For a list of board members from your county, contact Sarah Ford, 517.327.5907.
School board members from across Michigan earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) for their efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders, demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities.
School board members operate in a complex, ever-changing environment. One that requires they stay abreast of trends and issues facing school districts. One way in which they are able to keep pace with the changes is to participate in training and professional development. In fact, last year more than 800 school board members statewide recognized the benefits of professional development and participated in MASB’s professional development program for elected school leaders. It honors board members for seven levels of achievement (see below and www.masb.org/AwardsRecognition/BoardMemberAwardsProgram/tabid
/71/Default.aspx for specific criteria).
“School districts are facing exceptional challenges, and new opportunities challenge our thinking every day. In this environment, it’s more important than ever that our school leaders are informed and have the most up-to-date information available,” said MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes. “Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for the kids of our state."
To achieve Level One and become “certified,” board members receive 30 hours of classroom training in subjects ranging from school law and finance to community relations. Higher levels of recognition require even more coursework, service and leadership responsibilities.
Special recognition is also given to boards of education when all members within the same board complete different levels. Boards on which all members have completed level one receive MASB’s Honor Board Award. Boards receive the Standard of Excellence Award when all members complete level two, the Award of Merit. Boards on which all members have earned the Master Board Member Award are honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award.
Levels of Certification/Awards
Level 1 – Certified Boardmember Award: Nine 100-level CBA classes
Level 2 – Award of Merit: Level 1 plus 45 education credits
Level 3 – Award of Distinction: Levels 1 and 2, four advanced level CBA classes and 208 education credits
Level 4 – Master Board Member Award: Levels 1-3, nine advanced level CBA classes and 368 education credits
Level 5 – Master Diamond Award: Levels 1-4, fourteen advanced level classes and 528 education credits
Level 6 – Master Platinum Award: Levels 1-5, nineteen advanced level classes and 813 education credits
Level 7 – President’s Award of Recognition: Levels 1-6, twenty-nine advanced level CBA classes and 1,383 education credits
Advocacy Skills Specialty: Level 1 and six advanced level communications classes