2018 MASA Midwinter Conference | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Colleagues from across Michigan attend MASA’s 2018 Midwinter Conference!

MASA’s 2018 Midwinter Conference took place on January 24-26 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Attendees from all over the state came ready to LEAD, LEARN and INNOVATE alongside their MASA colleagues.

Dr. Nell Duke gave a powerful keynote address during the opening general session, which was the talk of the conference for the rest of the time we were in Kalamazoo. A terrific round of MASA ED Talks on the second day of the conference made those in attendance reflect on what’s happening in their own districts, and perhaps sparked some ideas for programs or projects that could be implemented in other districts. A full slate of updates on the final day of the conference ensured that attendees left for home with useful information on the 3% refund, AASA’s work on the federal level, and MASA’s legislative work in Lansing.

This page will continue to be updated with videos and more in the coming days.

Presentations from some of the sessions are available on the mobile app and online

To access presentations online click here, scroll to the bottom of the page and browse through the schedule to find the session you’re looking for from the conference. If a presentation was submitted for sharing, it will be included as an attachment on the session.

To access presentations on the MASA Events App, select the session from the schedule in the app and click on the attachment.

Thank You, Sponsors!

Special thanks to all the sponsors that helped make possible the learning sessions at our annual Midwinter Conference.

This Year’s Keynote: Dr. Nell Duke

Dr. Nell Duke delivered 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 identified 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 delivers program on “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, addressed 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 were new to the superintendent’s job or just looking for additional financial knowledge, this informative session delivered key learnings to assist you with your challenging job.

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 that was outlined to the conference attendees detailed the approaches used to estimate the resources needed in Michigan to meet state standards. Speakers included Dr. Daniel Reattoir, Superintendent, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD; Jason Mellema, Superintendent, Ionia ISD; 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 dove in-depth with an update on the 3% refund and shared the latest news and information that you need to know during his second appearance at the Midwinter Conference during the General Session.

2018 Midwinter Conference ED Talks

Watch Michigan School Leaders share their stories of leadership, learning, challenges and successes in an innovative and captivating way.

Un-Conference Sessions

Un-Conference sessions, led by MASA members, were informal, peer-to-peer sessions that allowed school leaders to come together to share with and learn from one another in an open environment. These sessions allowed participants to harness the experience, expertise and energy of their colleagues in the room. These were in no way a sit-and-get session. Instead, audience participation drove the Un-Conference. Topics for Un-Conference sessions included:

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

Stay Connected with the MASA Events App

The MASA Events app continues to be a useful tool to help conference attendees connect with each other both during and after the conference. Interactions between users were up compared with the 2017 Midwinter Conference. Compared to the first year that MASA started using the app, users were up significantly.

Interestingly, the app’s usage doesn’t end when the conference comes to a close.

App analytics show that people use the app throughout the year to send direct messages to their colleagues. The MASA team loves to see the connections made at our conferences continue throughout the year, and we encourage you to continue using the app to stay connected to speakers, sponsors and colleagues. If you have not yet downloaded the app, you can do so at:

  • 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 even after the conference 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 was generously sponsored by SET SEG.