PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Feb. 19, 2004
UM-Dearborn program will help new school board members make the transition from private citizen to public-policy maker
DEARBORN---New school board members in southeast Michigan will get help
learning how to understand their roles and better serve the educational
needs of increasingly diverse communities through a new program being
launched at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
The new program, called the Institute for Local Government, will launch
a year-long series of classes and seminars with a kick-off event at 6
p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at UM-Dearborn's Fairlane Center, located at
19000 Hubbard Drive in Dearborn.
The event will feature a presentation by Earl Ryan, president of the
Citizens Research Council of Michigan,
who has studied the roles school board members must play and the challenges
they face. Ryan will be joined by a panel of state and local school leaders.
The Institute for Local Government was founded by UM-Dearborn and plans
to offer a variety of programs to help develop stronger civic leadership
in the region. "The five classes and seminars planned over the next
year are designed to support new school board members as they make the
transition from private citizen to public policy maker," according
to former state Senator Pan Godchaux, who has helped to develop the program.
The series has been designed to help new board members learn the basic
skills of successful board service, and allow them the opportunity to
explore issues with others serving in southeastern Michigan. There are
more than 650 elected school board members in more than 80 school districts
in the region. The series was developed in collaboration with the
Michigan Association of School Boards.
"The mission of the Institute for Local Government is to increase
the participation and capacity of citizens participating in local government
within the tri-county area of southeastern Michigan," according to
Godchaux. "As the problems local government is asked to solve become
more complex and economic times tighter, those serving in local government
need more skills than most bring to office with them."
To register for the March 10 program, or for more information about the
the Institute for Local Government, contact Susan Rowe at (313) 593-5140.