2018 MEMSPA Annual Conference

December 5, 2018 – December 7, 2018

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Williamsburg, MI 49610




Early Registration Full Conference Member: $299
Early Registration Full Conference Non-Member: $375

Price will increase after October 31, 2018

A $49 service fee will be retained for cancellations. Cancellations received after November 15 will be charged a 50% cancellation fee.

Participants may earn up to 11 SCECHs for this event.







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Call the Reservations Department directly at 1-800-968-7352 and mention the MEMSPA Conference to receive the discounted rate



The App for MEMSPA Annual Conference is Coming Soon!

Our quest to enhance the event experience for our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers is never-ending. We wanted this year to be better than the last, which is why we created a mobile app through CrowdCompass for the 2018 MEMSPA Annual Conference.

Stay tuned – we’ll let you know when the app is ready.




Vendor Show Information

Booths are only $450
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
Last Year we turned vendors away – Register Today!

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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 5
  • Thursday, December 6
  • Friday, December 7

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10:00am – 12:30pm

Keynote Presentation with Sean Covey

Sean Covey is a business executive, author, speaker, and innovator. He is President of FranklinCovey Education and is devoted to transforming education throughout the world through a principle-centered leadership approach. Sean also serves as Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships where he oversees FranklinCovey’s international operations in over 100 countries around the globe.

Sean is a New York Times best-selling author and has written several books, including the Wall Street Journal #1 Business Bestseller, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which has been translated into 20 languages and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. He is a versatile keynoter who regularly speaks to kids and adults within schools and organizations and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows

Sean graduated with honors from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in English and later earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.  As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and was twice selected as the ESPN Most Valuable Player of the Game.

Breakout Sessions

Session A 1:15 – 2:30 pm Session B 2:45 – 4:00 pm

Afternoon General Session Keynote

Paul Liabenow and Sheila Alles, MDE

Sheila Alles is the Chief Deputy Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education.  She brings a wealth of educational and leadership experiences to the position. The first half of her career was spent in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools where she taught students in kindergarten through eighth grade except first grade.  She also had administrative experience as a curriculum coordinator and curriculum director. The second half of her career was spent in the Livonia Public Schools where her administrative positions included elementary principal, director of elementary instruction, director of academic services, and chief academic officer.

A few of the many aspects of her career in which she is most proud include developing and implementing a district-wide school improvement monitoring system, an elementary teacher leader program, a multi-year technology professional learning program to support classroom technology tools, a school administrator mentoring program, and several instructional coaching programs.

Paul Liabenow has dedicated his career to educating Michigan’s young people. With degrees from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, Paul joined Cadillac Area Public Schools where he worked his way through the ranks of teacher, building leader, principal and district superintendent. Today Paul serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals—working to build a community of educators dedicated to advocating, leading, and learning. He is also currently serving as Treasurer of Michigan Association of United Ways, Treasurer of the Michigan Association of After School Partnerships, President of The Center for Education Improvement, President of The MEMSPA Foundation, and Board Member of the Michigan Assessment Consortium.

8:30pm – PAC Hospitality Event

7:45am – 9:00am Presidents Breakfast with Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell crosses the continent energizing educational professionals as a dynamic presenter and self-proclaimed “Proud Middle School Teacher.” Building on the lessons learned and techniques developed as a middle level social studies teacher since 1991, Kim is in national demand as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant for the Association of Middle Level Educators, Staff Development for Educators, and the Jack Berckemeyer Consulting Group.

At home in her Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area school district, Kim augments her classroom role with a position as her school’s Dean of Students. She has also served in various leadership and committee positions including team leader and a member of the Equity and Literacy Teams.

Kim is the co-author of SOAR: A Handbook for Closing the Achievement Gap, a guide for replicating the success of her revolutionary after-school program for disadvantaged students, and author of If You Can’t Manage Them, You Can’t Teach Them. She is in the process of completing her third book.

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 2.0!

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 2018 Outstanding Practicing Principal.

9:00 pm – Lifetouch After-Party – This year’s theme “A Pirate’s Life”

(Continental Breakfast will be provided at 8:30am)

Breakout Sessions Session F 9:00 – 10:15 am

Closing General Session | 11:00am Keynote Presentation with Jimmy Casas

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of three books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence,” and his latest release and best-selling book “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.”

Jimmy currently serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership. Finally, he is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing and providing world class professional learning services for educators across the country.

See Full Breakout Session Detail Here!