Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New Board Member Workshops continue

IASB's New Board Member Workshops continue this week; each includes state-mandated training and opportunities for instruction on holding effective meetings, working with the superintendent, and learning the work of the board.

Over 280 individuals participated in the first four workshops, held in early and mid-June in Collinsville, Naperville, Peoria, and Tinley Park.

The third round of workshops will take place Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 in Glenview, Marion, and Rockford.  After that, the final 2019 New Board Member Workshops are July 12 and 13 in Springfield and Naperville.

More than 280 people took part in the first four workshops.
Each Friday session 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 such training is mandated by the state.

The Saturday session, “Basics of Governance” is updated for 2019 and offers 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.

IASB’s new New Board Member page is an ideal resource for those beginning board service. It includes dates, times, locations, fees, and registration for the New Board Member Workshops, and will offer updated, useful information throughout the year.