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American Education Week

American Education Week is traditionally observed the week before Thanksgiving.

Back to School Week

While Back to School Week officially ended in 2004, we think it's an event worth perpetuating. What better say to help Oregonians understand what public schools are doing for our children and our future?

Be part of the process: What you can do

Ways you can help shape the OSBA's legislative priorities and policies.

Being a spokesperson for education

Tips to help assure people in your community that your schools are delivering what is expected.

Board communications for tough times

Tips for communicating about budget reductions

Board training - workshops

Customized board training, facilitation, consultation and advice

Building collaborative relationships

Tips for building collaborative relationships with political and business leaders in order to develop a consensus for student success.

Building meaningful partnerships

Basic steps for building partnerships between businesses and schools.

Communicating your message to Legislators

Do's and don'ts for building relationships with legislators.

Drop-out rates: 21 things districts can do

A list of things districts can do to reduce drop-out rates.

Engaging the community in budget development

Learn from Gresham-Barlow School District how to engage your community in setting budgeting priorities.

Exploring the benefits of regional negotiation forums

A new trend may be on the horizon for Oregon school boards. Districts in two regions - Southern Oregon and East Multnomah County - have recently improved their bargaining advantage by participating in regional negotiation forums.

Freedom of information laws

Oregon’s Public Meetings Laws govern what materials must be made available to the public and which may be withheld.

Healthy Kids Learn Better: State and national resources

Links to useful information from Oregon and around the nation.

How to become a school board candidate

Information on becoming a school board candidate.

How to organize a successful community legislative forum

Pointers for planning large public events.

How to testify before a legislative committee

Suggestions for making a successful presentation before a legislative committee.

July meeting agenda checklist

Checklist of items school boards are mandated to complete to begin each new fiscal year.

Key communicator network

Building Support for Your Schools

Keys to effective advocacy

Five tips for communicating with your legislators.

Legal Assistance Trust

Established to help districts with the expense of litigation, primarily at the appellate level, which has a statewide impact.

Neighborhood schools: Walk-to-School Day

Schools at the Heart of Communities: International Walk-or-Bike-to-School Day

NSBA's "Stand Up 4 Public Schools" campaign

The national effort is designed to highlight the importance of public education and operates on a simple premise: “Who I am today began with public education.”

Personal qualities of a board chair

Leadership is an acquired art, not something that comes naturally to all people.

Prepare for bargaining

Items to consider as you begin the bargaining process.

Public hearings

The board will hold public hearings as required by law.

School Board Recognition Month

January is traditionally School Board Recognition Month in Oregon and throughout the United States.

Staying safe resources

Get ready, respond & recover: links to valuable information on school safety.

The killer bees of bargaining

We’ve compiled the following "Killer Bees of Bargaining" to help you focus your resources where it counts at the bargaining table - on higher student achievement.

Tips for avoiding employment claims

A list of hiring do's and dont's to help you avoid employment claims.

Tips on creating labor-management committees

Helpful information on creating labor-management insurance committees.

Your campaign

Brief overview of school board candidate campaign requirements.