MAAAS/MASB Equity & Urban Education Symposium, MASB Spring Institute and Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes

Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
Kalamazoo
April 27 – 29, 2018

Three days jampacked with tools and resources for board members of all experience levels.

Come for one or more days—we hope to see you there!

CBA Information, April 27 – 29, 2018

Download the Registration Form Here

Please Note: MASB is in the midst of database enhancements that impact online registration. To ensure consistent, reliable service to members, we will be taking paper registrations for events until the transition is complete (please complete and mail/fax the form linked above). Thank you for your patience and understanding

Friday Learning Opportunities

Michigan Association of African-American SuperintendentsMAAAS/MASB Equity & Urban Education Symposium and MASB Spring Institute
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $90 per half-day session (8:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.; full-day registration of $180 includes lunch

Developed in partnership with the Michigan Association of African-American Superintendents 

8:30 a.m. – noon

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

9 a.m.
Overcoming the Teacher Shortage
Michigan is in the throes of a serious teacher shortage—unfilled teaching positions and scant applicants are the current reality for many urban districts. In this session, we will explore what is being done about the teacher shortage at the state level and explore how some urban districts have tackled the problem.

10 a.m.
Urban Boards of Education—Effective Board Governance Amidst Local Politics
While the roles and responsibilities of school boards in urban districts are the same as those of their suburban and rural counterparts, the politics of urban school boards can be very different. This session will highlight board behaviors that lead to effective school district governance while simultaneously exploring how leaders can keep the focus on what matters most: their students.

11:15 a.m.
Break

11:30 a.m.
The New Face of the State School Reform Office
The State School Reform Office has been restored to the Michigan Department of Education with long-time MAAAS member Dedrick Martin, Ed.D. at its helm. The SRO has incorporated its work with that of the Partnership District Office, which assists struggling schools to put a broad spectrum of technical expertise and resources in the hands of the school district and allows local districts to use community- and state-level support systems to drive improvement and self-accountability. During this session, Dr. Martin will discuss the current state of efforts related to school reform and partnership districts, and share his vision of support for affected districts.

12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Networking (for registered participants attending both morning and afternoon programs)

1 – 4 p.m.

1 p.m.
Leading for Equity: A Practical Framework for Board Discussion and Action
Using a framework developed by the Arizona School Boards Association, participants will unpack five essential and interrelated areas through which school boards can lead for equity, consider key questions within each, and identify actions board members can take individually and as a leadership team to ensure personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background of students in their district are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.

2:45 p.m.
Break

3 p.m.
The Impact of School Funding on Equity
The School Finance Research Collaborative has released the full report on what it takes to educate a child in Michigan but how might that impact equity? In this session, school leaders with a unique understanding of equity will share their perspectives on the relationship of funding to equity and the potential impacts of the study on both.

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
Cost: $90 each

Your Takeaways
Board member certification classes offer you a way to develop new skills, stay up-to-date on education issues and earn credits toward your school board member certification. Each class has its own description and learning objectives that can be viewed here.

Friday Classes
6 – 9 p.m.

CBA 104: Basic School Law
CBA 109: Board Governance for Data-Informed Decisionmaking
CBA 252: Media Relations
CBA 259: Creating Trust: A Key Ingredient in School Improvement
CBA 375: Board Leadership: A Case Study Approach

Saturday Learning Opportunities

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
Cost: $90 each

Your Takeaways
Board member certification classes offer you a way to develop new skills, stay up-to-date on education issues and earn credits toward your school board member certification. Each class has its own description and learning objectives that can be viewed here.

Saturday Classes
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Morning Participants

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CBA 107: Labor Relations
CBA 227: Ethical Challenges
CBA 260: Public Speaking
CBA 309: Trends in K-12 Educational Technology

8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
CBA 101: Fundamentals of School Board Service

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch for participants attending both 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. classes 

12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
CBA 108: Navigating the Legislative Process
CBA 214: Open Meetings Act
CBA 232: Communicating Effectively in Difficult Times
CBA 297: Effective Board Meetings

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
CBA 103: School Finance & School Budget
CBA 234: Using Persuasive Skills to Build Consensus
CBA 261: Advocacy for Public Education
CBA 263: Focusing on Feedback
CBA 344: Data First: High School & Beyond

Sunday Learning Opportunities

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
Cost: $90 each

Your Takeaways
Board member certification classes offer you a way to develop new skills, stay up-to-date on education issues and earn credits toward your school board member certification. Each class has its own description and learning objectives that can be viewed here.

Sunday Classes
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Morning Participants

8:30  – 11:30 a.m.
CBA 246: Advanced Community Relations
CBA 257: School District Safety & Security
CBA 343: Data First: Teacher Quality

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Lunch for participants attending both 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. classes 

12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
CBA 105: Curriculum & Instruction
CBA 325: Board Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles
CBA 360: ISDs/RESAs/RESDs/ESAs: What Can They Do for My District?

MASB Guest and Meal Policy

MASB makes every effort to keep costs for programs and services as reasonable as possible for members. To help with that effort, and out of respect for all of our registered attendees, we ask that you please understand the following:

  • All Meal functions are for registered attendees ONLY.
  • All registered attendees should have their conference name badge on during all scheduled functions.
  • Meals provided by MASB are to be consumed in the designated meeting space identified for that portion of the programming.
  • Food and beverage items are not permitted to leave the meal function room unless already agreed upon by MASB staff.
  • Guests are required to be preregistered by a Conference Registrant in order to participate in conference programming and meal events.
  • A guest is defined a spouse, significant other, family member or friend of a conference registrant.
  • School board members and school district staff are not eligible to register as “guests.”
  • Guests are not eligible for education credit or SCECHs.
  • Guests will receive and MUST wear their conference badge at all times while attending conference events.

Hotel Information

Address
Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
100 W. Michigan
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Reservations: 269.343.3333
Please refer to MI Association of School Boards when making reservation

Single/Double: $133/night
Triple: $143/night
Quad: $153/night
Rates subject to sales tax where applicable and occupancy assessment.

Check-in: 4 p.m.
Check-out: Noon
Reservation Cut-off: Friday, April 13, 2018

The Radisson is providing a discounted self-parking rate of $10 and a discounted valet parking rate of $18 for all registered overnight guests. Standard hourly parking rates at the time of event will apply.