OSBA offices temporarily close, but staff and advice still available

67th Annual Convention

November 14-17, 2013

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront - 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland OR 97201 - 503-226-7600

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Need a reason to attend convention? How about these?

  • Leadership for Student Achievement
    School boards DO make a difference in student learning. Learn the latest to increase your students’ achievement.
  • Practical Information
    More than 60 workshops provide you with tools and ideas to aid your decision making and help students succeed.
  • Celebrate
    Great things are happening in education. At convention, we recognize and celebrate your achievements!
  • Networking
    There’s no better way to connect with others and share experiences than at the receptions, meals, exhibits and workshops.
  • Industry Partners
    In the Partner Pavilion, discover new services and products from companies ready to help you reach your goals.

Register online or by mail.

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Partner information

Thank you for your interest in the Oregon School Boards Association's annual convention. This is an excellent opportunity for your business to meet school decision-makers. No other event in Oregon offers your company this level of exposure to board members, the people ultimately responsible for decisions in their local schools. Participating as an event partner increases your exposure and is another way to build brand and product awareness.

Qualified Leads - Close to 900 board members, superintendents and staff attend our convention looking for new ideas, services and money-saving techniques.

Traffic - The opening reception, meals, breaks and the student art fair and sale are in the partner pavilion. It's where attendees will connect with each other and you.

Partnerships - Increase your exposure through event partnerships. In one step, your company will have visibility within the public education market, building brand and product awareness.


Download these informational materials. To register complete the partner registration form and select your participation level by reviewing the convention partnership options.

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Pay fees online through PaySchools.

Further information

Contact Lori Sattenspiel for more information.

Board Secretaries' Workshop


Thursday, November 14 
8:00 am - 4:30 pm



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Greg McKenzie

Managing Difficult Situations

 When everything around you seems to be falling apart, the board secretary is often enlisted to be the complaint department, psychologist, mediator and keeper of secrets. Learn how to handle these roles with confidence and keep your wits about you. In this interactive workshop, we will examine behavior, conflict management and mediation in theory and practice.


View the Board Secretaries' workshop agenda. This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download.


 Managing Difficult Situations by Greg McKenzie, Window to Leadership, LLC (2.4 MB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

 Board Secretaries and the Model Board Member, NOT! by Peggy Holstedt and Renee Sessler, OSBA (212 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

Log in to My OSBA and register now.

Council of School Attorneys Workshop

View the Oregon Council of School Attorneys Agenda

Friday, November 15 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Log in to My OSBA and register now.

Registration Fees

OSBA Members   By 10/11/13   After 10/11/13
New board members elected/appointed on or after 12/01/2012 $75 $75
First 3 paid registrations   $285   $335
     All additional paid registrations   $255   $305
Board Secretaries Workshop (includes lunch)   $125*   $175*
Council of School Attorneys (CLE credit applied for)   $125*   $175*
Non-Members   By 10/11/13   After 10/11/13
New board members elected/appointed on or after 12/01/2012 $175 $175
Convention registration (per person)   $385   $435
Board Secretaries Workshop (per person) (includes lunch)   $225*   $275*
Council of School Attorneys (per person) (CLE credit applied for)   $225*   $275*

*Board Secretaries' and Council School Attorneys workshop fees are waived if the attendee is a convention registrant.

Meals are not included in the cost of registration.  Meals can be purchased during registration or onsite.
Cancellation: After October 11, a $50 fee is charged for each cancellation. No shows will be billed for the entire registration fee plus requested meals.
Register online or by mail.

Meal Information

Meal tickets may be ordered for spouses or guests; convention registration is not required. Tickets must be purchased by 4 pm the day prior to the meal. For refunds, meal tickets must be returned 48 hours before the meal.

Please let us know of any special dietary requests or accommodations required when registering.

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Opening Reception Free
Networking Breakfast (first-come, first-served) Free
Lunch $20
Breakfast (ESD, Small Schools and Critical Issues) $19
Lunch $25
Breakfast $20


Room blocks are open September 16 - October 23, 2013.

Make reservations directly with hotels. Blocks of reduced-rate rooms have been negotiated to help you save money. 

All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why should I reserve a room in the block?

  • Gives you easy access to your room
  • Keeps registration fees low
  • Keeps room and food costs down
  • Keeps meeting costs down

Tips for making your hotel reservation:

  • All hotels require a credit card to guarantee your reservation. The credit card used to guarantee won't be charged and you can choose at a later date to pay by cash, check, credit card or purchase order (Marriott Downtown Waterfront only).
  • Rooms need to be reserved by October 23! After October 23, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 23, call the hotel to check for availability and room rate.
  • Each hotel has different policies for cancelling and early departure. Check with your hotel for any that might impact your stay. 
  • If you have problems making your reservation or need more information, contact our event staff.
Rates do not include 14.5% room tax  SINGLE
1 bed, 1 person
1 or 2 beds, 2 people
2 beds, 3 people
2 beds, 4 people
Marriott Downtown Waterfront → Reservations
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201





This file is new Wireless internet is complimentary in the Marriott guest rooms.
RiverPlace Hotel → Reservations
1510 SW Harbor Way
Portland, OR  97201





RiverPlace group code: OSBA111013



  • Valet parking for guests of the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is $16 per day.
  • Parking at the RiverPlace is $22 per day.
  • If you are not staying at these hotels, parking is available in commercial lots adjacent to the Marriott or at meters on the street.


  • Light rail (MAX) and Street Car stations are located nearby. Visit TriMet’s website for schedules and route maps.
  • Cabs are available by visiting the bell stand of your hotel or on the North side of the Marriott on Columbia St.

Things to do

  • The Trailblazers are offering discount tickets for their game Wednesday, November 13 against the Phoenix Suns. 
    Order tickets by October 11 using "OSBA" as the password, or find more information (270 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.).
  • Travel Portland has information about sites to see and things to do.
  • Downtown Portland Map

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This is an image of davidwarlickDavid Warlick

Friday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm

David Warlick, an ed-tech authority and author of Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century, will discuss “Literacy in the Digital Age.” Being literate in the future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and work with numbers. But the concept of literacy in an information-governed, technology-rich world will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3Rs that continue to define schooling for many. This thought-provoking address will describe how our notions of literacy must expand to harness a rapidly changing information landscape in which content and knowledge are increasingly networked, digital and potentially overwhelming. 

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Saturday - 9:00 - 10:30 am

Using the tools of science, author Paul Tough peels back the mysteries of character and traces the links between early childhood neurological development and environment. By showing how “nature” and “nurture” are intertwined, Tough explores how childhood stresses modify life success and the surprising ways that parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. Tough helps us understand “The Hidden Power of Character,” and how early adversity affects childhood emotional, social and cognitive development. 

This is an image of janmcinnisJan McInnis

Sunday - 8:15 - 9:45 am

Comedian Jan McInnis will help you adapt to an evolving schools environment by “Finding the Funny in Change.” She will show how to diffuse tension instantly, kick off tough conversations and facilitate communications through using humor. These practical tips, infused with plenty of Jan’s humor, will have you walking away laughing and learning how to handle, and even embrace, change. And you’ll also learn about the connection between humor and health through the latest research. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Morning Workshops - 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Friday Morning Workshops - 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Friday Morning Workshops - 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Friday Afternoon Workshops - 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Saturday Workshops - 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sunday Keynote Address - Jan McInnis

Partner - Premier (Strategic)

PACE (Booth 36/41)
Tricia Yates
503-485-4822 x222; tyates@osba.org
The leading provider of property and casualty coverage for public schools, education service districts, community colleges and charter schools.

Partner - Workshop

DLR Group (Booth 1)
Scott Rose
503-274-2675; srose@dlrgroup.com
DLR Group is an educational planning and design firm located in Oregon with offices internationally. We excel at 21st century learning environments that are safe and sustainable while elevating the human experience.

Pearson (Booth 3)
Patrick Momsen
(541) 740-0209; Patrick.momsen@pearson.com
Pearson is the world's largest educational company providing the best in digital and print assessments and instructional materials.

Piper Jaffray-Seattle-Northwest Division (Booth 35)
Carol Samuels
503-275-8301; carol.e.samuels@pjc.com
Municipal bond investment banking firm with expertise in underwriting, financial advisory services portfolio management and market making for fixed income securities.

Partner - Networking

DA Davidson & Co (Booth 7)
Kasia Benoit
(503) 863-5094; kbenoit@dadco.com
D.A. Davidson & Co., the largest independent brokerage firm based in the Northwest, has over 75 years of experience providing underwriting and financial advisory services to municipalities issuing bonds and other debt.

Partner - Media

Brattain International (Booth 8)
Rich Sanner
(503) 928-3324; rsanner@brattain.com
Bus sales, parts and service as well as utility trucks and food service trucks.

Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) (Booth 23)
Lizzie Dunklee
(541) 246-2600; lizzie_dunklee@epiconline.org
EPIC conducts a range of policy-related research studies and develops practical tools and techniques that support a dramatic improvement in college and career readiness for students.

Hill International (Booth 10)
Bob Collins
503-434-3650; bobcollins@hillintl.com
Hill International is a global leader in managing construction risk. Hill International offers many services including long-range facility planning, construction program and project management.

Imagine Learning (Booth 33)
Andy Van Ausdal
503-724-4588; andy.vanausdal@imaginelearning.com
Imagine Learning is a literacy software program designed to help students master essential reading and speaking skills. The program adapts to each student's needs, providing individualized instruction through engaging, multi-modal activities.

MODA Health (Booth 21)
Jesse Zyla
503-412-4012; jesse.zyla@modahealth.com
A healthy lifestyle depends on quality plans and programs, useful online tools and partnerships that help along the way. We have all that and more. We’re here to be your guide and your fan club. Join us. Together, we can be more, be better.

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (Booth 29)
Krista Fischer
(503) 934-8240; Krista.Fischer@state.or.us
The Office of State Fire Marshal Youth Fire Prevention and Intervention Program works in partnership with fire service, law enforcement, social service, and school professionals to provide a continuum of services from prevention education to intervention resources for youth, ages 3 to 17 years of age, and their families. Services provided include, but are not limited to, collaborate with fire service and community agencies to develop and distribute prevention education, intervention, and treatment resources; develop and train on preschool, elementary, and middle school fire awareness prevention curricula.

Thoughtstream (Booth 11)
Dave MacLeod
(800) 361-9027; dave.macleod@thoughtstream.ca
Thoughtstream is a stakeholder engagement solution. It provides a comprehensive online platform and accompanying services. Thoughtstream enables customers to connect with people affected by a decision and hear what is most important to them.

Partner - Pavillion

American Fidelity Assurance (Booth 15)
Scott Florsheim
877-293-1090 x11; scott.florsheim@af-group.com
At American Fidelity, we believe in supporting the education community. That’s why we create benefits that educators want, with competitive rates. We’ve been serving the education community since 1960 and proudly assist more than 3,100 school districts across the nation with their Section 125 Plans. We also provide assistance with Health Care Reform, Health Savings Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, and Dependent Verification Reviews. Plus, more than 44 state and national education associations have endorsed us as an insurance provider they trust.

Architects West, Inc (Booth 24)
Kim Homdrom
(208) 667-9402; kimh@architectswest.com
Architectural and Landscape Architectural Services

BLRB Architects (Booth 22)
Richard Higgins
(503) 535-0707; rhiggins@blrb.com
BLRB is a full service architecture firm with a six-decade focus on K-12 facility planning and design. From offices in Portland, Bend, Tacoma and Spokane, they have served more than 70 distinct school district clients for a variety of planning and capital construction projects.

Chartwells School Dining Services (Booth 5)
Marty Abraham
425-427-2591; marty.abraham@compass-usa.com
Chartwells is a diverse family of dedicated food and nutrition specialists serving the academic community.

Cook Security Group (Booth 2)
Dave Rule
503-786-5173; dave.rule@cooksecuritygroup.com
With over 500 years combined experience, Cook Security Group provides electronic and physical security service and installation including alarms, monitoring, cameras, DVR, surveillance equipment, access control, lock repair, safes and ATM maintenance for all financial, commercial, and government institutions. We've built our reputation on outstanding customer service, honesty, integrity and cost effective solutions that help our customer's bottom lines and budgets. Best of all, we offer discounts for bundling on any of the services above.

Dull Olson Weekes Architects (Booth 34)
Steve Olson
(503) 266-6950; steve.olson@dowa-ibigroup.com
Dull Olson Weekes-IBI Group Architects (DOWA-IBI Group) is an architectural design services firm focused on CLIENT, COMMUNITY, SUSTAINABILITY and EXCELLENCE. Focusing on your goals, needs and aspirations is the foundation of our success. At DOWA - IBI Group, we believe great design solutions emerge from a collaborative process. They should support vision themes; they should be based on guiding principles and goals; and they should embody our highest collective ideals. Our philosophy is to listen, to learn, to consider and then provide our clients with the best service, the highest level of creativity and quality results.

Durham School Services (Booth 39)
Kate Craig
(630) 821-5663; kate.craig@nationalexpresscorp.com
Durham School Services is a premier student transportation provider, committed to getting kids to school safe, on time and ready to learn...every day.

Enterprise Scenario Planning (Booth 43)
Scott Cropley
(360) 892-4861; scott@andrew-scott.com    
Enterprise Scenario Planning is a full featured, cost effective, budget modeling and decision support system designed by and for public schools.

First Investors Corporation (Booth 19)
Carrie Maerz
503-296-7676 x304; carrie.maerz@firstinvestors.com
We are a Wall Street originate investment firm specializing in face-to-face dealings with our clients and personalizing our business.

First Student Inc (Booth 32)
Kay Hemstreet
(360) 896-9500 x751; kay.hemstreet@firstgroup.com
Safe, reliable, cost-effective student transportation. Chosen by more school districts than any other provider.

Hellas Sports Construction (Booth 37)
Jeff Bergevin
425-835-0315; jbergevin@hellasconstruction.com
We feature award-winning and patented technology for synthetic turf and are featured in over 350 stadiums and fields across the country. Rely on the same name the Dallas Cowboys trust with their new stadium for artificial turf. We feature numerous types of artificial turf in our patented Matrix Turf, Matrix Baseball, Insurrection Turf, and convertible synthetic turf systems.

Insight School of Oregon (Booth 27)
Brandy Osborn
503-731-5372; bosborn@k12.com
Insight School of Oregon is a full-time, online school currently enrolling students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Students attending Insight School of Oregon come from all educational backgrounds and from all over the state. They also have many different reasons that make an online school the right fit for them.

InterMountain ESD (Booth 40)
Caryn Appler
(541) 966-3119; caryn.appler@imesd.k12.or.us
In addition to providing core areas of service to component school districts, InterMountain Education Service District also provides high-quality, professional and cost-effective services to public/government and non-profit organizations, as well as school districts in the areas of cooperative purchasing, technology, printing, communications and facilities management.

LifeGuard Structures (Booth 30)
Robert von Bereghy
(206) 388-5298; bobv@lifeguardstructures.com
Earthquake, building collapse, active shooter, shelter in place. Serious protection for your students and staff. Lower your risk and liability for under $1 a day.

Mid Columbia Bus Co Inc (Booth 25)
Cindy Flatt
(541) 278-1444 x21; cindyf@midcobus.com
At Mid Columbia Bus Company we realize that we are carrying the most precious cargo in the world...Your Children. Therefore, the primary goal is safety. Our employees are trained behind the wheel and in classroom settings to include extensive training in our Safety Programs, Special Needs Training, and Disaster Training. Each bus is inspected daily for safety and mechanical issues.

NewDawn Security (Booth 42)
Sean Spellecy
503-388-6103; info@newdawnsecurity.com
NewDawn Security provides safe school certification and vital school safety and security support services. Our team of experts help shoulder the responsibility of safe school operations along with ensuring that schools are able to prove they are operating as safe as actually possible.

OR Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence/Healthy Teen Relationship Toolkit (Booth 18)
Keri Moran-Kuhn
503-230-1951; kerimk@ocadsv.org
The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence advocates for the 50+ community-based, non-profit shelters, crisis lines and safety service centers that support victims of domestic and sexual violence -- including tribes. We provide these programs across the state of Oregon with technical assistance, trainings, resources and advocacy. We strive to give hard earned support to those in and around school districts who are doing the critical work of assisting your students through some of their most frightening experiences. In turn, these programs from throughout Oregon -- including Tribal Communities -- provide the legal, medical and personal advocacy needed to help victims of domestic and sexual violence to become survivors.

OR Dept of Education (Booth 26)
Rick Sherman
503-947-5863; rick.sherman@state.or.us
State agency of education will highlight the nutrition programs. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers.

Oregon Virtual Education (Booth 20)
Paul Peterson
(503) 614-1428; ppeterson@nwresd.k12.or.us
Online personalized education for students.

Picaboo Yearbooks (Booth 12)
Rita McColgin
(503) 812-0905; rita@picabooyearbooks.com
21st Century yearbooks and memory albums -- no minimum order, no deadlines, e-books, video clips.

Renaissance Learning (Booth 16)
Peggy Packer
715-424-3636; peggy.packer@renlearn.com
Renaissance Learning educational software provides daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice.

Ricoh USA (Booth 17)
Jason Steele
503-315-7625; jason.steele@ricoh-usa.com
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service, and sustainability initiatives.

Smarty Ants (Booth 9)
Parisa Moradi
(877) 905-2687; pmoradi@smartyants.com
Smarty Ants Reading World is a comprehensive, online, research-proven PK-2nd grade reading curriculum.

Soderstrom Architects (Booth 6)
Kathy Kershaw
503-228-5617; kathyk@sdra.com
Soderstrom Architects, founded in 1984 in Portland, is a full-service, comprehensive planning and design firm specializing in education, healthcare and commercial projects.

Sodexo School Services (Booth 38)
Greg Johnson
(630) 730-2578; greg.johnson@sodexo.com
Quality of Life services that enrich the learning environment and help students succeed.

Student Transportation of America (Booth 14)
Mike Gately
(360) 687-1479 x11; mgately@ridecst.com
Student Transportation, Inc. is North America's third-largest and most progressive provider of school transportation services, operating more than 9,000 vehicles. Student Transportation's family of local companies, including Cascade Student Transportation in the Northwest, delivers safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions to school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

VEBA Service Group LLC (Booth 28)
Dawson Mortimore
509-838-5571; dawson@veba.org
Tax-free health reimbursement arrangements (HRA) for governmental employees.

Wedbush Securities (Booth 13)
Katie Schwab
503-471-6798; Katie.Schwab@Wedbush.com
Wedbush Securities is the largest privately held investment bank headquartered on the west coast. Our bankers serve as financial advisor to Oregon school districts, putting your district's interests above all others. Whether your district is considering funding for capital projects, seismic upgrades or energy efficiency this year or in five years, Wedbush Securities can guide you on financing options.

Western Bus Sales Inc (Booth 4)
Mollie Blagg
503-905-0002; mblagg@westernbus.com
Sales, parts and service of Blue Bird, Collins and Micro Bird by Giradin school and activity buses.

Window to Leadership, LLC (Booth 31)
Greg McKenzie
503-655-0849; gregmckenzie@att.net
An education consulting firm focused on providing superintendent and administrator searches for Oregon education organizations. Its founder, Greg McKenzie, along with a team of current and former district administrators partner with districts to find the “best fit” for their vacant positions.


Oregon schools produce some of the most amazing musical talent! Hearing and seeing them perform reminds us all of the many rewards students get from music programs and how important they are in our schools. Here are your opportunities to hear student entertainers this year.

Sandy High Jazz Ensemble
Oregon Trail 46
Performing During:General Session: David Warlick

When: Friday, November 15, 2013 (1:15 PM - 3:00 PM)
Awards: 2011 NWOC League contest - 2nd place 2012 Heritage Festival - 2nd place
The Sandy High Jazz Ensemble, Oregon Trail School District, plays classics in the style of Count Basie. The Jazz Ensemble placed second in the 2012 Heritage Festival and in the 2011 Northwest Oregon Conference league contest.
La Grande A Cappella Choir
La Grande 1
Performing During:General Session: Paul Tough

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 (8:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Awards: OSAA 4Z Champion in 2009, 2012 and 2013 OSAA 4Z 3rd place in 2008 OSAA 4Z 2nd place in 2010 GOL District Champions the last 4 years
The La Grande High School A Cappella Choir, La Grande School District, sings music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. The A Cappella Choir is the 2013 OSAA 4A champion. They were also the OSAA 4A champion in 2009 and 2012, and placed second in 2010 and third in 2008.
The Umpqua Singers
Umpqua CC
Performing During:General Session: Jan McIinnis

When: Sunday, November 17, 2013 (8:15 AM - 9:45 AM)
The Umpqua Singers, Umpqua Community College, perform a broad range of musical styles, from traditional swing to contemporary R&B. The group has released 18 CDs and toured across the United States. They were the featured performers at the Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2002. In addition to frequent radio and television broadcasts, the Umpqua Singers have been featured on FOX, C-SPAN and XM Satellite Radio.


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