Basics of Boardsmanship Certificate
One-Time Recognition for Foundational Learning
The Basics of Boardsmanship is composed of learning experiences that provide essential concepts and a solid foundation for school board governance. This curriculum is designed especially for new board members, but anyone can complete the program to build their understanding. New members are encouraged to complete the Basics of Boardsmanship within their first year of board service.
If you attended the Thriving in Your First 90 Days: New Board Member Onboarding Workshop, Thriving During Your First Year on the Board Digital Workshop, or one of the Regional Workshops: Leadership Essentials for School Boards and one School Finance (101, 201 or 301) Workshop, you've earned this certificate. No application required. Board members who complete the Basics of Boardsmanship are recognized with a pin and certificate.
Thriving in Your First 90 Days: New Board Member Onboarding Workshop
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. Bonus!
Each attendee received a complimentary IASB Board Member Handbook.
Thriving During Your First Year on the Board Digital Workshop
digital workshop recording covers basic onboarding skills and topics
essential for new board members, including governance 101, select IASB
sample policies and meetings laws. The full recording is available for purchase for $45. You'll also gain access to participation resources provided by presenters.
Regional Workshops: Leadership Essentials for School Boards
Being effective as a board member requires a strong understanding of board roles and responsibilities. It’s impossible to do a job well if you don’t know what the job is. These workshops addressed fundamental duties of each board member in four core areas—all of which are front and center in the first months of the calendar year. It’s a must for every new board member and a team builder for the entire board.
School Finance 101, 201 or 301 Workshops
These workshops offer guidance at an introductory (101), more in depth (201) and finally, an advanced level (301) of school finance. Each are offered yearly during pre-convention activities in November and recordings are available for purchase for $45—101
. Board members only need to attend one of these workshops to fulfill the requirement. To stay up to date with our annual convention schedule and school finance workshop updates, visit IASB's convention homepage