2020 Annual Leadership ConferenceAnnual Leadership Conference

Thursday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Nov. 7


Thank you for joining us for the first virtual, free Annual Leadership Conference!

Recordings will be available to all member districts in a few weeks.

Handouts can be found at the links listed in the schedule below.

Schedule at-a-Glance

Thursday, Nov. 5 

7 – 8:30 p.m.  Delegate Assembly
Note: Separate registration required.
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Friday, Nov. 6 

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Info Booth Open

8:30 – 10 a.m.

General Session With Dominique Smith, Ed.D. on “Building Equity: Practices to Empower All Learners”
Main Stage

Imagine a school district with a diverse student body where every student feels safe and valued, and all students—regardless of race, culture, home language, sexual orientation, gender identity, academic history or individual challenges—have the opportunity to succeed with challenging classes, projects and activities. In this district, teachers notice and meet students' individual instructional needs and foster a harmonious and supportive environment—and students feel empowered to learn, grow and to pursue their dreams.  In this session, we focus on the School Equity Taxonomy, a model to clarify the structural and interpersonal components of an equitable and excellent schooling experience.

Dominique Smith, Ed.D. is a social worker, school administrator, mentor and member of ASCD's Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching® Cadre. He is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence.

Smith's major area of research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset and the culture of achievement. In addition to his school leadership responsibilities, Smith provides professional learning to K–12 teachers in groups large and small, on many topics that address classroom and school climate and organization.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.   Clinic Sessions (view descriptions and handouts here)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   Exhibit Show
12:15 – 1 p.m.  Networking Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Clinic Sessions (view descriptions and handouts here)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

General Session With Michael F. Rice, Ph.D. on "Moving Forward: Michigan’s Public Education Landscape"
Main Stage 

The landscape has changed significantly since Michael F. Rice, Ph.D. took the helm at the Michigan Department of Education in August 2019.  Michigan’s State Superintendent shares his thoughts about leadership, learning and what comes next for Michigan students.

Dr. Rice was appointed Michigan’s 45th State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the State Board of Education in May 2019. He officially began his work on Aug. 1, 2019.

Dr. Rice came to MDE after serving 17 years as a local district superintendent—12 years as superintendent in Kalamazoo and five as superintendent in Clifton, N.J. His most rewarding work remains his mentoring and teaching of, and informal discussions with, schoolchildren, which he continues to do.


Saturday, Nov. 7 

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Information Booth

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Legislative Update With MASB Government Relations
Main Stage

Get the latest scoop about legislative activities, proposed bills and what’s happening in Lansing and Washington, D.C. from the MASB Government Relations staff. 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Clinic Sessions (view descriptions and handouts here)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Exhibit Show
12:15 – 1 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Clinic Sessions (view descriptions and handouts here)

2:30 – 4 p.m.

General Session With Anthony Muhammad, Ph.D. on “All Means All!: Working Together to Create a Healthy School District Culture”
Main Stage

When it comes to school culture and successful school improvement, good strategies will not implement themselves.  The collective belief systems, values and behaviors of the school community will have a major impact on the success or failure of your improvement journey.  Effective leadership, from the school board level to the classroom, is the catalyst to developing high-performing districts. In this session, we will explore strategies that inspire, enlighten and push people to do great things for students, as well as the strategies and behaviors that destroy momentum and productivity.



* Registration for the 2020 Annual Leadership Conference is free for those in MASB member districts. For others who wish to attend, the fee is $383 for all three days and will be reflected when you register online.

General Information

MASB Education Credits

Thursday - Delegate Assembly—Earn 10 credits if you register and sign in.

Friday—Earn 20 credits for full-day attendance.

Saturday—Earn 20 credits for full-day attendance.

Continuing Education Units

Administrators and educators receive SCECHs for conference attendance by completing this form.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in MASB’s conferences, CBAs and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MASB’s use and distribution of the attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions and audio recordings of such events.


Please remember you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the General Session speakers and Clinic Sessions via an electronic survey after the conference. Each attendee will receive the survey early the week following the conference so be sure to make notes and share them with us through this evaluation. We value your constructive feedback that will assist us in planning future conferences. Thank you in advance for helping us make each conference a success. Complete the conference evaluation before Nov. 25 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a prize!

CBA President’s Award of Recognition
Saturday, Nov. 7

Gary Hauff 
Troy School District

Carol Middel, M.Ed.
Wayne-Westland Community Schools

Susan Nieman
Armada Area Schools

Martin J. Ray
Grand Blanc Community Schools

Exhibit Show

Join us at the Annual MASB Exhibit Show—the ultimate trade show for school board members and superintendents!

Exclusive hours on Friday and Saturday offer you a unique opportunity to network with businesses from across the state that assist schools in all areas from accounting and architectural firms to technology and building services.

You won’t want to miss new exhibitors and your returning favorites . . . join us as we all learn about the latest and greatest in school products and services. Share the information you gather at the board table for your district’s next project!

Exclusive Show Hours

Friday, Nov. 6: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Prizes and Activities

Exhibitors will be hosting fun activities and drawings in their booths. MASB will again be hosting a grand prize drawing at the end of each day. You must be present to win!


One new opportunity is SET SEG's first-ever virtual Fun Run for attendees to get in some active time away from a screen during the conference. All participants who register by Oct. 30 will receive a commemorative t-shirt mailed directly to their house (dependent on size availability).

Wear your shirt during any physical activity—on a run, yoga in your living room, playing in the backyard with your kids—any activity counts! Take a photo and share on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #MASBALC and #RunWithSETSEG any day during the conference to be entered into a prize drawing.