Thursday, June 6, 2019

New Board Member Workshops
launch this Friday and Saturday

Those embarking on school board service for the first time can get off to the best possible 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.

The first workshops will take place this week, June 7 and 8 in Peoria and Naperville. These are two of the nine events that will be held on select Fridays and Saturdays in June and July, at locations throughout the state.

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 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.

IASB’s new and frequently-updated page for those beginning board service is the starting point for all new board member information, including dates, times, locations, fees, and registration for the New Board Member Workshops.