The Learning Hub

IASB offers a diverse selection of learning experiences throughout the year to support board/superintendent teams in governance and leadership. As education leaders, you face many complex challenges, which require you to possess a vast range of knowledge and experience—school law, finance, labor relations, policy and budgets, curriculum, not to mention bond campaigns, lobbying, special education and parliamentary procedure—to name a few.

Through convention, conferences, workshops, webinar and podcasts, offered either statewide or regionally, in-district, in-person or digitally, IASB serves member needs for learning and professional development. We are here to help both new and experienced board members build your knowledge, and sharpen your boardsmanship and leadership skills.

As an additional resource for IASB members, the Learning Hub includes learning opportunities and events held by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). IASB members can access/participate NSBA events and resources as part of their membership. For more information, visit NSBA's website.
 

Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities


2021

Webinar Series: Tuesday Talks with IASB—So, You Want to Run for the School Board?
Aug. 17; Aug. 31; Sept. 21
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Join us for a free webinar series designed to provide valuable information new board candidates need!
  • Aug. 17: Running for the School Board 101: Essential Tips for Candidates
  • Aug. 31: Maintaining Your Community’s Trust: Legal & Ethical Campaigns for the School Board
  • Sept. 21: Student Learning: Do Boards Really Make a Difference?

Webinar Series: The New Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) and the Impact on Superintendent Evaluation and Goal Setting
Sept. 9 & 10 (repeat offerings); Sept. 24
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! The state of Iowa is rolling out new Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL), effective July 1, and IASB is set to help. We’re offering a slate of webinars to help your board team learn about the legal requirements of superintendent evaluation and to get acquainted with the new leadership standards. We’ll also provide guidance for a sound superintendent evaluation process and considerations for goal setting for the coming year. The June and September webinars are a two-part series designed for the board-superintendent team and each will provide concrete information and suggested next steps for summer and fall decision making. One week after each webinar, we’re offering a bonus networking opportunity for board presidents to dig deeper into the shared information and related implications for board leadership. Vice presidents are also encouraged to join the webinar, and anyone is welcome to attend!

NSBA Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference
Sept. 16–18
CUBE has convened school board members from across the nation for the past 53 years to network and share the continually evolving strategies they are using to address the unique educational challenges that exist in our nation's urban centers. Content is curated specifically to provide you with the tools and support you need to effect change as an empowered, impactful urban school board member.

ISFLC New Superintendents' Conference
Sept. 22
ISFLC welcomes educational leaders new to the superintendency and new to the state of Iowa. The one-day conference will provide you with a thorough introduction to Iowa school finance and other information essential to your success as a superintendent. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.

Webinar Series: Conversations with Board Presidents
Sept. 24
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! In tandem with our new webinar series, The New Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) and the Impact on Superintendent Evaluation and Goal Setting, we're pleased to offer a series of webinars especially for board presidents! Vice presidents are also encouraged to join the webinar, and anyone is welcome to attend! Note: The Recruiting Candidates and Onboarding New Board Members webinars on August 19 and 20 have been cancelled. Please note that the topics covered in these webinars will now be covered during the Post COVID-19 and the New Normal board president webinars on July 15 or 16 (repeat offerings).

Strategic Budget Reduction Conference
Oct. 5
Thinking budget cuts? This workshop is designed to provide you with practical strategies to use when your district is faced with making budget reduction decisions—including how to know if your district is headed for financial trouble, transparent methodologies you can use to identify budget reduction options and ensuring careful monitoring and follow-through for your new budget. We recommend that you consider bringing a team—your board president, superintendent, school business official and HR director.

Employee Relations Conference
Oct. 12
Your goal is to promote positive relations with employees to encourage an environment that supports innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Just as important is the responsibility to maintain efficient, cost-effective organizational operations. This day-long conference features experts who will examine issues and help you be prepared.

NSBA Equity Symposium West

Oct. 22–23
Over the last year, education leaders have convened virtually and in person to discuss issues of inequities plaguing our education systems. Now is the time to go beyond the conversations. Join your colleagues at NSBA’s Equity Symposium West, October 22-23, 2021 in Oklahoma City to put your ideas into action.

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
Nov. 17
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! The Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting is an important annual event where member delegates gather to hold the annual meeting, set and approve the legislative platform, and convene nominating caucuses for open IASB District Director seats.

New Board Member Academy Workshop Series
Nov. 17, Jan. 27, Feb. 10
Take advantage of the Ready, Set, Govern! training series, which consists of three workshops to set you on the road to success. The first workshop in the series will cover board roles and responsibilities, board meeting practices and government transparency laws, and an overview of board policy basics. Continue your learning with two digital workshops this winter—January 27 and February 10.

76th IASB Annual Convention

Nov. 17–18
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! We are incredibly excited to be planning a vibrant in-person Annual Convention for 2021 and look forward to welcoming you. As always, our keynote speakers will challenge and inspire your governance team, and our full lineup of education sessions for both experienced and newly-elected board members will be focused on issues and trends that matter most. More information to come!

ISFLC December Conference
Dec. 8–9
The ISFLC is a professional development program for Iowa superintendents to expand their knowledge base and develop fiscal management and leadership skills. The Consortium offers two-day sessions to meet the varied fiscal management and leadership needs of Iowa superintendents and aspiring superintendents. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.
 

2022


NSBA Equity Symposium East
Jan. 22
The NSBA Equity Symposium East provides a forum for school board members, public school advocates, and community leaders to examine and discuss the strategies, current trends, research, and best practices around equity in our nation’s public K-12 schools. Join your colleagues at NSBA’s Equity Symposium East, January 22, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Registration opens Sept. 22, 2021.

Day on the Hill
Feb. 1
SAVE THE DATE!
We are pleased to announce we will be holding our in-person Day on the Hill in 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

ISFLC February Conference

Feb. 16–17
The ISFLC is a professional development program for Iowa superintendents to expand their knowledge base and develop fiscal management and leadership skills. The Consortium offers two-day sessions to meet the varied fiscal management and leadership needs of Iowa superintendents and aspiring superintendents. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.

NSBA Annual Conference & Exposition
April 2–4
The NSBA 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning. NSBA 2022 is one of the few—if not the only—places where school board members from around the country can receive the training necessary to address the instructional needs of students and to improve the efficiency of district operations.

 

More Ways to Learn

Podcasts
IASB produces the BoardCast podcast for members to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on a variety of topics. Listeners will get insider knowledge in a format that you can take on the go with you—in the car, on a bike, out for a walk or jog, or just sitting in your living room.

Custom Workshops
IASB facilitators will meet with your board or a group of boards, designing a custom experience to meet your needs on a variety of topics.

At the Board Table Discussion Tools
Downloadable Self-Study Kits for your board to do together.

Recordings & Resources
Recorded webinars, events and conference resources.
 

Boardsmanship Awards Program

These awards programs recognize board members who put forth extra time and energy to strengthen their boardsmanship abilities.

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