Posted December 29, 2014

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

COURSE DATES: March 2-20, 2015 


STUDENT ORIENTATION: February 25, 2015


PURPOSE: 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.

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: 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.

FORMAT: Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Participants can access the course Web site 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.

INSTRUCTOR:  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 35 years, was the founding Chairperson of the WVSILC and has served an additional term at Chairperson. She was a charter inductee into the West Virginia Independent Living Hall of Fame and currently also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Tri-State Literacy Council.  

A full course calendar is on the ILRU Website. 


You may register online or by mail. Online registration is encouraged

For mailed registration, complete, print and mail the form found at this link: 


The mailing address for registration is:
TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center

1333 Moursund

Houston, TX 77030

OTHER QUESTIONS: If you have general questions about how to do an online course more information can be found on our website. This page also includes ILRU policies for Multiple Participants from the Same Organization, Notification of Acceptance, and Refunds/Cancellations.   

METHOD OF PAYMENT: Payment may be made by credit card through the website at the time of registration. Do not send credit card information by e-mail, since such transactions are not secure. Checks or money orders are also accepted and should be mailed with a completed registration form. Return your completed registration form and payment to the address listed above.

COURSE FEES: The course fee is $100 per participant.  

OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND PREREQUISITES: To participate in an IL-NET Online Course you must have access to a computer with an Internet connection through a broadband or dial-up modem. (Broadband connection is preferable.) The Canvas platform used by IL-NET is optimized for the latest versions of Internet browsers; see the list of supported browsers below. You need to have basic computer skills -- you should know how to save files, download files from the Internet and basic knowledge of an Internet browser, (Internet Explorer, Fire Fox or Google Chrome). You should be proficient with any specialized applications you use to make the computer accessible to you (such as screen reading software). If you already use e mail (such as Outlook), a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) and are able to navigate the Internet, you may find it easier to use the course platform. Technical support staff are available to assist you with becoming familiar with Canvas the Learning Management System for the online class; but you need an adequate level of knowledge of your computer, software and any specialized applications that make the computer accessible to you.

REQUEST FOR CLASS EXTENSION: If during an online course exceptional circumstances arise that make completing the course by the last day of class impossible, a student may contact the course instructor and request an individual extension of the course end date.  All extensions are made at the discretion of the course instructor(s). Requests for an extension to complete course work must be made prior to the last week of the course and as a rule extensions will not be granted for a period longer than one week from the official course end date.

REFUND POLICY: Withdrawals, requests for refunds or requests to apply tuition to a future course must be received in writing or by e­mail BEFORE the first day of the course; otherwise no refund or credit can be made. Registrations are non-transferable after the beginning of the course. Only a limited number of participants can be accepted for each course. Withdrawals prevent others from participating.