Public School Proud Toolkit

Public School Proud logoSince 2007, IASB has led the charge in celebrating school board members each May. After 13 years focused on recognizing board members, we’re flipping the script and providing school boards with ways to thank educators, administrators and district staff for their herculean efforts. In the midst of a global crisis, Iowa public schools are continuing to teach, feed and meet the needs for K-12 students—93.7% of students enrolled in school statewide.

We are #PublicSchoolProud and invite board members to join us in thanking district staff working through the COVID-19 crisis:

35,537 Educators for innovating to provide online learning and supports for students.

2,212 Food service staff for providing meals for students and families.

1,209 Transportation staff for delivering meals to students and families.

263 Superintendents and 1,144 principals for providing excellent leadership.

3,354 Central office staff for managing day-to-day operations.

3,873 Operations/maintenance staff for ensuring buildings and facilities are safe, clean and sanitized.

Fast Facts About Public School Staff Working During the Crisis

Number Average Age % Female % Male % Minority
Teacher 35,537 41.1 75.5% 24.5% 2.7%
Principal 1,144 46.7 42.0% 58.0% 3.5%
Superintendent 263 51.3 13.7% 86.3% 1.1%
School Business Official 291 49.7 80.8% 19.2% 1.4%
HR Director/Personnel Manager 105 45.8 86.7% 13.3% 4.8%
Admin. Support 2,958 49.7 97.6% 2.4% 5.5%
Transportation 1,209 56.3 36.0% 64.0% 3.9%
Food Service 2,112 51.6 95.9% 4.1% 6.2%
Operations/Maintenance 3,873 51.4 25.8% 74.2% 8.0%

Sources: Iowa Department of Education, Basic Educational Data Survey (BEDS), Staff file; IASB analysis and calculations.


Thank You From the IASB Board of DirectorsResources to Celebrate District Staff

Use the following resources to show you are #PublicSchoolProud.

  • Thank district staff with our ideas of ways to show recognition.
  • Share these social media graphics thanking district staff for their efforts
  • Change your social media cover photos to show you are #PublicSchoolProud.
  • Celebrate public schools by providing this high-resolution logo graphic to your local media. Ask them to include a caption, such as the thank you statements or facts from above, or simply say: "Thank you educators, administrators and district staff for supporting students and families during these difficult times".
  • Use our 'Thank You From the IASB Board of Directors' graphic to thank district staff (available in sizes optimized for online sharing or printing), or use our handy templates to make your own version!


A Tribute to School Board Members

We are still recognizing school board members this May! A special thank you to Iowa's locally elected volunteers who spend countless hours each month dedicated to board service.

Thank you:
1,859 PK-12 School Board Members
79 AEA Board Members
124 Community College Board Members

All board secretaries will be emailed personalized certificates to present to their board members at the May board meeting.
For questions, email Tammy Votava or call (515) 247-7040.