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Find member resources on effective governance and management in the Toolbox - arranged by the major program areas managed by IASB staff experts. 



IASB is here to help you be a strong and effective voice for public education with our grassroots network, advocacy toolkits, and engagement in national issues. 



School Board U is IASB's complete curriculum of learning experiences to support board/superintendent teams in governance and leadership.

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Newly Elected Board Members—Welcome on Board!

Congratulations on your election to your school board! All students in Iowa deserve excellence and equity when it comes to their education. The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) is dedicated to that mission and to supporting the local school board members charged with governing and providing policy direction for the school districts serving those students. Visit our New Board Member Portal to learn about key resources and invaluable members-only content to help you serve on your board.

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Listen to EpisodES One THROUGH Four of Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB Now!

In the first episode of our new podcast, you'll hear from Senator Chris Cournoyer and Representative Ras Smith as well as our government relations team on everything from last session's big wins to what to expect in 2020. In the second episode, you'll hear from legislators and our team on what works best to get a legislator's attention, leave a lasting impression and get your goals accomplished. In the third episode, find out what our big takeaways were at the 2019 Delegate Assembly, and hear our thoughts as we get one step closer to the 2020 legislative session. In the fourth episode, Speaker-elect Pat Grassley, IASB Associate Executive Director, Government Relations and School Finance Shawn Snyder and IASB Lobbyist Emily Piper discuss how the legislature comes up with their budget, what the REC has to do with that process, and more.

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2020 Regional Workshops: Leadership Essentials for School Boards

Register Now for IASB's 2020 Regional Workshops—Coming to a Location Near You!

Being effective as a board member requires a strong understanding of board roles and responsibilities. It’s impossible to do a job well if you don’t know what the job is. IASB's 2020 Regional Workshops: Leadership Essentials for School Boards are a must-attend orientation for every new board member and a team builder for the entire board/superintendent team! This workshop will address fundamental duties of each board member in four core areas—all of which are front and center in the first months of the calendar year.

Join us for this exploratory mission to discover new essential skills, build your knowledge base and learn valuable, practical information you can use immediately. Plus, take home tips and practical ideas from veteran board members.

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Register for Day on the Hill, Jan. 28, 2020!

Join IASB and your peers for the annual Day on the Hill for advocacy training, issue briefing and lobbying at the Capitol. Day on the Hill is a unique opportunity to tell your elected official your district’s story.

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2018-19 BBA Award Recipient Photos Are Available For Download!

Better Boardsmanship Awards highlight commitment to professional growth. To receive an award, recipients have earned credits through participation in IASB learning opportunities and have shown a desire to take on leadership roles and engagement in service and advocacy. Congratulations, award recipients!

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