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!
Any new board member who attends eight of the 11 New Board Member Series webinars live from January through November will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized at our Dec. 8 webinar as an official 2021 New Board Member Alum.
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.
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.”
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.
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.