MASA District Leadership Teams: Effective Board Meetings

The structure of school board meetings, along with the conduct of the superintendent and board members during those meetings, often shape the public’s perception of the quality of education in the district. This course will help you build foundational knowledge for effectively conducting board meetings and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act. You will learn about the purpose of board meetings and the roles of superintendent and board, as well as practical guidelines around creating an agenda and board packet, elements to an effective meeting, and steps to take after the meeting.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand the importance of a board meeting along with the separate roles of boards members and the superintendent,
  • Assess your 12 month planning calendar and determine if it provides appropriate direction for the superintendent, school board, staff, and community,
  • Review a scenario of a school board meeting and identify which elements are effective and which are not,
  • Determine appropriate professional behavior and tone for a public board meeting, and
  • Identify how to follow the rules and guidelines of the Open Meetings Act.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Partner


Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.