Welcome to Your Governance and Leadership Toolbox!

This area of the IASB website is the home of IASB members-only resource kits*. Each toolkit is designed to help board/superintendent teams with your work in specific areas. Toolkits contain resources such as background information, tipsheets, discussion tools, data, checklists, self-assessments, or timelines, depending on the focus.

The toolkits are organized by the major program areas managed by IASB staff experts and aligned to the IASB Standards for Effective School Boards. The standards are based on research and best practices of successful school boards. 

You’ll also find contact information for your IASB staff experts, who can help you put the tools into action.

*Members must log-in to My IASB to access these resources. 

Board Presidents' CornerBoard Presidents' Corner Toolbox

We’ve developed a comprehensive toolkit just for you, full of resources to help you in your important leadership role. In this toolkit you’ll find tips, tools and techniques to help you build strong governance teams and conduct efficient meetings while focusing on student learning.

Visionary Team

An effective board/superintendent team with a focus on student learning is essential to the success of your district. These tools help the board/superintendent team clarify roles and responsibilities, develop shared vision and goals, and maximize every board meeting with your mission.

Board Roles & Responsibilities
Superintendent Evaluation
Better Board Meetings
School Board Self-Assessments
Establishing Direction

Policy & Legal Corner

Stay current with emerging laws and issues and find quick answers to the most frequently confronted policy and legal questions. Our legal experts put the answers at your fingertips on timely issues.

Open Meetings & Public Records
Legal Authority

HR Central

School employees are a district's most important asset. These tools help board members understand their role, and provide a go-to resource for school administrators on management issues.

The Board's Role in Human Resources
HR Best Practices 
Collective Bargaining
Salary & Staffing Data
Teacher Compensation & Benefits Survey

New Board Member Portal

Recently elected to your school board? Congratulations and welcome! We are here to help you succeed. This toolkit provides handy resources to help orient you to your new role and lead effectively for the students in your district.

Student Learning

School boards can and do have a positive impact on student achievement. We are here to help you strengthen your governance role for improved instruction and student learning through research, education and data.

The Lighthouse Study
Effective Governance for High & Equitable Student Learning 

Financial Tools

Get a clear picture of your district's financial health with IASB's Financial Focus tools. Find district-specific data on key financial indicators. Compare yourself to other districts and trends over time. Includes resources on budget planning and understanding Iowa's school funding formula.

Financial Focus Data Tool
School Finance Basics  
Budget Planning & Monitoring
Visualizing Data
School Finance Data


Do you have questions about board policy, conflicts of interest, school finance and more? We have answers! IASB staff members respond to member questions daily. We've compiled them in one convenient place to make it easy for you to find answers to your most pressing questions.

Boardsmanship Ebooks

Boardsmanship eBooks

IASB offers digital versions of the Board Member Handbook, a reference tool for boards and administrators, and Leadership for Student Learning, which offers insights into the board's role in promoting student achievement. These can also be ordered as paper back versions, from an online book store.