GCSA believes that strong and ethical governance is the backbone of charter school autonomy and success. GCSA is the premier governance training resource in Georgia. We have trained more boards than any other provider in the state and can assist your board whether it’s fundamental training or complex troubleshooting. Our training & support services includes:
Governance Training – Whole Board Team Training
GADOE requires every locally-approved charter school to participate in a 3-hour, live whole board team training annually. GCSA can create and facilitate a training that addresses your current board priorities and meets these requirements.
Governance Training – Digital Governance Series
GCSA publishes a digital governance series to assist boards with meeting their annual training requirements. A subscription to the digital governance series provides the whole board with full access to on-demand and live webinar training content.
GCSA’s team of governance experts can design and/or facilitate your board retreat. Contact us for a customized board retreat experience.
SCSC Board Training
GCSA can provide your board with board training on a flexible schedule. We can train your full board or provide make-up training as needed.
Board Development & Coaching
GCSA can help you develop recruitment, onboarding and transition strategies to assist your board with any growth challenge. We assist boards with complex troubleshooting and strategic planning
Meeting Observations & Feedback
GCSA has a team of governance experts who can assist you with meeting effectiveness. Are your board meetings excessively long? GCSA is here to help you
GCSA provides strategic planning facilitation and plan development.
Conflict Resolution Training
GCSA has experience with helping board resolve even the most challenging conflicts and develop a path to mitigate future conflicts effectively.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
GCSA offers a series of trainings to board to help boards identify systems, processes or policies where matters of equity need to be considered. A common area of focus is board recruitment and succession planning.
Committee Development & Oversight
GCSA can help your board establish or refine your board’s committee structure. Committee oversight is a critical aspect of charter school governance.
Succession and Transition Planning Support
Charter boards across Georgia struggle with succession planning and difficult transitions. GCSA has a method to help your board develop and monitor success plans that will uphold your board’s effective governance practice. GCSA’s team of governance experts can help you with recruitment, onboard, succession plan development or any aspect of board transitions.
GCSA recruits and trains prospective board members to assist you with recruitment and transitions. Please contact us if you are interested in serving on a charter board, or if you are looking to fill vacancies on your board.
Governance vs. Management Training
Many charter boards struggle with navigating the difference between governance and management. GCSA can help your board with defining appropriate roles and responsibilities as well as create action plans to assist with ongoing role delineation.
Leader/Board transition support
Each year, numerous leadership transitions take place in our member schools. Turnover is slightly higher in the charter school landscape as compared to traditional public school leadership due to the unique challenges of implementing and running high quality charter schools. GCSA can provide customized support during periods of transitions as well as assist boards with proactively planning for upcoming leader transitions.
Charter Renewal Training for Boards
Charter boards play a critical role in the charter renewal process. GCSA can train your board on the process as well as provide your board with suggestions and strategies for a successful charter renewal.
GCSA maintains a policy manual with fundamental policies that cover governance, finance, operations, academics and federal programs. Policies are updated periodically through a comprehensive legal review. Policies can be purchased as a complete manual or by category. Policies are not available for individual purchase.
Effective Leader Oversight and Evaluation
Managing, supporting, developing and evaluating a charter school leader can be a challenging process for charter boards. GCSA provides targeted training and support in this area. Cohesion between the board and leadership are essential to charter school quality and success.
Director of Training
Governance Training Pricing
Whole Board Team Training
- Member Schools: $1500
- Non-Member Schools: $3000
FY22 Digital Governance Training Series
- Member Schools: $750 for full board access
- Non-Member Schools: $1500 for full board access
FY23 Digital Governance Training Series
- Early Bird Pricing: $1,000 (July 1 – Oct. 31)
- Regular Pricing $1,500 (Nov. 1 – June 30)
Other Governance Support Services Pricing
Pricing for other Governance Training and Support Services is dependent upon the scope of the project and quoted during the proposal process.
Digital Governance Subscription
The GCSA Digital Governance Subscription give boards access to a comprehensive package of digital governance training. The series will allow board members to meet the requirements of SBOE Rule 160-4-9-.06 and increase the effectiveness of their practice.
This year, with your GCSA Digital Governance subscription, you will have 3 ways to learn the content and strategies needed for effective charter school oversight.
Board Boost is a forum of 60-minute sessions, where we tackle some of the most common governance challenges and explore critical topics, such as succession planning, onboarding, academic oversight, and effective school leader oversight. During these sessions, participants will engage with members of other boards to share solutions from the field during our facilitated discussions. During these sessions, you will learn of best practices and receive resources you can use immediately to boost the effectiveness of your board.
The live webinar series will have the same great content as our on-demand offerings with the added bonus of giving you the chance to ask questions relevant to your specific school. New to a board? Use our live webinar series to build your understanding of foundational governance issues.
We will continue to offer the On-Demand Governance Webinar Series so you can get the training you need when you want it! New webinars will be rolled out throughout the FY21 season, providing you with the foundational content and strategies needed for effective oversight.
The subscription fee for the digital governance series is $750.00.
GCSA is the primary trainer for Georgia’s charter school governing boards! We are an experienced and state-authorized provider, offering a wealth of resources to help state and locally-approved governing boards meet their training and compliance requirements and govern more effectively.