Wednesday, December 7
through Friday, December 9

Registration opens Wednesday @ 8:00AM
Opening Keynote Session begins promptly at 10:00 am.


Early Member Registration:                  $289
Early Non Member Registration:           $349
(includes 4 meals & Welcome Reception)

Registrations received after 11/07/16 are charged an additional $60.

Beginning November 1 cancelled registrations will be charged $39. Cancellations received after 11/23/16 will be charged a 50% cancellation fee.


Participants may earn up to 13 SCECHs for this event.

Download Event Registration Form.


Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
Acme, MI 49610

Driving Directions


to make reservations call 1.800.968.7352 and mention MEMSPA to receive the discount

The group code for online booking is MEMSPA16

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Doni St. Amour

MEMSPA State Conference 2016 | Grand Traverse Resort

The conference is designed to offer elementary and middle level administrators a broad range of current topics necessary for continued professional and administrative growth. A national caliber event right here in the state of Michigan!

National Experts | Michigan Practitioners | Professional Connections

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

10:00 am * - Opening session with Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess is the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like a PIRATE and coauthor of  P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators. He received national recognition as recipient of the 2014 BAMMY Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

As an awardwinning  teacher from San Diego, California, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year, a Golden Apple recipient, and a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hardtoreach, hardtomotivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.   His dynamic and inspirational message coupled with his outrageously energetic performance style has transformed classrooms and sparked an educational revolution around the world.

*(Lunch will be provided at 12:00 pm)

Breakout Sessions
Session A 1:15 - 2:30 pm

Session B 2:45 - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm  - Afternoon General Session



Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA Executive Director-
 MEMSPA & Legislative Update




Brian J.  Whiston, State Superintendent- Top 10 in 10, Early Childhood, and Assessment Updates

Thursday, December 8, 2016

7:45 - 9:00am - President's Breakfast with Dr. Nell Duke

Nell Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. Duke received her doctoral degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as a member of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel. She is the recipient of the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association and the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award, as well as awards from the National Reading Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the International Reading Association. She currently serves as co-principal investigator on projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Breakout Sessions
Session C 9:15 - 10:30 am
Session D 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 - 3:00 pm - Vendor Show
Lunch will be provided  ** Don't miss the games & prizes!!

Breakout Sessions
Session E 3:00 - 4:15 pm

7:00 pm - Leadership Awards Banquet
We will honor our remarkable colleagues and be introduced to the MEMSPA 2016 Outstanding Practicing Principal.

9:00 pm - Lifetouch After-Party

  Friday, December 9, 2016
(Continental breakfast will be provided at 8:30 am) 

Breakout Sessions
 Session F 8:45 - 9:45 am
Join colleagues for breakfast and a focused  "Table Talk" discussion on the topic of your choice.                         
Session G 10:00 - 11:15 am

11:30 am - Closing General Session with Dr. Adolph Brown


Dr. Adolph Brown is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership and Learning Institute. As a former public school educator and credentialed administrator, full tenured university professor, university dean, and businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked along side highly successful leaders and educators. He has taken his over 25 years experience and has developed core competencies that are expressed in everything successful business leaders and educators do.