IASB Annual Convention

75th IASB Annual Convention logoNovember 10 & 17–19, 2020

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The 75th iteration of this member favorite will be immersive, innovative and inspiring—and completely digital. The Annual Convention kicks off on Nov. 10 with an in-depth evening equity workshop, followed by Delegate Assembly on the evening of Nov. 17. On Nov. 18–19, our luminary keynoters, Liz Murray and Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, will fill your leadership cup and you’ll choose from multiple education sessions, networking time and innovative learning opportunities with your peers.

The shift away from a face-to-face event was well-researched and vetted, with your health and safety top of mind. We know you want to stay connected and learn with and from your peers across the state, which is why we have been innovating during the pandemic to continue to offer you meaningful and relevant learning opportunities. Now, more than ever, it’s important to prioritize learning together and strengthening your social connections.

Special thanks to our virtual platform sponsors, Jester Insurance Services and Simbli eBOARDSolutions!

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See you online this November!

Convention at-a-glance

Tuesday, Nov. 10
5:30–8 p.m.
Pre-Convention Workshop
Leading for Equity: A Practical Guide for Boards in Your Equity Journey, Nikkie Whaley & Julie Bacon
Tuesday, Nov. 17
5:45 p.m.–Adjournment
Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 18
1–7:15 p.m.
General Session
From Homeless to Harvard, Liz Murray
Sponsored by Iowa Schools Employee Benefits Association (ISEBA)/Reynolds & Reynolds Inc

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Education Sessions & Night Owl Networking Discussions
  • IASB Finance Tools You Can Use
  • Help Wanted! Advocating for Public Education Within Your Community
  • COVID-19 and Medical Insurance: What Does the Future Hold?
  • One-on-One with Keynoter Liz Murray
  • Conducting Effective Superintendent Evaluation in a COVID-19 Era
  • Building Consensus: A People-Driven Approach to Bond Referendums
  • Digital Literacy & Wellness for School Districts: Developing Student Learning Objectives in a Virtual Environment
  • Night Owl Networking for New Board Members: Whose Job Is It?
  • Night Owl Networking for New Superintendents/AEA Chiefs and Their Board Presidents
  • Night Owl Networking for AEA Board Members
  • Night Owl Networking for Latinx Board Members
Thursday, Nov. 19
8 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
General Session
Courageous Leadership, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
Sponsored by Jester Insurance Services

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Education Sessions & Networking
  • Help! Navigating Iowa’s Open Meetings and Public Records Laws
  • Challenges Create Opportunities: Leveraging Business Partners in Virtual Learning
  • Lessons from COVID-19: Expectations, Communication, and Analysis of Student Performance in Uncertain Times
  • Educating the Whole Child with Keynoter Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
  • Elections and Education: A Conversation with Iowa Legislators
  • COVID-19: The Legal Implications of What We Know and What We Don’t
  • Maintaining Healthy Governance Team Relationships During Turbulent Times
  • Networking for Board Presidents: Leadership During a Pandemic!
  • The Gravel Road: Building a Culture of Happiness and Success

General Session

How COVID-19 and the 2020 Election Will Shape Education Over the Next Four Years, Deborah Rigsby & Chip Slaven
Sponsored by One Source The Background Check Company

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Keynote SpeakerS

We are thrilled to introduce you to our keynote speakers! Watch the announcement videos to learn more about these inspirational individuals who will be presenting at the 75th IASB Annual Convention.

Liz Murray


Liz Murray
From Homeless to Harvard
Nov. 18, 2020

Murray’s remarkable life story is a stunning example of how public education and relationship-based learning can have an impact on all students—especially those living in poverty.

Find out more about Liz Murray and view her special announcement video.

Special thanks to Iowa Schools Employee Benefits Association (ISEBA)/Reynolds & Reynolds Inc for sponsoring this general session!

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Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
Courageous Leadership
Nov. 19, 2020

What does leadership look like during a crisis? Kickbusch will share how a lifetime of courageous leadership helped her overcome poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to become the highest-ranking Latina in the U.S. Army and a small business owner.

Find out more about Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch and view her special announcement video.

Special thanks to Jester Insurance Services for sponsoring this general session!

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Chip Slaven, Chief Advocacy Officer, NSBA

Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation, NSBA


Chip Slaven, Chief Advocacy Officer, NSBA
Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation, NSBA
How COVID-19 and the 2020 Election Will Shape Education Over the Next Four Years
Nov. 19, 2020

The stakes are high for education in 2020. The 2020 election will bring new faces and new issues to Washington. The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the way we look at teaching and learning. With all these changes, where will education fit in, and what major issues will public schools face over the next four years? Join NSBA advocacy experts Deborah Rigsby and Chip Slaven to examine these changes, preview what schools can expect, learn how schools can use COVID-19 relief funds, and consider leadership opportunities for the future of education.

Special thanks to One Source The Background Check Company for sponsoring this general session!

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Pre-Convention Workshop

Equity Pre-Convention Workshop
Nov. 10, 2020 from 5:30–8 p.m.
$25 for members; $40 for nonmembers

Leading for Equity: A Practical Workbook for Board Discussion and Action
Nikkie Whaley
Join staff from the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) and Phoenix-area board members Nikkie Whaley (middle) and Julie Bacon (right) as they provide insights, resources and strategies to move your district toward greater equity. Bonus! Attendees will receive and work through ASBA's "Leading for Equity Workbook" (left), which outlines strategic pathways to guide your district in this important work. Attendees earn 10 BBA points.

Delegate Assembly

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
Nov. 17, 2020 from 5:45 p.m.–Adjournment
No fee for members, nonmembers and guests

This year’s Delegate Assembly will also be offered in a digital format, making it easier than ever for board members across Iowa to take part in this important annual event. Visit the Delegate Assembly webpage for information on the timeline, nominating caucuses, delegate votes and how to submit legislative priorities. Delegates earn 10 BBA points.


Due to the pandemic and with member and exhibitor health and safety in mind, we have cancelled the IASB 2020 Trade Show and shifted the Annual Convention from a face-to-face event to a virtual platform. All exhibitors who have submitted booth payments will be refunded in full. Stay tuned for all-new sponsorship and advertising options on the new convention virtual platform!

We have contacted all exhibitors who selected a sponsorship and advertising opportunity with possibilities for new options on the convention digital platform. Check back for more information coming soon!

Registration Details

Equity Pre-Convention Workshop (Nov. 10, 2020)
Members: $25
Nonmembers: $40

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
(Nov. 17, 2020)
Members: No Fee
Nonmembers & Guests: No Fee

Wednesday & Thursday Convention (Nov. 18–19, 2020)
Members: $195
Nonmembers: $295

Registration runs through Nov. 19, 2020.

Cancellations before the start of the event will not be charged. The digital convention sessions will be recorded and made available for registrants. Please note that registrants will be invoiced the registration fee whether they attend the digital convention or not, since they will be provided access to the recordings afterward.

  For convention questions, visit our convention contacts page, email Lou Ann Gvist or call (515) 247-7064.

Convention attendees earn
25 Better Boardsmanship credits!

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Better Boardsmanship Awards