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.
 

Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities

Employee Relations Digital Conference
Oct. 1
School leaders are struggling to survive during the constantly changing guidance, differing viewpoints, and community pressure in the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools are reopening this fall with countless questions still left unanswered, particularly related to HR. We’ve got you covered. Six weeks after reopening, we have a day-long digital conference with experts discussing the topics we believe you will need the most and ensure you are no longer just surviving, but thriving in the ever-changing landscape of education.

SBO Webinar Series: Building a Strong Relationship with the Board
Oct. 28, 9–10 a.m.
The relationship between the board and the school business official (SBO) is key to improved budget planning and a stress-free environment so the board can focus on what matters most, student learning, and school business officials can focus on financial management. We're inviting all school business officials (especally SBOs new to the job) to join IASB for this free webinar where we’ll discuss how to build and maintain a strong relationship with the board. This informal discussion will include time for SBOs to ask questions. The webinar will be recorded and provided to all registrants after the event. Webinar participants earn five Better Boardsmanship credits.

75th IASB Annual Convention
Nov. 10 & 17–19
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! The IASB Annual Convention is the premiere annual event members look forward to year after year. The 75th iteration of this member favorite will be immersive, innovative and inspiring—and completely digital. The Annual Convention kicks off on Nov. 10 with an in-depth evening equity workshop, followed by Delegate Assembly on the evening of Nov. 17. On Nov. 18–19, our luminary keynoters, Liz Murray and Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, will fill your leadership cup and you’ll choose from multiple education sessions, networking time and innovative learning opportunities with your peers.

Delegate Assembly
Nov. 17
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! This year’s Delegate Assembly will be offered in a digital format. We look forward to this important event, where members set the legislative platform, select candidates for the IASB Board, and hold the annual meeting. More details will be coming soon.

School Finance 101, 201 and 301 Digital Workshops
Dec. 1, 8 & 15
Our popular school finance workshops are back and better than ever! These workshops are normally held during Annual Convention in November. After we made the decision to hold Convention online this year, we opted to move the school finance workshops to December to accommodate your busy schedules. These digital workshops are two hours in length and will be held via Zoom.

SBO Webinar Series: IASB Tools
Dec. 2, 9–10 a.m.
IASB offers many tools to help both experienced and new school business officials (SBOs) in your day-to-day responsibilities. SBOs support the governance team in many ways—budget planning and monitoring, helping them understand complicated formulas and regulations, and leading them through long-term and informed financial decisions. Join IASB for this free webinar where you’ll learn about ready-to-use tools and resources that can make the demanding job of an SBO just a little bit easier. This informal discussion will include time for SBOs to ask questions. This webinar will be recorded and provided to all registrants after the event. Webinar participants earn five Better Boardsmanship credits.

ISFLC Conference
Dec. 16–17
IASB and the UNI Institute for Educational Leadership partner to offer the December ISFLC Conference, a 1.75 day professional development session for Iowa superintendents. Sessions are led by Iowa leaders with skills and expertise in identified criteria areas.


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Day on the Hill
Feb. 2
Join IASB and your peers for the annual Day on the Hill for advocacy training, issue briefing and lobbying at the Capitol. Day on the Hill is a unique opportunity to tell your elected official your district’s story. Legislators say the most effective advocacy is hearing from YOU—you are the boots on the ground with vast knowledge about education issues impacting your district. Hear from legislative leaders about education priorities and what you can do to help move those through the legislative process.

ISFLC Conference
Feb. 16–17
IASB and the UNI Institute for Educational Leadership partner to offer the February ISFLC Conference, a 1.75 day professional development session for Iowa superintendents. Sessions are led by Iowa leaders with skills and expertise in identified criteria areas.
 

More Ways to Learn

Podcasts
Includes Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB.

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.

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