Professional Development

Whether you’re a new board member or a seasoned veteran, there are always new leadership skills to explore. OSBA offers the following training opportunities to help you reach your full potential as a board member:

Board Leadership Institute: OSBA’s Board Leadership Institute is a two-day training event designed by and for board members. Courses cover a range of topics, including general boardmanship, governance, leadership, labor, policy and school law matters.

Board Presidents’ Workshop: Learn skills essential to successfully lead your district.

New Board Member Academy: These two-day academies focus on the knowledge and skills new board members find essential to becoming effective contributors to their district’s management team. Topics include the world of boardmanship; decision-making and working as a team; how Ohio schools are funded; the Sunshine Law and executive sessions; and many more.

OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show: The Capital Conference, one of the nation’s premier education conventions, offers exceptional opportunities for learning, sharing and networking. The four-day event offers general sessions, more than 100 breakout sessions and something for every member of your district’s administrative team.

Other workshops: Below are just some of the workshops OSBA offers each year:

• Cyberlaw Workshop

• ESC Workshop

• Levy University

• School Finance Seminar

• School Law for Treasurers

• Special Education Workshop

• State Legislative Conference

ESC Academies: Attend workshops in your region of the state. Many ESCs have contracted to host academies throughout the year, bringing experts to the ESC to train board members. Contact OSBA to learn more about the academies.

Individual board training: To help boards work effectively as a team, OSBA also offers customized workshops on a variety of topics, including:

• Board self-evaluations

• Goal setting

• Superintendent or treasurer evaluations

Web-based training: To make learning more convenient, OSBA offers a growing number of training programs through webinars.

Click here to see the events page and view all of OSBA's events.

For more information, contact Laurie Miller at, or call 614-540-4000.