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Education Policy Fellowship Program

School Board Decision Making Process

March 2, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: This session is designed to explore the decision making process in which school board members engage when faced with policy and reform within their local district.



    1. Pre-engagement activity: web-based Kahoot survey to poll the fellows and assess their knowledge base and opinions on school boards (15 minutes)

    2. Introduction: The role of school boards (what they are and what they do) (15 minutes)

    3. Presenter: Stanley Kogut, Superintendent, Ingham ISD (30 minutes)

    4. Questions and answers for presenter (15 minutes)

    5. The academic theory behind decision making, and an in depth look at the constituents school boards are accountable to (30 minutes)

    6. Wrap up (15 minutes)



Speaker Biographies:

Stanley Kogut assumed the role of superintendent of Ingham Intermediate School District on July 1, 2005. Mr. Kogut had served as deputy superintendent since 2001, and held a number of administrative positions with Ingham ISD during his 25-year tenure, including assistant superintendent for operations and director of human resources. His most important contributions at Ingham ISD include: helping promote the collaboration of all districts to jointly utilize their ARRA dollars to create a Response to Intervention initiative which has markedly improved teaching and learning - student achievement in reading, literacy and behavior continues to improve across the county, the Capital Area Substitute Teacher Calling System, facilitated the county-wide collaboration for the development of a Wide Area Fiber Network - STARNET, executive member of the Keep Learning Initiative embracing lifelong learning, instrumental in working with the Michigan Department of Education to include National Career Readiness Certificate testing components in the Michigan Merit Exam - becoming the first state in the country to have this for all graduating public school students, and worked in partnership with Lansing Community College to start The Early College at LCC which opens in August of 2011.


Learning Team Members:

Annette Gorden

Sarah Winslow

Christie Poitra

Kaci Martin


Resource Material:

On March 2, 2015, all participants should visit on their smartphone and create a free account to access the presentation survey.



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