New IASB Board Leader Recognition Combines Master Board Member and Leadershop Programs

  • Date Posted
    June 24, 2021
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A new program to recognize school board members for their commitment to learning and service begins July 1. The IASB Board Leader Recognition Program honors individual school board members who attend Association events and professional development activities such as Division Meetings and the Joint Annual Conference, as well as participation in workshops, online courses, and other training by awarding points for each activity.

The program will replace the Master Board Member and LeaderShop recognition programs. Within the new program there are three levels of recognition: Established Board Leader, Distinguished Board Leader, and the Legacy Board Leader. Each level will require a set amount of points to achieve the designated recognition status.

The new Board Leader Recognition Program represents the input of two member focus group sessions, a focus group survey, and numerous staff meetings.

“We heard our members say they wanted a simplified program with a clear path to recognition,” said Dean Langdon, Associate Executive Director of Board Development. “This also provided an opportunity to designate a level to honor our longest-serving members, the Legacy Board Leader.”

Members can begin earning points for the new program on July 1, 2021. All IASB school board members are automatically enrolled into the recognition program when added to their district roster. Points are cumulative and individuals will be recognized as they reach each level. 

Learn more about the IASB Board Leader Recognition Program and how to earn activity points on the Leader Recognition webpage.

This fall will be the final recognition year for the Master Board Member and LeaderShop programs. IASB staff will convert previous program points and credits into the new program ensuring past member service will be recognized. Questions about the new program should be directed to Dean Langdon,, or (217) 528-9688 ext. 1141.