2018 MASA Midwinter Conference | Michigan Association of School Administrators

MASA 2018 Midwinter Conference:
January 24-26

Join your colleagues from across Michigan for MASA’s 2018 Midwinter Conference!

Registration is now open for our Midwinter Conference, which is set for January 24-26 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Updates on speakers, special conference features, sponsorship opportunities, and more will be added to this page in the coming days. Be sure to check back for updates!

This Year’s Keynote:
Dr. Nell Duke

MASA is thrilled to announce that Dr. Nell Duke will give the keynote address during the opening session of our 2018 Midwinter Conference.

Dr. Duke is a professor of Literacy, Language and Culture at the University of Michigan. Nationally recognized, Dr. Duke has recently been named one of the 50 most influential education scholars in the U.S. in EdWeek.

At a time when early literacy results in the state of Michigan are troubling (49th out of 50 states on NAEP), Dr. Duke’s recent work to support Michigan classrooms offers real hope. Dr. Duke was instrumental in writing “Essential Practices in Early Literacy,” published by the MAISA GELN. This document defines the 10 Essential Practices that should be happening in every Michigan elementary classroom, every day. They are currently being implemented statewide, and every superintendent should have a working understanding of what the essential practices are and how they might be supported from a district-wide perspective.

Dr. Duke is a dynamic and engaging speaker who will challenge superintendents and empower them with very practical steps with which they can lead our state toward improved early literacy outcomes for all students. Teaching our young children to read and write is at the very heart of our role as public educators, and Dr. Duke will support us in a research-based leadership model to help us all achieve that aim.

Learn more about Dr. Nell Duke

Calling All Presenters:
Submit Your Proposal Today!

The MASA Conference Planning Committee has formally opened the RFP process for the 2018 Midwinter Conference Learning Sessions. Proposals must be submitted via the online form located below by noon on Friday, Dec. 8.

The theme for the 2018 Midwinter Conference is Lead, Innovate, Learn. Proposals will be accepted based on their connection to the theme and the educational value to district leaders. The strongest proposals are those that involve an MASA member and/or practitioners from a district or ISD/RESA.

To submit a proposal for a Learning Session, fill out the RFP form found here and submit it by noon on Friday, Dec. 8.

In the works

Learning Sessions

Informative and relevant Learning Sessions will be featured during the Midwinter Conference, bringing valuable information to help conference attendees be more effective leaders in their district.

Un-Conference Sessions

The Un-Conference sessions, led by MASA members, are informal, peer-to-peer sessions that allow school leaders to come together to share with and learn from one another in an open environment. These sessions allow participants to harness the experience and expertise of their colleagues in the room. This is in no way a sit-and-get session. Instead, audience participation is what drives the Un-Conference. More details to come, along with information about how to submit your presentation proposal.

ED Talks

The ever-popular ED Talks will be back at the 2018 Midwinter Conference! MASA’s ED Talks have been ranked as one of the highlights of the past two MASA conferences. Hear from superintendents about topics they’re passionate about, and gain some insight of your own. To submit your proposal for an ED Talk, click here. Proposals are due by Dec.8; only MASA members are eligible to submit a proposal for an ED Talk.

Hotel information

MASA has a block of rooms reserved at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. Be sure to request the MASA block when making your reservation. Call to book your room by January 10, 2018: (269) 343-3333

Room rates:

  • Single/Double room: $140 per night
  • Triple: $150 per night
  • Quad: $160 per night
  • Executive Suites or Standard Concierge Level Single/Double: $180 per night
  • Executive Suites or Standard Concierge Level Triple: $190 per night
  • Executive Suites or Standard Concierge Level Quad: $200 per night

To book your room online:

  • Go to www.radissonkz.com
  • Enter your check in and check out dates (limited to conference dates)
  • Click “More Search Options”
  • Select “Promotional Code” from the “Rate Type” drop-down menu, then type in MASA18 and click “Search”
  • Complete your reservation

Make your reservation by January 10, 2018, to take advantage of the MASA rates.


Contact MASA Event Planner Diane Dick at ddick@gomasa.org or (517) 327-9261.