Continuing Education Overview
Training is one of the most important services provided by MSBA. Continuous learning focused on improving our schools and student achievement is quite important for all education professionals. While training is board-member focused, MSBA welcomes superintendents and other district leaders to join in the sessions. MSBA believes and advocates that superintendents and boards must work together as a TEAM to improve schools.
Board members are provided regionally scheduled evening and Saturday courses to satisfy state requirements for earning six (6) hours of continuing education annually. At least two 3-hour courses are provided each year, examining timely issues and areas of need.
Topics for the 2012 - 2013 school year
Individuals are appointed or elected to serve on school boards first and foremost for one reason: To assure that the organizational mission of properly educating children is being achieved! Other issues such as extracurricular activities and building programs, while not the main reason for the existence of school boards, are important too. Participants will learn the questions to ask to determine success and to assure the organizational mission. Additionally,
- School Board Members will have an understanding of the board's and the administrator's policy role, as well as the difference between Policy-Making (The Board's Role) and Administrative Regulations (The Administrator's Role).
- School Board Members will learn how to properly focus on End Results and Desired Outcomes, rather than administrative processes and strategies.
- School Board Members will learn how to effectively evaluate the Superintendent, based on object benchmarks consistent with those of the Mississippi School Boards Association.
The Board's Role in State Accreditation:
The Board's Role in State Accreditation presents a comprehensive overview of the state accreditation process. It is designed to help participants understand the board's roles and responsibilities as they relate to state accreditation standards and relevant Mississippi Codes that mandate their governing of a school district. The objectives of this course are that:
- Participants will comprehend the role of the Office of Accreditation and Statewide Accountability System.
- Participants will understand the process standards applicable to their role as a School Board Member.
- Participants will understand the Mississippi Code as it pertains to their role as School Board Members.
- Participants will understand the importance of the relationship between the School Board and the Superintendent.
2012-13 Faculty for CBD Continuing Education Courses: (FRONT ROW, left to right): South Panola Supt. Keitih Shaffer, Delta Area Association for Improvement of Schools (DAAIS) Executive Director Joyce McNair, Former MSBA and NSBA President / MSBA Superintendent Search Consultant E. Harold Fisher, Long Beach Board Member / MSBA Vice President James Stubbs, Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium (GCEIC) Executive Director Tom Clark; (BACK ROW), left to right: MSBA Director of Policy / Advocacy Denotris Jackson, Retired Supt. Greg Ladner, MDE Accreditation Division Director Susan Andrews, MSBA Executive Director Michael W. Waldrop, and, MSBA Coordinator of Board Development B. Anne Lovelady.