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IASB Better Boardsmanship Credits List, 2013-14

Below is a list of IASB-sponsored events and training for 2013-14. A minimum of 60 credits is required for the Better Boardsmanship Award. At least 40 of these credits must be obtained under the Formal Learning category. All qualifying events must take place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Do you have questions about the activities you’ve participated in? Contact: C.J. Bloyer,, Iowa Association of School Boards, 1-800-795-4272, ext. 246


Formal Learning Credits
Participate in the IASB Convention
(one day, Nov. 21, 2013) 
Participate in the AASA (School Administrators) Convention
(Feb. 13-15, 2014) 
Participate in the AEA State Convention (April 10-11, 2014) 15 
Participate in the AEA National Convention (March 12-15, 2014) 15 
Participate in the AESA Annual Conference (December 4-7, 2013) 15
Participate in the NSBA Conference (April 3-7, 2014) 15
Participate in the SAI Convention (Aug. 7, 2013)  10 
Participate in the ISFLC Conference (December 17-18, 2013, February 12-13, 2014) 10
Participate in a one-day IASB workshop or conference
  • Fiscal Management Conference (July 17, 2013)
  • Employee Relations Conference (Oct. 15, 2013)
  • Board Presidents' Conference (December 4, 2013)
  • Legislative Conference
  • School Law Conference
Participate in a half-day IASB workshop, conference or regional meeting
  • ABLE I: New Board Member Orientation (September-November, 2013)
  • IASB Regional Meetings (TBD)
  • Early Bird Workshop (November 20, 2013)
  • School Finance Boot Camps - 101, 201, 301 (Nov. 20, 2013)
  • ABLE II Workshops (March - April 2014)
  • Safety Groups
Participate in a custom/local board workshop or meeting (at least two hours) conducted by IASB
  • Board Self-Assessment
  • Board/Superintendent Relations
  • Custom Policy Development Editing Meeting
  • Executive Search Program
  • Goal Setting
  • Lighthouse Workshop
  • Other Individual Board Workshop
Complete IASB-developed online course or self-study program
  • Board Member Accountability: Workbook and Phone Conference
  • School Boards and Student Achievement: Insights from the Iowa Lighthouse Research DVD (5 pts)
  • Legislative Advocacy Toolkit
  • Leadership for Student Learning Book & Study Guide

Scott McLeod Webinar and Online Conversations (if completed all)

  • Webinar
  • Online Conversations




At the Board Table: Board Discussion Tools 

  • Discussing Staff Performance with Parents
  • Consideration of Open Meetings Laws
  • The Board and Superintendent
  • School Finance
  • Whose Job Is It? Part 1
  • Whose Job Is It? Part 2
  • Considering Board Priorities
  • Graduating All Students Innovation Ready
  • Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls in Superintendent Evaluation
  • Being Effective Legislative Advocates
  • Four Ethical Dilemmas
  • What Can We Do?
3 each
Participate in other NSBA meetings/workshops for a day 10 
Discretionary local board/AEA/community college board member in-service programs
Leadership/Service Credits 
Testify on behalf of IASB at a committee meeting, hearing of the Legislature or state agency
Lobby on behalf of Iowa education at the Iowa Legislature
Serve as a speaker, panelist or moderator at an IASB or NSBA conference, convention or workshop
Write an advocacy article for publication in the media or elsewhere  
Serve on IASBs Board of Directors 20 
Serve as a delegate at IASBs Delegate Assembly 10 
Represent IASB on a national or state committee, board or activity  
Serve as a director or officer of NSBA 10 
Serve on an IASB or NSBA committee or task force 

IASB Committees:

Legislative Resolutions Committee

Board Member Assistance Network

Regional Telecommunications Committee

Legal Services Fund Committee

Education Telecommunications Committee

Administrators Advisory Council

Cash Management Advisory Committee

FINE Advisory Committee

IASB Insurance Committee

I-Jump Advisory Committee












Complete an application for the Boards Making A Difference Award
Serve one year as local board president 15 
Serve one year as local board vice president
Provide leadership to a local board appointed committee (10 credit maximum)
Attend a non-IASB Sponsored Learning event

(Requires a written paragraph describing impact of event on your board work 10 credit maximum)

Discretionary local board service credits

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