While you are planning your visit to the 2018 OSBA Capital Conference, make sure to take advantage of the OSBA Conference App. It’s available for use on both Apple and Android devices, so you can use it on your cell, tablet, laptop or desktop. It's packed with information about the Conference, including upcoming sessions and breakouts, speaker information, and exhibitors. If you create an account, you can use the app on your desktop and your cell. Here's how the app looks on a desktop:

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By using the app, you can customize your Capital Conference experience to take advantage of the content that is most valuable to you. Click on the filter icon on your cell, or the "filter" button on your computer, and then select your focus area. For example, if you select “Legal,” more than 25 breakout sessions will appear for your consideration. Among the options is the School Law Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 13. OSBA’s division of legal services also will be presenting and co-presenting several sessions at the Conference, so please stop by and see us.

Here are some examples of how you can us the app to your advantage:

Are court cases your thing? OSBA’s Chief Legal Counsel Sara Clark (@saracravenclark) will provide an overview of the most critical recent school law cases in her 2018 Case Law Update on Monday at 9 a.m. For a more historical overview of US Supreme Court cases that affect schools, check out Ten Court Cases You Should Know on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

If HR is your particular interest, OSBA Senior Attorney Van Keating will be co-presenting Collective Bargaining: A View from the Bridge on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Of course, there are lots of other session choices related to this topic, including:

  • Essentials of harassment investigations
  • HR nightmares for schools
  • Board members’ roles in CBA negotiations (presented by OSBA staff attorney Megan Greulich - @MeganGreulich)
  • Family Ties – Nepotism in the district (which I will present - @jennie_at_law)

If you’re a new board member, you can check out Effective Student Handbooks, where OSBA employees Megan Greulich and Kenna Haycox will focus on the legal and practical issues to consider while developing your district’s student handbook. There also are breakouts on managing the media, board governance and strategic planning, and school finance, among other topics.

And if you're on Twitter, remember to follow @ohschoolboards and the Capital Conference Twitter hashtag for the most recent tweets and updates  as they occur: #OSBACC.  

These are just a few of the many offerings at the 2018 Capital Conference. We hope to see you next month at the Columbus Convention Center.

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/19/2018