Boardsmanship Awards Program

Learning and leadership makes a difference, at the board table and for students.

The IASB Boardsmanship Awards Program acknowledges the extensive time and effort required of school board members who continually strive to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance.

Basics of Boardsmanship Certificate

One-Time Recognition for Foundational Learning

The Basics of Boardsmanship is composed of learning experiences that provide essential concepts and a solid foundation for school board governance. This curriculum is designed especially for new board members but anyone can complete the program to build their understanding. New members are encouraged to complete the Basics of Boardsmanship within their first year of board service. 
Attend an IASB Board Member Orientation Workshop and one School Finance (101, 201 or 301) Workshop to earn this certificate. No application required. Board members who complete the Basics of Boardsmanship are recognized with a pin and certificate.

IASB Board Member Orientation Workshop
This series of workshops are valuable for new board members as they "hit the ground running" and for experienced board members as a refresher of their governance role. This workshop is offered at regional locations during election years and is also offered every year as a pre-convention session. This orientation workshop is structured around IASB's Six Standards for Effective School Boards.

School Finance 101, 201 or 301 Workshop
This offering is an introduction and overview of basic school finance concepts and terminology. The session will introduce budgeting and funding components in relation to your role on the board. It is offered yearly during pre-convention activities in November.

Better Boardsmanship Awards

Annual Recognition for Commitment to Ongoing Learning

Given in Honor of Carolyn M. Jons

Better Boardsmanship Awards highlight commitment to professional growth. Individual board members, board teams and superintendents can earn credits for the awards listed below through participation in IASB learning opportunities, a desire to take on leadership roles and engagement in service and advocacy. You must apply to receive these awards. 

There are three types of Better Boardsmanship Awards:

Individual Achievement Award

Board members are eligible to receive an Award of Achievement certificate for earning a minimum of 125 credits in one year. 85 of those credits must be earned in the Formal Learning category.


Team Learners Award

An Award of Achievement plaque is presented to a whole board when a majority of its board members receive Individual Award of Achievement certificates for the year and the board has a policy that supports board development.


Superintendent's Award of Honor

An Award of Honor certificate is given to each superintendent, AEA administrator or community college president who completes the eligibility requirements and at least two board members in the district, AEA or community college who have earned Individual Award of Achievement certificates.


Our 2016-17 Better Boardsmanship Award Credits List is a collection of the events, leadership roles, and service opportunities for which IASB offers credit towards earning the Individual Award and the Award of Honor.