Regional Statewide Virtual Award Events Recognizing Excellence of Boards of Education

School board members and whole boards earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards in 2019 for their efforts to improve their leadership skills, demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement. MASB is holding virtual award ceremonies this fall to recognize these accomplishments. The events are typically held in person in the spring but were postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the current public education landscape, it was decided to shift to virtual and highlight the work of Michigan school boards rather than outright cancel.

MASB staff encourage all members of the community to join in these #MIBoardAwards celebrations. The counties covered in each region can be found at

Details and access information are available at

Awards are earned for classes completed in person and online, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities. The training helps board members to keep pace with the fast-moving and complex changes in public education.

“The decisions we make at the board table define the environment where our students learn and grow,” shared MASB 2020-2021 President Jill Fennessy. “It's uplifting to see so many of my fellow board members across the state make time for skill and knowledge development that they can bring back to their role in the district, and even into their day-to-day lives. I know how hard they've worked to get where they are and applaud their efforts toward lifelong learning and setting a positive example for their students and community.”

Board service is much more than one meeting a month. In addition to all of the district activities they take part in, more than 750 school board members statewide attended in-person and online classes in MASB’s leadership training program in 2019.

“I’ve worked with school boards and public schools for more than 18 years and am always in awe of the commitment of so many members,” said MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba, CAE. “Schools are under exceptional pressure to be innovative and reinvent the way they deliver education especially in these times. Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for Michigan’s schoolchildren. The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills is second to none.”

A full overview of the individual and whole board training levels and a list of the 2019 recipients can be viewed at

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