New Board Member Portal—Welcome on Board!

Congratulations on your election to your school board. All students in Iowa deserve excellence and equity when it comes to their education. The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) is dedicated to that mission and to supporting the local school board members charged with governing and providing policy direction for the school districts serving those students.

What is IASB? IASB is a nonprofit membership organization governed by your locally elected peers across the state. We provide education, advocacy and services to more than 2,100 K-12, area education agency and community college board members across the state.

How can IASB help me? We believe that the actions of local school boards can have a profound impact on student achievement, and are dedicated to helping you take advantage of all we have to offer in order for you to be your best on the board. Your IASB staff team has created a host of resources you can use as a starting point as you learn about your new role. We are also planning conferences and other events full of valuable learning and networking opportunities.

If you have any questions, IASB is just a phone call away: (515) 288-1991.

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New Board Member Academy—Ready, Set, Govern! Workshops

New Board Member Academy Workshop Series—Ready, Set, Govern! Workshops
Take advantage of the Ready, Set, Govern! training series, which consists of three workshops to set you on the road to success. The first (regional) 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.

Regional New Board Member Onboarding workshops open for registration:

Sheldon: Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, 6–8:30 p.m.
Meal served 5:30 p.m.
In-Person—Crossroads Pavilion Events Center, 301 34th Ave, Sheldon, IA 51201

Bettendorf: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 6–8:30 p.m.
Meal served 5:30 p.m.
In-Person—Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 21st St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Pocahontas: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, 6–8:30 p.m.
Meal served 5:30 p.m.
In-Person—Prairie Lakes AEA, 500 NE 6th St, Pocahontas, IA 50574

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Check Out Key Resources to Hit the Ground Running

School Board Member Handbook—This essential handbook covers roles and responsibilities, leadership, student achievement, board meetings, superintendent relations, school finance and more.

Board Roles and Responsibilities Toolkit—Includes a guide to learning about the state of your district, traits of effective school boards, sample code of ethics, legal authority and more.

Standards for Effective School Boards—These standards are designed for use by local school boards as a common framework for excellence in school board governance.

The ABCs of Education: A Glossary of Terms for School Board Members—Decode acronyms and familiarize yourself with terms every school board member should know.

Tips for New Board Members—These tips, culled from the advice of experienced school board members, can help you make the most of your board service.

Reaping Social Media Benefits While Minimizing Pitfalls—Navigating the world of social media can be tricky—this advice can help steer you in the right direction!

School Finance Glossary of Terms—Get a crash course in school finance with our handy financial glossary terms PDF. 

Advocacy 101—Jump-start your advocacy efforts with our guide. Learn about the legislative process, advocacy techniques and tips on making your voice heard for public education.

2022 Legislative Guide—Download the 2022 Legislative Guide to aid your advocacy efforts! The guide includes an overview of legislative beliefs, people to know, advocacy advice, important dates and more.

Introduce Yourself to Your Legislators: Use this sample email as a guide to introducing yourself to your legislators. Let them know you are on the school board and can serve as a resource throughout the year.

For team activities designed to orient new team members visit Orienting to Board Service.

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Basics of Boardsmanship Awards Program

Hey, new board members! Interested in learning essential concepts and building a solid foundation for school board governance? Consider completing our Basics of Boardsmanship Awards Program—designed especially for you! New members are encouraged to complete this program within their first year of board service.