New Board Member Portal—Welcome on Board! 

Congratulations on your election to your school board. All students in Iowa deserve excellence and equity when it comes to their education. The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) is dedicated to that mission and to supporting the local school board members charged with governing and providing policy direction for the school districts serving those students.

What is IASB? IASB is a nonprofit membership organization governed by your locally elected peers across the state. We provide education, advocacy and services to more than 2,100 K-12, area education agency and community college board members across the state.

How can IASB help me? We believe that the actions of local school boards can have a profound impact on student achievement, and are dedicated to helping you take advantage of all we have to offer in order for you to be your best on the board. Your IASB staff team has created a host of resources you can use as a starting point as you learn about your new role. We are also planning conferences and other events full of valuable learning and networking opportunities. If you have any questions, IASB is just a phone call away: 1-800-795-4272.

Ensure You Have Access to Members-Only Content

The IASB website is the go-to place for board/superintendent teams to access resources, tools and tips to excel in their governance and leadership roles. The website is organized by three major content areas: the Toolbox, School Board U and the Advocacy Center. Check out this 2-page PDF on how to make the most of the IASB website.

If you do not have a login, please contact Angie Kendall at (515) 247-7047 or akendall@ia-sb.org to get set up today.

If Angie already set you up with a login, please follow the instructions below to change your password and access members-only resources. 

Log-in Instructions:  

  1. Click on MY IASB LOGIN, at the top or bottom of the website. This will take you to a member login page.
  2. Enter your USERNAME. This is your email address on file with IASB. If we don’t have your email address, just let us know. 
  3. Click on FORGOT MY PASSWORD. A link to reset your password will be emailed to you and you may set your own password.



Questions? Contact IASB Database/IT Specialist Angie Kendall at (515) 247-7047 or akendall@ia-sb.org.

Check Out Key Resources to Hit the Ground Running

School Board Member Handbook —This essential handbook covers roles and responsibilities, leadership, student achievement, board meetings, superintendent relations, school finance and more. Get your copy today!

Board Roles and Responsibilities Toolkit—Includes a guide to learning about the state of your district, traits of effective school boards, sample code of ethics, legal authority and more.

Standards for Effective School Boards—These standards are designed for use by local school boards as a common framework for excellence in school board governance.

Open Meetings FAQ and Online Course—This PDF answers frequently asked questions about Iowa’s Open Meetings Law. Consider taking our free two-hour Open Meetings online course!

School Finance Glossary of Terms and Online Course—Get a crash course in school finance with our handy financial glossary terms PDF. Consider taking our free two-hour Budget 101 for School Board Members online course

Advocacy 101—Jump-start your advocacy efforts with our guide. Learn about the legislative process, advocacy techniques and tips on making your voice heard for public education.

Register for Upcoming IASB Events

Board Member Orientation
Oct.4-Nov. 15 at locations across the state
IASB’s orientation will help you understand how the law and policy make a difference in how board work is conducted. Find out what effective governance really means. Take time to learn how effective boards work and consider creating a better future for your board and ultimately your students.

72nd IASB Annual Convention
Nov. 15-17 in Des Moines
IASB’s Annual Convention is the largest gathering of school and area education agency board members in the state.
Attendees discover nationwide and statewide trends, meet and learn from experts in the field, and bring back new strategies and skills to their local communities.


Basics of Boardsmanship Awards Program

Hey, new board members! Interested in learning essential concepts and building a solid foundation for school board governance? Consider completing our Basics of Boardsmanship Awards Program—designed especially for you! New members are encouraged to complete this program within their first year of board service.