Online Board Member Training

Designed specifically with governing board members in mind, but useful for the entire leadership team, CSDC’s Online Board Member Training is a series of focused instructional self-paced tutorials that discusses the roles and responsibilities of board members and school administrators, the alphabet soup of acronyms that make up the common vernacular of education policy, and much more.

Online Board Member Training

The Online Board Member Training is a self-paced instructional course that can be completed individually or viewed as part of a collective board training.


Structure and Format

CSDC’s Online Board Member Training is delivered mostly through online, self-paced videos and quizzes that allow charter school board members to learn on their own. Members who enroll also receive access to CSDC’s unique charter schools resource directory, which includes invaluable sample policies and materials for governing boards to consider amending and adopting. Online Board Member Training participants are encouraged to attend the Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference, which takes place every fall, and to work towards the Governance Training Certificate. After taking the Online Board Member Training course, members are encouraged to complete the Governance Academy's Online Brown Act Training course, and to register for CSDC’s annual webinars covering a variety of governance-related topics.



On Being a Board Member
This module covers all the basics, from the best practices in board member on-boarding to a basic understanding of the “power” a governing board has in charter school leadership.


Speaking the Language
The education community speaks its own language and often talks in acronyms. This module provides a basic translation for the most commonly used education vernacular.


Laws, Lobbying, and the Legislature
Charter schools were created by the California Legislature and are subject to new laws and changes every year. In this module, board members will gain an understanding of the role of the Legislature in governing charter schools and of how charter leaders play a part in impacting the Legislature.


Governing Board Roles and Responsibilities
A difficult part of governing a charter school can be understanding the difference between governance and management. This module walks board members through traditional divisions of duties and clarifies some best practices.


Human Resources
The majority of a charter school’s budget is spent on personnel costs – both salary and benefits. Governing board members need to have a basic understanding of issues like PERS, STRS, and labor negotiations in order to make educated decisions. This module provides a framework for those discussions.


California Charter Basic
Have you ever wondered how California charter schools came to be? This module gives a basic understanding of the past 25 years of charter school history and asks some important questions about the future of chartered schools in California.

This series of training modules is a component of CSDC's Online Governance Academy.


Enroll now for the Online Board Member Training. This is a free resource for CSDC School and Authorizer Members only.*

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*Please note: not available to Vendor Members.

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