Learning at your convenience!

IASB provides convenient and easy access to many training topics electronically via online courses and webinars. We've made it easier to fit training into your busy schedule. Online courses and webinars offer you the benefit of participating in a program from your own computer anytime, anywhere. 

To view recorded webinars, visit our recorded webinars page.(Requires member log-in to access)  

Online Courses

Fee: $75 per person, per course
Completion of each course earns 10 Better Boardsmanship credits and fulfills the Elective requirement toward earning the Basics of Boardsmanship certificate.

Open Meetings Basics: What Does the Code Say? 
The intent of the Iowa Open Meetings law is to ensure boards operate with openness and transparency. This course is designed to provide board members with a foundational knowledge of the Open Meetings Law. The interactive course format includes videos, scenarios and quizzes to make this an engaging and meaningful online learning experience. Whether taken as an introduction or as a refresher, this self-paced course offers the critical, need to know basics of the Iowa Open Meetings Law that every board member should know and every board team should live by. 
Length: 2 hours

*Members must log-in to register for this course.

Budget 101 for School Board Members

What is the board's role when it comes to the school budget process? What do board discussions look like at the table and when and how often should they take place? How can the board both support and properly monitor the budget process without getting too deep into the system? This online, introductory course provides solid content and helpful resources that clarify the key governance roles of the board in an effective budget-setting process. 
Length: 2 hours
Coming soon!

IASB is offering these online courses collaboratively with AEA PD Online. These courses are housed on AEA PD Online's website. 

Upcoming and Recorded Webinars

Fee: All webinars are free of charge
Completion of each webinar earns 5 Better Boardsmanship credits and fulfills the Elective requirement toward earning the Basics of Boardsmanship certificate.


Legislative Update - First Funnel Recap
Thursday, March 9, Noon-1 p.m.
Funnel week narrows the focus of the legislature by "killing" bills that are not reported out of committees. Hear an up-to-the-minute update about which bills made the cut and what they mean for public education in Iowa.


Supercharge Your Board's Advocacy Efforts 
Original Air Date: December 13, Noon-1 p.m.  
In this interactive webinar, staff share advocacy tips and strategies to energize and help your board prepare for a successful meeting with the legislators that represent your district.  
Watch the recorded webinar
View the PDF

Budget Essentials: 3 Part Series

Part 1: Jumpstarting Your District's Budget Process ARCHIVED
Original Air Date: December 8, Noon–1 p.m.
This webinar outlines the discussions and decisions your board could be making now to ensure that the budget presented later fully aligns to important board priorities. 
Watch the recorded webinar 
View the PDF 

Part 2: Evaluating Your District’s Proposed Budget ARCHIVED

Original Air Date: February 8, Noon–1 p.m.
Your district’s administration is ready to present the proposed budget for next year to your board. How does the board go about evaluating the budget proposal? Are stakeholders brought in or deadlines made? This webinar will answer  these questions by focusing on important board decision-making points, as well as important budget deadlines.
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Part 3: You Passed Your Budget, Now What? OPEN NOW!
March 22, 12 p.m. Note that this webinar begins at 1 p.m., different than the noon start time of previous webinars in this series. 
Your district’s budget has been certified. So, what happens next? This webinar will expand on what happens after budget certification to operationalize your district’s budget. We will also elaborate on the board’s role in monitoring the budget.