November 9, 2016
Cypress School District Trustee Earns
Masters in Governance Certificate
Candice Kern, Trustee in the Cypress School District, has successfully completed the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance program.

This accomplishment signifies mastery of the roles and responsibilities of school boards and a strong understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to build and support an effective governance structure.

As a former teacher, Trustee Kern is committed to lifelong learning. She has been a member of the Cypress School District Board of Trustees since July 2012 and also serves on the CSBA Delegate Assembly, representing Orange County. Beyond her dedicated leadership on the school board, Trustee Kern is a longtime member of PTA. She has served on the executive boards of several school units and is active at the county level in 4th District PTA.  "Trustee Kern is dedicated to ensuring the effectiveness of public education. She is a champion for each and every student. I commend her commitment as a board member in completing the Masters in Governance program," said Anne Silavs, Superintendent.
 
Trustee Kern remarked, "Successfully serving on the governing board of any school district requires insight and knowledge in a broad variety of issues relating to education. I am thankful to the Cypress School District and to the California School Boards Association for providing me with the opportunity to broaden my learning so that I can better serve as a trustee of our wonderful school district."

"This certificate recognizes a demonstrated commitment to learning, leadership, and effective governance," said CSBA President and San Luis Coastal Unified School District board member Chris Ungar. "The Masters in Governance program provides board members and superintendents with the tools to govern effectively in order to better serve California's students."
Since its inception in 1998, more than 3,000 board members and superintendents have participated in the highly acclaimed certification program. To receive the Masters in Governance certificate, candidates must complete 35 hours of intensive training on the role of the governance team in setting the direction of the district, student learning and achievement, school finance, human resources, policy and judicial review, collective bargaining, and community relations and advocacy.

CSBA is a non-profit education association representing nearly 1,000 K-12 school districts and county offices of education throughout California.