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CSDC’s Online Governance Academy is a series of on-demand learning modules designed to provide California charter school governing board members with the information they need to effectively oversee their schools.
Each module is broken into digestible bites so that busy board members can prioritize their training needs and complete at their own pace.
Some portions of Online Governance Academy even serve as prerequisites for CSDC’s Charter School Governance Training Certification.
Online Governance Academy is an exclusive benefit of CSDC School membership. Please contact us if you are unsure whether your school has a CSDC Membership or wish to join or renew.
You’ve made a major contribution to your community by becoming a school board member. This training will provide you with the basics so you can hit the ground running.
Some charter school authorizers require that charter school board members receive governance training. This program counts towards CSDC’s Charter School Governance Training Certification, which you may present to your authorizer as proof of your professional learning.
We’re glad you’re here! Online Governance Academy is one of the many exclusive benefits of CSDC Membership. We’re glad you’re not only pursuing board training but that you’re doing it at no additional cost through your CSDC Membership.
Designed specifically with governing board members in mind, but useful for the entire leadership team, CSDC’s Online Board Member Training provides a basic overview of the key topics every charter school board needs to know. This training includes 5 modules, presented in a series of short instructional tutorials, that discuss everything from the role of the Legislature, to the roles and responsibilities of board members and school administrators, to the alphabet soup of acronyms that make up the common vernacular of education policy, and much more.
Module 1: Board Member Basics (15 minutes)
Module 2: Speaking the Language (10 minutes)
Module 3: Laws, Lobbying, and the Legislature (9 minutes)
Module 4: Governance versus Management (9 minutes)
Module 5: Human Resources (5 minutes)
This 5-module training series introduces the Ralph M. Brown Act, a piece of legislation that ensures Californians’ right to participate in the meetings of “local legislative bodies,” including the meetings of California public charter schools. This training will discuss to whom the Brown Act applies, how the Brown Act is triggered, how to create Brown Act-compliant notices and agendas, how to enter closed-session meetings of the Board, and more.
Module 1: A Focus on Agendas (21 minutes)
Module 2: A Focus on Closed Session Meetings of the Board (38 minutes)
Module 3: Board Location and Teleconferencing (8 minutes)
Module 4: A Focus on the Rights of the Public (21 minutes)
Module 5: Who Must Comply and What Triggers It (14 minutes)
Enrollment in Online Governance Academy also provides you with access to helpful supplementary content including:
CSDC's annual Form 700 Webinar
The Role of a Governing Board During a Crisis
Advocacy and Why It Matters
New and continuing California charter school governing board members
This program is primarily taken by new California charter school governing board members but it also serves as great “refresher” training for continuing board members and other school staff that frequently interface with the governing board.
CSDC Conference attendees
Registered for CSDC’s annual conference? Online Governance Academy provides a great introduction to board governance, empowering you to tackle more advanced content at CSDC’s annual conference.
Board Member Training Course
Module 4: Government versus Management
Proof of Completion
CSDC offers a proof of completion for all those who have completed each module in the course and passed the corresponding test. This proof must be requested and can be then used to demonstrate appropriate training for California charter board members. REQUEST PROOF
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