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The CSBA County Board Member Services Conference will take place from Sept. 13-15, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey. This conference provides a unique opportunity for county board leaders to come together and discuss students' futures in light of domestic policies and global trends. County board members, superintendents and educational partners from throughout the state will come together to gain valuable knowledge and information in five key areas: advocacy and community engagement; county board core; funding and finances; shared governance and the roles of county boards; and wellness, safety and learning. Pre-conference events will take place on Sept. 12 and are open to all CSBA members, including those from school districts.

As the role of county offices of education (COEs) continues to evolve, CSBA is committed to providing COE board members with the necessary tools and information to become effective elected education leaders. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow county board members. The conference offers exciting breakout sessions, great keynote speakers and ample networking opportunities — making it a must-attend event!

Submit your proposals now to present at the conference! Click here to learn more about proposal deadlines and conference strands.

Registration is open for pre-conference, conference and spouse passes. Click here to learn more about registration.

Click here to view the event schedule.


Call for Proposals

The CSBA County Board Transitional Working Group is seeking innovative and engaging ideas for its 2024 County Board Member Services Conference. County trustees are encouraged to submit proposals that will spark meaningful discussions and collaborative learning opportunities. Share your expertise in workshop sessions that dive deep into the specific themes or challenges most relevant to county board members. Proposals are being accepted through Monday, June 3.

Click here to view the submissions page or fill out the form below.

Proposals should correspond to one or more of the major strands identified for this year’s conference:

Advocacy and Community Engagement

The Advocacy and Community Engagement strand encompasses the board member’s role as a leader in establishing cooperative connections with stakeholders and steering decision-makers toward supporting student achievement, while promoting positive views of public schools. It emphasizes fostering alliances with elected officials at the local city, county and state levels to jointly advocate for the educational necessities of preK-12 students. This strand offers an opportunity to present on topics such as basic and advanced advocacy strategies and best practices for working with legislators, legislative staff and CSBA PACERs, and steps to impact legislation.

County Board Core

The County Board Core strand covers the legal and collaborative duties of county boards of education, including supervising community, court and county-approved charter schools; settling appeals related to expulsions, inter-district transfers and charter authorizations; managing property deals; holding county LCAP hearings; and overseeing the COE budget. Examples of presentation topics include beginner and advanced budgeting; SELPA services and accessibility; the board’s role in property acquisition and sales; best practices for serving students; and the relationship between COEs and probation departments.

Funding, Finance and Human Capital

The Funding, Finance and Human Capital strand emphasizes the need for resources to provide high-quality education to all students and to offer a diverse range of learning opportunities. It aims to build trust in public education by showcasing innovative practices adopted by COEs to address various human capital challenges, such as teacher shortages and turnover in school and district leadership connected to funding. This strand offers an opportunity to present on topics such as accessing external funding for mental health services; workforce housing; innovative partnerships with county programs; reporting; and principles of basic and advanced budgeting.

Shared Governance: Roles of the County Board

The Shared Governance: Roles of the County Board strand focuses on empowering board members with the necessary leadership qualities, techniques, skills and strategies to become proficient agents of change, foster collaboration with county superintendents, form a high-performing governance team, and manage board meetings — including effectively managing public comment and engagement. Examples of acceptable presentations include creating a board calendar; meeting management; good governance practices; the remuneration process/setting the superintendent's salary; and exploring how county and school district boards differ.

Wellness, Safety and Learning

The Wellness, Safety and Learning strand covers various aspects of a student’s education that contribute to overall wellness. This strand provides an opportunity to showcase the effectiveness of school programs, partnerships with public and private entities and mental health services in county offices of education that address topics such as low levels of engagement, learning loss, and fentanyl exposure, as well as other communication and social-emotional challenges faced by students, staff and families.

Submission form:


Registration and housing information

Register for this event and make housing reservations now!

Pre-conference registration, Sept. 12

CSBA is offering an Ethics Training and Brown Act Training as pre-conference activities prior to the County Board Member Services Conference. These trainings will take place on Sept.12. Registration for these events is open with the following fee schedule:

  • Bundle Package: Ethics Training and Brown Act Training: $225 | Register
  • Ethics Training: $125 | Register
  • Brown Act Training: $125 | Register

Main conference registration, Sept. 13-15

Registration for this conference is open with the following registration fee schedule:

  • Early rate (May 1- Aug. 4): $499
  • Regular rate (Aug. 5-onsite): $550
  • Spouse rate (May 1-onsite): $285

Housing

You can now book your hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa online through our dedicated website. The single/double rate per night is $299, plus taxes and fees. We encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

The CSBA-negotiated block of rooms has a reservation cutoff date of Monday, Aug. 12, 2024, or until sold out. After this date, rooms may be available on a space-available basis, and the special group rate may not be guaranteed. Please note that the hotel requires a valid credit card to guarantee your reservation at the time of booking.

To make your hotel reservations online, please click here. Alternatively, you can call the hotel directly at 1-800-233-1234. When making phone reservations, please reference the group code (G-CBED) to receive the discounted rate.

Registrants are responsible for securing and, if necessary, cancelling their own housing reservations. Cancellation is 48 hours prior to arrival day to avoid any penalty (1 night fee).


Sponsor this event

The County Board Member Services Conference is scheduled to take place from Sept. 13-15, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel in Monterey, California. This conference is specifically designed for county board members, who attend for professional development and networking opportunities that focus on specific issues and highlight best practices and new ideas that address the unique circumstances of county boards and the students they serve.

Past keynote speakers include California State Board of Education President Linda Darling Hammond, Zoom Founder/CEO Eric Yuan and other dignitaries. The event typically attracts around 180 attendees, including county board members, superintendents, staff and guest speakers.

View the sponsorship guide here or contact CSBA at sponsor@csba.org for more information.


Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your registration or have any questions, please direct all cancellation requests via email to register@csba.org. Registrants may cancel with written notice for a full refund until Aug. 28, 2024. After Aug. 28, registrants may cancel with written notice for a 50 percent refund until Sept. 5, 2024. Cancellations or transfers received after Sept. 5 are not eligible for a refund, as food/beverage and materials have been ordered on your behalf. There are no refunds for no-shows. Please include your name, organization and the event title in all correspondence.