Newly elected or recently appointed to your school board?

Attend this one-day workshop for first-term board members and get up-to-speed on hot topics. Find answers to all your boardmanship questions. This one-day condensed workshop will focus on boardmanship, governance, legal, policy, and advocacy issues. Get your Passport stamped here, too!

Experienced OSBA staff will provide direction as you continue your boardmanship journey. Learn about the important aspects of board work, frequently asked legal questions, how board policies help govern your district and how to be an effective legislative and student achievement advocate for your students.

Discover the resources OSBA has to help you in your first year, your first term and beyond.

The Boardmanship book is included in the workshop tuition.


9 a.m.
Welcome and overview
Cheryl W. Ryan, director of board and management services, OSBA
9:15 a.m.
Governance from the school board seat: What’s it really mean?
Cheryl W. Ryan
Come prepared to share your biggest board challenges to date; learn how to build better and more trusting relationships with district administrators; and understand best practices for staff and district communications as well as the most appropriate roles for board members, superintendents and treasurers.
10:20 a.m.
Stretch break
10:30 a.m.
Being an advocate for your school district
Will Schwartz, deputy director of legislative services, OSBA
Learn about the legislative process and the important role you play as a board member.
11:30 a.m.
What's going on at the Statehouse?
Will Schwartz
Hear about pending legislation and what is expected to take place this fall.
12:15 p.m.
Lunch break
12:45 p.m.
Good governance through policy
Kyle E. Lathwell, policy consultant, OSBA
Effective policies are an essential tool for effective district governance. This session will review best practices for policy development and implementation. Interactive discussions of pitfalls and possibilities boards face in policy will assist you in impacting student success and district operations through policy governance.
2 p.m.
Stretch break
2:10 p.m.
Legal resources, issues and other hot topics
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
An OSBA attorney will discuss OSBA’s legal resources, legal basics for boards and key legal topics, such as parliamentary procedure, ethics, open meetings and public records as well as some current hot topics in school law.
3:45 p.m.
4 p.m.