2019 Policy Leadership & Legal Issues Conference

Thursday, April 18
The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Conference Program:  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register Today

As a school board member, you likely chose to serve on your local board so you could make a difference in the lives of students. You are entrusted with the ultimate responsibility—ensuring that your school helps every student succeed. High levels of educational achievement pave the way for a strong and vibrant state, overflowing with bright students set to become our future leaders. As the entity legally charged with governing a school district, you also represent your citizens and community. Ever heard the saying, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’? No pressure, right? This may help ease your mind—you can rely on a group that you may not have previously realized—your community. Engaging with parents, family members and other citizens and encouraging them to participate can help achieve these educational goals.

This year’s Policy Leadership and Legal Issues Conference, aptly titled “Effective Board Governance Helps Every Student Succeed, will provide a forum for school board members, superintendents, school business officials and other district staff to learn from key practitioners on Iowa’s open meetings law, financial oversight and ESSA-related topics of equity and family engagement, engage in candid and practical discussions with peers on ESSA-related topics, and choose from breakout sessions focused on timely and relevant legal issues.

Take a peek at the general session speakers, session titles and descriptions and register today!

General Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Private Hearings, Closed Sessions, Exempt Meetings, Oh My!
Margaret Johnson, Executive Director, Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB)

How Much Oversight is Enough? The Board’s Responsibility to School Financial Records and Reports
Beth Grob, Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney P.C.

Navigating New Frontiers: How Districts Can Use Policy and Governance to Achieve Equity and Family Engagement

Roundtable Discussions on Equity and Family Engagement Topics

Revisiting a Topic at the Board Table After Prior Action

Wait, Wait Don’t Click That: State and Federal Data Security Requirements and Resources for Districts

Investigation vs. Adjudication: The Board’s Role in Employee Terminations


Early Bird Registration Fee: $140 for IASB members. Beginning April 9, the fee increases to $170 per attendee. Fee includes program, materials and lunch.

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