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MASA Leader - Fall 2016

MASA Feature Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference. That’s why MASA is partnering with Battelle for Kids and Michigan Virtual University For those superintendents or to create a microcredential course for all school administrators: first-line leaders who need their MDE administrative certification, MASA is partnering with the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals to link our central office specialty endorsement with MASSP’s alternative administrative certification program, Path to Leadership, which currently is the only alternative administrator certification in Michigan. www.gomasa.org 31 Inspire Innovation Inspire Innovation will provide an online, rigorous, competency-based curriculum to strengthen the skill sets of current superintendents and aspiring superintendents. MASA staff surveyed and/or met with more than 200 educational leaders across Michigan to identify skill development needs. Based on feedback from these educators, four areas surfaced as priority skill areas for growth: 1. Communication skills 2. Superintendent/board relations 3. Finance 4. Human resources The first micro-credential course will focus on improving, boosting, enhancing and growing communications skills. The MASA team is partnering with Battelle for Kids, a not-for-profit organization focused on developing innovative services, solutions, and products for schools and their leaders, and Michigan Virtual University to build a rigorous communication curriculum to support educational leaders’ needs. The communications microcredential is slated to be launched in spring 2017, followed by microcredential courses on superintendent/board relations and finance later in 2017. Spark Growth Spark Growth was initiated in response to the needs of Michigan first-line leaders. Last spring MASA leaders met with a representative group of first-line leaders. Some of these leaders have aspirations of applying for a superintendency, and others shared they had no aspirations of becoming a superintendent, they just wanted to hone their craft and network with others. MASA listened and will plan a series of four-day professional learning opportuni-ties this coming year in support of first-line leaders. This fall, the MASA team is collecting more information from first-line leaders statewide, using what is learned to develop Spark Growth’s curriculum and networking opportunities. The MASA team is interested in hearing from you and your region teams about future ways MASA can support your development and the development of leaders in your region. Contact Chris Wigent, Tina Kerr, or Cindy Ruble at MASA with ideas, questions and future opportunities. Cindy Ruble is Associate Executive Director of Instruction, MASA. If you are interested in enrolling or would like more information, contact her at 517.327.5910 or cruble@gomasa.org.


MASA Leader - Fall 2016
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