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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS

2021 NEW BOARD MEMBER SERIES MONTHLY WEBINARS

Sign up for each month's New Board Member Series webinar where you'll join fellow new board members to hear from experts on a topic pertinent to your first year of service. There will be an opportunity for Q & A as well!

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A WELCOME FROM MASB STAFF

DID YOU KNOW?

Newly elected/appointed board members between November 2020 and December 2021 can register for MASB's Certified Board Member (CBA) 101 course, Fundamentals of School Board Service, free of charge.

Here are the dates currently available (with more to be announced)—register before they fill up:

Saturday, Feb. 20 | FULL

Sunday, Feb. 21 | REGISTER HERE

Saturday, March 20 | REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, March 24 – Thursday, March 25 | REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, May 19 – Thursday, May 20 | REGISTER HERE

Self-Led Online Course | REGISTER HERE

BENEFITS

MASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association of 600+ local and intermediate boards of education located throughout Michigan, representing all public school districts in the state. It is the only statewide organization that represents the school governance perspective.  

As a membership, we can exchange ideas and experi­ences while working toward the shared goal of a strong and healthy public education system that meets the current and future needs of our students.

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GROWTH

Professional growth is a critical component for any job, especially one that oversees the education of Michigan’s children and the responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Board members, charged with guiding and leading change in their local schools, need to be: Aware of emerging educational issues and the latest laws and mandates Familiar with the current best practices, innovations and use of data that lead to increased student achievement Know how to navigate through many operational- and personnel-related matters. Based on a February 2014 EPIC-MRA statewide survey, nearly three out of four respondents believe professional development instruction for school board members was either “Essential” or at least “Very Important.”

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ADVOCACY

The MASB Government Relations Department represents the views of MASB member districts with federal and state legislative leaders, and works to open the lines of communication between locally elected school board members and the elected officials in Lansing and Washington, D.C. These views are established by gathering input from MASB members and having the Board of Directors approve the Association’s legislative priorities. Information on pending legislation and current issues affecting public education is available online through the eVocate system, along with a weekly e-newsletter, News From the Capitol, sent when the Michigan Legislature is in session. Learn more about MASB’s current short- and long-term legislative priorities, state and national legislative activities and information, and current topics in education here.

RECOGNITION

School board members can earn awards for improving their leadership skills, demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and investing in their own continuous improvement. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s training program, as well as for conference attendance and leadership activities. MORE

KNOWLEDGE

The origin of school boards occurred when the colonial legislature of Massachusetts passed a law that gave people the power to establish schools. In the 17th century, Selectmen, the elected representatives of the people, appointed townspeople to a committee to oversee schools. This was the beginning of local control of schools by lay citizens. From this beginning, school boards evolved.  

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