What Lies Beneath

The Michigan AfterSchool Association invites you to submit a presentation proposal for consideration for the Michigan AfterSchool Association (MAA) Fall Conference, September 19-20, 2021 in Traverse City, MI at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

It is anticipated that over 500 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 What Lies Beneath.

This  conference will highlight and address ways to pull out resources that will be beneficial to support programs and communities,  and by bringing in people that are knowledgeable in the field and support our efforts as we navigate and address ways to bring us back to some normalcy within our communities in our field.

The impact of Covid 19 on all students is significant. As districts, communities and families resume academic and enrichment instruction in the upcoming school year, they will not only need to address the significant social and emotional toll that the crisis has taken on children, but also widespread unfinished learning and learning losses sustained in the wake of school closures. Addressing Mental Health and Social-Emotional Wellness in the COVID-19 Crisis—we will need to  provide a collection of resources and guidance for creating learning environments that are physically and psychologically safe for students, communities, families  and staff. This conference will provide and promote a proactive and inclusive approach to communication, outreach, and intervention, as well as shared ownership of the mental health and social and emotional well-being of all students in expanded learning and out-of-school time. 

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 Sunday, Monday, or either.  We welcome your proposals for creating an inclusive, learner-centered event that will focus on what challenges lie ahead in this post Covid world. Submissions for sessions are due by June 30, 2021. Presenters will receive notification of acceptance by July 15, 2021.

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
  • Community and Police Engagement
  • Grant Writing and You got the grant, now what?
  • Urban, Rural, and at-risk Populations 
  • Social Justice
  • Student outcomes and employability (career pathways)
  • Financial literacy
  • Best practices in measuring outcomes and impact
  • Safety and Wellness
  • SEL/Stem
  • 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 September 9, 2021  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


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We look forward to working with you!


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MAA Office:

151 South Rose Street, Suite 601, Kalamazoo Mi 49007