The Michigan Department of Education will hold the 2022 Fall Continuous Improvement Conference on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at the Lansing Center, 333 W. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933

The theme of this year’s conference is “Continuous Improvement: Providing Connectedness, Safety, and a Sense of Belonging in Today’s World”. This year’s conference will allow participants to register for in-person attendance or to attend through accessing recorded presentations following the conference.

View the conference agenda here

Registration Options

Conference Recordings (sent 2-3 weeks after event): $150
In-Person Attendance (also includes links to recordings): $250



Hotel Information

A courtesy block of rooms has been set up for those needing an overnight for the conference at the Courtyard Lansing Downtown. This hotel block is full.

Cost: $139/night
Book your group rate for MDE Continuous Improvement Conference

Overflow Hotel

Crowne Plaza Lansing West
925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 323-7100
Cost: $159 per night
Cut-off: October 12, 2022
Book online by using the code MCI – You may also call and reference this code

10:15 to 11:30 A.M. Featured Presenters

Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation
Street data is the qualitative and experiential data that emerges at eye level and on lower frequencies when we train our brains to discern it. Street data is asset based, building on culturally responsive education by focusing on what’s right in our students, schools, and communities instead of seeking out what’s wrong. Street data embodies an ethos and a change methodology that will transform how we analyze, diagnose, and assess everything from student learning to district improvement to policy. Join us for this dynamic presentation as authors Shane Safir and Dr. Jamila Dugan lay out their transformational model, which will help you shift your focus from satellite-level data (test scores and other metrics) to real-time, on-the-ground stories, experiences, and artifacts.

Featured Presenters:

Shane Safir has worked at every level of the education system, from the classroom to the boardroom, for over two decades. In 2003, after teaching in San Francisco and Oakland and organizing with the San Francisco Organizing Project to launch a new school, Safir became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), an innovative national model identified by leading scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.” Since 2008, Safir has provided leadership coaching, strategic planning support, and equity-centered professional learning for schools, districts, and organizations across the country and in Canada. She facilitates sought-after workshops on equity leadership, coaching, and facilitating adult learning among other areas. She writes frequently for Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine and is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass: 2017). Shane’s newest book, Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin: 2021), is out now. To learn more, visit


Dr. Jamila Dugan is a leadership coach, learning facilitator, and researcher. She began her career as a teacher in Washington D.C., successfully supporting her school to implement an International Baccalaureate program. After being nominated for Teacher of the Year, she later served as a coach for new teachers and a director of learning and leadership development for teachers in Oakland, California. As a school administrator, Jamila championed equity-centered student services, parent empowerment, and the development of the first Mandarin immersion middle school in Oakland, California. She currently serves as a leadership development coach in urban areas. She holds a BA in Psychology from Fresno State University, an MA in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University, and a PhD in Education Leadership for Equity from University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-author of Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin Press, March 2021.)

2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Keynote Presenter

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and founding president of the Learning Policy Institute, created to provide high-quality research for policies that enable equitable and empowering education for each and every child. She is past president of the American Educational Research Association and author of more than 30 books and 600 other publications on educational quality and equity, including the award-winning book: The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future. In 2006, she was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. She led the Obama education policy transition team in 2008 and the Biden education transition team in 2020. She was appointed President of the California State Board of Education in 2019