Superintendent's Notes

Superintendent's Notes


inspiration sets stage for school year

This past week has been a blur of innovative instructional professional development in technology integration and exciting inspiration delivered by nationally known author Jamie Vollmer. The two set the stage for what will be a school year like no other.

With the technology millage funding trickling in to local school districts, the timing of Tuesday’s Learning on the Lakeshore conference could not have been better! Nearly 300 educators from our county gathered at Muskegon Community College to hear from a teacher of the year and technology integration experts. They were also enlightened on the latest ways to truly thread technology into daily lessons.

To attend an educational technology conference in the past, Muskegon County educators had to travel to Grand Rapids, Holland, even as far away as Detroit. With the help of a grant from the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), educators made the short trip to Muskegon Community College Stevenson Center for the full-day conference taught by presenters from Muskegon County schools and other west Michigan districts. The response was overwhelmingly positive!

On Wednesday, school, community, and business leaders heard Jamie Vollmer challenge us to work together to unfold the full potential of every child through The Great Conversation. To further the positive impact of Mr. Vollmer’s message, we have captured some of his comments in this video.

Finally, I am excited to announce that we are preparing for another important initiative to help set the stage for this school year and for our collaborative work over the next five years. The MAISD strategic planning process will begin in the coming months and will be facilitated by the firm Banach, Banach & Cassidy. Husband and wife team Bill and Cynthia Banach will include all stakeholders in this important process and work with our board of education for goal setting as well. Both Bill and Cynthia bring a high level of education, experience, and vast research background. You will hear more about this process in the next few weeks.

We are off and running for a great 2014-15!


Dr. John Severson
Muskegon Area ISD Superintendent