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.

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: The New Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) and the Impact on Superintendent Evaluation and Goal Setting
June 9 & 11 (repeat offerings); June 18; 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!

SBO Webinar Series: Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
June 15
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! What is Tax Increment Financing (TIF)? What does it mean for school districts and their budgets? Join IASB’s school finance experts as they explain what TIF is, and why it is important for school business officials (SBOs) to understand its impact on a district's finances. This FREE webinar is geared toward school business officials.

Webinar Series: Conversations with Board Presidents
June 18; July 15 & 16 (repeat offerings); Aug. 19 & 20 (repeat offerings); 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).

NSBA Equity Online Symposium
July 13–14
Through NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools and Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education (DIRE) initiative, you’ll examine the themes of DIRE through the lens of school safety and equity. Come explore the issues and take home solutions to provide healthy, safe, and inclusive schools.

Fiscal Management Conference
July 21
LIMITED SPACES REMAINING! We cannot wait to host you for our first in-person event since the pandemic began! The Fiscal Management Conference will consist of four general sessions featuring experts in the field and IASB staff. We're excited to announce Department of Management Director Michael Bousselot will be on hand to share insights on the state budget, and the Iowa Department of Education will give an overview of federal stimulus funds. IASB will be monitoring public health conditions and will follow safety guidelines to ensure member and staff health and safety.

New Superintendent-Board President Webinar: Goal Setting and Relationships
July 29
SAVE THE DATE!
More information to come in the near future.

Webinar Series: Tuesday Talks with IASB
Aug. 17; Aug. 31; Sept. 21
Join us for a free webinar series designed to provide valuable information new board candidates need! More information coming soon.
  • Aug. 17: New Board Candidate Webinar—Overview/Candidate 101
  • Aug. 31: New Board Candidate Webinar—Legal and Ethical Campaigns
  • Sept. 21: New Board Candidate Webinar—Equity and Student Learning

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.

Strategic Budget Reduction Conference
Oct. 5
SAVE THE DATE!
Join us for an in-person conference focused on how to make budget cuts to mitigate financial issues. More information coming soon!

Employee Relations Conference
Oct. 12
SAVE THE DATE!
Join us for an in-person conference focused employee recruitment, retention and collective bargaining. More information coming soon!

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
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.

76th IASB Annual Convention

Nov. 17–18
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. Stay tuned for more details!
 

2022


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. Stay tuned for more details!

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
Includes Capitol Chats: Across the Aisle with IASB and BoardCast.

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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