2021 Spring Institute

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All courses $90 each; except CBA 101, which is $180.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Back to Basics: School Law Primer for Board Members and School Law Hot Topics

Be prepared for your next legal challenge by attending the Michigan Council of School Attorneys School Law Workshop. Leaders in education law will share valuable information on crucial issues important to school officials. In a time when so many things are changing at lightning speed and the future is impossible to predict, the role of the board of education is even more important. Whether you are newly elected or a veteran board member, you are invited to spend the day with colleagues from across Michigan as we focus on school law topics.

9 a.m. - noon: AM Session ($90)

9 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Program
William Blaha, MCSA President
Collins & Blaha, P.C.
9:05 a.m. School Boards: Members, Meetings and Authority
Charyn Hain, Varnum LLP
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Open Meetings Act Overview
  • Legal Role of a School Board
10 a.m. Student Issues
Robert Schindler, Miller Johnson
  • Student Discipline
  • Special Education Services
10:50 a.m. Break
11 a.m. School Boards as Employers
Jeremy Chisholm, John Kava and Amberly Brennan, Collins & Blaha, P.C.
  • Contracts and Evaluations
  • Role in Negotiations
  • Teachers Tenure Act Overview

1 - 4 p.m.: PM Session ($90)

1 p.m. Welcome and Overview of Program
William Blaha, MCSA President
Collins & Blaha, P.C.
1:05 p.m. School Board Members and Social Media: The Legal Pitfalls
Jennifer Starlin, Thrun Law Firm, PC
2 p.m. The School Board’s Title IX Role
Kara Rozin, Clark Hill, PLC
2:50 p.m. Break
3 p.m. School Law Update: What School Board Members Need to Know Today! 
Timothy Gardner, Thrun Law Firm, PC and Sharron Pitts, Grand Rapids Public Schools
4 p.m. Conclusion and Adjourn

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes

6 – 9 p.m.
CBA 105: Curriculum and Instruction
CBA 226: Exercising Political Judgement
CBA 259: Creating Trust: Key Ingredient in School Improvement
CBA 381: Focus on Student Achievement

View CBA descriptions here.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CBA 260: Public Speaking
CBA 290: Advanced School Law
CBA 360: ISDs/RESAs/RESDs/ESAs: What Can They Do for My District?

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

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
CBA 258: Conflict Resolution—Techniques for School Boards
CBA 303: Overseeing the Superintendency
CBA 327: Ethics in Action

6 – 9 p.m.
CBA 108: Navigating the Legislative Process
CBA 214: Open Meetings Act
CBA 297: Effective Board Meetings
CBA 341: Data First: Foundations 1

View CBA descriptions here.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CBA 106: Community Relations Leadership
CBA 107: Labor Relations
CBA 261: Advocacy for Public Education
CBA 310: Anatomy of a School Budget

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
CBA 268: Leadership Styles
CBA 278: Dealing With Difficult People
CBA 343: Data First: Teacher Quality
CBA 375: Board Leadership: A Case Study Approach

View CBA descriptions here.


Administrators and educators will receive a total of five-and-a-half contact hours for attending the whole conference.


All courses will be done virtually with live instructors. Attendees will receive links in advance of their course days/times.

Generously Sponsored by:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan SET SEG School Insurance Specialists Dean Transportation