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We care about you! We know that shortages are everywhere and getting away from your position is difficult. 

MTSA heard you and is now offering MTSA After-Hours, a virtual webinar series over five separate dates, from 3-5pm:


March 15th: Policy, Advocacy, Legislation, Activism

Presenters: Dr. Sheryl Kennedy   –   Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht   –   Teri L. Rink, Ed.S.

Dr. Sheryl Kennedy, Former public school educator, past MI State Representative, and current MDE Legislative Liaison.

Dr. Sheryl Kennedy is entering her 33rd year in public education having served as a public school teacher, administrator, and current university lecturer. Over those 33 years, Sheryl served 22 of them as a local teacher before becoming an administrator in the Birmingham and Walled Lake School Districts. Under her leadership, she led her schools to be State and National Schools of Character and moved her diverse, at-risk school to a place of academic success. Sheryl received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2012, and her research regarding growing teacher and organizational efficacy is widely cited.

Put most simply, Sheryl Kennedy values public education as the great equalizer of society. As such, she decided to run for public office in 2018 as a State Representative to be a voice at the table as these policies were being developed. Sheryl served in the Michigan State House of Representatives on the Appropriations Committee until 2020 and is currently the Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Education. Sheryl was also appointed to Governor Whitmer’s COVID 19 Return to Learn Advisory Council. and the State Officers Compensation Commission.


Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht, Deputy Superintendent, P-20 System and Student Transitions

Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht joined the Michigan Department of Education as the Deputy Superintendent of the P-20 System and Student Transitions Division on August 1, 2018. He has over twenty-five years of experience in education, 11 years as an Intermediate School District Superintendent.

Dr. K. served 3 years at Ingham ISD prior to his time as the superintendent of Montcalm ISD for over 8 years. He is experienced in providing educational leadership in general education, special education, career and technical education, technology, curriculum, school improvement, and is active with the legislature.

Dr. K., as he is most commonly known, attended Central Michigan University, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. He has earned several academic achievements including the honor of Phi Kappa Phi, which is CMU’s highest Honor Society recognizing superior scholarship.
Dr. K. was appointed by the State Board of Education to the Special Education Advisory Council from 2010-2014. In 2011, he was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System’s Board of Directors and is currently chairman. In October 2015, Dr. K. was asked to participate on Governor Snyder’s Special Education Reform Task Force that provided recommendations in five focus areas to personalize and restructure special education programs in Michigan.

In November of 2017, he also chaired the subcommittee that was responsible for producing the Special Education Funding Report detailing the current state of Special Education funding in Michigan. 

Dr. K.’s first position was at Grandville Public Schools as a middle and high school social studies teacher. Between 1994 and today, he has gained local district experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. Prior to his Montcalm ISD Superintendent role, he served 6 years as Superintendent for Fowler Public Schools. He is also an Associate Graduate Faculty at CMU where he teaches leadership theory and educational administration.

Dr. K. and his wife, Jenny, have five children.  

Teri L. Rink, Ed. S., Director of the MDE Office of Special Education

Teri Rink became the Director of the MDE Office of Special Education in 2014. Prior to this position, Ms. Rink had been a special education teacher for nearly 20 years, later serving as the Director of Special Education for Lapeer County Intermediate School District where she had previously served as the Monitor of Programs and Accountability. 

Ms. Rink believes the best part about leading special education in Michigan is the development and implementation of a statewide System of General Supervision in coordination with 56 Intermediate School Districts. This aligned system has increased the collective capacity to individualize technical assistance needs at the member district level to improve both compliance and student outcomes.

March 22nd:  

Presenters: Stephanie Dye   –   Stacie Hopkins-Schrumpf

Stephanie Dye is a Behavioral Support Consultant for the MAISD. She is a Licensed Master’s level social worker with an emphasis on School Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She’s also a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Trainer, a Mindfulness Trainer, and specializes in FBA/PBSPs. She has over 11 years of experience working with at-risk youth in segregated education facilities for students with developmental disabilities and with emotional impairments. Stephanie works with building teams across Muskegon County providing intensive, individualized behavior support for students in special education.

Stacie Hopkins-Schrumpf, LMSW, SSW is a Behavior Consultant working with building teams across Muskegon County providing intensive, individualized behavior support for students in special education. She is also a CPI & TCIS trainer and provides professional development in the areas of Tier 3 Behavior Interventions. Other areas of interest are PBIS, classroom management, Mindfulness practices in the classroom, and engaging in community organizing to support youth in our county. She received her BA in Psychology from Hope College and her MSW from the University of Michigan.

March 24th: Legal Updates in Special Education Regarding Secondary Transition       

Presenter: Jordan Bullinger

Jordan Bullinger dedicates his practice to representing school districts in the area of education law with a focus on special education and school disability law related matters.

Jordan represents public school districts in state and federal tribunals and courts pertaining to claims arising out of, but not limited to, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Michigan Mandatory Special Education Act, Section 504, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VI, Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

In addition to representing public school district clients in legal proceedings, Jordan works closely with his school district clients to train staff on how to avoid compliance issues. Jordan routinely provides professional development to clients and their staff. He is a regular presenter at the Winter and Summer Institute Professional Development Conferences hosted by the Michigan Association of Administrators for Special Education, as well as professional development seminars organized by public school districts throughout the state of Michigan.

While in law school, Jordan was a member of multiple award-winning National Mock Trial Teams and also served as the Preemption and Screening Editor for the Law Review.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Jordan worked as an attorney with LaPointe & Butler, P.C., a boutique law-firm focused on representing school districts in the area of special education. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University and has coached National Mock Trial Teams at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

April 12th: Executive Functioning: Practical Strategies           

Keynote Presenter: Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain-based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including:
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Verbal Learning Disabilities
• Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Acquired Brain Injury
Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

A popular speaker, Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function skills and regularly presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Sarah has co-authored the 360 Thinking Executive program and co-developed the educational products the Academic Planner and Tracknets, as well as the Time Tracker Program and Get Ready *Do*Done instructional approach. Described as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘groundbreaking’ their 360 Thinking Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1600 public and private schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

April 14th:  That Way Madness Lies: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Staff 

                   Presenter: Lisa Cobb

Lisa Cobb, LMSW, is a Licensed Clinical Therapist currently employed as a School Social Worker at North Muskegon Schools. Lisa has worked with children and adults in schools, mental health agencies and private practice settings for over 25 years. She specializes in working with others who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and are feeling challenged to regulate their emotions, personally or professionally. Lisa has a strong belief in the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. She is a certified instructor in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University and is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Schools. Lisa’s passion is teaching others how to gently and safely go WITHIN to release limitless beliefs and behaviors impeding emotional and physical well-BEing and happiness. Lisa received her Master of Social Work Degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University.


10 credits (SCECH, CRCC, SW CE) possible for the series, when viewed live (3-5pm)

After-Hour Registrants will have access to view all presentations, on-demand, after April 14th, through June 30th.

Members $175 • Become a Member & Save $215 • Non-members $225 • Per session $50

Refund Policy:  All refund requests must be sent to by March 13, 2022. All payments received on or after March 13, 2022 are non-refundable.

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Support for this conference was provided using Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds from the Michigan Department of Education.