2019 Fall Conference | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

September 18 to September 20, 2019
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Join your MASA colleagues and other experts who are passionate about public education at the 2019 MASA Fall Conference. This year’s conference will feature a thought-provoking keynote speaker and more than 30 Learning Sessions.

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Learn, Explore, and Play in a MakerSpace at Fall Conference

Join the MACUL Learning Area – Technology Leadership group as they host a Spotlight in Innovation at the Fall Conference. Enter into a MakerSpace area on the Lower Level of the resort and discover new innovative learning experiences for your students. There will be many hands-on activities for you to engage with while sparking an interest in transforming your learning areas within your own district. Come learn, explore, and play.

The MakerSpace will be open at the following times:

  • Wednesday Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. to Noon


Keynote Speaker Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 25 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

The Fall Conference will also include the MASA Strategic Partner Exhibit Hall on Wednesday. MACUL will also provide a spotlight on innovation.


Conference attendees will hear from State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. Dr. Rice was the superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) from 2007-2019 when was selected as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. During his time in Kalamazoo, with the Kalamazoo Promise as a springboard, the district started full-day pre-kindergarten and quintupled the number of full-day kindergarten students;  improved student achievement in reading, writing, and math; more than doubled the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and more than tripled the number of AP courses that students take; and increased high school graduation rates.

Conference attendees will also participate in numerous learning sessions throughout the day focused on accelerating school advancement.

Dr. Stephanie Grant will lead a Hot Topic session on Thursday on how childhood stress and trauma can change a student’s brain and body. She will briefly examine how such changes result in differences in how the student reacts to stress, in how they respond to their environment, and in what they may need from their educational environment to be successful. She will highlight why traditional care-giving strategies may be ineffective for such students and will also provide recommendations for how school administrators can support their schools in becoming trauma informed.


Keynote speaker Judson Laipply, CSP will give his talk “Life is Change.” He has been entertaining and educating audiences all over the globe since 2000, helping people and organizations deal with and create change while reminding them about the importance of growth and evolving. On top of all that, he is the world’s first YouTube Celebrity having had the first global viral video with his finale “The Evolution of Dance.”


The MASA room block at the  Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is full. Condos are still available. To book your room, click here.

The Grand Traverse Resort is offering spa specials for those attending the MASA Fall Conference.

Overflow Hotel

Accommodations also are available at Sleep Inn & Suites, 5520 US 31 North, Acme, MI, 49610. To book a room, call (231) 938-7000. Ask for the MASA block of rooms, which are available for $108 a night plus tax. The cut-off to reserve a room in the block is September 9.