2018 MASA Midwinter Conference | Michigan Association of School Administrators

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

MASA’s 2018 Midwinter Conference is set for January 24-26 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Attendees should come ready LEAD, LEARN and INNOVATE alongside their MASA colleagues from all over the state.

This year’s conference features a pre-conference on January 23: Navigating School Finance for Superintendents, as well as Un-Conference sessions led by MASA members. Find more information on these conference features and more below, and keep checking this website for updates as the conference approaches.

For the full conference agenda, click here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors have access to special opportunities to engage with MASA members at our annual Midwinter Conference. Unlock these opportunities and engage with our members.

This Year’s Keynote: Dr. Nell Duke

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.

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.

Learn more about Dr. Nell Duke

Also on the agenda …

Pre-Conference set for 1/23: Navigating School Finance for Superintendents

School finance has not gotten any easier over the past few years, and being the leader of the district means it is important to have a high-level understanding of how it all works.

Where does the state get funding for schools? How does YOUR school receive its funding? What are the pressures on state and local funding? When should the budget cycle begin?

Bob Dwan, associate executive director of Michigan School Business Officials, will address all of these issues and more in easy-to-understand terms, with examples from the field, during the MASA’s Midwinter Preconference on Jan. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Whether you are new to the superintendent’s job or just looking for additional financial knowledge, there will be something for you in this informative session. Register today!

Hot Topic Session: Results of the Adequacy Study from the School Finance Research Collaborative

Last year, the School Finance Research Collaborative commissioned an adequacy study to determine the true cost of educating Michigan’s students. During this Hot Topic Session, researchers from Augenblick, Palaich and Associates will present the results of the study. The ten-member research team included national school finance experts and a study team well exceeding 100 years of combined experiences in studying school finance issues. The report details the approaches used to estimate the resources needed in Michigan to meet state standards. Speakers include Dr. Daniel Reattoir, Superintendent, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD; Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools; Justin Silverstein, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates; and Michaela Tonking, Associate, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates.

3% Refund: Latest News and Information

The Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for public school employees to have 3% deducted from their salaries for retirement health care has created many questions among our members and their staff. MSBO Associate Executive Director Bob Dwan will make a second appearance at the Midwinter Conference during the General Session on Friday morning to give an update on the 3% refund and share the latest news and information that you need to know.

Un-Conference Sessions

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, expertise and energy 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. Topics for Un-Conference sessions include:

  • Supporting Principals as Instructional Leaders
  • Student Growth
  • Balanced Calendar
  • Career Exploration Models

Stay Connected with the MASA Events App

The MASA Events app is a powerful tool that helps conference attendees connect with each other both during and after the conference.

You can use the app to create your own personalized schedule, and set reminders for those must-see presentations. Make connections and engage with your colleagues, conference sponsors and presenters by building your profile and sending direct messages. A couple of added bonus features:

  • Easily rate each session you attend to share your important feedback with the MASA team
  • View presentation slides, break-out session handouts and materials, and speaker bios, during or after attendance

If you have not yet downloaded the app, you can do so at:

Apple App Store https://itunes.apple.com/app/id910205823

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.attendify.masa_events

Web Version http://8apw97.m.attendify.com/

The MASA Events App for the Midwinter Conference is generously sponsored by SET SEG.

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.

Overflow Hotels

Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West
2747 South 11th Street
Kalamazoo MI 49009
Cost:  $99.00
Free Parking
Free Shuttle to Kalamazoo Radisson

Call 1-800-HOLIDAY
Indicate you are calling for the Michigan Association of School Administrators
Group Code MIZ

Customized booking link:  MASA Midwinter Conference

Kalamazoo Bed & Breakfast

447 W South St.,
Kalamazoo MI  49007

All rooms fully equipped, wi-fi, own in-suite bath, HVAC controls
5 minute walk across the park, Rooms range from $139 to $189.


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