Keynote Speakers

Adora Svitak will open the conference on Wednesday. Adora, a 16-year-old who has presented around the U.S, has been deemed, “a tiny literary giant” by Diane Sawyer. Adora will present. Adora an adaptation of her TED Talk, What Adults Can Learn from Students. She will be joined by a panel of Michigan students who will participate in a discussion led by Larry Thomas of Oakland Schools and President of Michigan ASCD.

Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance Learning, Inc., will address participants on Thursday morning. His topic—More than the Core: Reflections on Ideas Deeper than Any Standard Set—will cover advice for educators about academic trends and opportunities nationwide.

We will also have more information and updates on MASA’s Systemic School Reform Committee (SSRC) work, an address from Superintendent Mike Flanagan, a legislative update from Brad Biladeau, and Peer-to-Peer focused clinic sessions.


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