Fall22 Agenda | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Monday, September 19

Noon – 4:30 PM  Cognia Lunch and Learning
As a longtime partner of MDE and MASA, Cognia invites you to join your Michigan colleagues for a complimentary MASA Preconference – an Unconference. Learn more and register.
 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM  Cognia Reception
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM New Superintendents Reception
Peninsula B/C
Sponsored by SETSEG
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Tuesday, September 20

7:00 AM – 4:30 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 12:45 PM New Superintendents Leadership Academy
Tower C
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM MAISA Board of Directors Meeting
Peninsula B/C
8:00 AM – Noon Middle Cities Education Association Meeting
Peninsula A
9:00 AM – Noon MASB Career Fair (Directors Room, Lobby Level)
This will be a great opportunity for superintendents and aspiring superintendents to meet with a member of the MASB Executive Search team to talk about career opportunities and answer questions about the superintendent search process. For questions or assistance scheduling your appointment, please contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@masb.org or (517)327-5928.
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11:00 AM – 12:30 PM School Equity Caucus Meeting & Lunch
Michigan Ballroom A
10:15 AM – 12:45 PM MAISA General Membership Meeting
Tower A/B
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Welcome Reception
Mackinac A/B/C
Grab lunch and network with colleagues and Strategic Partners
Noon – 1:00 PM Middle Cities Education Association Lunch
Peninsula B/C
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Session (Governors’ Hall)
Welcome
Student Performance
Keynote: Jamie Vollmer
“Rallying Support: How to cultivate allies and strengthen partnerships during times that try our souls”

Dr. Michael F Rice, State Superintendent
“Kids Win!!”
State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice will highlight the generational state school aid budget signed into law by the governor, and how it supports all eight goals of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education plan, and our students and educators this school year and beyond.  Dr. Rice’s session will also highlight and reflect on current issues in education in Michigan today.
3:30 PM – 4:45 PMConcurrent Learning Sessions

David Arsen, Professor, MSU; Dr. Michael Rice, State Superintendent, MDE; Sarah Lucas, Deputy Director, Michigan Office of Rural Development; and Greg Nyen, Superintendent Marquette-Alger ISD

Michigan’s rural schools and communities face many challenges that often not well understood by state policymakers. Local public schools are the hub of community life in rural areas. They play crucial roles in establishing high-opportunity environments for children and promoting balanced economic development. The session seeks to advance the discussion of potential changes in state policies that are better aligned with these goals and current circumstances in rural Michigan. Findings of a recent MSU study of Michigan’s rural schools and communities, led by David Arsen and Rebecca Jacobsen, will be presented.

Vern Hazard, Solutions, Capturing Kid’s Hearts; and Kristin Perkowski, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Traverse City Area Public Schools

Many of our students today carry unreasonable expectations, stress from home, trauma, loneliness, not to mention the deep impact that COVID-19 has had on all of us. We know, and the research proves, the weight of these things is greatly impeding educational progress. There has never been a more critical time for leadership to focus on building not only safety and trust in the classroom but genuine connectedness at all levels. We believe, “if you have a child’s heart, you have a child’s mind.” If teachers create a relational connection to students, or “Capture Kids’ Hearts®,” performance accelerates, and behaviors greatly improve because kids want to be in school. The same can be said of leadership and all staff who face challenges. When school culture is built on relationships, it is proven that campuses, districts, and entire communities can be transformed.

Jonathan Tobar, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Learning; and Sean Larosa, Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning, Livingston Educational Service Agency

In a time where it is easy to be focused on the individual, how can you leverage the strength of a group? You’ve heard it said that the smartest person in the room is the room, but how do you actually do that in practice? We operate in a system where there are multiple stakeholders with competing priorities, varying resources, different contexts, but all could benefit from working together. In this session you will learn about a model that has brought local districts in Livingston County together, recognized the strengths of the group, and then created common priorities. Together, the local districts found strength in their unity and commitment, learning that when you focus on everything, you focus on nothing.

Patrick Brown, Michigan Adult Community & Alternative Education Association; and Brian Puffer, Director of Community Education, Saline Area Schools

Are you interested in starting a community education program? What does that programming look like from early childhood to adult skill building? What are the opportunities? What are the challenges? Join MACAE and Saline Schools as we explore the important components of community education programming from funding to staffing, programming to sustainability. We will explore the core philosophies of community education and identify ways in which your district can begin the process of creating and sustaining a successful community education program.

Christopher Timmis, Superintendent, Dexter Community Schools; John VanWagoner, Superintendent, Traverse City Area Public Schools; Kelly Coffin, Assistant Superintendent, Farmington Public Schools; and Dave Richards, Executive Learning Strategist, Michigan Virtual/Future of Learning Council

In this session, we will discuss emerging trends in the future of learning and discuss how the Future of Learning Council is working with local district leaders to develop the needed skills, vision, and communication tools to bring this new vision of learning to reality. The focus of this session will be on designing new learning models, meaningful instructional frameworks, and resources to support our district superintendents as they navigate this path forward.

Rachelle Wynkoop, Assistant Superintendent, Lake Shore Public Schools

Whether you had 1:1 technology prior to COVID, or COVID created the need and resources, it’s time to reset how and why we use it in a stable, in-person learning environment. Explore one district’s successes, failures, and moving forward challenges while design-thinking your way to your own “why.”

Candace Vinson, Robin Zeiter, and Lorraine Thoreson, Consultants, MDE

This session will highlight a growing Career and Technical Education program for high school students who are interested in careers in education. The credentials that are offered in this program will be covered, as well as how to begin a new program. Attendees will also learn how to use the program as tool for recruitment and retention within early childhood, out of school, and the traditional teacher pipeline.

Brian Davis, Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning; and Michele Lemire, Horizon Leadership Academy Coordinator, MASA

The Horizon Leadership Academy (HLA) focuses on strengthening leadership skills and strategies that equipschool leaders to become effective central office first-line assistants and superintendents. HLA is aligned to the approved Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Central Office Administrators as well as the National Education Leadership Standards (NELPS) – District Level. The program is designed for new superintendents, aspiring superintendents, central office administrators, and building administrators and directors who are looking for a job-embedded and authentic avenue to earn their Central Office Endorsement (CO) on their current administrative certificate. This session will highlight the curriculum components and expectations of the program.

Dr. John Severson, MAISA Executive Director; Dr. Lisa Lockman, MAISA Director of Operations; David Ladd, MAISA Legislative Liaison; and Kelly Cawthorne, Lobbyist

Join MAISA’s Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Legislative Liaison as they dive into topics that are essential to new ISD Superintendents. Recognizing the unique challenges ISD leaders face, this orientation will lay the groundwork for what will ultimately be a year of hybrid learning sessions for new MAISA members. A great time for introductions and a look into the topics listed as most pertinent for you now, we hope you join us to kick off MAISA’s Year of ISD Leaders’ Professional Learning.

Dr. David McGreaham, M.D.

This session will review overdose death rates and how they have dramatically increased over the past several years, including a doubling in the teen population. A review of who is at risk for overdosing (including adults); A brief overview of how naloxone works and the need to have naloxone in every Jr/Sr High School in the nation. We will also discuss the role for wall-mounted naloxone safety kits in auditoriums so the public can be “first responders”. Also information on substance abuse disorder.

Jim English, Kalamazoo Public Schools; and Jeff Hoag, K-2 Practice Leader, GMB Architecture and Engineering

Helping people understand the complexities of school finance can be challenging, especially with significant one-time federal ESSER funds that must be spent in the next two years. Learn how you can help your stakeholders understand school funding sources while also explaining the need for resources to pay for technology and facility improvements through bond and sinking fund proposals.

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Region Meetings

  • Region 1 – Council
  • Region 2 – Peninsula A
  • Region 3 – Tower A
  • Region 4 – Mackinac A
  • Region 5 – Tower C
  • Region 6 – Michigan C
  • Region 7 – Mackinac B/C
  • Region 8 – Peninsula B/C
  • Region 9/10 – Michigan A
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MAAAS Meeting
Director’s Room
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM President’s Reception
Governors’ Hall

Wednesday, September 21

7:00 AM – 4:30 PM Registration Open
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM SETSEG Fun Run
Health Club
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet
Governors’ Hall Foyer
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM General Session
Governors’ Hall Foyer
Keynote: Colin Seale
“Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students”
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Chris Hammill, National Sales Manager, Classroom Assessments, Pearson

Topics to be covered: Best practices for leveraging benchmark and progress monitoring data in MTSS/RTI environments via professional learning communities (PLC). We will look at national best practices across these areas and dive into the fidelity of implementing PLC, MTSS/RTI best practices in a data-driven environment.

Patrick Brown, Director, Michigan Adult Community & Alternative Education Association

Does your district have or support adult education? There have been many changes and you want to be informed of the best strategies and way to support your adult education team. This presentation will dive into the fundamental core elements of a successful adult education program in Michigan, the leadership needed, the funding and performance criteria, the instructional supports. Explore ways in which adult education can impact your K-12 student population as well!

David Rabideau, Superintendent, Alpena Public Schools; Rebecca Midles, VP Learning Design, Getting Smart; Kaycee Salmacia, Senior Director, Next Education Workforce Initiative, Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Dave Richards, Executive Learning Strategist, Michigan Virtual/Future of Learning Council; Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Future of Teaching & Learning, D2L (moderator)

Join a panel of education leaders to help you redefine the district teacher capacity challenge and open a playbook of practices that put teachers in the best position to succeed. It is tempting to view teacher shortages as a short-term retention and recruitment challenge, but what if instead this is a symptom of more systemic, long-term challenges. We will look at differentiating teacher roles, restructuring the use of teachers and time, and scaffolding teacher supports, among other steps.

Kevin Polston, Superintendent, Kentwood Public Schools;Jason Russell, Founder & CEO, Secure Education Consultants; and Molly Mellema, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, SET SEG

You’ve done everything you can to keep your district safe and secure, but if a tragic event occurs, the administration must jump into action with a clear, controlled, and decisive plan. Prepare your district with an action plan to implement so key players know their roles, staff, students, and community members are protected and informed, and damage to the district is minimized.

Colin Seale, thinkLaw

School systems have formed their equity workshops, written their equity plans, trained educators in implicit bias workshops and conducted lots of book studies. But what does educational equity look like on Tuesday morning for a 4th grade general education teacher? How can educators prioritize the need to think with an equity lens with the pressures of ensuring academic success? Why do some educators who deeply believe in the promise of educational equity still struggle with inequitable academic and disciplinary outcomes in their own classrooms? Colin Seale, Founder and CEO of thinkLaw and author of “Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking for All Students,” will discuss powerful, but practical strategies to make equity real at the classroom level.

Apple Education

As technology continues to change the way we live, work, and learn, the definition of literacy is expanding to include a broader range of abilities and competencies. Join us to discover new ways to provide educators and students with a wide range of options to not only develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, but also to apply these skills in increasingly complex and creative ways.

James Seaman, Managing Partner & Michigan Studio Director; Michael Posthumus, Senior Learning Designer, Fielding International; and Ken Dirkin, Senior Director, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

In a post-COVID world where 1:1 technology became essential overnight, and hybrid and online teaching and learning systems became normalized, changes to learning and school environments are on the horizon for an increasingly large number of schools. As new technology equips educators to transition the teaching and learning experiences to digital and virtual platforms, school leaders are beginning to reconsider how the physical school and classroom may be organized to enhance experiences, including interactions that have yet to be translated to a digital experience, driving the affordances of in-person learning. This session explores global trends for physical learning environment designs that are now placing increased emphasis on social-emotional learning, project-based experiences, and building relationships between students, staff, and community in response to the “New Technology Normal.”

Johanna Mracna, Assistant Superintendent of Administration & Innovation; Dr. Dania Bazzi, Superintendent; Scott Long, Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services and Kyle Anderson, Assistant Superintendent, Business Operations, West Bloomfield School District

New buildings require more creativity and flexibility in design than ever before to meet the current and future needs of students. Learn how the West Bloomfield School District designed and built a new middle school that balanced the need for increased safety features with a unique design that allows for pod-based learning. Learn how the building was designed to support school climate and culture, attract and retain teaching staff, and promote innovation in teaching and learning.

Susan Townsend, Literacy Project Director & Early Literacy Co-Chair; Rusty Anderson, Mathematics Project Director, MAISA; Jill Ball, Instructional Services Coordinator, Tuscola ISD and Sean LaRosa, Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning, Livingston ESA

The literacy and mathematics vision we are striving for requires transformational change in the ways we think about systems, educators, and children. This work takes both courage and perseverance. Participants will engage in dialogue around how the MAISA GELN Literacy and Math Essential Instructional Practices and Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy and Mathematics set the stage for this transformation. In addition to the Essential Practices, participants will walk away with resources developed to support local districts in this important work.

Beverlee Wenzel, President, and CEO, Discover You and the ROCK Center for Youth Development; and Tara Mager, Superintendent, Clare-Gladwin RESD

Trauma-informed care, diversity, equity and inclusion, anti-bullying, mental health, social and emotional learning, restorative practices… Join this interactive session where you will work with peers and a veteran community partner who specializes in creating simple solutions that weave together existing initiatives. We will explore commonalities in current challenges and solutions, and explore how the evidence-based frameworks of developmental assets, applied positive psychology and social and emotional learning come together to address student wellbeing.

Anne Brown, President & CEO, Cook Center for Human Connection; and Edward Manuszak, Executive Director for Early Childhood, Washtenaw Intermediate School District

The alarm has been sounded, mental health needs are on the rise. This session will focus on parents, schools, and practitioners working together to improve youth mental health and prevent suicide through no cost resources available to all schools. Issues of access to mental health care will be discussed and participants will be introduced to tools that reduce barriers to care, including those in rural or low-income communities. Now is the time to support our families most in need.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM  Lunch
Governors’ Hall
12:30 PM – 12:45 PM  Break
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM  Concurrent Learning Sessions

Alena Zachery-Ross, Superintendent, Ypsilanti Community Schools; Mark Greathead, Superintendent, Woodhaven-Brownstown School District; and Erin Skene-Pratt, Executive Director, Michigan Afterschool Partnership

Expanding afterschool and summer opportunities has solid evidence of positive impacts for learning acceleration and meeting students’ academic, social and emotional needs, and enhancing college and career readiness. Join us to learn from state experts and school administrators who are investing in connecting systems and supports so that all young people can reach their highest potential. This session is also an opportunity to learn about the Beyond the Classroom Award that will recognize promising school and community-based partnership for out-of-school time (before, afterschool and summer learning). Applications will be released in the fall and awardees will be recognized at the Winter MASA and receive $7,500 award from the Michigan Afterschool Partnership.

Terra Tarango, Director, Van Andel Institute

Are you ready to reimagine teaching and learning in your schools? Discover how to support teachers in creating memorable, meaningful learning experiences. Give them tools to increase engagement, accelerate learning, and mitigate equity issues with cross-curricular instruction, purposeful collaboration, and real-world connections. Come with a willingness to transform your school into a place that engages students in making the world a better place (without skimping on academic rigor). Leave with tools to make it happen.

Rob Atkins, President; Brendon Pollard, Kingscott Associates; Dr. Stephen Laatsch, Superintendent; Kara Davis, Curriculum Director; Rex Clary, Facilities Director, Saline Public Schools and Eric Wimbley, Safety & Security Consultant

The design of your buildings can impact educational outcomes in the classroom as well as safety throughout your campus. Learn the benefits of involving your curriculum director, facilities director, architectural design team as well as a team of safety experts when designing new buildings or remodeling existing buildings. Our panel will share innovative designs that are currently being constructed. Learn the most important design elements used in creating schools of the future that keep students safe and engaged in learning and how to achieve a successful balance where curriculum, safety and design intersect.

Jay Bennett, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Executive Search Services; and Greg Sieszputowski, M.Ed., Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search Services, MASB

Please join us for a discussion on the current state of the superintendency and the importance of succession planning in the current hiring climate. Learn how succession planning can help maintain the stability and success in your district after the departure of the superintendent.

Apple Education

How do we help our students learn today and prepare them for a rapidly changing world? A driving force behind this change is technology. It affects the way we live, the way the world works, and the kind of skills people need to thrive. Technology today also presents unique opportunities for learning. Join us as we explore design principals that can help shape the future of education and learning, and what we’re doing to help schools get there, accelerating learning for all students through the use of scaffolds and modalities that Apple technology provide.

Ellen Duff, Senior Director; Justen Dippel, AIA, NCARB, Senior Designer; Michael Posthumus, Education Design Principal, Fielding International; Mark Bielang, Superintendent; Kelly Jensenius, Portage Public Schools

Inclusiveness of student, family, and community voices is pivotal in understanding and aligning a Learning Ecosystem: the dynamic cross-section between a school’s vision (what it is aiming to achieve for its students and community), its educational program (how a school functions to achieve that vision), and its social and physical environment (culture and places where the program is delivered). We will share opportunities and advantages of using a discovery engagement process in advance of new school design and/or renovation projects to understand the points of view of teachers, administrators, students, parents and the community-at-large. The discovery process can be helpful in bringing a school into alignment even if the possibility doesn’t exist for changes to the physical environment. To be shared are options for engagement and examples of how to creatively integrate these discoveries into your educational programs and spaces. Participants will come away with a toolkit for building a shared design language with teachers, students and community partners, fulfilling essential needs of all learners.

Edward Manuszak, Executive Director for Early Childhood, Washtenaw Intermediate School District; and Dr. Peter Finch, West Valley Schools, Yakima, WA

Dr. Peter Finch, Superintendent of West Valley Schools in Yakima, WA leads the only Early Learning Lighthouse District that has been recognized by the AASA. Come learn how as he and the founding co-chair of the AASA Early Learning Cohort, Edward Manuszak have developed a new and FREE toolkit for all districts and organizations to use and apply toward reimagining what the future of education can look like in reviewing the AASA Learning 2025 Initiative and specifically how to make Early Childhood Matter Most!

Dori Leyko, Superintendent; Glenn Mitcham, Assistant Superintendent; Nick Hamilton, Director of Student Support Services and Klaudia Burton, Director of Equity and Social Justice, East Lansing Public Schools

The student population in East Lansing Public Schools has changed significantly over the past 20+ years yet our commitment to provide every student with a positive and confirming school experience remains our top priority. To accomplish this goal, school leaders have taken steps to re-prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work. Presenters will share details of their 5-year journey toward making these goals the lived experience of students, staff and families.

John VanWagoner, Superintendent, Traverse City Area Public Schools; Laurie Gagnon, CompetencyWorks Program Director, Aurora Institute; Dave Richards, Executive Learning Strategist, Michigan Virtual/Future of Learning Council; and Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director, Future of Teaching & Learning, D2L (moderator)

Join a panel of district leaders and practice experts to identify the steps your system can take to mature from personalized to mastery-based learning. Our recent experiences have increased interest and opportunity to more flexibility in learning time, place, and pace, providing unique opportunity to accelerate student-centered practices. How do we move toward personalizing student pathways within the traditional, fixed course and bell schedule and beyond to a more advanced mastery model where students can progress through lessons and courses independent of seat-time? Our panel will explore the framework and practices core to each step, and outline the stakeholder engagement and change management planning needed for success.

Carolyn Taylor, Vice President, Program Development, Graduation Alliance; Drew Klopcic, Director of Northview Next High School; Brent Dickerson, Principal, Northview Next/Assistant Principal Northview High School

We’re still learning how extended school closures and modality changes impacted students’ abilities to engage with their education, but we can use proven engagement tools to inform today’s decisions. Find out how some Michigan school districts and educational service agencies are addressing learning gaps widened by the pandemic through and situationally accommodating alternative programs including dropout recovery.

Stacey Schuh, Senior Director of Professional Learning, Michigan Virtual and Bill Barnes, Superintendent, Grand Ledge Public Schools

It can feel impossible to create a district-provided professional development plan that’s robust enough to meet ALL of the needs of your district’s teachers, administrators, and support staff. In this session, we’ll explore ways that you can personalize professional development in your district to offer staff more voice and choice. We’ll hear from Grand Ledge superintendent, Bill Barnes, on how “Flex PD” has enriched professional development opportunities for staff while inspiring greater buy-in to improve teaching and learning throughout the district.

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM  Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM  General Session
Governors’ Hall
Facilitated Networking
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM  Break
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM  Concurrent Learning Sessions

Shanna Spickard, Superintendent, Dewitt Public Schools; and Jennifer Wonnel, Dansville Schools

Join the circle of sister leaders! In the world of education, women have disproportionately filled the role of classroom teacher while men have been the administrative decision-maker. Less than 30% of superintendents are female. Leave this session feeling empowered and connected to other sister leaders.

Sarah Winslow, Statewide Director, Project SEARCH

The Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-focused, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace with a special education teacher. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations with the end result of students exiting with competitive integrated employment.

Jeff Hoag, K-12 Practice Leader/Architect; Jordan Johnson, Project Architect, GMB Architecture and Engineering; and Matt Lewis Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business, Wyoming Public Schools

A school’s identity defines who you are within your community. Clearly communicating your mission and vision through branding, culture, and the built environment creates a sense of belonging for students, teachers, and the community. Several years ago, Wyoming Public Schools merged their preexisting two high school buildings into one outdated building. We will share the transformation of next-generation learning spaces and the creation of a new identity at Wyoming High School that reinforces a sense of school pride in the community.

Joseph DiBenedetto and Randy Liepa, Consultant, Lambert Global

With concerns about the economy top of mind for residents across Michigan communities, launching a successful bond millage will be more challenging than in recent history. In this session, join Randy Liepa, former superintendent of Wayne RESA, and Joe DiBenedetto, managing director and head of the Education & Social Impact practice at Lambert Global, for insight on how to build a winning bond millage in uncertain economic times. In his role with Wayne RESA, Liepa provided critical strategic counsel to school districts that resulted in many passed bond millages, while DiBenedetto has led communications efforts that have been essential to garnering community support.

Brian Davis, Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning MASA ; and De’Ondre Hogan, Midland Public Schools

MASA recognizes the increasing need to assist leaders in their continued interpersonal understanding of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are living in an era where we must continue to confront the issues surrounding these topics given the historical impact on the preK-12 education system and continued demographic shift in the students that we serve. The intersection of multiple social identities, systemic practices, and deep-rooted challenges is impacting the achievement of students across our state. As we deepen our own learning around privilege, implicit bias, microaggressions, and the intersectionality of social identities, we can begin to have a systemic impact. This session will highlight MASA’s Beyond Equity 18-month professional development program and the journey of Midland Public Schools.

Rachel VanDenBrink, President, Michigan Association of School Nurses; and Steve Matthews, MASA Past President and Superintendent, Rockford Community Schools

Gone are the days where a school nurse simply does bandaids & pills. The chronic conditions and mental health needs of our Michigan students has grown drastically over the past years. School nurses act as the bridge between school and community medical and mental health support systems. How can you provide the most equitable supports for all your students? A school nurse is the answer!

Edward Manuszak, Executive Director for Early Childhood; Dr. Rachel Kopke, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Early Childhood; Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht, Deputy Superintendent, P20 Systems and Student Transitions; Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Ms. Lisa Wasacz, State Coordinator for Pre-School Special Education Office, Great Start, MDE

Learn ways to address your district’s graduation rates, special education rates in a pro-active manner by learning about Michigan Department of Education Pre-School Inclusion Initiative. This informative session will allow participants to offer their input into ways in how this program can be launched and they are looking for local district partners to support, implement, and sustain this very important work. Participants will learn how this initiative was developed and what the future holds to help us reimagine what the future of education can look like in the state of Michigan.

Wendy Zdeb, Executive Director, MASSP

“Help, we posted for an AP or Principal and didn’t have any qualified applicants.” “Help, we have hired some great teachers/admins but we lose them to neighboring districts.” “Help, we need to find an interim building admin. “You’ve got these problems, we have solutions! MASSP has heard these concerns from principals and superintendents around the state, and we have worked to address these issues with placement services, mentor coaching, and comprehensive induction training. Join us for this session to learn how we can help you!

Travis Van Tighem, Senior Sales & Development Specialist; and Greg Gray, Employee Benefits Sales Manager, SET SEG

Administrators must prioritize insuring their staff, buildings, and grounds to confirm they have appropriate coverages and that they are protected in the event of an incident. Balancing costs and coverage options and staying on top of emerging healthcare and trending losses can be a full-time job. Learn the basics of employee healthcare, property/casualty coverage, and workers’ compensation insurance – and how to cut costs and offer creative incentives for healthcare; how to make sure your buildings and property are properly assessed and protected; and, how to care for injured employees to get them back to work quickly.

Ray Telman, MISEC

Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative (MISEC) was created by five statewide associations (MASA, MASB, MSBO, MAISA, MCEA) 25 years ago and is the biggest K-12 energy program of its type in the country. MISEC recently created a turnkey solar installation program that creates significant savings. If you are interested in learning more about the BRITE renewable energy initiative, consider attending this interactive discussion from your trusted partners at MASA, MASB, MSBO, MAISA and MCEA.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Leaders in Education Networking Reception
Governors’ Hall

Thursday, September 22

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
Governors’ Foyer
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM General Session
Legislative Update with MASA’s Matt Schueller
Keynote: Fundamentals for a Safe School Environment
Beth Beattie, Department Analyst, Office of School Safety