Michael Nauss

Senior Regional Director

Michael Nauss joined Cognia in 2018 and serves as the Senior Regional Director for the state of Michigan.  In this role, Nauss provides oversite and direction for state-wide educational processes, ensuring implementation of quality standards for public/private schools and systems, education corporations, and digital learning institutions.  With an educational career that spans 40 years, Nauss has served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.  Prior to joining Cognia, he represented the Michigan Department of Education, providing oversite for the development and implementation of the Michigan Statewide System of Support and served as the Director of Administration in the Office of K-12 Outreach, in the College of Education, at Michigan State University. Nauss earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Michigan University, with certifications in elementary education and educational 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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