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Lighting the Way for 100 Years: 1913-2013

Facts From Our 100 Year History

The 100-year history of the organization is being celebrated throughout the 2013 calendar year. Various activities and events have been planned to observe this milestone. Several publications will also be used to chronicle the Association history, including a special commemorative book, a series of articles in The Illinois School Board Journal, and a daily log of facts that will appear on the home page of the IASB public website.

Archived daily facts for August:

Aug 1, 2013
For the period of Oct. 1, 1984 through Sep. 30, 1985, almost 12,000 people attended educational and informational programs hosted by IASB. This includes nearly 5,000 people attending the Conference, 4,600 attending division meetings and 600 attending the first School Board Lobby Day.

Aug 2, 2013
The 1986 Joint Annual Conference Banquet featured Captain Gerald Coffee as keynote speaker. Captain Coffee spent seven years as a North Vietnamese prisoner of war and spoke about the faith that helped him triumph over his ordeal.

Aug 3, 2013
The 1986 Joint Annual Conference broke all attendance records to that date. More than 80% of school boards were represented. Due to space issues at the Palmer House, the conference moved to its current home, the Hyatt Regency, the next year.

Aug 4, 2013
A special service was added to the 1987 Joint Annual Conference to make the experience more enjoyable. The Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau ran a restaurant reservations booth in the exhibit area to help set up dinners for board members and their families.

Aug 5, 2013
In March 1997, IASB staff developed a set of standards for school boards. These standards were to provide the basis for the board self-evaluation service. Many of these standards were incorporated into the Foundational Principles.

Aug 6, 2013
In October 1997, IASB introduced its new logo and slogan, which is still in use today. The old logo, a rectangle with rounded corners, was discarded in favor of a distinctive design with a flaming lamp carrying the slogan ‘Lighting the Way.’

Aug 7, 2013
The theme for the 25th annual Federal Relations Network, held February 1998, was “Working Together for Student Achievement.” Illinois was represented by seven board members who attended two days of briefings on federal education issues and then met with Senators Durbin and Moseley-Braun.

Aug 8, 2013
IASB and Motorola started co-hosting “The School Board Institute: Leadership for the 21st Century” in 1998. This program was for school board members to commit themselves as life-long learners, build a positive school board culture and learn how to involve all stakeholders in their communities.

Aug 9, 2013
Pre-conference workshops for the 1998 Joint Annual Conference included a workshop for new board members, a workshop for board presidents as well as collective bargaining, parliamentary procedure, and a workshop on “taking a radically different approach to time management.”

Aug 10, 2013
In November 1999, IASB and eight other organizations filed a complaint in state court challenging the Illinois education tax credit law. The lawsuit was about who pays for a parent’s choice to send a child to a non-public school.

Aug 11, 2013
The theme of the 2000 Federal Relations Network conference was “Decision 2000: An education agenda for the new millennium.” The lobbying efforts focused on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and vouchers. The delegation met with both Senators Durbin and Fitzgerald.

Aug 12, 2013
Registrants for the 2000 Joint Annual Conference could choose between six pre-conference workshops. These workshops included the basics of school governance, tips and insights for presidential leadership, parliamentary procedure, building trust, collective bargaining, and the boards’ role in quality schools.

Aug 13, 2013
The 2000 Joint Annual Conference featured a two-part panel on long distance learning. The celebrated presenter was Chicago television newsman Bill Kurtis, who spoke on electronic long distance learning and the importance of the board’s commitment to it.

Aug 14, 2013
The 2000 Delegate Assembly decided that the Association should work with the state to try to increase the supply of well-qualified teachers and substitute teachers. It also approved a resolution for IASB to support legislation to increase the number of days during a school year that any individual may substitute teach.

Aug 15, 2013
In 2001, IASB began putting website addresses into the Membership Directory available through the IASB website. Initially, IASB collected websites from 286 districts. Today, over 95% of district websites are listed.

Aug 16, 2013
Two Illinois districts were honored as Magna Award winners in 2001 by the American School Board Journal. Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 was honored for the district’s ‘Three-Pronged Education Program.’ Palatine Community Consolidated District 15 was honored for the district’s “Quality Initiative.”

Aug 17, 2013
The IASB Board of Directors voted at its February 2001 meeting to eliminate the four Director-at-Large positions on the board. The board recommended the change in order to maintain geographical balance. This measure was approved at the 2001 Delegate Assembly.

Aug 18, 2013
The first Carousel of Panels was presented at the 2001 Joint Annual Conference with 22 panels offered simultaneously. Topics included mentoring, character education, energy efficiency, and block scheduling.

Aug 19, 2013
IASB introduced an online bookstore in July 2002. The bookstore allows users to search by title, author or topic as well as allows users to browse titles. Topics covered ranges from board meetings to training. It also provides users an opportunity to order IASB publications.

Aug 20, 2013
IASB adopted its “Staff Standards” in July 2002. These staff standards conveyed what school board members and member districts should expect from staff and spelled out how IASB should conduct itself in dealing with members, accuracy of information, protecting confidentiality, and financial responsibility.

Aug 21, 2013
Topics covered at the fall 2002 division meetings around the state included improving academic performance, No Child Left Behind updates, drug testing, and school finance. Six divisions also featured legislative candidate forums.

Aug 22, 2013
Executive Director Michael D. Johnson appeared on WGN radio in October 2002 to explain why some school leaders are disappointed with the state’s approach to implementing the No Child Left Behind Act. Johnson also said that ISBE was implementing “a number of things that the state legislature had voted down.”

Aug 23, 2013
On August 23, 1976, Douglas Blair was hired at IASB as a field services director after spending 20 years as teacher, principal and superintendent. He retired in April 2010 and continues as a part-time consultant for IASB executive searches.

Aug 24, 2013
IASB announced its School Board LeaderShop board development program at the 2002 Joint Annual Conference. The LeaderShop program consists of core and elective programs and allows board members to earn and maintain membership in the IASB School Board LeaderShop Academy.

Aug 25, 2013
Division meetings in fall, 2003 featured sessions on the future of ROEs, school funding issues, how to lobby, building community support and superintendent evaluations. Other topics included Internet safety and collective bargaining.

Aug 26, 2013
IASB launched the “Weighing Healthier Options” series of articles in 2004. This series was an examination of childhood obesity, nutrition and physical activities in regards to public schools. It included articles in the Journal and Newsbulletin, as well as stories and links on the website.

Aug 27, 2013
The first “Targeting Achievement through Governance” (TAG) workshops were held in April and May of 2005. These workshops were offered free to eligible participants and provided an introduction to the TAG program.

Aug 28, 2013
Current IASB president Carolyne Brooks, from West Richland CUSD 2, was appointed to the IASB Board of Directors by the Wabash Valley division in April 2005. She was elected as IASB president in 2011 and re-elected in 2012.

Aug 29, 2013
Throughout the fall of 2005, IASB ran a radio commercial extolling the benefits of IASB board member training programs. These commercials ran on stations that were part of the Brownfield radio network as well as being posted on the IASB website.

Aug 30, 2013
Due to Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 NSBA conference was moved to Chicago. IASB hosted a “Hearts for Hurricane Relief” fundraiser at a downtown steakhouse to help raise funds for Gulf Coast schools impacted by the disaster.

Aug 31, 2013
The 2006 Delegate Assembly voted to support the push for a constitutional convention in order to obtain long-sought support for school funding reform. The assembly also voted to urge lawmakers to comply with the State Mandates Act.


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