Winter Institute

Feb. 21 – 23, 2020
LCC West and MASB Headquarters, Lansing

A weekend of classes and networking centered around:

  • Cultural Agility
  • Trauma-Sensitive Approach
  • Board Member Certification (CBA) classes
  • Board Presidents Workshop
  • Advanced Board Presidents Workshop

Eligible for the Member Assistance Fund? Applications must be received by no later than Jan. 7, 2020. Learn more here.


All courses $90 each except for CBA 101, and Board Presidents and Advanced Board Presidents Workshops, which are $180.

Friday, Feb. 21

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking (Registered attendees for AM session only)

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Marcy PeakeCultural Agility for District Leaders
Marcy L. Peake, M.A., LPC, NCC, CFLE

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Public school board trustees hold unique positions in communities, requiring a broad understanding and representation of diverse identities, values, interests and expectations. Trustees continually balance the various aspects of the role while learning daily about their communities, trends in education, and navigating the impacts of historical and contemporary cultural issues impacting our diverse student populations. 

Identifying one’s cultural self and examining implicit biases are the first steps toward leaning in to authentically engaging with others, increasing cultural engagement, and cultivating a district that is inclusive and equitable to all learners, families and employees. 

Through participatory learning and engagement, attendees will explore the concepts of culture, cultural agility, implicit bias and Disrupting Unhelpful Social Narratives© while examining how these concepts are interwoven in the input and output of board work.

Marcy L. Peake, M.A., LPC, NCC, CFLE is the Director of Diversity & Community Outreach Initiatives in the College of Education and Human Development and a faculty member in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Western Michigan University. She is the founder and lead consultant of The Center for Cultural Agility, providing training and guidance to educators, nonprofit boards and youth development professionals nationwide. 

Peake authored the book, Please Understand, is a state of Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor, Great Start to Quality Trainer, National Certified Counselor and Certified Family Life Educator, a former Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education Trustee and presents nationally in the areas of education, youth development, family engagement and equity. She has worked in public education for more than 25 years, serving in various capacities in general, special and higher education.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking (Registered attendees for both AM and PM sessions only)

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Kelly VigantsCreating School Policy With a Trauma-Sensitive Approach
Kelly Vigants

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More than 50% of the students in our schools have experienced trauma and the effects of those experiences can be far reaching. In this workshop, school board members will be introduced to the original Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the seminal study that began the trauma-informed practice movement. A brief overview will be given on what trauma is and the impact it can have on the learning environment. School board members will be given tools that will assist them in looking at school policy through a trauma-informed lens. Supporting staff who experience secondary traumatic stress will also be covered.

Kelly Vigants has presented on the topic of Trauma-Informed Teaching, and has created, and is leading, the new graduate trauma certification cohort at Western Michigan University.  Vigants has her Masters’ degree in Education and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University. She has her K-12 Administrators license and is completing her dissertation on preparing educators to work with children who have experienced trauma. Vigants serves as an adjunct instructor at WMU and is the Director of Educational Support Services for a private school in Holland.

6 – 9 p.m.
Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
109: Data-Informed Decisionmaking
223: Parliamentary Procedure
232: Communicating Effectively in Difficult Times
251: Strategic Planning

Saturday, Feb. 22

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking (Morning registered attendees only)

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
104: Basic School Law
252: Media Relations

8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Board Member Certification (CBA) Class
101: Fundamentals of School Board Service

Board Presidents Workshop
The position of board president carries with it some unique responsibilities different from the responsibilities of the other positions on the board. Whether you're a newly elected president or one with years of experience, the Board President Workshop is a valuable opportunity to perfect your skills as a leader. During this workshop you will learn:

  • Leadership qualities
  • Legal responsibilities of the Board President
  • Techniques in meeting facilitation
  • The special relationship between Board President and the Superintendent
  • Dealing with the media
  • Acting as spokesperson for the board

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Networking (8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. registered attendees only)

12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
103: Basic School Finance
344: Data First: High School and Beyond

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
107: Labor Relations
215: Advanced School Finance
262: Spokesperson Training
351: Social Media

Sunday, Feb. 23
Note: Classes taking place at MASB Headquarters

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking (Morning registered attendees only)

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Board Member Certification (CBA) Classes
102: Policy
297: Effective Board Meetings

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Advanced Board Presidents Workshop
MASB has designed an interactive advanced workshop for board presidents featuring best practices and real-life strategies that address some of the specific challenges Board Presidents face as they lead their teams forward during turbulent times. In addition to providing top-notch content from experts in the field, this six-hour session includes opportunities for participants to role-play solutions and try out tools that will prepare them for the curveballs that inevitably come from the community and fellow board members. Topics include:

  • Meeting management
  • Using parliamentary procedure effectively
  • Finance facts
  • Social media dos and don'ts
  • Media interview guidelines
  • Superintendent evaluation
  • Building consensus on tough issues
  • Surprise, surprise—how to serve with calm, assertive energy in extreme conditions
  • Dealing with difficult board members

Prerequisite: Board President Workshop

11:30 a.m. – noon
Lunch and Networking (All-day registered attendees only)

Noon – 3 p.m.
290: Advanced School Law
325: Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles

Location and Lodging Information

Friday and Saturday Classes:
Lansing Community College, West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr
Lansing, MI 48917

Sunday Classes Only:
MASB Headquarters
1001 Centennial Way
Lansing, MI 48917

Lodging Options:
Crowne Plaza Lansing West 
925 S Creyts Rd
Lansing, MI 48917
Rate: $133/night (plus applicable taxes and fees)
Reservation cut-off: Jan. 21, 2020

Book Online Here
Group Code: SB2

Hilton Garden Inn West Lansing 
633 N Canal Rd
Lansing, MI 48917

No blocks reserved. Standard rates apply.

MASB reserves the right to CANCEL all classes with fewer than 15 participants. Classes may be rescheduled due to weather. Registration and attendance at, or participation in MASB's conferences, CBAs and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MASB's use and distribution of the attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events.

Generously Supported By:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Dean Transportation SET SEG School Insurance Specialists