Monday, April 29, 2019

Registration is underway
for New Board Member Workshops

New school board members in Illinois can get off to a great start at IASB's New Board Member Workshops, which include state-mandated training and opportunities for instruction on holding effective meetings, working with the superintendent, and learning the work of the board.

Nine Workshops will be held on select Fridays and Saturdays in June and July, at locations throughout the state. For complete information on dates, times, locations, fees, and registration, visit

Each Friday session of the New Board Member Workshops includes state-mandated training. Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) covers the latest in education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities. A session on Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) evaluations for school board members is required before they can participate in a vote on a dismissal based in the Optional Alternative Evaluation Dismissal Process. The Open Meetings Act training focuses specifically on the law as it applies to school board meetings and members and is also mandated by the state.

The Saturday session, entitled “Basics of Governance” is updated for 2019 and includes essential information and resources for effective school board governance, including the role and work of the school board; distinguishing board work from that of the superintendent and staff; and best practices in school board governance.

Experienced board members and superintendents are welcome to attend with their newly elected board members.

Advance registration is required. Check with your district office about group registration opportunities for your board team.