The Hilton Columbus/Polaris will be the site of this comprehensive Friday-Saturday institute. Call (614) 885-1600 and mention OSBA to get a rate of $139 for a single or double room. Room reservations must be made by April 5, 2019 to receive the special rate.

Cancellation and refund policy:

• Cancellations received by OSBA on or before April 19 will receive a full refund.

• Cancellations received after April 19 will be charged $143.

• No-shows and cancellations the day of the event will be charged $285.


Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

8 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
9 a.m.
Opening General Session with Dr. Mike Thomson
Welcome — Rick Lewis, chief executive officer, OSBA; Pledge of Allegiance, remarks and introduction of speaker — John W. Halkias, OSBA president; board member, Plain Local (Stark)
His BLI presentation, "Strategies for Saving Your Sanity," will pull pack the curtain and reveal a trove of tips, secrets and strategies on how to save your sanity as a school board member. He pledges to turbocharge whatever you're doing right now and give you the tools for the right mindset, mental toughness, lasting resilience and the life balance that leads to sustainable high performance at work and home and in life. When the high-energy Dr. Mike is in the room, you're sure to head home renewed, refreshed and ready to tackle your toughest challenges.
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Student achievement concurrent session 1: Leading together: Ohio’s SOAR network of visionary leaders
Jeffrey R. Brown, Granville EV; Melvin J. Brown, Reynoldsburg City; James Sotlar, Canal Winchester Local (Franklin); and Karen Garza, chief executive officer and president, and Jamie Meade, chief of staff, Battelle for Kids
Join this interactive session to learn about Ohio’s SOAR Network, composed of visionary leaders and school systems across the state committed to transforming their education systems to meet the needs of today’s 21st century graduates.
10:30 a.m.
Student achievement concurrent session 2: Trauma-informed approaches to engaging low-income students
Kimberly Brazwell, owner, KiMISTRY LLC
Participants examine their personal and professional stories and organizational practices and programs to (re)learn how to make spaces safer for students in socioeconomic crisis.
11:30 a.m.
Networking luncheon
Luncheon sponsored by CompManagement
12:30 p.m.
Legal and legislative concurrent session 1: Education foundations as a local funding initiative
Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel, OSBA
Learn how to legally create, employ and maintain an education foundation to augment, supplement or enhance your district’s financial resources.
12:30 p.m.
Legal and legislative concurrent session 2: News from the Statehouse
Jennifer Hogue, director of legislative services; Jay Smith; deputy director of legislative services; and Will Schwartz, lobbyist, OSBA
Hear about recent developments in the Ohio General Assembly. Learn what’s happening with the biennial budget legislation and its potential impact on your district.
12:30 p.m.
Legal and legislative concurrent session 3: Janus and the two faces of union dues
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
Union response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME has ranged from willing acceptance to outright hostility. How has the unions’ loss of fair share fees affected your school district?
1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
An update from the Statehouse — State Rep. Kent Smith
State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) will share an update from the Statehouse. His prior service as an Euclid City school board member gives Smith a unique perspective on the challenges facing Ohio’s schools.
2:45 p.m.
Critical and current issues concurrent session 1: Connecting the board to the building
Mark E. Bobo, membership retention and engagement consultant, OSBA; and Carol B. Taylor, deputy director, Franklin County Family and Children First Council
Discover the importance of understanding building practices specific to alternative discipline and trauma-informed practices.
2:45 p.m.
Critical and current issues concurrent session 2: Look good, feel good, do good
Kent Hamilton, teacher, Plain Local (Stark), adviser, Guys with Ties program
Get an inside look at an innovative program created for third-grade boys to provide lessons in etiquette, professionalism, character and leadership. Learn how your district can use similar strategies to increase positivity in your buildings.
2:45 p.m.
Critical and current issues concurrent session 3: Assessing your district’s financial health
Ryan Ghizzoni and Mike Sobul, consultants, Public Finance Resources
Get tips and tools to boost your understanding and confidence in understanding your district’s financial profile and short and long-term financial health.
3:45 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 27, 2019

7:30 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
Board leadership concurrent session 1: What’s next? The board’s role in good succession planning
Steve Horton, senior board and management services consultant, OSBA
Discover strategies for maintaining a strong board culture through effective succession planning.
8:15 a.m.
Board leadership concurrent session 2: Improving relationships between the board, the community and local government
Teri Morgan, deputy director of board and management services, OSBA
School district priorities aren’t always aligned with those of the townships, cities or counties where they’re located. Find ideas to grow and maintain healthier civic partnerships.
8:15 a.m.
Board leadership concurrent session 3: How good boards make impactful decisions
Cheryl W. Ryan, director of board and management services, OSBA
Learn strategies to help boards prioritize decisions when differing perspectives exist, and discover processes to move constructively through discussion to decision.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
Student care and wellness concurrent session 1: Helping students who live in poverty: It’s a mindset
Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant, OSBA
Many of us have more children in our districts living in poverty than those who do not. Fifty-two percent of public school students in the U.S. are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Learn about the social and educational reforms that make a difference in these youths’ lives.
9:30 a.m.
Student care and wellness concurrent session 2: Student welfare policies: Are you on track?
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, OSBA
Review key requirements on issues affecting student welfare, including drugs, electronic cigarettes, hazing and bullying, human trafficking and medical marijuana. Learn what district obligations are and discuss practical tips for addressing these unique challenges.
9:30 a.m.
Student care and wellness concurrent session 3: Lessons from the schoolhouse
Dr. Kathy McFarland, deputy chief executive, OSBA
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a significant indicator of student success that correlates with positive academic outcomes, future career success and overall happiness. SEL encompasses the skills and knowledge students need for self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness. Review recent research on practical strategies that students and adults can use.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Critical and current issues concurrent session 1: Working with your State Board of Education
Laura Kohler, president, member at large; and Charlotte McGuire, vice president, District 3 representative, State Board of Education
The president and vice president of the State Board of Education share a brief update on current issues affecting Ohio school districts and conduct a question-and-answer session to address local concerns.
10:45 a.m.
Critical and current issues concurrent session 2: Hot topics in school law for board members
John E. Britton, shareholder, Ennis Britton Co. LPA
Spend some quality time with a veteran school board attorney as he reviews a number of significant and emerging legal issues affecting public education and board governance.
10:45 a.m.
Critical and current issues concurrent session 3: Measuring and communicating employability skills using the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal
Jim Hansel, career tech programs specialist; and Mike Hart, assistant dean of instruction, Laurel Oaks Campus, Great Oaks Career Campuses
Learn how Great Oaks Career Campuses is using the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal to teach and reinforce important employability skills that employers need. Students can provide potential employers a profile illustrating skills that show they’re ready for work.
11:45 a.m.
Closing Luncheon with Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria – Creating a culture of improvement and excellence in education
Introduction of speaker — John W. Halkias; Luncheon sponsored by CompManagement Health Systems
1 p.m.