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Application period is March 1, 2022 through May 1, 2022.

Section 10-16a of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-16a) establishes training requirements for school board members. The law requires that the training be provided by “an association established under this Code” (IASB) or entities that the State Board approves in consultation with IASB.

The next application cycle is anticipated to open March 2022.

According to the law, entities that wish to offer training courses are required to address all four topic areas:

  • Education Law and Labor Law
  • Financial Oversight and Accountability
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities of a School Board Member
  • Trauma-informed practices for students and staff (beginning with the 2023-2024 school year) ​

As part of the application, each entity must provide evidence of both itself and its presenters’ experience and competency in the subject matter covered in the training.

To be approved, each entity will also be required to:

  1. Verify each course/session’s attendance.
  2. Provide school board members with a certificate of completion.
  3. Maintain records of participants’ attendance and their evaluations of the training for at least five years.

Approval of a provider lasts for two calendar years. This application cycle will approve providers from January 1, 2023, and ending December 31, 2024.

Note: The law states that if at any time an approved and certified training provider does not comply with the requirements of 105 ILCS 5/10-16a or 23 Illinois Administrative Code, Part 1 (Section 1.210), the State Superintendent can withdraw that provider’s certification.

23 Illinois Emergency Amendment, Part 1PDF Document (Section 1.210) waived the application submission deadline and allowed entities to submit applications for review by ISBE no later than 30 days after the Disaster Proclamations were no longer in effect. It also provided for a 30-day timeline for the State Superintendent and IASB to review and approve/disapprove each application. This period allowed the approval process to be completed in ample time to finalize curriculum, secure training sites, and notify school districts and others of the availability of the training. The expiration of a provider's approval under this subsection was waived for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations; each provider approved as of April 9, 2020 (i.e., any providers whose 2018 application was approved) continued to be approved for training until a renewal application had been received and reviewed by the State Board of Education. Applications already submitted for the 2021-22 period are maintained on file.​​

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