Priorities in Primetime Webinar Series
Fee: Free for IASB members.
Due to the public health crisis, we are not holding Day on the Hill as an in-person event at the Capitol. These four webinars replace the training portion of the in-person Day on the Hill. Each webinar will be focused on a different legislative priority and will take place in the evening for your convenience. Note: The Virtual Lobby Days replace the advocacy portion of the in-person Day on the Hill.
Bonus: During each webinar attendees can participate in a fun and engaging Bingo game, with a chance to win #PublicSchoolProud coasters!
Supplemental State Aid (SSA) & School Funding
Jan. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join our government relations team and IASB’s school finance expert, Shawn Snyder, for an update on the state budget. Because the legislature aims to set the supplemental state aid (SSA) rate and determine school funding early in the session, we want you to have all the information right away. We know this will be a tight budget year, but you can still push for adequate and equitable funding for your district.
COVID-19 Remediation for Student Achievement
Feb. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The pandemic has undoubtedly affected student achievement and their ability to learn, so we anticipate there will be a significant need for remediation and additional resources in order to get students back on track. This webinar will feature a conversation with both a legislator and a board member on student needs and how the legislature plans to address them.
Feb. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
We made significant progress on this priority last session with the passage of a school-based telehealth bill, but the work is not done. We need to ensure students have access to quality mental health providers, a dedicated funding stream, and ongoing training for teachers and staff. West Delaware Superintendent Kristen Rickey and West Des Moines board member Liz Cox will provide insights from their districts on why continued legislative action is needed and what specific steps can be taken to provide quality mental health care to our students.
Feb. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Early childhood education is vital for future student success, so we will continue to advocate for all 4 and 5-year-olds to have access to preschool and for that preschool program to be fully funded, including transportation and full-day programming. We will be joined by Senator Herman Quirmbach and Representative Holly Brink to discuss what is feasible, both legislatively and budgetarily.