Annual Leadership Conference

Nov. 9 – 12, 2017
Lansing Center


Do you have the Courage to Lead your district to success? #MASBALC will help you get there.

  • Four days.
  • Dozens of sessions.
  • Hundreds of attendees.
  • One superpowered conference.

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Preconference sessions include:

  • It COULD Happen Here: Confronting Sexual Abuse in Our Schools
    For many school leaders, the thought of a case of sexual abuse happening in our districts is unimaginable. The truth, however, is that no one is immune. This timely and impactful Preconference Session will deal directly with the role of the board of education in these crises, best practices as we work to prevent them, and lessons learned from those who have walked through them. 
  • The Governor’s 21st Century Education Report: Improving Student Achievement
    What’s working in education? What are top performers around the country and world doing to impact the achievement of students in their districts? A Commission completed an investigation into the areas of school governance, funding and accountability, and presented the Governor with 32 recommendations. In this highly interactive Preconference Session, join two members of the Commission as the group digs deeper into the Governor’s 21st Century Education Report to explore the Commission’s findings and how they may look in the next administration. 
  • Board Member Certification Classes (CBAs)
  • Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference

Conference activities entail:

  • General Session Speakers
  • Exhibit Show
  • Clinic Sessions on finances, communication, advocacy, technology, legal strategies, marketing and more

Postconference options:


Featured General Session Speakers

Innovation Nation: Open the Curiosity Door
Steve Dembo

Discover how to create a culture of innovation and spark creativity in your schools and classrooms. This session will explore how districts are rethinking education and enacting systemic, long-term change.  Both bottom-up and top-down, we’ll demonstrate meaningful ways to avoid falling into the trap of knee-jerk solutions that rarely push our school systems forward. From design thinking to strategic planning, you’ll walk away with concrete steps to launching your school into the future!

Achievement and Opportunity in America: Critical Next Steps for School Boards
Daria Hall

Participants will learn about the latest data on opportunity and achievement for all Michigan students, with a focus on low-income students and students of color. These data will serve as a jumping-off point for conversation about policies and practices that have been proven to raise achievement and close gaps, and the key roles that school board members have in advancing them.

Inspiring Students to Touch the Sky
Barrington Irving

How can we fuse the passion to explore, the skill to fly around the world, and the ability to make science, technology, engineering and math real and relevant? Better yet, how can we help teachers introduce STEM+ without being a subject matter expert in these fields? Answering these questions, led Irving to investigate real-world STEM problems across the globe, taking him to six continents where he carried out 30 powerful ground, air and sea expeditions exploring real-life applications of STEM+. 

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