The Learning Hub

2021-22 At Your Service Guide coverIASB offers a diverse selection of learning experiences throughout the year to support board/superintendent teams in governance and leadership. As education leaders, you face many complex challenges, which require you to possess a vast range of knowledge and experience—school law, finance, labor relations, policy and budgets, curriculum, not to mention bond campaigns, lobbying, special education and parliamentary procedure—to name a few.

Through convention, conferences, workshops, webinar and podcasts, offered either statewide or regionally, in-district, in-person or digitally, IASB serves member needs for learning and professional development. We are here to help both new and experienced board members build your knowledge, and sharpen your boardsmanship and leadership skills.

NEW! Check out the 2021–22 At Your Service Guide for more information on all of the events and services IASB has to offer!

As an additional resource for IASB members, the Learning Hub includes learning opportunities and events held by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). IASB members can access/participate NSBA events and resources as part of their membership. For more information, visit NSBA's website.

Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities


Webinar Series: The New Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) and the Impact on Superintendent Evaluation and Goal Setting/Conversations with Board Presidents
Sept. 24
The state of Iowa is rolling out new Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL), effective July 1, and IASB is set to help. We’re offering a slate of webinars to help your board team learn about the legal requirements of superintendent evaluation and to get acquainted with the new leadership standards. We’ll also provide guidance for a sound superintendent evaluation process and considerations for goal setting for the coming year. The June and September webinars are a two-part series designed for the board-superintendent team and each will provide concrete information and suggested next steps for summer and fall decision making. One week after each webinar, we’re offering a bonus networking opportunity for board presidents to dig deeper into the shared information and related implications for board leadership. Vice presidents are also encouraged to join the webinar, and anyone is welcome to attend!

Strategic Budget Reduction Conference
Oct. 5
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! The school year is in full swing, and it's never too early to start thinking about next year's budget. There are always areas where you could make cuts or reductions, but it can feel overwhelming if you don't know where to start or what to look for when evaluating your budget. IASB's Strategic Budget Reduction Conference will provide you tools and strategies to make those cuts or reductions a practical reality. You will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas with other attendees and learn what has worked well for others.

Employee Relations Conference
Oct. 12
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 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. Listen to a special BoardCast episode for a sneak peek into upcoming sessions at our Employee Relations Conference with Ain Grooms (Professor, University of Iowa) and Amy Mayer (Regents Alternative Pathways to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) Program Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa)!

NSBA Equity Symposium West

Oct. 22–23
Over the last year, education leaders have convened virtually and in person to discuss issues of inequities plaguing our education systems. Now is the time to go beyond the conversations. Join your colleagues at NSBA’s Equity Symposium West, October 22-23, 2021 in Oklahoma City to put your ideas into action.

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
Nov. 17
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! The Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting is an important annual event where member delegates gather to hold the annual meeting, set and approve the legislative platform, and convene nominating caucuses for open IASB District Director seats.

New Board Member Academy Workshop Series
Nov. 17, Jan. 27, Feb. 10
Take advantage of the Ready, Set, Govern! training series, which consists of three workshops to set you on the road to success. The first workshop in the series will cover board roles and responsibilities, board meeting practices and government transparency laws, and an overview of board policy basics. Continue your learning with two digital workshops this winter—January 27 and February 10.

76th IASB Annual Convention

Nov. 17–18
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! We are incredibly excited to be planning a vibrant in-person Annual Convention for 2021 and look forward to welcoming you. As always, our keynote speakers will challenge and inspire your governance team, and our full lineup of education sessions for both experienced and newly-elected board members will be focused on issues and trends that matter most. More information to come!

ISFLC December Conference
Dec. 8–9
The ISFLC is a professional development program for Iowa superintendents to expand their knowledge base and develop fiscal management and leadership skills. The Consortium offers two-day sessions to meet the varied fiscal management and leadership needs of Iowa superintendents and aspiring superintendents. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.

New Board President Webinar: Superintendent-Board Team—Fostering Relationships & Unity
Dec. 16
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! To maximize governance effectiveness, your board-superintendent team must operate together with unity. As a new board president, a chief responsibility is to promote collaboration and cultivate cohesion among your board members and with your superintendent. Where do you start? What matters most and what should you avoid? In this interactive conversation, IASB staff and experienced board leaders will discuss foundational communication practices and concrete steps to help you establish a tone of cooperative leadership and strategies to strengthen trust.


New Board President Webinar: Facilitating an Effective Meeting
Jan. 20
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! Chairing a productive, efficient board meeting takes preparation, skill and practice. What do board leaders do to make the magic happen? What steps do they take (before, during and after) the meeting to help promote effective discussions and decision making? How important is the agenda in meeting planning and management? In this conversation, we’ll share tried and true practices and discuss guidance from experienced board presidents to equip newer board presidents with skills and techniques to support effective meeting management.

NSBA Equity Symposium East
Jan. 22
The NSBA Equity Symposium East provides a forum for school board members, public school advocates, and community leaders to examine and discuss the strategies, current trends, research, and best practices around equity in our nation’s public K-12 schools. Join your colleagues at NSBA’s Equity Symposium East, January 22, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Registration opens Sept. 22, 2021.

NSBA Advocacy Institute
Jan. 23–25
The Advocacy Institute brings together education leaders to explore and discuss the latest developments in key education policy and legislation, champion the interests of public K-12 students, advocate for education priorities and federal policies on Capitol Hill, and network with colleagues from across the country.

Day on the Hill
Feb. 1
We are pleased to announce we will be holding our in-person Day on the Hill in 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

Certified Budget Workshops
Feb. (TBA)
10–12 WORKSHOPS ACROSS THE STATE! IASB, in collaboration with Affiliated Program Forecast5 Analytics, is offering these free workshops for IASB members. Using 5Cast forecasting tools, attendees will leave the workshop with a completed FY 2023 certified budget, including the aid and levy worksheets, as well as all supporting documents. Dates and locations to be announced in December 2021.

ISFLC February Conference

Feb. 16–17
The ISFLC is a professional development program for Iowa superintendents to expand their knowledge base and develop fiscal management and leadership skills. The Consortium offers two-day sessions to meet the varied fiscal management and leadership needs of Iowa superintendents and aspiring superintendents. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.

Board Presidents’ Conference
March 4
We’re thrilled to offer an extended learning experience for board presidents and aspiring board presidents. Join IASB staff and your peers in this interactive event devoted to the issues, challenges and opportunities facing board presidents today. We’ll meet in an inviting new location where you’ll network with peers, tackle the tough stuff and explore practical strategies and solutions. You’ll leave inspired, connected and equipped with new resources to support your crucial leadership work

NSBA Annual Conference & Exposition
April 2–4
The NSBA 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning. NSBA 2022 is one of the few—if not the only—places where school board members from around the country can receive the training necessary to address the instructional needs of students and to improve the efficiency of district operations.


More Ways to Learn

IASB produces the BoardCast podcast for members to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on a variety of topics. Listeners will get insider knowledge in a format that you can take on the go with you—in the car, on a bike, out for a walk or jog, or just sitting in your living room.

Custom Workshops
IASB facilitators will meet with your board or a group of boards, designing a custom experience to meet your needs on a variety of topics.

At the Board Table Discussion Tools
Downloadable Self-Study Kits for your board to do together.

Recordings & Resources
Recorded webinars, events and conference resources.

Boardsmanship Awards Program

These awards programs recognize board members who put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities.

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