IASB Conferences and Events

IASB presents an array of workshops, conferences and events throughout the year that cover essential governance and leadership topics. These face-to-face learning opportunities delve deeply into topics and issues that have a direct impact on public education and Iowa students.


Whose Job Is it Anyway? Board Governance Workshops

Serving on a school board can be a fulfilling yet challenging role. We know that boards can and do make a positive difference, but sometimes it’s tricky to navigate the line between governance and management. Join your peers for an evening of learning to examine and discuss board roles and responsibilities and the behaviors that support and elevate or harm the work of the district.

March 21Sheldon

Simbli Users Conference*

*formerly eBOARDsolutions Users Conference
Network and share insights to help you and your board simply get more done at a seminar for users of Simbli, an innovative online portal for effective governance. The sessions will help you stay on strategy, cut the clutter, and strengthen your core work.

April 27—Johnston 

Navigating Collective Bargaining Through a Time of Change

Strong policies set the foundation for a board and district to achieve its goals. Join policy and legal experts from across the state to learn best practices in policy leadership and explore important legal issues facing public education in Iowa. This annual event will offer board members and school administrators the opportunity to ask questions from the experts and gain resources for meeting the challenges of leadership.

April 13The Meadows Conference Center, Altoona


These seminars provide attendees the most up-to-date information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including new federal interpretations, eligibility issues, reporting requirements and fines and penalties.

May 2— Altoona
May 4
May 9Storm Lake
May 16Fairfield
May 18Independence


Risk management is important and if done well can help districts reduce their liability over the long term. Each spring Jester Insurance in partnership with IASB offers workshops in different regions of the state to allow participants (both insurance agents and school districts) the opportunity to learn more about managing risk through discussion of a variety of risk topics, such as board member liability, workers compensation and property liability and loss.

May 2Altoona
May 9Storm Lake
May 16Fairfield
May 18Independence

New Superintendents' Institute

IASB and School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) collaboratively offer this one-day conference designed to catch new superintendents up to speed, clarify board expectations, learn effective communication strategies and gain an understanding of available resources.

July 18, 2017
SAI Office, Clive

Fiscal Management Conference

Explore the fiscal opportunities and challenges facing public education today. Keynote speakers and breakout session presenters focus on current issues and trends affecting school finance. Also, hear a detailed account of how the bills passed by the 2017 Legislature will impact your district. 2016 Fiscal Management Conference materials and agenda available here.

July 19The Meadows Conference Center, Altoona

Employee Relations Conference

Your goal is to promote positive relations with employees to encourage an environment that supports innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Just as important is the responsibility to maintain efficient, cost-effective organizational operations. At times, these responsibilities seem in opposition. This day-long conference features experts who will examine issues and help you be prepared.

2016 Employee Relations Conference Materials are available here.

October 17The Meadows Conference Center, Altoona

Iowa School Finance & Leadership Consortium (ISFLC)

Iowa school finance is complex. ISFLC allows the participant to spend a day and a half looking in depth on one aspect of district finance – budget development; internal control, financial statements, current fiscal topics are just a few of the topics to choose from. For more information, visit the ISFLC website 
December 13-14
February 21-22, 2018
The Meadows Conference Center, Altoona