Welcome to your governance and leadership toolbox!

This area of the IASB website is the home of IASB members-only resource kits*. Each toolkit is designed to help board/superintendent teams with your work in specific areas. Toolkits contain resources such as background information, tipsheets, discussion tools, data, checklists, self-assessments, or timelines, depending on the focus.
You’ll also find contact information for your IASB staff experts, who can help you put the tools into action.

*Members must log-in to My IASB to access these resources.

Visionary Team

An effective board/superintendent team with a focus on student learning is essential to the success of your district. These tools help the board/superintendent team clarify roles and responsibilities, develop shared vision and goals, and maximize every board meeting with your mission.

Board Roles & Responsibilities
Superintendent Evaluation
Better Board Meetings
Leadership for Student Learning


Policy & Legal Corner

Stay current with emerging laws and issues and find quick answers to the most frequently confronted policy and legal questions. Our legal experts put the answers at your fingertips on timely issues.

Open Meetings & Public Records
Student Issues
Legal Authority

Financial Tools

Get a clear picture of your district's financial health with IASB's Financial Focus tools. Find district-specific data on key financial indicators. Compare yourself to other districts and trends over time. Includes resources on budget planning and understanding Iowa's school funding formula.

Financial Focus Data Tool
School Finance Basics  
Budget Planning & Monitoring
Visualizing Data
School Finance Data

HR Central

School employees are a district's most important asset. These tools help board members understand their role, and provide a go-to resource for school administrators on management issues.

The Board's Role in Human Resources
Employment Laws
Collective Bargaining
Salary & Benefits Data

Standards for Effective
School Boards

The Iowa School Board Standards are designed for use by local school boards as a common framework for excellence in school board governance. Based on best practice and research, the standards encourage boards to focus on student achievement as their primary responsibility. The framework includes six standards, along with competencies and key indicators that help clarify the work of high-performing school boards.

2015-16 Board Member Handbook

This invaluable resource is a handy reference tool for both board members and administrators.  

Leadership for Student Learning

Drawing on ground-breaking research and case studies, this book offers insights into the board's role in promoting student achievement. It can be used as a whole board book study or for individual reflection for board members and administrators. 

*Members must log-in to My IASB to access these resources.

Welcome New School Board Members!

Congratulations on your election to the school board. This toolkit provides handy resources to help orient you to your new role and lead effectively for the students in your district.