Betsy Deal

Vice President, Midwest Region

Betsy Deal serves Cognia as the vice president for the Midwest region. She is a 30-year educator, serving as K-12 principal for five years after working as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and instructional coach. Mrs. Deal holds Master of Science degrees in both education administration and reading intervention from the Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is a doctoral candidate with a focus on engagement and transformational leadership.

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Day 2
September 21, 2023
10:15 am

Hot Topic Session: Accreditation in Michigan: Collaboration for Continuous Improvement

21 September
Time:  10:15 am - 11:30 am
Location:  Tower A/B/C

While regional accreditation has been a part of the Michigan educational landscape for over 125 years, the evolution of continuous improvement practices and policies can sometimes leave school leaders with unanswered questions for successful implementation. This session will provide guidance on the status of accreditation in Michigan, its value proposition, and support for the integration/alignment of MDE resources.

12:30 pm

System Accreditation: A Shared Vision for Continuous Improvement [Leadership Development/Other]

21 September
Time:  12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Location:  Peninsula A

As a powerful form of improvement, system accreditation uses research-based standards and evaluative criteria to examine a whole institution or system — the policies, programs, practices, learning conditions, and cultural context — to determine how well the parts work together to carry out the system’s vision. During this session, a panel of Michigan superintendents will provide insight into their system accreditation experiences and how it has impacted their continuous improvement journey.

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