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.
Thursday, October 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
INCS Board Training on Principal/ED Evaluation
Ashish Kapadia, former charter school principal of ten years and current consultant for charter schools & authorizers, will be leading a 1-hour online 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. Charter school boards have one employee for whom they are directly responsible: the leader of the school or network. Is your board evaluating them annually?
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.
Please rsvp to Natalia Blanco at email@example.com.
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:
INCS has identified three INCS Nonprofit Leadership Program-approved partners that schools & networks can contract with to provide customized trainings.