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This innovative two-day seminar is one of the best opportunities for newly elected and first-term trustees to learn about their unique role and responsibilities. Board members can sharpen their skills on effective governance, finance, human resources and student learning. Participants explore the board's role in each area and will be able to apply these processes on their board. Superintendents: Attend with your new board member(s) and we'll waive your registration fee.

The Program

As a member of the governance team, your leadership is crucial. CSBA’s highly regarded Institute for New and First-Term Board Members will help you attain a high level of competency and understanding of the governance role. We encourage superintendents to attend the Institute, and if you attend with your new board member(s), your registration is complimentary.

The Institute provides training in four major areas of board responsibility and authority: effective governance, finance, student learning, and human resources. Throughout the training program, you’ll learn about tools you can use to become a more effective member of your governance team.

Effective Governance
The role and critical aspects of school board governance
The attributes of a highly effective governance team
What every new board member needs to know about the district

Methods for setting budget priorities that reflect the goals of the district
Tools for adopting and monitoring the district budget
The effect of collective bargaining contract decisions on the district budget

Student Learning
The relationship among district goals, budget, personnel policies, curriculum, standards, assessment and student performance
What the board can do to ensure appropriate processes for curriculum development review and adoption

Human Resources
How, when and where the board can impact personnel decisions
Ways to create and maintain a positive, supportive personnel climate
How to establish prudent guidelines and policies for contract negotiations


Fee: $325 (early registration); $350 (late registration)
Please note: Online registration closes one week prior to the event. To inquire about availability, contact the Registrar at 1.800.266.3382 ext. 3308.

The fee will be waived for superintendents who attend with their new board member(s).


Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
Schedule for both days: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


January 26-27, 2018: Sacramento, Hyatt Regency Sacramento
March 2-3, 2018: Anaheim, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort


District questionnaire: What every new board member needs to know


Lynn Bogart, Ed.D., Governance Consultant, CSBA
Pam Costa, Governance Consultant, CSBA
Deb Dudley, Governance Consultant, CSBA
Steve Ladd, Governance Consultant, CSBA
Barry Reed, Governance Consultant, CSBA
Luan Burman Rivera, Governance Consultant, CSBA
Peggy Wozniak, Governance Consultant, CSBA
School Services of California, Inc.

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