2021 Summer Institute, Virtual

2021 Summer Institute, Virtual
When
8/6/2021 - 8/8/2021

Program

   

Friday, 06 August 2021

 
The success of any organization is dependent on its people. Building and preserving a positive culture is critical to the future of each of our school districts. In this session, you will learn how a focus on happiness can impact an organization and strategies you can use to transform your district’s culture.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

We'll start with a legislative update followed by a highly motivational session based on the most comprehensive research in the country on school board behaviors.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

The school law course gives board members an overview of the school code governing Michigan school districts. Important issues like general liability, conflict of interest, administrators' contracts and current trends and controversies in school law are covered.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Learn the how-to’s and what-to’s of media relations in this course. Understand the basics of working with the media and methods to help school board members get their message out.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Learn practical strategies on how to develop or improve board/superintendent relations. Included in this session will be tips for communication, how to “agree to disagree” appropriately, and strategies to help develop the type of trust that is necessary for a board and superintendent to operate together in a very positive manner.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Now that the bond campaign has passed, the next step is to organize and manage the construction project. This class will provide board members with practical tips on how to interact with administrators and staff, architect, general contractor or construction manager, and citizen stakeholders. There will be a specific focus on project scope, project oversight, financial accountability, and common mistakes. Participants will be able to apply practical tips learned to either a proposed or current construction project. Participants also will share successful or unsuccessful experiences from a construction project.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

What's the most effective and efficient committee structure? This new course will clarify the objectives of the school board committee structure as a way to strengthen the board's role as policy maker and provide the opportunity for board members to formulate, review, analyze and deliberate policy recommendations prior to consideration by the full board. This course will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the committee of a whole, silo committee and model committee structures. Learn how to effectively use committees to: Divide the work of governing into manageable chunks; Ensure more thorough and thoughtful preparation; Establish standing committees that can serve as a vehicle for continuously fine-tuning and upgrading the board's involvement in key governing areas like planning and external relations.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Saturday, 07 August 2021

 
The position of board president carries with it some unique responsibilities different from those of the other positions on the board. In this class, you will learn about leadership qualities, legal considerations, techniques in meeting facilitation, the special relationship between board president and superintendent, and tips to improve the relationship with their board colleagues.
Time
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM

Whether you just won your election or have been serving your community for some time now, Fundamentals of School Board Service will provide you with both a broad overview of your role in school district governance and explore key aspects of school board work. Topics include school board responsibilities, school district structure, effective school board meetings, legal considerations and much more. This course is full of the “just-in-time” information and skills you will need to serve with confidence.
Time
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM

When your superintendent leaves, will your board face a leadership vacuum or will you have a succession plan in place? This highly interactive course will provide board members with the tools to plan and prepare for a change in superintendents and specifically address three different situations: the unexpected emergency, the transitional situation and the anticipation of a change.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Understanding the trends affecting school and communities is key in establishing positive relationships. Learn how new approaches and media options will help you connect with and engage your target audiences while building trust. Discover how to listen to your audiences and how that input can benefit board decision making.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Ever wondered about those "unwritten" rules that govern board service in your district? How are these rules created? Who knows about them? This course will help change those "unwritten" rules into a set of team operating procedures for your district. Learn the steps to develop procedures, the difference between procedures and policies, and the benefits of having written procedures for board operations.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

As a school board member you are responsible for many things. One often overlooked area that is becoming more and more important for your schools image and survival, is your school’s safety and security measures. Upon completion of this class, board members will better understand their roles and responsibilities before, during and after any critical incident occurring within their district.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

This course offers board members practical experience in understanding the process of board self-assessment, and how it can be used to improve the board’s functions and relationships. Learn about the various assessment tools, the benefits of board self-assessment, when to conduct a board self-assessment and the mistakes to avoid when doing self-assessments.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

Participants will share what customer service looks like in their home district. Hear from others what has and hasn't worked for them when creating and achieving a customer service culture. Learn how to determine who your customers really are and how best to serve them. Class attendees will leave with at least three new ways to provide better service. Learn what customer service in education really looks like by: Working through small group discussions to share what superior customer service looks like in different districts; Brainstorming with others how to improve customer service in your home district; Discussing all of the education choices families have and how customer service can give your school district a competitive advance and retain and attract students.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

This course is designed to teach the necessary skills and knowledge for establishing policy. You will learn how to identify common policy errors, develop procedures, oversee policy and use the Policymaker's Checklist.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

What kinds and types of Superintendent/staff reports are most valuable for boards to receive in order to fulfill the board's monitoring role? Has your board determined and communicated what it needs? During this course you will have the opportunity to learn how to evaluate the quality of staff reports, how to use them to measure and evaluate organizational performance and how to improve and increase accountability and communication with staff.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Experience-based interviewing is a research proven method of employee selection that helps predict which candidates will be high performers. It is now being offered as an option to boards engaged in MASB superintendent searches. Participants in CBA 242 will learn the principles of experience-based interviewing and practice question writing, interviewing skills and scoring procedures.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Hone your skills as an advocate for public education in a nuts-and-bolts session on three critical skills: writing letters-to-the-editor; crafting key messages and sound bites; and participating in editorial boards and public forums.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Explore the process of opinion formation, and learn how you and other school leaders can influence public confidence in public schools. This “advocacy skills” course takes you to the heart of perception, trust and credibility issues, giving you tools to build community involvement and lasting support for your school programs and reforms.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Sunday, 08 August 2021

 
This interactive, advanced workshop builds upon the leadership skills taught in the Board President’s Workshop.  It features best practices and real-life strategies which address some of the specific challenges board presidents face as they lead their teams forward during turbulent times. Topics addressed include board turnover, behavioral styles, dealing with the media, engaging your community and conflict resolution.
Time
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM

As a result of taking this course, board members will have a better understanding of and appreciation for the important part of communication we term "feedback.” The course focuses on both formal and informal feedback. It discusses ways to gain feedback, what feedback is appropriate, how to determine the validity of feedback and how to use feedback to better reflect community views.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Have you ever thought to yourself that some of your board meetings could run much more effectively? A chronic complaint of many board members is that meetings are often unproductive, uninspiring and overly time-consuming. This course will introduce you to practical strategies and techniques that will lead to effective and productive meetings. Learn about ways to work with the superintendent, maintain order during public comments, facilitate difficult discussions, plan and prepare for board meetings, work with the media and many other helpful tips.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

The financial position of a school district is disclosed annually in a year-end financial report prepared by an independent auditor. The major purpose of this process is to determine if the financial statements submitted for audit have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Learn how to interpret key components of your district’s audit report in order to deepen your understanding of this important financial document that is presented to the public. As the public, legislature and media call for greater accountability and transparency of district finances, this course will help you be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

With four generations currently in the workforce, it's sure to bring challenges and opportunities when dealing with different work ethics, values and needs. Many of the challenges of generational differences are the result of the influences people experienced growing up. This course will help you understand these generational differences and how they impact the board team relationship. It's also important for board members to understand how generational differences impact the way they communicate with parents and community members. Attendees will leave with specific strategies for interacting with four different generations.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

The first portion of this course deals with the current State School Aid Act and its importance to and future impact on local boards of education. The second portion explores development and monitoring phases of a local district's budget, and includes some of the pitfalls that board members might face.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

One of the major responsibilities of a board of education is setting strategic direction and developing goals for their district. This interactive course describes a process that includes an analysis of the district environment, community and staff input, and essential district data that’s at the core of a successful, functional strategic plan. Learn the board's role in goal-setting, the best approach for planning, how to identify key issues, trends and forces impacting school districts, how to develop goals and key indicators to assess progress, and why they are essential for accountability.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

A reporter is looking for you…what are you going to say when the camera turns on, or a microphone is stuck in your face? Preparing for successful media interviews and learning how to state your message effectively will be covered. Find out how to avoid common mistakes and reporters’ traps. Develop usable sound bites on key issues in public education.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

This course will acquaint school board members with the various legal issues a school district must carefully handle in order to operate its athletics program with minimal risk of liability. Among the subjects that will be covered: discipline of school athletes, eligibility rules, personnel issues, drug testing, Title IX and religious issues.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

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