New Jersey state law requires school board members and charter school trustees to attend training in the first, second and third years of a first term, and in the first year of a re-elected or reappointed term. NJSBA is the state-designated provider of Mandated Training, which is available at no cost to members.

Board members can fulfill their Governance II, III, and IV School District Accountability Act training requirements through specially designated Foundations for Success regional programs, at Workshop, and online. New board member may fulfill their training requirements through the weekend orientation program, in-person one-day programs, and online.

The following mandated training programs are required:

  • Governance I: New Board Members – New Board Member Orientation Conference
  • Governance II: 1st Term, 2nd full year of service – Finance
  • Governance III: 1st Term, 3rd full year of service – Student Achievement
  • Governance IV: Re-elected/Reappointed Board Members in the first year of any succeeding term – Legal Update

Training Opportunities


Online Training

School business administrators may register their members for Governance I – IV online training available to complete at any time here.

Member Rate: Free • Non-Member Rate: $250


Governance I: New Board Member Orientation

For board members and charter school trustees in the first year of their first term. 

NJSBA Comprehensive New Board Member Mandated Professional Learning Experience

This program gives participants a unique opportunity to work in virtual small-group settings with experienced veteran board members. The program will allow members the flexibility to read and work through materials at their pace, but also attend live sessions with NJSBA staff and educational experts, as well as participate in a virtual community to exchange ideas, questions, and facilitate discussions.   This program will take a deeper dive into the board member experience and includes more informational sessions than the other formats. This winter, NJSBA will host an eight week Comprehensive New Board Member Mandated Professional Learning Course to offer board members an immersive virtual experience. Please check back for dates and more information.


Live Virtual Training

Throughout the year, NJSBA staff will be presenting on the information a new board member needs to perform their responsibilities effectively, as well as allowing time for questions and answers. The virtual  NBMO will be scheduled in 3 consecutive live sessions, each lasting approximately 2 hours. Members must attend all three sessions to fulfill the GOV 1 requirement and receive BMA credit. 

Governance I – New Board Member Orientation
March 4, 11, and 18
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Governance I – New Board Member Orientation
May 12, 25, June 1
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Foundations for Success

Foundations for Success is designed to equip board members with the skills they need to deal with issues they face at the board table. The three programs focus on school finance, student achievement, and school law. These highly interactive and informative programs offer members a new way to fulfill the training requirements of the School District Accountability Act.

Completion of Fundamentals of School Finance satisfies the Governance II requirement. Completion of Board Actions that Impact Student Achievement satisfies the Governance III requirement. Completion of Advancement in School Law satisfies the Governance IV requirement.

Cumberland and Salem Counties
Tuesday, Jan. 26
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Member Rate: Free • Non-Member Rate: $40


Governance II: Finance

For board members and charter school trustees in the second year of their first term.

In-Person Training

TBD

Live Virtual Training

Tuesday, Feb. 16
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, Mar. 9
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Monday, May 3
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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School business administrators may register their members for training here.

Member Rate: Free • Non-Member Rate: $100


Governance III: Student Achievement

For board members and charter school trustees in the third year of their first term.

In-Person Training

TBD

Live Virtual Training

Thursday, Feb. 18
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, Mar. 16
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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Monday, May 10
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Register Now

School business administrators may register their members for training here.

Member Rate: Free • Non-Member Rate: $100


Governance IV: Legal Update

For board members and charter school trustees in the first year of a re-elected or reappointed term.

In-Person Training

TBD

Live Virtual Training

Thursday, Feb. 25
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Register Now

Tuesday, Mar. 23
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Register Now

Monday, May 24
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Register Now

Member Rate: Free • Non-Member Rate: $100

School business administrators may register their members for training here.

Please contact the Training Department for questions regarding Mandated Training requirements at training@njsba.org.