The Learning Hub

IASB 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, webinars, podcasts and online courses, 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.

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


The Leadership Digital Workshop Series: Policy, Governance & Legal Issues
April 29
Now more than ever, board members need flexibility to pivot and respond to the needs of your local school community while leading the district forward. Each spring IASB provides you with the day-long Policy Leadership & Legal Issues Conference. This year we’ve reimagined the conference to better fit into your busy schedules as you navigate important topics and changing legislative and policy issues. The Leadership Digital Workshop Series: Policy, Governance & Legal Issues includes four 90-minute workshops on different topics throughout the spring. These will be interactive and include time for group discussion so you can dig in and gain a deeper understanding of the topics and troubleshoot the impact on your district.

SBO Webinar Series: Property Tax Relief
May 6
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! Property tax relief is often touted by the legislature, but what does it really mean for your district and the taxpayers? Join IASB’s school finance experts as they break down how much “relief” your district gets and how you as an SBO can help explain all of this to your board.

NSBA Advocacy Institute
June 8–10
NSBA is planning a high-quality online event focused on unifying members around our advocacy priorities and highlighting key policy issues, providing advocacy training, and bringing in well-known national figures to address the online attendees. In the best interest of the organization and its members, the 2021 Advocacy Institute be a fully online experience that will take place virtually June 8-10 using a digital platform. Due to continued uncertainty over what the District of Columbia guidelines will be this summer, as well as other unknown issues related to COVID-19 and travel, scheduling an in-person event would be risky for the organization and attendees. Further, in addition to restrictions on capacity at area hotels, setting up in-person visits with members of Congress seems unlikely under the present circumstances.

Change is Coming—What You Need to Know About New Iowa Standards for School Leaders Webinar

June 9 & 11
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! Join IASB on June 9 (from 6–7 p.m.) or 11 (noon–1 p.m.) for a webinar titled Change is Coming—What You Need to Know About New Iowa Standards for School Leaders. This complimentary webinar is designed to help you get familiar with the new Iowa Standards for School Leaders and consider how they will impact superintendent goal setting and evaluation. Content will be the same between both sessions, so choose the one that best fits your schedule! Registration opens in early April.

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
Nov. 17
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.

76th IASB Annual Convention

Nov. 17–18
SAVE THE DATE! 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!

More Ways to Learn

Includes Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB and BoardCast.

Online Courses
Take an online course today to brush up on your open meetings or budget 101 skills!

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.

Learn More