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, webinars, podcasts and online courses, 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.

Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities


Fiscal Friday Webinars—NEW WEBINAR SERIES!
May 22 & 29, June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, 9–10 a.m.
Managing school finance and budgeting in the age of COVID-19 is no easy task. Districts face many uncertainties and fiscal challenges in the midst of the pandemic. Tune in to IASB’s one-hour Fiscal Friday webinars to gain information and insights from IASB staff and state finance experts. Attendees will hear a 30-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the website. These webinars are free for IASB members. Visit the Recordings & Resources page to view webinar recordings!

Fiscal Friday Lineup:

Digital Deep Dive for Board Presidents
June 4, 6 p.m. & June 5, Noon
Board presidents, we’re offering you a new way to connect with peers on important topics. Join us for our interactive conversations as we discuss issues, questions and strategies related to timely topics suggested by you. Please limit attendance to one board officer per district, to keep the conversations small and meaningful. Participation earns five Better Boardsmanship Award credits. Our next discussion will focus on updates related to Return-to-Learn guidance, your questions and insights and more. Register for one of the two sessions below that works best for your schedule. Be sure to submit questions on the Padlet page for your session of choice (Padlet page for June 4; Padlet page for June 5)—your questions will guide the discussion!

Thriving During Your First Year on the Board
June 23, 6–7:30 p.m.
Basic onboarding skills for new board members. Calling all new school board members! We’re offering a digital workshop developed just for you, packed full of all the essential basics to help you thrive during your first year on the board. Whether you were appointed to the board after school elections in November, or you were elected in November but couldn’t attend our Pre-Convention Workshop for new board members, we are officially inviting you to attend this condensed version on June 23. This 90-minute interactive digital workshop will cover governance 101, select IASB sample policies and meetings laws.

New Superintendents' Institute
July 14
Co-sponsored with the Iowa Association of School Boards, the institute provides new administrators the opportunity not only for learning focused on getting a solid start but also for developing their professional network. Superintendents who are serving for the first time in the role as well as for those who are new to the state are encouraged to attend.

Employee Relations Conference
Oct. 1
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.

Delegate Assembly
Nov. 18
Every school board's voice should be heard! The IASB Delegate Assembly convenes annually for three important roles: Annual Meeting, set the Legislative Platform and convene the nominating caucuses to select candidates for the IASB Board of Directors in selected regions.

75th IASB Annual Convention & Trade Show
Nov. 18–19
The IASB Annual Convention and Trade Show is the premier event of the year for governance teams from Iowa public schools. You’re invited to join us Nov. 18-19 as we deliver powerful learning sessions and a state-of-the-art trade show that provides education leaders with critical resources.


Day on the Hill
Feb. 2
Join IASB and your peers for the annual Day on the Hill for advocacy training, issue briefing and lobbying at the Capitol. Day on the Hill is a unique opportunity to tell your elected official your district’s story. Legislators say the most effective advocacy is hearing from YOU—you are the boots on the ground with vast knowledge about education issues impacting your district. Hear from legislative leaders about education priorities and what you can do to help move those through the legislative process.

More Ways to Learn

Includes Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB.

Online Courses
Take an online course today to brush up on your open meetings or budget 101 skills!

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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