Board Bootcamp Fellowship

SF Parent Action runs a 5-session Board of Education leadership program focused on parent recruitment, training and support to impart important knowledge of what it takes to serve on and run for the Board of Education. Read our press release from our program launch in February of 2023.

This program launched in February 2023 with our inaugural cohort of 10 amazing public school parent leaders! Read on for more details below.

Interested in enrolling in a future program? Email [email protected]

Inspired and want to help us recruit and train parent leaders? Donate to support this program here.

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Program Details

  • Learn what it takes to serve on the SF Board of Education
  • 5 monthly sessions with in-person graduation
  • Expert facilitation with focus on leadership skills + information that will help you decide if running for "BOE" is for you
  • Exposure to and connections with the people who know what it takes to run an effective campaign AND be an excellent student-centered leader!

Key Dates

Session 1

  • California and S.F. context: The public education system and how school districts work
  • Guest speakers from Ed 100, Jeff Camp & Carol Kocivar

Session 2

  • A Day-in-the-Life of a Board of Education Commissioner
  • Commissioner Jenny Lam 

Session 3

  • What Makes an Effective Board Commissioner
  • Former Commissioner Rachel Norton

Session 4

  • How to Be an Effective Leader for Educational Equity and Excellence
  • Commissioner Lisa Weissman-Ward

Session 5

  • What it looks like to Campaign for Office in San Francisco
  • Commissioner Lainie Motamedi
  • Final session, with in-person graduation

Sessions 1-4 meet over Zoom; Session 5 (final) is in-person with graduation. All sessions are 90 minutes, except 2-hour first and final sessions

Members of all political parties and affiliations are welcome to participate in this program

Information for 2023-24 Fellows

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