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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 credit in IASB's Board Leadership Recognition Program.

View the 2021 Pre-Conference Workshops brochure

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Instructions

Date and Location

Friday, November 19 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (held in conjunction with the 2021 Joint Annual Conference).

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees

The cost of the full-day workshop is $280. The price of half-day workshops is $140.*

Onsite registration will be accepted Friday morning, November 19 if space is available. The cost of onstite registration for the full-day workshop is $330 and $190 for half-day workshops.

*IASB Pre-Conference Workshops are only available to those who have registered for the 2021 Joint Annual Conference. For additional information contact Peggy Goone at (217) 528-9688, extension 1103.

One full-day workshop will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for school board members offers a four-hour course that fulfills the training requirement contained in the Illinois School Code. Course content includes 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 their first term. Also covered in this Pre-Conference Workshop is PERA training, required for board members prior to voting on a dismissal based on an “optional alternative evaluation dismissal process for PERA evaluations.” The full-day workshop will include a continental breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials.

Choose from seven half-day workshops

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.

A.M. Half-Day Workshops (9-11:30 a.m.)


Bridging What Divides Us 

It’s nearly impossible to go a day without being aware of the divisions that exist between ourselves and others. We see these differences on social media and the news, but we also experience them in our communication at work, in board meetings, with friends, and around the dinner table. Conversations are often simultaneous monologues where – even when we’re not speaking – we’re not really listening; we’re waiting for our turn to talk. One step to relationships is to bridge these gaps to become better listeners. Listening results in deeper understanding, and more. Listening also communicates respect, not necessarily for what the other person is saying, but for the person speaking. Listening doesn’t mean you agree, and it doesn’t mean you can’t voice your point of view. But it shifts the dynamics between people so conversations are more productive and less dismissive. In this session participants won’t just learn strategies for bridging these gaps, they’ll practice listening amidst challenging conversations so they’re better able to do so in the important conversations in their lives.
 

The Trust Edge Experience
The Trust Edge Experience builds high-performing teams and creates a common language to build connection, improve clarity, and increase productivity. Led by a certified Trust Edge coach, participants will explore the 8-Pillar Framework™ for building trust and identify how trust impacts every area of their work and life. Participants will practice methods to clarify expectations, improve relationships, and reduce interpersonal conflict, as well as methods for appreciating others, building an accountable culture, and recognize how to rebuild trust when it has been broken.

“When organizations have a high-trust culture, they experience highly efficient teams, achieving maximum results with incredible morale.” - David Horsager, CEO Trust Edge Leadership Institute

 
Leading Leaders: The Job of the Board President

Leaders set the tone and expectations for the groups they serve. The board president has the influence and ability to impact the quality of the board’s work. Effective presidents do far more than “run the meeting.” A board president must keep the board focused on setting district direction; maintain open lines of communication with the superintendent, other board members, and the public; be knowledgeable of legal board requirements; galvanize the board towards collaboration and effective leadership, and much more. This interactive workshop will explore the crucial roles and responsibilities of the board president including having productive meetings, managing board conflict, establishing effective communi¬cations, engaging in teamwork and leading boards in today’s educational world.

Advocacy in Action
Learn how to advocate for your students, your schools, and your community at this interactive training session. Advocacy is a vital part of your work as a board member. Develop skills to connect with your elected officials and present a clear and moving message. IASB Government Relations Staff will lead this session to provide you with the skills to impact state and federal policy.

P.M. Half-Day Workshops (12:30-3 p.m.)


Bridging What Divides Us (repeat of the a.m. session)

It’s nearly impossible to go a day without being aware of the divisions that exist between ourselves and others. We see these differences on social media and the news, but we also experience them in our communication at work, in board meetings, with friends, and around the dinner table. Conversations are often simultaneous monologues where – even when we’re not speaking – we’re not really listening; we’re waiting for our turn to talk. One step to relationships is to bridge these gaps to become better listeners. Listening results in deeper understanding, and more. Listening also communicates respect, not necessarily for what the other person is saying, but for the person speaking. Listening doesn’t mean you agree, and it doesn’t mean you can’t voice your point of view. But it shifts the dynamics between people so conversations are more productive and less dismissive. In this session participants won’t just learn strategies for bridging these gaps, they’ll practice listening amidst challenging conversations so they’re better able to do so in the important conversations in their lives.

Equity: An Educational Imperative

In Illinois, we challenge boards of education to visualize their school district as one where EVERY student has access to the educational resources and rigor that they need to succeed regardless of race or ethnicity, dominant language, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family background or income. This interactive workshop is aimed at helping board members understand WHY educational equity is needed, WHAT is educational equity and HOW to make it a reality in their district. At the conclusion of the workshop, they walk away with “Next Steps” for their school district.

Setting District Goals and Direction 
The board’s primary task is to define and articulate the direction of the district. This direction includes the benefits the school district should deliver, thereby providing the entire system with clarity of purpose and a clear direction. District Goals articulate priorities and desired outcomes to accomplish its mission and vision for all students. This session provides an opportunity to:
  • Understand the role of the board in setting district goals and direction.
  • Understand how community engagement relates to district goals.
  • Explore practical methods to develop and monitor goals that guide the work of the board.
  • Understand how all these elements tie into overall success of the district.                                              
The Basics of Governance
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 training 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.