Presented by MASA as part of the Horizon Leadership Academies

Spark Growth was created to support central office administrators – the directors of curriculum development, human resources, finance management, special education and more who play a critical role on every district’s leadership team. Our goal is to support the work of central office administrators, and help these leaders build their skills as they work to strengthen public education and ensure every student gets a high-quality education.

This workshop will address relationships and team building among administrative teams. Participants will come to understand their own communication patterns and style characteristics and how to acknowledge and accommodate those of their team members. They will also discover strategies for identifying motivations and skill strengths and needs among those whom they supervise.

Topics covered include:

  • Assessing your personal characteristics to gain a better understanding of your own personality type
  • Learning to structure conversations with school leaders to effect positive change
  • Learning to provide honest and respectful feedback to school leaders
  • Understanding the will/skill continuum to identify the needs of school leaders
  • Planning for and managing conversations that ensure professional growth
  • Developing leadership plans for consistently providing targeted feedback
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  • When: May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: MASA/MSBO Conference Room, 1001 Centennial Way, Lansing, MI 48917
  • Cost: $175


About the presenters

This workshop is presented by Patricia (Patty) Trelstad and Dixie Koenemann.

Patricia (Patty) Trelstad is a recent retiree from the Okemos Public Schools where she was responsible for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She supervised the administrators in the areas of special education, secondary education, technology and community education. Her lengthy educational career in the mid-Michigan area has included opportunities as a resource teacher for K-12 students with disabilities, elementary reading consultant, elementary principal with the East Lansing Schools, and as a central office administrator in both Charlotte and Okemos. She is currently employed by Michigan State University’s College of Education in the Office of K12 Outreach where her work helps to support educators in an urban setting in Mid-Michigan. She enjoys the extensive collaboration with other professionals, parents, and community leaders that her professional positions have afforded her. She continues to be deeply motivated by making certain that the uniqueness of all students and educators is recognized and embraced so that each can reach his or her fullest potential.