Susan Townsend

Literacy Project Director

Susan Townsend is the Project Director for Literacy at the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA).  She is the Co-Chair of the MAISA GELN Early Literacy Task Force. She leads educational initiatives and professional learning across the state of Michigan.  Susan supports teachers and administrators in professional learning, leadership, curriculum development, literacy, coaching, and mentoring. She has been an educator for 37 years. Following her teaching career as a first and second grade multi-age teacher, she served as an elementary principal for 11 and then moved on to the Director of Instruction and Learning Services at the ISD level.  Susan has earned the MDE Specialty Building Level Leadership Improvement endorsement earned through the MEMSPA Leadership Matters program. Susan is a graduate from Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology and a B.S. degree in Child Development and Elementary Education.  She has an M.A. from Western Michigan University in Educational Leadership.    Susan is a certified NAESP National K-12 Principal Mentor and was a facilitator of the NAESP Mentor Program. She also served as the Senior Advisor for the NASEP Michigan Pre-K Leadership Academy.  

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Day 2
January 19, 2023
1:45 pm

Celebrating Courage & Perseverance

19 January
Time:  1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  Fields (Lower Level)

Commitment is a journey! Perseverance and courage is the KEY to reaching the destination. The literacy and mathematics vision we are striving for requires transformational change in the ways we think about systems, educators, and children. This work takes both courage and perseverance. Participants will engage in dialogue around how the MAISA GELN Literacy and Math Essential Instructional Practices and Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy and Mathematics set the stage for this transformation and understand the commitments that will help them get there. In addition to the Essential Practices, participants will walk away with resources developed to support local districts in this important work.

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