Join MASA in northern Michigan for two days of professional development geared specifically for administrators leading a small and/or rural district. We’ll discuss many of the unique challenges and experiences small and/or rural districts face and work together to hone in on solutions and much-needed resources. You don’t want to miss this annual event – see below for this year’s agenda.

When: November 20-21, 2023
Where: Inn at Bay Harbor
Cost: $400

Register to Attend

Hotel Information

Inn at Bay Harbor
3600 Village Harbor Dr, Bay Harbor, MI 49770

Make Your Reservation:
To reserve your room, use this link or call (800) 462-6963 and identify you’re booking with the block for the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators.

Cut-Off Date: Friday, October 20
After the cut-off date, the hotel will determine whether or not it can accept reservations based on a space and rate available basis.


Monday, Nov. 20, 2023
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM Welcome
Dr. Tina Kerr, Executive Director, MASA
8:35 AM – 9:05 AM Small and Rural Taskforce & Advocacy Update
Hannah Sweeney, Legislative Policy Analyst, MASA
9:05 AM – 9:20 AM Kicking Off the Conversations (ThoughtExchange)
Chelsey Martinez, Chief of Staff/Director of Communications, MASA
9:20 AM – 9:30 AM Break
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Building Your PERA Toolkit
Speaker announcement coming soon!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Addressing Rural Poverty
Dr. Sarena Shivers, Deputy Executive Director, MASA
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Staff Shortage + Housing Crisis
Speaker announcement coming soon!
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM State Aid and Funding Update
Speaker announcement coming soon!
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Beyond ChatGPT – Unlocking the Multiverse of AI Tools for Educational Leaders
Dr. Shawn Bishop, Superintendent, Harbor Beach Community Schools
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Reception and Dinner
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Needed Supports from ISDs/RESAs
Speaker announcement coming soon!
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Talent Together
Speaker announcement coming soon!
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Facilitated Roundtable/Thought Sharing
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Education Landscape Update & Next Steps
Dr. Tina Kerr, Executive Director, MASA

Session Descriptions - Coming Soon!