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Board Development

GSBA Provides the State’s Only Comprehensive Board Development Program

GSBA’s mission is to assist boards in achieving excellence in governance. We have developed numerous tools to do this. The newest is 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. 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 Awards and Recognitions program.

FY21 Board Development Catalog

Important GA DOE Deadlines:

  • Due to COVID-19, Board Training Deadline is extended to November 15, 2020.
  • Annual Training Report – Due by November 15, 2020, extended from 10/15. GSBA does not need a copy of this document.
  • FY21 Annual Training Plan – Due by November 15, 2020, extended from 10/15. GSBA does not need a copy of this document. (Training year runs July 1 – June 30)

GSBA has 3 Virtual Training Options to Meet your State Requirements:

FREE Customized Virtual Whole-Board Governance Team Training Until Sept 30, 2020

In times like this, it is more important than ever for your governance team to come together and talk through the standards for effective governance and assess how you are doing your work.  GSBA’s training team will not only work with you to customize your board training agenda specifically to your needs but will also manage all technical aspects of setting up, managing, and facilitating the virtual meeting process. To schedule whole board training contact Dr. Sam King, GSBA Director for Superintendent Searches & Board Development Manager sking@gsba.com, 770-962-2985

School Board U: Online Training Courses

With a statewide shelter-in-place order, GSBA is pleased to offer our new School Board U online learning platform that is not only easier to use but also includes some new courses that can help you in these times of physical distancing.  GSBA’s online courses are available 24/7 and can be started and completed at your convenience.  Check out our course catalog at http://gsba.talentlms.com, register for an account and get started, or download the talentlms app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Virtual Board Training Workshops

At a time when face-to-face workshops are not possible, GSBA is prepared to virtually convene board members and superintendents to talk about the current issues and the best practices that are surfacing all over our great state.  Be on the lookout for these virtual offerings in the coming weeks and months as we work to make sure you are equipped with the best information to lead your district.

 JULY 8, 2020 – WEBINAR: Recovery and Re-opening (COVID-19): The Governance Team’s Role – REGISTER HERE

JUNE 11, 2020 – WEBINAR – Recording & Presentations:
Emergency Preparedness & Crisis Planning with COVID-19. Planning during an uncertain future.

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 of 15 hours of training

  • The next New Board Member Orientation will be announced this summer. Local district orientation (one hour must focus on school finance) – 3 hours
  • School finance and budgeting (not including the hour in the local orientation) – 5 hours
  • Coursework based on the state board’s core curriculum aligned to the state standards – 4 hours
  • Whole board governance team training (includes the superintendent) – 3 hours

Board Members With One or More Years of Service – Total of 9 hours

  • Coursework based on the state board’s core curriculum aligned to the new state standards – 6 hours
  • Whole board governance team training (includes the superintendent) – 3 hours

GSBA has designed a board development program, approved by the state board, to meet all of the requirements.

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.

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