CBA Program

Achievement Isn’t Just for Kids!

The Certified Boardmember Awards Program offers school board leaders a way to develop new skills, stay up-to-date on educational issues and earn recognition for development as a school board member. The links below provide course descriptions for the CBA core 100-level classes and the advanced CBA 200- or 300- level courses, along with the time and location of course offerings in the near future.

View and Register for CBA Classes

Non-MASB members are welcome to participate in MASB's CBA classes and other learning opportunities but must add 30% to the class total.

NEW! Training Reimbursement

Public Act 87 of 2021, Article 3, Part 2, Sections 201 and 1100, authorizes the Michigan Department of Education to reimburse local school districts for school board member training intended to develop and enhance board member knowledge of school operations and education law. Local districts may be reimbursed up to $100 per course for individual board members receiving such training.

MASB is an approved training program provider for the following classes. Follow these steps to submit for reimbursement for the classes listed below.

Board Governance

  • CBA 101: Fundamentals of School Board Service
  • CBA 105: Curriculum and Instruction
  • CBA 106: Community Relations
  • CBA 108: Navigating the Legislative Process
  • CBA 109: Data-Informed Decisionmaking
  • CBA 213: Capital Planning for Your District
  • CBA 223: Parliamentary Procedure
  • CBA 224: Succession Planning
  • CBA 227: Ethical Challenges
  • CBA 229: Reporting and Monitoring Organizational Performance
  • CBA 251: District Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
  • CBA 253: Board Operating Procedures
  • CBA 257: School District Safety and Security
  • CBA 258: Conflict Resolution—Techniques for School Boards
  • CBA 259: Creating Trust: Key Ingredient in School Improvement
  • CBA 276: Board/Superintendent Relations
  • CBA 297: Effective Board Meetings
  • CBA 298: Creating High-Performing Schools
  • CBA 303: Overseeing the Superintendency
  • CBA 380: Effective Committee Structure
  • MASB Tool-Specific Superintendent Evaluation Training

Conflicts of Interest

  • CBA 104: Basic School Law

Education Law

  • CBA 102: Governing Through Policy
  • CBA 214: Open Meetings Act
  • CBA 290: Advanced School Law

Labor Relations

  • CBA 107: Labor Relations

School Finance

  • CBA 103: Basic School Finance
  • CBA 215: Advanced School Finance
  • CBA 287: How to Survive Budget Shortfalls (merged with 310)
  • CBA 310: Budget Anatomy and Shortfalls
  • CBA 315: Anatomy of an Audit Report

MASB Comes to You!

We often get requests from ISDs/CASBAs to offer a CBA class on site. MASB is pleased to accommodate this type of request. We will process registrations and arrange for instructors and class delivery. We ask you to provide a facility and necessary meal arrangements.

Our one stipulation is that there be a minimum of 15 participants. If there are less than 15 registrations, the ISD/CASBA must agree to pay the remaining difference up to an equivalent rate of 15 for the class to be held. Many ISDs/CASBAS have taken advantage of this arrangement allowing board members yet another opportunity to conveniently pursue their board development.

Another arrangement that local school districts may be interested in is having CBA classes provided at their site. Several districts have requested onsite CBA classes for their board members as another way to assist board members in getting the board development they need. The classes are often customized to meet the particular needs of the district. Again, we are pleased to work with districts in offering classes in this manner.