The U.S. Department of Education gave its stamp of approval to Michigan’s ESSA plan in late November. Part of Michigan’s plan requires that every school must conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) to thoroughly examine resources and data, find their school’s needs and gaps, and develop a School Improvement Plan.

Where can I find help with CNA development?

MASA is sponsoring a three-part series of regional Comprehensive Needs Assessment Workshops to help schools and districts create their own CNAs. Attendees will participate in learning, planning, and action sessions featuring tips to help school improvement teams find success in their school improvement process and the resources used for ease of getting started through completion of their CNA to avoid the hurry-up push in June. Additionally, these workshops will give you the opportunity to better understand and build on your student data to drive positive student growth in your district.

Who should attend?

The Comprehensive Needs Assessment Workshop is designed for school improvement leaders, including:

  • Curriculum directors
  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Assistant superintendents
  • School improvement teams
  • Teacher leaders

What will the workshops cover?

  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment

    • Components
    • Self-Assessment
    • Timeline
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment Examples

  • Organize Your Comprehensive Needs Assessment Process

    • What and Who – Collection of Data
    • Where – Storage of Data
  • Team Work Time

    • Overview
    • Four Types of Data

When will these workshops be held?

The three workshops will be held at locations in both upper and lower Michigan. Details for Upper Michigan dates and locations are TBD. The lower Michigan times, dates and location are:

  • February 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • March 22, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • April 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 925 Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917

Price structure

  • First person from a school or district to register: $500
  • Additional team members: $150 per person for the series


For more information, contact Sara Shriver at (989) 620-5899 or MASA at (517) 327-5910.