Join OSBA for a virtual Summer Leadership Series, a free online learning experience.

We’ve missed seeing our board members and others from their districts at in-person seminars like the Board Leadership Institute and at workshops!

To provide high-quality and convenient training this summer, OSBA has created a two-day virtual Summer Leadership Series. Ten unique sessions will be offered on two days this month.

Gain insight on board governance and leadership topics that are most relevant to the board members in the COVID-19 environment. The Summer Leadership Series will give you real-world learning in a lineup of diverse and timely sessions to help you and your board continue to operate at the highest level possible. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with your peers and access best practices that may be applied right now.

The Summer Leadership Series is complimentary for board members, thanks to the support of our sponsors, CompManagement and CompManagement Health Systems. Sign up today to attend one or both sessions:

• Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Following this series, members will have access the recorded webinar for each presentation, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, CompManagement and CompManagement Health Systems.

Agenda times are approximate.


1 p.m.
Welcome and housekeeping
Sponsored by CompManagement
1:05 p.m.
Back to school safely: Communicating effectively amid a pandemic
Thomas J. Fladung, managing partner, Hennes Communications
You’re preparing for a school year unlike any we have experienced. Make sure your communications are up to the challenge and your most important stakeholders — teachers, staff, students and parents — walk away from your messages with the same takeaway: This is the school where I want to be because this is a school that knows what it’s doing.
1:40 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Assessing your district’s financial, operating and academic health
Ernie Strawser, senior vice president, and Michael Sobul, senior analytics advisor, Forecast5 Analytics Inc.
What do the current economic conditions mean for district finances? Discuss how to plan and structure your district’s decision-making using data to avoid uninformed choices.
2:30 p.m.
2:35 p.m.
What's hot with district policy?
Kyle E. Lathwell, policy consultant, OSBA
It’s critical for board members to make governance decisions based on policy. Learn about what’s new and what may be coming around the bend.
3:20 p.m.
3:25 p.m.
Board behaving badly? Rein in your meetings!
Teri Morgan, senior deputy director of board and management services, and Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, OSBA
Are your meetings effective and efficient? Do you use parliamentary procedure, allowing everyone the opportunity to express their thoughts? Using video examples, this session will enlighten the process and offer tips for great meeting management.
4:10 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
Emerging topics in employment law
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
The conclusion of the school year was anything but normal, as will be the start of the next school year. Between instructing students virtually, closing buildings, social distancing and budget cuts, schools are facing a variety of new employment related issues. Review some of these issues and how school districts are addressing them, such as through reductions in force, memorandums of understanding, leaves of absence and contract nonrenewals.
5 p.m.