Detroit, MI — Several members of the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education will be recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). They are the recipients of MASB awards for 2008. The Awards event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23rd at the Berry Career Center, 22586 Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn.

Board Member Marie Thornton will receive the Master Platinum Award and the Advocacy Skills Specialty Award. The Master award is for having completed 5 of the standard courses including activities; earning 19 advanced level CBA courses; and accumulating 813 education credits. The Advocacy award is for having taken the training to learn how to speak to specific groups such as legislators, about funding issues and to in general, become a more effective advocate for the District.

Board Members Annie Carter and Ida C. Short will receive the Award of Distinction for completing 2 of the standard courses including activities; earning 4 advanced level CBA courses; and accumulating 208 education credits.

Board Members Otis Mathis and Terry Catchings will receive the Certified Board Member Award and the Award of Merit for having completed 1 of the standard courses and accumulating 45 education credits.

The Detroit Public Schools will also receive the Honor Board Award.

Board members are encouraged to take short classes that focus on Leadership For Student Achievement, Communication and Community Relations, Board Conduct, Operations & Ethics; Board Development/Leadership Effectiveness; and Growth in Student Achievement. The classes are taught by MASB instructors, experts in education management, and some superintendents. The classes focus on principles of Board service which can be applied, virtually as needed, to any District depending on the need.

Tickets for the awards event can be purchased at the door for $18. For more information call the Detroit Board of Education, 313-873-7860.

For information about enrolling in a Detroit Public School please call 313-873-7098.

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