The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators is comprised of superintendents and administrators representing the 57 Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) in the State of Michigan. ISD administrators provide and coordinate essential services to their constituent school districts to facilitate teaching and learning. By coordinating efforts and resources, ISDs provide specialized services to students that would not be affordable/feasible otherwise. These services can include special education, vocational training, interdisciplinary subjects, language programs, early childhood education, parent services, community involvement, transportation, extracurricular activities, lifelong learning and adult education, and other necessary and exciting benefits are shared across districts for the success of every learner.
To support and facilitate collaboration of the unique and evolving work of Michigan’s intermediate school districts (ISDs) and the communities they serve, MAISA provides leadership development, collaborative structures, project management, and collective and customized support for the work of its members.
MAISA is Michigan’s leading clearinghouse and catalyst for regional educational leadership, collaboration, and system change.
In pursuit of its vision, MAISA will be…
- its members' first resource for educational information, ideas, and support
- a leader in the political arena and powerful advocate for public education
- a bridge and partner with others who share its passion for educational excellence and improvement
MAISA is affiliated with the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA).
AESA is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states. AESA’s membership is agency wide and includes all ESA employees and board members.
MAISA will take leadership in addressing policy and legislative action that supports and enhances student achievement.
- MAISA will develop a strategy through its standing committees to reduce duplication of effort and increase collaboration among our ISD/RESAs in the development of materials, products, and standards in support of improved student achievement
- MAISA will lead in the development of sustainability and expansion plans for MiBLSi and other multi-tiered systems of support to prevent school failure and enhance teaching performance
MAISA will provide leadership and collaboration in the continued implementation of the MDE/MAISA Joint Partnership agreement to build greater capacity for organizational service and effectiveness.
MAISA will support first time ISD/RESA and local superintendents through mentorship/professional development including the development of an induction system focusing on the unique role of the ISD/RESA superintendent.
MAISA will provide a leadership role in the development of world class educational strategies in Michigan. Important elements in these strategies should include:
- Early Childhood - MAISA will work with other state-wide organizations to build and implement a state-wide, comprehensive early childhood system
- Online, Blended, and Virtual Learning - MAISA will work to identify/develop high quality, low cost online, blended, and virtual learning strategies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of public education in Michigan
- Innovative School Models - MAISA will identify “pockets of innovation” at LEAs and ISDs, provide network links, support initiatives of transformational leadership and help scale successful programs and services
Consolidation of Services
MAISA will provide leadership at the regional and state level to promote and develop appropriate collaborative activities that create efficiencies and expand services to constituent districts.
Effective MAISA Organization
MAISA will identify and support a process to engage the MAISA membership in an on-going dialogue to create and sustain a healthy and effective MAISA organization, with periodic review of goals and progress towards those goals.
Ad Hoc Committees
MAISA will establish specialized ad hoc committees to focus on hot-topic issues that are impacting ISD/RESAs. These committees will convene regularly and report on the results of their efforts as requested.
- MAISA will appoint an ad hoc committee to study the impact of dual superintendencies and the Mason-Lake-Oceana consolidation
- MAISA will appoint an ad hoc committee to review state funding of ISDs, including Sections 56/62, and will develop recommendations for the budgeting process