OSBA Book Club

Welcome to the OSBA Book Club! We are looking forward to continuing the goal of lifelong learning through the reading and sharing of more great books. Our goal is to choose books that are of interest to school district leaders and that can help them in better understanding their work, growing their relationships with staff and community members, building leadership skills or simply because of personal interest.

It's free to join the OSBA Book Club but you must be registered as a Book Club member to receive its communication. As we read each book, we'll send members two or three thought questions for personal use or to encourage discussion at board meetings or with district leadership team colleagues.

This winter we are reading To Lead Is to Teach: Stories and Strategies from the Classroom to the Boardroom by Dr. Jim Mahoney.

Dr. Mahoney is an educational leader, entrepreneur, and renowned expert on school leadership, culture, and staff and student engagement. He is also the founding executive director of Battelle for Kids.

Click here to order To Lead Is to Teach: Stories and Strategies from the Classroom to the Boardroom by Jim Mahoney from Amazon.

We will be reading at our own pace and thought questions will be emailed to those registered for the OSBA Book Club. A new feature available in 2023 for book club registrants is the ability to have discussions, available in the OSBA Learning Center at: https://lms.ohioschoolboards.org.

Jim Mahoney is also presenting a learning session at the OSBA Board Leadership Institute (BLI). Jim's session is scheduled from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Click here for more information about BLI.

We hope you gain a fresh perspective to share and encourage discussion with district leaders and colleagues.

The OSBA Book Club began in the winter of 2014 with "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character," by Paul Tough. Check out the many great selections we have read since then. Please join us for our current book or spice up your knowledge with one of our previous reads. OSBA Book Club is a cost-free program allowing member districts (board members, administrators and district staff and community members) to read and learn together. OSBA's Cheryl W. Ryan explains why you should join the Book Club in the video under "Resources." Do you have a suggestion for another book that would be a great addition to the OSBA Book Club Series? Email Will Waidelich with your suggestion or questions.