Be Prepared to Exceed Expectations

Stacy Bogard

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

DashBoard, Aug. 19, 2015

Expectations—we deal with them in all aspects of our life. At home, in the workplace and even in our volunteer activities. The board table is definitely no exception and they come from all directions—the community, students, teachers, staff, the administration, media, peers and even ourselves.

If you’d like to be better prepared for meeting these expectations look no further than the upcoming MASB Annual Leadership Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22 – 25 at the Grand Traverse Resort. The Association’s premier training event provides numerous learning opportunities, including a full two-day conference focused on hot topics, the latest trends and current environmental factors. There are also dozens of Board Member Certification (CBA) classes to give you the fundamentals in areas like policy, law, curriculum, community relations, finance, communication and more. General session speakers, an early bird workshop on avoiding fiscal distress and the Michigan Council of School Attorneys’ Fall Conference round out the educational offerings.

Did you know there is community support for these activities? A February 2014 survey on the importance of school board training found that 80 percent of responding Michigan voters believed school board training should be mandatory. Today’s PreK-12 education issues are increasingly complex, and to be as effective as possible in meeting everyone’s expectations, all public school board members can benefit from relevant and continued training.

“The MASB Annual Leadership Conference is important to me as a board member,” shares Patrice Hatcher from Carman Ainsworth Community Schools in Flint. “I receive education concerning issues impacting public schools from legal requirements, legislative issues, the impact of policy decisions on public schools and leadership skills. I learn best practices to bring back to my school district, and I am always inspired to be a better school board member for the kids in my community.”

We couldn’t agree more, Patrice.

Will you rise to the challenge?

To register and for more information, visit

Also, rooms at the Grand Traverse Resort fill up quickly so book as soon as possible at Rates will be honored through Sept. 19, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Leadership Development and Executive Search Services Department at or 517.327.5900.

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