Are you interested in becoming a Top School Official? MASA is hosting an Aspiring Superintendent Bootcamp to help emerging leaders get the tools, resources, and networking opportunities they need to become a superintendent.

This two-day bootcamp will focus on emerging trends in the superintendency as well as critical steps to take on your journey towards taking on this important new role.

We need skilled top leaders who are ready to be the lead learner, build relationships/partnerships and take on the tough role of leading a school district.

When: February 2-3, 2023
Where: Lansing Crowne Plaza West
Cost: $300 MASA Members / $350 Non-Members


Event Resources

Handouts, PowerPoints, and more resources are available for registered event attendees. Click here to access.


Thursday, Feb. 2

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast (provided)
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Are You Ready for the Superintendency?
Dr. Sarena Shivers, Deputy Executive Director, MASA and Amy Conway, Superintendent, Gibraltar School District
Dr. Sarena Shivers and Amy Conway will open the Bootcamp experience giving an overview of the two-day agenda and sharing a few tips participants can use to prepare themselves for the journey towards the superintendency.
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Trends and Issues Through the Lens of the Superintendent
Dr. Daveda Colbert, Superintendent, Wayne RESA and Andrew Brodie, Superintendent Flat Rock Schools
What are the current trends and issues facing the Top School Leader role this year and beyond? What does the research and data say locally and nationally? How can you best prepare yourself to be an adaptive leader in a time of chaos, challenges, and change.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Lunch (provided)
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Top 10 Technology Tips for Superintendents
Apple, Inc.
This session is designed to advance your vision for learning with technology as an education leader. You will explore strategies for leveraging technology within your school community and discuss best practices for enriching student learning. We will also share information on how, by leveraging technology, superintendents can be more effective and efficient leaders.
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Preparing for the Superintendency
Dr. Brian Davis, Horizon Leadership Academies and Ben Mainka, Superintendent, Novi Community School District
Are you really prepared to be a dynamic leader? Do you have the skills and competencies to lead a school district today? Do you have the proper certification and preparation to take the top school official seat? Participants will hear a brief overview of Horizon’s Leadership Academy. You’re ready! It’s time to apply… Learn more about prepping the following:
  • Application Process
  • Working with search firms
  • Personal research
  • Your personal presence
  • Interview process
  • Mock interview

5:30 PMDinner and Networking


Friday, Feb. 3

7:45 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast (provided)
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome to the Superintendency! Now What?
Dr. Tina Kerr, Executive Director, MASA and Dr. Leadriane Roby, Superintendent Grand Rapids Public Schools 
Learn how to leverage a winning contract that will set you up for success and longevity in this new role. Every new leader needs a plan. Whether you create an official 90-Day plan or not, what should a Top School Leader set as their priorities to be successful their first three months on the job?
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Panel: Ask a Superintendent
Participants will be encouraged to bring questions to ask some of the most dynamic school district leaders from across the state of Michigan. Panelists:

  • Dr. Monica Merritt, Plymouth-Canton School District
  • Piper Bognar, Van Dyke Public Schools
  • Jason J. Kennedy, Fruitport Community Schools
  • Dr. Tyrone Weeks, Dearborn Heights School District, No. 7
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM   Personal Coaching and Shadowing
Participants will join small group coaching sessions with a current superintendent. An opportunity will also be provided for future superintendent job-shadowing for all Aspiring Superintendent Boot Camp Attendees.