2018 Summer Leadership Institute

July 31, 2018 – August 1, 2018

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo
101 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Full Conference Member: $299
Full Conference Non-Member: $375
Teacher-Leaders*: $159
(includes 4 meals & Welcome Reception)

One Day Fee Member: $179
One Day Fee Non-Member: $225
(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 principal registration

Participants may earn up to 9 SCECHs for this event.







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Reservations can be made by calling (269) 343-3333 and mention MEMSPA


Room block is $132/night

**Please note that the negotiated self parking for overnight attendees is $10.00 per car per night

The cut off date is: 7/9/2018


Contact Taryn Hurley

Literacy Integration: ‘Setting Our Compass for Success’” 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 30 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Set Up For Success Preconference for Early Career Leaders






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)

Register for Pre-Conference Only Here!

**Register for both the Pre-Con and SLI Below


Tuesday, July 31 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Keynote Presentation with Beth Houf






Beth is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all—schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative  learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth.

Beth Houf is the proud principal of Fulton Middle School in central Missouri. She is the Co-Author of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. Beth also serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference, The National Principal Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.

Tuesday, July 31 | 1pm – 4:15pm

Intensive Learning Sessions (Choose 1 of 4)

Measuring Student Growth for Educator Evaluations
Brian Lloyd, Education Research Consultant – Student Growth Consultant at The Michigan Department of Education
This session will present guidance that has been developed by the Michigan Department of Education to assist schools and school districts with adherence to state legislation as it pertains to student growth for education evaluations. Attendees will receive training on the use of the MDE SGP Educator Evaluation Calculator Tool, which is designed to automate calculations consistent with the policies recommended by the Michigan Department of Education. The use of this tool is recommended for the use of state assessment data to determine student growth ratings for educator evaluations. Attendees will also learn receive training on the use of the MDE SLO Student Growth Measurement Tool. The student learning objective (SLO) student growth measurement tool is designed to be used within the SLO process to help teachers measure student growth goals when using school or district assessments that do not provide student growth criteria. Finally, attendees will discuss procedures for combing student growth and teacher practice framework data to determine summative educator evaluation rating scores.

Leading Through Learning
Allyson Apsey, Principal at Quincy Elementary School & Beth Houf, Principal at Fulton Middle School
When leaders are transparent learners, everyone in the schoolhouse benefits. This exciting and interactive session will help you with every step of the process. We will dive deep into strategies to be transparent and vulnerable learners with our staff, and share ideas to be reflective learners through blogging, journaling, podcasts and/or video. The extended length session will allow us an opportunity to write a reflection of recent learning that you can post on your own blog. In addition, this session will utilize new tools to use in staff meetings to model what we are looking for in the classroom.

Leading Literacy: Professional Learning for effective literacy instruction
Molly Funk, Educational Consultant, Coach, and Trainer at Core School Solutions & Melissa Usiak, Executive Director at Michigan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
In this collaborative session, participants will learn how ongoing literacy professional learning opportunities can reflect research on adult learning and effective instruction. As they analyze literacy professional learning research and strategies that increase effective literacy instruction, they will be able to apply learned knowledge to their own literacy professional learning development and planning for the upcoming year.

Early Literacy in Michigan: Creating HOPE and Collective Impact for Every Child, Every Family and Every Educator

Laural Triebel, MDE, Lisa Brown, MDE, Erin Brown, MDE, Susan Townsend, MASA & Tamara Bashore Berg, Michigan Virtual

The urgency of improving literacy is indisputable for every district across the state. The collaborative work centered around the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for Pre-K and K to 5 and the School-wide and Center-wide Essentials are the foundation from which we need to collectively work together to address this sense of urgency for our students. This small set of research- supported instructional practices, when used in every classroom every day with every child could make a measurable positive difference in the State’s literacy achievement and give hope to ensure success for all children, families and educators across the state of Michigan.  In this session we will examine how administrators can support the work of the Essentials and the resources that are available for support.

Wednesday, August 1 | 8:45am – 10:00am

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of 4)


Supporting Struggling Teachers
Jonathon Wennstrom, Principal at Buchanan Elementary School
We often have intervention support for struggling students based on their areas of need. What if we did the same for struggling teachers? This session is designed to show ways that we can help teachers by providing specific strategies based on pyramid model of intervention.
The Role of Mindfulness in Literacy Learning

Lisa Madden, Mindful Practices
For student academic success to improve, our schools must be intentional about the integration of practices that support the health and well-being of students and staff. Mindfulness practices provide promising positive effects in stress-reduction, attention, and behavior, contributing to enhanced learning opportunities. This session will provide an overview of mindfulness and its benefits, as well as present ways to integrate relevant resources and themes into literacy learning.

Using Diverse and Inclusive Children’s Books in classrooms and assemblies

Craig McCalla, Principal at Cornerstone Elementary School
Every administrator likes have books and tools to talk about diversity and inclusivity in our schools. We will look at a large variety of children’s literature administrators can use in classroom reads and in assemblies to promote diversity, inclusivity, and a safe environment for all students. Participants will get to review texts, do book shares, discuss how to use the text, and walk away with a list of books to use in their school.

How to build a positive school culture, one school district’s journey into spreading happiness
Leslie Guizzetti, Principal at Chapman Elementary, David Anderson, Principal at Weiss Elementary,  Kelley Villa, Principal at Parsons Elementary & Amy Conway, Superintendent at Gibraltar School District
Creating a positive culture in your building is essential for improving teacher and student engagement, tests scores, and overall morale. In order to have a positive culture, you have to start with Happiness. Learn how one school district transformed their districts culture by increasing happiness.

Wednesday, August 1 | 10:15am – 12:05pm

Summer Spotlight on Innovation!

Attendees will be given the choice to attend two 50 minute, hands-on opportunities to dive deep into topics like Touchcast, Twitter, Flipgrid, Assessment and many more with MEMSPA experts! Topics and Presenters to be uploaded at a later date. Attendees will choose their sessions when they arrive. Expect to walk away feeling energized and ready to innovate your way through the 2018-19 school year!

Wednesday, August 1 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Closing Keynote Presentation with Carla Tantillo-Philibert

Carla Tantillo Philibert is a recognized expert on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), mindfulness and yoga practices in the school setting. She is the founder of Mindful Practices, co-founder of Class Catalyst and oversees a team of dedicated practitioners who have served thousands of students and teachers across the country since 2006. Carla has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and is a certified yoga teacher. She is a regular, featured speaker at CEC, NAESP and the Kripalu Yoga in School Symposium. Carla travels across the country to present at AASA, NSBA, NCE or keynote conferences, such as ILCEC. She is the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom: Using Yoga, Relaxation and Breathing Strategies to Help Students Learn to Keep Their Cool, Everyday SEL in Elementary School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Your Classroom (Routledge, 2016), Everyday SEL in Middle School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Your Classroom (Routledge, 2016), Everyday SEL in Early Childhood and Everyday SEL in High School (Routledge, 2017).

Our New Mobile App!

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 2018 Summer Leadership Institute!

Our app will soon be live. Stay tuned for the app release details and more info on how you can use the app to enhance your event experience!