Did you miss the Board Member 101 workshops in January?

Attend the New Board Member workshop and get up-to-speed on hot topics and find answers to your questions. This one-day workshop will focus on boardmanship, legal, policy, and advocacy issues. Get your Passport stamped here.

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


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9 a.m.
Welcome and overview
Steve Horton, senior board and management services consultant, OSBA
9:15 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 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
Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel, OSBA
Learning how to run efficient board meetings and navigating your obligations under Ohio Ethics laws are two skills every new board member 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
Sara C. Clark
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.