Board Member Orientation Workshops

Build a foundation for effective board service!

Join the board development team this fall to learn about board service in our always-popular Board Member Orientation Workshops. These workshops are also a great opportunity to get your newly elected school board members up-to-speed following school board elections. Consider attending IASB's Board Member Orientation Workshops to:
  • Orient newly elected board members
  • Invigorate your existing board/superintendent team

This meeting can make a difference in your work with your board. Please consider these workshops at your August board meeting and attend as a learning board/superintendent team. 

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the IASB Standards for Effective School Boards
  • Learn the differences between board and administrative roles and responsibilities
  • Consider effective strategies to focus the board’s attention on student learning
  • Discuss policy and legal responsibilities of the board
  • Learn important basic facts of school finance
  • Examine the critical role board members play as advocates for public education
Registration opens Wednesday, September 6.

Video Testimonials

Watch these video testimonials from Iowa school board members to help you understand what to expect from Board Member Orientation, as well as learn why attendance is important. 

What to Expect from Board Member Orientation

Why Board Member Orientation is Important

2017 Board Member Orientation Dates & Locations

Workshops across the state:
(A light meal will be served at the following locations at 5:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 4, 6-8:30 p.m.—Webster City
Wednesday, October 4, 6-8:30 p.m.—Carroll
Thursday, October 5, 6-8:30 p.m.—Sioux City
Tuesday, October 10, 6-8:30 p.m.—Sheldon
Tuesday, October 10, 6-8:30 p.m.—Mt. Pleasant
Wednesday, October 11, 6-8:30 p.m.—Chariton
Wednesday, October 11, 6-8:30 p.m.—Forest City
Wednesday, October 18, 6-8:30 p.m.—Decorah
Thursday, October 19, 6-8:30 p.m.—Maquoketa
Wednesday, October 25, 6-8:30 p.m.—Clear Creek-Amana (Tiffin)
Wednesday, October 25, 6-8:30 p.m.—Corning
Thursday, October 26, 6-8:30 p.m.—Oelwein
Thursday, October 26, 6-8:30 p.m.—Van Meter
Monday, October 30, 6-8:30 p.m.—Glenwood
Monday, October 30, 6-8:30 p.m.—Marshalltown
Wednesday, November 1, 6-8:30 p.m.—Emmetsburg

Fee: $75 for IASB members. $105 for non-members. 

Workshop at IASB Annual Convention:
(A buffet lunch will be served at this location following the workshop.)

Wednesday, November 15, 9-11:30 a.m.—IASB Annual Convention, Des Moines. 
Register for the Nov. 15 workshop:

Fee: $95 for IASB members. $140 for non-members. 
For more information, please contact Emily Rhodes at or (515) 246-7046.

Orientation attendees earn
10 Better Boardsmanship credits!

Learn more about
Better Boardsmanship Awards