Benefits of Membership

Excellence in local school board governance

The work of the Illinois Association of School Boards would not be possible without the continued commitment of local boards of education to the improvement of education for the children of their communities. IASB strives to protect and preserve local school board governance.

The Association’s mission is to light the way for its members by developing their competence and confidence through a robust toolkit designed to build excellence in local school board governance. Many of the resources and services to member districts are available from this website.


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Premier training experiences

Many options and materials are available to help individuals learn how to become effective school board members. State-mandated training for all elected or appointed school board members is just the beginning. Board members are encouraged to develop an ongoing professional development plan so they can continue to gain knowledge and skills that can be applied to their school board service.

Networking opportunities for mutual support

Whether for a veteran school board member, one newly elected or appointed, or someone considering school board service, IASB offers a variety of ways to connect with colleagues and develop and maintain life-long friendships with others who serve.

Valuable benefits, pooled services, information, and expertise

Member services are provided in print, in person, and online. Many are direct member services, provided free as part of the district’s dues, while others are fee-based.

Advocacy on behalf of public education

The ability to influence public policy is enhanced through the cooperative efforts of the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance, which directs its efforts at producing legislation that fosters a favorable educational climate in Illinois and promotes effective school leadership. IASB lobbyists maintain close liaison with the State Board of Education, lawmakers, governmental offices and agencies, and dozens of organizations and interest groups that influence public policy.

A platform for a strong collective voice on common interests and concerns

IASB believes that it is our responsibility as community leaders to reflect upon the current state of education in Illinois and take action to create an education system that meets the needs of all students. There are multiple platforms for members to unite as one strong collective voice.

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