Resurgence: Filling the Gaps for Michigan’s Children!

The Michigan AfterSchool Association invites you to submit a presentation proposal for consideration for the Michigan AfterSchool Association (MAA) Fall Conference, November 3 & 4, 2022 in Southfield, MI at The Westin Southfield Detroit.

It is anticipated that over 400 out-of-school time administrators and practitioners will attend the conference.

The MAA Fall Conference is a professional development event for the Michigan expanded learning community, including teachers, on-site staff, administrators, child care providers, and parents.

MAA is excited to announce that this year’s conference theme is Resurgence: Filling the Gaps for Michigan’s Children!

Disruption to our education systems during the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable learner, exacerbating pre-existing inequalities with potentially dramatic and long-lasting implications.  This requires urgent action to address learning gaps and ensure smooth and continued educational pathways for all students. Over the long term, systems will need to strengthen learner resilience, fostering environments in which every child has the competencies required to reach their full potential. While we must be clear-eyed about the scale of the challenges facing Michigan’s children, we can also advance in partnership and solidarity by building on our past, with ambition and confidence in our future. This conference will be about a return to the way things were, but how to effectively implement remedial measures today while building student’s resilience for tomorrow, 

Join us November 3 & 4 to:

  • Identify Strategies by engaging in strategic conversations with state and community leaders from across the state to identify solutions that advance the future of children in programs during before, afterschool, expanded learning and early childhood.
  • Share Stories to inspire each other: Participants will share stories and seek advice with other participants who represent a diverse range of perspectives in the field.  In interactive sessions with passionate speakers,you’ll encounter illuminating perspectives to inform policy and practice in your communities.
  • Advance Racial Equity: Engage in discussions designed to educate, enlighten, and empower action to foster racially equitable systems and dismantle systemic racism.
  • Explore the importance of the partnership between schools and expanded learning centers to create a seamless learning experience and provide equitable learning opportunities.
  • Take strides to understand the importance that early childhood education plays when transitioning into a school or expanded learning center.

Participants have the opportunity to earn CEU’s and “State Continuing Education Clock Hours” (SCECHs).

Presenters may submit proposals for 1.5 to 2.0 hour sessions for Thursday or Friday or either.  We welcome your proposals for creating an inclusive, learner-centered event that will focus on filling the gaps for our children in this post Covid world. Submissions for sessions are due by September 9, 2022. Presenters will receive notification of acceptance by September 18, 2022.

Important: Please refrain from submitting a session proposal that is geared toward product promotion. Sessions should remain educational in nature while product sales are to remain in vendor areas.

MAA is looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for expanded learning professionals around the country. MAA’s goal is to offer relevant, timely education and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful. We encourage proposals that address the needs of the full age range of children and youth who participate in expanded learning programs.

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:

  • Mental Health  (mental health and self-care in the expanded learning field and support strategies for students, communities, and staff)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Trauma
  • Gun Safety in Schools
  • Urban, Rural, and at-risk Populations 
  • Effective Online Learning Strategies
  • Workforce Development
  • Financial literacy
  • Faith Based Communities working with youth in expanded learning time
  • Early childhood

Presenters must be practitioners from the field and presentations must be non-commercial in nature.

A maximum of two (2) presenters per proposal are offered the following:

  • Complimentary conference registration for the day that you will present.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch on day of presentation
  • Handout duplication of one (1) double-sided page when camera-ready copy (with, if applicable, appropriate copyright approval) is received by October 7, 2022.  Presenters are encouraged to include an email address on handout materials so they can disseminate additional information to participants electronically.
  • Audiovisual/presentation equipment: microphone(s) where warranted, LCD projector (for use with your laptop computer), cart and screen. Other equipment may be available upon request.
  • All session rooms will have complimentary internet access.
  • Laptops are not provided for any presentations.
  • Presenters are responsible for bringing appropriate cable connections for any Apple brand products as well as their projector. Unless noted on their form.
  • All meeting rooms will be set according to presenters request.
  • Panel tables will be added to sessions if noted on the form.

For questions contact us at or 269-337-0707

We look forward to working with you!


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