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.

The toolkits are organized by the major program areas managed by IASB staff experts and aligned to the IASB Standards for Effective School Boards. The standards are based on research and best practices of successful school boards. Not all six standards are located in the Toolbox—head over to the Advocacy Center for Standard #6: Advocacy and check out the Visionary Team toolkit for tools aligned with Standard #2: Student Learning.

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
School Board Self-Assessments


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

Boardsmanship eBooks

IASB offers digital versions of the Board Member Handbook, a reference tool for boards and administrators, and Leadership for Student Learning, which offers insights into the board's role in promoting student achievement. These can also be ordered as paper back versions, from an online book store.

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

New Board Member Resources

Recently elected to your school board? Congratulations and welcome! We are here to help you succeed. This toolkit provides handy resources to help orient you to your new role and lead effectively for the students in your district