Ready, Set, Govern! New Board Member Onboarding Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, 9–11:30 a.m. OR 1–3:30 p.m. (repeat)
Pre-Convention Workshop (In-Person, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines)
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.
Pre-Convention workshop topics:
- Governing 101—A foundational overview of board roles and responsibilities. We’ll review fundamental board responsibilities, how your role relates to district staff, and provide a framework for helping you learn critical information about the district.
- Meetings and Transparency Laws—The work of the board occurs at its meetings, so we’ll acquaint you with handy information about common board meeting practices such as placing items on the agenda and other procedures. Plus, you’ll learn about government transparency laws (Iowa Open Meetings Law) which set explicit responsibilities for boards to ensure public access to meetings and deliberations of the board, minutes and executive sessions.
- Policy Basics—Boards have the authority to lead their districts by setting policies. Learn what policy is, legal requirements for policy alignment with state and federal law, policy development and review, and the role the administration plays in the implementation of policy. A firm command of your existing policies will help you answer countless early questions of board service—this session will help you prioritize where to start.
All attendees will receive a complimentary hard copy of the 2021–22 School Board Member Handbook
$95 for IASB members.