Navigate Leadership | Michigan Association of School Administrators

Navigate Leadership

Central Office Enhancement Program for Aspiring Superintendents & First-Line Administrators

This MDE-approved specialty central office enhancement program focuses on strengthening leadership skills and strategies. Tailored for the unique needs of an aspiring superintendent or first-line administrator, 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 around student learning and achievement

Upon completion of the program, MASA will submit a recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for issuance of a Central Office Specialty Enhancement to be placed on the participant’s K-12 Administrator Certificate.

2017-18 Navigate Leadership Sessions

  • September 27-28, 2017: MHSAA Building, 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • October 19-20, 2017: MHSAA Building, 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • November 1-2, 2017: MHSAA Building, 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • February 27-28, 2018: MHSAA Building, 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • May 8-9, 2018: Michigan Education Leadership Group Building, 1001 Centennial Way, Lansing, MI 48917

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Time Commitment

  • 1 year, with 10 full days (total of 60 hours) of learning
  • SCECHs are available


  • MASA members:
    $2,000 for the full series
  • Non-members:
    $2,300 for the full series

You must have a letter of recommendation from your superintendent to be admitted to the program. Please submit letter to Cindy Ruble


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For more information, contact Cindy Ruble at or call (517) 327-5910.


Participant Testimonial

“Very well organized learning sessions exposed aspiring superintendents to multiple perspectives and approaches towards becoming a highly effective superintendent. This was a very comprehensive supes preparation program, which served to be valuable in my pursuit to become a superintendent.”

~ Daniel Gilbertson, new superintendent of Croswell-Lexington Community Schools