenge.


Under Dr. Rice’s leadership, the district is working hard to help create a literacy community and a college-going culture to help children make the very most of their promise/Promise.

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26 January

Dr. Rod Rock

Superintendent
Clarkston Community Schools
Dr. Rod Rock for seven years served as the superintendent of the Clarkston Community Schools in Oakland County. Clarkston is a school district of 8,000 students, 900 educators, and 12 schools. The community and schools work closely together to ensure an excellent education for every child.

During his time in Clarkston, Rod has worked diligently to establish and maintain a clear mission: to cultivate thinkers, learners, and positive contributors to a global society. He believes that every child is smart and that it is our duty as educators to help each child figure out how they are smart. Expansion of the arts, athletics, clubs, and academics represent outlets for such demonstrations and realizations.

The Clarkston Community Schools has a uniquely different culture. First and foremost, we grow students and educators, over time, socially, emotionally, academically, and physically. We measure our effectiveness based upon the quality of the lives our learners live. We allow them to develop the abilities to demonstrate what they know, which is more important than their performance on any test.

Before coming to Clarkston, Rod was fortunate to serve as the Director of Instructional Services in Saginaw County, Michigan. Prior to that, he had the honor of serving as an elementary teacher, coach, and principal in the Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools.

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Dr. John Severson

Superintendent
Muskegon ISD

26 January

Kari K. Shay

Attorney
Thrun Law Firm, PC
Kari K. Shay, Attorney, Thrun Law Firm, PCKari Shay joined Thrun Law Firm in 2004 after 8 years of law practice, including 2 years of practice with Arthur Andersen as a tax specialist and 6 years of experience representing Michigan public school districts and other municipalities. Kari graduated from MSU, (B.A., cum laude, 1993) and Wayne State University (J.D., with honors, 1996). Kari is a frequent lecturer on finance, transaction, and general school law issues.

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Mary Shelton

Literacy Studies Faculty
Grand Valley State University
Mary Shelton has worked in the field of education all her life! A public school teacher for 29 years, she worked as a classroom, reading, and Reading Recovery teacher. As a Senior Affiliate Faculty member in Grand Valley’s College of Education, she has taught a wide variety of literacy classes. In addition to teaching, Mary is a Language Arts Consultant who has worked with schools and teachers to transform literacy practices.

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John Shinski, PhD

Professor
Grand Valley State University

26 January

Sara Shriver

Consultant
SLS Consulting
Sara Shriver is the former Superintendent of Belding Area Schools and has 27 years’ experience as a school educator and leader. Sara started her career as a Title I teacher for Lakeview Community Schools where later she was also a principal and the Director of Instruction.
Sara’s passion is providing support to districts in the areas of school improvement and State and Federal Programs. Sara is the Executive Secretary for the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists and has been an educational consultant many districts across Michigan. She is currently providing consultant services throughout Michigan through the Ionia County ISD.
In August, Sara also joined the training team at MASA to provide School Advance training for colleagues across the State. She loves staying connected to educational leaders and providing support by modeling best practices, as well as her own continual learning while out in the field.

26 January

Kevin Sorice

Outreach Director
Kids Read Now
Kevin Sorice brings together years of success in education and adverting/sales to work on eliminating the Summer Reading Slide. As a champion for children's literacy and student success, he looks to bring opportunity and success to students so that they are able to reach their full potential.

26 January

Donald Sovey, CPA, CFO

President and CEO
School and Municipal Advisory Services, PC
Donald Sovey, CPA, CFO, is President and CEO of School and Municipal Advisory Services, PC. He has served in public accounting, as a school business official, and as a superintendent during his 40 year career. His organization provides services to school districts in the areas of budget process training, business and HR office staffing review and mentoring, CFO search services, consolidation feasibility studies, early warning assistance, fact finding research and testimony, financial mentoring for new and newer superintendents and boards, and long-range financial projection training. Contact him at donsovey@gmail.com or (517) 231-0563

25 January

David Tebo

Superintendent
Hamilton Schools

26 January

Christopher Timmis

Superintendent
Dexter Community Schools

26 January

Susan Townsend

Director of Instruction
Jackson ISD
Susan Townsend is the Director of Instruction and Learning Services for Jackson County ISD. She leads educational initiatives and professional learning within Jackson County and across the state of Michigan. She is the co-chair of the MAISA GELN Early Literacy Task Force. Susan supports teachers and administrators in professional learning, leadership, curriculum development, coaching and mentoring. Susan is a certified NAESP National K-12 Principal Mentor and facilitator of the NEASP Mentor Program.

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Dr. Steve Tunnicliff

Associate Superintendent
Genesee Intermediate School District

24 January

Dr. Melissa Usiak

Michigan State University
Currently an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, Dr. Melissa Usiak has also worked as a building principal in at-risk elementary and middle schools. She is committed to working with learning organizations that have a quest for higher levels of intentional practice and efficient and effective group work that will impact the educational experiences of all students. A former teacher, principal, and district coach, she brings solid experience to her services in organizational development: presenting, facilitating, and coaching. She earned her doctorate at Michigan State University where her dissertation research focused on the relationships between elementary principals’ literacy content knowledge and Multi-tiered Systems of Support. Recently, she took the position as Executive Director of Michigan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Most importantly, she is passionate about developing leaders to support learning.

26 January

Travis Van Tighem

PC/WC Account Executive
SET SEG
Travis Van Tighem joined SET SEG in 2005 as a property/casualty and workers’ compensation specialist. Since then, he has been promoted to senior property/casualty and workers’ compensation sales and development specialist.

Travis is a graduate of Michigan Technological University. After college, Travis played hockey professionally, signing a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers his first year. Travis is currently working toward his associate’s in risk management.

25 January

Susan Wakefield

Consultant
Wakefield Consulting
Susan has spent over 30 years serving in public education in various capacities, including seventeen years as an administrator. The past decade, she served as the superintendent at Plainwell Community Schools. During that time, Plainwell Schools received numerous state and national awards and recognition which she credits to the skill and strength of her leadership team. With a passionate belief that effective schools require effective leadership, the next chapter of her professional work focuses on the continual development of leadership teams for public education. Through Wakefield Consulting, Susan provides presentations, workshops, and strategic planning designed to meet the specific needs of a district.

26 January

Dr. RJ Webber

Assistant Superintendent for Academics
Novi Community School District
Dr. RJ Webber has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Academics in the Novi Community School District since 2010. He is focused on improving educational outcomes, ensuring every classroom has high quality curriculum, and providing a wide variety of educational opportunities for students.

25 January

Bill Weinrauch, AIA

Senior Associate
TMP Architecture, Inc.
Bill Weinrauch, AIA, Senior Associate, TMP Architecture, Inc.Bill has been with TMP for 21 years and has focused his career on K-12 facility design and construction. He has experience in project management, construction document coordination, facility analysis, project estimating, construction administration, shop drawing review, surveying and bond application organization. He has a history in implementing successful sinking fund programs for school districts around the state.

25 January

Mary Wever

Director of Graduate Certificate Programs in Educational Technology and Online Teaching and Learning
Michigan State University, College of Education
In addition to directing and teaching the Graduate Certificate courses in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program at MSU, Mary is also a Board member for MACUL and a teacher consultant for the Red Cedar Writing Project. Before her transition to MSU, Mary spent eight years teaching 2nd-4th grades in Michigan and Texas. Her interests include classroom design, movement in the classroom, and of course, effective and creative uses of technology to assist teaching and learning. Mary loves to connect and share at teaching conferences all over the U.S. Find out more and connect on social media, please visit https://about.me/marywever.

26 January

Wendy Zdeb

Executive Director
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Wendy Zbed joined MASSP in August 2011 and officially became the Association’s Executive Director on January 1, 2012.

26 January

Dr. Rusty Stitt

Superintendent
Schoolcraft Community Schools
Dr. Rusty Stitt is in his sixth year as Superintendent of Schoolcraft Community Schools and also serves as the MASA Region VII President.

Wayne “Rusty” Stitt,
superintendent of Schools at Schoolcraft Community Schools since 2011. He has been a school administrator for 18 years and has a total of 21 years in education. Stitt is currently the MASA president for Region 7 and serves as a council member. He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University and is an adjunct professor for both WMU and Concordia University – Ann Arbor.

26 January

Dr. Kyle Mayer

Assistant Superintendent Instructional Services
Ottawa Area ISD
Dr. Kyle Mayer is the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at the Ottawa Area ISD. A member of the RNN leadership team since the beginning, Kyle has been an instrumental team member in facilitating the field study and subsequently helping schools across West Michigan to implement the 5 findings in order to improve literacy outcomes for all students.

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Peter Haines

Superintendent
Ottawa Area ISD

26 January

Greer Doug

Director of Instructional Services
Ottawa Area ISD
Doug Greer has served the Ottawa Area ISD as the Director for School Improvement for the past six years. He has been involved in numerous state level committees and initiated a collaborative project that has resulted in the Practical SI Timeline website. The goal of the website and many other related projects has been to make the school improvement process practical and our state accountability system understandable. Prior to the OAISD, Doug served the staff of Kent City Elementary as the elementary principal where together they implemented a K-5 RtI “push-in” system and began using assessment data to drive instruction. He also taught high school mathematics for several years. Doug completed his undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University, his master degree at Grand Valley State University and is currently working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership

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Dr. Bobbi Morehead

Superintendent
Covert Public Schools

26 January

Jean Logan

Superintendent
Three Rivers Community Schools
Jean Logan, superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools, is a former high school Language Arts teacher who believes the ability to read is a gift every child deserves.

26 January

Dr. Kevin Ivers

Superintendent
Berrien RESA
Dr. Kevin Ivers is currently the superintendent of Berrien RESA. He has been an educator for 36 years and has served as a local superintendent, principal and teacher at both the middle school and high school levels. Dr. Ivers is one of the original members of the Region VII Reading Now Network Steering Committee and represents the other Region VII ISD superintendents.

26 January

Ben Tomlinson

26 January

Dr. Brian Davis

Superintendent
Holland Public Schools
Dr. Brian Davis is the Superintendent of Schools for Holland Public Schools. This is his 25th year in education. Holland Public Schools is a urban city school district nestled in a suburban community serving 3,700 students from a wide variety of academic, religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Prior to this position, Dr. Davis served as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching for Learning, and elementary principal in Holland. He also has experience as a middle school teacher, middle school counselor, and an elementary teacher. Dr. Davis has a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership, Research & Technology; an Educational Specialists degree in K-12 Leadership from Michigan State University; a Masters of Arts in K-12 School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University; and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University. Dr. Davis was named the Michigan Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year for 2011. 

26 January

Monica Merritt

Superintendent
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

26 January

Dirk Weeldreyer

Public Schools
Fennville
Dirk Weeldreyer is in his 9th year as the superintendent of Fennville Public Schools, located along Lake Michigan south of Holland. In his thirty years in public education, he has also served as a building principal and as a high school social studies teacher.

26 January

Curtis Finch Jr. Ph.D

Superintendent
Mecosta-Osceola
Curt Finch, PhD has been the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District Superintendent for the past 12 years, local Superintendent for six years, and district administrator for an additional six years. This role included stints as a High School Principal and Middle School Assistant Principal. His administrative service in Michigan has been in Grayling, Sault Ste. Marie, Reese, and the MOISD located in Big Rapids.

26 January

Kathy Stewart

Superintendent
Saginaw ISD
Kathy Stewart is a lifelong educator currently serving as the superintendent of Saginaw Intermediate School District. Since arriving at Saginaw ISD in 2014 Kathy is honored to belong to the following organizations: Saginaw Community Foundation, United Way Saginaw County, Cradle to Career Community Council, SVSU Board of Fellows, Alignment Saginaw, and other organizational boards and councils. Giving back to the community is important and participating in regional and community events with her team brings great joy. In May 2016 she was elected to serve as a member of the statewide Michigan Association of School Administrator’s Executive Board. Prior to assuming her current position, Kathy served in Gratiot Isabella RESD, Chesaning Union Schools, and St. Charles Community Schools. Kathy is passionate about educating students to reach their dreams. She recently completed her doctoral degree at Western Michigan University. In addition, Kathy holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Central Michigan University.
Kathy Stewart and her husband Ron (almost 36 years!) live in the rural Chesaning area. They have three grown children. Their oldest, Jessica, gifted Kathy and Ron with their first grandchild two years ago. Easton brings great joy to the Stewart family. Their middle child Jake and his wife Kaitlin live in Seattle where Jake is employed by Amazon. Molly, their youngest, is a graduate student at CMU working on a degree to become a Speech Language Therapist. Kathy takes great pride in her children and cheers them on. It is her hope that all children experience strong advocates to help them reach success.

26 January

SET SEG

Presidential
SET SEG is a non-profit company that was created in 1971 to offer schools comprehensive and affordable employee benefit solutions for Michigan public schools and their employees. Since its creation, the needs of Michigan's public education community continued to change and SET SEG grew into an organization offering a spectrum of insurance services including not only employee benefits, but property/casualty and workers' compensation as well.

Today, SET SEG continues to expand and find innovative ways to meet the specialized needs of its members. This, coupled with a superior member experience, is why SET SEG has maintained its position as an industry leader in the school insurance market.

Battelle for Kids

Leadership
Battelle for Kids is an organization dedicated to moving education forward for students by supporting the educators who work with them every day.

We believe in the power of educators. We know that by helping educators to become their best, we have the opportunity to change lives. Whether you’re talking to a former teacher creating one of our professional learning resources, a software developer on our technology team, a business professional developing processes that make implementation more efficient, or a communications expert working with a school district to launch a new initiative, everything we do is guided by this core belief.

Our story began in 2001 when Battelle Memorial Institute and the Ohio Business Roundtable joined forces with a visionary educator, Jim Mahoney, to make a difference for Ohio’s education system. From this relationship, Battelle for Kids was born.

A cornerstone of our early work was the creation of SOAR, a collaborative group of 42 diverse Ohio school districts that came together to explore innovative practices for their schools. This collaborative pioneered high-impact improvement strategies and new measures of student progress. Over the past decade, the SOAR Learning & Leading Collaborative has expanded to include nearly 100 forward-thinking Ohio districts and continues to be a learning lab from which new strategies and solutions are born.

In 2005, we became an independent, national not-for-profit organization focused on developing innovative services, solutions, and products that empower teachers, leaders, and school systems to advance educational equity and opportunity for all students. In December 2016, Dr. Karen Garza became the organization's new president and CEO.

Today, we are proud to collaborate with state departments of education, urban, suburban, and rural schools, and other education-focused organizations in more than 30 states to move education forward.

Eidex

Leadership
Eidex Focus is the first tool to bring true business analytics to K-12 administrators. With Eidex Focus, administrators can evaluate and analyze data, compare with peers, discover trends, set realistic goals, and gain insight into their districts. Then, backed by our support and consulting staff, they turn that insight into action.
That’s what we do.
Why we do it goes deeper.
At Eidex, we are education advocates. We know the challenges you face, and we are passionate about about finding ways to help. Eidex gives districts the power to move beyond reaction, so that they can take control of their costs, their performance, and their messaging. We are driven to help public education succeed.
We are driven to help public education succeed.
This is our mission. To support it, we have a deep team of developers, consultants, trainers, and support staff, all focused on supporting you. Most important of all, we have our clients. We reach out to them for input, and for insight. We work with them to develop new features. Together, we’re changing the their world.
Together, we’re finding answers.

Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Leadership
Forecast5 was founded in January of 2012 with the vision of becoming the national market leader in analytic technology for the public sector. The company has made great strides in a short period of time towards this ambitious goal. The company has successfully developed and launched four separate applications and has seen hundreds of local governments use its software to gain insights and drive decisions.
A key aspect of the Forecast5 business model is partnership. The company partners with its clients and leading professional associations to acquire data and build analytics to address the most important issues in the public sector. Forecast5 connects with thought-leaders across the country to identify critical needs and high-value opportunities to develop custom datasets and analytics. The resulting information that is generated is used by Forecast5 clients to optimize precious public resources.
Forecast5 partners with professional associations that have a vision for the power of data analytics and the potential for transformational changes for local government decision-making. We are honored to work with many of the most respected and established professional associations in the country.

K12 Insight

Leadership
When we launched K12 Insight more than a decade ago, our mission was clear: to create a world where schools and communities work better together.
Today, we partner with thousands of school leaders across the country to help them build stronger, more trusting relationships with parents, teachers, students, and staff. Through a unique combination of cloud-based technology, research, and expert consulting, we empower educators everywhere to lead by listening.

Kingscott Associates, Inc.

Leadership
The Kingscott culture is built upon the mutual trust of our team, our partners, and our clients. We believe in a collaborative process that aligns strength with passion to achieve extraordinary results. By approaching the process as an exercise in listening, we ensure that the end result will be a realization of your vision.

OUR VALUES

Investing in people and building strong, trusting relationships.
Seeking the extraordinary solution. One in which each person can see and take pride in their contribution.
Creating the right solution through the energy of collaboration.
Serving others with humility.
Finding the fun in everything we do. And if we can’t find it, we create it.
Committing ourselves to the mutual success of the team.
Running the experiment – not being afraid to test new ideas for merit.
Striving for authenticity in ourselves and our relationships.

Michigan Virtual University

Leadership
Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®) was established in 1998 by the State of Michigan. MVU is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of individuals representing business, industry, higher education, K-12 education and state government.
MVU began to serve Michigan’s K-12 community with online instructional services as a result of Public Act 230 of 2000. In 2005, the Michigan Virtual School® (MVS®) was awarded accreditation by the North Central Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA) and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). MVS was re-accredited in 2016.
In 2003, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, MVU created Michigan LearnPort®, a web-based portal that provides low-cost online professional development opportunities to Michigan’s K-12 community, higher education and for organizations not directly affiliated with K-12 or higher education. In 2016, MVU updated the professional development portal and renamed it the Professional Learning Portal.
In 2012, MVU opened the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) which draws upon recognized state and national leaders from K-12 schools, higher education and the private industry to provide research, evaluation, and development expertise that support Michigan’s students, parents, schools, K-12 and postsecondary educators and state and local policymakers. In 2013, MVLRI received the 2013 iNACOL Innovator Award for Outstanding Research.
Strategic Decisions: A Framework for the Future
Last fall, MVU published Strategic Decisions: A Framework for the Future. This document serves as a strategic compass for Michigan Virtual University. Working with a group of internal and external stakeholders, we prepared this planning tool to help guide important decisions as we strive to better serve Michigan’s K-12 community and policymakers as a trusted leader, partner, innovator and capacity builder. Download Strategic Decisions »
MVU Values
The MVU organizational values represent a set of core beliefs that continue to build a high performance team environment. These value statements serve as the foundation for MVU’s vision and mission statements. This is what we believe:
  • Put people first — Personalized learning, diversity of thought, partnerships in the educational community, investment in staff.
  • Commit to excellence — Quality products and services, responsiveness and timeliness, pride in our work.
  • Act with integrity — How we act is as important as what we do, good stewards of resources, trust is earned.
  • Embrace innovation — Advance the art of learning, impact educational practice and policy.
  • Serve with passion — We are an extremely passionate group of professionals focused on improving education and career readiness.
  • Succeed through teamwork — Nothing great can be achieved individually. We appreciate the diversity that various individuals bring to our work and interactions and believe in collaborating with the best to achieve success. 

MILAF+

Leadership
PFM has been proud to provide independent financial advisory services to government and non-profit clients for 40 years. Founded April 11, 1975 on the principles of expert, unbiased advice, the PFM Group of companies also provides investment advisory and management/budget consulting services to clients across the country and are recognized as industry leaders.

Munetrix

Leadership

We are a One Stop Business Analytics Platform for Municipalities & Schools


  • Meaningful, Actionable Transparency
  • Citizens guide eases financial comprehension
  • Benchmarking tool for comparisons
  • Customizable performance dashboards
  • Operational Key Performance Indicators
  • Educational Key Performance Indicators
  • Social network for public sector collaborators
  • Helps promote Economic Developmen

GMB Architecture + Engineering

Platinum
GMB Architecture + Engineering is a full-service firm with offices in Holland, Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. We are a client-centric firm with focus in the design of K-12 Education, Higher Education, Industrial Manufacturing, Food Processing, Hospitality and Healthcare.
GMB’s multifaceted practice includes: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, HVAC Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Process Engineers, Lighting Engineers, Communication Infrastructure Engineers, and Interior Designers.
With a 45 year reputation for excellence and a portfolio of award-winning designs, we resolve to continue our commitment to innovative technologies, processes and ideas. But most importantly, we are committed to building solid, long-lasting relationships with our clients because we know that by working in a collaborative, trust-based manner means that our designs become an expression of who the client is and what they value.

Edustaff, LLC

Gold
EDUStaff provides contracted educational services in Michigan for public K-12 schools, charter academies, and institutions of higher education. Although our main focus is to provide qualified and pre-screened substitute and permanent contracted employees, we also support local education by offering the following services:
  • Human Resources Support:
    • EEOC Claims
    • Hiring
    • Interviewing
    • Investigating
    • Professional Development
    • Recruiting for all Classifications
    • Reporting
    • Screening
    • Administrative Searches
  • Training:
    • Substitute Teacher
    • Paraeducator
    • Professional Development

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

Gold
Our research-based assessments, professional development, personalized service, technical support, and alliances with researchers and community groups have global recognition.

Sehi Computer Products, Inc.

Gold
Family owned and operated since 1983, Sehi Computer Products has become one of the largest independent technology solution providers in the United States. We have built a solid reputation based on our technical expertise and ability to provide value with technology solutions while meeting customer budgets and needs.
Our product mix includes desktop computers, mobile computing, servers, printers and supplies, networking equipment, data storage systems plus multiple other IT solutions. With a diverse array of loyal customers varying from the education, government and healthcare industries to small business to enterprise level and consumers, Sehi provides services to any customers, both large and small. With locations in both Michigan and California, Sehi is ready to serve you!

Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

Gold
Thrun Law Firm, P.C., provides a full range of legal services to the public sector. We also represent the vast majority of school districts in Michigan.
Our history of representing the majority of Michigan's school districts for over 50 years benefits our school clients through effective and efficient legal representation, comprehensive and knowledgeable legal analysis of issues facing school boards and administrators, and fair and cost-effective billing practices.
Founded by the Thrun family in the 1950's (see our firm history page), Thrun Law Firm has set the standard for legal representation of school districts and other municipalities in the State of Michigan. Because of this legal expertise and the number of school districts and other municipalities it represents, our attorneys generally have knowledge of, and prior experience in, addressing similar legal issues and problems that occur among several of our school district and other public sector clients.

Plante Moran

Gold
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Plante Moran. Those who get to know us recognize that there is no place quite like Plante Moran.

What differentiates our firm? We focus on people, our clients and our staff. We believe that our clients are the center of all we do and their satisfaction is our primary concern which is why we are focused on our staff. We strive to create an environment that the Partners and staff enjoy. As a result, our clients are served by people who enjoy what they do.

Clients who work with us quickly recognize that we are committed to their success, and they receive great service and solutions as a result. Expertise in each client’s industry, individualized attention, and client service team members who are committed to quality, integrity, and professionalism are key elements in how we serve each client.

Further, we are guided by the golden rule when we are dealing with both clients and staff. We treat our clients and staff like we would want to be treated. For clients, this means we do what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it. Clients don’t have to worry about surprises and will be well informed along the way.

For our people this philosophy of treating people the way we would like to be treated means we have a collaborative and nurturing work environment where people are given the opportunity to grow. We’re the only firm I’ve ever encountered to state that we are “relatively jerk-free.” Our culture is built upon specific core purpose, values, and principles that have served us for more than 90 years.

For the past 18 years, Plante Moran has been a one of FORTUNE magazine’s list of the '100 Best Companies to Work For' in America. We’ve also been cited by Human Resources Executive Magazine as one of the 18 best places to work for millennials. Our winning culture translates into strong staff retention, more efficient use of our clients' time and more opportunity for staff to collaborate on projects. All of these result in an unparalleled experience for our clients.

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Sustain Excellence Leadership Academy Session (prior registration required)

09:00 AM 01:00 PM Grand View A/B, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

Session 2: The Work of the Superintendent and Central Office Leaders

MASA Board and Council Lunch and Meeting with Foundation Representatives (optional)

11:30 AM 01:15 PM Gerald R. and Betty Ford Presidential Ballroom, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

Preconference The Orange Frog Workshop: Creating Positive School Culture with the Happiness Advantage

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Emerald Room, Concourse Level

We’ve been conditioned to think that if we work hard, we’ll attain success and, thus, happiness. Over the past decade, the psychological sciences have demonstrated that this success formula is backwards. Happiness is a choice and a facilitator of future success. The Orange Frog Workshop, based on the groundbreaking work of Shawn Achor, author of the The New York Times best-selling book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work, explores that concept. This abbreviated version of the two-day Orange Frog workshop will give pre-conference attendees a chance to get a taste of the experience and consider options for bringing the full Orange Frog experience to their districts and schools.

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MASA Board and Council Meeting

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Gerald R. and Betty Ford Presidential Ballroom, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

MASA Conference Registration

07:30 AM 04:30 PM Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

MAISA Board of Directors Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Gerald R. and Betty Ford Presidential Ballroom, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

MAISA Administrative Leadership Committee Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Ruby Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

MAISA Instructional Leadership Committee Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Emerald Room A/B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Courageous Journey (prior registration required)

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Robinson Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Middle Cities Education Association Meeting

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Vandenberg Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

MAISA General Membership Meeting

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Gerald R. and Betty Ford Presidential Ballroom, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

School Equity Caucus and Small & Rural Schools Meeting

11:00 AM 02:00 PM Imperial Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

MISEN Meeting

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Gerald R. and Betty Ford Presidential Ballroom, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

SAPAC Meeting

11:45 AM 12:45 PM Ruby Room Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Middle Cities Education Association Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Vandenberg Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

General Session

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

State of the Association Presenter Chris Wigent, MASA Executive Director

Pay It Forward Presenter Dr. Thomas Tucker, AASA National Superintendent of the Year and Superintendent of Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio AASA’s 2016 National Superintendent of the Year Dr. Thomas Tucker is Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, an urban and diversely ethnic district of more than 5,700 students in the outskirts of Cincinnati. Born and raised in northeastern Arkansas, Tucker served 26 years in the Kansas and Ohio public school systems. During that time, he held the positions of classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary curriculum, and superintendent. He was named superintendent of the Princeton City Schools in 2015, following a nationwide search. Tucker serves as an inspiration and mentor to many—and a true trailblazer in the field of education. In his keynote, he will share stories of success and what it means to pay it forward.

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Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM Center Concourse, 2nd Floor

Innovation: How Makerspace Can Impact Teaching and Learning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Atrium Room, Lower Level

Makerspaces provide opportunities for students to tinker, explore, create, discover, fail, try again, and experiment with ideas and thoughts using materials, tools, and creativity. While these spaces are fun and engaging, the question for schools is how do makerspaces improve educational outcomes for students? This session will explore why the Novi Community School District created makerspaces in our elementary buildings, how this was accomplished, what these makerspaces look like, and what we believe will be the positive educational outcomes.

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Strategic Planning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Ottawa Room, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

Princeton City Schools just launched their new 2016–19 strategic plan with 5,700+ students and their parents/families, 650+ staff, and the broader community. After 10 months of careful study, broad stakeholder engagement, and preparation, the process used by Princeton has received positive feedback from the greater community. This session will include Dr. Tucker’s take on what works. Supported by the district’s strategic planning partner, Battelle for Kids, Dr. Tucker will speak to the district’s intentional and stakeholder-focused process for strategic planning, both in developing the plan and implementing it. Attendees will leave the session with a playbook of their own for successful strategic planning efforts in their districts.

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Leadership Lessons Learned in a Volatile Educational Environment

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Governors Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

2016 was a volatile year in the field of education. From “gag orders” to the EAA, it’s been a bumpy and unpredictable ride. Two of Michigan’s Superintendents of the Year will share key leadership lessons learned in 2016, and will facilitate a discussion with participants in an open and reflective dialogue. Participants will be encouraged to share thoughts about what is on the education horizon for 2017.

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Sinking Funds 101: Everything You Need to Know

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Emerald Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

The definition of a sinking fund – its laws, allowances and approval processes – can be difficult to understand. This session will examine how a district can prepare for a successful sinking fund initiative – everything from identifying proposed needs to communication strategies that work – and the legalities of using sinking fund dollars. Panelists also will explain recent legislative changes for sinking fund uses and how they affect existing and future funds.

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Dual Enrollment: How to Build a Purposeful Dual Enrollment Program as Part of a Regular High School Day

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Emerald Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Would you like to have more control over dual-enrollment options available for your students? In this session, Dr. Rod Rock will share Clarkston Community Schools’ recent experience building two exclusive dual-enrollment programs as part of the regular school day at Clarkston High School. The district is now one of 20 representing nearly 600 students that are experiencing a successful dual-enrollment partnership with classes chosen to enhance, and not compete with, their curriculum. This how-to presentation is designed to educate, inform and assist K-12 administrators to plan for purposeful dual-enrollment options with any local college or university. Administrators will walk away with a clearer understanding of how to design a purposeful dual-enrollment program that can be implemented during the regular school day by working collaboratively with higher learning institutions of their choice.

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One District’s Journey to Personalized Learning for Every Student

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Vandenberg Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

This session will highlight one district’s four-year journey toward personalized, competency-based education, where learning is the constant and time is the variable. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions related to implementation, as well as review the national landscape associated with competency-based education.

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Creating a True Culture of Learning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Vandenberg Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd floor

In this engaging and reflective session, participants will be introduced to the 12 components of creating a culture of learning. Guided by #COLchat moderators, Dr. Adam Hartley, Rodney Hetherton, and Michele Corbat, participants will connect the 12 components of creating a COL to their school district’s mission and vision. Participants will walk away with a plan of action in taking the first step to moving away from a culture of compliance and building a true culture of learning within their school community. #COLchat is a global Twitter Chat that occurs every other Monday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Guests have included Rick Wormelli, Ken O’Conner, Jon Gordon and other educational leaders. Learn more at www.colchat.org.

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Transgender Issues: A View from a Local District

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Pearl Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

We have heard the legal updates and read the latest guidance related to transgender issues within schools – now what are the next steps? This presentation takes a look at one district's journey over the past two years and the issues that still remain. What has your district done to prepare for your first/next transgender student? This interactive presentation will allow local districts to share successes and challenges on this important topic.

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Lessons Learned from Deficit Districts and Those Near the Edge

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Grand View A, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

This session will highlight 12 unnamed Michigan districts that have worked hard to improve their financial health while facing steep enrollment declines and shrinking budgets. See how many have improved their financial strength over the past six years with strong leadership, despite what seemed like insurmountable odds. You will learn the budgeting, forecasting and business techniques used to turn their financial trajectories around even before early warning legislation was adopted.

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Lead the Way Through Cyber Security

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Grand View B/C, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

Join the largest school pool in Michigan to learn about cyber exposures and techniques to manage cyber risks. Our experts will focus specifically on cyber threats that could potentially impact school districts and will share real-world examples of cyber breaches. We’ll examine trends in technology and criminal behavior and explore coverage options to help you protect your district from these threats.

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Region Meetings

04:45 PM 05:45 PM See details for room locations

Region 1: No Meeting
Region 2: Ottawa Room (Lobby Level, 1st Floor)
Region 3: Emerald Room A (Concourse Level, 2nd Floor)
Region 4: Emerald Room B (Concourse Level, 2nd Floor)
Region 5: Vandenberg Room A (Concourse Level, 2nd Floor)
Region 6: No Meeting
Region 7: Pearl Room (Concourse Level, 2nd Floor)
Region 8: Governors Room (Concourse Level, 2nd Floor)
Region 9/10: Grand View A (Conference Level, 3rd Floor)

Michigan Association African American Superintendents (MAAAS) Meeting

05:30 PM 07:30 PM Pearl Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

MASA Conference Registration

07:00 AM 04:30 PM Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

General Session

08:30 AM 10:15 AM Ambassador Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

MASA ED Talks

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Travel Break

10:15 AM 10:30 AM

Capture Collective Capacity – COLLABORATE

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Atrium Room, Lower Level

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Superintendents from MASA Region 3 and Region 7

The Reading Now Network (RNN) is a collective effort of superintendents, school boards and school districts to improve early literacy so that every child has a strong start. Learn the value of collaboration through candid conversations about achievement and the power of collective commitment coupled with regional accountability. Superintendents from Region 3 and Region 7 will present narratives on the inception and expansion of their partnership. RNN’s initial collaborative work identifying the five common Roots of Reading Success will also be encapsulated during this presentation. We all feel the collective responsibility to Every Child’s Success. Come collaborate with your colleagues because TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!

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Reaching All Learners with Tools for Differentiation

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Ottawa Room, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

Apple’s vision for a digital learning environment is one that serves all students, including those with special education, language and literacy needs. Learn about the tools built in to Macs and iPads that support students with diverse learning needs. Help your students improve reading fluency and strengthen reading skills. Macs and iPads have built-in features and tools that are waiting to be used by your students.

Maximizing the Use of PSAT & SAT Data

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Governors Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

As part of the state assessment, students are now taking PSAT 9, PSAT 10 and the SAT at 11. This session will provide an overview of the data and reports available in the reporting portal, and how they can be used to remediate curriculum and instruction as well as to drive school improvement efforts.

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Student Growth for Education Evaluations in Michigan

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Emerald Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Michigan Public Act 173 of 2015 states that school districts, intermediate school districts or boards of directors of public school academies shall adopt and implement for all teachers and school administrators an evaluation system that establishes clear approaches to measuring student growth, and provide teachers and school administrators with relevant data on student growth. Twenty-five percent of the annual year-end evaluation shall be based on student growth and assessment data for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, for core content areas in grades and subjects in which state assessments are administered, 50% of student growth data (20% of total percent) must be measured using the state assessments. This session will provide an overview of the state legislation as it pertains to student growth for the purpose of education evaluations, describe student growth models in use within Michigan, describe student growth guidance documents currently available from the Michigan Department of Education, and discuss resources being developed for the measurement of student growth for education evaluations. Attendees will be encouraged to share student growth practices they have observed and implemented, and engage in problem-solving for eliminating barriers to student growth model implementation.

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The Importance of Telling Your Story: Communication Strategies That Work

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Emerald Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Jackson Public Schools has been a shrinking district for years. Learn how the district uses a wide variety of communication strategies to stem the tide and “tell our story,” engaging stakeholders in our success and instilling consumer confidence into our market.

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Increasing Student Achievement: Building Teacher Capacity Through Collaborations with Institutions of Higher Learning

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Vandenberg Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

This panel session is composed of members from Grand Rapids Area K-12 schools involved with a coordinated professional development project with local post-secondary schools. The panel will discuss among other topics: 1) The unique experience of receiving a $2.53 million federal grant to support teacher training in these public school districts; primarily those teachers who work with K-12 ESL and low-achieving students. 2) The rich experience and long-term benefits of collaboration between K-12 schools and teacher preparation institutions. 3) The panel’s perspective regarding the significance of this direct collaboration, especially as it impacts teacher professional growth and student achievement.

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Creative Leadership, Yes, These Two Words CAN Go Together

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Vandenberg Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Our panel of forward-thinking administrators will discuss specific stories of how encouraging creativity and innovation in their districts has changed their learning communities for the better. Moderated by a director of graduate certificate programs in educational technology at Michigan State University, the panelists will respond to questions from the moderator, as well as the audience. This interactive discussion will leave you thinking and inspire you to make creativity and innovation a focus in your district.

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How to Achieve 1.5 Years Growth in Math & Reading While Conquering Poverty

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Pearl Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

School leaders are charged with the difficult tasks of meeting state and local mandates, increasing scores on state assessments, and engaging families and community partners, all while successfully operating a school. The reality of most inner-city schools includes a high-poverty population of students entering school two or three years behind grade level. The added weight of teachers struggling to deliver culturally relevant teachers makes the role of a school leader seem impossible. In this session, the presenters will share strategies and best practices that school leadership teams currently use in their schools to close the achievement gap and experience high test scores. Participants will gain an understanding of the leadership actions and instructional strategies that will turn a failing school into a high-achieving school.

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Increasing Post-Secondary Outcomes Through Early College & Cultural Change

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Grand View A, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

What does your data tell you about your college readiness? Are your students successful in their post-secondary studies? Do your students take ownership of their learning? In this session, you will discover how Meridian Public Schools doubled its first-year college completion rate in four years and created a college-going culture for all students. In 2012, Meridian High School partnered with the New Tech Network to fundamentally change teaching and learning and made the bold decision to enroll all students in the Early College Program, thus becoming Meridian Early College High School. We will share with you: • The predictors of success in college • The levers and vehicles for change for staff and students • The success data of students in college, includes 50% of seniors and almost 70% of students in the fifth year • The supports necessary to run an effective early college program for all students • How to form partnerships with post-secondary providers that meet the needs of all students

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Building a Positive Change Framework for School Districts & Communities

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Grand View B/C, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

In this session, participants will conduct an appreciative interview with a colleague unknown to them and identify the root causes of their success. They will also hear how about districts and communities have identified organizational development goals and used AOE concepts, tools and techniques to transform their districts and communities.

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Awards Luncheon: Superintendent of the Year and Retiree Recognition

12:00 PM 01:30 PM Ambassador Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

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Hot Topic General Session: School Finance Research Project

01:45 PM 03:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

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Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Addressing the Urgency: Statewide Support for Early Literacy

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Atrium Room, Lower Level

The urgency of improving literacy is indisputable for every district. Susan Townsend, Director of Instruction Jackson ISD and co-chair of the GELN Early Literacy Task Force, will share the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for Pre-K and K to 3. This small set of research-supported practices, when used in every classroom every day, could make a measurable positive difference in the state’s literacy achievement. Susan will introduce these practices and recommend strategies for supporting for teachers. The GELN Early Literacy Task Force also published Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy Coaching, and Essential School and Center-based Practices in Literacy. Dr. Melissa Usiak, Michigan State University, a lead researcher on school- and center-based practices, will provide critical insights on why and how schools should implement these to support effective literacy instruction. A distinguished panel of Michigan educational leaders will join Susan and Melissa in a discussion focused on the sense of urgency for literacy supports in Michigan. The group will share details of a regional literacy support model that is making a positive impact.

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Personalized Learning – Dexter’s Summit Basecamp Pilot

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Ottawa Room, Lobby Level, 1st Floor

Dexter Community Schools has two of 120 schools, nationally, participating in the Summit Basecamp Personalized Learning pilot with teams of 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade teachers. Summit Basecamp offers self-paced, project-based learning for students from grades 6-12 and is free to partner schools. The personalized learning approach blends the use of technology using the Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) while focusing on developing cognitive skills for all students through project-based-learning and one-on-one teacher/student mentoring. Learn more about Dexter's experience personalizing learning for our students in grades 6-8.

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The Courage to Lead, the Will to Innovate – 5 Strategies for Successful Leaders

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Governors Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Today’s leaders must spend time in reflection about their guiding principles and vision for leading and learning. Exemplary leaders spend time in Covey's Quadrant 2, doing this reflective work that is forward thinking and critical. Grounded in their values and beliefs, skillful leaders then take intentional action –they are coherent leaders who “walk the talk” and ground actions in the courage that comes from true self-knowledge. Participants in this session will learn five practical strategies for cultivating how they can “live well, and lead strong” and will leave equipped with information and resources to help transfer their learning into practice.

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Creating Successful Readers: Simple Facts and Dangerous Myths

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Emerald Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

With the new state law requiring grade-level achievement in reading by the end of third grade, it is essential to examine practices to best support teachers and students. Since time spent actually reading text is one of the best indicators of reading success, determining how much time students spend reading daily is essential. While one might think an approach like Readers’ Workshop or Daily Five, or a commercial program like Reading Street, provides such time, taking another look at this key variable makes sense. In this session, participants will explore the ways that creating an independent reading program – supported by motivational approaches including daily read alouds, resources such as well-stocked school and classroom libraries, and teacher-student conferences – provides the additional support students need to become grade-level readers. Participants will leave this session with: 1. Recommendations, with illustrative vignettes, of research-based instructional practices that are critical to the development of learners who are not only proficient, but also joyful readers. 2. A framework for initiating discussion with key school personnel about the instructional beliefs, practices, and resources that define the district’s approaches to reading instruction. 3. Practical strategies to strengthen reading programs and resources for staff and community.

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Why Mentors Matter

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Emerald Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

With the growth of online learning, a new class of professionals is emerging – the mentor. Michigan is one of the few states to mandate such a position. Examine the role of the mentor in student success, as well as look at professional development opportunities for mentors.

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Using Culturally Responsive Teaching to Improve African-American Student Achievement

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Vandenberg Room A, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

This session will discuss some of the root causes of the achievement gap between African-American students and their white and Asian counterparts. More importantly, it will discuss specific strategies for narrowing the gap. Specifically, the session will describe how “inside-out work” (examining one’s personal history and biases to understand one’s own role in equity issues) and culturally responsive teaching accelerates learning for students of color, especially African-American students. The session will examine the key role of school leaders in making their buildings culturally responsive (leading inside-out work and ensuring that instruction builds on the assets that students bring to school from their families and cultures). In addition, it will focus on innovative ways to improve professional learning and create a culture of learning among both adults and students.

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Summer Reading Innovation: Using Choices, Challenges & Rewards to Eliminate the Summer Reading Slide

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Vandenberg Room B, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

How to use data-driven, scalable and proven programming to increase K-3 literacy and improve reading test scores. Kids Read Now programming, based on leading literacy and foundation best practices, helps school districts focus on and improve K-3 literacy where children “Learn to Read” so that they can “Read to Learn.” The program focuses on reading choices, challenges the student and parent through a AR and Lexile appropriate Discovery Sheet questions, then rewards the student with more books and prizes. The session looks at data points for K-3 reading literacy and the link to high school graduation.

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Negotiating Your Contract: The What, How, and When for Women Leaders

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Pearl Room, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

You are excellent at advocating for your students and staff, but what about advocating for yourself? When it comes to negotiating your contract, you are the only person advocating for you. This session will provide you with insights and strategies to maximize your negotiations by reviewing sample contracts and identifying the key concepts of what should be in your contract, how to approach your school board, and when you should start negotiating for yourself.

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Creating Educational Leaders by Cultivating Crucial Culturally Responsive Conversations

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Grand View A, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

Today’s educational system is seeing a steady increase of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Leaders who embrace culturally responsive instruction will serve as catalysts for improved academic achievement among cultural students. In order for educators to be culturally responsive, they must examine the mindset they have about others who are different than they are. The purpose of this session is to engage in rich, cultural conversations where leaders can uncover their own cultural biases, stereotypes, dispositions and preferences to communicate their experience, engage student participation and attain academic achievement. Leaders will learn how to incorporate strategies that optimize student achievement, positively reinforce cultural identity, and acknowledge the differences and similarities among and between individuals and groups. By hearing different points of view and perspectives, participants will leave empowered to appreciate all cultures, understand differences, value diversity, relate to students/teachers from other cultures, and make learning a great experience for students, teachers and leaders.

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The Power of Storytelling – Building Trust in an Emotional Situation

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Grand View B/C, Conference Level, 3rd Floor

This session will explore the highly effective use of storytelling in communications. Hudsonville Public Schools has grown from a 3,500-student district in 1995 to 6,550-student district in 2015. Within that period, district officials planned, developed and enacted a growth plan embraced by the greater community. With over $150 million in construction bonds, the board and administration purchased a 52,000-square-foot building and 18 acres in the middle of the district. It seemed like the perfect plan … until the "R" word surfaced: Redistricting. How does one take seven state-designated Reward Schools and divide them into eight? Who moves and who stays? Leadership relied heavily on facts, figures, focus groups, extensive committee structure, and community involvement. In the end, the redistricting only affected 18% of the families, however, one element was missing: The Story. Storytelling is a skill used by successful communicators to reach people on an emotional level. Stories are combined with the requisite data and analysis in order to challenge the audience and make them care about the message you present.

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Sponsor Appreciation Reception

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Pantlind Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Hot Buffet Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

General Session

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Ambassador Ballroom, Concourse Level, 2nd Floor

Panel Discussion: Defining the Future of Public Education in Michigan.
  • State Superintendent Brian Whiston
  • State Representative Daniela Garcia
  • Executive Director of the Education Trust Midwest Amber Arellano
  • Director of Government Affairs at Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Allie Bush


  • MASA Legislative Update Presenter Peter Spadafore, Associate Executive Director, Government Relations, Michigan Association of School Administrators

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