Upcoming Events

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Find all upcoming events here! Please reach out to Nick Dauphin (ndauphin@gomaisa.org) or Alyssa Lowe (alowe@gomaisa.org) for any questions or concerns.

Adult Learning Principles: Presenting and Facilitating with Purpose (Auburn Hills & Grand Rapids)

When working with groups, it is vital to move with intention and purpose. This two day event and virtual series will support participants in working with adult learners. Attendees will make sense of:

  • The difference between Presenting and Facilitating
  • Actions congruent with Presenting
  • Actions congruent with Facilitating
  • Strategies for engaging adult learners

Intended Audience
Michigan education. leaders who provide educator support.

  • ISD Consultants/Coaches/Specialists
  • General Education Leaders
  • Special Education Leaders
  • Local Curriculum Directors/Principals/Coaches/Specialists

The in person events can be attended at either of these two locations:

  • September 13th & 14th at Auburn Hills Marriott (3600 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI 48341)
  • October 18th & 19th at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)

The virtual follow-up series will occur on the following dates:

  • November 2nd, 2023
  • December 6th, 2023
  • January 17th, 2024

Adult Learning Principles: Beyond Meeting Mechanics

When implementing change, building a culture focused on learning, and enhancing collaboration there are several things leaders must focus upon. Come join fellow leaders as we learn, network, and action plan with a focus on skills, strategies, and ideas to foster a learning culture. This is an opportunity that you will not want to miss.

We will be hosting this event at Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac (3600 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI, 48341) on September 15th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Intended Audience:

  • Michigan education leaders who provide educator support
  • ISD Consultants/Coaches/Specialists
  • General Education Leaders
  • Special Education Leaders
  • Early Childhood Leaders
  • Local Curriculum Directors/Principals/Coaches/Specialists

Learning Targets:

  • Understand ways to develop and sustain high functioning groups.
  • Explore an expanded repertoire of practical communication strategies
  • Analyze strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized, and resourceful.
  • Develop skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus and deep levels of thinking, learning, and leading.


  • Two-Day Adult Learning Principles & Follow-Up Virtual Learning Sessions

Organizational Practices: Connecting Systems Research to Practice (Mt. Pleasant)

Drawing from systems level research, the purpose of this event is to (re)connect with the revised PK-5 GELN Organizational Practices, build momentum, develop relationships and network.

We will be hosting this event at Soaring Eagle (6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858) on September 18th and 19th from 9:00am to 3:00PM.

Intended Audience

  • Leaders (MDE, ISD, District, Building, and Center Level)
  • District/Building Math and/or Literacy Leadership Teams
  • Continuous Improvement Supports
  • Math and/or Literacy Supports (Coaches, Specialists, Consultants...)

Growing Learning Lab Facilitators

Facilitators of professional learning know that the more authentic and embedded learning is the messier it is to design and facilitate. Creating a space for participants to feel safe and get messy in the work takes careful planning and strategic moves throughout its facilitation. Series leaders Samantha Keesling and Megan Kortlandt, co-authors of Principal Labs: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Through Shared Learning (ASCD), have designed and facilitated hundreds of labs for teachers and leaders alike, and will share what they’ve learned about managing the complexities of facilitating learning labs over the years.

In this two day series, participants will experience a job-embedded learning lab in order to study its design and facilitation so that they can grow their own skills around leading this form of professional learning for teachers and leaders. Learning labs offer a common structure for professional learning, but they are not one-size-fits all. Throughout these two days, participants will learn about creating a culture for learning and questions to ask when designing and customizing each lab experience for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Intended Audience:

Individuals who provide educator support:

  • ISD Mathematics Consultants/Coaches/Specialists
  • Early Childhood Specialists (GSRP ECSs)
  • Local District Mathematics Coaches/Specialists

October 5th, 2023 and October 6th 2023

Location TBD

Basic Facts: Train the Trainer

This event will provide participants learning on the Why, What, and How of learning mathematics basic facts.

What does it really mean to be fluent with basic facts, and how do we encourage children to develop fluency in meaningful and lasting ways? This set of workshops provides a deep dive into these ideas as well as provides training for individuals to take these important suggestions back to their schools to train their colleagues. It will be comprised of:

Part 1: A full day of professional learning, focusing on:

  • Developing an understanding of what fluency means and how children progress from counting to fact mastery
  • Learning the progression and meaningful techniques for helping children master addition facts
  • Learning the progression and meaningful techniques for helping children master multiplication facts
  • Exploring valuable and low-stress methods for assessing fluency development
  • Considering ways to communicate fact fluency plans with the broader school community
  • Exploring modules for sharing these ideas with your colleagues

Part 2: Three, 1.5-hour virtual follow-up sessions to help support you as you implement fact fluency training in your own schools.

Intended Audience:
This learning series is intended for K-5 mathematics leaders (ISD and Local consultants, coaches, specialists)

The in person event will be held at this location:

  • October 9th, 2023 at Eagle Eye Golf & Banquet Center (15500 Chandler Rd, Bath Twp, MI 48808)

The virtual follow-up series will occur on the following dates:

  • November 11, 2023
  • February 5, 2023
  • March 11, 2023

Instructional Rounds: Train the Facilitator

Enhance student outcomes through a culture of continuous improvement, where teachers learn from one another and refine their practice. When Implementing change, building a culture focused on learning, and enhancing collaborative teams must come together to define and analyze instructional practices. This “Train the Facilitator” session will provide the skills, concepts, capabilities, and materials necessary to promote school-wide collaboration focused on agreed-upon area(s) of growth.

February 12, 2023 at Soaring Eagle (6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858)