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, 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.

Online registration closes at different times for different events. Please check individual event webpages for information pertaining to registration dates, fees and cancellation policies. Walk-ins are welcome at IASB events.

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Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities


COSSBA Federal Advocacy Conference
Sept. 25–27
Are you passionate about influencing policy decisions at the federal level? Do you want to make a difference and have your voice heard? Learn more about the Federal Advocacy Conference hosted by the Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA).
Onboarding and Building Trust with Board Members and the Superintendent (Webinar)
Oct. 3, Noon–1 p.m.
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! Trust is a vital component of a strong board-superintendent team partnership. How can a board and superintendent work to ensure they create a balanced relationship based on trust—especially as they onboard new members to the team? What does it mean to be an adaptive transformational leader as a board member or as a superintendent, and how can you become one? Bill de la Cruz, 2023 convention keynoter and workshop facilitator, and IASB staff will lead a provocative discussion on the critical board-superintendent relationship and what you can do to foster team success. They’ll also showcase two new tools that clarify role and responsibilities and provide a roadmap for onboarding new board members!
The Building Blocks of Effective Relationships with Your Legislators (Webinar)
Oct. 19, Noon–1 p.m.
FREE FOR IASB MEMBERS! Are you ready to make an impact during the legislative session? Join IASB’s government relations team for this free webinar to learn quick and simple ways to establish a relationship with your local legislators. Our staff experts will share proven strategies to help build and maintain this important relationship—whether you’re a newer advocate, or experienced, you will take away new tips and tricks. In addition to IASB staff, we’ve invited board member advocates to co-present so you can hear from your peers what has worked well for them, even in years when legislation isn’t always a win for public education.
Delegate Assembly & Pre-Convention Workshops
Nov. 15
REGISTER NOW! The IASB Delegate Assembly convenes annually for three important roles: annual meeting, including election of President-elect; set the legislative platform; and convene the nominating caucuses to select candidates for the IASB Board of Directors in selected regions. More information coming soon.
Annual Convention & Trade Show
Nov. 16
REGISTER NOW! We are incredibly excited to be planning a vibrant in-person Annual Convention for 2023 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.
Board Presidents' Workshop
Nov. 17
REGISTER NOW! The Board Presidents' Workshop is an integral piece of our Annual Convention line-up, presented by IASB's Board Leadership Services team! More information coming soon.
December ISFLC Conference
Dec. 13–14
REGISTER NOW! The Iowa Superintendents Finance and Leadership Consortium (ISFLC) is a professional development program for Iowa superintendents, school business officials and aspiring superintendents to expand their knowledge base and develop fiscal management and leadership skills. ISFLC tracks are led by Iowa leaders with the skills and expertise in identified curricular areas. The track curriculum meets the quality standards set by UNI for license renewal and graduate credit. Learn more and register now.
Ready, Set, Govern! Regional New Board Member Onboarding Workshops
December & January 2024
Calling all newly elected school board members! Our interactive Ready, Set, Govern! Workshops will set you on the road to success. We will cover foundational elements of good governance including an overview of roles and responsibilities, strategies for responding to questions and concerns from community members, families and staff, and explore meeting and transparency laws. Join IASB staff at one of 16 regional dates and locations.

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.

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