IASB Annual Convention & Trade Show

Join IASB for our 74th Annual Convention on Nov. 20-21 at the Iowa Events Center! This year's keynote speaker lineup features cutting-edge creatives Sir Ken Robinson and Hamish Brewer!


Convention and Delegate Assembly registration is now open!


Register for Convention/Delegate Assembly


Registration Fee:
See this webpage for convention fee information. Fee includes program, materials and lunch.

Registration Ends:
Last day to register online is Wednesday, Nov. 13. Walk-ins are welcome onsite.

Board Secretaries:
Ask candidates to mark their calendars with convention dates!

Who and when to register?
Save time and help with early planning. Register staff, board members not up for election, unopposed incumbents and unopposed candidates early. For contested races, register winners Nov. 6-13. But don't worry, if you can't register your board members before Nov. 13, they can walk in on Nov. 20 and 21 and pay the same registration fees.

Cancellations: Last day to cancel with a full refund is Nov. 15. Cancellations after Nov. 15 and no-shows will be charged the full registration fee. Walk-in registrants will be charged the full registration fee.



Convention Lodging

IASB members: Each year IASB partners with area hotels to offer a discounted rate for the IASB Annual Convention. We are using a housing bureau for all room reservations to streamline the process and provide excellent customer service for our members. Please use the lodging button above to book your hotel room for Convention or if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT: If you are going to use direct bill instead of reserving rooms with a credit card, you must call the housing bureau at 1(800) 451-2625 instead of using the online system to make reservations. Do not call the hotels directly.

Please book your room(s) by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. to receive the guaranteed room rates. Please make your hotel reservations soon to ensure your rooms are together at your preferred hotel at the convention rate.

School board elections: For contested races in the Nov. 5 school board elections, please reserve a room for that seat under YOUR NAME (the person making the reservation), and you will be able to update the guest information for that room once the winner is elected.

Cancel/update reservations: To cancel or update an existing reservation, please refer to the “Request for Change” link provided at the bottom of your confirmation email.


 

   

Keynote Speakers

 Sir Ken Robinson  Hamish Brewer
Sir Ken Robinson
Education & Creativity Expert, New York Times Best Selling Author, TED Speaker
Opening General Session Keynote Speaker

For more information about our esteemed keynote speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, visit his keynote webpage!

New Series! Thoughts Posed by Sir Ken Robinson
These three new discussion exercises spotlight the board’s role in nurturing innovative and creative cultures focused on personalized learning for all students. Take time during your board meeting this fall to use these At the Board Tables as an extended learning opportunity prior to hearing Sir Ken speak at the IASB Annual Convention Nov. 20-21.

Hamish Brewer
Nationally Distinguished Principal, International Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker
Second General Session and Luncheon Keynote Speaker

For more information about our esteemed keynote speaker, Hamish Brewer, visit his keynote webpage!

 

Featured Video

Keynote Speaker Bookstore

This year our keynote speakers will be on hand to autograph copies of their books on Thursday, Nov. 21. You can purchase books on-site at our IASB Convention at the Keynote Speaker Bookstore on level two near the registration desk.

Want to avoid long lines and pre-order your books? Order now through the Drake University Bookstore website. You can have your books mailed to you, or you can pick up your copies on-site at the IASB Convention at the Keynote Speaker Bookstore. Note: to pick up your pre-ordered copies on-site, when checking out on the Drake University Bookstore website, select “Pick Up (FREE).” Your books will be waiting for you at the Keynote Speaker Bookstore on level two on Thursday, Nov. 21.
 

Pre-Convention Workshops

Scott McLeodGet a jump start on IASB's 74th Annual Convention with one of our fantastic Pre-Convention workshops, including a workshop by featured speaker, Scott McLeod, as well as Thriving in Your First 90 Days—an all-new onboarding workshop designed for newly elected board members!

  • Unleashing Innovation: How Should We Think About the Future? (Scott McLeod)
  • Thriving in Your First 90 Days
  • Basics for Board Secretaries
  • Board Secretary Workshop
  • School Finance 101, 201 and 301
 

Select Your Closing Capstone

3–4:15 p.m.

Close out our Annual Convention with one of the two customized learning options below: an in-depth, interactive discussion on mental health and an innovation showcase featuring students from across the state. You’ll pick the topic that most interests you and addresses your learning needs.

  • Jennifer Ulie-WellsFacing & Overcoming the School Mental Health Epidemic in Iowa
    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Iowa and at least 20% of young people have a mental illness with fewer than 20% receiving treatment. In 2016, the Iowa Youth Survey indicated that 13.4% of survey participants shared that they had seriously contemplated suicide in the last year. School board member and Executive Director of Please Pass the Love School Mental Health Initiative, Jennifer Ulie-Wells, will share her story of trauma, suicidal ideation, and how extra adults in her life kept her alive. This jam-packed session will explore basic mental health characteristics, information, suicide prevention warning signs, and how school board members can help set the stage for saving lives. Sometimes knowing is half the battle.

  • Ignite Innovation Showcase
    Innovation is happening all across Iowa with exciting new initiatives! Get a bird’s eye view of innovative programs in this all-new showcase. Utilizing the Ignite format, sessions will be exciting and fast—attendees will learn about each program for five minutes, then you’ll choose the program you are most interested in learning more from the practitioners. Featured programs include:

    Sioux City Career Academy

    Sioux City Schools

    Greene County Career Academy
    Greene County Schools

    Johnson STEAM Academy
    Cedar Rapids Schools

    Spark Tank
    Ottumwa Schools

    And more!

 

Attendees


DELEGATE ASSEMBLY
Save the Date! The next Delegate Assembly will be held on Nov. 20, 2019, in conjunction with our 74th Annual Convention!

PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS
Get a jump start on IASB's 74th Annual Convention with one of our fantastic Pre-Convention workshops, including a workshop by featured speaker, Scott McLeod, as well as Thriving in Your First 90 Daysan all-new onboarding workshop designed for newly elected board members!

CONVENTION LODGING
Each year IASB partners with area hotels to offer a discounted rate for the IASB Annual Convention. We are using a housing bureau for all room reservations to streamline the process and provide excellent customer service for our members. Please use the link above for all lodging reservations, cancellations and questions.

IMPORTANT: If you are going to use direct bill instead of reserving rooms with a credit card, you must call the housing bureau at 1(800) 451-2625 instead of using the online system to make reservations. Do not call the hotels directly.

Please book your room(s) by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. to receive the guaranteed room rates. For contested races in the Nov. 5 school board elections, please reserve a room for that seat under YOUR NAME (the person making the reservation), and you will be able to update the guest information for that room once the winner is elected. To cancel or update an existing reservation, please refer to the “Request for Change” link provided at the bottom of your confirmation email.
 

Key Dates

 

Exhibitors


2019 IASB CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW
Reach Iowa's educational market by exhibiting at the state's largest education tradeshow! Learn more about exhibiting, sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

EXHIBITOR PORTAL
Returning exhibitors have first priority until May 10. New and returning exhibitors will be able to create a profile and submit your contract, view the floorplan and manage your exhibitor console.

IEC BOOTH RESOURCES
Upgrade your Trade Show booth with electric, internet, food and more from the Iowa Events Center.

FREEMANONLINE
FreemanOnline is your go-to resource for show information, schedules, contacts, shipping information, online ordering and more.

CONVENTION LODGING
Each year IASB partners with area hotels to offer a discounted rate for the IASB Annual Convention. We are using a housing bureau for all room reservations to streamline the process and provide excellent customer service for our members. Please use the link above for all lodging reservations, cancellations and questions.

Please book your room(s) by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. to receive the guaranteed room rates. To cancel or update an existing reservation, please refer to the “Request for Change” link provided at the bottom of your confirmation email.
 

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


Convention attendees earn
20 Better Boardsmanship credits!


Learn more about
Better Boardsmanship Awards