The Michigan Department of Education will hold the 2023 Fall Continuous Improvement Conference on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Continuous Improvement: Leveraging Systems, Strategies, and Supports to Impact Outcomes for All Students.”


In-Person Registration Fee: $250
Virtual Registration Fee: $200

Hotel Information

Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn is full – please use the following:
Overflow hotel:
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot
2525 S. University Park Dr. Mount Pleasant MI, 48858
Rate $85
(Fairfield Inn and Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn share a parking lot)


 Breakout Session

Keynote Speaker Kurt Russell, 2022 National Teacher of the Year

Kurt Russell, a history teacher from Oberlin High School in Ohio, was selected as the 2022 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). He teaches courses like U.S. history, International Baccalaureate History of the Americas, African American history, and Race, Gender and Oppression. He was born and raised in Oberlin and attended the same school where he now teaches. He is also the school’s head varsity basketball coach and the faculty adviser to the Black Student Union. He was inspired by his first Black male teacher and focuses on cultural relevance and diverse representation in his classes.

Russell strives to empower every student in his classroom – to make sure they are seen and heard, and that “we as adults are listening to them.”

Keynote: A Snapshot of Success

In his keynote address, Russell will share the experiences from his classroom, honing in on the equity work done in the classroom and how he believes students learn best when they are challenged, held accountable and when we humanize them.