Spring Institute and Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes

Join us for this spring's unique learning opportunity!

Kent ISD, Grand Rapids
April 26 – 27, 2019

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Friday Learning Opportunities

Spring Institute—Understanding Assesments and The Nuts and Bolts of Student Growth
9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Cost: $90 each session or $180 full day (includes lunch)

9 a.m.
Welcome and Setting the Context for the Morning
Donna Oser, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, MASB

Effective school boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision. Strategic use and understanding of assessments can inform the school board’s work as it relates to fostering quality instruction, improving student achievement and performance monitoring. This session will help school board members develop an understanding of assessment as an essential element for driving continuous improvement.

9:15 a.m.
Understanding Assessments (tentative)
Paul Salah, Ed.D., Superintendent, Huron Valley School District

Successful school districts know and understand that assessment is not the same thing as accountability. Unfortunately, due to years of outside pressure and accountability reform, assessment has turned into a negative term that creates anxiety for teachers, administrators and school district leaders across the country. This session will help school board members gain a deeper understanding of the “why” behind assessment administration, the types of assessment practices that help inform and drive instructional practices, and how data can be used to set direction for entire school systems all while employing a balanced approach to assessment practices.

12:05 p.m.
Implications for Good Governance: Key Questions for School Board Leaders to Ask About Assessment 
Donna Oser, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, MASB

12:15 p.m.
Lunch

1 p.m.
Welcome and Setting the Context for the Afternoon
Donna Oser, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, MASB

As Michigan has incorporated student growth into educator and administrator evaluation, state- and district-level systems for student assessment and performance monitoring have struggled to keep up. This afternoon’s session will help to address key questions for school board leaders in our efforts to govern well:

  • What is student growth? How is it different from student achievement?
  • How can student growth be measured? 
  • What components must be used for student growth with regard to evaluation? 
  • How does student growth affect educator evaluations? Administrator evaluations?
  • What are the legal implications of using student growth in educator and administrator evaluation?

1:10 p.m.
A Legislative Update on Student Growth and Education (tentative)
Jennifer Smith, Director of Government Relations, MASB

Forty percent of teacher and administrator evaluations must be based on "student growth and assessment data,” with half of the growth component of evaluations comprised of state assessment data for tested grades and subjects. However, many school leaders have asked Michigan’s Legislature to roll the percentage back to 25%. MASB’s Director of Government Relations Jen Smith will bring us up to speed on the very latest that’s happening with educator and administrator evaluations and student growth in the Legislature and give us an idea of what we might expect moving forward.

1:30 p.m.
Legal Considerations Related to Student Growth and Evaluation (tentative)
Brad Banasik, J.D., Legal Counsel/Director of Labor Relations & Policy, MASB

Teacher tenure, teacher evaluation, administrator and superintendent contracts. . .the use of student growth in educator and administrator evaluations impacts many other complex issues in school districts. MASB Legal Counsel Brad Banasik will explore key legal considerations related to student growth to help school districts avoid potential pitfalls.

2 p.m.
Break

2:15 p.m.
Measuring Student Growth (tentative)
Brian Lloyd, M.A., Ed.S., Student Growth Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

The Michigan Department of Education provides guidance and resources for school districts to assist in their efforts to measure student growth. MDE Student Growth Consultant Brian Lloyd will join us to explain several common approaches to measuring student growth, including Student Growth Percentiles and Student Learning Outcomes, and provide a governance-level overview of the tools MDE provides to help districts measure student growth.

3:30 p.m.
Ask the Experts: A Panel Discussion on Student Growth and Evaluation (tentative)

Panelists:

  • Brad Banasik, J.D., Legal Counsel/Director of Labor Relations & Policy, MASB
  • Brian Lloyd, M.A., Ed.S., Student Growth Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
  • Paul Salah, Ed.D., Superintendent, Huron Valley School District 

Moderator:
Donna Oser, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, MASB

4 p.m.
Implications for Good Governance: Key Questions for School Board Leaders to Ask About Student Growth and Evaluation
Donna Oser, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, MASB

4:15 p.m.
Adjourn

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 108: Navigating the Legislative Process
CBA 224: Succession Planning
CBA 246: Advanced Community Relations
CBA 255: Culturally Competent Leaders

Saturday Learning Opportunities

Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
Cost: $90 each except CBA 101 ($180)

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
8:30  11:30 a.m.

CBA 103: Basic School Finance
CBA 297: Effective Board Meetings
CBA 341: Data First: Foundations 1

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

CBA 101: Fundamentals of School Board Service

Noon – 3 p.m.

CBA 109: Data-Informed Decisionmaking 
CBA 252: Media Relations
CBA 327: Ethics in Action

3:15 – 6:15 p.m.

CBA 104: Basic School Law
CBA 223: Parliamentary Procedure
CBA 315: Anatomy of an Audit Report
CBA 344: Data First: High School and Beyond

Hotel Options

MASB does not have contracted room blocks at the properties below. Properties listed are recommendations only; rates range based on availability and time of booking:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Grand Rapids 
3930 Stahl Drive SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.940.2700
Approx. 6.5 miles from ISD 

Sleep Inn & Suites 
4284 29th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616.975.9000
Approx. 7 miles from ISD 

Clarion Inn & Suites Airport
4981 28th St SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
231.421.7305
Approx. 8 miles from ISD

Registration Policy

Coordinate all registrations through your district office. One registration form per participant. Registrations are appreciated at least seven days before an event. Classes are filled in the order that completed registrations are received at MASB. You’ll receive an email confirming your registration. MASB reserves the right to CANCEL any classes.

Programming canceled by MASB may be rescheduled or delivered via electronic means due to weather or those who cancel due to health/safety-related concerns.

Confirmations are generated upon receipt of your registration by MASB. If you don’t receive a confirmation within five business days, please contact Mary McCarthy at mmccarthy@masb.org.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in MASB’s conferences, Board Member Certification Classes and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MASB’s use and distribution of the attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproduction and audio of such events.

Guest and Meal Policies

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 as 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.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given for cancellations received within seven days of the event. Cancellations prior to this date will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. Substitutions may be made in lieu of cancellation. All cancellations must be in writing. Walk-ins accepted on a per space availability.

Special Accommodations

Registrations requiring special accommodations and specific dietary considerations should contact Angel Davis at 517.327.5926 or adavis@masb.org at least seven days prior to the class/event you plan to attend.