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

Watch IASB's "Welcome to the Board" webinar to learn about IASB’s Roadmap to Success, developed to guide your first year with information on the New Board Member Training Bundle, Waypoint Webinars for new members, and learning opportunities from IASB.

View New Board Member Webinar

Chart Your Course

The New Board Member 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
Learn more about the New Board Member Online Training Bundle.

Register for the New Board Member Online Training Bundle.

Attend Waypoint Webinars

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

View Waypoint Webinars

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

IASB has a variety of training resources to facilitate school board governance and policy work including the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance, Code of Conduct, and building the board team.

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.