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69th Annual Convention

November 12-15, 2015

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

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Celebrate the Promise of Oregon: Sharing Best Practices

“The Promise of Oregon” is twofold: the potential that young Oregonians hold, and the obligation that we as a society have to ensure that they can deliver it.

Investment in Board Leadership:
School boards make a difference in student learning. Invest in hearing the latest to increase your students’ achievement.

Student Success: More than 60 workshops provide you with tools and ideas to aid your decision-making and help students succeed.

Network: There’s no better way to connect with others and share experiences than at the receptions, meals, exhibits and workshops.

Celebrate: Great things are happening in education! At Convention, we will recognize and celebrate “The Promise of Oregon,” student achievement and your accomplishments.

The knowledge and values that Oregon’s students gain in school – and their accomplishments – will define our state’s quality of life for years to come.

Partner information

The Oregon School Boards Association places tremendous value in you, our business partners. Our Annual Convention is an unparalleled opportunity for your business to meet school decision-makers. No other event in Oregon offers your company this extensive contact with school board members, the people ultimately responsible for decisions in their local schools. Participating as an event partner increases your exposure and is a great way to build brand and product awareness.  

Qualified Leads - Engage with the 900 board members, superintendents and staff who attend our convention looking for new ideas, services and money-saving techniques.  

Ideal Traffic Location - Our Partner Pavilion is designed to showcase your business. Our opening reception, meals and breaks are all scheduled in the Partner Pavilion, allowing attendees to connect with each other and you. 

The exhibit hall floor plan is available here.

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

Pavilion Schedule - November 12-13, 2015


Exhibit set-up                             

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pavilion hours

4:00 - 6:30 pm

Opening reception

4:00 - 6:30 pm



Pavilion hours

7:30 am - 4:00 pm


7:30 - 8:15 am


9:30 - 10:00 am

Networking lunch

11:45 am - 1:00 pm


2:15 - 2:45 pm


3:45 - 4:00 pm

Exhibit tear-down

4:00 - 6:00 pm

*Early departure by a company with exhibit space may forfeit

the opportunity to partner at future OSBA events.

Exhibit Specifications - Booths are 10' X 10'.  OSBA will provide one 6' draped table, one chair, an identification sign and wireless internet.  Each booth is piped, draped and carpeted.

How to Pay - Partnerships can be paid for by check or credit card.  Credit card payments are accepted by phone.  Mail checks, payable to OSBA, to PO Box 1068, Salem, OR 97308.

Cancellation Policy - All cancellations must be submitted in writing to OSBA.  Fees and meal costs are refundable before September 11, 2015.  No refunds will be made after September 11, 2015.

Exhibit Services and Shipping - Pacific Exposition Decorating Company (PEDCO) will provide exhibit services and send information, outlining services, to confirmed partners closer to the event.  Do not ship your items to the Marriott.  PEDCO will receive shipments for the pavilion.  Please review the information sent by PEDCO for shipping information.  Additional equipment to be purchased through PEDCO.

Rules - These rules and regulations are a part of the contract for partnership and exhibit space:

  • OSBA reserves the right to interpret, decide and establish further regulations as may be necessary for the general success of the show. OSBA’s decisions and interpretations will be final.
  • OSBA will provide display space as agreed but reserves the right to make any changes necessary for the general success of the show.
  • Partners may not schedule meetings or events during any scheduled OSBA-sponsored event, including evening activities. 
  • The exhibitor assumes the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages and claims arising out of exhibitor’s activities on the Hotel premises and will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Hotel, its owner and its management company, as well as their respective agents, servants and employees from any and all such losses, damages and claims.
  • Being a partner at the OSBA convention does not constitute an endorsement by OSBA. Any oral or written communication indicating or suggesting that OSBA endorses or approves of the partners’ product or services is prohibited and is grounds for closing an exhibit or asking individuals to leave with no refund of fees or deposits to the partner.

Prizes, Giveaways & Receptions - Prizes are often used to attract attendees and boost a company’s brand. This year, OSBA will facilitate member/partner interactions by promoting your company’s table drawing in emails to attendees, a sign at your space and in the program. We will hold a special drawing Thursday evening during the opening reception which will include attendees from the board secretaries and business officials workshops. 

Public Official Ethics - Gifts - Board members and school employees (public officials) are allowed to receive $50 per calendar year in goods, services and money from any single company. This includes items given away at your booth, receptions and dinners. Acceptance of items from one company with a cumulative value of more than $50 during a calendar year violates Oregon’s ethics standards for public officials unless these items are donated to his/her school. In light of these restrictions, we ask you to be extremely cautious when deciding what to give as prizes. Consider items that would be appropriate for the district rather than the public official or keep the value of your prizes below the allowable gift threshold. For more information regarding these rules, visit the Oregon Government Ethics Commission website at www.oregon.gov/OGEC.

Contact Lori Sattenspiel or Tonya Hammer for more information.

Thursday, November 12 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm



This is an image of anne-louise-sterry websiteAnne-Louise Sterry

Audacious Joy...It's the Bottom Line!

Anne-Louise Sterry is an internationally known speaker and award-winning recording artist, author, singer-songwriter, and master storyteller. Unfailingly positive and empowering, Portland-based Anne-Louise brings energy and authenticity to her audiences. She performs across the United States and Europe in concerts and keynotes in person and as her alter-ego Aunt Lena, a cocktail of all of Anne-Louise’s exuberant Italian family. 

As Aunt Lena, Anne-Louise shares a thought-provoking and hilarious approach to living life with audacious joy. She not only tickles the funny bone as Aunt Lena, but goes a little deeper with her Mediterranean wisdom to make a positive difference in her listeners’ lives.

View the Administrative Professionals' (Board Secretaries') workshop agenda. (13 KB) This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download.

Log in to My OSBA and register now.

Council of School Attorneys Workshop

View the Oregon Council of School Attorneys Agenda. This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download. 

Friday, November 13 

9:00 am - 4:30 pm



What You Need to Know About Recent Legislation and Upcoming New Laws by Spencer Lewis, OSBA, board development and policy specialist (1,336 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

Responding to Issues Surrounding Transgender Students in Schools by Jollee Patterson, Portland Public Schools, general counsel (13,162 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

Significant Court Decisions Affecting Public Schools by Rebekah Jacobson, Garrett Hemann Robertson, attorney (3,603 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

The Law and Art of Dealing with the Media Covering School Related Issues by Nancy Hungerford, The Hungerford Law Firm, attorney (503 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

Mandatory Duty to Report Elder Abuse by Troy J. Wood, Oregon State Bar, assistant general counsel (1,481 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)


Registration Fees

OSBA Members   By 10/09/15   After 10/09/15
New board members elected/appointed on or after 12/01/2014, or charter schools who joined OSBA after December 1, 2014 $75 $75
Convention registration   $255   $305
Leadership Institute Preconference (includes lunch)   $125   $175 
Administrative Professionals' (formerly Board Secretaries') Workshop (includes lunch)   $125*   $175*
Council of School Attorneys Workshop (CLE credit applied for)   $125*   $175*

*Administrative Professionals' 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 9, a $50 fee is charged for each cancellation. No shows will be billed for the entire registration fee plus requested meals.

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) $20
Lunch $20
Breakfast $20


Room blocks are open September 14 - October 21, 2015.

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 21! After October 21, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 21, 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





Wireless internet is complimentary in the Marriott guest rooms.
Book online here

RiverPlace Hotel → Reservations
1510 SW Harbor Way
Portland, OR  97201





Book online here. Use code: 103014OSBA

Residence Inn by Marriott→ Reservations
2115 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR  97201





Book online here.


  • Valet parking for guests of the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is $18.50 per day.
  • Parking at the RiverPlace is $25 per day.
  • Parking at the Residence Inn by Marriott is $19 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

  • Travel Portland has information about sites to see and things to do.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers are offering discount tickets for their game Wednesday, Nov. 11, against the San Antonio Spurs. Order tickets by October 16 using "OSBA" as the password, or find more information (177 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.).
  • Downtown Portland Map

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This is an image of John-Michael Keyes - websiteJohn Michael Keyes

Friday - 10:00 - 11:45 am

John-Michael Keyes speaks of school safety from a personal point of view. In 2006 his daughter, Emily, was fatally shot after an hours-long hostage situation at her school. Since founding the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, he has developed a school safety program that is quickly becoming a standard around the country. His presentation on “The Black Swan” will remind us of how the impossible or improbable can happen. He will give powerful reminders of the importance of school safety, discuss how no school is immune, and demonstrate free resources available to districts, departments and agencies.


This is an image of salam-noor-web2Salam Noor

Saturday Critical Issues Breakfast - 7:30 - 8:30 am

Salam Noor began as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction on July 1, 2015. Before succeeding Rob Saxton in that role, Noor served as director of Academic Policy and Planning at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Previous roles include serving as an assistant superintendent with the Salem-Keizer School District and an assistant superintendent at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Noor will discuss work currently underway at ODE and key strategic investments that support student success, particularly around the three priority areas of early learning, closing the achievement gap, and preparing graduates for college and careers.

This is an image of Kristof headshot - websiteNicholas Kristof

Saturday - 8:45 - 10:30 am

Nicholas Kristof, a best-selling author and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at The New York Times, is also a product of Oregon’s public schools and the celebrity face of “The Promise of Oregon” campaign. He’s lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. In “From Yamhill to the New York Times,” he will discuss the power of public education to build opportunity and create a more equitable and prosperous society.  Kristof says “this generation of students is full of passion to change the world, but they need tools to do so more effectively.”

This is an image of donna hartley - websiteDonna Hartley

Sunday - 8:15 - 9:45 am

Donna Hartley is an author, a graduate of the University of Hawaii and a former Miss Hawaii who has been featured on PBS, NBC, ABC and in The New York Times. In “Fire up Your Life! A Journey to Transformation,” she will recount how she survived a DC-10 plane crash, beat melanoma and overcame heart surgery. Hartley will share her insights gained from both her own experiences and a mystical mentor, offering nine strategies to overcome challenges. You will be empowered to shift your attitude and transform your destiny.

Thursday, November 12 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Leadership Institute Workshop is designed as a mini-Summer Board Conference (SBC). Five 75-minute workshops typically presented at SBC are available in one day!  Over the course of three consecutive years' attendance, a board member could earn certificates in Bronze, Silver and Gold in the OSBA Leadership Institute.



8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Roles and Responsibilities (B) by Steve Kelley, OSBA, Director of Board Development
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Policy 101 (S) by Spencer Lewis, OSBA, Board Development and Policy Specialist
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Dealing with Difficult People (G) by Steve Kelley, OSBA, Director of Board Development and Renee Sessler, OSBA, Board Development Specialist
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. A Systems Approach to Student Achievement (B) by Renee Sessler, OSBA, Board Development Specialist
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Educational Equity (S) by TBD
4:00 p.m. Adjourn to Reception

(B) = Bronze
(S) = Silver
(G) = Gold

Log in to My OSBA and register now.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Leadership Institute Workshop

Administrative Professionals' Workshop

Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday Morning Workshops - 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Friday Afternoon Workshops - 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Friday Afternoon Workshops - 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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

Saturday Afternoon Workshops - 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Saturday Hot Topics Tables - 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Following are other meetings being held in conjunction with OSBA’s Annual Convention.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

OASBO Fall Workshop
Salon E
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registered participants only

OAESD Summit
Salon G/H/I, Salem and Medford Rooms
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Open to all ESD board members and superintendents

Board2Board Education Foundation Conference
Pearl, Hawthorne and Belmont Rooms
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registered participants only

Sodexo Meeting/Dinner

Columbia Room
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sodexo staff members

Oregon Small Schools Association Board Meeting
Eugene Room
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
OSSA board members/executive director

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sodexo Meeting

Columbia Room
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sodexo staff members

Sodexo Partnership Appreciation Reception

Salon E
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C. Reception

Salons A/B
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Saturday, November 14, 2015

No meetings

Sunday, November 15, 2015

OSBA Board of Director Meeting
Columbia Room
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Public Meeting/Open to all attendees


Partner - Premier (Strategic)

PACE (Booth 35/36)
Tricia Yates
503-588-2800; tyates@osba.org
The leading provider of property and casualty coverage for public schools, education service districts, community colleges and charter schools.

Partner - Exhibit (Honors)

Ball Janik, LLP (Booth 33)
Michael Bass
503-944-6051; mbass@balljanik.com
Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1982, Ball Janik LLP has earned a reputation for industry leadership in land use law, construction and design, construction litigation, commercial litigation, and insurance recovery. Our attorneys in Portland have helped clients reshape the landscape of the city and the region. Our clients include large and small businesses, state, municipal and local governments, schools and universities, associations and coalitions, and individuals. Ball Janik has extensive experience representing school districts in matters ranging from site acquisition and land use, construction and design, construction defects, and insurance recovery. Ball Janik takes a team approach to client representation. We leverage our combined professional skills to solve problems and achieve results for clients. Ball Janik LLP’s success and integrity have repeatedly made it one of Oregon’s “Most Admired Professional Firms,” according to the Portland Business Journal’s survey results of CEOs throughout the region.

DLR Group (Booth 1)
Scott Rose
503-274-2675; srose@dlrgroup.com
DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, interior design, and building optimization for K-12 facilities. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design.

Piper Jaffray-Seattle-Northwest Division (Booth 34)
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 - Media

Portland State University's Graduate School of Education (Booth 3)
Julie Wolleck
(503) 725-4619; jwolleck@pdx.edu
Portland State University's Graduate School of Education provides high-quality professional development and accredited graduate-level programs for teachers, school administrators, counselors, trainers and human service professionals.

Partner - Pavilion

Alma (Booth 27)
Stephane Keller
(503) 477-4936; stephane.keller@gmail.com
Alma is a cloud-based suite of SIS and LMS tools that improve student outcomes by empowering educators with a 360 degree view of their student's learning process. At the same time, the Alma platform simplifies and streamlines workflow and communications for educators. enabling them to save valuable time on administrative tasks so they can spend more time doing what they love: teaching our kids and improving classroom performance.

AT&T - Distracted Driving Awareness (Booth 21)

Rick Thomas
(503) 789-2115; rick@quinnthomas.com
Behind the wheel, everything can change in the blink of an eye. A post, a selfie, a text, a scroll, an email — one look is all it takes. AT&T’s It Can Wait simulator shows the real consequences looking at your phone while driving. Come check it out, take the It Can Wait pledge, and join the millions who have already taken a stand against looking at their phone while driving.

BLRB Architects (Booth 28)
Richard Higgins
(503) 535-0707; rhiggins@blrb.com
BLRB Architects 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.

BYU Independent Study (Booth 12)
Dan Mennear
(801) 422-2065; isconferences@byu.edu
BYU Independent Study offers online courses that are for anyone, anytime, anywhere. We offer over 170 high school and more than 215 university courses that can help students make up credit, graduate on time, enhance their curriculum, or earn university credit. With the choice of Paper, Online, and Teacher-Led courses, students can sign up anytime and have one year to complete each of our fully accredited courses; this allows them to work at their own pace. BYU Independent Study is known as an organization with integrity; our primary goal is to help students receive a high-quality, affordable education.

Chartwells School Dining Services (Booth 31)
Marty Abraham
253-293-4342; marty.abraham@compass-usa.com
Chartwells is dedicated to providing great tasting, nutritious school meals to your students. Our focus is to help our school districts maximize program efficiencies by maximizing student participation with quality food preparation and presentation, while utilizing our nationwide purchasing power to lower costs.

DA Davidson & Co (Booth 16)
Matt Donahue
(503) 863-5094; mdonahue@dadco.com
D.A. Davidson & Co. provides investment banking and financial advisory services to school districts. Since 2009, we have worked with 15 different Oregon school districts on the issuance of $448 million of general obligation bonds and other borrowings. Davidson is an employee-owned financial services firm headquartered in the northwest with 10 local branches across the State of Oregon. We serve Oregon school districts from our Portland, Oregon office.

Dull Olson Weekes Architects (Booth 32)
Steve Olson
(503) 266-6950; steve.olson@ibigroup.com
Dull Olson Weekes - IBI Group Architects (DOWA-IBI Group) is a relationship-based architectural firm focused on realizing our clients’ visions through a collaborative process. We believe the interactive development of design is as important as the end product, with truly innovative design solutions emerging from this integrated approach. We are Focused on the Learner. We are Engaged in the Community. We are Driving Design Innovation.

Ednetics (Booth 19)
Colby Van Vooren
(541) 230-1635; colby@ednetics.com
Ednetics provides technology services and solutions to the education community. From network infrastructure to managed services, the Ednetics portfolio is built to support collaboration, safety, mobility and productivity district wide. Ednetics managed services include hosted voice, managed networks, connectivity and managed physical security. Ednetics also offers technology support with phone, email, remote and onsite support services. The Ednetics vision is to provide solutions that improve and enhance the education environment while conserving valuable resources.

ESSDACK (Booth 24)
Katie Gillmore
620-931-2529; katieg@essdack.org
ESSDACK provides leadership, innovation, and solutions to educators across the nation. All delivered by an experienced, dedicated staff. ESSDACK's expanding education solution offerings include Double Robotics, in partnership with Clackamas ESD.

First Student Inc (Booth 30)
Tim Wulf
360-896-9500; tim.wulf@firstgroup.com
The student transportation leader for good reason; locally run and nationally networked with award-winning safety, delivering cost-effective service, advanced technology and flexibility.

Government Capital Corporation (Booth 14)
Nick Burkett
817-421-5400; nick.burkett@govcap.com
Government Capital Corporation (GCC) is a leading public finance firm offering clients a broad range of public financing solutions. With over $2 billion in funding, GCC has extensive expertise in providing funding for personal property and equipment needs. We can assist with funding of energy management projects, buses, technology and other essential personal property.

Hellas Construction, Inc. (Booth 7)
Jeff Bergevin
425-754-2275; jbergevin@hellasconstruction.com
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hellas Construction is a nationwide contractor and manufacturer delivering premium-quality sports construction projects across the United States. Hellas has the ability to custom-manufacture and install its own synthetic surfaces for sport fields, running tracks, and tennis courts, by controlling all related operations. Hellas takes its products straight to the end-user including marketing, sales, quality control and project management. Notable clients include the AT&T Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, The National Championship Bowl, Baylor University, Idaho State University, University of California at Berkley, and many more.

Insight School of Oregon (Booth 10)
JD McMahan
(541)823-5010, ext 1001; jdmcmahan@k12.com
Virtual Alternative School

LifeTrack Services Inc (Booth 18)
Larry Ledgerwood
800-738-6466; larry@lifetrack-services.com
Graduate follow-up surveys, exit surveys, athletic/activity surveys and Title IX interest surveys.

McKinstry (Booth 11)
Colin Podelnyk
503-331-0234; colinpo@mckinstry.com
McKinstry is a design/build mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor that bundles capital projects to guarantee price, performance and energy savings.

MODA Health (Booth 23)
Courtney Burke
503-412-4012; courtney.burke@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.

Next Up Leadership (Booth 25)

Greg McKenzie
(503) 752-2438; gregmckenzie@att.net
Next Up Leadership (formerly known as Window to Leadership) provides executive search services for superintendents and other administrators to school districts and ESD's. Full service, flexibility and first class services are our standards. We conduct local, regional and national searches to find the "right fit" for your district.

Northwest Engineering Service, Inc (Booth 29)
Jewel Bergeron
(503) 639-7525; jewelb@NWESI.com
Your Trusted Advisor - Northwest Engineering Service, Inc. has been commissioning, testing and balancing, troubleshooting building systems and offering energy services for over five decades. Serving both new construction and existing building markets, we work daily with owners, architects, engineers and contractors to achieve optimum building performance. Commissioning, TAB, Energy Surveys and Energy Star services.

Opsis Architecture (Booth 20)
Alec Holser
503-525-9511; alec@opsisarch.com
Over the last 16 years, Opsis has focused on educational design, completing more than 100 projects for clients in the Northwest ranging from K-12 schools to community colleges and universities. Our broad experience in education design allows us to weave new teaching and learning paradigms across all project types. Over the last five years, Opsis has completed the design of nearly $60 million of K-12 projects. Each project is unique in the way it addresses the complex issues such as specific program requirements, different local contexts, varying educational missions, and the input of the school’s administration, staff, teachers, parents, and students. Recent K-12 projects represent some of the region’s most innovative thinking in school planning for 21st century learning. Our Hood River Middle School Music and Science building is the first Net Zero Energy certified public school in the nation, while the Roosevelt and Jackson Elementary Schools in Medford, OR, won the 13th Annual Impact on Learning Awards for Non-Traditional Learning Spaces.

OR Dept of Education (Booth 26)
Heidi Dupuis
503-947-5893; heidi.dupuis@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.

OR Educators Benefit Board (Booth 4)
Rose Mann
503-378-4606; rose.mann@oregon.gov
OR Educators Benefit Board will work collaboratively with districts, members, carriers and providers to offer value-added benefit plans that support improvement in members' health status, hold carriers and providers accountable for outcomes, and provide affordable benefits and services.

PEMCO Insurance (Booth 13)
Paula Henderson
(360) 342-5996; paula.henderson@pemco.com
PEMCO Insurance has had a heritage of being committed to education since 1949. All school employees receive a special discount for home and auto insurance. PEMCO also offers umbrella and boat coverage.

Renaissance Learning (Booth 5)
Jennifer Burchard
512-230-3930; jennifer.burchard@renaissance.com
Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of cloud-based assessment and teaching and learning solutions that fit the K12 classroom, improve school performance, and accelerate learning for all. Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing and math every day.

Security Lines US (Booth 17)
Russell Corby
818-906-1212; russell@securitylines.us
Security Lines offers the POD - a portable, plug-n-play complete multi-camera surveillance system that is easy to move and only requires 110 power. Starting at under $5000, our PODs come with free video management software, smartphone apps and no licensing or per computer licensing fees. The POD is a versatile and affordable camera solution. 

Soderstrom Architects (Booth 15)
Henry Fitzgibbon
503-228-5617; henry@sdra.com
Soderstrom Architects is a Portland Oregon based architecture, planning and interior design firm, founded 31 years ago. We specialize in education projects and deliver a service oriented, high engagement style of architectural practice. In working with our clients, we seek architectural solutions which function elegantly and efficiently - and provide value. We use an evidence-based design approach that emphasizes integration of functionality, technology, natural environment and human interaction as principal influences for thoughtful, well crafted design solutions.

Sodexo School Services (Booth 2)
Greg Johnson
(630) 730-2578; greg.johnson@sodexo.com
Sodexo supports student engagement and achievement by providing expert solutions that improve the Quality of Life for the students, staff and communities we serve. We do this by designing, managing and delivering programs and services that further student well-being while also enriching the learning environment.

VIRCO Furniture Manufacturing (Booth 22)
Rick Sauer
503-957-4298; ricksauer@virco.com
Manufacture and direct sell of classroom furniture, administrative, computer, library, science, music, cafeteria and equipment for educators. Four USA-based factories, Greenguard/UL certified product. Planscape project management for remodels and new school construction for FFE. Limited lifetime warranties.

Virtual Information Executives (Booth 9)
Lloyd Lowry
(503) 871-3615; llowry@viellc.com
Virtual Information Executives (VIE) provides executive level consulting services to help organizations achieve superior business performance through technology leadership. We provide specialized services in K-12 and higher education through technology assessments and interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) services.

Wenaha Group, Inc. (Booth 8)
Dave Fishel
(541) 215-0443; DaveF@wenahagroup.com
Wenaha Group is a unique organization in the world of construction management for schools. We work with you to build a team environment with your staff to successfully tackle all complex issues; our staff comes from diverse backgrounds including general contracting, procurement, energy facility assessment and quality control. Because we are not a design firm, we have a distinct perspective and we can help you focus on exactly what you need. Our menu of services includes: Facility Assessment and Planning, Pre-Bond Planning, FF & E Planning and Procurement, State Compliant Procurement, Project and Construction Management, Value Engineering Assistance, Constructability Reviews, Building Commissioning, Technology Infrastructure Project Management, Safety and Security Systems Design Management and Energy Audits and Related Services.

Western Bus Sales Inc (Booth 6)
Mollie Blagg
503-905-0002; mblagg@westernbus.com
Proudly serving Oregon school districts since 1974, Western Bus Sales is your Blue Bird school and activity bus dealer. We offer high-quality and reliable transportation products that allow Oregon school districts to safely and efficiently transport students. Ask us about how propane-powered school buses can save your fleet thousands of dollars per bus every year. In addition to school and activity buses, we offer a highly-skilled service department, and stand ready to provide both maintenance and repairs on districts' transportation fleets.


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.

Nixyaawii Community High School
Nixyaawii Community High School
Performing During:General Session: John Michael Keyes

When: Friday, November 13, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Students from Nixyaawii Community School, a charter school in the Pendleton School District, will perform Native American drumming, singing and dancing. Students have won individual awards at pow wows across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. As a group they won the Spirit Award at the Class 1A state basketball championships.
Silverton Wind Ensemble
Silver Falls 4J
Performing During:General Session: Nicholas Kristof

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 (8:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
The Silverton Wind Ensemble, from the Silver Falls School District, plays a variety of musical styles and genres. They won first place at the 2015 Western Oregon Band Festival and first at the 2015 Clackamas College Band Festival. They are the 2015 Mid-Willamette League Band Champions and placed fourth in the 5A state band championships.
Sherwood 88J
Performing During:General Session: Donna Hartley

When: Sunday, November 15, 2015 (8:15 AM - 9:45 AM)
The Sherwood High School Mixolydians are a fun-loving and energetic a cappella ensemble. They create their own arrangements of pop songs that include vocal percussion and choreography. The Mixolydians are the 2015 champions of the Rose City Sing-Off and have been in the top three the past few years, winning best soloist award twice along with an award for best beatboxer. They also participated in the Varsity Vocals a cappella competition, where they earned best choreography and best arrangement for their entire set.


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