Fall 2023 Conference

Join us for the MERA Fall 2023 Conference! This annual 2-day conference will take place in person at the beautiful Bavarian Inn Lodge, 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. Get ready for a conference filled with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and valuable learning experiences.

The 2-day conference will kick off on Monday, November 20, 2023. Join us for a diverse lineup of experts in their fields. They will share their knowledge and expertise on various topics like:

  • perspectives from a Michigan Legislator
  • data visualization
  • leadership communication
  • continuous improvement
  • state student survey
  • artificial intelligence
  • MDE and MI School Data updates

View the agenda for the complete lineup of experts. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your career, this conference is designed to cater to all levels of experience. You will have the chance to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights that can help you prepare for the anticipated “wave of change” in our educational environments. In addition to the informative sessions, there will be plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Frankenmuth, known for its charming atmosphere and scenic views. Take advantage of the evening to explore the local attractions, indulge in delicious food, or simply connect with fellow attendees.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge, make meaningful connections, and have a memorable experience. Join us at the MERA Fall 2023 Conference and take your professional growth to the next level!

Our Mission

The mission of the Michigan Educational Research Association is to promote accurate, high quality, appropriate and ethical use of research, assessment, and evaluation practices that improve teaching and learning in education.

The Need

There are many forces of change at work in education. Site based management, total quality learning, alternative assessment, individualized instruction, inclusion, and many other new teaching, learning, assessment and management practices are calling for more use of relevant data or information in decision making.

Many of these changes are caused by federal and state initiatives. Often, these changes are being mandated with little regard for research to support the conclusions.

MERA has been and continues to be an organization that supports innovative changes that are supported by valid research.


Share and exchange ideas, techniques, materials, and procedures used in educational research, assessment and program evaluation.

Promote the value and importance of the role of educational research and evaluation in education. Encourage appropriate and ethical use of research, assessment, and program evaluation techniques for the  improvement of education.

For further information contact:



Dave Treder