January 22-24  |  Renaissance Center in Detroit

Thank you for attending MASA’s 2020 Midwinter Conference!

MASA’s Midwinter conference took place January 22-24, 2020 at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Attendees from all over the state came together in a spirit of collaboration to explore the theme, “Beyond the Classroom: Educating the Whole Child.”

The event kicked off with a fishbowl discussion with Metro Detroit students and superintendents from around the state that focused on student voice and student agency. The first part of the session hade a fishbowl containing only students to discuss their experience and observations as it relates to the survey data that they previously discussed. A fishbowl contains two concentric circles where the inner circle has the floor to speak and the outside circle only listens. The leaders of the session also hosted a breakout session to provide insight into ways that superintendents and administrators can support student voice and agency.

Dr. Stephanie Grant joined us again at the Midwinter Conference to discuss why relationship-based strategies that focus on co-regulation are both important and effective, providing examples for what those strategies can look like and how they can be implemented in a classroom without creating significant disruption in the learning environment or consuming large amounts of time.

A wonderful round of MASA Ed Talks on the second day of the conference had attendees thinking about how they can partner with organizations in their communities to support students and their families including mental health resources, scholarship opportunities, and more.

On the third and final day, MASA members heard legislative updates at the national and state level as representatives from the Michigan Legislature and the National Superintendents Association, AASA.

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