January 20-21, 2021 | Virtual Event

Join your colleagues online for MASA’s 2021 Virtual Midwinter Conference!

At the 2020 Fall Conference, we leaned into challenge and change. Join us in January as we lean in further at the MASA Virtual Midwinter Conference – Jan. 20-21, 2021.

Hear from education leaders, including Dr. Tina Kerr, Dr. Sarena Shivers, State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice, the 2020 and 2021 Michigan Superintendents of the Year, and more at this event.


Conference Scholarships Available

Our strategic partners at French Associates are proud to offer scholarships for MASA members who wish to attend the conference but may have trouble doing so financially during these difficult and uncertain times.

MASA members wishing to apply for a conference scholarship should fill out the form below no later than Friday, December 11 at 3 p.m. Scholarship awardees will be notified by December 16.


Working Agenda

Wednesday, January 20 

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Registration (check into platform, etc.) 
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. General Session: “Anchoring Yourself – Leadership on the Line” 
Dr. Tina Kerr, Executive Director and Dr. Sarena Shivers, Deputy Executive Director
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Learning Sessions

  1. The Ins and Outs of Mentor Coaching: Strengthening Our Skills
  2. Knowing and Doing: 10 Essential Commitments Superintendents Can Make in Order to Support the Literacy Essentials in EVERY Classroom, EVERY Day
  3. Using Schoology to Create a Schoolwide Online PLC and Shared Resource
  4. Helping your Board Communicate Effectively
  5. Data that Defines Curriculum, Instructional Leadership and Dramatic Improvement
  6. Early Learning Program Assessment – Why It Matters
  7. Prioritizing Mental Health & Wellness with Your Staff 
11:15 a.m. to Noon General Session: Michigan Department of Education Update
Dr. Michael F. Rice, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Noon to 12:45 p.m.  Lunch Break (with optional facilitated networking) 
12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. Superintendent of the Year – Remarks and Award Presentation
Dr. Robert Shaner, 2020 Michigan Superintendent of the Year
Craig Carmoney, 2021 Michigan Superintendent of the Year
1:05 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. In Memoriam 
1:15 to 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Learning Sessions

  1. Navigating Social and Emotional Transformation with Collaboration and Continuous Improvement 
  2. MICIP – Ready When You Are 
  3. Moving Your District from Good to Great with 3P Learning 
  4. Post-Pandemic Schooling: Forging a Better Normal Together 
  5. SEL in Michigan: Findings from a Statewide Survey 
  6. VIRLI = Virtual Reality Learning Initiative 
  7. The Educational Equity Equation: Practical Strategies to Make Racial Justice Real in School Systems 


Thursday, January 21 

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Registration (check into platform, etc.) 
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. General Session: Ed Talks 
Moderated by Dr. Sarena Shivers, Deputy Executive Director
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Snack and Learn Sessions
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Distinguished Administrators Presentation
10:45 a.m. to Noon  General Session: Legislative Update
Peter Spadafore, Deputy Executive Director and Athena Antonis, Government Relations and Policy Associate