School Board Members Recognized for Efforts Toward Becoming More Effective Leaders

School board members representing 41 counties (see below) from across Michigan earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards for efforts to improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities. Participation in leadership training is in addition to the countless hours board members spend at meetings and events, as well as reviewing data and board packets.

The training and professional development helps board members to keep pace with the fast-moving and complex changes in education. Last year, more than 900 statewide participated in MASB’s leadership training program. Collectively, school board members spent more than 6,000 hours attending board training courses in a traditional classroom setting, and another 600+ hours were completed online. 

There is strong community support for board members who participate in this training. A February 2014 EPIC-MRA survey of 600 likely Michigan voters conducted on MASB’s behalf showed that 74 percent of respondents believe board member training is “essential” or “very important.” Of those 74 percent, 80 percent favor legislation to require training and professional development.

“With the public’s expectation for accountability and transparency, it’s more important than ever that our school leaders are informed and prepared to deal with the complex education issues they face,” said MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes. “Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for the kids of our state.”
The awards honor board members for seven levels of achievement (visit  for specific criteria). To achieve Level 1 and become “certified,” board members receive 30 hours of classroom training in subjects ranging from school law and finance to community relations. Last year, 58 more board members became certified. Higher levels of recognition require even more coursework, service and leadership responsibilities. 

Special recognition is also given to boards of education when all members within the same board complete different levels. The highest honor is given to boards on which all members have achieved Level 5, earning them the Master Diamond Board Award. Only one board in the state (Genesee ISD) has ever earned this honor.

Press releases for each county are available upon request.

Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Clinton, Crawford, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Houghton, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Macomb, Marquette, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oakland, Osceola, Ottawa, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford.

MASB provides quality educational leadership services to all Michigan boards of education, 
and advocates for student achievement and public education.

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