The Weekend Features:

  • Summer Institute
  • CBA Classes
  • Board Presidents Workshop
  • Advanced Board Presidents Workshop

Summer Institute

Join us for this summer's unique learning opportunity!

Aug. 16 – 18, 2019
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire

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Friday Learning Opportunities

Summer Institute
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $90 each session or $180 full day (includes lunch)


8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
AM Session: Jurassic Parliament: Mastering Meetings Using Robert's Rules, Ann Macfarlane

In this fun, engaging and highly informative workshop, Ann Macfarlane, Jurassic Parliament Principal Trainer, will teach participants key aspects of Robert's Rules of Order and strategies to address real problems hampering boards in their work. Jurassic Parliament can give you the tools you need to guide your board to better decisions. Using surprising insights from Robert's Rules of Order, your board meetings can be shorter and more productive! 

Ann G. Macfarlane is a former diplomat and Russian translator who loves applying the formality of Robert’s Rules of Order to the chaotic reality of local government meetings. She presents at school board association conferences in Alaska, Oregon and Utah, and has trained the Anchorage and Salt Lake City school boards. Ann is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and, with Andrew Estep, is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A Guidebook for Elected Officials and Local Governments.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
PM Session

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
School Boards That Matter, Larry Merrill

High achieving school boards focus on improving student achievement, reflecting the values of their communities, and positioning the board for proactive, generative leadership. In this engaging session with Larry Merrill, governance and strategic planning veteran, participants will explore governance structures and practices that elevate credibility and inspire boards of education to fulfill their essential purpose. 

Larry Merrill has introduced high-level governance and strategic planning to a variety of not-for-profit organizations and public entities. His school governance expertise began with chairing Grand Ledge Public School’s Strategic Planning Committee that led to a successful infrastructure bond election after three failed attempts, and he served seven years on the Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education, including three years as President.  Larry was also President of the National Center for Small Communities, the National Association of Towns and Townships and other leadership positions including the Grand Ledge Education Foundation and other nonprofit entities.

1:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Ask the Experts
Structured Small Group Activity

In this fast-paced and informative session, school board members will have the opportunity to interact directly with subject matter experts on critical topics including school law, government relations, board governance, student learning and dealing with challenging people.

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 105: Curriculum and Instruction
CBA 257: School District Safety and Security
CBA 261: Advocacy for Public Education
CBA 276: Board/Superintendent Relations
CBA 342: Data First: Foundations 2

Saturday Learning Opportunities

Board Member Certification 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.

8:30  – 11:30 a.m.
CBA 102: Policy
CBA 227: Ethical Challenges
CBA 345: Data Dashboards for Board Members

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

12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
CBA 214: Open Meetings Act
CBA 274: Board Self-Evaluation for Continuous Improvement
CBA 310: Anatomy of a School Budget

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
CBA 106: Community Relations Leadership
CBA 260: Public Speaking
CBA 365: Collaborative Conversations for Effective Decisionmaking
CBA 375: Board Leadership: A Case Study Approach
SE2: MASB Superintendent Evaluation: Tool-Specific Training

Board Presidents Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $180

Your Takeaways
You will walk away from this workshop with a much better understanding of the unique role and responsibilities of the board president position. This role is so much more than presiding over meetings.

The information provided by the instructor, coupled with the interaction with other board presidents from across the state, provides a framework for learning that you can take home and immediately put into practice. From the unique relationship with the superintendent to acting as the board spokesperson—the awareness gained as a result of attending is priceless!

Sunday Learning Opportunities

Board Member Certification 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.

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CBA 103: School Finance and School Budget
CBA 264: Shaping Public Opinion About Public Education
CBA 278: Dealing With Difficult People
CBA 287: Surviving Budget Shortfalls

12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
CBA 107: Labor Relations
CBA 248: Teambuilding
CBA 251: Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
CBA 253: Board Operating Procedures

Advanced Board Presidents Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $180

Your Takeaways
As a follow-up to the Board President Workshop, deepen your knowledge of this role through an interactive class that features best practices and real-life strategies addressing some of the specific challenges you as the Board President may face as you lead your team.

Hotel Information

Shanty Creek Resort
5780 Shanty Creek Rd.
Bellaire, MI 49615

Submit Your Reservation Online
Rate: $147 Standard Guest Room (Single/Double) 
Rate above does not include 6% state tax, 9% resort fee and 5% CVB assessment fee
Deadline: July 25, 2019

Helpful Lodging Policies & FAQs

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

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 at least seven days prior to the class/event you plan to attend.