Michigan Occupational
Special Populations Association
Giving an Individual’s Needs Special Attention Since 1975



2017 program
was held May 3-5, 2017
Boyne Mountain Resort and Conference Center
Boyne Falls, Michigan

The following presenters graciously supplied the following materials:

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, Best Selling Author,
Certified Professional Coach, Media Personality, 
Keynote Speaker & Teacher:  Authentic GRIT

Three Hard Things, Your Portrait, The Chess Game and Web of Influence

Personal Curriculum by Rashell Bowerman
First Generation Professionals by Dr. Madonna Jackson
Let's Care About Our Students by Mr. Jeff Simms
Legal Issues Associated with LGBTQ Students by Mr. Kevin Sutton
Best Practices in Guided Pathways: What Michigan is Learning by Ms. Jenny Schanker
Preparing African Americans to Become Successful College Students by Dr. Darrell King
Bridging the Gap: Transition Services for Students with Disabilities by Ms. Holly McKee
Supporting Undocumented Youth in Their Post-Secondary Pursuits by Mrs. Laura Druker
MI Roadmap: Transforming Education Through Technology by Ms. Ann-Marie Mapes
Show Me the Money by Ms. Ingrid Clover
Communities in Schools: Model of Integrated Student Supports and on YouTube by Mr. Jeffrey Brown

These documents are copyrighted by the individuals stated and
are for the sole purpose of the MOSPA Conference participants.





Each year the state conference committee puts together an event that meets both the expressed wishes and the diverse needs of our members. That means we are trying to make sure that each time slot offers speakers and topics of interest to both secondary and post-secondary conference-goers. We also pore over last year's evaluations to determine whether there is a speaker we could invite back or a recommended speaker or topic someone would like us to bring in. If you find the conference a good fit for you each year, remember that it was designed with you in mind. Wait to see what we have in store for you!

The conference registration contains the opportunity to nominate colleagues. You may nominate an individual or program for Secondary and Post-secondary level in the following categories: Outstanding SPOPS student, Professional, Support Person, Employer and Program. Award recipients and nominating individual(s) will receive notification as to outcome of nominations. Award recipients will be invited to attend the conference and receive their award at that time. Nominations are encouraged. Even though the conference has been held for this year, look in the left column under Awards and Recognition to check out the criteria required for award recipients.

Every year all registered conference participants are invited to the hospitality room for an opportunity to network, socialize, and enjoy refreshments. We will host a door prize drawing on Friday morning at the conference wrap-up.  Please help out by bringing a gift to donate and drop them off at the conference check in table upon your arrival. It sure would be great if everyone received a prize!


For a review of highlights from the 2016 conference, click here