Pre-Convention Workshops

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Get a jump start on IASB's 74th Annual Convention with one of our fantastic Pre-Convention workshops!
 

Workshops

Unleashing Innovation: How Should We Think About the Future?

Scott McLeod, Associate Professor of Education Leadership, Education Technology Expert at University of Colorado Denver
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
9-11:30 a.m. OR 1-3:30 p.m. (repeat)

The world around us is changing FAST, often driven by the twin forces of technology and globalization. What does that mean for the future of Iowa schools? What does that mean for the graduates that we prepare? What does that mean for our classrooms and the education that we provide our children? And what does it mean for the governance work happening at the board table? Join Scott for a rousing, interactive, thought-provoking conversation about future-ready schools and graduates. Along the way we will highlight a number of key questions, action steps, and other resources that school board members and administrators can use back home in their districts. Bring a computing device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and be ready to dive in!

Scott McLeod, Associate Professor of Education Leadership, Education Technology Expert University of Colorado DenverAbout Scott McLeod
Although he’s now at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod spent 14 years in Iowa working with over 140 schools and districts. He is the former Director of the Educational Leadership Program at Iowa State University and the former Director of Learning, Teaching, and Innovation at Prairie Lakes AEA. Scott was one of the main facilitators of Iowa’s grass-roots 1:1 computing movement, which resulted in over two-third of Iowa’s school district providing powerful learning tools for their students. He is the founder of both EdCampIowa and the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute. Scott received a Friend of the Association Award from the School Administrators of Iowa in 2016. More information about Scott is available at www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/bio. He invites you to connect with him at www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org and twitter.com/mcleod, or facebook.com/scottmcleod.

Can't get enough? On Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m., Scott will be presenting an Education Session entitled "Rethinking Classroom Instruction." This provocative discussion will center around what kind of instruction we should be promoting, supporting and looking for from our teachers in all our classrooms. If we want future-ready graduates, we have to rethink some key components of learning and teaching. Scott will introduce a resource that will help your educators redesign lessons and units and will provide some key questions, action steps, and other resources that school board members and administrators can use back home in their districts. Bring a computing device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and be ready to dive in!

Thriving in Your First 90 Days

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
9-11:30 a.m. OR 1-3:30 p.m. (repeat)

There’s a lot to learn in your first year of board service, but we’re here to help you prepare for launch with critical information and essential resources about your new role in public education. We’ll cover governing 101, meetings and transparency laws and policy basics. Each attendee will receive a complimentary IASB Board Member Handbook.

Board Secretary Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
1-3:30 p.m.

Last year’s first Board Secretary workshop was such a hit, we’re keeping it in our Wednesday workshop lineup! With all new content, we’ll once again shape an afternoon of interactive networking and learning focused on issues and questions most pressing to Iowa’s school and AEA board secretaries. Session offers SBO credit!
 

School Finance 101—Basic

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
9-11:30 a.m. OR 1-3:30 p.m. (repeat)

If you’re a newer board member, you’ll value this introduction and overview of basic school finance concepts and terminology. The session will introduce budgeting and funding components in relation to your role on the board. Session offers SBO credit!


School Finance 201—Intermediate

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
9-11:30 a.m. OR 1-3:30 p.m. (repeat)

When the terms “authorized budget” or “unspent balance” come up in a board meeting, you’ll know what they mean after attending this intermediate level workshop. You’ll also understand trends using real-world data to help you meet the challenges your district may face. Session offers SBO credit!


School Finance 301—Advanced

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
9-11:30 a.m. OR 1-3:30 p.m. (repeat)

This advanced level provides a more in-depth analysis of important concepts such as cash/fund balance, spending authority, use of the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC), fiduciary responsibility and more. Session offers SBO credit!
 

  For more information, email Lou Ann Gvist or call (515) 247-7064.