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 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.

Important GA DOE Deadlines:

  • Annual Training Report – Due by October 15, 2019. GSBA does not need a copy of this document.
  • FY20 Annual Training Plan – Due by October 15, 2019. GSBA does not need a copy of this document. (Training year runs July 1 – June 30)
  • These dates are extended from original due date of October 1.


View the GSBA FY20 Board Training Catalog

FY20 Schedule-at-a-Glance

  • October 8 – Educational Summit (What the Board and Community Should Know about Student Mental & Emotional Health and Well-being) – 6 credit hours
  • November 19-20 – New Board Member Orientation – 9 credit hours
  • December 4 – Pre-Annual Conference Training – 6 credit hours
    • Legal Issues
    • Educational Equity
    • Finance
    • Strategic Planning
  • February 20 – Board Chair Workshop – 6 credit hours
  • February 25-26 – New Board Member Orientation – 9 credit hours
  • March 12 – Board Chair Workshop – 6 credit hours
  • March 24CANCELED – Educational Summit: What school boards and community members should know about student mental & emotional health and well-being 
  • TBD – Board Member & Superintendent Accountability for Student Performance 


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.

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