Through a collaboration with the CO Dept of Education, the CO Charter School Institute and the CO League of Charter Schools, board members now have an opportunity to learn all the basics necessary for their role via online learning.
The modules are at: boardtrainingmodules.org and offer a pre-test (reaching proficiency eliminates the need to take the entire module), a powerpoint with voice and captions, and a post-test. There are a total of 30 modules, equivalent to about 15 hours of time a board member needs to invest to learn all the essentials.
These modules are even pertinent for boards of education members and people from other states. Much of the information is cross-applicable. For example, a charter school board member should know how to measure "success" at his/her charter school.
There have already been 140 users on this site. Four people who have completed all 30 modules were recognized at last week's state charter school conference. The site allows for a "certificate of completion" to be printed upon the completion of all the modules.
In addition to the modules, the League and CDE offer once-a-semester trainings in different parts of the state. This four-hour training, however, is only a small part of the online training, but it does allow participants to network with people who also serve on charter school boards. The League also offers individual board training, upon request.