School Board Governance

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) wants to provide school board members with the information and resources necessary to effectively serve their local school. Developing highly trained and effective board teams will help to positively affect student achievement and education.

School Board Governance Resources

Board Meeting Compliance Checklist 

Board Minutes Compliance Checklist

Colorado Open Meetings and Open Records Laws Affecting Charter Schools

Evaluating Education Service Provider ("ESP") Agreements

Governance Needs Assessment

Key Terms of the Charter Contract  

Open Meeting Quick Reference Guide 

School Leader Evaluations by John Brendza

School Board Roles and Responsibilities by John Brendza

School Board Governance Presentations

Evaluating Education Service Provider ("ESP") Agreements - 2018 League Conference

Evaluating the School Leader - School Leaders Meeting Board-to-Board, Feb. 28, 2018

Executive Session Presentation - Winter 2017 Regional Meeting

School Leader Complaints and Board Responsibility - Spring 2017 Regional Meeting

SPF, Governance, Open Meetings Presentation - Fall 2017 Regional Meeting

Quarterly School Board Newsletters

Fall 2017

Winter 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

School Board Support

CSI's School Support Consultant, John Brendza, has extensive experience in school leadership, serving in school leadership roles for over 30 years, with 7 of those years serving as a school leader at a CSI school. 

Feel free to reach out to John with any questions regarding School Board matters:

Other Resources


The Colorado League of Charter Schools offers customized governance tr‚Äčaining designed to meet a school's unique needs around board development. Their workshops can be held onsite at your charter school or location of your choosing and are facilitated by a member of our cadre of experienced charter school professionals.

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The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has developed and made available 30 training modules for charter school governing board members. The Choice and Innovation unit within CDE has also compiled a list of governance and leadership best practices on their website