2017 MASA Fall Conference: Sept. 20-22

Registration is now open for MASA’s 2017 Fall Conference. Join your MASA colleagues at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa near Traverse City for networking, inspiration and the opportunity to grow professionally.
Click here to register today!

Conference Agenda (updated 9/18/17)

Learning Sessions

MASA is offering more than 30 Learning Sessions at the Fall Conference. View the full list of Learning Sessions, including presenters and session descriptions, to get a jump start on planning your conference experience today!

Hot Topic: Defining Michigan’s Teacher Shortage and Next Steps

During the Hot Topic session on Thursday, a panel of experts from the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan State University will delve into the details of Michigan’s teacher shortage, the data behind the reality in the classrooms, and some next steps we can take in Michigan to make a difference in local districts. Following presentations giving an overview of Michigan State University research and data from the Michigan Department of Education on this important topic, there will be a time for Q&A.

Speakers for the session include State Superintendent Brian Whiston; Joshua Cowen and Katharine Strunk from the MSU College of Education; Abbie Groff-Blaszak of the MDE’s Office of Educator Talent; and Leah Breen of the MDE’s Office of Professional Preparation Services.

The Hot Topic session will take place on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Michigan Ballroom.

2017 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tim Quinn

MASA is thrilled to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Tim Quinn to our 2017 Fall Conference.

Dr. Quinn is a nationally recognized pioneer in superintendent preparation, coaching and support. During his keynote address, “No Easy Walk to Freedom,” he will discuss the superintendent’s role in ensuring that every student has the knowledge and skills to succeed in the international marketplace.

“If America is going to hold on to the position its held for the past 200 years as a bastion of freedom, we will have to dramatically improve our education system,” Dr. Quinn says.

Read Dr. Quinn’s bio


New Sponsorship Opportunities Available

MASA is offering new sponsorship opportunities at our 2017 Fall Conference! Our goal is to connect MASA members with the partners, businesses and services that support the important work being done by leaders in public education. MASA is moving away from the traditional vendor show and instead giving sponsors the opportunity to network with MASA members outside the boundaries of a booth. A full slate of sponsorship opportunities is now available!

Check out the new Fall Conference sponsorship opportunities.

Learn more about becoming an MASA sponsor. 

Download the MASA Events App

Stay connected during the conference by downloading MASA’s official mobile app. You will have full instant access to the entire conference schedule, with a detailed description for every session. The app also keeps you tuned into last-minute updates and notifications. You’ll also be able to connect with other attendees and share your conference experience!

Download the app today:

Apple App Store https://itunes.apple.com/app/id910205823

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.attendify.masa_events

Web Version http://8apw97.m.attendify.com/

The MASA Events App for the Fall Conference is generously sponsored by SET SEG.

Hotel accommodations

Despite reserving a larger block, MASA’s block of rooms at the Grand Traverse Hotel & Spa has sold out.

MASA has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 3536 Mount Hope Road in Williamsburg, located just two miles away from the Grand Traverse. To book a room, call (231) 938-2600 by Sept. 8 and ask for the MASA block of rooms.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for our members and our sponsors.