Horizon Leadership Academy U.P. | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

MASA’s Central Office Endorsement Program for the Leaders of Michigan’s Public Schools & Districts

The Horizon U.P. Leadership Academy focuses on strengthening leadership skills and strategies for superintendents, aspiring superintendents, central office administrators and building administrators. This MDE-approved program gives participants the opportunity to follow two routes to earn the credentials they need to excel and grow on the job:

  • A Central Office Endorsement or a Central Office Enhancement on a current Administrator Certificate
  • An Administrator Certificate with a Central Office Endorsement

Throughout your Horizon Leadership experience, you will utilize job-embedded opportunities to practice what you learn, as well as experience growth in your practice working with peers. The program curriculum is based on scaffolded learning in four areas:

  • Leadership
  • Situational leadership
  • Values and beliefs
  • Strategic action around student learning and achievement.

Participants will engage in learning and skill development during all sessions. Topics include:

  • Leadership – How do I lead?
  • The role and work of the superintendent and central office leaders
  • The impact of values and beliefs on an individual and an organization
  • A fact-finding and strategic action planning process to identify system strengths and barriers surrounding student learning and achievement

Participants are required to complete Horizon U.P. Year 1 before they can register for Horizon U.P. Year 2.

Horizon Cost for 2-Year Total Program

MASA member with Administrator Certificate: $5,000
MASA member without Administrator Certificate: $6,000
Non-member with Administrator Certificate: $5,600
Non-member without Administrator Certificate: $6,600

Dates & locations for 2020-21 Horizon U.P.

All sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be held at Delta Schoolcraft ISD,  2525 3rd Avenue S., Escanaba.

Horizon U.P. Year 1

  • September 24-25, 2020
  • October 21-22, 2020
  • November 10-11, 2020
  • December 8-9, 2020
  • March 18-19, 2021


Horizon U.P. Year 2

Participants are required to complete Horizon U.P. Year 1 before they can register for Horizon U.P. Year 2.

  • September 29-30, 2020
  • October 27-28, 2020
  • March 16, 2021



For more information, Dr. Tina Kerr, MASA’s Deputy Executive Director at (517) 327-5910 or tkerr@gomasa.org