Leadership and District Culture: Closing the Gap Between What Sounds Good & What Gets Done

Webinar Series by Jim Bearden

A unique opportunity for MSBA member districts to follow-up on Jim Bearden's keynote address at the 2014 MSBA/MASA Annual Conference.

Webinar 1: Defining the Culture - October 15, 2014 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm This session was recorded and is available to districts that register for the series.
Webinar 2: Bringing Culture to Life with Actionable Plans - November 19, 2014 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Webinar 3: Sustaining the Curve - December 10, 2014 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Registration: $299 per district connection

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In his keynote address, Jim Bearden provided his perspective on how leaders, consciously or unconsciously, create district culture. Participants developed a better understanding of the relationship between leadership and district culture and six specific steps for closing the gaps between what sounds good and what gets done.

See Jim’s keynote address here.

Leadership & District Culture Keynote Handout

Webinar 1: Defining the Culture – October 15, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Identifying desired behavior is an essential step in consciously creating dynamic district cultures. In this first of his 3-part series, Jim will guide participants through three simple steps for defining and translating cultural characteristics into specific behavior, including behavior expected from district employees and members of the district leadership teams.

Webinar 2: Bringing Culture to Life with Actionable Plans – November 19, – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
The second in this three-part webinar series focuses on developing actionable plans for bringing your defined culture to life, one component at a time. Building on the foundation laid in the 1st webinar, Jim will provide specific guidelines for translating the cultural characteristics you’ve defined into the behavior you expect by:
• Identifying & eliminating barriers to the behavior
• Modeling the behavior you expect

Webinar 3: Sustaining the Culture – December 10, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
In the 3rd and final webinar, participants will complete your actionable plans for consciously creating the culture you’ve defined. Building on the steps in the 2nd webinar, Jim will facilitate development of leadership behaviors (board member and administrator), for sustaining the process you’ve begun, including:
• Measuring performance using expected behaviors as the standards
• Honoring efforts and progress made to meet those expectations
• Confronting unwillingness, or bad faith efforts

For more information contact the Leadership Development Department at (573) 445-9920, ext 329, or





Board Candidate Filing and Elections Webinar

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1 – 2:15 pm., $45

Presenters: MSBA Legal Department

This webinar will discuss candidate qualifications, filing procedures, personal financial disclosure statements, the board reorganization meeting and other legal and policy issues related to elections. This webinar is specifically designed for the superintendent, board secretary and other district employees responsible for candidate filing or answering candidate questions.



MSBA in Partnership with MO-CASE and DESE

Important Webinar

Planning for Students with Disabilities to Fully Access Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Assessments

Target Audience: District-wide Test Coordinators, Directors of Special Education and Assistive Technology staff that support students with special needs.
Presenters: Michael Muenks, DESE; Dr. Kim Ratcliffe, MSBA; and Diane Golden, MO-CASE

Missouri has been an impressive leader at the table of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium advocating for students with disabilities to ensure that the CCSS summative assessments are fully accessible and allow students with disabilities to demonstrate their true academic proficiency. You are invited to attend an important webinar to help prepare district staff for administering the CCSS summative assessments to students with disabilities.

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2015 Practical Personnel Law Webinar Series

Spring is the time for districts to make personnel decisions and MSBA’s Practical Personnel Law Webinar Series is a great way for superintendents and human resources directors to current on new laws.  All programs begin at 1:00 and run approximately one hour.  The cost is $45 per webinar or subscribe to the entire package for $180.  .5 Certified Board Member (CBM) credit for each webinar.

Entire Package

1/28/15 - Problems with Paid Leave
Kelli Hopkins, Associate Executive Director, MSBA 

2/4/15 - Challenging Unemployment Claims
Margaret Hesse, Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt

2/11/15 - Worker’s Compensation and Schools
Nicole Hutson, Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson, P.C.

2/18/15 - Medical Inquiries, Examinations and Drug Testing of Public School Employees 
Charles Elbert, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLC

2/25/15 - Meet and Confer, Negotiations and Collective Bargaining:  What Are Teachers Asking For?
Susan Goldammer, Senior Director, MSBA