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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2019

Fiscal Management Conference

July 17—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. Also, hear a detailed account of how the bills passed by the 2019 legislature will impact your district.

New Superintendents' Conference (ISFLC)

Sept. 18—Staybridge Suites, West Des Moines
The Iowa Superintendents' Finance & Leadership Consortium, co-sponsored by IASB and the Institute for Educational Leadership at UNI, welcomes educational leaders new to the superintendency and new to the state of Iowa. This one-day conference will provide you with a thorough introduction to Iowa school finance and other information essential to your success as a superintendent.

Strategic Budget Reduction Workshop

Sept. 26—IASB Office, Des Moines
Thinking budget cuts? This workshop is designed to provide you with practical strategies to use when your district is faced with making budget reduction decisions—including how to know if your district is headed for financial trouble, transparent methodologies you can use to identify budget reduction options, and ensuring careful monitoring and follow-through for your new budget. We recommend that you consider bringing a team—your board president, superintendent, school business official and HR director.

Employee Relations Conference

Oct. 17—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.

Pre-Convention Workshop: Thriving in Your First 90 Days

Nov. 20—Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
New to the board? Join us for a pre-convention workshop designed to get you up to speed during your first 90 days! Workshop offered at 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

74th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Nov. 20–21—Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
Mark your calendars! Our 74th Annual Convention will be held November 20-21, 2019 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines! Be sure to check the convention homepage periodically for more information on keynote speakers, sessions, key dates and deadlines.

Iowa SUPERINTENDENTS' Finance & Leadership Consortium (ISFLC)

Dec. 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.
 

2020

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.

Regional Workshops: Leadership Essentials for School Boards

Jan.–Feb.Regional locations across the state, date and sites to be announced
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.

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 designed for both current and aspiring board presidents.

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.