Do you know an outstanding school board member who makes a difference in your school district, community college or education service district? Nominate him or her for Oregon School Board Member of the Year.
Judging is based solely on nomination materials. It is therefore in the nominee's best interest for the packet to be thorough, precise and complete, including supporting materials. To help you submit a strong nomination, download this Nomination Example, which includes suggestions for supporting evidence and initiatives. If you have additional supporting evidence or any questions about the nomination process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for selection
Must be a current public school district, community college or education service district board member in Oregon who plans to continue board service.
Must serve on a member board of the Oregon School Boards Association.
Cannot be currently serving on the OSBA Board of Directors.
Cannot have previously received the award.
Must show initiative in the following areas:
Advocacy, such as communicating to legislators, media and local communities the importance of public education or engaging with community stakeholders over support for public education.
Leadership, such as promoting high-quality education for students, addressing funding shortages, or creating accountability for student progress.
Support for student achievement, especially addressing the graduation rate, equity or the achievement gap.
Must show pertinent supporting evidence, such as awards, media coverage, district data, etc.
Note that a higher number of nominations doesn’t increase chance of winning
Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered.
Winner is up to selection committee’s discretion.
Nominations must be submitted by March 15, 2020.
A selection committee of OSBA Board members and staff will choose 10 or fewer finalists.
Winner picked by a committee of three to five former Oregon school board members and a designee from the Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus. OSBA staff will select those to serve on the committee, whose members cannot cast a vote for a finalist with whom they have served on a school board.
The winner will be notified prior to the November OSBA Annual Convention.
The Oregon School Board Member of the Year will be recognized in the following ways:
Recognized at the OSBA Annual Convention in November; announcement sent to media statewide.
Given free registration to OSBA events for one year.
Given an honorary keepsake
Name listed on the OSBA website
Name engraved on a plaque kept at OSBA offices in Salem.
Congratulations to the Oregon School Board Members of the Year!