Did you know the CSBA Online Learning Center is available 24/7/365? Keep the virtual learning going all year long with these courses – covering a wide range of topics from governance and policy to finance.

Check out our course catalog to see what’s available now. And new courses are added regularly!

COURSE CATALOG

Ethics

(4 courses)

California’s conflict of interest laws are based on the belief that a public official cannot serve two masters simultaneously, and that the duties of public office demand absolute loyalty of the individual who holds that office. The purpose of the conflict of interest laws is to eliminate temptation, avoid the appearance of impropriety, and limit the possibility of improper personal influence on a public officer’s decision. These courses will provide a comprehensive overview of the conflict of interest laws applicable to school board members, including hypothetical situations for deeper learning experiences, and resources for additional knowledge. Successful completion of all four modules of this course will earn the school board member a certificate of completion.

  • Module 1: The Big Three – Contractual Conflicts of Interest, the Political Reform Act, and Common Conflicts of Interest (45 minutes)
  • Module 2: Laws related to Perquisites – Laws against Bribery, Laws related to Gifts, Loans, Behested Payments, Honoraria Ban, Misuse of Public Funds, and Mass Mailing Restrictions (25 minutes)
  • Module 3: Laws Related to Transparency (25 minutes)
  • Module 4: Laws related to Fair Processes, the Doctrine of Incompatible Offices, and Anti-Nepotism (25 minutes)

COVID-19

(9 courses)

CSBA is committed to providing the information you need and supporting your efforts to care for and educate students during the COVID-19 crisis. This learning plan provides information and guidance that can help school leaders confront the difficult decisions involved with COVID-19.

Courses include:

  • COVID-19: What You Need to Know (self-paced)
  • Governance and Guidance in the Age of COVID-19 (1 hour, 31 minutes)
  • Open Board Meetings in a World of School Closures (1 hour, 26 minutes)
  • Going the Distance to Bridge the Digital Divide (1 hour, 34 minutes)
  • Special Education in Extraordinary Times (1 hour, 37 minutes)
  • Supporting Student Well-Being from Afar (1 hour, 33 minutes)
  • The Uncertain Road Ahead: reopening Schools in the Time of COVID-19 (self-paced)
  • Reopening/Reclosing Public Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PART 1 (1 hour, 31 minutes)
  • Reopening/Reclosing Public Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PART 2 (1 hour, 39 minutes)

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

(8 courses)

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is intended as a comprehensive planning tool to support student outcomes and is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF, all local educational agencies (LEAs) including school districts, county offices of education (COEs), and charter schools are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all students. In this Learning Plan, learners will explore topics related to the development of the LCAP, and, ultimately, student achievement.

Courses include:

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Partnerships for Student Success (30 minutes)
  • Powerful Summer Learning Programs (20 minutes)
  • Strategic Budgeting and Planning Utilizing the Smarter School Spending Approach (20 minutes)
  • English Learners in California Public Schools: An Introduction for Board Members (35 minutes)
  • Attendance Works: Leveraging Chronic Absence Data for School Improvement (20 minutes)
  • Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards (40 minutes)
  • The Basics of Special Education for School Board Members (20 minutes)
  • History of School Finance (25 minutes)

Equity

(2 courses)

While equality means treating every student the same, equity means making sure every student has the support they need to be successful. Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has an equal chance for success. This series of courses will explore equity and how school board members can be leaders in educational equity.

Course includes:

  • Educational Equity (55 minutes)
  • Equity Driven Boards – Next Steps to Making a Difference

Governance

(5 courses)

In this Learning Plan, board members will discover content associated with the unique duties related to school governance. School and county board members govern California’s nearly 1,000 school districts and 59 county offices of education, serving approximately 6.2 million students. School board members are individually elected by the community they serve and govern at board meetings. Board members and the superintendent make up the governance team who collectively work to ensure that there is a plan in place to meet the need of the students they represent.

Courses include:

  • Call to Order: Rules of Order (20 minutes)
  • Effective Board and Superintendent Relationships (20 minutes)
  • The Brown Act: School Boards and Open Meeting Laws (15 minutes)
  • Board Self Evaluation: A Key to Effective Governance (15 minutes)
  • Superintendent Evaluation: A Powerful Leadership Tool for Governance Teams (15 minutes)
  • Form 700 (25 minutes)

Governmental Relations

(2 courses)

In this Learning Plan, board members will have access to content related to government relations: the process of influencing public policy at all levels of governance: local, regional, national, and even global. Government relations aims to persuade government officials to change or maintain policy to more effectively fit the needs of the local community. The content includes the legislative process, the school board member role in the process and the impact their individual participation can make.

Courses include:

  • CSBA Legislative Advocacy (15 minutes)
    School Start Times: Preparing to Implement Senate Bill 328 (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Technology

(1 course)

This Learning Plan will introduce board members to the various ways they can use technology to keep their communities informed. As information becomes more readily available and individuals are able to connect with each other with greater ease, school board members will benefit from knowing how to engage with others over issues important to their governance role.

Course includes:

  • Social Media: Post Like a Pro (20 minutes)

Student Safety

(1 course)

Student Safety is a priority for all school board members, superintendents, site staff, community members, parents and students themselves. Learn more about the school board member role in student safety and ways in which your LEA can better plan for the unexpected and foster a culture and climate where all students feel safe and welcome.

Course includes:

  • The Board Role in Creating a Holistic Approach to School Safety (15 minutes)

Learning Resources

(14 courses available)

In the Learning Resources area, board members will find a catalogue of materials and tools to engage in self-directed and self-paced learning experiences related to pre-K-12 educational issues and CSBA initiatives.

Courses include:

  • Golden Bell Awards – Winning Programs
  • BoardWise: Got Questions? Get Answers!
  • Governance Corner: Practical Tips from CSBA Staff
  • Equity, Access and Accountability
  • Technology to Enhance School-Based Safety and Youth Development Through Coordinated Social and Emotional Learning
  • CSBA Professional Governance Standards
  • The Landscape of Special Education in California: A Primer for Board Members
  • Governance Calendar
  • The Role of the School Board Member
  • Charter Schools
  • Health and Safety
  • The School Board Role in Creating the Conditions for Student Achievement: A Review of the Research
  • STEM
  • Early Learning

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