Annual Leadership Conference On-Demand Sessions
The following session recordings are available at no cost to MASB member districts.

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The Delegate Assembly establishes policy and rules for MASB through its resolutions and bylaws. The Resolutions and Bylaws Committee encourages a board's input in developing MASB positions on legislative, legal and administrative issues of state-wide significance.

When: November 5, 2020
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Researchers report that the average superintendent tenure across the country is approximately five years and that superintendent turnover can contribute to organizational dysfunction and adversely impact student achievement. This session will examine the factors that contribute to superintendent turnover and retention, as well as the recruitment and hiring processes. Come prepared to share your... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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This session will focus on challenges encountered by district school boards and district leaders during times of crisis. A discussion of strategies for dealing with compliance issues while maintaining operations and delivering educational services will be held.

When: November 6, 2020
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In the midst of COVID-19, a racial injustice pandemic, and a national election, school leaders are navigating the most polarizing time of their careers. In light of this, how might leaders transform their districts to be restorative spaces that move toward “AND/WITH” approaches? Inspired by “Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools” (Thorsborne and Blood) and “Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences” (Kise), this session will engage participants in selected activities,... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Leadership requires a multitude of skills, including self-care, self-awareness and communication. This session will provide strategies participants can implement in and out of meetings to help build personal skills and routines designed to ensure they’re taking care of themselves so they can then take care of others.

When: November 6, 2020
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Student representatives on your board of education can ensure student voice is a part of board governance. Students are why we serve and including them in the process of governance is critical for high-achieving districts. This session will highlight the why, including first-hand accounts from a current student representative. It will also highlight how to make this a reality and share insights into the possibilities that student voice at the board table can... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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This session will encourage members to become strong public education advocates for K-12 students and their districts through tips on how advocacy can be made easy and effective. Participants will not only learn the tools to engage in the legislative process, but how to grow grassroots advocacy efforts in their region and essentially build community-based coalitions.

When: November 6, 2020
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Imagine a school district with a diverse student body where every student feels safe and valued, and all students—regardless of race, culture, home language, sexual orientation, gender identity, academic history or individual challenges—have the opportunity to succeed with challenging classes, projects and activities. In this district, teachers notice and meet students' individual instructional needs and foster a harmonious and supportive environment—and students feel empowered to... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Every school finance election has two timelines. If you plan to have an election in the next couple of years, your school district is in "Timeline One" right now. Attend this session to see where you are on the continuum and the steps you should take to have a successful election. Why should you care? Planning now for Timeline One will make Timeline Two much easier and provide better success at the polls.

When: November 6, 2020
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Invest for SUCCESS! You have selected the leader of your district; now it’s time to make sure he/she continues to grow in that role. Professional development is critical to the success of your superintendent. Districts that support the professional growth of their leaders will ultimately add to their overall success. This session will explore opportunities and the programming needed to add to the longevity of your district... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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There are critical lessons to be learned about school safety in a post-pandemic America— and not all of them have to do with infectious disease. In this timely, interactive session, we'll explore the critical need for an all-hazards approach to school safety that empowers school districts to plan for, prevent, and respond to a wide array of natural and man-made hazards. Vital, but often overlooked crisis response principles, such as threat assessment, continuity of operations... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Nearly 300,000 students in Michigan during the 2018-2019 school year were “chronically absent,” meaning they missed at least 10% or more of school days per year. School officials around the nation are focused on finding ways to reduce this number. Many schools, however, already have an effective and powerful tool at their disposal— school breakfast. We will share compelling new research on how effective serving breakfast after the bell can be to reducing chronic absenteeism in... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Looking for a way to talk with kids about school safety, bullying, social media and more? Then take a look at the Cartoonversation Read-Along— law enforcement, kids, and educators coming together to watch cartoons, laugh, talk and build lasting relationships and stronger communities. There is no prep time needed, no additional special skills. All materials are free for every school in Michigan, and all materials are aligned with state teaching standards and SEL core... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Learn about common ethical dilemmas that arise in schools. Examine examples of actual fraud that has occurred at local school districts and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.

When: November 6, 2020
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This presentation will provide a general overview of the school district audit process, while placing specific emphasis on areas of interest for those charged with governance. This will include a discussion of best practices for effective oversight of a school business office, aiming to provide attendees with additional tools for evaluating compliance and performance. Also included is a synopsis of the Federal Compliance Audit and its relationship to federal grants administered by a... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Learn the fundamentals of completing a capital project— from developing the initial project scope and planning phase, drafting effective bond proposals and the importance of the construction contracts and the bidding process. Attorneys specialized in both finance and construction will coordinate with other critical players in the school bond and construction process, including the financial advisor and architect or construction manager, to provide a complete picture of the process... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Title IX cases in public schools are on the rise and violations include a wide range of allegations including molestation, sex discrimination and sexual, verbal, visual, and physical harassment. With an escalation in the frequency and severity of Title IX cases, it is important for districts to learn how to properly navigate these claims. Join experts from Michigan’s largest school insurance pool and a Michigan-based defense attorney to learn how Title IX will affect your current... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Our children’s social and emotional development is too important to be an add-on or an afterthought, too important to be left to chance. Integrated SEL empowers every teacher to help students develop skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives. Consider the ways in which your school system can build students’ sense of identity and their belief in their ability to learn, overcome challenge, and influence the world around... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Hear one school district's story about how its collaborative and caring culture, strategic vision and focus on innovative practices enabled it to transform over a weekend from brick-and-mortar schools with face-to-face instruction to its Cloud Learning Initiative without missing a beat.

When: November 6, 2020
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The landscape has changed significantly since Michael F. Rice, Ph.D. took the helm at the Michigan Department of Education in August 2019.  Join us for meaningful discussion with Michigan’s State Superintendent about leadership, learning, and what comes next for Michigan students. Dr. Rice was appointed Michigan’s 45th State Superintendent of Public instruction by the State Board of Education in May 2019. He officially began his work as state superintendent on Aug.1, 2019.  Dr. Rice... Details
When: November 6, 2020
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Bloomfield Hills Schools has learned a lot about crisis communication after being one of the first districts nation-wide to experience a major cyber security breach, an active shooter false alarm in the 2019-2020 school year and now the response to a global pandemic. The district operated from a comprehensive crisis plan that was co-constructed with local police to ensure tight crisis collaboration. In this session, presenters will share the key lessons learned from communicating... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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COVID-19 revealed just how underprepared our education system was for an abrupt shift to remote learning. As we reshape our schools to better prepare for the future, school boards play a critical role in forging the path forward. In this session, a panel of Michigan school leaders share lessons from the field on how school boards can assess the efficacy of their remote learning program, diagnose community needs, and shape policies for student... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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A well-thought out onboarding process for newly elected/appointed trustees helps to prepare new them for success and enables the board to focus on forward progress for your students. Join your colleagues in this session for lively sharing of best practices as well as pointers from a few of MASB’s veteran governance consultants!

When: November 7, 2020
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This session will inform school board members and superintendents about dyslexia, who it impacts, and how multisensory, structured and sequential reading instruction can change the lives of children in their communities.

When: November 7, 2020
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In this session, you’ll better understand your district's changing climate for student learning and how to support school communities to increase student achievement. You’ll also gain an understanding of the conditions that optimize teaching and learning, narrow or eliminate the achievement gap, improve accountability, and foster continuous improvement within a clearly defined system. Finally, attendees will understand how shared leadership grows ownership and energy to meet the... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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When it comes to school culture and successful school improvement, good strategies will not implement themselves. The collective belief systems, values and behaviors of the school community will have a major impact on the success or failure of your improvement journey. Effective leadership, from the school board level to the classroom, is the catalyst to developing high- performing districts. In this session, we will explore strategies that inspire, enlighten and push people to do... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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This session will focus on board fiduciary responsibility of monitoring and maintaining district financial health through use of best business practices. Current national research on district sustainability, as well as recent Michigan case studies, will provide participants with a road-map on how to recognize and support best practices for district sustainability. This presentation will be given by a CPA and 40-year veteran of school business leadership. Topics include tenets of... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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Never in our lifetimes have our communities and our children's lives been so disrupted. In Michigan, board and township board responsibilities are distinct and clearly defined, yet in this period of upheaval should we not innovate with each other to rebuild and restore our communities' progress? This session will share success stories and work toward planning actionable initiatives within your community.

When: November 7, 2020
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The online Parent Dashboard was developed by the Michigan Department of Education in collaboration with the Center for Educational Performance and Information to advance the State Board of Education’s vision of an easy-to-use dashboard filled with meaningful school-level data that offers a more balanced picture of school quality. This session explores what information is available on the Parent Dashboard, resources available for districts to help communicate about the Parent... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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Get the latest scoop about legislative activities, proposed bills and what’s happening in Lansing and Washington, D.C. from the MASB Government Relations staff.

When: November 7, 2020
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Today's institutions of learning must have competent, forward-thinking leaders and educators who have the necessary skills to manage their schools and classrooms effectively. To be a great leader, you need to be progressive, have integrity, lead with an inclusive and open-mindset and be aware of the ever-changing world around you. This discussion will help attendees create, enhance, grow and cultivate an understanding of the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion while... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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MASB’s Legal Counsel will share updates on COVID-19- related issues, recent court decisions interpreting school- related laws, legislative changes and other trending school law topics while also answering all of your legal questions.

When: November 7, 2020
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Administrating health benefits for school districts can be challenging in the ever-evolving world of health care. Attendees will learn about MESSA’s comprehensive suite of business services that ease the workload for HR teams; MESSA’s Business Administration Center that provides online enrollment tools, invoices, reports and more; and other tools that simplify administrating health benefits. School board members will gain knowledge needed to make informed decisions about how to best... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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COVID-19 has been a period of unanticipated challenges that were new to everyone involved. District leadership played a key role in meeting the needs of students while they were prevented from attending school. Join representatives from the Michigan Department of Education in a discussion of best practices and lessons learned from the crisis and the unique role school board members played to support district... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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Parents and schools do not always agree as to what is appropriate for a child with a disability. When disagreements occur, the mechanisms to resolve these disputes are potentially costly both in terms of financial expenses and relationships. We will provide an overview of the dispute resolution mechanisms available to parents under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. We will also highlight... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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Don't get Facebook Fired! This entertaining and informative presentation will help administrators and board members navigate the difficult waters of employees' use of social media both inside and outside of the classroom. You will laugh (and groan) while learning what educators should not do on social media, as well as learn what administrators and the board can do to protect the district and students from employees' poor use of social... Details
When: November 7, 2020
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Otsego Public Schools will be moving to solar energy on all of its campuses. This presentation will share our process by showing how we involved our students, moving through the legal process, how we involved our board, the cost savings, and the future applications for our students with a student solar array and SAMI Solar.

When: November 7, 2020
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What are the agreements among board members about how each member will treat one another at the board table? Whether called a code of conduct, social contract, standards of practice or guiding principles, adopting behavioral boundaries form the foundation of effective governance. In this engaging and hands-on learning environment, Board members will leverage MASB's Board of Education Governance Standards to inform performance at the board table. Take-aways will include both a... Details
When: November 7, 2020