INCS Board Training

Welcome to the INCS Board Training

INCS is here to support Illinois board members to complete their required board governance training. Board members in their first year of service must complete four hours of governance training and two hours of training in each subsequent year. The requirement is in state statute. You can find the language of the law at Public Act 101-0291.

Here at INCS, we are committed to supporting board members to meet this requirement with the highest quality training. INCS is a certified trainer and stands ready to help Illinois’ 600 charter board members to fulfill this requirement.

We have set up the following programming for 2023:

Free trainings (each will count towards one hour of training)

The Expanding Role of Data and How Your Board Can Use It To Govern More Effectively – Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

As data and technology continue to grow and evolve, it’s becoming increasingly crucial for board members and committees to keep up with the latest data-driven practices. That’s why Innovare is offering a special session designed to help boards use data more effectively in their governance responsibilities. During this session, Nick Freeman will provide an overview of data and data sources, focusing on data related to Illinois charter schools. He will also cover dashboards available for board members and committees.

Please sign up here.

INCS Board Training Online Modules

We have officially launched INCS Board Training, a new online board training option.  We are now recording and editing our live webinars for purchase, and board members can watch at their own convenience. The trainings will cost $100.00 each; each video is one hour. As with our previous online modules, there will be a quiz linked to the video that must be completed to receive a certificate of completion. Currently, there are four online modules available:

  • Fiscal Oversight
  • The Open Meetings Act (OMA): Everything you ever wanted to know!
  • Growing Your Board Thoughtfully
  • Performance Management – Managing an ED, CEO, or Principal

Please reach out directly to Stephanie Sandoval to purchase the trainings.

Certificates of Completion

INCS has created Google folders for each school where they can track the completion of the trainings. Please reach out to Stephanie Sandoval with questions about certificates.

INCS-approved board trainers

INCS has identified five INCS Board Training-approved partners that schools & networks can contract with to provide customized trainings.

Please feel free to reach out to the trainers directly. INCS staff will work with the trainers to obtain proof of training.

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.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Allison Jack at INCS with any questions.