Workshop agendas are posted on our website as soon as they become available. If the workshop is taking place outside of the OSBA office, there will be a location name and address listed on the agenda. OSBA's address is 8050 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43235.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing at least five workdays prior to the date of the event to receive a full refund or no charge to the district. Cancellations received less than five workdays before the date of the event will be charged 50% of the registration fee. No-shows and cancellations the day of the event will be charged the full registration amount. Registrants who are unable to attend the event may send a substitute attendee from the same district. The above cancellation and refund policies do not apply to the OSBA Capital Conference.
This email contains the date and location of the workshop you are registered for. For webinars, this email will also contain the link you will need to view the webinar. If you did not receive a confirmation email, you are not registered. Reminder emails are sent one week prior to the event and one day prior to a webinar.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit
CLE credit is given for attendance at some OSBA events. OSBA assists with the necessary paperwork, but actual CLE credit is issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit
OSBA is an approved CPE credit sponsor with the Accountancy Board of Ohio.
Center For Public Investment Management (CPIM) Credit
CPIM credit is given for attendance at some OSBA events. OSBA assists with the necessary paperwork, but actual CPIM credit is issued by the Treasurer of Ohio.
Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) Credit
Certificates of attendance will be provided to all participants for their local professional development committees.
Eligibility to Attend OSBA Workshops
OSBA membership is open to all public school districts in Ohio. You are considered a member if you are employed by a member school district and are eligible to attend OSBA workshops. A public school district board of education that is eligible to become a member of OSBA, but elects not to become a member, may not attend an OSBA workshop.
If you are employed by a member school district, you are eligible to attend OSBA workshops. Agents or representatives of a member district may also attend an OSBA workshop, even if they are not employed by the district, so long as the district processes the registration and payment for attendance. This does not apply to attendance at the OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show.
The employees or board members of an OSBA member affiliate may also attend OSBA workshops. A member affiliate may include: a community school or STE(A)M school sponsored by a traditional public school district; a county board of developmental disability; or any organization, board or commission that has as its purpose the provision of services or programs that benefit public school board members in the delivery of education to the students of Ohio, as determined by the chief executive officer.
An agent or representative of a member district may also attend an OSBA workshop, even if they are not employed by the district, so long as the district processes the registration and payment for attendance. This does not apply to attendance at the OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show.
Inclement Weather Policy
OSBA will attempt to hold all events as scheduled. However, in the event of severe inclement weather or other emergencies, OSBA may cancel an event for safety reasons. OSBA will make every attempt to contact registrants in the event of a cancellation. In the event that OSBA cancels the event, the association will refund your registration fee in full.
Individual Registration Process
Online registration requires that you have a username and password in our database. Your username is your email address. If you can't remember your password, click "Forgot Password?" and your password will be emailed to you. If you have problems logging in, please contact our office at (614) 540-4000 or (800) 589-OSBA.
Invoices are sent after an event takes place to anyone with a registration fee balance.
Registration forms will be accepted via mail, email or may be completed and submitted online and must be accompanied by a purchase order, check or paid by credit card. OSBA accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Virtual Training and the Open Meetings Act
OSBA’s events offer opportunities to gather knowledge, connect with your colleagues and meet with representatives from emerging companies and organizations. We encourage you to ask questions, network with your peers, and talk with vendors about products and services that can help you keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of Ohio’s public schools. However, as you foster relationships with others passionate about public education, we encourage you to be mindful of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act and the restraints it imposes on school board members.
Ohio’s Open Meetings Act provides that all meetings of any public body must be open to the public at all times. The term “meeting” means “any prearranged discussion of the public business of the public body by a majority of its members.” Nothing in the Open Meetings Act requires that a “meeting” occur face-to-face. The Ohio Supreme Court has held that the Open Meetings Act prohibits any private prearranged discussion of public business by a majority of the members of a public body, regardless of whether the discussion occurs face-to-face, telephonically, by video conference or electronically by email, text, tweet or other form of communication.
There are several options for board members to fully engage in an online event without running afoul of the Open Meetings Act. Consider:
Watching virtual training alone or participating in numbers less than a quorum. Ideally, board members will be aware of whether others on the board are also accessing the training or presentation. You may even want to plan ahead and discuss which board members will attend each session. Making sure that the number of board members attending each session is under the number needed for a quorum is a good way to avoid the possibility of Open Meetings Act issues.
Attending presentations and events as a board where you passively receive information. A quorum of the board may virtually attend the same session or presentation and listen passively to the information without triggering the requirements of the Open Meetings Act. A quorum of the board may also host an in-person “viewing party” and watch a session or presentation together as a board, so long as they are present only as observers and do not discuss board business. If it’s likely that a quorum will be accessing the same training session or presentation, either virtually or in-person, be cautious about communicating with one another on matters of board business while participating in the session or presentation.
Asking general questions or making comments incidental to the training. Board members may “chat” or “raise their hands” during the event and ask questions or make comments incidental to the training. Discussing education matters in general is distinguishable from discussing the business of a specific school district and would not be prohibited under the Open Meetings Act. Board members should be cautious and avoid discussing the public business of the public body in a chat box, including private chat boxes.
The information above is intended as general information and not legal advice. If you have general questions about your obligations under the Open Meetings Act, please contact OSBA’s Division of Legal Services at 855-OSBA-LAW. If you have specific questions about your board’s participation in an OSBA event, please contact your board counsel.
It is in your best interest to go through the OSBA registration process to ensure a seat at a workshop. Walk-in registrations are welcome on a space-available basis only. In order to attend the workshop, you must bring payment with you (a purchase order, personal or district check, or major credit card).