Thriving in Your First 90 Days: New Board Member Onboarding Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9-11:30 a.m. & 1-3:30 p.m.
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

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Blast off into your first term on the school board!

Blast off into your first term on the school board!

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.

  • Governing 101—A foundational overview of board roles and responsibilities. We’ll review fundamental board responsibilities, how this role relates to that of staff, and provide a framework for helping you learn critical information about the district.
  • Meetings and Transparency Laws—The work of the board occurs at its meetings, so we’ll acquaint you with handy information about common board meeting practices such as placing items on the agenda and other procedures. Plus, you’ll learn about Iowa government transparency laws (open meetings law) which set explicit responsibilities for boards to ensure the public has access to meetings and deliberations of the board, minutes and executive sessions.
  • Policy Basics—Boards have the authority to lead their districts by setting policies. Learn what policy is, legal requirements for policy alignment with state and federal law, policy development and review, and the role the administration plays in the implementation of policy. A firm command of your existing policies will help you answer countless early questions of board service—this session will help you prioritize where to start.

You'll also learn from experienced board members about early pitfalls of serving as an elected official—they’ll help you avoid common mistakes and start your board service with confidence. After this workshop you’ll be ready to fire up your new skills in no time and take on the next 275 days.

Bonus! Each attendee will receive a complimentary IASB Board Member Handbook.