Getting on Board: Training for Boards of Directors in Independent Living Online Course

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Online Course

About the Training

Participants will be able to discuss the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors, recognize and address conflicts that may arise between IL philosophy and services, and analyze the impact of funding sources on day-to-day activities.

Student Orientation

February 27 & 28, 2019

Course Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Target Audience

This course will be particularly relevant to members of boards of directors and administrative staff of all CILs. It may also be of benefit to SILCs that have nonprofit status.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will learn:

  • roles and responsibilities of a CIL board of directors
  • steps in the planning process
  • ways a board guides a nonprofit organization
  • steps in hiring an executive director and in cultivating leaders
  • basic fiscal responsibilities of board members
  • how to recognize and address conflicts that may arise between IL philosophy and services
  • steps for evaluating the CIL’s performance and progress.


The course spans three weeks and uses a web platform to engage participants in discussion of the content and issues. The instructor leads the forum on the platform and provides technical assistance throughout the course. Participants are asked to read the assignments and engage in the online class message forums. Participants can access the course at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion. Students are encouraged to discuss what they're learning periodically with their supervisor or with their council chairperson.


Anne Weeks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and the fundraising arm of the Center, the Foundation for Independent Living. She has been involved with the Center since its beginning. Ms. Weeks has been involved in the disability community for over 35 years and served twice as the Chairperson of the WVSILC.

Additional Information on Taking an Online Course

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Contacting ILRU directly for questions at or 713.520.0232