Michigan ASCD 2014 Board Retreat in Review

Michigan ASCD held its annual board retreat May 1-2, 2014, and welcomed the following new members to the board:

  • Naomi Norman- Director of Achievement Initiatives/ Washtenaw ISD (Region 8)
  • Virginia Winters,- School Improvement and Organizational Development Consultant/  Wayne RESA (Region 10)
  • Chris Parker- E School Principal/ Cherry Knoll Elementary School, Traverse City (Region 2)
  • Kristy Cooper – Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration/ MSU(At-Large)
  • John Mertz – Director of Instructional Services / Bay Arenac ISD (Region 4)

Jason Almerigi, Assessment Consultant for Oakland Schools shared the results of board survey data related to interests, skills, expertise, and educational backgrounds of the board members, and led the group in a processing activity related to implications of the findings for the board’s use.  

To gather information for the annual report and provide context for the new board members, the board reviewed accomplishments for the year, and opportunities for continuous improvement in three key areas of focus: professional learning, collaborations and membership. 

 In the area of professional learning, twelve participants of the Curriculum Leader’s Institute received Specialty Endorsements on their administrative Certification for the areas for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. The Experienced Instructional Leaders series participation increased by over 35 percent over the previous year.   Michigan ASCD expanded its work with national and international speakers and currently has sessions planned with Bryan Goodman, Carol Commodore, Doug Fisher and John Hattie throughout the spring and fall of 2014.  Future professional learning planning includes continuing to access the ASCD Authors, utilizing different formats for professional learning,  addressing equity, fairness and social justice as a core theme, and customizing professional learning  to meet the specific needs of districts and other organizations.

Michigan ASCD engaged in a variety of collaborations to increase their access across the state, improve the quality of their programs, and help underwrite programs and services being offered.   Professional learning sessions were strategically held in five different geographical regions utilizing ISD facilities, and four other locations are being planned over the next few months.  Current collaborations include those with MEMSPA, the Michigan Assessment Consortium, Oakland Schools, Corwin Press and Learning Forward, Michigan.  Meetings have already been established over the next few months with other organizations to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration.  

Ideas implemented last year to increase membership included establishing personal goals for board members, promoting institutional memberships, a welcome letter for new curriculum leaders, and providing memberships to department heads and teacher leaders.   New approaches for 2014-15 will include dual memberships, new marketing materials, updated marketing  webpage,  increased social media, and sponsorships, to name a few.

Committees met during the retreat to establish priorities and action steps for the ideas developed above. Implementation plan updates will be provided regularly at board meetings during 2014-2015.