School Board Recognition Month Toolkit

2021 School Board Recognition Month Themed LogoEach May IASB invites Iowans to honor and recognize school board members. This month is a designated time to show support for your local school board. The 2021 theme is "School Boards: Leading Through Uncharted Waters."  

Over the past year, leadership at the board table has come with challenges and decisions no one could have anticipated. School boards have made tough choices that impact the health and safety of students, staff and the school community, while continuing to prioritize student achievement and educational equity.  

In a normal year, these unpaid volunteers work diligently to ensure schools provide the best education possible for Iowa’s future citizens. In 2020, they’ve persevered and led through uncharted waters to make critical decisions without even a map to navigate these challenges. Join us as we celebrate the outstanding leadership of your school board members throughout the entire month of May.

The following materials can help you launch a successful campaign recognizing the board leaders in your area. The toolkit below includes everything you need, including sample documents, social media tools and tips for celebrating. Through this IASB-sponsored campaign and corresponding materials, we hope to create awareness and greater appreciation for the tremendous impact school board members have on their students, schools and communities. We truly appreciate their volunteer efforts to ensure all children succeed.

Resources to Spread Awareness 

School Board Member Fact Sheet
Use this fact sheet to inform your community and media about school boards in Iowa. 

Activities and Tips Sheet
Use our tips for celebrating to help you plan recognition for your local school board members.

Sample Press Release
Customize this sample press release and send to your local media. 

Sample Letter to the Editor
Use this letter to the editor template as a starting place for your administrator to write a customized version and submit to your local newspaper. 

Sample News Article
Customize this news article with information about your local board and submit to your local news media.

Sample Social Media Content
Share school board recognition month tweets and posts on your social media. Consider asking your board to provide quotes on why they serve, and share those on your social media as well.

Sample Public Service Announcement
Customize this PSA and submit to your local radio station for use during the month of May.

School Board Recognition Month Logo
Use the logo in your other resources or add to social media posts. Also available as a single color, white logo.

School Board Recognition Month logo

"Leading Through Uncharted Waters" Graphic
Use the graphic in your other resources or add to social media posts. Also available as a grayscale logo.

"Leading Through Uncharted Waters" Graphic

Newspaper Ads

Download Customizable and Standard Newspaper Ads
Ads available in quarter, half and full page sizes. Simply open, click to add your school/district logo, save and send to your local newspaper. Or, you can simply send a standard, ready-to-print ad to the newspaper.

Standard newspaper ad

Customizable newspaper ad



Download the Poster
Poster available in full color at 11x17" tabloid size. Simply download, print and hang!

SBRM Poster


'Thank You' Social Media Graphics

Download 'Thank You' Facebook and Twitter Graphics
Share these ready-made graphics on social media to thank Iowa school boards for their service.

Download this 'thank you' graphic using the link below

Download this 'thank you' graphic using the link below

Customizable Social Media Graphics

Download Customizable Facebook and Twitter Graphics
Customize these graphics with your school/district logo! Simply add your logo to the graphic in Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat (if you're using the PDF file) or other editing software, save and post.

Download this customizable graphic using the link below

Download this customizable graphic using the link below


Social Media Cover Photos

Download Facebook and Twitter Cover Photos
Upload to Facebook or Twitter to show support all month long!

Facebook cover image

Twitter header image


     For more information, please contact Tammy Votava at or (515) 247-7040.