Boost your leadership skills at the OSBA Board Leadership Institute. This two-day conference is created for board members by board members and is a must-attend workshop for any new board member. This unique institute is designed to further your professional development by focusing on timely topics and allowing opportunities for you to speak with the experts.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days and workshop materials from each of the 18 breakout sessions. There is not a special one day rate. Contact Laurie Miller at with any questions.

Workshop registration cancellation and refund policy:

• Cancellations received by OSBA on or before April 24 will receive a full refund.

• Cancellations received after April 24 will be charged $145.

• No-shows and cancellations the day of the event will be charged $290.

Call the Hilton Columbus/Polaris at (614) 885-1600 for reservations. Mention OSBA to get a rate of $143 for a single or double room. Room reservations must be made by April 9 to receive the special rate. Or use this link to make reservations online: Hotel check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is noon.

Hotel cancellation policy:

• Reservations must be canceled by 3 p.m. 48 hours (or 2 days) prior to the scheduled arrival date or it will result in a charge of one night's room and tax.


Friday, May. 1, 2020

8:15 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
Lanyards sponsored by CompManagement
9:15 a.m.
Opening General Session — Reaching and understanding wounded students
Dr. Joe Hendershott, co-founder, Hope 4 the Wounded LLC
This session will inspire and equip you to bring hope to children beyond those considered at-risk through social-emotional learning practices and strategies for schools and communities.
10:20 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Concurrent sessions — Leadership area: Vision
10:30 a.m.
Strategies to maximize a strategic plan’s impact
Steve Horton, senior board and management services consultant, OSBA, and Eric K. Germann, board member, Lincolnview Local (Van Wert)
A comprehensive strategic plan is a big step for any district, but it is of no use if it sits on the shelf. Hear about a district’s successful effort to bring its plan to life to benefit the district and community.
10:30 a.m.
Your school and social media: Crisis communications in an echo chamber
Thomas J. Fladung, managing partner, Hennes Communications
Learn how to help protect your school district’s reputation in the social media era, when everyone’s reputation is on the line every day. Hennes Communications is an OSBA service provider.
10:30 a.m.
Exploring the role of the 21st century board member
Jamie Meade, vice president and chief of staff, Battelle for Kids, and Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant, OSBA
What specific role shifts are essential for board members to support today’s students in this rapidly changing world? This interactive session will encourage participants to reflect on, think about and discuss their role as a board member in preparing graduates for future success.
11:30 a.m.
Networking luncheon
Luncheon sponsored by CompManagement
12:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions — Leadership area: Accountability
12:30 p.m.
Is your district a relationship builder?
Rico Rice, president, Rice Education Consulting and OSBA diversity and equity consultant
Learn new ways to better inform and engage your diverse audiences and help ensure everyone feels included in your messaging.
12:30 p.m.
Assessing your district’s financial, operating and academic health
Matt Bunting, senior advisor, Ernie Strawser, senior vice president, and Michael Sobul, senior analytics advisor, Forecast5 Analytics Inc.
Get tips and insight to boost your understanding and confidence in your district’s financial profile, report card and long-term financial health. Forecast5 Analytics Inc. is endorsed by OSBA.
12:30 p.m.
Education equity: Linking the institutional and interpersonal
Kelly Capatosto, senior data and policy specialist, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University
Explore a variety of educational equity issues through an intersectional lens that considers race, gender and ability status. By focusing on structural racism and implicit bias, we’ll discuss ways to promote positive outcomes and accountability at the district level.
1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Concurrent sessions — Leadership area: Policy
1:45 p.m.
Get behind the wheel: Driving student success through board policy
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, and Kim MillerSmith, senior student achievement consultant, OSBA
Work through practical examples of how to drive student achievement through board policy in this interactive session.
1:45 p.m.
What’s hot with district policy?
Kyle E. Lathwell, policy consultant, OSBA
It’s critical for board members to make governance decisions based on policy. Learn about what’s new and what may be coming around the bend.
1:45 p.m.
The dirty dozen: 12 tips for staying legally compliant
Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel, and Ralph H. Lusher III, staff attorney, OSBA
Identify and review 12 of the most common legal mistakes boards make when drafting, interpreting or applying their board policies.
2:45 p.m.
3 p.m.
General Session — Let’s hear it from them: How your leadership team can be most successful
Dr. J. Kip Crain, superintendent, Wayne County Schools Career Center; Darrell Edwards, superintendent, Goshen Local (Clermont); and Dr. Philip Wagner, superintendent, Licking Heights Local (Licking)
A panel of superintendents will share ideas and strategies for optimizing the board-superintendent relationship for district progress.
4 p.m.
Adjourn for the day

Saturday, May. 2, 2020

7:30 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
Concurrent sessions — Leadership area: Leadership
8:15 a.m.
Everything you wanted to know about OSBA’s new STAR Awards Program
Jeff Chambers, director of communication services, and Cheryl W. Ryan, director of board and management services, OSBA
Learn about OSBA’s new awards program, including how to earn points and where the points will lead.
8:15 a.m.
Board behaving badly? Rein in your meetings!
Teri Morgan, senior deputy director of board and management services, and Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, OSBA
Are your meetings effective and efficient? Do you use parliamentary procedure, allowing everyone the opportunity to express their thoughts? Using video examples, this session will enlighten the process and offer tips for great meeting management.
8:15 a.m.
Emerging topics in employment law
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
Recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor on issues such as joint employers and the Fair Labor Standards Act could have a significant impact on Ohio’s public schools and how some services are provided. Review the new rules and steps districts can take to ensure they are compliant with recently adopted employment tests.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
Concurrent sessions — Leadership area: Relationships
9:30 a.m.
School health care using telemedicine
Doug G. Stuart, board member, Rittman EV and Wayne County Schools Career Center; Kathy Zimmer, executive director of e-health services, Aultman Orrville Hospital; and Myra Pierce, registered nurse, Rittman EV
Learn how Rittman EV implemented a telemedicine program for students and staff in school clinics through a partnership with a nearby hospital and physicians group.
9:30 a.m.
Cultivating relationships to improve leadership
Jerry D. Snodgrass, executive director, Ohio High School Athletic Association
Discuss ways to use unique relationships to develop and improve leadership skills on and off the field.
9:30 a.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.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Concurrent sessions — Leadership area: Advocacy
10:45 a.m.
News from the Statehouse
Jennifer Hogue, director of legislative services, and Will Schwartz, deputy director of legislative services, OSBA
OSBA’s Division of Legislative Services reviews recent action at the Statehouse. Learn what to expect in the fall during the lame duck session.
10:45 a.m.
A new vision for Ohio’s report card
Ross May, chief information officer, Canton City; Stephanie Eichenberg, board member, Toledo City; Eve Bolton, board member, Cincinnati Public; and Bob Longworth, superintendent, Lockland Local (Hamilton)
Learn about the OSBA Urban Network’s proposal to overhaul state report cards. The plan would align the report card to Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education; minimize the impact of income on the report card; emphasize improvement; and provide for an annual report in which districts and schools tell their unique stories.
11:45 a.m.
Closing Luncheon — Clearing the docket: Innovative approaches to juvenile intervention
(Luncheon sponsored by CompManagement Health Systems) Judge David A. Hejmanowski, Delaware County Juvenile and Probate Division, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas
A central Ohio juvenile court judge shares innovative ways the judicial system is attempting early intervention in juvenile unruly and delinquency cases to reduce children’s formal involvement in the justice system. Gain insight into how similar methods may be used in an educational setting.
1 p.m.