Newsblast - February 2019 Print

Attendance & Truancy Workshop registration now open

MPAAA will host its 2019 Attendance and Truancy Workshop on Thursday, March 14th at Lansing Community College's West Campus in Lansing MI. The Workshop is intended for School, ISD, county court staff and officials with an interest in Attendance and Truancy programs and regulations. This one-day workshop will run from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Our Keynote speaker for 2019 is Ann Adalist-Estrin, the Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University.  Ann will be speaking on the topic of Children of Incarcerated Parents.

In addition, we'll have breakout sessions during the day with speakers from school districts, cyber schools, and county court systems as well as DHHS staff discussing their programs and offering best practices tips to attendees.

The final session of the day will be Truancy 101 with Carolyn Claerhout, J.D., with Oakland Schools. Carolyn will review the current compulsory attendance laws and discuss the recent changes to federally-defined chronic absenteeism. Carolyn will also update attendees on past and potential changes in truancy legislation.

The full agenda is available for download by clicking HERE.

Lansing Community College's West Campus is located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, in Lansing. The Workshop will cost $139.00 for current MPAAA members. Registration fees for non-members are $190.

Lunch is provided, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. For more details, or to register for the Workshop, please visit the MPAAA website, or click HERE.

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CRDC Training now available

Due to the severe weather we've recently been through, several of our CRDC training sessions, which had been scheduled for January, have been pushed into February.

Upcoming sessions:

2/4 - Washtenaw ISD

2/5 - Huron ISD

2/12 - Kent ISD

2/15 - Webinar

2/19 - Oakland Schools

If you would like to sign up for a class, please go to, and look at the sessions available on the right-hand side of the screen.

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Spring Conference Hotel information

MPAAA is busily planning its Spring Conference, to be held at Grand Traverse Resort on May 6-8, 2019.  While we won't be opening registration until March 1, you can contact Grand Traverse Resort now to reserve your room.

To reserve your room online, go to Rates for the 2019 conference are $134 per night for hotel rooms and $164 per night for tower rooms.  You can also call Grand Traverse at (231) 534-6000 and register using code MPA0519.  Should you wish a condo or different style room, please call Grand Traverse, and they will help you get your reservation established.

For those of you who are planning on staying at nearby hotels, we will contract with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, as well as the Cherry Tree Inn & Suites, and have that reservation information for you when we open registration on March 1st.  

I hope we'll see you all up at Grand Traverse.

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