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Michigan Institute for Educational Management
March 2014
Volume 10
Number 3

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INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

Labor Relations/Employment Law Moved to Larger Venue – Come One, Come All.
Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network
Politically Savvy? – Learn What You Need to Know at Blue Stockings
Finish Your Certification by attending the MSBO Annual Conference!
Register Now for the SUPES Academy – Developing Your Leadership Skills
March-April Events...Register Now!
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

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MIEM workshops and conferences over the next month continue their focus on leadership. Most of us have an idea of what it takes to be a leader or what leadership means to us. Some of us may believe that leaders are born. We do know that leadership skills can be developed and learned.

One element of leadership is learning how to examine your work and life goals and finding a way to maintain balance. You may not see yourself as a leader within the context of your current job, but you more than likely exhibit many leadership skills at work and in your personal life and community. These upcoming courses help you identify those skills you may already have as well as develop others.

Think Spring!

Dan Pappas
Executive Director, MIEM
Associate Executive Director, MASA

Labor Relations/Employment Law Moved to Larger Venue – Come One, Come All.

If you checked and the session was full, please check again. We have changed the location to accommodate more so don’t miss this opportunity to get in the Labor Relations/Employment Law Certification Class that is required for your MSBO certification track. The new location for this course is the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

This session will go over major state and federal employment laws that apply to public schools which include: collective bargaining, wage and hour, discrimination, COBRA, Family Medical Leave Act, and federal and state retirement issues. Learn from the Experts! Six different attorneys from Thrun Law Firm, P.C. will share their expertise with you. Get your legal questions answered!

Register today!
March 19, 2014 • 8:45 am – 4:00 pm
SCECHs - 6 have been approved

This class is required for Business Office Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Child Nutrition Director, Human Resource Specialist, Operations Director and Transportation Director.

Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network

The Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network (MSIFN) provides a venue for ISD-level facilitators to meet quarterly for the purposes of:

  • Engaging in professional development related to School Improvement
  • Receiving updates from the Michigan Department of Education regarding State Initiatives, Legislative Issues, State Resources for School Improvement
  • Networking and sharing resources to improve the quality of services that are provided to local schools and districts for School Improvement

Participants become aware of a variety of Professional Development opportunities throughout the state and meet valuable contact people as they network with others who have similar professional goals.

The day includes meals and materials.

Dates & Locations:

March 18-19, 2014 at Lansing Community College West (M-TEC)
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day
March 18 – High Impact SI: Regional Models
March 19 – MDE Updates

June 18, 19 & 20, 2014 at Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City
June 18 (12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) – MDE Updates
June 19 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and June 20 (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) – High
Impact SI: Effective Instructional Practices

Lodging Information:
Springhill Suites Lansing, 111 South Market Place Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48917, (517) 627-0002. The rate is $75.00 (government. rate) plus any applicable taxes and fees. The name of the block is Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network. This begins with the evening prior to the start date. To guarantee this rate, please note reservations be made by dates listed below.

  • March 18-19, 2014

Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 N. US 31 South, Traverse City, MI 49684 (866) 954-9653. The rate is $75/single, $100/double/triple/quad. The block of rooms is under MI Institute of Educational Management, using reservation # 1406MIEM.

  • June 18-20, 2014 (reservations must be made by 5/17/14)

Register by fax. • Register online.

Politically Savvy? – Learn What You Need to Know at Blue Stockings

Dr. Jeremy Hirshberg from the Center for Creative Leadership will present a keynote address and workshops on helping you become more politically savvy. Love it or hate it, organizational politics exist. Effective leaders find ways to embrace having political skills as part of organizational life. Research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership has found that women often struggle with the topic of organizational politics and feel uncomfortable engaging in it. However, political skills are required to successfully influence and further one’s career.

It is time for women to leave behind the “old school” thinking that working hard is the only key to getting ahead. Political skills, like networking and inspiring trust, are a critical requirement for leadership success. Dr. Hirshberg will review the latest research on women and political savvy. He will focus on reframing negative perspectives, visualizing your organization in a new light, and using four proven steps to successfully build political savvy.

Who: Anyone interested in developing their leadership skills?

When: Thursday, March 20 from 4:30 - 9:00 PM & Friday, March 21 from 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Where: Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Call 1.877.757.7133 or 1.800.228.9290 for overnight accommodations.
Registration: $199 - includes learning materials, evening reception, breakfast and lunch.

SCECHs - 3-8 have been approved.

Register today! Click here to download the full conference brochure.
Finish Your Certification by attending the MSBO Annual Conference!

Be sure to mark your calendars and save May 6-8, 2014 to attend MSBO’s 76th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids. The MSBO Annual Conference is a great place to kick-start your certification program as well as getting in those last classes you need for certification. MSBO has put together new programs aimed at all levels of school business professionals.

MSBO certification classes will be held throughout the conference and include everything from Effective Communications, Facility Planning, Design and Construction, to How to Process and Evaluate Bids.

Download the 76th Annual MSBO Conference program, which lists all clinic sessions and events.

Register online.

Register Now for the SUPES Academy – Developing Your Leadership Skills

SUPES Academy is a comprehensive leadership development experience to prepare individuals who will be the next “class” of superintendent candidates—those considering the pursuit of positions in the year 2014 or thereafter.

The SUPES Academy will be held over four two-day sessions, beginning at noon the first day through 5 p.m. on the second day of each session:

Complete an application. The $50 application fee will be applied to the registration fee for those accepted to the academy. It is not refundable. The balance will be billed and is due one week before the first session. The $50 application fee will be returned to any applicant not accepted to the Academy. Applications must include a letter of nomination from the applicant’s current superintendent. The nomination letter should address the applicant’s capacity to be an outstanding district leader. Each applicant must also identify an experienced, current superintendent mentor who will provide coaching and feedback during the Academy experience.

The SUPES Academy will be limited to 45 participants.
Apply by June 6, 2014.

March-April Events...Register Now!

Labor Relations/Employment Law
March 19, 2014; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location has changed: Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Understand the major state and federal employment laws that apply to public schools. Includes: collective bargaining, wage and hour, discrimination, COBRA, Family Medical Leave Act, and federal and state retirement issues.

2nd Annual Blue Stockings: Women Learning From Each Other
March 20-21, 2014
Location: Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
Women have emerged professionally as leaders and change agents and, in doing so, have brought with them new paradigms of leadership, relationships and learning. Designed to provide an experience in which women become more knowledgeable about their contributions and adept at leveraging their unique leadership qualities, this conclave addresses the careful balance between the art and science of leadership - incorporating both 'hard' and 'soft' skills - that successful women leaders embrace.

SCECH Coordinator Training
March 25, 2014; 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: Best Western Plus, Lansing
Are you a SCECH Coordinator? If so, you need to sign up for this session. The morning session will be geared for New SCECH Coordinators. The afternoon session will be for the NEW and Experienced Coordinator.

Accounting For Non Accountants
March 26, 2014; 8:45-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
A savvy business official will help you prepare a budget and teach you the accounting terminology to help you work more efficiently with your business office. Who should attend: board members, administrators, accounting specialists, and business office staff who are not directly involved with or are new to the financial reporting of a school district prepare a cash flow analysis, including a fund balance report for the board of education, and identify and deal with fraud and abuse.

State ISD Tech Directors Meeting
March 28, 2014; 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Winding Brook Conference Center, Shepherd
ISD Tech Directors get together to discuss TRIG Activities. Video conference bridging for this meeting is being provided by Macomb ISD. If you are planning to attend via video conference, please fill out the registration form by March 21.

Technology For Operational Management
April 1, 2014; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Demonstration of different options for computerization of the facility management functions, including: work order systems, utility tracking, preventive maintenance, space usage, and inventory and transportation management functions, including: routing, preventive maintenance, and purchasing of buses.

Cash Management
April 2, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location has moved to Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Learn how to develop specifications for the selection of banking and other financial services, teach you how to apply concept of compensating balances, comprehend procedures and legal constraints for cash collection and disbursement, analyze monthly internal transfers and loans, prepare a cash flow analysis, including a fund balance report for the board of education, and identify and deal with fraud and abuse.

Collective Bargaining Agreement, Contracts
April 2, 2014; 12:45-4:00 pm
Location has moved to Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Learn how to interpret bargaining agreement language, understand leave benefits and grievance procedures, including an overview of union dues and political deductions and non- deductions. Learn how to administer overtime, FMLA, and FLSA. Understand the difference between an independent contractor vs. an employee.

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events


Carol Commodore - The Role of Assessment in Unit Design and Delivery
May 15, June 26-27 & November 11, 2014
Location: MELG Building, Lansing

ASCD Authors Series: Bryan Goodwin
May 21, 2014
Location: Grand Ledge Public Schools Admin Building, Grand Ledge

MiELA Network Institutes
June 23-26, 2014
Location: Lansing Center, Radisson Hotel and Cooley Law School



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