September/October 2013

Dean Langdon, IASB associate executive director for board development and TAG, answers the question for this issue.

Board members are now required to take four hours of Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) which includes content in education law, labor law, fiduciary responsibility, and financial oversight and accountability. In addition, the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) requires board members to be trained in specific content related to dismissing a teacher under the terms of the new act. This requirement is phased in over time so while your board may not need the PERA training now, all board members will eventually. This detail is important as IASB has embedded PERA training into all of its four-hour mandatory training options.

So what are the options available to members?

Many members attended one of IASB’s initial PDLT training sessions held around the state in May/June 2013. If you were in attendance at one of those sessions, you have completed their required training. Congratulations!

At the 2013 Joint Annual Conference, members may choose to take a pre-conference workshop to meet their training requirements for both of these mandates. This session, to be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers on Friday, includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Advanced registration is required, so please see the IASB website for further information:

The 2013 Joint Annual Conference will also feature specific panels designed to meet the training requirement. During the conference attendees will need to pick up a PDLT Mandatory Training Attendance Sheet at either the Hyatt or Sheraton conference desk, before selecting and attending each of the designated categories (education law and fiduciary duty; PERA and labor law; financial oversight and accountability). After attending each panel session, attendees will need to return a signed sheet to the conference registration desk prior to the end of the conference. Upon receipt of the signed form, a certificate of completion will be issued. Although these panel sessions are open to anyone and are included in the conference fee, a $15 processing fee will be charged for those wanting the course credit.

In January and February 2014, IASB will offer several regional PDLT sessions throughout the state. These Saturday morning sessions will provide our members with one more opportunity to attend a live, in-person presentation in order to meet the training requirements. Details about the dates and locations will be announced in the coming months.

In addition to the state conference and regional workshops, IASB field services directors are available to offer in-district, video presentations of the required training throughout the year. These workshops, designed to train the whole board, provide convenience and the advantage of a facilitated discussion throughout. Call your field services director to schedule this training.

Finally, another convenient option is the IASB Online Learning Center, which is available 24 hours a day. While online, members may also wish to take the Open Meetings Act course which is required within 90 days of taking the oath of office. More information is available on our website:

Please know that IASB is only a phone call away. Members are encouraged to call us for clarification or questions regarding these requirements and any of the training options available.