Summer Leadership Institute


Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Wednesday August 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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  • Registration begins each day at 8:00AM
  • Tuesday's sessions run from 9:00AM - 4:15PM
  • Wednesday's sessions run from 8:30AM - 3:00PM


Full Conference Member:              $279
Full Conference Non Member:     $329
Teacher-Leaders*                            $149
*w/ principal registration

(includes 4 meals & Welcome Reception)

One-Day Fee Member:                   $159
One-Day Fee
Non Member:           $199
(includes 2 meals)

Cancelled registrations will be charged $49. Cancellations received after July 15, 2014 will be charged a 50% cancellation fee.


Double Tree Hotel (click to view hotel's site)
One Wenonah Park Place
Bay City, MI 48708

Reservations can be made by calling
1-989-891 6000
, identifying the MEMSPA - Summer Leadership Conference.

We have received a special rate of $109.
(Hotel cut-off date: July 14, 2014)

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MacKenzie Feldpausch

SCECHs  -Participants may earn up to 12 SCECHs for this event.


Practical. Timely. Designed to prepare you for what lies ahead.

The Institute is an in-depth and practical learning opportunity for practicing and aspiring principals as well as teacher leaders. School leaders will leave with the knowledge and confidence to implement key concepts and new skills. 

August 5, 2014                                                     Dr. Robyn Jackson

Tuesday, 8:45 am - 12:15 pm

In this session, Dr. Robyn Jackson will show attendees how to influence both teachers' will and skill that will help them become more effective in their practice. Pacticipants will learn the four types of teachers and how each type needs a different kind of leadership and support in order to be effective. In addition, Dr. Jackson will share the biggest mistakes leaders make when trying to help teachers improve and how to avoid them.

Principals will walk away from this workshop with concrete strategies, tools, and workshop ideas they can immediately begin implementing no matter who they are leading.

August 6, 2014                                                    Dr. Nancy Colflesh
Wednesday, 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

The Elephant in the Schoolhouse: Adult Bullying
Despite the substantial efforts to address issues of bullying among our youth, many adults experience bullying in the school setting. This session will focus on issues of workplace bullying and other negative conduct as defined by Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute. We will learn strategies for addressing such behaviors and how those strategies can contribute to a healthy school culture in which teachers can teach, students can learn, and we can lead. During this highly interactive learning session, participants will identify the bullies in their schools and design a plan to address their negative behavior.

Tuesday, August 5, Intensive Learning Sessions
1:15 PM - 4:15PM (Choose One)

Using Google Apps and Infographics to Increase Efficiency, Collaboration, and Engagement
Facilitated by Meghan Daniel, Educational Consultant, i3 Ed Tech Consulting

Leaders of 21st century schools skillfully employ technology both as a leadership tool and learning tool for faculty and students. In this session, principals will examine how Google Apps for Education can enable them to increase their efficiency and model relevant and rigorous instructional strategies to engage students. Principals will learn strategies for faculty collaboration, modeling flipped learning, as well as incorporating the collection and distribution of data when used in conjunction with infographics.
** To ensure complete access to resources, laptops are the preferred learning tool in this session.

Work Smarter, Not Harder! Reclaim Time, Manage Stress, & Create a Healthy Lifestyle 
Facilitated by Derek Wheaton, Educational Consultant, Derek Wheaton Consulting

It is time to take control of your work life so that you can enjoy your personal life! Learn how to set priorities, put strategies in practice that will provide organization and time-saving purpose to your work. Learn to manage your work environment, set priorities, take control of your calendar, learn to delegate, balance your personal and professional agendas, and learn stress reduction practices that will ensure a more healthy and stress-free you!

Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS): Using Data to Inform Supports Around Academics and Behavior
Facilitated by Amy Henry, Michigan Department of Education, Office of Education Improvement and Innovation

This session will focus on the importance of collecting and utilizing data in order to implement a comprehensive, tiered approach to supporting students in both academics and behavior. Participants will walk away with tools and resources to help them as they work to implement this framework within their systems.

Vision to Action: What's Working around the State 
Panel includes: Kristy Gibson-Marshall, Ben Gilpin,Teisha Kothe,Jennifer Mayes, Mark Morawski, and Kurt Sutton

Join practicing principals from around Michigan as they share what's working in their buildings. In this interactive session, you'll hear from each of the panelist about the specific work on which they are focusing as they move from theory to practice and then participate in a table talk with each of the panelists for further discussion. Topics include:

  • Beyond the Bake Sale - Strengthening the home and school partnership.
  • Peer Coaching - Allow teachers to get out of their classrooms to see great teaching in action.  This process capitalizes on our biggest available resource--our staff.
  • The Digital Principal - Exploring tools principals can use throughout the year.
  • Engage Students in Learning: How can schools possibly engage the modern learner? enGauge 21st century skills for 21st century learners.
  • Respect Circles - reduce discipline referrals by giving students the skills to self-monitor their behavior and to do the right thing even when no one is watching.

Wednesday, August 6, Intensive Learning Sessions
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM (Choose One)

The Power of Resilience: In Schools, In Ourselves
Facilitated by
Debbie McFalone, Ph.D., McFalone Consulting

Leadership guru Warren Bennis has remarked that "resilience is the single most important quality in a leader or in anyone else for that matter, who hopes to lead a healthy, meaningful life." During these times of significant change, educational leaders need to adapt, learn from their experiences, and move forward in their work after they've encountered difficulty or failure. Shaping a culture where both adults and students are learners and risk-takers is on hallmark of skillful leadership in our schools today.

Who Is HEMI? And Why Is He Driving My Car? Targeting Growth Using Student Learning Objectives as a Robust Measure of Educator Effectiveness
Facilitated by Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D. and Kathy Walsh, Eastern Michigan University

HEMI (better known as Highly Effective, Effective, Minimally Effective, Ineffective) is a powerful engine that is at the pole position of every educational rat-race! As states and districts implement educator evaluation systems that include measures of student growth, one fo the challenges is identifying measures for non-tested grades and subjects. Using Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) is one promising approach to this challenge. If properly implemented, SLOs help teachers bring more evidence and research-based practices to their art, strengthen instructional support in their classrooms, and greatly increase student achievement. This highly interactive session will put you in the driver's seat toward securing needed information on HEMI and SLOs.

Coaching and Feedback: Tools for Successful Evaluators
Facilitated by Molly Funk, Educational Consultant, Coach, & Trainer, Core School Solutions

Today's school administrators are charged with providing meaningful evaluations for all educators. This highly interactive, hands on session will engage administrators in the art of Coaching teachers to continue to build the capacity of the staff you serve with relation to Common Core and College and Career Ready skills, language, and instructional strategies.  Participants will leave ready to implement coaching conversations as part of the evaluation feedback process with their teachers.

Using Data to Inform Instruction 
Facilitated by Grant Chandler, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, K-12 Outreach, Michigan State University College of Education

Powerful data conversations can lead to powerful changes in instruction and dramatic improvement in student achievement.  This session will engage administrators in how to create and sustain high performing groups of educators who can skillfully implement Wellman and Lipton’s Collaborative Learning Cycle. This simple yet powerful protocol will equip teachers and administrators alike with the tools to effectively and efficiently use multiple measures of data to solve instructional and systemic problems to increase student learning.