Project Description

• Updated CSBA’s Policy Platform, in accordance with CSBA standing rules, after a yearlong review by the Policy Platform Committee and input from CSBA Delegates.
o Addressed topics including the need to support every student’s mental, physical and social-emotional health; place a stronger focus on equity and inclusivity; and affirm the urgency of LEA boards maintaining equitable standing with other government agencies.

• Conducted the iCount Census and Membership Survey, providing CSBA with important data to support the needs of school governance teams and to better inform the public about the critically important role of elected board members.

• Expanded CSBA membership to include student trustees and held trainings for more than 40 student board members covering the Brown Act, communication strategies, the role of student trustees as part of the governance team and more.

• Completed the work of CSBA’s Climate Change Task Force, granting CSBA members access to sample resolution language, along with a host of resources for local boards at www.csba.org/climatechange.

• Partnered with five organizations to provide critical COVID-19 mitigation products to schools, such as COVID-tracking tools, HVAC and air purification services, personal protective equipment (PPE) and document management technology, and facilities assessment services.
o One highlight is R-Zero’s hospital-grade UV-C disinfection device, which uses a germ-killing UV-C light at a fraction of the cost of comparable products sold in hospitals, making this tier of disinfection technology accessible to schools for the first time.

• Retained the Donovan Group, the nation’s leading school public relations firm, to assist members with communications, marketing and crisis response during the pandemic and beyond.

Joined with Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting Company to provide professional development services focused on supporting students and pursuing educational and racial equity for school districts and county offices.
o In 2021, 79 members representing 25 districts completed the Equity Network Training.

• Continued to improve the delivery of all CSBA trainings — including the Masters in Governance (MIG) program, Brown Act training, Orientation for New Trustees, Institute for New and First-Term Board Members, Governance Consulting Services, Board Presidents Workshop, Executive Assistants and Student Board Members Training — via a virtual platform that included the addition of new engagement exercises, more time in virtual breakout rooms, and expanded opportunities for critical feedback.

• Expanded the faculty for CSBA trainings to accommodate increased demand and to better reflect the diversity of California LEA board members.

• Hosted the 90th CSBA Annual Education Conference as both an in-person and a virtual event, with more than 3,000 attendees participating in two-days of General Sessions, individual breakout sessions, trade show exhibitions and networking between CSBA members.

• Continued expansion of the Online Learning Center with additional courses and resources, including a COVID-19 module.
o Created channels for the CSBA MIG Alumni Association and the Executive Assistants Certification Program.

• Graduated more than 300 school and county board members, superintendents and executive assistants from Masters in Governance and other professional development programs, including:

o 29 county board members from the newly launched MIG for County Offices of Education program, providing content specific to the roles and responsibilities of county board members.

o 152 executive assistants from the newly launched Executive Assistants Certificate Program to increase the capacity of our district and COE support staff throughout the state.

o 156 board members and superintendents from the MIG program and recognized them during the 2021 Annual Education Conference.

• Facilitated 110 Governance Consultant Workshops and 41 Board Self-Evaluations.