New Board Members

Welcome new school board members! Congratulations on your election or appointment to your local board of education. This webpage serves as a guide to information and resources to help you carry out your duties and develop your leadership skills throughout your journey as a school board member. 

Map Your Journey: Welcome to the Board Livestream

A live webinar introduces you to IASB and all it has to offer you and your board as you move forward in your new role.


Chart Your Course: New Board Member Online Training Bundle

Coming soon! This online training bundle sets you on the road to success and includes three courses produced by IASB for new board members:

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

Attend Waypoint Webinars: Accelerate Your Learning Curve

Register to attend a series of webinars that focus on what you are learning over the first six months of your board experience.

Click here to view webinar event offerings and to register.

Additional opportunities for you to continue to learn and grow

Connect with fellow travelers at Fall Division Meetings
Each of IASB’s 21 regional divisions hold meetings offering topical presentations, networking opportunities, and updates from IASB staff and leaders. 

The Joint Annual Conference "grand tour" of governance
Recognized as one of the nation's largest state education conferences, the Joint Annual Conference is the premier statewide training event. Partake in all the learning Conference has to offer, with many events specifically designed for new board members.


Resources to understand the role of board members and the work of the board

Additional reading 


From mandated training, meetings, working with the superintendent, and learning the work of the board, IASB is prepared to assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills to become an effective school board member. Learn more about IASB.


Have a question?

As a new board member, you're bound to have a few questions. Reach out to your Association for support and resources needed for a successful journey.