The 2020 Fall Conference is Online

2020 has been a year of adaptation, patience, and creativity. We’ll carry that forward in our online event – the MASA 2020 Virtual Fall Conference, “Leaning into Challenge and Change.”

Get access to the recorded conference and all conference materials online. Your registration grants members access to this website for one year. Members must be registered for the conference to access the online materials.

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Keynote speaker Will Bowen, is a humorous motivational speaker, a #1 International best-selling author, a multi #1 Amazon best-selling author, an award-winning trainer, the 2016 Purdue University Executive in Residence, and he’s the World Authority on Complaining — why people complain, what’s wrong complaining, and how to get ourselves and others to stop.

Bowen will teach us little ways to release stress and become more open and accepting to the changes that are coming at us daily. His talk will introduce members to Sacred Clowns – challenging people who force us to grow and evolve – as well as proven techniques for dealing with angry and complaining community members.

Together, let’s boldly lean into this never-before-seen reality we’re living and discover how to enhance children’s lives at a new, deep, and profound level.

Michigan CoOp Districts: Helping Teachers Navigate the Transitions Between In-Person and Remote Learning

As schools face the fact that students and staff will be transitioning between in-person and remote learning (individually and district-wide), there is much anxiety and fear. In this session, Michigan CoOp districts will share how they work with their staff to continue to provide quality learning experiences for students in both environments. Topics covered will include personalized learning, competency-based education, learning continuums, professional development in an LMS, and staff restructuring.


Michigan Virtual Learning Continuity Work Group

In response to the disruptive impact COVID-19 was having on education in our state, Michigan Virtual established the Learning Continuity Work Group comprised of two-dozen online and blended learning practitioners from around the state to develop resources for the coming academic year. The Work Group created a collection of free resources to help teachers and school administrators assess their remote teaching readiness, guide decisions about online learning platforms, and access a crowd-sourced repository of K-12 digital content that can be found on the new Keep Michigan Learning website.  This session will provide an overview of the Work Group’s efforts, the developed resources, and considerations for moving forward.


MASSP on Leading Learning & Building Culture

The suspension of face-to-face instruction in the Spring of 2020 challenged students, families and educators, alike. But crisis response and pandemic learning are not ideal for building culture and leading learning, nor sustainable long-term.

Starting now, leaders have the opportunity to prepare for leading and learning with purpose and intent—using what works best to accelerate adult culture and advance student learning all the while maintaining an indelible focus on equity. Colin Ripmaster will lead participants to explore the critical role of central office administrators in managing change, leading learning, and building culture as we shift from crisis response and pandemic learning to high-quality virtual, blended, and face-to-face leading and learning through the use of inquiry, strength-based stance, equity, and working from evidence.

GELN: Moving from Preparedness Planning to Preparedness Plan Communication and District Implementation

They say hardship brings out the best in us all.  This is certainly the case with the unprecedented collaboration between state educational associations, ISDs, and those organizations that support education in Michigan during this pandemic.  Join us for an overview of the MAISA GELN and the Continuity of Learning Task Force deliverables for districts.  Understand how state educational associations contributed to the process and how ISDs engage their communities and districts with support. Gain insights from one local Superintendent into the planning process and implementation plans as he readies his district for a successful opening in September.


State, Federal Updates

Get the latest from Lansing when Deputy Executive Director Peter Spadafore joins members for a legislative update.

AASA’s Noelle Ellerson Ng will also provide a federal update on the happenings in Washington. A Q&A will follow.


Discussion with EPIC
The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative at Michigan State University will join us to discuss their work on Continuity of Learning Plans. MASA members will hear from Katharine O. Strunk, Director of Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, and Erickson Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and, by courtesy, Economics.



MASA EdTalks

Back by popular demand, join us on day two for an EdTalks session focused on equity and diversity with insight from colleagues across the state.

Monica Merritt, Plymouth Canton Community Schools – Excellence in Equity: Opportunity and Access for All

Naomi Norman, Washtenaw ISD – Unlearning What it Means to be a Good Leader, and Learning What it Means to Lead for Racial Equity

Rane Garcia, Muskegon Heights Public Schools – The Face of the Fight of Equity

Shawn Bishop, Harbor Beach Community Schools – Failure IS an Option