Register for MASA’s Small & Rural Conference!

This event is geared toward administrators who are the jack of all trades for their district – superintendent, principal, bus driver, and more. Join us for two days of professional development focused on the unique challenges and experiences these small districts face.

When: November 21-22, 2022
Where: Inn at Bay Harbor

Slides and Resources

Conference Agenda

Monday, November 21

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast (Arlington Ballroom)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Legislative Update
Matt Schueller, Director of Government Relations
 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Educator Shortage Efforts
Krista Ried, Dr. Sarah-Kate LaVan & Holly Carruthers, MDE
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM The Lived Experience of Supts in Rural Michigan and Idaho
Wil Cwikiel, Superintendent, Beaver Island Community Schools
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Contract Negotiation
Dr. Tina Kerr, MASA Executive Director
Noon – 12:45 PM Lunch (Sagamores Room)
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Hot Topic: Real Issues – College Readiness Offerings, Technology
Dr. Sarena Shivers, Deputy Executive Director of MASA; Michele Lemire, Former Superintendent and MASA Past President

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM How to Leverage Technology as a School Administrator
Jason Gribble, Director of Curriculum, Innovation, and Grants, Riverview Community Schools & MACUL
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Fundamentals of a Safe School
Kim Root, Michigan State Police Office of School Safety
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Reception & Dinner (Sagamores Room)
Sponsored by Michigan Virtual and Subject

Tuesday, November 22

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast (Arlington Ballroom)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Educational Opportunities & Community Development in Rural Michigan: A Roadmap for State Policy
Dr. David Arsen, MSU Professor of Education Policy and Educational Administration

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM State Aid and Funding Update
Bob Dwan, Deputy Executive Director, MSBO
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Closing
Dr. Tina Kerr, MASA Executive Director