State-mandated training requirements for new school board members
Illinois requires mandatory school board member training. IASB offers resources and training to help school board members understand and meet the necessary requirements.
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, 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.
Local districts can use this sample table to report board member training activity. This list should be updated as board members complete and submit their training activities to the board secretary.
Two online courses are available to satisfy mandatory training requirements.
- Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members includes instruction in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities. In addition, it includes training on PERA evaluations for school board members who will participate in a vote on a dismissal based upon the Optional Alternative Evaluation Dismissal Process.
- Open Meetings Act Training focuses specifically on the law as it applies to school board meetings and members.
New Board Member Workshops are designed to meet the needs of recently elected school board members.
The training is offered as a one or two-day event at various locations throughout the state. Participants are able to complete their state-mandated board training on the first day, while day-two provides board members with essential information to fulfill their governance role.
New Board Member Workshops are offered after the biennial election of school board members. The next round of New Board Member Workshops will be scheduled in 2021.