The Learning Hub

2021-22 At Your Service Guide coverIASB 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, webinar and podcasts, 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.

NEW! Check out the 2021–22 At Your Service Guide for more information on all of the events and services IASB has to offer!

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


Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting
Nov. 17
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 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.

New Board Member Academy Workshop Series
Nov. 17, Jan. 27, Feb. 10
Take advantage of the Ready, Set, Govern! training series, which consists of three workshops to set you on the road to success. 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. Continue your learning with two digital workshops this winter—January 27 and February 10.

76th IASB Annual Convention
Nov. 17–18
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 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. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.

New Board President Webinar: Superintendent-Board Team—Fostering Relationships & Unity
Dec. 16
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! To maximize governance effectiveness, your board-superintendent team must operate together with unity. As a new board president, a chief responsibility is to promote collaboration and cultivate cohesion among your board members and with your superintendent. Where do you start? What matters most and what should you avoid? In this interactive conversation, IASB staff and experienced board leaders will discuss foundational communication practices and concrete steps to help you establish a tone of cooperative leadership and strategies to strengthen trust.


New Board President Webinar: Facilitating an Effective Meeting
Jan. 20
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! Chairing a productive, efficient board meeting takes preparation, skill and practice. What do board leaders do to make the magic happen? What steps do they take (before, during and after) the meeting to help promote effective discussions and decision making? How important is the agenda in meeting planning and management? In this conversation, we’ll share tried and true practices and discuss guidance from experienced board presidents to equip newer board presidents with skills and techniques to support effective meeting management.

NSBA Advocacy Institute
Jan. 23–25
The Advocacy Institute brings together education leaders to explore and discuss the latest developments in key education policy and legislation, champion the interests of public K-12 students, advocate for education priorities and federal policies on Capitol Hill, and network with colleagues from across the country.

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!

Certified Budget Workshops
Feb. (TBA)
10–12 WORKSHOPS ACROSS THE STATE! IASB, in collaboration with Affiliated Program Forecast5 Analytics, is offering these free workshops for IASB members. Using 5Cast forecasting tools, attendees will leave the workshop with a completed FY 2023 certified budget, including the aid and levy worksheets, as well as all supporting documents. Dates and locations to be announced in December 2021.

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. Learn more about ISFLC and upcoming conferences.

Board Presidents’ Conference
March 4
We’re thrilled to offer an extended learning experience for board presidents and aspiring board presidents. Join IASB staff and your peers in this interactive event devoted to the issues, challenges and opportunities facing board presidents today. We’ll meet in an inviting new location where you’ll network with peers, tackle the tough stuff and explore practical strategies and solutions. You’ll leave inspired, connected and equipped with new resources to support your crucial leadership work.

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, Any Time!


IASB produces the BoardCast podcast for members to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on a variety of topics. Listeners will get insider knowledge in a format that you can take on the go with you—in the car, on a bike, out for a walk or jog, or just sitting in your living room.

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.