Pre-Conference Workshops

Training for School Board Members

IASB Pre-Conference Workshops are designed to give school board members knowledge, skills, and resources to provide effective board leadership. Participants can mix and match two half-day sessions (morning/afternoon) or choose one full-day workshop. All workshops are designated for LeaderShop Academy credit.

Download the Pre-Conference Workshops brochure.

Online registration for Pre-Conference Workshops has closed.

Date and Location

Friday, November 22 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (held in conjunction with the Joint Annual Conference)

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees
Onsite $330
Onsite $190

Onsite registration will be accepted Friday morning, November 22 if space is available.

Choose from three full-day workshops, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Full-day workshops will include a continental breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials.

Choose from five half-day workshops, or mix and match a morning and afternoon half-day session, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Morning workshops will include a continental breakfast and workshop materials; afternoon workshops include lunch and workshop materials.

IASB Pre-Conference Workshops are only available to those who have registered for the 2019 Joint Annual Conference. For additional information contact Peggy Goone at 217/528-9688, extension 1103.


Full-Day Workshops

Basics of Governance

Presenters: Patrick Allen, Perry Hill IV, and Laura Martinez, Field Services Directors, IASB

Your success depends on your ability to work with the rest of the board and the superintendent. School Board work is a group effort. This workshop will focus on board and board member roles and responsibilities, and how boards in high functioning districts can make a positive impact on student learning. Specifically, this workshop will help you to

  • Identify the role and work of the school board.
  • Distinguish board work from that of the superintendent and staff.
  • Understand how each member relates to the full board.
  • Discuss effective board and board member best practices

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

Presenters: Michelle A. Todd and Jeffrey C. Goelitz, Attorneys,Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP; Arlington Heights; Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA)

This course satisfies the requirements for mandatory board member training per 105 ILCS 5/10-162, including instruction in education and labor law; financial oversight and accountability; and fiduciary responsibilities. Every new school board member elected or appointed MUST complete this training within the first year of the first term. Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) training is included to prepare board members for their role in implementing the “optional alternative evaluation dismissal process,” as required per 105 ILCS 5/24-16.5.

Leading Leaders: The Job of Board President (registration closed)

Presenters: Dee Molinare and Reatha Owen, Field Service Directors, IASB

Leaders set the tone and expectations for the groups they serve. The board president has the influence to impact the quality of the board’s work. An effective president does far more than just “run the meeting.” They are expected to keep the board focused on setting district direction; provide the opportunity for airing divergent views without acrimony or favoritism; maintain open lines of communication with the superintendent, other board members, and the public; be knowledgeable of board legal requirements; and much more.

This interactive workshop will explore the challenging roles and responsibilities of the board president, including legal responsibilities, keys to effective meetings, managing board conflict, communications, and teamwork.


Half-Day Workshops (a.m./p.m.)

The Happiness Advantage (registration closed)

Presenters: Devin Hughes, Senior Consultant, International Thought Leader Network

A positive engaged brain is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy. It is ESSENTIAL in rapidly changing environments and is needed in education today more than ever before. The Happiness Advantage/Orange Frog workshop provides a blue print for increasing staff, faculty, classroom and community engagement as well as tapping into people’s intrinsic motivations. Positive environments are performance enhancers leading to higher productivity, less turnover and absenteeism and more resilient cultures.

Attention Pays (a.m. registration closed)

Presenter: Neen James , Keynote Speaker, Sales & Leadership Coach, and Author

People often see attention as a transaction, something to trade, but it’s much more than that. Neen has identified that people pay attention at three different levels; personal, professional, and global, and she’s designed a powerful methodology that makes it easy to leverage all three. Neen’s Intentional Attention model helps individuals and organizations be more deliberate about the choices we make and the actions we take. Join speaker, author, and sassy little Aussie, Neen James, and discover what makes attention valuable and why paying attention in very specific ways drives profitability, productivity and accountability.

Balancing Effective Governance and Transparency: Advanced Issues (registration closed)

Presenters: Nicki B. Bazer and Jacqueline F. Wernz, Attorney,Franczek P.C., Chicago; Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA)

As a school board member, you know the basic rules governing board and board member conduct, such as the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the First Amendment. This session will address advanced issues, with a particular focus on OMA issues, to help you strike the balance between effective governance and the transparency required by the law. From OMA and FOIA training questions and board member attendance issues to the use of personal electronic devices for board member communications and public comment, we will tackle the toughest issues so that you leave armed with the knowledge necessary to effectively lead.

School Finance for Board Members (registration closed)

Presenters: Bill Phillips, Field Service Director from the Illinois Association of School Administrators; Ralph Grimm, Interim Education Officer, Illinois State Board of Education

Join Bill Phillips and Ralph Grimm for this informative, next level look at Illinois school finance. Explore such topics as district bonding, the property tax levy, the annual school district budget and the calculation and impact of the evidence-based funding formula.

Equity: An Educational Imperative 

Presenters: Bea Young, Founder and President; and Susan O'Halloran, Senior Consultant, Bea Young Associates: and Sandra Kwasa, Director, Board Development, IASB

Have you ever felt as if you just don’t know what to say anymore to someone culturally different? And you’re not sure if you’re doing something to offend or demean others when you have the best of intentions?

In this fast-paced, interactive seminar, you will receive greater confidence and skill practice in valuing and working across racial and cultural differences and will have mutual support to identify unconscious, exclusive behaviors which we all exhibit at times. You will focus on how to contribute to the school district’s mission and strategic focus on student preparedness and excellence for all students. You’ll leave understanding the important and central role you play in creating an equitable school environment that leads to greater student success.