Online Governance Academy

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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.

Why Attend?


You need 101 training

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.

You must fulfill your authorizer’s requirement

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.

You’re taking full advantage of your school’s CSDC Membership

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.


Who Attends?

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.

Sample Module

Board Member Training Course
Module 4: Government versus Management
9 minutes

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

Access Modules

Please click the button below to access Online Governance Academy.

Please note that if you are accessing for the first time, you will first be taken to a brief enrollment form before being redirecting to the Online Governance Academy homepage.

If you do not have a user account on CSDC’s website or unsure about the status of your school’s CSDC Membership, please contact us.