MASA’s Fall Conference took place September 18-20, 2019 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. This year’s conference featured thought-provoking keynote speakers and more than 30 Learning Sessions.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Bill Daggett hammered home the five characteristics of the most rapidly improving schools: Being future-focused; Being student-focused; Being growth-focused; Rigorous and relevant instruction; and effective coaching anchors PD.

He also focused on how advances in technology will change the world we live in, and the jobs that the students we are teaching now will change by the time they graduate.

On the second day of the conference, Dr. Michael Rice, state superintendent of public instruction, talked about the life lessons and gifts he received from his teachers. Dr. Stephanie Grant shared that relationships built with students can protect their genes from stress and trauma.

Conference attendees also were able to receive one-on-one communications help with experts from the Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA).

On the third and final day, MASA members heard from Judson Laipply, CSP, who ended the conference on a lighter note with this “Evolution of Dance” dance and his talk on the importance of self-care and how to adapt to change in everyday life.

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