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

School boardmanship is more complex and demanding than ever. High-quality board member education, designed specifically for newly elected board members, can help you become a more effective educational leader in your community. By focusing on your first 90 days in office, experienced OSBA staff will provide direction as you start your boardmanship journey. Learn about the important aspects of board work, frequently asked legal questions, how board policies help you govern your district and how to be an effective advocate for your students.

This workshop is Stop 1 in the 2018 New Board Member Passport. The passport includes six workshops that expose you to topics that are important to new board members in their first year. Visit to learn more.


Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

8 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
9 a.m.
Welcome and overview
Steve Horton, board and management services consultant, OSBA
9:15 a.m.
Understanding OSBA's five regions
Reno Contipelli, NE region manager, OSBA
Discover activities taking place near you and meet your regional manager, your guide for regional events.
9:45 a.m.
Boardmanship: What it's really all about
Steve Horton
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.
10:45 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.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m.
Frequently asked legal questions and available legal resources
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
An OSBA staff attorney will provide answers and insight into the most common legal questions asked by new board members.
2:30 p.m.
Hot topics and legal issues
Van D. Keating
Hear timely information on critical legal issues facing today's school boards.
4:30 p.m.
Networking and refreshments

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

8:30 a.m.
9 a.m.
Why legislation and advocacy are so important
Jay Smith, deputy director of legislative services, 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.
11 a.m.
The OSBA website and your OSBA staff liaison: Your best resources
Review the abundance of information right at your fingertips.
11:15 a.m.
Video scenarios and audience discussion
Steve Horton
Watch two videos and apply what you've learned to stay on the right path.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
1 p.m.
Governing through policy: A framework for success
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, OSBA
A district's policies are its armor, protecting it in situations where subjectivity isn't the right approach.
3 p.m.
District goal setting: How else do you know where you're going?
Steve Horton
Boards of education need to keep their district's vision in sight at all times and stay focused on the big picture to govern appropriately.
3:15 p.m.