Midwinter Conference 2020 | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Join your colleagues from all over the state for MASA’s 2020 Midwinter Conference!

January 22-24  |  Renaissance Center in Detroit


See the online schedule or download the mobile event app below.

Hotel information

MASA has a block of rooms reserved at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. To make an online reservation here or call (877) 901-6632.  The cutoff date for room reservations is Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. 

Get a head start on your PD with our Pre-Conference session, “Timing’s Everything! Make Informed Decisions about Hiring and Financial Sustainability”

Central Office leaders have to work closely together to review trends, identify essential needs, and forecast in order to make timely and informed decisions for the district’s overall success and sustainability. Work with your human resources and finance teams in this session to identify critical decision-making strategies necessary to best position your district financially, while providing students with the best staff and academic success.

HR Expert Carol Diglio, and CPA Don Sovey will lead this four-hour session from 8 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, January 22. This is a two-part session.


Download the MASA Events App

Get instant access to the full conference schedule with a detailed description for every session, rate the sessions you attend, and receive last-minute updates and notifications from the conference staff.

Search “MASA Events” in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Once installed, choose “2020 Midwinter Conference.”

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephanie Grant

If you joined us this Fall in Traverse City, you’ll recognize this familiar face.

Dr. Grant will join us again at the Midwinter Conference to will discuss common symptoms related to neurodevelopmental trauma that are often seen in school environments and why they may be present. She will also discuss why relationship-based strategies that focus on co-regulation are both important and effective, providing examples for what those strategies can look like and how they can be implemented in a classroom without creating significant disruption in the learning environment or consuming large amounts of time.

Federal Update from AASA

Get the national perspective on education policy and legislative affairs from the School Superintendents Association (AASA) on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Sasha Pudelski is the Advocacy Director for AASA. She will provide an update on federal education legislation, what’s happening at the U.S. Department of Education & more.

What do You Want to See in the Next MASA Executive Director?

Representatives from School Exec Connect, the search firm hired by the Executive Board to find the next MASA executive director, will be available in Brule B (level 5) on Wednesday and Thursday of the conference. Stop in during your free time or during a learning session to share the qualities you would like to see in the next executive director.

A Student-Led Discussion

The first general session will open with a keynote focused on student voice and student agency. In this session, a facilitated genuine, authentic conversation with young people will take place. Participants in this conversation are expected to come with an open mind and open ears, ready to have difficult conversations with young people. The first part of the session will have a fishbowl containing only students to discuss their experience and observations as it relates to the survey data that they previously discussed. A fishbowl contains two concentric circles where the inner circle has the floor to speak and the outside circle only listens. We’ll also be oriented in a solutions-based manner, hoping to provide insight into ways that superintendents and administrators can support student voice and agency. Following this student fishbowl, students and administrators will engage in a large group conversation.

This session will be supported by Dr. RJ Webber, Dary Hoppenstedt, Naomi Khalil, Jason Almerigi, Marina Ackerman, and Meaghan Wheat from Novi Community School District.