MAPSA’s Innovators in Education Conference 2015

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Our Choice family is taking over at MAPSA’s Innovators in Education Conference this year!

That’s right! Four of our team members were selected to speak at the conference next week in Troy. We’re so proud to have such a well-rounded and motivational group of educational professionals… all in the Choice Family! Each member will be lending their expertise to others in the administration field. In other words, our team members will be sharing their knowledge with those from other schools, districts, and fields.


scottmorganScott Morgan

High School Principal of West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Speaking topic: An Integrated Approach to RTI (Response to Intervention)

  1. How did you get selected for this topic?  This topic actually came through fruition as a result of being asked how West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science has sustained a “higher than average” student achievement ranking working with a high- at-risk population.
  2. What are you most looking forward to about the conference?  I’m most looking forward to answering questions from the attending audience and seeing what is “new” and “innovative” at the conference.
  3. What is the number one thing you want people to walk away with after hearing you speak on Response To Intervention? My hope is that after my session, educators will be able to successfully provide an individualized experience for all of their students.

 

chrismathesonChris Matheson

Area Superintendent to Bradford Academy and Dove Academy

Speaking Topic: School Culture: A School Leader’s Gift to the Community

  1. How did you get selected for this topic? MAPSA approached me and asked me to present on school culture and leadership.
  2. What are you most looking forward to about the conference? I’m looking forward to discussing the importance of school culture with colleagues and attendees from across the state.
  3. What is the number one thing you want people to walk away with after hearing you speak on culture, challenging students, and leadership? I want people to realize the culture of a school, any school, is dependent upon the leader of that school. Everything rises and falls with leadership.

 

moneciavasbinderMonecia Vasbinder

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Choice Schools Associates/MIChoice

Speaking Topic: A Culture of High Expectations for Students & Teachers

  1. How did you get selected for this topic? Becky Carlton from MAPSA contacted me and asked if I would speak about creating a culture of high expectations for students and teachers. She had read a couple of articles about Three Oaks Public School Academy (where I used to be the school leader) and was impressed by the academic achievement of the students and the overall success of the school and wanted me to share how we had accomplished it!
  2. What are you most looking forward to about the conference? I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet other leaders and educators, hear their stories, and learn new strategies to help our children achieve at higher levels and reach their American Dream.
  3. What is the number one thing you want people to walk away with after hearing you speak on school culture? I would like people to believe that whatever success they can visualize for their school can become a reality if they put a few simple steps into practice and shift to a school-wide culture that prioritizes high expectations for all.

 

lisakeyLisa Key

Area Superintendent to Battle Creek Montessori Academy, Benton Harbor Charter School Academy, and Macomb Montessori Academy

Speaking Topic: Creating a Culture to Cultivate the Challenging Students

  1. Why did you get selected for this topic? I believe I was chosen because of my unique background in clinical social work and education. When I was selected, I was an administrator for a school that served court-placed, abused and/or neglected, and special education students; as well as students expelled from their home district for serious behavior issues.
  2. What are you most looking forward to about the conference? I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for serving all students well. I’m also looking forward to networking with colleagues from across the state.
  3. What is the number one thing you want people to walk away with after hearing you speak on culture and challenging students?  I hope people have a better understanding that it is not just the will of a student that may impede their ability to engage in their own educational success; but the possible array of issues that may present barriers to a student’s ability to trust and feel ready to learn. I hope to inspire ideas that help teachers develop a trauma sensitive classroom culture.

We are so proud of our Choice team and are excited to hear the impact they made on their peers at the conference. #whatwedoworks #allinthechoicefamily

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