The Ohio School Boards Association invites all central office staff and school building administrative assistants and professionals to attend this engaging and informative workshop. Join our experts virtually to discuss relationship-building, communication strategies and self-care tips to assist in your day-to-day needs.

Key takeaways:
• Develop strategies to deal with difficult situations and parents.
• Gain guidance on teamwork styles and communication.
• Cover information on current policy and legal hot topics.
• Learn techniques to maintain the best version of yourself.


Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

10 a.m.
Teri Morgan, senior deputy director of board and management services, OSBA
10:05 a.m.
How do you communicate and work?
Steve Horton, senior board and management services consultant, OSBA
We all communicate and work in different ways. Our internal wiring makes us unique in who we are. This session will look at different communication and work styles and ways these differences can be a strength for the work team rather than points of conflict.
10:40 a.m.
Stretch break
10:45 a.m.
Policy management in ever-changing times
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, OSBA
Your board policies are a critical part of district operations, but how do you manage them when many provisions are temporarily changed or rescinded? We will talk through a roadmap to manage policy updates, communications and questions in light of current temporary provisions and regulations.
11:25 a.m.
Lunch break
11:55 a.m.
Dealing with difficult parents
Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant, OSBA
We all have to deal with angry people and difficult situations at one time or another. The best approach is prevention, but sometimes you don’t have that option. There are times when you find yourself in the right place at the right time on the receiving end of someone’s built-up anger. When it’s not possible to prevent people from getting angry, the best thing you can do is defuse them effectively. Learn specific techniques to help with these challenging situations.
12:30 p.m.
Stretch break
12:35 p.m.
Fall legal roundup: What now?
Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, OSBA
Whenever someone would knock on her door, writer Dorothy Parker would say, “What fresh hell is this?” Lately, it seems that we are inundated with education-related news, sometimes conflicting or confusing, and we don’t always know where to turn for help and information. This session will feature some of the most current legal issues related to the changing education landscape. We'll talk about attendance laws and the Ohio Department of Education’s attendance guidance; health and other student records; public records requests; and other emerging legal issues.
1:15 p.m.
Stretch break
1:20 p.m.
Filling your tank
Dr. Kathy McFarland, deputy chief executive, OSBA
Sometimes we need to be reminded that it is OK to make ourselves a priority. When we improve ourselves, everyone around us benefits. Learn strategies that can help you be the best version of yourself.
2 p.m.