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The Pennsylvania Department of Education has named PSBA an approved provider of required school director training. Your association has more than 120 years of statewide expertise in school law, policy, finance and ethical governance, so you can be sure you’re receiving the highest quality learning, relevant to your role. To learn when you or your board will be required to complete training hours, please refer to PDE’s FAQs here

Act 55 and Act 18
Training requirements specific to you:

•   Newly elected and appointed school board directors –
•   Successful completion of five training hours.
•   Re-elected school board directors –
•   Successful completion of three training hours.

Online learning

Newly Elected School Directors

PSBA is ready to help you meet your training requirements by offering 24/7 access to online content via myPSBA.org, once you are elected and seated as a board member. By clicking on “My Transcript,” you should see the following courses waiting for you — their icons indicate them as required training with the black circle and RQD.

  • Academic Testing and Requirements
  • Special Education
  • Overview of Public School Labor Relations
  • Evaluating Your Superintendent
  • Act 93
  • Board’s Role in Finance and Budgeting
  • Local Taxation and Act 1
  • Policy and Administrative Regulations
  • Transportation
  • Facilities Planning
  • Introduction to Governance Plans and Documents
  • Legal Landscape of Public Education
  • Sunshine Act and Executive Session
  • Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Act
  • Trauma-Informed Courses 1-4

Re-elected School Directors

Available in early 2022, PSBA will be ready to help you meet your training requirements by offering 24/7 access to online content via myPSBA.org. By clicking on “My Transcript,” you should see the following courses waiting for you — their icons indicate them as required training with the white circle and RQD.

The topics identified for Advanced School Director required training are the following:

  • Trauma-Informed
  • Advanced School Finance
  • Advanced Policy and Legal Updates

Access to PSBA Professional Development

If you are midterm and do not have a training requirement, you still have access to all our required training courses as voluntary professional development. You could pursue earning a badge or certificate of board governance. When you are re-elected, new courses will be provided for you to meet your training requirement at that time.

WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP?

If you were newly elected or re-elected in November 2021 and seated on your school board in December 2021, per law, you have until December 2022 to complete your training requirements.

Once you complete the online courses assigned to you for required training, a certificate will load into your transcript page. Download this certificate and place on file with your district for record keeping. For guidance on printing your certificate, please refer to this document.

To get started, go to the Online Learning page to access online courses or to register for the in-person option during New School Director Training.

Questions? Contact PSBA Education and Training at edandtraining@psba.org.

Watch this video for answers to frequently asked questions about required training.

For a printable version of this Required School Director Training information, click here.

To view the full picture of training and educational opportunities for the year from PSBA, check out the Year of Learning catalog.