Learning at your convenience!

IASB provides convenient and easy access to a variety of relevant topics electronically via online courses and webinars. We've made it easier to fit training into your busy schedule. Online courses and webinars offer you the benefit of participating in a program from your own computer anytime, anywhere. 

Online courses and webinars are included in IASB membership benefits. Take advantage of these free learning opportunities today!

Recorded Webinars

(Requires member log-in to access)

 Online Courses

Completion of each course earns 10 Better Boardsmanship credits and fulfills the Elective requirement toward earning the Basics of Boardsmanship certificate.

Open Meetings Basics: What Does the Code Say? 

The intent of the Iowa Open Meetings law is to ensure boards operate with openness and transparency. This course is designed to provide board members with a foundational knowledge of the Open Meetings Law. The interactive course format includes videos, scenarios and quizzes to make this an engaging and meaningful online learning experience. Whether taken as an introduction or as a refresher, this self-paced course offers the critical, need to know basics of the Iowa Open Meetings Law that every board member should know and every board team should live by. 
Length: 2 hours

*Members must log-in to register for this course.

Budget 101 for School Board Members

What is the board's role when it comes to the school budget process? What do board discussions look like at the table and when and how often should they take place? How can the board both support and properly monitor the budget process without getting too deep into the system? This online, introductory course provides solid content and helpful resources that clarify the key governance roles of the board in an effective budget-setting process. 
Length: 2 hours

*Members must log-in to register for this course.

IASB is offering these online courses collaboratively with AEA PD Online. These courses are housed on AEA PD Online's website. 


Upcoming Webinars

Completion of each webinar earns five Better Boardsmanship credits.

Webinars address a range of topics and timely issues important to the governance roles of board teams. Content experts and facilitators offer crucial updates and guidance to inform good decision making at the board table. Webinars are recorded, so you have access anytime, anywhere, even if you are unable to attend the live event. Webinar topics will center around the IASB Standards for Effective School Boards.

Hot Topics Conversation Part 1: Financial Oversight – What Board Members Need to Know
: Wednesday, Feb. 27, Noon-1 p.m.
Strong financial oversight by the board is vital. Given the recent release of several special audits, what should your board be doing to ensure strong financial oversight? Our discussion will include the board’s role in ensuring strong internal controls, related policy development, essential board reports, and the right questions board members should be asking. Please join us for a timely and helpful dialogue on the board’s key financial oversight duties.

The Board’s Role in Hiring: Tuesday, March 19, Noon-1 p.m.
March 15 is the first day that the board can offer new contracts to licensed staff. As the hiring season approaches, it’s important to understand the key roles that the board and administrative staff play in the hiring process. What is the board’s role when it comes to hiring? How can the board and administration work together to ensure the district is employing high quality staff? Join the presenters as they explore governance and management roles and responsibilities and helpful tips to prepare for a productive, successful hiring season.

Save the Date!
Turn from a Parli No to a Parli Pro: Tips and Best Practices for Board Presidents
: Tuesday, March 26, Noon-1 p.m.
Hot Topics Conversation Part 2: Financial Oversight—The Board President's Role: Tuesday, April 9, Noon-1 p.m.

Action Advocacy Webinars

Be prepared to advocate for your district by participating in these upcoming webinars that will give you up to the minute legislative information and equip you with best practices on advocating effectively.

Pre-Funnel: Thursday, Feb. 28, Noon-1 p.m.
Learn which bills and issues need your attention before the Legislature narrows its focus for the session.

First Funnel
: Thursday, March 14, Noon-1 p.m.
Learn which bills made it through the Legislature's first funnel and how you can make sure education priorities remain a focus for legislators.

Second Funnel
: Thursday, March 28, Noon-1 p.m.
Find out which bills and issues need a final push to make it through the last legislative hurdle – the second funnel on April 5.

Save the Date!
End of Session Recap: One week after session ends, Noon-1 p.m.