IASB Conferences and Events

IASB presents an array of workshops, conferences and events throughout the year that cover essential governance and leadership topics. These face-to-face learning opportunities delve deeply into topics and issues that have a direct impact on public education and Iowa students.

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Regional Workshops: Leadership Essentials for School Boards

Jan. 9–Feb. 20Nine locations across the state
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. 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. It’s a must for every new board member and a team builder for the entire board.

Day on the Hill

Jan. 28Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden & Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
IASB’s annual Day on the Hill is your day to lobby at the Capitol in Des Moines. It gives you an opportunity to meet with your local legislators to discuss legislative issues impacting public education, network with education leaders from across the state and learn new advocacy strategies.

Certified Budget Workshops

Feb. 5–2717 locations across the state
Join our aid & levy and certified budget workshops with former school business official (SBO) Lora Appenzeller, former superintendent Gary Sinclair, and IASB Finance Support Directors Patti Schroeder and Shawn Snyder in a series of hands-on workshops to help you produce your FY 2021 certified budget. They will lead you through these sessions and help complete your certified budget, calculate your school district's spending authority, state foundation aid, and property taxes using 5Cast™.

Iowa SUPERINTENDENTS' Finance & Leadership Consortium (ISFLC)

Feb. 18–19—The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona
Iowa school finance is complex. ISFLC allows the participant to spend a day and a half looking in depth on one aspect of district finance—budget development; internal control, financial statements, current fiscal topics are just a few of the topics to choose from. For more information, visit the ISFLC website.

Board Presidents’ Conference

March 6—Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
As board president you are a leader among leaders with unique responsibilities—and yet you are not alone! In this day-long, interactive event you’ll learn alongside peers and staff experts as we tackle the tough stuff and explore practical strategies and solutions—all in a beautiful setting. You’ll leave rejuvenated, connected and equipped with new governance tools to support focused leadership work back home. This conference is custom designed to meet the needs of board presidents and vice presidents, but any aspiring board leader or superintendent is welcome to attend.

Safety Group Risk Management Workshops

April 8, 14, 15 & 21—Locations across the state
Risk management is important and if done well can help districts reduce their liability over the long term. Each spring Jester Insurance, EMC and IASB offer workshops in different regions of the state to allow participants (both local insurance agents and school leaders) the opportunity to learn more about managing risk through discussion of a variety of risk topics, such as board member liability, workers compensation and property liability and loss. Free for Safety Group program participants.

Policy Leadership & Legal Issues Conference

April 23—The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona
Join us to learn about the current issues in policy and leadership for school boards from experts across Iowa and beyond.

New Superintendents' Institute

July 14—SAI Office, Clive 
Co-sponsored with the Iowa Association of School Boards, the institute provides new administrators the opportunity not only for learning focused on getting a solid start but also for developing their professional network. Superintendents who are serving for the first time in the role as well as for those who are new to the state are encouraged to attend.

Fiscal Management Conference

July 15—The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona
Explore the fiscal opportunities and challenges facing public education today. Keynote speakers and breakout session presenters focus on current issues and trends affecting school finance.

Employee Relations Conference

Oct. 1—The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona
Your goal is to promote positive relations with employees to encourage an environment that supports innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Just as important is the responsibility to maintain efficient, cost-effective organizational operations. This day-long conference features experts who will examine issues and help you be prepared.