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

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 assessments tools help boards focus on areas they wish to strengthen. We are pleased to release an improved Board Recognition Program with added criteria. 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.

Important GA DOE Deadlines:

    • Annual Training Report – Due in October 2019. GSBA does not need a copy of this document.
  • FY20 Annual Training Plan – Due in October 2019. GSBA does not need a copy of this document. (Training year runs July 1 – June 30)

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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 final session of  New Board Member Orientation for FY19 is set for April 30 – May 1, and will not be held immediately prior to the GSBA Conference. Registration will open soon. Please check back.
  • 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.