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

Online Training

Click on each training course name below to register for training. If you have already registered and would like to take the training now, click here to go to our eLearning portal.


In-person Training Dates and Locations 

Governance I: New Board Member Orientation

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

Monday, Oct. 23
Atlantic City Convention Center (at Workshop 2017)
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Weekend Orientation

Friday, January 5 – Sunday, January 7, 2018
Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540
Registration coming soon.

Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540
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One-Day Orientation

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Location: Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville
Member Rate: Free • Non Member Rate: $250
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Governance II: Finance

For board members and charter school trustees in the second year of their first term. Check back for additional dates later this year.

Thursday, Oct. 26
Atlantic City Convention Center (at Workshop 2017)
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Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Harrison High School
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Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman
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Monday, December 4, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Deptford High School
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January 31, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Alder Ave Middle School, 25 Alder Avenue Egg Harbor Twp.
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February 7, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Location TBD (Warren)
Registration Coming Soon

February 8, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Location TBD (Ocean, Monmouth)
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Governance III: Student Achievement

For board members and charter school trustees in the third year of their first term. Check back for additional dates later this year.

Thursday, Oct. 26
Atlantic City Convention Center (at Workshop 2017)
Register Now

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman
Register Now

Monday, December 4, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Deptford High School
Register Now

January 31, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Alder Ave Middle School, 25 Alder Avenue Egg Harbor Twp.
Register Now

February 7, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Location TBD (Warren)
Registration Coming Soon

February 8, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Location TBD (Ocean, Monmouth)
Registration Coming Soon 


Governance IV: Legal Update

For board members and charter school trustees in the first year of a re-elected or reappointed term. Check back for additional dates later this year.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Atlantic City Convention Center (at Workshop 2017)
Register Now

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Harrison High School
Register Now

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman
Register Now

Monday, December 4, 2017 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Deptford High School
Register Now

January 31, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Alder Ave Middle School, 25 Alder Avenue Egg Harbor Twp.
Register Now

February 7, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Location TBD (Warren)
Registration Coming Soon

February 8, 2018 (Part of Foundations for Success)
Location TBD (Ocean, Monmouth)
Registration Coming Soon 

Foundations for Success

NJSBA is rolling out a new governance training series, designed to equip board members with the skills they need to deal with the issues they face at the board table. The three programs will focus on School Finance, Student Achievement, and School Law, and will be offered regionally, hosted through the local county school board associations. These highly interactive and informative programs will offer members a new way to fill their training requirements of the School District Accountability Act.

Learn more about each of the three programs:

Fundamentals of School Finance With limited resources, it is imperative that school board members have an understanding of school finance – where their revenue comes from, how aid is calculated, the budget process and the impact of bargaining unit contracts on the overall budget. (Completion of this course satisfies the Governance II requirements.)

Board Actions That Impact Student Achievement In recent years New Jersey has revamped state standards and has increased state standardized testing to increase student achievement, but how can local districts use these tools to increase student achievement?  Learn about the board’s role in student achievement and also ways the board and superintendent can work together to keep the district focused on student achievement and preparing students for their future. (Completion of this course satisfies the Governance III requirements.)

Advancements in School Law Whether it is a new legal ruling, a clarification of an existing law, or a new ethics advisory opinion, school board members should be aware of the changes in the law that affect the board of education’s operations. In this advanced governance course, board member will receive comprehensive training in the most recent legal decisions and administrative determinations affecting public education in New Jersey. (Completion of this course satisfies the Governance IV requirements.)

The programs, which are free to members, will run from 6 – 9 p.m., with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and the formal program beginning at 6:45 p.m. Each location will offer all three programs, unless specifically noted. School business administrators may register their members using the links below.

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

**The Board Actions which Impact Student Achievement will not be offered on this date.