Completion of each webinar earns five Better Boardsmanship credits.
Webinars address a range of topics and timely issues important to the governance roles of board teams. Content experts and facilitators offer crucial updates and guidance to inform good decision making at the board table. Webinars are recorded, so you have access anytime, anywhere, even if you are unable to attend the live event. Webinar topics will center around the IASB Standards for Effective School Boards
Tuesday Talks with IASB: So You Want to Run for the School Board?
We are offering a live informational series for candidates to get up-to-speed on a range of elections-related topics. These will be offered in a variety of platforms, including Zoom and Facebook Live.
While we recommend that candidates attend all four, the first webinar on Aug. 20 is an essential first step
for any individual interested in running for the board.
Aug. 20: Running for the School Board: Essential Tips for Candidates—RECORDED WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE!
In this timely webinar, we help candidates understand what serving on a school board entails, how to prepare for meaningful board service, the potential landmines to avoid, key filing dates and more.
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Sept. 10: Maintaining Your Community’s Trust: Legal & Ethical Campaigns for the School Board, Noon-1 p.m.
Hear from experts about important provisions in the Iowa Ethics Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws, conflict of interest and gift laws, and tips for campaigning.
Sept. 24: Confessions of a School Board Member: Perks and Pitfalls, Noon-1 p.m.
Hear insights from newer and veteran board members on “what I wish I would have known.” We’ll dig into topics such as roles of the board vs roles of staff, board time commitments and ethics.
Oct. 8: School Board Service: Equity and Excellence for ALL—Are You Ready? Noon-1 p.m.
When asked, most board members say they run for the board to make a difference for students. This discussion will help candidates consider what it takes to keep the board team’s focus on every child they serve and to help minimize the distractions of the Killer B’s: buses, buildings, books and budgets.
A ‘Grow Your Own’ Model– Addressing the Teacher Shortage
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, 12:30−1:30 p.m.
Across the country and in Iowa, colleges and universities are seeing a declining interest in the field of education. Johnston Schools created the Teaching Academy to help tackle teacher shortages by increasing their own students’ interest in the teaching profession. Learn about Johnston’s experience with the Teaching Academy including its formation, structure, successes and improvements to the program. Learn insights from practitioners who are working first-hand to address the problematic teacher-shortage issue, and discover ideas to implement in your own district.
You’ve just been elected as board president—now what? These two online
discussions are designed to offer up some back-to-basics essential
information and practical tips on how to run an effective meeting,
dealing with the public and more. Join IASB staff and experienced board
presidents as we discuss helpful strategies and answer your need-to-know
Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part One
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, Noon−1 p.m.
Nuts and Bolts for Board Presidents: Part Two
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, Noon−1 p.m.
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