Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Board Member Workshops conclude

Training sessions concluded on July 7-8 with a workshop in
Naperville, and another at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield.
IASB’s New Board Member Workshops recently concluded over a series of four weekends in June
and July for school board members elected in April. Workshop participants completed their mandatory board training on Friday, and gained vital information to understand and fulfill their governance role on Saturday.

Workshops kicked off on the weekend of June 2-3, and ended July 7-8, at nine locations throughout Illinois. A total of 644 people attended training sessions held in DeKalb, Effingham, Peoria, Glenview, Marion, Collinsville, Tinley Park, Springfield, and Naperville.

“The partnership with school attorneys and business officials across the state, in addition to our own expertise in school board governance, allows IASB to be the premier provider for school board member training. With IASB, school board members receive all the mandated topics as well as the important governance training needed for success,” stated Dean Langdon, Associate Executive Director for Board Development.

Experienced school board attorneys presented on state-mandated topics.
IASB’s new board member training combines mandatory and elective courses in a Friday-Saturday schedule. Friday’s training included presentations from a variety of experienced school board attorneys on the state’s mandated training for Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA). In addition, IASB staff also presented a session on the mandatory Open Meetings Act (OMA) training. Board members who attended these sessions received certificates that they can present to their board secretaries to show their compliance with the state law.

Basics of Governance was covered on Saturday.
Friday’s workshop also included a session with experienced school business officials in an overview
of school finance. Many board members also stayed for Saturday’s elective course, the Basics of Governance, an overview of school board governance and the first course in IASB’s LeaderShop Academy program. IASB staff explained the roles and responsibilities of school board members, and how they can become part of a high-performing board/superintendent team.

The next opportunity for Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT/PERA) or the Basics of Governance will be in a Pre-Conference workshop at the Joint Annual Conference, scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in Chicago.

Board members can also complete the requirements by taking the PDLT, PERA, or OMA courses at IASB’s Online Learning Center. More information about all of IASB’s professional development opportunities is available online.