Board Member Mandatory Training
Mandatory Board Member Training:
Each Board member is responsible for his or her own compliance with the mandatory training laws that are described below:
1. Each Board member elected or appointed to fill a vacancy of at least one year’s duration must complete at least four hours of professional development leadership training in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, fiduciary responsibilities, and (beginning in the fall of 2023) trauma-informed practices for students and staff within the first year of his or her first term.
2. Each Board member must complete training on the Open Meetings Act no later than 90 days after taking the oath of office for the first time. After completing the training, each Board member must file a copy of the certificate of completion with the Board. Training on the Open Meetings Act is only required once.
3. Each Board member must complete a training program on evaluations under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) before participating in a vote on a tenured teacher’s dismissal using the optional alternative evaluation dismissal process. This dismissal process is available after the District’s PERA implementation date.
The Superintendent or designee shall post on the District website the names of all Board members who have completed the professional development leadership training described in number 1, above.
Professional Development; Adverse Consequences of School Exclusion; Student Behavior The Board President or Superintendent, or their designees, will make reasonable efforts to provide ongoing professional development to Board members about the adverse consequences of school exclusion and justice-system involvement, effective classroom management strategies, culturally responsive discipline, appropriate and available supportive services for the promotion of student attendance and engagement, and developmentally appropriate disciplinary methods that promote positive and healthy school climates.
LEGAL REF.: 5 ILCS 120/1.05 and 120/2.
105 ILCS 5/10-16a and 5/24-16.5.
CROSS REF.: 2:80 (Board Member Oath and Conduct), 2:125 (Board Member Compensation;
Expenses), 2:200 (Types of School Board Meetings)
ADOPTED: September 26, 2022