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2019 Summer Leadership Institute

July 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - July 31, 2019 @ 3:30 pm


July 30 – 31, 2019

Mission Point Resort
One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island, MI 49757


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)


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

* with principal registration

Participants may earn up to 9 SCECHs for this event.








Mission Point:

To Reserve Online: Click Here
Reservations can be made by calling (800) 833-7711 and mention MEMSPA


Room block ranges from $225/night to $305/night

View Full Lodging Menu Here


Harbour View Inn

Reservations can be made by calling (906) 847-0101 and mention MEMSPA



Shepler’s Mackinac Ferry will offer a discounted price of $19/adult and $10/child. You can purchase tickets ahead of time here: https://www.sheplersferry.com/ and use promo code: MEMSPA19. Off Site Parking will be a nightly fee of $5.00/night and dockside will be $25/night.

Horse Drawn Shuttle Service
Hotel Shuttle that transports guest & luggage to the resort will be $5.50 /person. Cash is paid directly to the driver.


Contact Taryn Hurley

MEMSPA SLI Palooza: ”Exploring Leadership, Creativity & Innovation “ 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.


Tuesday, July 30 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Keynote Presentation with Kristen Anderson

Unleashing Your Personal Power

The amalgamation of decades of research from multiple sources clearly demonstrates that the educator and the instructional leader are the greatest influences on student achievement, and that what we do instructionally supersedes anything a child may come to school with. If we truly choose to own this well-proven and empowering fact, then we must also embrace the notion that educators are indeed infinitely powerful. What if we truly tapped into and released that force? What if we realized what we are truly capable of? In this session, participants will learn about the many benefits to fostering one’s belief in their individual capabilities, suggest possible sources to access and strategies to use to increase their self-efficacy, and receive tools to embed these concepts into their daily practice in order to fully unleash their personal power.

Click each session block for full details…

Tues 1pm – 4:15pm

Intensive Learning Sessions (Choose one 3 Hour Intensive -OR- two 75 Minute Sessions)

Set Up For Success for Early Career Leaders – 3 hour Learning Intensive
Debbie McFalone, McFalone Consulting & Derek Wheaton, Derek Wheaton Consulting, LLC

Debbie McFalone and Derek Wheaton will offer a unique 3-hour session at Summer Leadership Institute, especially focused on support for Early Career Principals.

We’ll help you “Set Up For Success” if you’re in the first years of your leadership role! Our session will include:

  • Beginning with self-awareness and the foundation of relational trust
  • Understanding the transition to being a leader of adults, rather than students
  • Strategies for time management and setting priorities, and
  • Communication examples and ideas to help you connect with your school community.

We hope you’ll join us for this time together, as you’ll have an opportunity to meet and network with other principals from across MI who are also beginning their careers!

Mindful Parenting – 3 hour Learning Intensive
Dr. Caryn Wells, Mindful Leadership Coaching
Parents often ask, “How do I raise a mindful child?” and the answer is always the same: Be a mindful parent.

Parenting is challenging. A majority of young children and adolescents are exhibiting signs of anxiety and depression. Parents’ schedules are full and they have demands and pressures that can make it a challenge to be fully present for the issues that their children experience. Parents reach out to school leaders for answers for their preoccupied and distracted children while psychologists warn of impending mental health crises for students.

Mindful parenting has some answers that can help parents:

    • Listen more effectively to what their children are saying and not saying
    • Help children to learn how to self-regulate and parents to do the same
    • Be fully present for their children
    • Offer compassion for themselves in the parenting role, while expressing compassion for their children who experience the challenging of growing up in a world that is more connected and yet more isolating

School leaders will leave with a plan for offering Mindful Parenting programs in their schools, as well as information that can be shared with parents about the anxiety that is so common in students.

Read the full description here!

Putting SEL at the Core of Our Work – 75 Minute Session
Dina Rocheleau, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Many times we hear that SEL are the ‘soft skills’ students need, but in our school family we know and believe they are essential. Our systemic district wide plan is based on the 5 SEL competencies – Self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. (CASEL) Ferndale Public Schools is leading the state of Michigan in SEL implementation strategies and are a vital partner in the development of Michigan’s SEL resources. Goal #1: Knowing that our brains are goal oriented participants will walk away with a pep in their step after being provided intentional ways to implement a true, systemic SEL plan that will build coherence from class to class, grade to grade, and school to school. Goal #2: Knowing that adult learners learn best when the subject is of immediate use participants will walk away with a smile on their face after learning specific ways to support the necessary, but difficult process to putting SEL at the core of their work.

Addressing SEL by Building Relationships: P2 – 75 Minute Session

Michael Domagalski, Principal, East China School District, Jonathan Swegles, Principal, Lakeshore Public Schools, Adam Weldon, Principal, Lake Orion Community Schools

By having an ALL-IN mentality of empowering students to build positive relationships, it creates a platform of collaboration to address the social emotional needs of the students, staff, and community. Experiences and examples will be shared of how The Positivity Project addresses these needs in our schools…. AND IT WORKS!

Retaining & Growing Your Professional Staff – 75 Minute Session
Rebecca Emmerling, Manager, Placement, Growth and Retention Unit, Michigan Department of Education
Teacher mobility and attrition getting in the way of your building’s growth? Leverage systems you may already have in place differently to grow and retain the excellent educators on your staff. Resources and strategies for growing and retaining professional educators will be shared in this session, along with relevant updates on educator workforce issues in the state including new research, legislative updates and rules changes that you need to know to better understand some of the issues you may be facing in your own district.

Leading in Literacy – 75 Minute Session
Kailonnie Dunsmore, Director, Literacy Organizational Capacity Initiative (LOCI)
Improving literacy achievement K-8 requires leaders to implement an approach to building teacher capacity that balances appropriately teacher accountability, expertise, and personal ownership. This session is designed for school “leaders” (principals, coaches, lead teachers) to help them understand the research, practices, and key actions needed to build school wide shared agreements about what good instruction looks like and how it is assessed and to create strong implementation for the standards and practices identified as core to student literacy success across the disciplines. The session is designed as a practical overview of a 4 day network sponsored by MEMSPA in which participants will build skills through hands on practice; leave with tools to take back and use in one’s own setting and identify key research based practices on effective literacy that will support the curriculum in leaders own settings. This session is designed to be an immediate useful and practical approach to building leader expertise and participants will leave with rubrics that can be immediately used to support collaboration between teachers (e.g. in self and peer observations) and shared accountability (through classroom observations) to ensure rigorous and research based approaches to instruction.

Wed 8:45am - 10:00am

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of 4)


Overcoming Poverty: the Secret Ingredient to School Success
Aaron Baughman, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, Northville Public Schools
In this session you will get to hear first hand, how one child, born into poverty, overcame the odds and found success with one secret ingredient that only schools can provide. If you want to hear that story and find that success, join this session to hear an inspirational example of how one kid changed the course of his life with this secret ingredient, and how you and your school can do the same for every kid you come into contact with every day!
Using best practices from multiple sources on the concept of Instructional Rounds
Vicki Wilson, Principal, Wyandotte Public Schools, Tiffany Dean, Teacher, Wyandotte Public Schools
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.
Staff Meeting Upgrade
Andy Fuehr, Principal, Portage Public Schools
During this time attendees will learn about ways to enhance the experience for staff at their meetings. A variety of ideas will be modeled as well as the opportunity for the group to create a list of ways to enhance the time we have with the educators that we serve. This interactive experience is one that will allow for the planning to begin for the 19-20 school year while learning new ideas from those in attendance. This is a rough description as I’m still working on the presentation team. Should be a great time!
Breakout EDU
Jason Gribble, Director of Curriculum, Innovation & Grants, Riverview Community School District
Breakout EDU brings the 4C’s alive. Not only for your students, but even for your staff and families. All Breakout EDU games require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. The Breakout EDU Kit is a unique collection of resettable locks, boxes, and items that can be used to play immersive learning games. Be prepares to participate in a Breakout EDU session. Then, learn and discuss how it can be used to transform your student’s learning and energize a staff meeting. Prepare to have some fun.

Wed 10:15am - 11:05am

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of 4)


Blogging for Educators
Jonathon Wennstrom, Principal at Buchanan Elementary School
Participants will learn how to start a blog, set up the site, and get tips and tricks for how to keep up a regular schedule and “make the time” for blogging.
School Improvement -Reimagined with Leadership, Culture and Academics in Balance
Amie McCaw, Principal, Vicksburg Community Schools
Our Sunset Lake Elementary Leadership Team will present how we have transitioned our school improvement plan from an academic focus to a more balanced approach of Culture, Leadership, and Academics. Our school team comprises of a Principal, Interventionist, a Specials Teacher and two Classroom Teachers. Our three lense approach has helped us focus on a strong MTSS structure in Academics, a positive building environment to help our Culture and stronger student and teacher voice to encourage Leadership. We will share how our approach with planning with an End in Mind vision has helped us strengthen our School Improvement process.
Building Shared Leadership
Betty Rosen-Leacher, Principal, Saline Area Schools
Join Betty Rosen-Leacher in learning more about how Harvest Elementary has developed shared leadership practices through playing and learning at our summer retreat with the summer of 2019 being our 5th Annual Summer Retreat.
Happiness Advantage-Bringing Positivity Into An Entire School District
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
The superintendent and a team of principals will share their journey as they moved a district with a deficit elimination plan and low morale into a district with a high morale and no deficit elimination plan by implementing a happiness advantage plan that promotes positivity and happiness among all stakeholders.

Summer Spotlight on Innovation!

Attendees will be given the choice to attend one 50 minute, hands-on opportunity to dive deep into topics like Principal Wellness, Time Management, Early Career Success, Amplifying Student Voice and 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 2019-20 school year!

Wednesday, July 31st | 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Closing Keynote Presentation with Sean Gaillard

Sean Gaillard is a middle school principal, author and podcaster. He will take you on a journey towards discovering how to Make Your School a Masterpiece. Sharing his passion for Music and Education, Gaillard will draw parallels to his leadership journey as a principal and the creative mindset of The Beatles. Using the four major riffs from his book, The Pepper Effect, Sean Gaillard will share inspiring tales to the value of vision, the mindset that builds masterpieces of our schools, the power of collaboration and the key to overcoming naysayers in favor of creativity and progress. A passionate portrait for enhancing school culture will be shared in order to motivate for next steps for applying to any schoolhouse.


The App for MEMSPA Summer Leadership Institute is Coming Soon!

Our quest to enhance the event experience for our attendees & 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 2019 MEMSPA Summer Leadership Institute.

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




    July 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am
    July 31, 2019 @ 3:30 pm


    Mission Point Resort
    One Lakeshore Drive
    Mackinac Island, MI 49757 United States
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