2020 Policy Leadership & Legal Issues Digital Conference

Equity Matters for Student Success

Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Digital Conference

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Along with many other in-person conferences nationwide, we are reimagining our Policy Leadership & Legal Issues Conference into our first-ever Digital Conference! IASB is prioritizing member, staff and presenter safety in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, but we are also committed to continuing to provide you with the tools you need no matter where you are. So, grab your coffee and comfy slippers and get ready to learn on April 23!

We are offering the conference via a virtual meeting platform with video and audio features, as well as opportunities for interaction among attendees—you'll be able to ask moderators and presenters questions, just like an in-person conference.

Four Topics Focused on Equity

As an education leader in your community, you need supports to help ensure all students receive equitable opportunities in school. This Digital Conference is focused on overcoming the challenges you’re facing today. You’ll leave with concrete strategies and strengthened processes to transform your school community into a place of opportunity for all.

English Language Learners
Incorporating ELL Students and Honoring Diverse Cultures
Stacey Cole, Superintendent, Storm Lake Schools
Darwin Lehmann, Superintendent, Forest City Schools

Student Poverty

Closing the Educational Gap When Addressing Students in Poverty
Joel Pedersen, Superintendent, Cardinal Schools

Staff Diversity

Recruiting and Retaining Staff Leaders from Underrepresented Populations
Verjeana Jacobs, Chief Equity and Member Services Officer, NSBA

Special Education

Increasing Equity in Special Education
Thomas Mayes, Attorney II, Division of Learning and Results; and Amy Williamson, Chief, Bureau of School Improvement, Iowa Department of Education

Featured Speaker

Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq.  Verjeana Jacobs
Chief Equity & Member Services Officer, National School Boards Association (NSBA)

Verjeana oversees programming for NSBA’s Equity Symposium and specialty councils, which includes the Council of Urban Board of Education, National American Indian/Alaska Native Council, National Black Council, and National Hispanic Council. Prior to joining NSBA, Jacobs was a school board member for 10 years in Prince George’s County, Maryland, serving a student population that is 91 percent Black/African American and Hispanic, with 64 percent eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. During that time, Verjeana held several leadership roles, including President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education and Chair of NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education.



Registration Fee: $95 for the Digital Conference. In case you can't tune in during the live broadcast or would like to watch it again, the conference will also be recorded and emailed after the event to all conference registrants.

Note: All registrants, including no-shows, will be invoiced after the conference and the recording will be emailed.

Ask Me Button   For more information, email Marte Brightman or call (515) 247-7048.

Conference attendees earn
15 Better Boardsmanship credits!

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Better Boardsmanship Awards