School boardmanship is more complex and demanding than ever. High-quality board member education, designed specifically for relatively new board members, can help you become a more effective education leader in your community.

By focusing on your first months and years in office, experienced OSBA staff will provide direction for 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 advocate for your students and community members. Discover the resources OSBA has to help you in your first term and beyond.

Four books are included with workshop tuition: "Boardmanship," "Board-Treasurer Partnership," "Board-Superintendent Partnership" and "Board-Legislature Partnership."


8:30 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
9 a.m.
Welcome and overview
9:15 a.m.
Boardmanship: What it's really all about
Steve Horton, senior board and management services consultant, OSBA
Delve into the most important aspects of board work, your role as a board member and best practices for success as a new member of your board of education.
10 a.m.
Boardmanship: Conduct and culture
Steve Horton
Learn strategies for working with your fellow board members and contributing to a strong, cohesive leadership team.
11 a.m.
Why legislation and advocacy are so important and the basics of school funding
Will Schwartz, lobbyist, OSBA
Whether you like it or not, your district is affected by political leaders in Columbus, so your voice needs to be heard. Explore ways even a small district can help "educate" the legislature and get an overview of Ohio's school-funding system.
12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
1 p.m.
Video scenarios and audience discussion
Watch two videos and apply what you've learned to stay on the right path.
1:15 p.m.
Parliamentary procedure and ethics laws
Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, OSBA
Learning how to run efficient board meetings and navigating your obligations under Ohio ethics laws are two skills all new board members should master early in their terms. Join an OSBA attorney for assistance on these important topics.
2:15 p.m.
Video scenarios and audience discussion
Watch additional videos and compare your responses with those of your colleagues.
2:30 p.m.
Sunshine Law
Jennifer A. Hardin
This session will go beyond the basics and provide an overview of board members' responsibilities under the Open Meetings Act, using hypothetical scenarios and examples from recent case law.
4 p.m.