Archived Webinars

IASB archived webinars are available for on-demand viewing (usually 48 hours after the live event) free of charge to Association members. Member login is required to view the webinars. View upcoming live webinars in the Events Calendar. Registration is required to attend the live event. View webinars by selecting a link below. Click on a category to expand or collapse it.

Youth Suicide in Illinois: Data, Strategy, and Action for Prevention


Youth Suicide in Illinois: Data, Strategy, and Action for Prevention

Join Northwestern University Professor Maryann Mason, Ph.D., and a panel of advocates for a discussion of youth suicide and how schools can work to prevent it.

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Let’s Connect! Meet Your Division Colleagues and Field Services Director


Let’s Connect! Meet Your Division Colleagues and Field Services Director

Meet your IASB Field Services Director and network with your board member neighbors in a casual virtual setting.

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COVID-19 Testing for Illinois School Districts


COVID-19 Testing for Illinois School Districts

Join Beth Heller from Shield Illinois for more information on the COVID-19 saliva test and how your schools can benefit.

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(7/27/2021) COVID-19 Testing for Illinois School Districts

The Illinois Board of Education, the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Public Health have announced COVID-19 testing for Illinois middle and high schools. Join Beth Heller from Shield Illinois for more information on the COVID-19 saliva test and how your schools can benefit.

(6/3/2021) COVID-19 Testing For Illinois School Districts

The Illinois State Board of Education, University of Illinois, and Illinois Department of Public Health have announced free or greatly subsidized COVID-19 testing for Illinois middle and high schools. Join Beth Heller from Shield Illinois for more information on the COVID-19 saliva test and how schools can benefit.

(5/27/2021) ISBE Update on School Guidance and ESSER Funding

Join us for a webinar with the Illinois State Board of Education covering guidance for the safe operating of schools, return to fully in-person learning, and updates on CRRSA and ARP ESSER funds.

(3/25/2021) The Impact of COVID on Student Achivement

From the spring 2021 Central Illinois Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/25/2021) The Impact of COVID on Your District Budget

From the spring 2021 Central Illinois Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/11/2021) The Impact of COVID on Your District Budget

From the spring 2021 Corn Belt Virtual Division Meeting.

(1/14/2021) COVID-19 Testing in Schools: Translating Guidelines into Action

Hear from superintendents Paul O'Malley and Victor Simon III regarding the development and coordination of protocols and administration of these crucial tests for students, faculty, and staff, allowing both suburban districts to maintain in-person instruction.

(9/17/2020) Elections! How to Navigate Running for School Board

The webinar features IASB's Deanna Sullivan and Reatha Owen, along with Attorney Scott Uhler from Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. in a discussion about the roles of school board members and work of boards of education; important procedures, dates, and deadlines in the elections process; other information for candidates and district secretaries who serve their board of education; and best practices in a COVID-19 environment. Panelists also answered key questions from the audience at the conclusion of the one-hour webinar, which was presented and recorded on September 17.

(3/5/2021) Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts

From the spring 2021 Starved Rock Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/3/2021) Communicating with the Public about School Finances

From the spring 2021 Northwest Virtual Division Meeting

(7/22/2021) No Weak Links: Fostering Positive Intra-Board Relationships

Examine the board's duty to establish a strategic plan and provide policy-level guidance. Join attorney Kenneth Florey, from Robbins Schwartz along with school superintendent Hector Garcia and former board member Terry Fielden for this interactive discussion covering how to oversee, but not micromanage, the execution of the plan and policy.

(6/23/2021) Legislative Session Recap

The IASB Governmental Relations team talk through the big issues, from the spring legislative session, that school district leadership teams need to be aware of. We cover victories for schools, bills that present a challenge, and how to stay engaged with the legislative process.

(4/29/2021) How to Write an Effective IASB Resolution

Do you ever wish you could change the law to better meet the needs of your students, staff, and community and wonder “Where do I start?”  This webinar will not only explain the IASB Resolutions process but help you realize that participation in shaping the school board message is fundamental to shaping public school policy on the statewide and national scene.

(3/25/2021) Responding to the Budgetary and Funding Impacts of Illinois

From the spring 2021 South Cook Virtual Divison Meeting

(3/17/2021) Navigating the Rugged Waters of the Next Nine Months

From the spring 2021 North Cook Virtual Divison Meeting

(3/11/2021) Maximizing Student Learning During COVID

From the spring 2021 Kishwaukee Virtual Divison Meeting

(3/11/2021) The First 100 Days: Welcoming Your New Board Members To the Team

Join Dr. John Bartelt and Matthew Boebel from Bloomingdale SD 13 to learn about their journey in creating an orientation process and board handbook. In addition, learn the key steps to take in the first 100 days to help new members feel welcome.

(3/10/2021) Legislative Update and Advocacy Focus

From the spring 2021 Lake Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/9/2021) Building Equity through Individualized Student Success Plans

From the spring 2021 Shawnee Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/5/2021) The New Normal: Social and Emotional Support for Everyone

From the spring 2021 Blackhawk Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/5/2021) The Art of School Boarding with Jim Burgett

From the spring 2021 Three Rivers Virtual Division Meeting.

(3/4/2021) The Art of Painless Negotiating

Negotiations are meant to expand relationships based on trust and lead to positive communication. Join Lisa M. Harrod and Jacob Emerson from Manteno CUSD 5 as they share strategies on preparing for negotiations, the role of the administration in creating proposals for the board, and how culture and climate prep work come into play before sitting down at the table together.

(3/2/2021) Mental Health First Aid for Students

From the spring 2021 Wabash Virtual Division Meeting

(3/2/2021) Unfinished Leadership - Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D. and Nick Polyak, Ed.D. 

From the spring 2021 West Cook Virtual Division Meeting

(2/25/2021) Parliamentary Procedure for the Novice

Is it always in order to move to table a motion to the next meeting? How do I motion to refer to a committee? What good is Robert's Rules of Order? Learn answers to these questions and more in an overview of Robert's Rules that will focus on the fundamentals necessary to run an efficient meeting.

(1/28/2021) Beyond the Campaign: Welcoming New Board Members

Will your school board have newly elected members this spring? Now is the time to plan to welcome new board members to the governing team and help them begin their journey as representatives of your community. Join Dean Langdon and Field Services Directors Patrick Allen and Nakia Hall to learn how you can help onboard new members to quickly and effectively govern together.

(12/8/2020) How to Navigate Running for School Board - Part 2: Filing Petitions & Public Policy Questions

Learn about petition circulation; how, when, and what to file; navigating public policy questions; and more

(10/29/2020) Working Together Effectively for Improved Student Outcomes

Leadership and governance may be two of the most important needs of our time. In periods of uncertainty, communities, families, students, and staff need all the stability we can provide. Learn more about what governance research suggests is most effective, and recommit to leading with vision and collaboration for improving student achievement in your school district.

(10/22/2020) IASB Executive Search Process

Selecting a superintendent or other key administrator may be the most important responsibility a board of education undertakes. Learn the steps and review the critical aspects of the process in this webinar, designed to assist boards of education anticipating a superintendent, assistant superintendent, business manager, director, or principal change. Join IASB Executive Searches staff Thomas F. Leahy, Dave Love, Alan Molby, James Helton, Tim Buss, Patricia Sullivan-Viniard, Ed.D, and Mary Torgler on October 22 at 1 p.m. for this event.

(10/1/2020) Strengthening your Core in a Time of Chaos

Gina Watts is an advocate, author, speaker, educator, and leader with a heart for service. Join Watts for a conversation designed to equip and empower leaders as they navigate challenges in the midst of crisis. An executive director with the John Maxwell Team of speakers, Watts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 as well as social unrest as it relates to systemic racism in our country.

(9/24/2020) Working Together as an Effective Board

Join Board Presidents Kathleen Conlon-Wasik, Kevin Daniels, and John Smith as they discuss the importance of working together effectively, leading to School Board Governance Recognition.

(9/3/2020) Virtual Education: Are Your Students Engaging…AND Learning?

 Join Michael English and Adam Cibulka from Forecast5 and Illinois superintendents John Langton from Addison SD 4 and Robert McBride from Lockport THSD 205 to discuss live data dashboards, connecting core student information to classroom activity data streams to track the quality of engagement in a virtual environment.

(7/23/2020) 14 Ways for School Boards to Improve School Mental Health

There is a mental health epidemic facing schools across the nation. Comprehensive school mental health systems build the foundations for schools to be able to create thriving environments and develop sustainable supports. Learn how a school board can be a vital partner.

(2/26/2020) Great Expectations: Board Member Responsibilities When Facing Community Dissent

The First Amendment, Illinois Open Meetings Act, and other rules and laws set forth important limitations on responses that boards and board members can take, even when a community member’s actions are arguably disruptive. Learn the key issues every board member should know on this important issue.

(1/10/2018) Board Members, Where in the World are your Social Media Policies?

Discover what policies/procedures apply to your social media usage and where you can find them.

(2/18/2021) Challenges to Property Tax Assessments and Protecting School District Revenues

Learn about the steps a board can take to protect its property tax revenues as the COVID-19 crisis continues, from intervening in property tax challenges to defending tax objections. Join us for an informative and timely discussion. Presenters include a panel of Illinois Council of School Attorneys and attorneys from IASB's Office of General Counsel.

(2/4/2021) Trends in Collective Bargaining: Part Two

Join attorneys David Braun and Ellen Lueking from Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd. for a discussion of timely collective bargaining topics.

(1/21/2021) Trends in Collective Bargaining: Part One

Join attorneys David Braun and Ellen Lueking from Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd. for a discussion of timely collective bargaining topics.

(12/11/2020) Leave Me Alone? Combating Employee Abuse of Leave Benefits

Employee use of leave can invoke a tangled web of federal and state law, board policy, and negotiated labor agreements. This presentation will examine employee leave abuse and options available to boards and administrators for formulating a response.

(9/17/2020) Elections! How to Navigate Running for School Board

The webinar features IASB's Deanna Sullivan and Reatha Owen, along with Attorney Scott Uhler from Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. in a discussion about the roles of school board members and work of boards of education; important procedures, dates, and deadlines in the elections process; other information for candidates and district secretaries who serve their board of education; and best practices in a COVID-19 environment. Panelists also answered key questions from the audience at the conclusion of the one-hour webinar, which was presented and recorded on September 17.

(8/21/2020) Ask Attorneys Anything: Special Education Edition

Navigating special education issues can be a challenge for school district administrators and board members, and 2020’s Coronavirus pandemic raises even more challenges. Districts can provide the services your students need and follow the law.

(8/11/2020) Ask Attorneys Anything: Tort Immunity Edition

Join to hear perspectives about liability issues and the role of tort immunity protections as schools navigate these uncertain times.

(6/12/2020) Ask Attorneys Anything

A panel of ICSA attorneys from across Illinois answer IASB member questions related to the coronavirus pandemic impacts on Illinois school districts.

(6/24/2021) PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 107: Conviction Records, SOPPA, and Summer Clean-up!

The long-awaited PRESS Issue 107 is here! Join the PRESS Editors to review new and updated material in response to PA 101-656 (use of conviction records), the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA), and more, plus five-year review updates. Then stay tuned for a look at customized PRESS Plus Issue 107.

(12/3/2020) PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 106 Housekeeping

Join the PRESS Editors on December 3, 2020 as we review additional new and updated material in response to the Education Omnibus Act, changes based on Illinois State Board of Education rules updates and guidance, and five-year review updates.

(8/19/2020) PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 105: Get Aligned With Title IX

The PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 105 feature new and updated material in response to new Title IX regulations.

(7/9/2020) PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 104: The Spring 2020 Triple Whammy!

March came in like a lion with the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were no lambs in sight this spring, creating a triple whammy of Policy Reference Manual updates in June PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 104.

(6/30/2020) PRESS Plus Frequently Asked Questions

Join us to hear the answers to frequently asked questions about how to get the most out of PRESS Plus, IASB’s customized, full-maintenance policy updating service.

(4/9/2020) PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 103: Clean Up From the Legislative Storm

The legislative storm unleashed in the first year of the 101st General Assembly left much debris in its path, leading to a needed cleanup in March PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 103.

(11/14/2019) PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 102: In the Eye of the Legislative Storm

The legislative storm is here with PRESS and PRESS Plus Issue 102, which affects the largest number of Policy Reference Manual (PRM) pages in the publication’s history.

(4/25/2019) From Distress to Success: Policies and Practices to Foster Student Mental Health and Well Being

Former Illinois state superintendent, author, and nationally recognized speaker Glenn “Max” McGee will explore existing beliefs about students’ mental health, examine “distressors” students are faced with, and propose changes in policies and practices that act to support student mental health

(7/20/2021) Emotional Regulation: How to Stay Centered in The Storm

Stress pushes us to primitive parts of our brain, focused on survival instead of essential problem-solving skills for decision-making. Understanding emotional regulation will help board members function in meetings and guide understanding of student dysregulation and the importance of emotional regulation in schools. Presented by Licensed Clinical Psychologist Doug Bolton, Ph.D.

(7/6/2021) Building Mutual Understanding, Trust, and Respect Through Listening

Listening is the master skill underlying all communication. Intentional listening enhances board members’ understanding of the needs and goals of different viewpoints and improves relationships with stakeholders. Learn the skills required to be a better listener and to listen effectively when it counts. Jim Bolton, a consultant, trainer, and executive coach from Ridge Training, will present.

(6/1/2021) Communicating with Candor

High-stakes conversations have “candor moments,” when we feel strongly but can’t articulate it. In such moments, some people “bail out,” overwhelmed or shut down. Others “bruise” (metaphorically) by being harsh or overly assertive. Learn a third way, the way of candor, for respectful and open conversation. Jim Bolton, a consultant, trainer, and executive coach from Ridge Training, will present.

(5/10/2021) Introduction to Social and Emotional Leadership Skills

Join us for the first in a series of leadership webinars for Illinois school board members. Learn the social and emotional dynamics that underlie success and the skills that can help you be more effective in your role. In any learning community, student social and emotional learning begins with the adults, and it is essential that school boards understand SEL and how it applies. Doug Bolton, Ph.D. and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is our presenter.