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Online Learning: Course Descriptions

Welcome to IASB's LeaderShop Online Learning Center. Seven courses are available and more are being developed. The curricula available now include:

Mandatory school board training courses:

Board members should register for only one of the following two courses:

Not sure which course to take? Call Linda Zulaski, at ext. 1212.


Elective school board training courses:


1. Open Meetings Act Training for Board Members (mandatory school board training)

Register now for this course.

This course satisfies the requirements for mandatory board member training per Public Act 097-504, and it focuses specifically on the law as it applies to school board meetings and members.

Who must receive the training?

  • Every school board member in office on January 1, 2012 must complete the training within one year.
  • Every school board member elected or appointed after January 1, 2012 must complete the training within 90 days of taking the oath.

Any board member who took one of our 2011 Basics of Law on Board Meetings and Practices workshops or who attended the Joint Annual Conference Open Meetings Act panel presented by IASB in 2011 or one of the 21 division OMA sessions have met this requirement.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be prompted to print course certificate. This will link to a PDF document that should be downloaded and printed. The certificate should be signed and dated and submitted to the school district in order to verify compliance with the statutory training requirement.

Successful completion of this course will also earn 5 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop elective course. The cost of this course is $30 for IASB members, $60 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


2. Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members (combined PDLT and PERA training)

Register now for this course.

Illinois state law (Public Act 097-0008) enacted on June 13, 2011, requires school board members who are elected after that date, or who are appointed to fill a vacancy of at least one year's duration after June 13, 2011, to complete a minimum of four hours of professional development leadership training.

This training must occur within the first year of their term of office and must be on the topics of education law, labor law, financial oversight and accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities.

This course is designed to cover each of the required topics. Board members who complete this course will have fulfilled the requirements of Public Act 097-0008. For this course, participants can expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours moving through the content and assignments that follow.

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you will:

  • Understand education law as it applies to Illinois school boards and board members;
  • Understand labor law as it applies to Illinois school boards and board members;
  • Understand financial oversight and accountability as it applies to Illinois school boards and board members;
  • Understand fiduciary duty as it applies to Illinois school boards and board members;
  • Understand voting on a teacher dismissal based upon an alternative evaluation dismissal process.

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be prompted to print course certificate. This will link to a PDF document that should be printed and submitted to the school district in order to verify compliance with the statutory training requirement.

Successful completion of this course will earn 10 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop core course credit. The cost of this course is $50 for IASB members, $100 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


3. Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members

Register now for this course.

Note: Do NOT register for this course if you have already registered for the Professional Development Leadership (PDLT) Training and Performance Reform Act (PERA) Training Course.

Illinois state law (Public Act 097-0008) enacted on June 13, 2011, requires school board members who participate in a vote on a tenured teacher dismissal based upon the Optional Alternative Evaluation Dismissal Process for PERA evaluations to complete this training.

Learning Objectives

This course explains the changes PERA and education reform made to:

  • tenure acquisition,
  • teacher evaluations,
  • intervention requirements,
  • reduction in force, and
  • dismissal.

Completion of this course qualifies a board member to be a PERA-trained board member.

Participants will be prompted to print course certificate. This will link to a PDF document that should be printed and submitted to the school district in order to verify compliance with the statutory training requirement.

Successful completion of this course will earn 5 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop core course credit. The cost of this course is $10 for IASB members, $20 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


4. Bullying Prevention: The Board's Role

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This course describes the school board's legal responsibility concerning the prevention of, and appropriate responses to, student-on-student bullying and harassment. Fact scenarios guide participants through the key aspects of their duties in an evolving area of school law.

For this course, an average learner can expect to spend 1-3 hours moving through the content and assignments that follow. Participants may choose to spend 10 to 15 minutes at a time viewing individual scenarios at separate sittings. This means that they will have control over how much or how little time they spend in the learning activities.

Successful completion of this course will earn 5 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop elective course. The cost of this course is $50 for IASB members, $100 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


5. School District Labor Relations: What Illinois Law Requires

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Most school board members put their highest priority on maintaining a good, solid educational system. But management-labor relationships, and particularly collective bargaining, can sometimes generate pressures that lead board members to forget their original priority and decide to focus on beating the union.

The purpose of this course is to help you understand the legal aspects of collective bargaining and contract management in Illinois' public schools and to serve as a foundation for your board work and decision-making in these important areas.

For this course, an average learner can expect to spend a minimum of five hours moving through the content and activities that follow. You may choose to spend 15 to 20 minutes at a time viewing individual modules at separate sittings. It may take a little longer if you need to retake any of the review quizzes or tests in order to pass them. You will also have the option of spending more time practicing and learning details by participating in discussion boards with others taking the course, or visiting related websites to which we have provide links. You have control over how much or how little time you spend in the learning activities.

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you will:

  • understand both the historical influence of teacher unionization and the legal requirements for collective bargaining in Illinois public schools;
  • be familiar with the key provisions of the Illinois Educational Relations Labor Act including: unfair labor practices, disputes, mediation, arbitration, and grievances;
  • be familiar with the key functions of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board;
  • understand what must be bargained and the elements of good faith bargaining;
  • be familiar with your local labor contract provisions.

Successful completion of this course will earn 10 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop elective course. The cost of this course is $100 for IASB members, $200 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


6. Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure

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The purpose of this course is to help you learn the basics of parliamentary procedure and how to use these skills to work with the board.

For this course, an average learner can expect to spend a minimum of 1 to 1.5 hours moving through the content and assignments. You may choose to spend 15 to 20 minutes at a time viewing individual lessons within the modules at separate sittings. You have control over how much or how little time you spend in the learning activities.

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you will:

  • learn helpful tips in working with the motions chart;
  • learn and understand the importance of proper use of amendments and defining the difference between primary and secondary amendments;
  • learn misunderstood motions; previous question, postponing a motion, and the motion to table;
  • understand other voting practices such as counting votes, tie votes and use of the consent agenda.

Successful completion of this course will earn 5 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop elective course. The cost of this course is $75 for IASB members, $150 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


7. Superintendent Evaluation

Register now for this course.

Evaluation of the superintendent can be a stressful activity for all involved. However, careful preparation, clearly articulated performance goals, and following a few tips for constructive feedback and consensus building can make the process a positive experience for everyone.

The purpose of this course is to help your board and superintendent team turn the superintendent evaluation process into a positive step that moves the district toward higher performance and builds team trust as you go through the process.

For this course, an average learner can expect to spend a minimum of 3 to 4 hours moving through the content and assignments that follow. You may choose to spend 15 to 20 minutes at a time viewing individual lessons within the modules at separate sittings. You have control over how much or how little time you spend in the learning activities.

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you will:

  • identify steps in a year-round cycle to prepare the board and superintendent for an evaluation "without surprises" that encourages top performance;
  • develop performance goals and evaluation instrument items that clearly articulate board expectations for the superintendent and can be used as objective evaluation criteria;
  • conduct an evaluation conference with the superintendent that ensures that the board speaks with one voice, provides clear feedback on performance, and focuses on goals for the future rather than the mistakes of the past;
  • analyze your own district's superintendent evaluation process to determine strategies for making it more productive.

Successful completion of this course will earn 10 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop elective course. The cost of this course is $100 for IASB members, $200 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


8. Media Relations

Register now for this course.

Building a positive relationship with the local media outlets may be one of the most positive things a school district can do. What is the role of the board and individual board members when it comes to this important, and often tumultuous, relationship?

The purpose of this course is to help school board members understand the basic workings of the media and to use the media to get their educational messages out to the public.

For this course, an average learner can expect to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours moving through the content and assignments that follow. You may choose to spend 15 to 20 minutes at a time viewing individual lessons within the modules at separate sittings. You have control over how much or how little time you spend in the learning activities.

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you will:

  • understand who the "media" are and how they determine "news"; and the nature of the relationship between your district, board and the media;
  • learn helpful tips in working with the media in your role as a board member including how to prepare for and participate in successful interviews;
  • learn and understand the importance of Key Messages and a district communications plan;
  • and learn how to be a proactive spokesperson for your district.

Successful completion of this course will earn 5 Master Board Member points and will count as one School Board LeaderShop elective course. The cost of this course is $75 for IASB members, $150 for non-members.

Register now for this course.


For more information or if you have questions about IASB's LeaderShop Online Learning Center, email: onlinelearning@iasb.com.

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