There will be multiple opportunities for CSDA’s premiere governance training this fall. As of this writing, CSDA plans to move forward with two Special District Leadership Academy (SDLA) Conferences. SDLA Conference – South Lake Tahoe – September 27 – 30 (no session on 09/30 for returning attendees). First time and Returning attendee tracks are offered at this location. First time is limited to 80 attendees and Returning is limited to 40 attendees due to social distancing requirements.
SDLA Conference – San Diego – November 15 -18. First time attendee track only at this location. This conference is limited to 40 attendees due to social distancing requirements.
Special District Leadership Academy (SDLA) Modules - CSDA plans to offer each of the four modules of the Academy as virtual workshops, limited to 30 attendees each to maximize attendee engagement, before the end of 2020. The Special District Leadership Foundation will accept these virtual workshops for District of Distinction and Certificate in Special District Governance Programs through the end of 2020 due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first virtual module SDLA Module 1: Governance Foundations will be held on August 25 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.
The second virtual module SDLA Module 2: Setting Direction / Community Leadership will be held on
September 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The third virtual module SDLA: Module 3: Board’s Role in Finance & Fiscal Accountability will be held on October 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Districts can request a virtual presentation of any of the SDLA Modules by contacting Megan Hemming at email@example.com for pricing and availability.
Scholarships are available through the Special District Leadership Foundation (link: to cover attendee registration fees for either of the SDLA Conferences or the virtual SDLA modules. NEW! There are NO district budget limits for most scholarships for the remainder of 2020 and scholarship applications can be approved the same day they are submitted online.