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 in 2020 at INCS, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 430

Monday, April 20, 4 – 5 pm:
A Review of Key Concepts in Academic and Operational Oversight for Charter Board Members

INCS staff members will led this session which will be in three sections: the oversight required of charter school board related to academic, operational, and compliance oversight.  This session is targeted to board members from CPS-authorized charter schools and will include a review of the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) and the different evaluation tools CPS uses to evaluate its charter schools.


Monday, May 4, 9 – 11 am:
The Role of the Board in Principal, ED and Teacher Evaluation

Ashish Kapadia, former charter school principal of ten years and current consultant for charter schools & authorizers, will be leading a 2-hour training of the role of charter school boards and the evaluation of the school or network leadership. This is a critical responsibility of charter school boards and may be the one that is most overlooked.


Tuesday, June 2, 4 – 5 pm:
Communicating about Charter Schools: Challenges and Opportunities

INCS staff will review the findings of a recent project completed with an outside PR firm to update charter school messaging.  The time has come to update the charter school narrative as there is a perception of decreased public support for them which is not reflected in polling and other assessments of actual public opinion. At this session, participants will hear about the findings of the research and new ways to talk about public charter schools.


Tuesday, July 14, 8:45 – 10 am:
Charter History, Funding and Governance

INCS staff will reprise the popular training held on January 29, 2020 which included a primer of the six basic responsibilities of charter boards, an overview of how CPS funds charter schools and a brief history of charter schools and the original intent of charter schools.

All trainings will be held at INCS; please rsvp to Natalia Blanco at


Online Modules

INCS will offer four one-hour online training modules which will be available early spring. $1000 per board up to 10 board members ($50 for each additional)/$100 per board member. Reach out to Allison Jack for more detail.

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.


INCS Charter Board Governance Academy

An additional option for board members to meet the new 4-hour governance training requirement in ONE TRAINING will be to attend a training led by a talented and experienced Ed Board Partners trainer either on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 9 pm or Friday, Oct. 23 from 8 am to noon in Chicago. We will only hold this training if at least 50 people sign up. If you are interested, please sign up here. Deadline for signing up is July 31, 2020. The Governance Academy will be $100 a person or $1000 for the full board.

Please contact Allison Jack at INCS at (312) 690-2708 or for more information.