Mandatory Board Member Training
Recent legislation in Illinois now requires mandatory school board member training. IASB is addressing these requirements by offering a training chart , sample policy exhibit , online template , online learning course , and division meetings training . Click on any of these links to learn more about the requirements and professional development opportunities designed to enable board members to meet them:
The training chart identifies the statute and effective date, the training requirements, who must receive the training, the timeline for that training, and the professional development opportunities offered by IASB to fulfill the training requirement.
The sample policy exhibit 2:120-E2, prepared in January 2012, can be adopted by local school boards. It states how districts should publicly report those board members who have successfully completed mandatory board training requirements.
The online template is a supporting document to the policy that local districts can format on their websites for the purpose of reporting board member training activity. This list should be updated as board members complete and submit their training activities to the board secretary.
IASB offers two online courses that satisfy new mandatory training requirements. The course that satisfies Public Act 97-8 is entitled, “ Professional Development Leadership Training for School Board Members.” Itincludes instruction in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities. The course that satisfies Public Act 97-504 is entitled “Open Meetings Act Training for Board Members.” It focuses specifically on the law as it applies to school board meetings and members.
Note: IASB will announce when training is available to satisfy mandatory training requirements on the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) evaluations.
For more information about training dates and registration, contact Judy Williams at ext. 1103. For other questions relating to mandatory board member training, contact Bridget Trojan at ext. 1236.
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