Learning From Each Other

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, June 21, 2017

Andrew Carnegie once noted, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” These are true statements for most of what we face in our lives, and are definitely true when it comes to school board service.

Working together and learning from fellow board members in your own district, within your counties at the ISD level, around the state and even nationally is a valuable commodity for the type of role you are in. While every district is unique, there are many common activities and obstacles faced by all and having conversations with your peers, learning from content experts and exploring real-life scenarios can help you be as effective as possible.

To help facilitate these interactions, MASB services include in-district seminars and workshops, board self-assessment, conferences and courses. At the federal level, the National School Boards Association provides similar services too.

As you look ahead to your next school/board year, be sure to visit the MASB website at to learn more about which of these opportunities would work best for you and your district.

Options include:

Summer Leadership Institute—a new MASB one-day conference that will be beneficial for you and your superintendent. Sessions will cover the impact of relational trust on student achievement in school communities, new governance standards, the state of our schools with State Superintendent Brian Whiston and a mock board meeting, with plenty of time set aside for Q & A and discussions with your fellow attendees.

Board Member Certification Classes (CBAs)—courses covering the fundamentals of school board service to specifics on communications, budget, curriculum, law, advocacy and more, are offered monthly (except July) at various locations around the state, or you can choose to schedule a class right in your district.

Annual Leadership Conference—scheduled for Nov. 9 – 12, 2017, in Lansing, registration for MASB’s flagship event will launch next month.

Strategic Planning—customized strategic planning and goal-setting provides a framework for getting input from stakeholders, creates opportunities to develop or revise the mission and vision of the district, develops a process for establishing short- and long-term goals, and creates a plan for implementation, evaluation and improvement. MASB would work directly with your district to create a plan that’s right for you.

Whether you are a new or veteran board member, there is much that can be learned from each other. Take advantage of a MASB opportunity today by contacting the Leadership Development and Executive Search Services Department at 517.327.5900 or

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller

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