2018 Midwinter Conference

24 January - 26 January Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel
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  • 23 January
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  • 25 January
  • 26 January

Dr. Nell Duke

Professor
University of Michigan, School of Education
Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., is a professor in literacy, language, and culture and in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Duke received her Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include the development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation, among other organizations.
Duke has been named one of the most influential education scholars in the U.S. in EdWeek.In 2014, Duke was awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Awardfrom the Literacy Research Association. She has also received the Michigan Reading Association Advocacy Award, the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award, the Literacy Research Association Early Career Achievement Award, the International Reading Association Dina Feitelson Research Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award, and the International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Duke is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction. She is co-author of the books Reading and Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades: Research-Based Practices; Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to Five; Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills From Birth to 5, now in it’s second edition; and Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K–8 Classrooms. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Effective Literacy Instruction: Research-based Practice K to 8 and Literacy Research Methodologies. She is also editor of The Research-Informed Classroom book series and co-editor of the Not This, But That book series.
Duke has taught preservice, inservice and doctoral courses in literacy education, speaks and consults widely on literacy education, and is an active member of several literacy-related organizations. Among other roles, she currently serves as advisor to the Aspen Institute Urban Literacy Leadership Network, expert for the NBC News Parent Toolkit, and advisor for the Public Broadcasting Service/Corporation for Public Broadcasting Ready to Learn initiative. She has served as author or consultant on several educational programs, including Connect4Learning: The Pre-K Curriculum; Information in Action: Reading, Writing, and Researching with Informational Text; Engaging Families in Children’s Literacy Development: A Complete Workshop Series; Buzz About IT (Informational Text); iOpeners; National Geographic Science K-2; and the DLM Early Childhood Express. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the U.S. Her Twitter handle is @nellkduke.

24 January

Chris Wigent

Executive Director
Michigan Association of School Administrators
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.

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25 January

Leslie Finnan

Senior Legislative Analyst
AASA
Leslie Finnan - Senior Legislative Analyst
Provides policy analysis in support of AASA's advocacy for public education.

26 January

Bob Dwan

Associate Executive Director
Michigan School Business Officials

26 January

Peter Spadafore

Associate Executive Director for Government Relations
Michigan Association of School Administrators
Peter represents the interests of MASA and its members at the Michigan Capitol. He comes to MASA from Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities, where he was vice president. His previous experience includes serving as the legislative director for Lansing lobbying firm Acuitas, assistant director of government relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards, and associate director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. He also has served on the Lansing School Board since 2011.

26 January

Marion Ginopolis

Superintendent
Lake Orion Community Schools

25 January

Tom Livezey

Superintendent
Oakridge Public Schools

25 January

Edward Manuszak

Superintendent
Dundee Community Schools

25 January

Rich Franklin

Superintendent
Barry ISD

25 January

Eve Kaltz

Superintendent
Center Line Public Schools

25 January

Justin Silverstein

Co-Chief Executive Officer
Augenblick, Palaich and Associates
Justin Silverstein joined APA full time in 1998 after interning for a year during college. Justin is nationally known for his work examining state school finance formulas and for analysis on educational resources. This includes leading studies focusing on the resources needed for students to meet educational standards in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. In each case the results of the study were implemented by the state. He has led reviews of state finance formulas or components of the formulas for North Carolina, New Jersey, Alabama, and Washington D.C. Justin also works closely with school districts helping them understand how to best implement resources to serve students. This work requires teaming with the stakeholders in the districts to understand the needs and goals of the district.
Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
When not at work Justin can be found skiing, playing tennis and lacrosse, and most importantly hanging out with his wife Jenn and kids, Cooper and Chloe.

25 January

Dr. Michael Rice

Superintendent
Kalamazoo Public Schools

25 January

Dr. Daniel Reattoir

Superintendent
Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

25 January

Michaela Tonking

Associate
Augenblick, Palaich and Associations
Michaela Tonking joined APA Consulting in June 2016. At APA, Michaela has primarily focused on school finance formulas and analysis of educational resources. She has supported the adequacy studies in Maryland and Michigan. Prior to joining APA, Michaela worked as a research assistant for Rhode Island’s School Funding Formula Working Group. Michaela also worked for Deloitte and Touché in the audit department.
Michaela holds a Master’s degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Michaela enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, and listening to podcasts.

25 January

Robert Schindler

Attorney
Lusk Albertson, PLC
Bob Schindler is a partner at the school law firm of Lusk Albertson, PLC. He has been an attorney with Lusk Albertson since its inception in 2010 and works in both its Detroit and Grand Rapids offices. He focuses his legal practice on the areas of labor and employment law, general school law, and civil litigation and appeals. He has successfully represented public school clients in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, in labor arbitrations, and at the collective bargaining table. Bob speaks regularly on education law and labor and employment topics to school districts and professional organizations alike. He is also an adjunct professor at Oakland University teaching Education Law to teachers and administrators seeking their Ed.S. degree through OU’s Department of Educational Leadership. Bob is a member of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and is the President-Elect of its Board of Directors. Education has long been a passion of Bob’s as he began his professional career as a secondary-level Social Studies teacher and coach.

25 January

Kathy Stewart

Superintendent
Saginaw Intermediate School District
With thirty-three elementary buildings serving kindergarten through at least grade three in Saginaw County and an allocation of $37,500 for an Early Literacy Coach, Saginaw ISD worked to address the early literacy crisis that exists in Michigan. Through deep analysis of PA 306 of 2016, team members proposed to LEA Superintendents an Early Literacy Coaching Network. Suggestions for funding sources for the number of coaches needed were presented to MDE representatives and approved. SISD will present the law, the approach, and the process that contributed to the formation of this county-wide and beyond Early Literacy Coaches Network. This Network can be replicated in other regions.

25 January

Rebekah Hornak

Director of Instruction
Saginaw Intermediate School District
With thirty-three elementary buildings serving kindergarten through at least grade three in Saginaw County and an allocation of $37,500 for an Early Literacy Coach, Saginaw ISD worked to address the early literacy crisis that exists in Michigan. Through deep analysis of PA 306 of 2016, team members proposed to LEA Superintendents an Early Literacy Coaching Network. Suggestions for funding sources for the number of coaches needed were presented to MDE representatives and approved. SISD will present the law, the approach, and the process that contributed to the formation of this county-wide and beyond Early Literacy Coaches Network. This Network can be replicated in other regions.

25 January

Heather Phelps

Early Literacy Consultant
Saginaw Intermediate School District
With thirty-three elementary buildings serving kindergarten through at least grade three in Saginaw County and an allocation of $37,500 for an Early Literacy Coach, Saginaw ISD worked to address the early literacy crisis that exists in Michigan. Through deep analysis of PA 306 of 2016, team members proposed to LEA Superintendents an Early Literacy Coaching Network. Suggestions for funding sources for the number of coaches needed were presented to MDE representatives and approved. SISD will present the law, the approach, and the process that contributed to the formation of this county-wide and beyond Early Literacy Coaches Network. This Network can be replicated in other regions.

25 January

Dr. John Severson

Superintendent
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Dr. Severson is in his fourth year as superintendent of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. Before coming to the MAISD, he served as the superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools in Battle Creek for ten years. John was previously a Community Education Administrator at Portage Public Schools and Principal of Harper Creek High School. John holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. John is married to Elaine and they have two sons, Matthew and Mitchell.

During his career, John has successfully led and served others in establishing positive learning environments and programming for a variety of ages, communities, learning styles, and behavioral needs. He has an extreme passion for developing programs that promote the success of every child and is committed to providing leadership, programs, and services for the school districts and public school academies in Muskegon County. His ultimate goal as superintendent of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District is to see every student graduate career ready. Here are some of his achievements:

  • Started an alternative education school for at-risk youth in 1990 that is still successfully running today
  • Established safe and caring learning environments focused on building good character. In one such school he reduced suspensions and referrals by nearly 50%.
  • In his last district, he increased the school graduation rate from 87% to 94.92% and reduced the drop-out rate from nearly 7% to 2.54% without an alternative education program.
  • As a superintendent he personally mentored nearly 80 students during a 4-year period and in one year had a graduating class ranked 33rd in the state where 60% of the graduates finished with a postsecondary degree or certificate.

    ---- since arriving to Muskegon County, Dr. Severson has:


  • worked to bring more awareness to Mental Health issues in the county;
  • been part of a great partnership with HealthWest to increase new collaborative systems and processes that improve the lives of students and families in Muskegon County;
  • partnered with the Be Nice organization to now have character education programming available to every school in Muskegon County;
  • collaborated with key leaders in making the Promise a reality; and
is most proud of centering his leadership to build new relationships with local school districts, the Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation, our Rotary, Talent 2025, local businesses, legislative leaders, higher education institutions, parents, students, and private and community organizations like the United Way. Personally, he wants everyone to know he feels very fortunate to be in Muskegon County working with the very best superintendents, educators, and community members and having the support of his wonderful wife Elaine and his two sons Matthew and Mitchell. Congratulations Dr. John Severson.

25 January

25 January

David Moore

Superintendent
Corunna Public Schools
David Moore, Superintendent – Superintendent at Corunna Public Schools from 2013 to present, Superintendent at Saginaw Swan Valley Schools 2008-13 Assistant Superintendent at Mt. Morris Schools 2006-2008. Current Conference Committee Chair for MASA and former Region Rep for Region VI.

During his time in Corunna and Swan Valley, districts passed bond issues of 16.5 million in Corunna and of 115 million in Swan Valley. He has been involved in implementing programs for 1:1 in technology, Early College, and articulation of CTE classes at local community colleges and universities. Invitation to Austin, Texas, to speak to the Council of Chief State School Officers about formative assessment. At Corunna, they are in the fifth year of five-year academic plan (teacher clarity, MTSS, formative assessment, feedback and student involvement). There has been a strong commitment to Early Literacy in his schools. His district has recently started with the Michigan Reading Corps.

25 January

Dr. Holly Windram

Executive Director
Hope Network’s Michigan Education Corps
Holly Windram, PhD, (University of Minnesota) is the Executive Director for Hope Network’s Michigan Education Corps Reading Corps. Reading Corps uses AmeriCorps members to provide literacy interventions to children age 3 to grade 3. Prior to that she served as the Chief Education Officer for the Grand Rapids Christian Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and as the Director of Special Education at the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) in Rush City, Minnesota. Earlier career experience includes serving as an Assistant Director of Special Education at SCRED, Middle School RtI Coach, and School Psychologist. Holly has a strong background in facilitating implementation of an MTSS/RtI framework across Prek-12 at the building and district levels. She consults and presents nationally on MTSS/RtI implementation emphasizing start-up and scale-up strategies for promoting sustainable cultural and systems transformation, as well as core MTSS practices including universal screening, designing tier 2, problem-solving, engaging disengaged learners, and implementation integrity with emphasis on middle and high schools, and early childhood. Holly is an adjunct faculty at Michigan State University for the School Psychology program. Finally, she is the lead author of How RtI Works in Secondary Schools: Building a Framework for Success (Solution Tree), and a co-author on “Secondary Level RtI Implementation” in The Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Springer Science, Inc).

25 January

Dr. Thomas Svitkovich

Retired Superintendent
Hope Network
Thomas Svitkovich served three Michigan public school districts. Beginning his career as a mathematics teacher, followed by principalships at both the junior and senior high school levels and continuing to become a Deputy Superintendent in the Wayne-Westland Community School District. He then was Superintendent of the Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools and retired after 13 years as the Superintendent of the Genesee Intermediate School District. He earned his doctorate from Wayne State University.

Currently Dr. Svitkovich is active in his church and community, serving as a volunteer on philanthropic boards. He is the Secretary of the Hope Network Board and the Vice President of the Hope Network Foundation Board, Vice President of The Greater Flint Health Coalition, Past President of the IMA Recreation Association Board of Directors and Past President of The Genesee Valley Rotary.

Tom and his wife Sharon are proud parents and grandparents. They enjoy travel and an active lifestyle pursuing a variety of interests with family and friends.

25 January

Donna Oser

Director | Leadership Development & Executive Search Services
Michigan Association of School Boards
Donna Oser has spent nearly two decades working to create positive outcomes for students in Michigan. In her current role, Donna oversees MASB's executive search service as well as all school board training and development efforts.
Prior to this position, Donna served as the executive director of the Michigan PTA from 2000-2007. For her unwavering efforts for kids, Donna was recognized with the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Bold Leader in Education Reform by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.
In 2007, Donna focused her efforts on educational leadership development throughout the state as assistant director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. During her tenure there, Donna was named the 2008 Champion for Children by the Michigan Association of School Administrators.
Donna received extensive training in public engagement and facilitation from the Institute of Cultural Affairs and National PTA. Her formal education includes a graduate degree in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University as well as undergraduate degrees in accounting and business from Cleary University.
In her spare time, Donna reads voraciously and enjoys cycling, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.

24 January

John Tramontana

Director | Communications, PR & Marketing
Michigan Association of School Boards

24 January

Sara Shriver

School ADvance Coordinator
MASA
Sara Shriver is a retired Superintendent with 30 years’ experience as a school educator and leader. Sara works for MASA as the Coordinator for School ADvance as well as providing consulting services through the Ionia County ISD in school improvement and State and Federal Programs.

25 January

Scot Graden

Superintendent
Saline Area Schools
Scot Graden has been the Superintendent of Saline Area Schools since March, 2008. As superintendent, he has been leading the District in a process to define student outcomes in order to prepare students for a more future-focused, global economy.

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Justin Wilk

School Board Member
Prince William County Schools

25 January

Don Dailey

Director
Michigan Data Hub
Don Dailey has worked at Kalamazoo RESA for over 25 years as programmer and technology director, as well as executive director for a regional consortium led by KRESA. Those roles gave him an extensive background in school data systems and data systems integration. Don has worked for the last 5 years as project manager for the TRIG Data Integration Activity and now serves as the Director for the Michigan Data Hub, which resulted from the Activity.
Tom Johnson has a 25-year history of leadership in educational data and technology with a focus on curriculum and instruction. His work in the 1:1 efforts; Freedom To Learn and the first of it's kind lower-elementary iPad project featured in the documentary, "Look I'm Learning", demonstrate his focus on student learning. Tom brings the ‘classroom’ voice to the Michigan Data Hub Team, where he has recently started as Actionable Data Manager.

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Doug Trombley

Superintendent
Saginaw Township Community Schools
Doug Trombley has been the Superintendent at Saginaw Township Community Schools since July, 2012. In January of 2012 he had been hired as the district’s Director of Learning, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. He had previously served 10 years in the Essexville-Hampton Public School District starting as the Principal of Garber High School and then becoming the Assistant Superintendent. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with Pinconning Area Schools where he had a successful teaching and coaching career before becoming the lead principal at the secondary level and district technology coordinator.

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Roger Bearup

Superintendent
Grandville Public Schools
Roger Bearup became the superintendent of Grandville Public Schools in 2015. Prior to taking over in Grandville, he had been the assistant superintendent in Lowell since 2006 where he led their curriculum development, assessment program and educator evaluation process. He was previously an elementary principal in Kent City Community Schools where he began his career as a second-grade teacher.

24 January

Dr. George C. Heitsch

Superintendent
Farmington Public Schools
Dr. George Heitsch has been in public education as a teacher, building administrator and superintendent for more than 40 years. He has served as superintendent of Farmington Public Schools since 2014. He began his educational career as a teacher and athletic director at Huron Valley Schools and a principal in West Bloomfield Schools. Previously, he was the assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Farmington Schools and then served as Superintendent of Avondale Public Schools for eight years prior to returning to Farmington.
Dr. Heitsch earned his B.A. from Olivet College, his M.A. in Classroom Teaching at Michigan State, and an Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University. He and his wife, Lisa, have two adult sons, both married with children, also here in Michigan. He is an avid runner and sports enthusiast.
George is active in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community. He is a member of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club, the Farmington Rotary Club, and the Xemplar Club of Farmington and Farmington Hills and is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Public Schools’ Education Foundation and the Farmington/ Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families.

25 January

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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 previously served in public accounting and as a Michigan school business official for 34 years. His organization provides services to school districts in the areas of long-range financial projections, budget systems development, CFO search services, bond and millage information campaigns, deficit elimination plans, district marketing, financial mentoring, and office systems review. Contact him at donsovey@gmail.com or (517) 231-0563.

25 January

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Todd Surline

President
Hiring Solutions LLC

25 January

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Alex Gardner

Vice-President
Hiring Solutions LLC

25 January

Blake Prewitt

Superintendent
Lakeview School District
Mr. Prewitt started his education career as a music teacher in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving his Masters in Counseling he moved to West Bloomfield School District as a high school counselor. Mr. Prewitt continued in West Bloomfield for ten years as a counselor, assistant principal, and high school principal. During that time he received his Educational Specialist from Oakland University, moved to Armada Area Schools as curriculum director, and then to Ferndale School District as Superintendent. Ferndale significantly changed it budgeting model to increase instructional spending based upon achievement data. This led to an increase in enrollment, increase in fund equity, and the start of closing the achievement gap. Currently Mr. Prewitt is in his first year as Superintendent of Lakeview School District (Battle Creek).

24 January

Dr. Rusty Stitt

Superintendent
Schoolcraft Community Schools
Dr. Wayne "Rusty" Stitt is in his 22nd year as an educator and seventh year as Superintendent of Schoolcraft Community Schools. He is passionate about growing and developing educators and students so that they feel empowered and prepared to accomplish their respective current/future goals. Dr. Stitt and his team have transformed a small district into a place that learning goes beyond the brick and mortar. They have implemented 1:1 computing and project/problem-based education. The District is standards-based grading and reporting and was a pioneer in the area developing an Early/Middle College. Knowing that STEAM/STEM education is important in preparing students for jobs of the future, they have every K-12 student taking Project Lead the Way courses. Wanting the educators to learn and grow in innovation and to be reflective practitioners, the District instituted a weekly delayed start to provide time for collaboration and growth for the staff and hired a Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

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Matt McCullough

Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Schoolcraft Community Schools

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Dave Powers

Middle School Principal
Schoolcraft Community Schools

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Ric Seager

High School Principal
Schoolcraft Community Schools
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Matt Webster

Elementary School Principal
Schoolcraft Community Schools

25 January

Scott Smith

Senior Vice President
Forecast5 Analytics
Scott has spent the past 15 years working entirely with school districts and other local government clients with a focus on providing data analysis and visualization solutions. His prior experience in working with the private sector has enabled Scott to deliver ideas that combine the bottom-line needs of corporate entities with the unique service-level commitments of the public sector.

25 January

Melissa Brooks-Yip

Coordinator of Instruction
WISD
I am a former ELA teacher, literacy coach, college instructor, and for the last five years, I have been the Coordinator of Instruction at Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I design and facilitate teacher professional learning networks aimed at improving literacy instruction to raise student achievement.

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Sean LaRosa

Director of Early Childhood
LESA

24 January

Dr. Lisa Hagel

Superintendent
Genesee Intermediate School District
Dr. Lisa Hagel has served as Superintendent of Genesee ISD since 2010. She began her 30-year career as an elementary teacher and coach and since has held numerous educational leadership positions including elementary school Principal, high school Principal, Curriculum Director, and Superintendent.
As a member of the Genesee County Superintendents Association, Lisa Hagel has held the position of President, and has chaired all of the superintendent committees. She has also served as Chair of the GenNET Governing Board, a consortium of all 21 public school districts and GISD that provides state of the art voice, video and data resources for all member districts. Currently, Dr. Hagel is serving on and chairing numerous boards such as Greater Flint Health Coalition, the Priority Children Board of Directors, Genesee County Education Foundation Board, Genesee Career Institute Advisory Board, Mott Middle College Advisory Board, Genesee Early College Advisory Board, Greater Flint Education Consortium, and Genesys Healthcare System. Finally Lisa is our region’s representative elected to the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Districts Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the MISEN, the Michigan State Education Network, working to construct a fiber optic network that connects all Michigan ISDs and districts.

Through these leadership positions, Dr. Hagel has been deeply involved in the changing landscape of education in response to federal and state policy changes. She has also served as chair of numerous North Central Association accreditation teams helping districts move forward in meeting the needs of children and families.

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Cherie Wager

Asst. Superintendent, Special Services
Genesee Intermediate School District

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Denise Belt

Executive Director, Career Tech. Education
Genesee Intermediate School District

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Luke Wittum

Asst. Superintendent, Technology/Media Services
Genesee Intermediate School District

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Dr. Aaron Johnson

Associate Superintendent
Farmington Public Schools
Aaron Johnson has been an educator for the past 18 years. He has served as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal, Director of Instruction, and most recently, Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services and Organizational Leadership for Farmington Public Schools. Aaron works closely with principals, teachers, central office leaders, and community members to improve teaching and learning practices in Farmington Public Schools. His passion is creating equitable learning environments for students and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

25 January

Logan Suttmann

Employee Benefits Account Executive
SET SEG
Logan Suttmann serves as an Account Executive specializing in employee benefits for schools in northern Michigan and works from his hometown of Leland. Prior to joining SET SEG’s sales team in 2012, Logan served as an underwriter for an insurance firm specializing in collector car and boat insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Jeff Crouse

Superintendent
Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
Jeff Crouse is the Superintendent of the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District. He served as the ISD’s Chief Financial Officer for 15 years, prior to being named Superintendent in 2015. In 2005, as the CFO, Jeff created a health insurance work group that implemented a self-funded health insurance program for the 220 employees of the CEISD. Utilizing research, plan design, employee commitment and wellness programs, it has become one of the most effective self-funded school health insurance plans in Michigan, and has saved the district millions of dollars over the past decade. After completing his undergraduate career at Ferris State University in Business Management, Jeff went on to complete an MBA at Western Michigan University and studied Arts and Education at Eastern Michigan University. Jeff also served as former President of the Michigan School Business Officials.

25 January

Kristin Flynn

Executive Director of Student Learning Services
Michigan Virtual
Kristin is the Executive Director of Student Learning Services at Michigan Virtual since October 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education (English/Communications) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, both from Western Michigan University. She holds an Instructional Technology Certification from Michigan State University and has previously served in the education profession for 22 years as a high school English teacher, coach, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, high school principal, and curriculum director. Additionally, she has spent 22 years in various leadership roles in the Air & Army National Guard, retiring in January 2014.

25 January

Theo Kerhoulas

Executive Director of Operations and Innovation
Port Huron Area School District
Theo is the Executive Director of Operations and Innovation at Port Huron Schools. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. He has served the education profession for 21 years as a teacher (all levels), coach, high school and early college principal. Presently, he and the team at PHS are focused on the implementation of a 105 million dollar bond project including 1:1 technology, building an early childhood center, creating STEAM labs and total renovations of 16 facilities.

25 January

Erin J. MacGregor Ed.S.

Superintendent
Howell Public Schools
Erin J. MacGregor, Ed.S. is in his third year as Superintendent of Howell Public Schools. During his tenure with Howell Public Schools, MacGregor helped pass a 12.5 million dollar technology bond, rightsized the district, and built a climate and culture of trust and support using effective communications. Recently, he was named the 2017-18 Michigan School Public Relations Association Outstanding Superintendent Communicator of the Year for his dedication to and support of effective communications. Before becoming Superintendent in Howell, MacGregor served as an assistant superintendent, principal, and teacher in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. MacGregor holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from Michigan State University and an Educational Specialist degree from Oakland University.

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Thomas Gould

Director of Public Relations
Howell Public Schools

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Susan Townsend

Literacy Project Director & Co-Chair of the Literacy Task Force
MAISA
Susan Townsend is the Project Director for Literacy at the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA). She is the Co-Chair of the MAISA GELN Early Literacy Task Force. She leads educational initiatives and professional learning across the state of Michigan. Susan supports teachers and administrators in professional learning, leadership, curriculum development, literacy, coaching and mentoring. Susan is a certified NAESP National K-12 Principal Mentor and facilitator of the NAESP Mentor Program. She is also on the NAESP National Faculty. She has been an educator for 32 years. Following her teaching career as a first and second grade multi-age teacher, she served as an elementary principal for 11 and then moved on to the Director of Instruction and Learning Services at the ISD level. Susan has earned the MDE Specialty Building Level Leadership Improvement endorsement earned through the MEMSPA Leadership Matters program. Susan is a graduate from Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology and a B.S. degree in Child Development and Elementary Education. She has an M.A. from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership. Susan served as the MEMSPA State Representative from 2005-2011, as well as on the MEMSPA Board of Directors as Region 4 President. Susan was awarded the MEMSPA Region 4 Principal in 2006.

25 January

Tamara Bashore-Berg

Executive Director, Professional Learning Services
Michigan Virtual
Tamara Bashore-Berg is the Executive Director of Professional Learning Services at Michigan Virtual. Tamara earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Aquinas College. Tamara has previously served in the education profession as an elementary teacher, Intermediate school district school improvement Consultant, leadership coach, management services coordinator, and administrator. Additionally, she has served on numerous state and national task forces for the Michigan Department of Education and ASCD, on the boards of the Michigan Educational Research Association and Michigan ASCD, and is a Michigan EPFP Fellow.

25 January

Erin Brown

Early Literacy Professional Learning Grant Coordinator
MAISA
Erin Brown serves as the Project Coordinator of the Early Literacy Professional Learning Grant supporting ISD Early Literacy Coaches and the development of professional learning for Pre-K through 3rd grade educators with the Early Literacy Task Force. She is also the K-12 English Language Arts Consultant for Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. Erin was the 2016-17 chair of the Michigan Reading Association Early Childhood and Family Literacy Committee, past chair of the Michigan ELA Leadership Team, and a member of the Reading Now Network Field Study Team. Her M.A. is in Literacy Studies and she worked as an elementary teacher, a literacy specialist and then was a literacy coach for seven years before transitioning in 2011 to the Muskegon Area ISD.

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Lisa Brown

Early Literacy Coaching Consultant
MDE
Lisa Brown is an Early Literacy Coaching Consultant with the Special Populations Unit in the Office of Field Services at the Michigan Department of Education. She has extensive experience in education including instructional coaching, administration, and teaching. Her current work includes supporting the literacy initiatives in Michigan by building strong partnerships with stakeholders. Lisa holds a Master’s of Literacy Studies and a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Elementary Education.
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Naomi Norman

Asst. Superintendent
Washtenaw ISD

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Laural Triebal

Early Literacy Coaching Consultant
Michigan Department of Education
Laural Triebel is an Early Literacy Coaching Consultant with the Michigan Department of Education. Laural earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. Laural has previously served in the education profession as a classroom teacher and instructional coach.

25 January

Meg Hackett

Shareholder
Thrun Law Firm, P.C.
Margaret M. Hackett graduated from the University of Notre Dame (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1981), after which she was privileged to clerk for the Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Meg is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the District of Columbia. She practiced law for 25 years before joining the Thrun Law Firm in 2007, including 12 years as in-house counsel for educational institutions.
Meg's practice is varied and draws upon her extensive experience as in-house counsel across practice areas. This breadth of experience uniquely positions Meg to provide multi-faceted counsel to educational institutions embarking on novel and complex initiatives and transactional matters. To the extent that her practice can be categorized, Meg focuses on general school law, labor and employment law, public school academies, the law of higher education, and special education law. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics of interest to school officials.
Meg is a member of the Michigan School Boards Association (MSBA) Council of School Attorneys and currently serves on its Board of Directors; the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys; the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the American Bar Association (ABA); the Federal Bar Association (FBA); the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA); and the Women Lawyer's Association of Michigan (WLAM), having served as a past president of the WLAM Western Region. Meg is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating of “AV Preeminent®.”
Meg lives on a farm and raises pasture-fed livestock and poultry. She enjoys music and participates in the music ministry at her church. She is on the Board of Directors of the YWCA West Central Michigan and is a sustaining member of the Justice Foundation of West Michigan.

25 January

Katherine Wolf Broaddus

Shareholder
Thrun Law Firm, P.C.
Katherine Wolf Broaddus joined Thrun Law Firm in August 2013. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Western Michigan University (B.S.W., B.S. 2000) and received her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 2004). While in law school, Katie was a two-year member of the Moot Court Honors Society, a quarter finalist at the Luther M. Swygert Moot Court Competition, and the William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at the University of Minnesota Law School. Before entering law school, she was employed as a social worker to children with developmental disabilities. After law school, she practiced for seven years at a Farmington Hills law firm that represented school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies. Katie’s practice focuses on the areas of general school law, special education law, and labor and employment law.
Katie is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys. In 2010, Katie was elected to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and served in that position for two terms. She served as President of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys in 2014-2015. Katie has published numerous articles on various topics in education law. In 2013 and 2014, she was selected as a “Rising Star” in the education law practice area by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
Katie lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children. She and her family are active parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Grand Rapids.

24 January

Cristina T. Patzelt

Associate
Thrun Law Firm
Cristina T. Patzelt joined Thrun Law Firm in August 2016. Cristina’s practice focuses on litigation, labor and employment, special education, and general school law. She assists public school districts, intermediate school districts, public school academies, and community colleges with student issues, special education issues, FOIA requests, and labor and employment matters. Before joining the firm, Cristina was a prosecutor for the City of Chicago, and an attorney for District of Columbia’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. An experienced litigator, she represented the government in hundreds of bench trials, jury trials, and administrative hearings. Cristina also trained thousands of government employees, including many board members and District of Columbia Public Schools employees, on compliance with government ethics rules, including rules governing conflicts of interest and social media.
Cristina graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University (B.A., with honor, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, 2007) and Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 2010, cum laude). In law school, she received the Walter E. Oberer scholarship for stellar trial advocacy skills and a certificate in Trial Practice from the Fieger Trial Practice Institute. Cristina was also a two-year member of the Appellate Moot Court Board, quarter finalist at the 2009 Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition, and winner of the 2009 Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition.
Cristina is admitted to practice in Michigan, Illinois, and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, National and Michigan Councils of School Attorneys, and the Ingham County Bar Association.
Originally from Metro Detroit, Cristina lives in the Lansing area with her husband. She is a devoted fan of Michigan State University and Detroit sports, and enjoys traveling and playing on the firm’s recreational softball league.

25 January

Ryan J. Nicholson

Thrun Law Firm
Ryan J. Nicholson joined Thrun Law Firm in 2011 after graduating from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. Before joining the firm, Ryan interned with the National Labor Relations Board and the Indiana Attorney General. During law school, he clerked for Judge Daniel V. Zemaitis of Michigan’s 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Rapids.
Ryan practice focuses on general school law and labor and employment law. He has appeared in administrative hearings before Administrative Law Judges for the Teacher Tenure Commission, and has participated in Michigan Employment Relations Commission proceedings. He has also represented schools in a variety of matters in circuit and district courts.
He is admitted to practice in Michigan and various federal district courts. Ryan is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan State Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association.
Ryan enjoys almost every outdoor activity including, fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and kayaking. He captained the Kalamazoo College golf team and still occasionally plays.

25 January

25 January

JV

John VanWagoner

Superintendent
Alpena Public Schools

24 January

JC

Jeffrey Collier

Superintendent
Au Gres-Sims School District

24 January

DK

Dr. Suzanne Klein

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership
Oakland University

24 January

Michael Nicholson

Senior Director
Battelle for Kids
With an extensive background in education, assessment, and technology, Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience in standards-based education, instructional leadership, and the use of value-added analysis to inform teaching and learning.

He provides strategic counsel to support strategic planning and development of associated impact metrics. He also coordinates internal and external research initiatives, and assists the creation and delivery of professional development resources for educators.

Currently, Mike is leading Battelle for Kids' research and implementation efforts for Portrait of a Graduate and supporting development of the instructional and assessment content within the Human Capital Leaders in Education Standards. Additionally, he's providing professional learning system redesign support to rural districts in Ohio.

He most recently served as the Superintendent for Glenview School District 34 in Glenview, Illinois. Prior to this role, Mike served as the executive director of secondary learning for Olentangy Local School District in Ohio.

25 January

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Tim Throne

Superintendent
Oxford Community Schools

24 January

Steve Laatsch

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Saline Area Schools

25 January

Wendy Zdeb

Executive Director
MASSP
Wendy Zdeb joined MASSP in August 2011 and officially became the Association’s Executive Director on January 1, 2012.

Wendy began her career in education as a teacher at Warren Fitzgerald High School where she taught English and coached three varsity sports. She then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at St. Clair High School in the East China School District. After three years as an Assistant Principal, Wendy was ready to seek a new challenge and she found it as the Principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years.

Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Western Michigan University. Her Masters in Educational Leadership and Education Specialist degrees are both from Saginaw Valley State University.

25 January

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Mat McRae

Superintendent
Swan Valley School District

24 January

CW

Carl Weiss

Executive Director
Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies

24 January

Dawn Benaitis

Director of Professional Development
Discovery Education

25 January

DA

Dr. Jason Almerigi

Research, Evaluation & Assessment
Oakland Schools

25 January

DH

Darby Hoppenstedt

MTSS/504 Coordinator
Novi Community School District

25 January

Rob Glass

Superintendent
Bloomfield Hills Schools
Dr. Glass joined Bloomfield Hills Schools on July 1, 2010, following nearly two years as superintendent in Dexter Community Schools. Before that, he was executive director of instruction for Birmingham Public Schools and principal at Quarton School in Birmingham. He has been an elementary principal in Suttons Bay and Vestaburg Community Schools, as well as an elementary teacher in Hale, all located in Michigan. Earlier in his career, he was director of operations on a fellowship in India to manage orphanages, vocational schools and health services for children, the elderly and the impoverished. He began his teaching career as principal and teacher at Calvary Christian School and director of the Royal Oak Child Care Center in Royal Oak, following five years in Birmingham managing the district's production studio.
Dr. Glass completed his PhD program in Educational Leadership at Oakland University in 2014. During this time he received the 2008 AASA Worth McClure Educational Administration Scholarship, awarded nationally to six outstanding graduate students in school administration. He holds a master's degrees in Educational Administration from Central Michigan University, a master's degree in Teaching from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University.
He received an award for Outstanding Leadership from the Grand Traverse Regional Math and Science Center in 2008, and a 1985 Emmy Award from the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for his production of a Birmingham football promotional video.
He is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

24 January

25 January

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Christopher Timmis

Superintendent
Dexter Community Schools

24 January

RW

RJ Webber

Assistant Superintendent of Academics
Novi Community School District
Participants will learn how to engage students as active partners in structuring and impacting the professional learning of staff members.
This experience was a true elevation of student voice.

25 January

David Richards

Superintendent
Fraser Public Schools
Dr. Dave Richards is the Superintendent of Fraser Public Schools.
Fraser is a school district of over 5,200 students located in Macomb County, Michigan. The District is one of the largest 1:1 iPad initiatives in the Great Lakes Region with students in grades K-12 equipped on a 1:1 basis with a focus on personalizing learning for every child. To further support the individual learning needs of every student, the District is currently in the process of implementing a competency based education model across all grade levels which will allow students to progress through their academic experience based upon demonstration of proficiency in each of the subject areas. Dave is an Executive Board Member for the Tri-County Alliance and currently serves as the President of the Galileo Consortium for Teacher Leaders. In 2016, Dave was elected as chair of the National Council on Digital Convergence.

24 January

Kelly Coffin

Superintendent
Tecumseh Public Schools
Dr. Coffin currently serves as the Superintendent at Tecumseh Public Schools in Tecumseh, Michigan. She has been in this position for 5 years but has been associated with the district for nearly 25 years. She received her undergraduate degree in special education and mathematics from Central Michigan University, and her MA in Reading, Educational Specialists, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Coffin has served as a teacher, principal, director, assistant superintendent and now superintendent during her career. These learning opportunities have helped to build a solid foundation for district leadership.

24 January

Gerald Hopkins

Superintendent
Kenowa Hill Public Schools
Gerald (Jerry) Hopkins is in his 24th year as an educator and seventh year as Superintendent of Kenowa Hills Public Schools. He has been a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, elementary principal and assistant 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 five years, with the stakeholders of Kenowa Hills, to redesign the system to make learning the constant and time the variable.

24 January

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Ted Gardella

The College Board

25 January

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Rich Machesky

Superintendent
Troy Public Schools

24 January

Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift

Superintendent
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Dr. Swift joined Ann Arbor Public Schools in 2013. She is a career educator having served as a classroom teacher, teacher coach, principal and school district leader. Dr. Swift previously served in various leadership roles in Colorado Springs School District 11, including as assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and student services and executive director of K-12 schools. Dr. Swift believes that every child deserves to be fully welcomed and embraced at school and receive support to succeed within a rich, exploratory, arts-infused educational experience. She is committed to engaging with the Ann Arbor community to further extend and enhance the excellence for which the Ann Arbor Public Schools has long been known.

25 January

Michigan Virtual

Presidential
Michigan Virtual, formerly known as Michigan Virtual University & Michigan Virtual School, has been working hard to provide a path to the future for students and educators since 1998. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on education, we believe that brilliance resides in all of us, ready to change the world with next big idea. We’re dedicated to helping each student shine their brightest by enhancing their opportunities to learn and working to strengthen the teachers that will show them the way. Here we strive to place each student’s potential within reach. By discovering new ways to grow, we’re taking K-12 education to the next level and working to leverage face-to-face, blended and online learning innovations that facilitate the advancement of education.

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

Platinum

Eidex

Platinum

Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Platinum

GMB Architecture & Engineering

Platinum

GRBS, Inc.

Platinum

K12 Insight

Platinum

Kingscott Associates, Inc.

Platinum

Curriculum Associates

Gold

Edgenuity

Gold

Gallagher

Gold

GLP & Associates, Inc.

Gold

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Gold

Mi LECET

Gold

NWEA

Gold

Renaissance Learning

Gold

Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

Gold

Back On Track

Silver

Consumers Energy

Silver

Hilltop Securities

Silver

French Associates, Inc.

Silver

Granger Construction Company

Silver

Horace Mann Companies

Silver

McCarthy & Smith, Inc.

Silver

NEOLA, Inc.

Silver

PFM Financial Advisors LLC

Silver

Raymond James

Silver

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

Silver

TMP Architecture, Inc.

Silver

VHM Enterprises, Inc.

Silver

Williams & Company, LLC

Silver

Wolgast Corporation

Silver

Project Lead The Way

Bronze

Lifetouch

Bronze

Munetrix

Bronze

Board Works Education

Bronze

PowerSchool

Bronze

BrightBytes

Bronze

Hobsons

Bronze

Code To The Future

Bronze

Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company

Bronze

New Teacher Center

Bronze

Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Bronze

The Christman Company

Bronze

Discovery Education

Bronze

Rethink Ed

Bronze

Comcast

Bronze

TowerPinkster

Bronze

Performance Services, Inc.

Bronze

The Skillman Corporation

Bronze

Miller-Davis Company

Bronze

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

Bronze

ISLoan Solutions

Bronze

Clark Construction Company

Bronze

Lusk & Albertson, PLC

Bronze

Hapara

Bronze

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Bronze

The Flippen Group

Bronze

Integrated Designs, Inc.

Bronze

Secant Technologies

Bronze

Sidock Group

Bronze

Moore Trosper Construction Co.

Bronze

CSM Group

Bronze

Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co.

Bronze

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.

Bronze

MASA

MASA Registration

07:00 AM 05:00 PM Arcadia Foyer - Lobby Level

Executive Board Meeting & Lunch

11:00 AM 01:30 PM Oaks

Preconference: Navigating School Finance for Superintendents

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Glens 1

MASA Superintendents PreConf - January 22, 2018.pdf Download Link

MASA Council Meeting

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Glens 2/3

MASA Board and Council Dinner

06:00 PM 08:00 PM Zazio’s - Lobby Level

MASA Conference Registration

07:30 AM 04:30 PM Arcadia Foyer - Lobby Level

MAISA Board of Directors Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Oaks

MAISA Administrative Leadership Meeting

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Great Lakes 1

MAISA Instructional Leadership Committee

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Great Lakes 2

Middle Cities Education Association Meeting

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Prairies 4/5

MAISA General Membership Meeting

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Meadows

School Equity Caucus Meeting & Lunch

11:00 AM 12:45 PM Kalamazoo Room

MISEN Meeting

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Meadows

SAPAC Meeting

11:45 AM 12:45 PM Great Lakes 1

Middle Cities Education Association Lunch

12:00 PM 12:45 PM Prairies 6

MASA First General Session

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Arcadia Ballroom - Lobby Level

Dr. Nell Duke will give the keynote address, entitled “Leading for Early Literacy,”during the opening session of our 2018 Midwinter Conference. Improving literacy requires leadership. In this presentation, Duke identifies concrete steps that district administrators should take—and avoid—to improve early literacy outcomes in their districts. Given the importance of early literacy skills, students in every school district who are not proficient in reading in the third grade, and the third-grade reading bill looming, there is no better time to revisit and intensify your literacy strategy.

Speakers

Leading for Literacy.pdf Download Link

Refreshment Break

03:00 PM 03:15 PM Lower Level

Collaboration

The Michigan Innovation Collaborative’s Processes, Practices, Principals and Promises

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Stone Theater

The Michigan Innovation Collaborative (MIC) formed in 2016 to further the ideas of Competency Based Education. This think tank, facilitated by representatives from Apple, Corp., has enhanced CBE in each of the participating schools.

The framework of our action orientation follows:
Competency: Higher order, critical thinking capabilities that reflect mastery across subject areas and mirror how experts think and work in various domains. Our students demonstrate their competencies by growing over time in their creativity, innovation, discernment, conclusions, precisions, communications, investigations, collaborations, plans, arguments, and demonstration of health literacy (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual). Standards: Specific content knowledge and skills that provide the foundation of what students are learning.

Performance Tasks: What our students actually do with what they know.

Learning Activities: Processes that require our students to demonstrate what they know.

Our Design Principles: Principle 1: Students Advance upon Demonstrated Mastery Principle 2: Explicit and Measurable Learning Objectives Empower Students Principle 3: Assessment Is Meaningful and a Positive Learning Experience for Students
Principle 4: Students Receive Rapid, Differentiated Support Principle 5: Learning Outcomes Emphasize Include Application and Creation of Knowledge
Presentation Overview: In a roundtable, facilitated format, MIC’s superintendents will briefly share our processes, practices, principles, and promises. Following this, we will use collaborative thinking routines to engage session participants in the development of understandings of CBE, including: See-Think-Wonder, Connect-Extend-Challenge, and Reasoning with Evidence. Finally, we will ask for suggestions and feedback on our work.
Most importantly, this session will engage participants in thoughtful discussions and reflections that lead them to deeper understandings of their work in developing students’ competencies.

Speakers

Un-Conference

Un-Conference Session: Supporting Principals as Instructional Leaders

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Glens 1

Facilitator: Rusty Stitt (Schoolcraft Community Schools) Superintendent
Un-Conference

Un-Conference Session: Student Growth

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Glens 2

Facilitator: Sara Shriver, School ADvance coordinator

Un-Conference

Un-Conference Session: Balanced Calendar

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Glens 3

Facilitator: David Hornak (Holt Public Schools) Superintendent

Un-Conference

Un-Conference Session: Career Exploration Models

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Fields

Facilitator: Dave Tebo (Hamilton Community Schools) Superintendent

Data-Driven Decision Making

Using Academic Data to Tell Your Story

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Great Lakes 2

Many of us use data to guide our leadership. It’s used to celebrate successes and identify challenges, but how do you use it to tell your story? More importantly, what story is the data telling you so that you can lead in the right direction? Tools such as Eidex are invaluable to district leaders in order to make sense of the mountains of data and information available. We will share how the data in Eidex is used as the script for many presentations and conversations when sharing our district’s stories with staff, board members, legislators and the community. 

Speakers

Leadership

How to Have Good Arguments with Your Leadership Team to Improve Collaboration and Generate Innovative Solutions

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Great Lakes 3

Have you ever felt that you are not making the most of your leadership team’s collective wisdom? You ask for opinions… a respected person from the group makes a suggestion, the "discussion" ends and everyone agrees without any dialogue or deep thinking. Although it might feel comfortable to have a team that is collegial, often times the “groupthink” falls short when no one is willing to question suggestions or move the conversation forward to areas where there might be some unknowns or potential disagreements. Effective leaders need to know how to navigate around the groupthink mentality by using respectful disagreement strategies and protocols to make it safe to question suggestions of others in order to unleash individual creativity.
Session participants will explore tools and techniques for insightful and more productive group dialogue that respectfully explores alternative pathways to desired solutions. Once your cabinet becomes skilled in respectful disagreement, their skills can be transferred to community conversations with building and labor leaders, staff, parents and community members.

Speakers

Winter 2018 MASA slide template.pdf Download Link
Literacy

SOEL – Study of Early Literacy, a Professional Learning Model for Instruction, Coaching and Assessment in Early Literacy

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Meadows

The Study of Early Literacy exists because educators are continual learners, dedicated to perfecting their craft, they deserve robust professional learning experiences. They need SOEL!
SOEL began in 2012 in an effort to prepare teachers to not only teach students to learn to read, but to read to learn from the start of their literacy journey (Reutzel, 2014). Good teachers, effective teachers, matter much more than particular curriculum materials, pedagogical approaches, or “proven programs.” Investing in the development of effective teaching through professional development planning, is the most “research-based” strategy available (Allington, 2010).
Research on raising student achievement consistently points to an effective teacher as the most crucial element in a student’s success (Routman, 2012). For any professional development experience to be worth the very little time and money available in education today, teachers must be in the center of their own learning. In our fifth year of SOEL, teachers are now co-leading this work and members now include triple the amount of preschool through third grade classroom teachers, as well as early literacy coaches, interventionists, and special educators.
Through community building, connections with literacy experts and recent research, book studies and teacher action research, teachers and coaches in SOEL learn best practices around early literacy instruction, coaching and assessment.
Read all about SOEL in Study of Early Literacy: A Network Model for Teacher Professional Development
http://soeliteracy.weebly.com/

Speakers

SOEL MRJ article.pdf Download Link
Innovations
Leadership

The Solution Room

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Prairies 4

Have you ever wished you could leverage the wisdom and experience of fellow superintendents to solve a problem or recurring issue in your district? You can! The Solution Room delivers the best ideas of the crowd in lightning round fashion.
Every participant in this fast-paced session will receive a personal consultation session with his/her colleagues and leave the session with a list of possible solutions and resources in hand.
Come prepared to laugh, be concise, and give and receive good counsel! This is a session you don't want to miss!

Speakers

Data-Driven Decision Making

Using M-STEP/SAT Data to Drive Your Budget Planning

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Prairies 5

We say that achievement is our number one goal in schools, but how often are budget decisions made on other factors. Without good data, budget conversations tend to focus on personnel and not achievement. Where is your district over-spending compared to higher achieving districts? During this session we will be using the Eidex program to show how to evaluate your current spending based upon your academic achievement and how to focus your budget planning to put dollars where they are most needed to get the best return on your investment.

Speakers

MASA Presentation.pdf Download Link
School Law

Compensation & Merit Pay: The Who, What, Where, When &

03:15 PM 04:30 PM Prairies 6

The Revised School Code, State School Aid Act, and the Public Employment Relations Act all have provisions related to merit pay for certain school employees. This presentation covers the basics of what is merit pay, who needs merit pay, where should merit pay be included in employee contracts or board policy, when must merit pay be implemented, and why districts must implement merit pay.

Speakers

MASA Mid Winter Conference - Performance-Based Compensation and Collective Bargaining (Presentation Version).pdf Download Link

Region Meetings

04:45 PM 05:30 PM See session details for locations

Region 1: Glens 1
Region 2: Glens 2
Region 3: Glens 3
Region 4: Great Lakes 2
Region 5: Great Lakes 3
Region 6: Prairies 4
Region 7: Prairies 5
Region 8: Prairies 6
Region 9/10: Meadows

MAAAS Meeting

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Fields - Lower Level

MASA Conference Registration

07:00 AM 04:30 PM Arcadia Ballroom - Lobby Level

MASA Second General Session

08:30 AM 10:15 AM Arcadia Ballroom - Lobby Level

Thursday morning’s General Session will feature ED Talks by five superintendents from across the state:
  • Rich Franklin, Barry ISD: “The Little Engine That Could”
  • Marion Ginopolis, Lake Orion Community Schools: “Legislative Advocacy Committee of District Stakeholders”
  • Eve Kaltz, Center Line Public Schools: “Making It Real for Students Through Career Academies”
  • Tom Livezey, Oakridge Community Schools: “The Oakridge Wellness Network”
  • Edward Manuszak, Dundee Community Schools: “Igniting the Early Childhood Leader in You!”

Speakers

Data-Driven Decision Making

Amazing PSAT/SAT Resources & Khan Academy

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Stone Theater

Your students are currently taking PSAT 9, 10 and the SAT. MASSP and the College Board have created awesome resources for staff, students and parents aimed at improving results. Join us for this session to learn more about the FREE supports that are available- Khan Academy SAT prep, Khan Academy Teacher Tools, MASSP's Parent Tool Kit- and how they can significantly improve engagement and scores.

Speakers

Amazing PSAT-SAT.pdf Download Link
Insurance/Healthcare

Case Study – One District’s Past, Present, and Future Healthcare Plans

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Glens 1

This session highlights how Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District reinvests health care dollars into its employees and families to consistently outperform the health care spending expectations. Superintendent Jeff Crouse will share important lessons he has learned and his plans for more innovation in the future. Participants will learn to benchmark their district’s health care spending with Crouse’s approach, and learn how leading school districts are making bold moves to tackle the health care affordability crisis facing their employees.

Speakers

FINAL Char-Em Case Study EB.pdf Download Link
Collaboration

Stronger Together: A “Win-Win” County Online Collaborative Partnership

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Glens 3

A joint presentation on the innovative partnership between St. Clair County RESA, Port Huron Schools, and Michigan Virtual to create quality online learning opportunities for local students and the teachers that serve them in the local districts. The partnership allows St. Clair County teachers to teach Michigan Virtual online courses, supported by St. Clair County RESA, allowing educators and administrators to focus their resources on creative student learning opportunities that focus on quality content, effective feedback, and relationship building with students. This partnership solves many challenges faced by local districts including: budgetary constraints, staffing, professional development, digital culture, teacher shortages, and scheduling. This ‘win-win’ solution also provides more options and flexibility for students while building the capacity of local school district teachers without countywide competition. The team will share success stories and lessons learned on the planning and implementation of LearnOn, the first program of its kind in Michigan, which is a collaborative with all seven districts in St. Clair County and Michigan Virtual.

Speakers

Collaborative Partnership Model - MASA Mid-Winter Conference - 1-25-18.pdf Download Link
Data-Driven Decision Making

Leading With Data: Leveraging District Data for College & Career

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Fields

As College & Career Readiness continues to be a growing focus for measuring school district performance, leveraging data-driven strategies to understand performance is key as we move into the future. From the district level, building level and down to each individual student, district leaders need real-time actionable data.
This session will create an understanding of how district leaders can follow a prescribed data- driven strategy to increase performance with a focus on College & Career Readiness. We will address the following types of questions: What data do we have? What data do we need? How do we structure the data? How do we interpret the data? How do we measure success?
You will leave this session with an understanding of how data can inform strategy and decision-making to improve student performance. This session will help form a thought process towards creating a baseline for where your district is currently and what steps you might need to take to move forward with a data driven strategy for success in College and Career Readiness.

Speakers

Innovations

The Journey of Future Ready Schools

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Great Lakes 4

To prepare students for college and the workforce, we must create innovative learning environments that support the success of each student. Join us as we explore the Future Ready Framework and how we are applying that framework to implement our digital transformation plan. We will discuss successful strategies for building teacher capacity and personalizing student learning, and share our roadmap to creating future ready schools.

Speakers

Journey of Future Ready Schools.DD.pdf Download Link
School Law

School Law and Legislative Update

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Great Lakes 5

This session will provide a brief overview of new or recently amended laws affecting school districts in a broad range of school law subjects, including finance, employment and labor law, student rights and much more. In addition, stay current on certain proposed legislation and the potential impact that it would have if passed.

Speakers

Innovations

One District's Approach to Building a Culture and Climate of Innovation

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Prairies 4

Creating a culture of innovation is in fact quite a challenge. Learn from one district’s journey on how it can be accomplished through a strategic visioning process, professional development, and growth, building leadership capacity, partnerships with all stakeholders, and keeping the main thing the focus. In addition, to build and sustain a culture and climate supportive of innovation, one must act on two fronts—creating the right incentives and removing the biggest blocks to innovation. See how all of this is being done in a small rural school district with limited resources. Dr. Rusty Stitt, Superintendent of Schoolcraft Community Schools and his whole Administration team will lead you through their journey in small group procedures.

Speakers

Leadership

Improving Climate/Culture by Elevating Student Voice

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Meadows

Novi Community School District empowered students to lead professional learning for their entire staff. We will share how Novi students leveraged their own student data to develop and provide a professional learning experience for every staff member in the district in an effort to improve student/staff relationships and build a deeper sense of belonging for learners. The basis of the learning centered around an Oakland County Climate and Culture Survey that was administered to 5th-12th grade students. This work was a partnership with Oakland Schools and the University of Michigan.
Participants will learn how to engage students as active partners in structuring and impacting the professional learning of staff members.
This experience was a true elevation of student voice.

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MASA 2018 (1).pdf Download Link
Data-Driven Decision Making

How Comprehensive is Your Needs Assessment?

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Prairies 5

Participants will learn about the legislation requiring districts/schools to complete a comprehensive needs assessment, learn how to conduct a CNA, and gain resources to make the task easier! See examples, gain access to resources, and create an action plan in this session.

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12 CNA Checklist for Completion.docx Download Link
MASA Mid Winter Conference CNA PPT 2018[1].pdf Download Link
Literacy

Early Literacy in Michigan: Creating HOPE and Collective Impact for Every Child, Every Family and Every Educator

10:30 AM 11:45 AM Prairies 6

The urgency of improving literacy is indisputable for every district across the state. The work of GELN's Early Literacy Task Force and several partners centered around the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for Pre-K and K to 5 and the School-wide and Center-wide Essentials are the foundation from which we need to collectively work together to address this sense of urgency for our students. This small set of research- supported instructional practices, when used in every classroom every day with every child could make a measurable positive difference in the State’s literacy achievement and give hope to ensure success for all children, families and educators across the state of Michigan.

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