MSPRA Fall Drive-In Conference is Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Kellogg Center in E. LansingJoel Baum headshot small          GS_logo-linear

"Creating Gender Inclusive Schools"    

featuring Joel Baum from Gender Spectrum as seen at the National School Public Relations Association. 

At lunch, hear the true story of a Michigan middle school student from school officials and a local resource agency with networks throughout Michigan. 

What happens when the first transgender kid comes out at school 


  • National Expert Joel Baum, MS - former science teacher & school administrator of Oakland, CA
  • Engaging presentations and group discussions
  • Video clips featuring the voices of students, parents, and educators
  • A sharpened understanding about the complexity of gender
  • Common sense approaches for clarifying and addressing various issues stakeholders may raise
  • Concrete tools for implementing best practices
  • Answers to your questions


Public relations professionals, superintendents, school board members, principals, counselors, and others seeking to learn about this complex topic.


$100 for members / $125 for non-members (includes parking fee, breakfast and lunch)

Space is limited. Register by October 24.  

Learn how to create a truly inclusive school, gain a sharper understanding of gender, and learn how to respond to issues raised by community members.

The topic of gender, including issues related to transgender students, is front and center for our nation's educators. A shifting legal landscape, growing visibility for transgender and other gender diverse young people, and widely divergent perspectives about the questions being raised by this topic can be confusing, if not overwhelming for educational leaders. This engaging full-day session will address the following important subjects:

  • What is gender, and how does it relate to a person's physical sex or sexual orientation?
  • What does it mean for a child to be transgender?
  • How can schools meet the needs of gender diverse students?
  • What do gender inclusive practices look like and how can schools move toward incorporating them?
  • How can school leaders respond to the issues that various community members raise about the topic?
  • What is the Gender Inclusive Schools Network and how can schools connect?
  • Programs Ends at 3:15 p.m. Sharp!

Register by Friday, October 24, 2016.

  • Scan registration form   and email to Sue White, Data, Sponsor and Accounts Coordinator for MASA/MAISA/MSPRA at OR register online  at OR mail or fax form to:  MSPRA - Sue White, 1001 Centennial Way, Suite 300, Lansing, MI 48917-9279;  Phone: 517.327.5910 / Fax: 517.327.0779 
  • Note:  A number of overnight rooms are being held at the Kellogg Center to accommodate those wishing to spend the night before our Creating Gender Inclusive Schools Fall Drive-In Conference. These rooms will be held at the $110 rate for standard double or $125 rate for deluxe King through Thursday, October 6. Guests will want to use group code 1610MUSKEG when making reservations.  You can make your overnight room reservations online  or by callinig 1-800-875-5090.
  • Call Kristin Tank at 231-767-7263 with questions.



The Office of Civil Rights will be presenting at the December 2, 2016, Michigan School Public Relations Winter Drive-In Conference. The ADA Website Compliance Conference will also include web governance product presentations, best practices, and a survivor panel. We will let our members know when registration is open!



MSPRA 2017 Annual Conference is March 16 and 17, 2017 at Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor

Mark your calendar now.  

Sessions will include "Communicating in a Crisis:  The 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting" featuring Beth Anne Steele, Public Affairs, FBI Portland Oregon Division


Thank you to our 2016 conference sponsorS:

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For 30 years, Joel's work as an educator has focused on issues of social justice and equity. First as an award-winning middle school science teacher and school administrator, he has also served as a district administrator in Oakland, California, as well as a school reform coach with the National Equity Project and professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Gender Spectrum provides education, resources and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. It accomplishes this mission through school trainings, parent support groups and consultations, policy development, our annual Family Conference, and work with medical and mental health care providers, social service agencies, and others working with families, children and teens.