Recently appointed to your school board? Attend this one-day workshop for first-term board members and get up to speed on hot topics. You will hear from experienced OSBA staff in this one-day condensed workshop that will focus on boardmanship, governance, legal, policy and advocacy issues. 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. Registration fee includes the book "Boardmanship." Those registered for the event will receive a link to view the recording after the event takes place.


Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

9 a.m.
Welcome and introductions
9:15 a.m.
Governance from the school board seat: What it really means
Steve Horton, OSBA senior board and management services consultant
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.
10:15 a.m.
Stretch break
10:25 a.m.
Being an advocate for your school district
Will Schwartz, OSBA deputy director of legislative services
Learn about the legislative process, the important role you play as a board member and some of the hot topics in front of legislators that could affect public school districts in the next calendar year.
11:30 a.m.
The board’s role in student achievement
Kim Miller-Smith, OSBA senior student achievement consultant
Every board member wants to positively affect the outcomes for each of their district’s students. This session will share some ideas and strategies about how to accomplish this goal.
11:50 a.m.
Lunch break
12:15 p.m.
Good governance through policy
Kyle E. Lathwell, OSBA policy consultant
Effective policies are an essential tool for effective district governance. This session will review best practices for policy development and implementation and share some ideas about possible policy additions or changes that may be coming in the next several months.
1:15 p.m.
Making meetings more meaningful
Teri Morgan, OSBA senior deputy director of board and management services
The board meeting is the one place where board members can have the most impact. This session will share some ideas and strategies to ensure your team is able to get its work done in the most productive, professional way.
1:45 p.m.
Stretch break
1:55 p.m.
Legal resources, issues and other hot topics
Ralph Lusher III, OSBA staff attorney
Learn more about the role of a board member, how board members can best work together to advance student achievement and get answers to your questions about communications among and between leadership team members, staff and the public.
3 p.m.
Wrap-up and adjourn