2019 Midwinter Conference | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

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February 6-8  |  Renaissance Center in Detroit

Join your colleagues from all over the state for MASA’s 2019 Midwinter Conference!

The 2019 Midwinter Conference is breaking from the traditional mold and offering MASA members something different.

Our Midwinter Conference will begin with two days of focused professional learning and networking opportunities for MASA members. On the third day, we will join with MASB to offer a joint conference experience. During this joint conference, superintendents and their board members can work as a team to explore the theme – One Vision: Working, Leading, Succeeding Together.

The Midwinter Conference is set for Feb. 6-8, and here’s how it will break down:

Wednesday and Thursday: MASA Midwinter Conference

These two days will be dedicated to MASA members. We will offer Learning Sessions, keynote speakers and other exciting programming that we hope will leave our members feeling energized and inspired.

Friday: MASA/MASB Joint Conference

The final day of the conference will be a joint endeavor with MASB. It will feature general sessions, speakers and breakout sessions designed to strengthen the relationship between superintendents and their board members.

There are far more details to come, so stay tuned for more information!

Register Today!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  MASA Conference Registration  (Ambassador Ballroom Lobby – Level 3)

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  MAISA Board of Directors Meeting (Joliet A/B – Level 5)

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. MAISA Administrative Leadership Meeting (Nicolet B – Level 5)

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  MAISA Instructional Leadership Committee (Nicolet A – Level 5)

8:00 a.m. to Noon  Middle Cities Education Association Meeting   (Duluth A/B – Level 5)

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  MAISA General Membership Meeting  (Richard A/B – Level 5)

11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.    School Equity Caucus Meeting & Lunch (Mackinac Ballroom – Level 5)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  MISEN Meeting (Richard A/B – Level 5)

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  SAPAC Meeting (Nicolet B – Level 5)

Noon to 1:00 p.m.  Middle Cities Education Association Lunch   (Brule A – Level 5)

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  MASA First General Session: Chris Wigent, Executive Director, MASA; Sheila Alles, Interim State Superintendent, MDE; Dr. Nickolai P. Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools; Keynote Presenter, Peter Gamwell.  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Concurrent Learning Sessions

#1 Improving Teacher Efficacy with State Data, Doug Greer, Director of School Improvement, Ottawa Area ISD – Joliet A/B – Level 5

#2 #MeToo:  Investigating Claims of Sexual Harassment, Attorney, Thrun Law Firm #2 – Duluth A/B – Level 5

#3 Communication in a Time of Difficulty, Mark Platt, Superintendent, Hart Public Schools and Jeff Mount, Superintendent, Mason County Central – Nicolet A – Level 5

#4 MiRead Literacy Portal – Statewide Literacy Support Going Live 2019!, Dave Cairy, MAISA and Tom Johnson, MiDataHub – Nicolet B – Level 5

#5 Using the K.I.S.S. Principle for Strategic Planning, Rusty Stitt, Superintendent; Ric Seager, High School Principal; Mike Rochholz, Board Member and Kristin Caroselli, Union President, Schoolcraft Community Schools – Brule A – Level 5

#6 The Argument for Equity, Kevin Polston, Superintendent, Godfrey Lee Public Schools and Sunil Joy, Research Data Analyst, Kent ISD – Brule B – Level 5

#7 School Bond Election Planning & Strategies, Nathanial Watson, Senior Managing Consultant, PFM Financial Advisors LLC – Richard A – Level 5

#8 How to Build a Collaborative Approach as a School Superintendent with the Implementation of Effective Evaluations, Staff Accountability, and Transparent Communication, Glenn Maleyko, Superintendent; Maysam Alie-Bazzi, Executive Director of Staff & Student Services and Jill Chochol, Director of Student Achievement, Dearborn Public Schools – Richard B – Level 5

#9 Making the Extraordinary Happen, Peter Gamwell, Leading Creative Organizations – Cadillac A – Level 5

#10 Taking Control of a Communication Crisis, Colleen King, President and Founder, King Media and Andrew Ingall, Superintendent, Grand Haven Public Schools – Cadillac B

#11 Climbing Mt. Achievement through Instructional Coaching: The Story of How Two Rookie Principals Devoted 50% of the School Day to Coaching and Moved from Building Managers to Academic Leaders, Amber Fante, Principal and Sarah Doebbelaer, Utica Community Schools – LaSalle A/B – Level 5

#12 The MASA Micro-Credential: Crafting Your District’s Communication Plan, Ken Dirkin, Director of Professional Learning, Michigan Virtual – Marquette B – Level 5 

 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Region Meetings

Region #1 – Joliet A/B – Level 5

Region #2 – Duluth A/B – Level 5

Region #3 – Nicolet A – Level 5

Region #4 – Nicolet B – Level 5

Region #5 – Brule A – Level 5

Region #6 – Brule B – Level 5

Region #7 – Richard A – Level 5

Region #8 – Richard B – Level 5

#9 and #10  – Cadillac A – Level 5

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  MAAAS Meeting – Cadillac B – Level 5

Thursday, February 7, 2019

7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  MASA Conference Registration (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  MASA Second General Session: Tonya Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Skillman Foundation; MASA EdTalks  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Travel Break

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Concurrent Learning Sessions

#1 Dearborn Public Schools’ Journey to Read by Third Grade Proficiency, Jill Chochol, Executive Director, Student Achievement; Glenn Maleyko, Superintendent and Maysam Ali-Bazzi, Dearborn Public Schools – Joliet A/B – Level 5

#2 Taking Charge of Your Evaluation Process, Jay Bennett, Manager, Leadership Services, Michigan Association of School Boards

#3 Safety and Security, Michael Stobak, Vice President, Barton Malow and Matthew Wandrie, Superintendent, Lapeer Community Schools – Nicolet A – Level 5

#4 Finding a Smarter, Simpler Approach to Data-Driven Learning, Russ Pickell, Superintendent; Jason Gribble and Michael Wagner, Riverview Community Schools – Nicolet B – Level 5 

#5 Uniting Your District Leadership Team, Carl Weiss, Director, Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies and Dr. Suzanne Klein, Associate Professor, Oakland University – Brule A – Level 5

#6 How We Can Fix the Broken Healthcare System, Bob Donaldson, SET SEG and Pete Kudlak, Superintendent, Van Buren School District – Brule B – Level 5

#7 EVAAS Value Added Model Reporting System, Brian Lloyd, Education Research Consultant, MDE and SAS EVAAS Team – Richard A – Level 5

#8 3,500 Acts of Kindness: Plus 100 Ways to Use Happiness to Create Connection and Increase Engagement in Your District, Dr. Lisa Hagel, Superintendent; Luke Wittum and Tricia Hill, Genesee Intermediate School District – Richard B – Level 5

#9 Cyber-Security: What Every Superintendent Needs to Know, Katy Xenakis-Makowski, Superintendent, Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools – Cadillac A – Level 5

#10 Efficacy Around RNN Data, Doug Greer, Director of School Improvement, Ottawa Area ISD –

Cadillac B

#11 Collaborating to Build Capacity for Learner Centered Schools, Dr. John VanWagoner, Superintendent, Alpena Public Schools; Dr. Kelly Coffin, Superintendent, Tecumseh Public Schools; Dr. Chris Timmis, Superintendent, Dexter Community Schools; Gerald Hopkins, Superintendent, Kenowa Hills Public Schools and Dr. David Richards, President, Core2Edge Consulting – LaSalle A/B – Level 5

#12 The Reading Now Network: A Collective Mission to Provide Students a Clear Pathway to Early Literacy Success, Ben Cronkright, McREL International and Kyle Mayer, Assistant Superintendent, Ottawa Area ISD – Marquette B – Level 5

Noon to 1:30 p.m.  MASA Awards Luncheon honoring Champion for Children; Michigan Superintendent of the Year and Retiree Recognition  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3) 

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Tina Kerr, MASA Deputy Director presentation; Chris Wigent, Executive Director, State of the Association and Hot Topic Session on the “Educator Shortage Strategic Plan and School Finance Reform”.  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Travel Time and Refreshments  (Ambassador Foyer – Level 3)

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  Snack & Learn Sessions

Snack & Learn Session #1 – Joliet A/B – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #2 – Duluth A/B – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #3 – Nicolet A – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #4 – Nicolet B – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #5 – Brule A – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #6 – Brule B – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #7 – Richard A – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session # 8 – Richard B – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #9 – Cadillac A – Level 5

Snack & Learn Session #10 – Cadillac B

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Leaders in Education Networking Reception  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

Friday, February 8, 2019

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Hot Buffet Strolling Breakfast with Sponsors & Vendors  (Ontario Exhibit Hall – Level 3)

9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. Travel Time

9:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.  Third General Session in conjunction with MASB:  Featuring a moderated conversation with MASA and MASB’s Executive Directors (Chris Wigent and Don Wotruba); and a keynote address from Kim Marshall, The Marshall Memo on Pushing Back on 8 Outmoded Beliefs.  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

10:55 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.  Travel Time

11:05 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.  MASA/MASB Joint Breakout Sessions  (Level 5)

11:35 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Travel Time

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Joint Lunch  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

12:45 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Travel Time

12:55 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.  MASA/MASB Joint Breakout Sessions

1:25 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.  Travel Time

1:35 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  MASA/MASB Joint Breakout Sessions  (Level 5)

2:45 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.  Travel Time

2:55 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Joint Closing General Session  (Ambassador Ballroom – Level 3)

View the downloadable draft agenda.

Do you have questions about how the joint conference registration works?
We’ve developed a PDF with the conference costs broken down for superintendents and board members.

Hotel information

MASA has a block of rooms reserved at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. To make a reservation go to https://book.passkey.com/go/MichiganSchoolAdmins2019 or call (877) 901-6632.  The cutoff date for room reservations is Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at 6 p.m.


Contact MASA Conference & Event Planner Diane Dick at ddick@gomasa.org or (517) 327-9261.