INCS Nonprofit Leadership Training Program

Charter school boards in Illinois are now required to attend governance training.

As of January 1, 2020, Illinois state law requires charter board members to participate in four hours of governance training this year and two hours in each subsequent year. You can check out the language of the new law, Public Act 101-0291 here

New board members will have to complete four hours of training in their first year or in the 2020 calendar year. The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is a certified trainer and will offer the following options to support the state’s over 600 charter board members to fulfill this requirement.


Free Trainings Online

Planning that Matters Now: Financial Oversight in an Era of Uncertainty – Thursday, Nov. 12 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

INCS is offering our final free board governance training of 2020 on the topic of the role of the charter boards in ensuring sound financial planning during a time of uncertainty and potential budget cuts.  The pandemic has made planning and budgeting more complex, and Carrie Stewart from Afton Partners will be presenting on financial planning processes, scenario planning, and guiding principles for boards as they support their school’s financial sustainability. We are also planning to have to charter CFOs to join the conversation. This will count toward one hour of the required four hours of board governance training.

The Role of Parents in Charter Board Governance

Join us for a free training on Wednesday, December 16 from 8 – 9 pm to review the roles and responsibilities of parent charter school board members. A law was enacted in late 2019 that mandates that all charter boards have at least one parent board member.  This unique role is essential to charter boards having a broad understanding of how charter schools are serving families.  The complexity of governing a school where one’s child attends will be addressed.  Zoom link here.

For either event, please rsvp to Natalia Blanco at


Online Modules

INCS will offer four one-hour online training modules which are available now. The cost is $100 per board member. Board members can watch them at their convenience and take a short quiz to satisfy the training requirement.

The topics for the INCS Nonprofit Leadership Training Program Online Modules are:

  • Great Schools Need Great Boards: Gauging Board Effectiveness
  • Academic Oversight & Committee Operations: Staying Focused on the Board’s Bottomline
  • School Leaders Need Love Too: School Leader Evaluation and Support
  • Bringing a Race and Equity Lens to the Boardroom


Personalized Trainings

INCS has identified three INCS Nonprofit Leadership Program-approved partners that schools & networks can contract with to provide customized trainings.


ISBE Board Training Approved Providers

Per Public Act 101-0291, ISBE has also approved quality providers of board governance training.  Their approved list can be found here.