Summer Leadership Institute 2017


Tuesday August 1, 2017
Wednesday August 2, 2017


Full Conference Member:          $289
Full Conference Non Member:  $365
Teacher-Leaders*:                      $149
 (includes 4 meals & Welcome Reception)

One-Day Fee Member:                $169
One-Day Fee  Non Member:       $215
(includes 2 meals)

Additional fee for Pre-Conference
Member:                                       $99
Non-Member:                              $125

A $49 service fee will be retained for cancellations. Cancellations received after July 12 will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. 

* with prinicpal registration


Doubletree Hotel - Bay City

One Wenonah Park Place
Bay City, MI 48708


Driving Directions 


Reservations can be made by calling 
1-989.891.6000 and mention MEMSPA or online at (Group Code: MEM ).
Room rates start at $109. (Hotel cut-off date: 07/09/2017)



Doni St. Amour

Participants may earn up to 10 SCECHs for this event.

Generously Sponsored by:

"Powered By Solutions" this Summer Leadership Institute has sessions that offer content matched to the needs of  our MEMSPA leaders and teams!

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.

Monday, July 31  |  12:00pm - 8:00pm
Pre-Conference: Set-Up for Success

If you are a new principal or have been on the job for three years or less, this is the place for you. Learning Facilitators Derek Wheaton and Dr. Debbie McFalone will lead this practical day of learning!   Our goal is to provide information to help new and beginning principals start strong and set the stage for a positive and productive year of leadership.

Principals will learn about

  • Shaping their vision for leadership
  • Managing interactions with skill and professionalism
  • Practical strategies for time management and planning productive meetings

You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet other principals and form a supportive network of leaders from across Michigan.   (additional fees apply)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017  |  10:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote Presentation with Carmen Agra Deedy


         Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of eleven books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 12 Cows for America, a New York Times Best-seller. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR's All Things Considered; funny, insightful, and frequently irreverent, Deedy's narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee in the all-but-sleepy Southern town of Decatur, Georgia. She is also host of the four time Emmy-winning children's program, Love That Book!

        An award-winning author and storyteller, Ms. Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for both the TED and TEDx Conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, The National Book Festival, Kennedy Center, among other distinguished venues. In the fall of 2016, she opened the Art of the Book Lecture Series, for the Smithsonian Libraries, and was a keynote speaker at the Association of International Baccalaureate Schools of Costa Rica Conference.

         A new picture book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! (Scholastic Press) was released in January, in both English and Bilingual version. The Book of Unintended Consequences (Peachtree Publishers), a young adult novel, is scheduled for release in 2018.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  |  12:30pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Presentation with Byron Garrett

One of the most compelling voices of our time, Byron V. Garrett is Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA); a nonprofit dedicated to transforming education through meaningful family engagement. Byron serves as the Director of Educational Leadership & Policy for Microsoft and a consulting author for Scholastic. Throughout his career, he has been a visionary agent of change promoting the idea that everyone has an obligation and opportunity to serve the best interests of our nation’s most precious resource – children. Byron's topic for the Institute is: 

Transforming Education Through Understanding Changing DemographicsThe nuclear family has been destroyed. The agrarian calendar continues to dominate the K-12 education arena.  The proliferation of social networking and technology continues to push education to the limits.  In this thought provoking session, participants will embark on a journey to understand how societal changes are transforming education. While many talk about unions, teacher contracts, and the common core, a culture of demand driven consumers (parents and students) has arrived.  From the Real Housewives of Atlanta to Xbox Kinect to Facebook and Twitter, the landscape has changed requiring educators to not only understand but embrace these changing demographics in order to foster student success.

Tuesday, August 1, Interactive Learning Sessions
 1:15 pm - 4:30pm (Choose one)

How to Understand, Care For and Love Traumatized/Emotionally Charged Children
Facilitated by Derek Wheaton, Derek Wheaton Consulting, LLC

 Why SEL? What about Neuroscience? How will MEMSPA make a Difference?  Facilitated by Paul Liabenow, Executive Director at MEMSPA, Doni St. Amour, Associate Director at  MEMSPA and Susan Townsend

Student-Led Future-Focused Are You Ready?

Facilitated by Betty Rosen-Leacher, Principal, Harvest Elementary, Emily Sickler, Assistant Principal, Saline Middle School, Michelle Szczechowicz, Principal, Woodland Meadows Elementary, Laura Washington, @HERPrincipal 

Appropriate Placement and Hiring Practices
Facilitated by Krista Reid, Supervisor of Professional Educator Certification Services, MDE                                                                                  

Wednesday, August 2, Interactive Learning Sessions
 8:30 - 11:45am (Choose one)

Assessments in the Early Grades: Legislation requirements and best practices for implementation                                                                 
Facilitated by Victor Bugni, Formative Assessment Consultant, MDE, Lisa Brown, Early Literacy Coaching Consultant, MDE

Live Well, Lead Strong                                         
Facilitated by Debbie McFalone, McFalone Consulting

Learning First, Technology Second: Understanding the research behind what actually works when integrating technology in learning                   
Facilitated by Dr. Liz Kolb, Clincal Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Creating and Using Meaningful Individual Reading Improvement Plans (IRIPs) as a Tool to Support Student Literacy Growth
Facilitated by Molly Funk, Core School Solutions