As a member of your school district’s governing body, you are called on to make important decisions at every meeting. Some decisions are easy; others are complicated. That’s why board member development is so important. And that’s why OSBA offers the Board Leadership Institute (BLI).
Join us virtually for this engaging two-day event that will feature an inspiring keynote speaker and five in-depth learning sessions designed to provide board members like you with the information you want and need.


Friday, Apr. 23, 2021

11:15 a.m.
Welcome and housekeeping
11:30 a.m.
Keynote – Gerry Brooks
Principal, dad, husband, public speaker and fun maker. A highlight of this year’s BLI is keynote speaker Gerry Brooks, an educator and public speaker whose focus is on helping teachers improve their instructional abilities and demonstrating how administrators can lead staff in a positive and constructive manner. Gerry has a robust following on social media thanks to his humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences.
12:30 p.m.
Stretch break
12:40 p.m.
A fresh perspective on family engagement
Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant, OSBA
New research indicates that our commonly held perspectives and typical messaging about family engagement actually hinders our efforts. Review new research on how parents, teachers and community members perceive family engagement differently, why that matters and what we have learned about effectively framing family engagement.
1:40 p.m.
Stretch break
1:50 p.m.
Every child succeeds with breakfast
Jessica Shelly, director of student dining services, and Sarah Trimble-Oliver, chief strategic officer, Cincinnati Public; Barbara Burns, director of food service, and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent, Carrollton EV. Moderator: June Wedd, vice president of school wellness, American Dairy Association Mideast
Students who eat school breakfast have better attendance, improved behavior and enhanced academic performance. Districts with award-winning breakfast programs share how innovative strategies positively impact student success and support operating budgets. These districts will share strategies to boost participation and maximize federal and state dollars to protect operating funds and balance food costs.
2:50 p.m.
Stretch break
3 p.m.
Legislative update
Jennifer Hogue, director of legislative services; Will Schwartz, deputy director of legislative services; and Nicole Piscitani, 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.
4:15 p.m.
Adjourn until Saturday

Saturday, Apr. 24, 2021

9:30 a.m.
Coffee and networking (optional)
10 a.m.
A systematic mental health approach
Jennie Berkley, assistant superintendent of human resources and student services, and Will Cates, mental health coordinator, Milford EV
Learn how to establish a comprehensive mental health program that includes students, staff, parents and the community in a systemwide approach to best meet the daily needs for an emotionally safe culture and environment to optimize learning. Milford EV shares its approach using effective and seamless processes for screening services, staffing and funding.
11 a.m.
Stretch break
11:10 a.m.
Confronting Ohio's EdChoice vouchers
Dr. Melvin J. Brown, superintendent, Reynoldsburg City; Scott DiMauro, president, and Steve Dyer, director of government relations, communications and marketing, Ohio Education Association; Chris Varwig, board president, Toledo City; and Michael L. Collins, executive director, Real Choice Ohio
In 2020, Real Choice Ohio created the Confronting EdChoice Voucher Project, which focuses on the retention and return of students in Ohio’s over-reaching voucher system. This session will provide tools and review techniques on how to best communicate with parents and students.
12:10 p.m.