Iowa Superintendents Finance & Leadership Consortium (ISFLC) December Conference

December 8–9, 2021
Day 1—Dec. 8:
7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Day 2—Dec. 9: 6:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Meadows Events & Conference Center

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IASB and the UNI Institute for Educational Leadership partner to offer the December ISFLC Conference, a 1.75 day professional development session for Iowa superintendents. Sessions are led by Iowa leaders with skills and expertise in identified criteria areas.


  • Track 1: Fundamentals of School Finance—This track covers all of the basic concepts and regulations of Iowa’s school funding system. This track is for someone who is relatively new to the profession or someone who simply wants to revisit the fundamentals of a complex funding system.
  • Track 2: Financial Health Analysis—This track covers the key role the financial solvency ratio, unspent balance, cash balance, enrollment, assets, liabilities, restricted, committed, assigned and unassigned fund balance, total revenues, assessed valuation, state foundation aid, and supplemental levies have in determining your school district's financial position.
  • Track 4: Leadership Camp for Evaluator Approval Renewal—This track will lead participants through a series of activities to explore components of an effective evaluation system. Using the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) as the basis of the training (with conversation and resources to understand the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) set to be adopted in July 2021), participants will engage in dialogue and reflection around current practices and potential areas of growth as they implement evaluation processes. The credit from this track serves as the credit needed to renew Evaluator Training as part of the administrative license.
  • Track 7: Preparation for Negotiations—This track will help prepare you for the upcoming negotiation season. We will spend time in understanding the basics of negotiations, your financial position, your master contract and/or employee handbook, understand the impact insurance has on negotiations, strategy, and more as you prepare.
  • Track 15: Leadership-Life Fitness for School Business Officials—This track will introduce school business officials to a new paradigm for thinking about their work-life balance. SBOs will be equipped with tools and strategies to support them in leveling-up their energy to maximize their time for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Track 31: Personnel Issues/Employment Law During the Post-Pandemic TransitionBest Practices in Attracting and Retaining Quality Employees—Unprecedented, uncertain, and challenging are just a few of the words used to describe the personnel and employment issues associated with the pandemic. This track explores how pandemic challenges have also created new opportunities for conversations about how districts recruit and retain employees in an ever-changing employment environment.
  • Track 33: Contemporary Issues in Finance: Projections/Decision Making/Budget Reductions—This track provides an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state in a safe environment. Key topics include making budget projections and developing strategies for making budget reductions.
  • Track 42: Rebuilding School Culture & Mental Health Supports During the Post-Pandemic Transition—Participants will: 
    • Assess and recognize the new normal - getting a pulse on your own personal and staff self-care needs;
    • Increase awareness of the support(s) staff continue to need during the pandemic and post-pandemic to meet their wellbeing needs;
    • Increase awareness of the support(s) students and families continue to need during the pandemic and post-pandemic;
    • Learn best practices around SEL with staff, emotional safety, and physical safety.
    • Review crisis planning documents and resources available to bring back to your LEA crisis team - case study.
    • Identify and collaborate on strategies around school safety in the traditional classroom format (old way of thinking) and also with the new norm of the pandemic; and 
    • Reestablish a positive culture district-wide using building-level teams.


Day 1—Dec. 8
7–8 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast
8–10 a.m.
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 15, 31, 33 and 42
10–10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.–noonTracks (continued)
Noon–1:30 p.m.Lunch and General Session
1:30–3:30 p.m.
Tracks (continued)
3:30–3:45 p.m.
3:45–5 p.m.Tracks (continued)

Day 2—Dec. 9
6:45–7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:30–9:30 a.m.Tracks (continued)
9:30–9:45 a.m.
9:45–11:30 a.m.Tracks (continued)
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.Lunch and General Session
1–2:30 p.m.
Tracks (continued)


Registration Details

Fee: $325 per person. Group Rate is $300 per person for a 2-or-more-person team if registered together. Includes training materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day. A cancellation fee of $115 per attendee will be assessed for cancellations received within 10 days of the conference or for those who fail to attend without notice.

All tracks are eligible for Superintendent License Renewal Credit through the School Administrators of Iowa. Tracks 1, 2, 7, 15, 31, 33, and 42 will carry School Business Official Authorization.
Ask Me icon For more information regarding UNI Graduate Credit, email Janelle Finke at UNI. For all other questions, email Kim Huckstadt.

BBA Credits iconConference attendees earn 15 Better Boardsmanship credits!

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