New Board Member Guide

New board members and superintendents will find many learning opportunities at CSBA's Annual Education Conference and Trade Show. This year, we’re proud to once again offer programming of particular interest to new board members and superintendents.


Thursday, November 29

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

  • Pure Politics: The Political Landscape for Schools
  • Leading from the Front: Driving Improvement through Effective Superintendent Evaluation
  • Effectively Funding Your District’s Priorities Utilizing the Smarter School Spending Approach to Strategic Budgeting and Planning

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

  • Achievement in Motion: Addressing Achievement and Opportunity Gaps through Data, Reporting, and Community Engagement
  • Know Thyself: Using CSBA’s Board Self Evaluation Tool to Facilitate Good Governance

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

  • Equity, Access and Opportunity: Governing for All Students
  • Meetings Gone Wild: An Audience Participation Workshop to Assist with Board Meeting Decorum
  • Board Members’ and Superintendents’ Panel: Insights, Ideas and Strategies on the Use of the Local Control and Accountability Plan


Friday, November 30

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

  • Advocacy 101: How to be an Effective Advocate
  • Finger on the Pulse: Tracking Emerging Trends in Board Policy
  • The Big Four for a Cause
  • What Lies Ahead for Labor? The Impact of Janus v. AFSCME on California’s Public Schools

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

  • Building Capacity for Equitable, Scalable and Sustainable Computer Science 
  • The CSBA Charter Schools Task Force Report

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

  • Role of COE, District School Boards and SELPAs in the Statewide System of Support
  • Governing with Transparency: Understanding the Brown Act — the Basics and Beyond
  • Turning State Mandates into Successful Outcomes: How Districts Leverage State Policy to Advance Student Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Welcoming with Open Arms: Incorporating New Members into a Strong Governance Team


Saturday, December 1

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

  • The Student Voice in Board Governance: A Call to Action
  • Masters in Governance: Toolbox for Mindful Governance
  • Schools and the Courts: Critical Legal Issues Facing Districts in 2019
  • Look These Gift Horses in the Mouth: Which Gifts and Income Sources Need to be Reported


To view workshop descriptions, presenters, and other details, search for the session by name here.