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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Leadership: The Never Ending Narrative

February 13, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Seminar will focus on the complexity of leadership. Fellows will have an opportunity to hear from two professionals in education: One from the Michigan Education Association and the other from the United Staff Organization. Discussions will focus on current hot topics and the challenges leaders face in implementing policy.  In addition, fellows will have an chance to explore their own leadership style.

EPFP Learning Team Members:
Thomn Bell
Donna Besinger
Sarah Cook
Mike Khoury
Julie Trevino
Resource People

Steven B. Cook
Steven B. Cook is the current President of the Michigan Education Association located in Lansing, Michigan.  He has been with the MEA since 1991.  Before being elected to President, he served as the Vice President of the association since 2006.  He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the association from 1991-2006.  His term as President expires August 31, 2014. Cook is the first non-teacher in the history of MEA to be elected President.

Cook was a paraprofessional for 15 years for the Lansing Public Schools where he worked as a community school coordinator, home/school liaison in the elementary attendance project and alternative education.  He was the President of the Lansing Educational Assistants from 1981 to 1993.

Cook is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in history, economics and political science.

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) is a self-governing education association, representing more than 155,000 members that consist of teachers, faculty and education support staff throughout the State of Michigan.

Tom Greene
Tom Greene works for the Michigan Education Association as a Uniserv Director for the Plymouth/Canton Community Schools.  Tom is currently on leave from that position as he serves as the President of the United Staff Organization (USO).  USO represents employees from six staff unions that work for MEA, MESSA and MEA Financial Services.

Tom has completed several trainings around the state and at MEA’s major conferences.  One of the trainings he does is Successful Leadership….A Matter of Style.  Tom is also a certified trainer and facilitator for the Interest Based Bargaining style that some districts are using.

Tom also does training and facilitating on a national level through his affiliation with the National Staff Organization (NSO). He is an Executive Committee member of that organization.