IASB offers a number of awards and programs to recognize the dedicated work of school board members that strive for excellence in local school board governance. A list of professional development programs and details about how board members can earn recognition status in the various programs is listed below.
Awards and Recognition Programs
School Board Governance RecognitionSchool Board Governance Recognition is designed to acknowledge those school boards that have engaged in activities that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education, the hallmarks of IASB's vision statement.
Learn more about the School Board Governance Recognition Program
Master Board Member ProgramThe Illinois Association of School Boards recognizes board members through the Master Board Member program for the time and effort they devote to IASB leadership activities and service to the public education community.
Learn more about the Master Board Member Program
LeaderShop AcademyThe LeaderShop Academy promotes and recognizes board members who continuously learn by taking workshops within the program.
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Holly Jack Service AwardThe purpose of the award is to recognize the extraordinary work and service provided by administrative professionals who assist their local boards of education. District employees (superintendent’s secretary, superintendent’s administrative assistant, recording secretary, etc.) who do the work required of the school board secretary are eligible.
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School Board Members DayTo recognize the outstanding efforts of the nearly 6,000 elected school board members throughout the state, November 15 of each year is designated as "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. This is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy.
Learn more about the School Board Members Day
Exhibition of Educational Environments
Sponsored by the IASB Service Associates, the Exhibition of Educational Environments is an annual competition for outstanding school design projects. The juried awards program recognizes school designs for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other use.
Learn more about the Exhibition of Educational Enviroments
Local District Awards
There are times when a school district will formally recognize a school board member, school official, staff member, student, or member of the community for contributions to their education community. For such occasions, IASB offer a line of distinctive, custom-designed awards. A free customizable certificate of appreciation is also available for member districts to use with local recognition efforts.
Learn more about awards of distinction for IASB member districts to present