Summit on Student Success

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny

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REGISTER NOW! It’s all about the students! Student success is at the forefront for every board member in Iowa, and our students are the reason 1,845 volunteers serve on their local school boards.

Join us at the 2nd Annual IASB® Summit on Student Success to inspire and inform school board teams on how exceptional governance, with a focus on student learning, makes a real difference in student success.

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Five Reasons to Attend

  • Develop leadership informed by the knowledge that ALL students can learn, and more IS possible.
  • Recognize that you CAN and DO make a difference in student learning.
  • Foster innovation and collaboration between school boards across Iowa.
  • Leverage your board member role to improve student learning.
  • Explore pathways to student success and discover promising initiatives for improved student learning.

Key Dates

  • March 25: Registration & Lodging Opens
  • June 7: Registration & Lodging Closes
  • June 11: Summit on Student Success

Keynote Speaker

Headshot: Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer

Unconventional Visionary & Nationally Recognized Principal

Hamish will engage with attendees throughout the day, with a focus on how his innovative approach to school culture fosters growth and student learning. In this intimate setting, attendees will have a front row seat to witness Hamish and his dynamic energy, which will reignite and reenergize board members and superintendents to go back to the board table and disrupt the norm. During three powerful sessions, Hamish will guide attendees to recognize the potential in all students and explore possibilities for greater impact.  

  • Ignite—Hamish will kick off the day by reigniting and reenergizing attendees to leverage their role to improve student learning. 

  • Inspire—After lunch, Hamish’s keynote will inspire educational leaders to disrupt educational norms as he shares his secrets to nurturing an environment that fosters student success. 

  • Impact—Close the day reflecting on how you can make a positive impact with Hamish!  Attendees will have the chance to discuss key areas of growth in their own school's journey and reflect on your practices and processes for improved student learning. 

Relentless Leadership—Disrupting the Educational Norms 
Hamish Brewer, acclaimed leader and expert in school turnarounds, has transformed numerous schools across elementary and secondary levels, working with some of America's most vulnerable students. In his electrifying presentation, Hamish will unveil the secrets to his success, igniting inspiration and offering practical strategies for your leadership journey. Dive deep into areas crucial for growth, aligning practices and processes with successful school and student outcomes. You'll depart equipped with practical solutions and innovative ideas to foster a district culture centered around student success, from addressing critical education challenges like organizational enhancement and narrowing the achievement gap, to nurturing a supportive culture. Follow in Hamish's footsteps to craft an award-winning district and seize the opportunity to own your leadership and leave behind a lasting legacy. 

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Breakout Sessions

Attendees will choose from five different highly interactive breakout sessions showcasing programs and initiatives that have resulted in student success for Iowa students. View/download a printable PDF of Summit breakout sessions.

All breakout sessions are designed to:

  • Deepen understanding and awareness;
  • Give attendees real tools or solutions to leave with;
  • Feature concepts, principles, theories, or overarching ideas around topics related to student learning; and
  • Provide attendees a concrete plan on how to take these ideas from concept to reality.

A Personalized Approach to Student Success: Therapeutic Classroom Programs 

Eastern Allamakee is committed to ensuring all students have the necessary supports to achieve success in school. With this goal in mind, the district partnered with their AEA and surrounding schools to fund and implement the Kee Connect Therapeutic Program. Kee Connect centers around trauma-informed practices with the focus on each K–12 student returning to the traditional classroom setting. Come and learn how special education teachers from the elementary and secondary level work alongside a behavior interventionist and a social worker to give each student the personalized supports they need to be successful.

Kathy Ehlers, Behavior Interventionist, Eastern Allamakee Schools
Daniel Love, Eastern Allamakee Schools

Closing the Education Workforce Gap: Work-Based Learning for Your Community

Work-based learning opportunities set students up for a future of success in your community. Come hear how two districts, Southeast Polk and Earlham, work with Iowa Workforce Development to nurture school-business partnerships that create increasingly in-depth work-based learning opportunities catered to their community. From apprenticeships to internships, you'll discover new tools to help nurture high-quality work-based learning programs in your district.

Linda Fandel, Governor's Liaison for Work-Based Learning, Iowa Workforce Development 
Abby Tibbetts, Work-Based Learning Program Designer, Iowa Workforce Development
Kathy Leggett, Future Ready Iowa Policy Advisor, Iowa Workforce Development
Darell Butcher, College & Career Coordinator, Southeast Polk Schools
Lori Slings, Board Member, Southeast Polk Schools
Crystal Hale, High School Counselor, Earlham Schools
Kristin Sheffield, Director of Teaching & Learning, Earlham Schools

Unlocking Student Success: How School Boards Drive Achievement Through PLC Support

Board members play a pivotal role in fostering student success through their strategic support of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). They can champion collaboration, maintain a results-oriented focus, and ensure system alignment within PLCs to enhance student achievement. This interactive session highlights the commitment Center-Point Urbana's school board has made to the PLC process. Center-Point Urbana, along with Solution Tree, will focus on topics such as fostering a collaborative culture, emphasizing a results-oriented focus, adopting student-centered approaches, ensuring system alignment, and actively engaging in continuous improvement efforts. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding and impact on PLCs in driving student success.

Bryce Amos, State Executive Director, Solution Tree
John Elkin, Superintendent, Center Point-Urbana Schools
Melissa Hocking, Director of School Improvement & Special Services, Center Point-Urbana Schools
Kim Simon, Board President, Center Point-Urbana Schools

Rethinking K–12 Grading: A Path to Student Success in the 21st Century 

In today's dynamic educational landscape, traditional grading methods often fall short in truly representing the diverse capabilities and potential of students. This session seeks to address the critical need for grading reform in the 21st century K–12 school environments. Join Glenwood Schools as we navigate through innovative methodologies and practical strategies aimed at elevating student proficiency, improving clarity of communication, and advancing equitable assessment practices to catalyze positive change in your communities.

Chad Lang, Assistant Superintendent of School Improvement & Human Resources, Glenwood Schools
Kellie Stewart, Board Member, Glenwood Schools

Bridging Attendance Gaps: A Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Truancy & Chronic Absenteeism

This enlightening session will delve into Storm Lake School's journey in combating truancy and chronic absenteeism. From tier one interventions aimed at all families to targeted tier two and tier three strategies, explore the "why" behind regular school attendance and its importance in shaping academic success and future opportunities. As schools nationwide grapple with declining attendance rates, it's imperative to understand the underlying factors and implement effective solutions. Learn how collaborative efforts with the county attorney have turned legal intervention into a family engagement strategy by emphasizing support and collaboration to bridge the attendance gap and ensure every student can thrive.

Stacey Cole, Superintendent, Storm Lake Schools


Registration Details

Fee: $140 for members.

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Lodging/Hotel Blocks 

We have two hotel blocks reserved at a special group rate for IASB Summit on Student Success registrants. Click the buttons below for additional details.

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Residence Inn booking deadline: May 20, 2024

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Holiday Inn Express booking deadline: May 31, 2024

Ask Me icon For questions, email Emily Miller or call (515) 247-4699.

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