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PSAT for the Middle Level

March 19 @ 8:45 am - 2:30 pm


March 19th, 2020 – 8:45am-2:30pm

MEMSPA Training Center
1980 N College Rd, Mason, MI 48854

Middle Level Educators

Member: $135
Non-Member Fee: $175

Contact Taryn Hurley at (517) 694-8955 or taryn@memspa.org.


This one-day workshop is intended for middle level (6th-8th) teams consisting of building administrators and their teacher leaders who are interested in critically assessing what they are doing and going deep rather than wide. We will be moving the PSAT from a pre-test that is administered because the state or district requires it and making it a meaningful piece of data that can drive instruction, increase learning, and improve outcomes through a focus on proactive curriculum alignment work and classroom engagement strategies.

Participants will be coached on how to implement work from Schmoker’s book Focus 2.0 and Fullan’s book Coherence to make meaningful change. Teams will utilize the PSAT as a guide to focus instructional time spent on concepts to truly move the needle on student achievement in a manner that impacts student’s college and career readiness, prepares our students to compete nationally, and focuses on student learning. Workshop focus will be on proactive alignment measures and will only briefly discuss the connection to post test data use and reports.

Facilitators: Dr. Carmen Maring

Carmen serves as the middle school principal for Gull Lake Community Schools where she also operates as the district Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) coordinator.  In addition to fulfilling this role, she has been working to improve how instruction is delivered by increasing the use of active engagement strategies across the district and examining the ‘why’ behind embedded practices through deeper collaborative conversations centered around data.  She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University with research exploring middle level education and engagement. Prior to being a middle school principal, she has most recently worked as an elementary assistant principal, an academy dean targeting the transition between elementary and secondary, and as a school counselor for 3rd-8th grade students.  Carmen maintains her counseling license and has worked in private practice with preschool through high school aged children.

Carmen is currently the middle level chair for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) board, a member of the Gull Lake Community Volunteers (GLACV), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).  She has presented at MEMSPA annual conferences on the topic of utilizing focus group models for school improvement work and incorporating student leadership. She has also been a part of the Spotlight for Innovation group focusing on educating administrators on technology use within their buildings.  Carmen enjoys growing with colleagues through collaborative conversations and learning opportunities at the local and state level.


Dr. John J. Tafelski

I am the Director of Curriculum with Allen Park Public Schools. As the Director, I am also the responsible for state and federal programs, and I am the McKinney Vento Liaison. In 2016, I received my Doctor of Education from Michigan State University. Prior to Allen Park, I was the principal at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.  U.S. News & World Report named Crestwood a Top 50 Michigan High School and the Michigan Association of School Boards awarded Crestwood its Excellence in Education Award in 2013.

I am currently a member of the GLCC Advisory Board representing MEMSPA and an advisory board member for Wayne County RESA State and Federal Program Directors. I have been a presenter at MAS/FPS, MASA, MASB, and AdvancEd on the role of PBIS in secondary schools. In addition, I have presented in three states on strategies for ACT improvement, including presentations at the Michigan ACT Conference, the Ohio ACT conference, the Michigan Department of Education Winter Summit, and the College Acceleration Network Summer Institute.

I began my career as a business education teacher and football and track coach at Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.




March 19
8:45 am - 2:30 pm


MEMSPA Training Center
1980 N College Road
Mason, MI 48854 United States
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(517) 694-8955