Learning at your convenience!

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

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

This fall, we'll be launching a podcast series, "Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle," featuring IASB Government Relations staff Emily Piper, Phil Jeneary and Michelle Johnson as co-hosts. You’ll still get the insider knowledge you’ve always received from past IASB advocacy events, including Action Advocacy Workshops and Action Advocacy Webinars, but in a new, exciting 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. These podcasts will answer all your questions and provide tips for how you can best advocate on hot button issues legislators are talking about. Dates and times to be announced.


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

*Members must log-in to register for this course

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

*Members must log-in to register for this course

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


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.

Tuesday Talks with IASB: So You Want to Run for the School Board?

We are offering a live informational series for candidates to get up-to-speed on a range of elections-related topics. These will be offered in a variety of platforms, including Zoom and Facebook Live. 

While we recommend that candidates attend all four, the first webinar on Aug. 20 is an essential first step for any individual interested in running for the board.

Aug. 20: Running for the School Board: Essential Tips for Candidates—RECORDED WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE!

In this timely webinar, we help candidates understand what serving on a school board entails, how to prepare for meaningful board service, the potential landmines to avoid, key filing dates and more.

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Sept. 10:
Maintaining Your Community’s Trust: Legal & Ethical Campaigns for the School Board, Noon-1 p.m.RECORDED WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE!
Hear from experts about important provisions in the Iowa Ethics Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws, conflict of interest and gift laws, and tips for campaigning.

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Sept. 24: Confessions of a School Board Member: Perks and Pitfalls, Noon-1 p.m.

Hear insights from newer and veteran board members on “what I wish I would have known.” We’ll dig into topics such as roles of the board vs roles of staff, board time commitments and ethics.

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Oct. 8: School Board Service: Equity and Excellence for ALL—Are You Ready? Noon-1 p.m.

When asked, most board members say they run for the board to make a difference for students. This discussion will help candidates consider what it takes to keep the board team’s focus on every child they serve and to help minimize the distractions of the Killer B’s: buses, buildings, books and budgets.

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You’ve just been elected as board president—now what?
These two online discussions are designed to offer up some back-to-basics essential information and practical tips on how to run an effective meeting, dealing with the public and more. Join IASB staff and experienced board presidents as we discuss helpful strategies and answer your need-to-know questions.

Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part One

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, Noon−1 p.m.

Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part Two

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, Noon−1 p.m.

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