March 15-18, 2023
Detroit, Michigan

Unboxing Education


Schedule of Events

Workshop Wednesday (workshops require a separate fee and pre-registration)
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration Opens in Huntington Place Concourse

9:30AM - 11:30AM

Workshop Slot #1

11:30AM - 1:00PM

Lunch Break

(lunch on your own, meals are not provided)

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Workshop Slot #2

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Snack Break for All Workshop Attendees

3:30PM - 5:30PM

Workshop Slot #3

Why You
Should Attend

MACUL 2023 will be give every attendee access to cutting edge tools, classroom resources and learning strategies for today’s technology driven schools.

As an attendee, you will be able to learn, get inspired and grow from the following:


Full Conference

$ 289
/per person
  • $339 after deadline

One Day

$ 219
/per person
  • $269 after deadline


$ 99
/per person
  • $129 after deadline
  • $25 Presvc teacher
  • $125 PT after deadline


$ 129
/per person
  • $159 after deadline


The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference will be held in Detroit, MI from March 15-18, 2023. Yes, you read that right, we will be in person in Detroit after four years missing for the 47th Annual MACUL Conference.


Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going. He’s also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. He’s been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street JournalNew York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.” He speaks for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. Visit him online at

Speakers TBA

A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega (Moo-ji-gae) “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with its highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021. 

Her work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could be habitable for humans and that we don’t harm what’s already there—a job she has been working up to for most of her life. 

After graduating from high school at 16, Cooper studied physics as an undergraduate, received a master’s degree and went on to earn her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at 24 years old with a dissertation on sterilizing spacecraft materials.

Moo is passionate about empowering organizations and others to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles that she articulately conveys through her life story and love of her work.  A role model for women in science and technology, she is also passionate about introducing more people to the wonders of the STEAM world, including by talking about her work to boys and girls from underrepresented communities and appearing on shows like Because Space and Bill Nye Saves the World.

Moo is a recipient of several awards, including the NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal, the Charles Elachi Award for Exceptional Early Career Achievement, and JPL Voyager Awards for Technical Leadership.

Speakers TBA

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.  Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade.  He was also a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position in 2005.  He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin.  

Joe started the #1minwalk2work Leadership Challenge, and co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School’s StoryPrincipal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love.  He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019. He has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Telling Your School Story, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff.  Go Crickets!!

Speakers TBA

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a lifelong educator and learner. With over 20 years of experience in public education, Jennifer has served as:

  • a classroom teacher

  • a teacher librarian

  • district digital teaching and learning specialist 

  • district school library media lead

  • state-wide library/technology support consultant for NCDPI

  • independent contractor/consultant 

  • Adjunct faculty at both Rutgers and Antioch Universities. 

    • Courses designed and delivered:​

      • School Library Program Management​

      • School Library Collection Development

      • Developing Digital Detectives: Information Literacy in the Digital Age

      • Emerging Literacies

      • Young Adult Literature

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English/Language Arts from the University of NC at Wilmington. And she earned her Master’s in Library Science from Appalachian State University. She also holds National Board Certification in the area of School Library Media. Some of the awards and distinctions she has received include:

  • ALA, New York Times and Carnegie Corporation’s “I Love My Librarian Award,”

  • Library Journal Mover and Shaker

  • AASL Social Media Superstar: “Social Justice Defender.”

  • Salem Press Blog of The Year

Jennifer has published numerous articles on best educational practices for journals like Teacher Librarian, ISTE, School Library Connections and Knowledge Quest. She’s also the coauthor of the books Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In the Age of Fake News (ISTE, 2018) and Developing Digital Detectives (ISTE, 2021) with Darren Hudgins. Jennifer currently resides in Olympia, Washington where she spends time chasing after her two dogs, drinking lots of coffee and updating her award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.