The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.


Board Development

GSBA Provides the State’s Only Comprehensive Board Development Program

The Georgia School Boards Association’s mission is to assist boards in achieving excellence in governance. We do this through our numerous tools and training that have been developed over our 70-year history, including School Board U, an online professional development system designed with school board members in mind. Our evaluation and assessment tools help boards focus on areas they wish to strengthen. All of the GSBA’s training curriculum and training materials are aligned to the State Board of Education’s Standards for Effective Governance of Georgia School Systems. GSBA released an improved Board Recognition Program with added criteria in 2018. This program operates the same as the last 3-tiered process using Quality, Distinguished and Exemplary Board levels. For more information, visit our Awards and Recognitions program page.



Spring 2023:

Board Chair

$275 | 6 credit hours

February 2, 2023

Tift County Schools

506 W 12th St, Tifton, GA  31794

Registration is now closed for this workshop

Board Chair

$275 | 6 credit hours

March 7, 2023

Forsyth County Schools, Room 380

1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040

New Board Member Orientation

$350 | 12 credit hours

February 14 – 15, 2023

Bibb County Schools Professional Learning Center

2007 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31204

FY 23 Board Development Catalog

Learn more about school board trainings, deadlines, criteria, and more.

Important Georgia Department of Education Deadlines:

Board Training Deadline

June 30, 2023

Annual Training Report

September 30, 2023

Due to GA DOE. GSBA does not need a copy of this document

FY23 Annual Training Plan

September 30, 2023
(Training year runs July 1 – June 30)

Due to GA DOE. GSBA does not need a copy of this document

GSBA has Three Training Options to Meet Your State Requirements

Customized Whole-Board Governance Team Training 

GSBA knows how important it is for your governance team to come together and discuss the standards for effective governance and assess how you are doing your work. GSBA’s training team will work with you to customize your board training agenda specifically to your needs.

To schedule a whole board training in person or virtual, contact Dr. Samuel King, Director of Board Development & Superintendent Search Services,, or Ashley Mosby, Board Development Executive Assistant, 770-822-3628.

Board Training Workshops

GSBA’s workshops are offered throughout the fiscal year and cover a wide range of topics that discuss current issues and the best practices surfacing throughout our great state. Find information about workshop registrations here or review our FY23 Board Development Catalog.

School Board U: Online Training Courses

GSBA is pleased to offer our School Board U online learning platform that is easy to use and also includes a variety courses. GSBA’s online courses are available 24/7 and can be started and completed at your convenience. Register online for an account to get started. You can also download the talentlms app on the Apple App store or Google Play store.

Need help planning your training requirements? The links in the resource and related links sections at the bottom of this page will guide boards and superintendents through the steps necessary to build an annual board development plan, provide information on GSBA’s Awards and Recognitions program, links to School Board U, and information on the annual and summer conferences.


The following outlines what Georgia law requires as far as training:


New Board Members


total hours of training


Whole board governance team training (includes the superintendent)


Coursework based on the state board's core curriculum aligned to the state standards


School finance and budgeting (not including the hour in the local orientation)


Local district orientation (one hour must focus on school finance)

Board Members with 1+ Years of Service


total hours of training


Whole board governance team training (includes the superintendent)


Coursework based on the state board's core curriculum aligned to the state standards

Board Management Software

Simbli’s board management software facilitates effective governance by providing boards with the tools they need to be successful. Simbli’s ‘Core Four’ includes integrated modules that help boards maximize productivity, bringing together meetings, policies, and evaluations into one easy to use board management software solution.

Visit eBOARDsolutions website to learn more.