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Posted by: Peter Broderick on 11/10/2012 | 0 Comments

It's another great day in Detroit! We began with C. Ed Massey, president of NSBA, speaking on moving education forward. Jim Bearden then joined us for a presentation on leadership in troubling times. Later this afternoon we'll be joined by representatives of districts who have beaten the odds to drive great success despite facing various difficulties. A full range of clinic sessions and CBA classes are also on tap as we round out the final full day of Fall Conference.

The highlight of today's lunch program is the annual Michigan's Best awards, featuring some of the state's most innovative and successful public school programs. This year's Michigan's Best winners are:

Category: Serving At-Risk Students 
Big Buddies Little Buddies
Southgate Elementary Schools 
Southgate Community Schools

Category: Before & After School Programs 
Pellston Elementary After School Program
Pellston Public Schools

Category: Creative and Media Arts 
Guitar Methods
Mona Shores High School  
Mona Shores Public Schools

Category: Community Relations/Public Engagement 
Arthurs Closet
Boyd W. Arthurs Middle School  
Trenton Public Schools

Category: Health and School Safety 
Be Nice It Matters
Holton Elementary  
Holton Public Schools

Category: Improving Student Achievement - Math & Science 
Armada Renewable Energy Program
Armada High School  
Armada Area Schools

Category: Improving Student Achievement - English & Social Studies 
Marion Elementary Reading Program
Marion Elementary 
Marion Public Schools

Category: School Improvement 
Spice It Up! Technology Conference
Educational Services Center  
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Category: Career/Technical Education 
Getting Prepared for Careers
Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center 
Wexford Missaukee ISD

Congratulations to the winners and all nominees! MASB's Education Excellence and Michigan's Best Awards are generously sponsored by SET SEG School Insurance Specialists.

 

Posted by: Peter Broderick on 11/9/2012 | 0 Comments

 

Good morning! We're truly in full "swing" this morning, starting the day withn a visit from the Grandville Middle School 8th Grade Jazz Band during breakfast. Great job!
 
Thursday was an eventful day, with Early Bird sessions, the Michigan Council of School Attorneys annual conference, a full day of CBA classes and the opening of the Exhibit Hall.
 
We finished the evening with MASB's annual Delegate Assembly, featuring remarks from Executive Director Kathy Hayes on the importance and future of public education. Deputy Director Don Wotruba also gave a legislative update including details on the progress of the Oxford Foundation's rewrite of the School Aid Act. We also learned about what's in store during the Legislature's "lame duck" session, including one bill that could change our pub lic education system as we know it. For more information, check out the Oct. 30 issue of Headlines.
 
In store today:
 

Education in the Age of Disruptive Innovation

 

Ian Jukes, author and founder, 21st Century Fluency Project

 

 

Media Panel — A Different Perspective on the Way Public Education News is Delivered
John Bebow, executive director, Bridge Magazine
Julie Mack, K-12 reporter, Kalamazoo Gazette

Don Wyatt, senior regional editor/midwest, Patch.com, AOL Inc. 
Posted by: Peter Broderick on 11/8/2012 | 0 Comments

Welcome to your Annual Fall Conference & Exhibit Show! We're excited to spend the next few days with you learning about the latest trends and information in education and helping you expand your knowledge and skills as a school leader. The next few days will undoubtedly be busy, and you'll be soaking up a lot of information. The Conference Daily is a great place to recap the day's activities and it will be available after the conference as well.

There are a ton of great sessions ahead of us, and CBA classes are being held through Sunday. Here are some highlights of today's activities:

Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference - school law is constantly changing, and the many changes to the Tenure Act, social networking, bargaining and other personnel issues will keep you on your toes. Hear from experts on how these changes will impact schools.

Early Bird Workshops - We have two great sessions planned that will help you raise achievement and close gaps as well as create a data-based district culture.

8 to 11 a.m.
Anti-Bullying Policy Planning and Development: Protecting Your Students and District

Paul Liabenow, executive director, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) and retired superintendent, Cadillac Area Public Schools

Noon to 3 p.m.
The Not-So Common Core

Wendy Zdeb-Roper, executive director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)

Delegate Assembly - The Annual Delegate Assembly is a way for local districts to let their voice be heard on the direction of your association. Registration for voting delegates begins at 6:30 and the Assembly gets under way at 7:30.

Get in touch on Social Media - We have a couple of ways for members to engage throughout the conference: Follow us on Twitter or "Like" us on Facebook. Watch for updates, or share your own thoughts on Fall Conference speakers, events and mroe. Be sure to use the hash tag #masbfc12 so we can find your response.

Throughout the conference, be sure to share your key takeaways and "aha" moments by sending a tweet. Begin your message with @MASB so we can find it!

Cyber Cafe
Take a break and check your email at the Cyber Cafe, brought to you by Sehi Computer Products, Inc. The Cyber Cafe is located near the MASB Bookstore and main registration area.

If there's anything MASB staff can do to make your conference experience better, stop by the registration desk and let us know. Be sure to review the materials in your conference bag and take time to go through your conference program. Everything you need to know is right at your fingertips!

Here's to a great 2012 conference experience!


Posted by: Peter Broderick on 11/7/2012 | 0 Comments


MASB Fall Conference 2012 gets underway in less than 24 hours! Welcome to Detroit to all our attendees, and safe travels to those who will be arriving in the coming days. We can't wait to see you!

The Conference Daily blog will be your source for updates, recaps and all the latest information about Fall Conference. Check back often, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter today!

Here's some important information to get your experience started off right:

Attire
Attire for the entire conference is business casual. Please keep in mind that meeting rooms tend to be cool, so you may want to bring a sweater or layer clothing. 

Weather Forecast
The current weather forecast for Thursday through Sunday is partly sunny with temperatures in the high 40s.

Conference Location
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr.
Detroit, MI  48243
800.228.9290 (hotel) 313.568.8492 (MASB Registration, Tuesday afternoon-Sunday)
www.detroitmarriott.com

Parking and Directions
The hotel offers valet parking for $25 per day with unlimited in and out access. The closest and easiest self-parking garage is the Miller Garage located directly across from the hotel entrance and the daily rate is $20.
Click here for a map of the area! 

MASB Registration
Registration is located in the Ontario Foyer on Level 3.
Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Conference Program
Click here to get a sneak peek at the conference program and plan your schedule while at the conference.