In 2019, the Illinois legislature passed a law requiring all charter public school board members to participate in four hours of governance training in the first year of the law (2020) or in their first year as a board member. After the first year of four hours of training are completed, board members are required to participate in two hours of training in each subsequent year. To find the language of the law, go to Public Act 101-0291.
Here at INCS, we are committed to supporting board members to meet this requirement with the highest quality training possible. INCS is a certified trainer and stands ready to help the state’s over 600 charter board members to fulfill this requirement.
There are four primary ways that INCS can help board members to satisfy the training requirement:
This year we will also be offering some non-credit-earning convenings to better support Illinois charter school board members.
Free trainings (each will count towards one hour of training)
RSVP to Natalia Blanco for either of these online trainings, which unfortunately will not be recorded.
Webinars and Online Modules
INCS is continuing to partner with Ed Board Partners to offer two new one-hour online trainings; board members can watch them live or at their own convenience and take a short quiz to satisfy the training requirement. The cost is $50 per board member. New board members who need to take four hours of training will cost $100.
The webinars will be held:
Existing modules in the online library include:
Reach out to Natalia Blanco to purchase the modules.
2021 Board Governance Academy
October 20, 4 pm to 8 pm
INCS will be holding this training either in person (COVID permitting) or over two days virtually where we will bring in professional board trainers who will go over the primary roles of charter board members and strategies and tactics for effective board governance. This session is targeted for new board members and will be especially helpful as part of new board members onboard into their roles. We offer a special welcome for parent board members. We will only host this event if at least 40 board members sign up. $100 per person including dinner if in-person. Fill out this form if you are interested; registration will close July 30.
INCS-approved board trainers
INCS has identified four INCS Nonprofit Leadership Training Program-approved partners that schools & networks can contract with to provide customized trainings.
Please feel free to reach out to them directly. INCS staff will work with the trainers to obtain proof of training.
Informational Meeting for Parent Board Members (not for credit toward board training hours)
Tuesday, June 1, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
INCS extends a special invitation to parent board members for A Virtual Roundtable Discussion with Parent Board Members. In light of the new requirement that all charter school boards must have a parent on them, INCS seeks to be a resource for these parents. This role of the parent board member is critical to ensuring a diversity of voices is represented on every charter board but it can be a lonely role. To support new parent board members and to connect them with each other, we are hosting a facilitated conversation to discuss the challenges, the experiences and the lessons learned from parent board members. We hope to have a follow up, in-person gathering (COVID permitting) in October.
ISBE Board Training Approved Providers
ISBE also has a list of approved quality providers of board governance training. The providers on this list offer the required trainings for Illinois district board of education members but are also approved to train charter board members. The list can be found at this link.