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Since its inception in 1913, IASB has a long and proud tradition of serving public school leaders. Today, 98 percent of Illinois public school districts are members of the Association. Our service to these districts and nearly 6,000 elected school board members is what IASB is all about.

The vision of the Illinois Association of School Boards is excellence in local school governance supporting quality public education. In our effort to fulfill that vision and mission, IASB staff has adopted staff standards, or in other words, what our members have a right to expect from us.

Many member services are provided at central and regional sites statewide, but they can also be tailored for delivery to individual districts and boards. Among the services IASB provides:

Field Services
IASB Field Services is the "heart" of the Association. Assigned to 21 geographic regions or "divisions," each member district is served by one of six field service directors who are dedicated to working with individual school boards and school board members.

Field Service Directors are the primary staff contacts responsible for assuring that member district needs are met by the Association. From division meetings to custom workshops and board self evaluations in their home districts, contact your IASB Field Services Staff to learn more about these choices.

Among the services provided by IASB Field Service Directors are:

More information is also available in the Field Services Catalog. To find out which IASB Field Service Director serves your area or district, consult our IASB Divisions Map.

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Board Training and Development
There is a lot to learn - whether you are a newly elected or veteran school board member. Fortunately, IASB offers a wide range of board development opportunities to improve your leadership skills. Among those services and products are the following:

If you want to know when or where a board development event is scheduled, please visit the Events Calendar. You can search this Calendar for a list of events in a drop-down menu sorted by division, area, type or subject. You can also search for training events with a keyword search. Many events also offer Online Registration.

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Executive Searches
Recruiting and selecting a superintendent or other key administrators takes time and expertise, which is why the selection procedure and process must be planned carefully. IASB has developed a service to help boards prepare for that decision. You can review these services at these links:

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Policy Services
IASB Policy Services offers a variety of services that substantially enhance the ability of a school board to function effectively. What is school board policy? The following services are available from IASB:

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School Law Resources
IASB staff works to provide member school districts with the information they need to function effectively. Most of that information includes legal issues, directly or indirectly. The links below provide access to a wide range of such resources:

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Governmental Relations
As the "voice of school boards," IASB represents the local lay leaders of education in pursuing adequate and equitable school funding and other IASB Beliefs established by the membership.

Much of the Association's direct lobbying of state government is carried out through the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance, a coalition consisting of four state organizations involved in school management. The Association also has an active Delegate Assembly, in which member districts propose and vote on resolutions that help establish the Association's stand on public policy issues. Advocacy tools and publications include the following:

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IASB's Communications Department is responsible for compiling, publishing and maintaining a wide variety of books, periodicals, pamphlets, kits, surveys, brochures, and flyers. Some of these resources may be downloaded from this Web site. Others may be ordered via the IASB Online Bookstore, or by phone, mail or fax. The following publications and tools are among those offered:

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Online Directories and Databases
Another valuable resource available on this website are searchable directories of member districts, IASB events, and other useful sources of information. This is also where IASB members (school districts, superintendents, board members, secretaries, associate and affiliate members, Service Associates, and members of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys) can create a member account to access or update their member profile and log in to other members-only services:

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Sponsored Programs
IASB member school districts have access to a number of programs designed to save money or ensure competitive pricing of some essential services. These programs are sponsored by IASB and offered to districts through pooling or trust arrangements, often governed by the districts themselves. A list of sponsored programs is available here.

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Searching the Website and Contact Information
This list represents many but not all of the services provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards. Additional links and information can be accessed by use of a keyword or phrase via the IASB search engine.

For additional assistance finding who to call for more information about any of these services, please consult our directory by topic. IASB staff can also be reached by email or phone by consulting our directory by name and d epartment.

Those wanting an easy way to keep up on the latest content posted to the IASB website can sign up for automatic email notifications at: Online Update.

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