On March 2, 2018, each member of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education and the Superintendent completed the California School Boards Association Master's in Governance Program (MIG).

This exceptional commitment to professional development in the service of students 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 that helps produce better outcomes for students. According to CSBA President and MIG graduate Mike Walsh, "This certificate symbolizes deep commitment to professional development in the service of public school students. The Masters in Governance program provides education leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to govern effectively. The skills acquired though MIG are critically important as board members and superintendents navigate the increasingly complex landscape of public education. I applaud this year's graduates for modeling the virtue of continuing education and for refining the practices needed to strengthen schools and support student growth and achievement."

Since its inception in 1998, more than 3,000 board members and superintendents have participated in CSBA’s highly-acclaimed Masters in Governance certificate program. To receive the MIG 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.

In a collective statement: "The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent truly feel this was an outstanding professional development experience. It helped us to refine our knowledge and skills, build and support an effective governance structure, and develop a common understanding of the team's total responsibility."