Beyond Equity | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Creating ‘Social Justice Leaders for Change’ in Michigan Schools

We are living in an era where we must continue to confront the issues of equity, social justice, diversity, race and racism in our schools every day. The necessary work and change needed to address these deep-rooted challenges, playing themselves out every day across the state begins with each of us. What doesn’t challenge you, can’t change you!

Beyond Equity is MASA’s newest professional learning program
 to build a better education system for all students. The 18-month collaborative SDEI (Social Justice through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) series will focus on real issues, lived experiences, and district transformation, and is anchored around student voice and activism.

Upcoming Cohorts

Interested in joining our next Cohort?
Applications for the next cohorts of this 18-month program is open now! Sessions will begin in August 2022 and run through June 2023. Spots are limited. Applications are due July 1, 2022.

This program takes a team approach. Build a team of up to five (5) people and apply to be part of the next cohort. See the dates below.

Cost: $5,000/team


Apply by July 1, 2022!

Mark Your Calendar

Participants will be assigned to either Group 1 or Group 2

  • August 23 (All)
  • Sept. 13 (Group 1)
  • Sept. 27 (Group 2)
  • Oct. 11 (Group 1)
  • Oct. 18 (Group 2)
  • Nov. 1 (Group 1)
  • Nov. 15 (Group 2)
  • Dec. 6 (Group 1)
  • Dec. 13 (Group 2)
  • Jan. 10, 2023 (All)
  • Feb. 7, 2023(All)
  • March 7, 2023 (All)
  • April 18, 2023 (All)
  • May 16, 2023 (All)
  • June 20, 2023 (All)

Program Details

MASA’s Beyond Equity program – which includes small and large group discussions; structured exercises and protocols; reading, videos, and reflective journaling; group presentations to share learning and implementation plans; and more – is split into four key phases:

  • Phase 1: Inside SDEI
  • Phase 2: Equity Assessment and Transformation Audit
  • Phase 3: Building a District SDEI Plan
  • Phase 4: Implementing a District SDEI Plan

As part of this important work, participants will seek to:

  • Understand their own social identities, biases, and prejudices
  • Increase their knowledge about the histories and present reality in social identity groups
  • Increase their awareness of social justice concepts, such as implicit bias in microaggressions
  • Consider how to incorporate their social justice knowledge and awareness into practice
  • Develop an initial SDEI district implementation plan

More Information

For more information, contact MASA’s Deputy Executive Director of Professional Learning Dr. Sarena Shivers at


Cohort 1 Participants

Cohort 1 of Beyond Equity is currently underway with district leaders, educators, and board members from nearly every region in Michigan. Participants include:

  • Traverse City Area Public Schools/Northwest Education Services (Region 2)
  • Holland Public Schools (Region 3)
  • Midland Public Schools (Region 4)
  • Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools (Region 5)
  • Grand Ledge Public Schools (Region 6)
  • Potterville Public Schools (Region 6)
  • Lakeview School District (Region 7)
  • Jackson County ISD (Region 8)
  • Lincoln Consolidated Schools (Region 8)
  • Farmington Public Schools (Region 9)
  • Novi Community Schools (Region 9)
  • Rochester Community Schools (Region 9)
  • Van Dyke Public Schools (Region 9)