MOSPA

Michigan Occupational
Special Populations Association
Giving an Individual’s Needs Special Attention Since 1975

 

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The 2018 State MOSPA Conference was held May 2-4, 2018 at the Boyne Mountain Resort and Conferent Center, Boyne Falls, Michigan. The event was sponsored by the Talent Investment Agency in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education - Office of Career and Technical Education.

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D, was the opening keynote speaker on Thursday morning. Kevin is
the producer of the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy,” and author of the bestseller, (Re)Defining the Goal,” Dr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage. He travels internationally speaking to both educators and industry helping to shatter antiquated thinking about education, skills training, and career readiness. His mission: Close the skills gap one audience at a time. To learn more about Kevin visit his website http://kevinjfleming.com/.

Many breakout sessions were available throughout the conference. To review the entire program click here.

The conferenced ended with a presentation from Terri Tchorzynski, 2017 National School Counselor of the year. Terri was featured on the National Public Radio (nprEd How
Learning Happens) where she answered "9 Questions for the Nation's SchoolCounselor of the Year."

For a complete review of the 2018 Conference click here.

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THE STATE CONFERENCE IS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND:

Each year the state conference committee puts together an event that meets both the expressed wishes and the diverse needs of our members. That means we are trying to make sure that each time slot offers speakers and topics of interest to both secondary and post-secondary conference-goers. We also pore over last year's evaluations to determine whether there is a speaker we could invite back or a recommended speaker or topic someone would like us to bring in. If you find the conference a good fit for you each year, remember that it was designed with you in mind. Wait to see what we have in store for you!

The conference registration contains the opportunity to nominate colleagues. You may nominate an individual or program for Secondary and Post-secondary level in the following categories: Outstanding SPOPS student, Professional, Support Person, Employer and Program. Award recipients and nominating individual(s) will receive notification as to outcome of nominations. Award recipients will be invited to attend the conference and receive their award at that time. Nominations are encouraged. Even though the conference has been held for this year, look in the left column under Awards and Recognition to check out the criteria required for award recipients.

Every year all registered conference participants are invited to the hospitality room for an opportunity to network, socialize, and enjoy refreshments. We will host a door prize drawing on Friday morning at the conference wrap-up.  Please help out by bringing a gift to donate and drop them off at the conference check in table upon your arrival. It sure would be great if everyone received a prize!

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For a review of the 2017 conference, click here

For a review of highlights from the 2016 conference, click here