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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Certified Budget Workshops

Feb. 5–2710+ locations across the state
Registration has closed. 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™.

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
As an education leader in your community, you need supports to help ensure all students receive equitable opportunities in school. IASB’s Policy Leadership & Legal Issues Conference is focused on overcoming the challenges you’re facing today. You’ll leave with concrete strategies and strengthened processes to transform your school community into a place of opportunity for all.

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.

75th IASB Annual Convention & Trade Show

Nov. 18-19—Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
The IASB Annual Convention and Trade Show is the premier event of the year for governance teams from Iowa public schools. You’re invited to join us Nov. 18-19 as we deliver powerful learning sessions and a state-of-the-art trade show that provides education leaders with critical resources.