Learning at your convenience!

IASB provides convenient and easy access to a variety of relevant topics electronically via online courses, webinars and podcasts. We've made it easier to fit training into your busy schedule. Online courses, webinars and podcasts offer you the benefit of participating in a program from your own computer, tablet or smart phone, anytime, anywhere. 

Online courses, webinars and podcasts are included in IASB membership benefits. Take advantage of these free learning opportunities today!


Recorded Webinars

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Online Courses

Completion of each course earns 10 Better Boardsmanship credits and fulfills the Elective requirement toward earning the Basics of Boardsmanship certificate.

Open Meetings Basics: What Does the Code Say? 

The intent of the Iowa Open Meetings Law is to ensure boards operate with openness and transparency. This course is designed to provide board members with a foundational knowledge of the Open Meetings Law. The interactive course format includes videos, scenarios and quizzes to make this an engaging and meaningful online learning experience. Whether taken as an introduction or as a refresher, this self-paced course offers the critical, need-to-know basics of the Iowa Open Meetings Law that every board member should know and every board team should live by. 
Length: 2 hours

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Budget 101 for School Board Members

What is the board's role when it comes to the school budget process? What do board discussions look like at the table and when and how often should they take place? How can the board both support and properly monitor the budget process without getting too deep into the system? This online, introductory course provides solid content and helpful resources that clarify the key governance roles of the board in an effective budget-setting process. 
Length: 2 hours

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IASB is offering these online courses collaboratively with AEA PD Online. These courses are housed on AEA PD Online's website. 



Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB

Episode 1: Legislative Preview
In the first episode of our new podcast, you'll hear from Senator Chris Cournoyer and Representative Ras Smith as well as our government relations team on everything from last session's big wins to what to expect in 2020.

Episode 2: Advocacy Tips & Tricks

Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the game, this episode will provide ideas on how to get a legislator's attention. Hear from legislators and our team on what works best when you're trying to leave a lasting impression and get your goals accomplished.

Episode 3: Delegate Assembly Recap
If you couldn't attend Delegate Assembly, or even if you did and just want to hear our thoughts, find out what our big takeaways were as we get one step closer to the 2020 legislative session.

Episode 4: The State Budget Process
Have you ever wondered how the legislature comes up with their budget? What does the REC have to do with it? We'll answer these questions and more as we take a look at how the state budget is developed and what that means for public education.


Episode 5: Breakdown of the Condition of the State Address
Governor Reynolds delivered her annual Condition of the State to the legislature  our government relations team breaks down what we heard about public education, what it means for schools and what we can expect from the legislature this year.

Upcoming Webinars

Completion of each webinar earns five Better Boardsmanship credits.

Webinars address a range of topics and timely issues important to the governance roles of board teams. Content experts and facilitators offer crucial updates and guidance to inform good decision making at the board table. Webinars are recorded, so you have access anytime, anywhere, even if you are unable to attend the live event. Webinar topics will center around the IASB Standards for Effective School Boards.

You’ve just been elected as board president—now what?

These three online discussions are designed to offer up some back-to-basics essential information and practical tips to help you nurture a strong working relationship with your superintendent, build a cohesive board team and run an effective meeting. Join IASB staff and experienced school leaders as we discuss helpful insights, share easy-to-implement strategies and answer your need-to-know questions.

Developing an Effective Relationship with your Superintendent
Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part One

Air Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

Congratulations. You’ve stepped into a new leadership role – as a leader of leaders. One of your first and most important priorities is to cultivate a productive and effective working relationship with your superintendent. In this conversation, together we will focus on the nature of the board president-superintendent relationship, explore crucial communication considerations and discuss effective steps to building and maintaining trust. Join IASB staff and veteran school leaders as they share lessons learned and key takeaways for nurturing a productive board president-superintendent partnership.

Cultivating a Cohesive Board Team
Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part Two

Air Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

To maximize governance effectiveness, your board must operate together as a unified team. As board president, a chief responsibility is to promote collaboration and cultivate cohesion among your board members. Where do you start? What matters most and what should you avoid? In this webinar, IASB staff and experienced board leaders will talk about the importance of getting to know your board members and explore what that really means, discuss foundational communication practices and share concrete steps to help you establish a tone of cooperative leadership.

Leading an Effective Meeting
Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part Three

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, Noon−1 p.m.

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 third and last installment of our Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents series, we’ll share tried and true practices and discuss guidance from experienced board presidents to equip newer board presidents with skills and techniques to strengthen meeting management.

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