MEMSPA State Conference 2017 | Grand Traverse Resort              

"The Whole Leader: Principals Leading Learning"  

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 6
through Friday, December 8

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


Early Member Registration:                  $289
Early Non Member Registration:           $365
(includes 4 meals & Welcome Reception)

Registrations received after 10/31/17 are charged an additional $60.

Beginning November 1 cancelled registrations will be charged $39. Cancellations received after 11/22/17 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 1.800.236.1577 and mention MEMSPA to receive the discount


The group code for online booking is MEM2017


Taryn Hurley

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

10:00 am * - Opening session with Dr Steve Constantino

"There are a few outliers of public speaking; those few communicators who have something extraordinarily imporant to say and say it in such a captivating way, that you are searching TED talks and iTunes to learn more the minute you leave the auditorium. Dr. Steve Constantino is on that outlier list."                                                             -Brent Sapp, CEO, Navigator, Inc.           

Leader, teacher, author and entrepreneur Dr. Steve Constantino has a long and distinguished career in leadership and bringing innovation to educational and business organizations. Steve has held numerous leadership positions at all levels of organizations, including being the CEO of his own start-up and presently as a school district superintendent.                         

*(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 7, 2017

7:45 - 9:00am - President's Breakfast with Jan McInnis

Jan McInnis spent 15 years as a marketing executive where she collected a ton of hilarious material for her keynotes! And now, for the past 20+ years, Jan’s keynotes have been a hit at hundreds of association and company conventions, fundraisers, employee retreats, banquets and more where she has left a trail of happy clients. Jan is a veteran professional speaker and comedian!

All of Jan’s keynotes include her hilarious humor and are sprinkled with lots of relatable stories and immediately usable tips. Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal  as one of the top convention comedians whose act is clean, and in the Washington Post  for her clean comedy writing.

Listen to her Audio Clip for Attendees!

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!!

1:00-3:00 pm Spotlight on Innovation- NEW this year!

The place for principals to develop networks and keep up with the latest educational tech tools such as Maker Spaces, Coding, Robotics, 3-d printing, #MEMSPAchat and many more! Part of the Exhibit Show in the Governor's Pre-function

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 8, 2017
(Continental breakfast will be provided at 8:30 am) 

Breakout Sessions

Session F 9:00 - 10:15 am

11:00 am - Closing General Session

 In a recent TEDx New Albany talk, Battelle for Kids' Executive Director, Jim Mahoney, shared three things that we need to embrace to transform education for all kids. "We need to make education about learning, not tests. We need to make it about improvement, not judgement. We need to make it about relevance, not limits," he explained. "The question should not be if kids are smart, but how they are smart."