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.


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
Anchoring Yourself! Strength and Clarity Through the Collective Power of PACE
David Hulings
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. Data that Defines Curriculum, Instructional Leadership and Dramatic Improvement
  5. Early Learning Program Assessment – Why It Matters
  6. Prioritizing Mental Health & Wellness with Your Staff 
  7. Educating Through a Pandemic: COVID-19 and K-12 Public Education in Michigan
11:15 a.m. to Noon General Session: Michigan Department of Education Update
Dr. Michael F. Rice, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Noon to 1 p.m.  Lunch Break (with optional facilitated networking and Inauguration Watch Party) 
1 p.m. to 1:30 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

In Memoriam

 1:30 to 2:30p.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 = Using Immersive Technology to Enhance Learning
  7. The Educational Equity Equation: Practical Strategies to Make Racial Justice Real in School Systems
  8. Helping your Board Communicate Effectively


Thought Exchange



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 “Equity in Action-Voices from the Field”
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