LeaderShop Academy

Recognition for continuous learning


Who is eligible: Individual School Board Members

The LeaderShop Academy promotes and recognizes board members who continuously learn by taking workshops within the program.

LeaderShop Academy Credits are achieved by taking LeaderShop designated workshops. The workshops are designed for both veteran board members looking for district improvement and new board members eager to understand basic roles and responsibilities.

Board Members receive special recognition at IASB Fall Division Meetings the year they achieve a new Academy level.

Credit Requirements

LeaderShop Academy Member 

Admission to the LeaderShop Academy requires completion of five School Board LeaderShop credits, including The Basics of Governance.

LeaderShop Academy Fellow 

Upon the completion of 12 credits, including the Basics of Governance, members will be recognized as a LeaderShop Academy Fellow.

Credits earned between July 1 and June 30 apply to recognition given at fall division meetings.

LeaderShop Academy credits are automatically tracked through IASB's event registration process. Board members can view their LeaderShop credit history and recognition records by selecting “Education and Recognition” from their member profile. Members who wish to “Opt In/Out” of the program may also do so online.

New members

Take the first step toward LeaderShop Academy membership by attending a two-day New Board Member Workshop, which includes:

  • Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) and Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for School Board Members
  • Open Meetings Act Training
  • The Basics of Governance.

Then follow up by registering for at least one Pre-Conference Workshop at the Joint Annual Conference in November.

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