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70th Annual Convention

November 10-13, 2016

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

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Thursday, November 10

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Jan Carothers
"Managing the Service Moments of Truth: Succeeding with Tough Conversation"

You'll learn or refresh your service excellence skills in two primary areas: how to handle crucial service moments of truth and how to use specific language and behavior tools that will help you communicate respect and appreciation even when you can't give the answer they hope to hear. Do you have the reputation of "going to the mat" for your "service constituents" such as students and families, teachers, facilities staff, principal, board members, superintendent and other community stakeholders, including health services, public safety and community volunteers? Ultimately they all find their way to your desk!

No matter how excellent your current service, as one of your district's main problem solvers, it's possible to get tired or frustrated. In this engaging enlivening class, you'll get refreshed, laugh, share with colleagues and take away useful methods to work through conflicts, recover from mistakes, no matter who’s they are, and soothe and serve your disappointed, upset, angry, embarrassed, frightened, stressed and even unreasonable "customers."

Unaddressed annoyances become problems which can become conflicts. Your communications skills in handling the difficult conversations and providing positively memorable service can help you keep your work environment healthy and energizing.
View the Administrative Professionals' workshop agenda. (13 KB) This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Click here to download.

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Council of School Attorneys Workshop

Friday, November 11

8:30 am - 4:15 pm

Transgender & non-binary: where this issue is headed in the future and its impact on educational programs
Spencer Lewis, OSBA, member service attorney and policy specialist

Update on recreational immunity given the Oregon Supreme court's decision in Gibson v. Johnson
Kirk Mylander, City Insurance Services, general counsel

Toxin in schools: what are the next steps? 
Gabriela Goldfarb, Oregon Health Authority, environmental public health section manager; Hong Huynh, Miller Nash, partner; Phil Wentz, Tigard-Tualatin SD, facilities manager

Business Meeting
Lisa Freiley, OSBA, staff counsel

Lessons learned from an OCR visit
Rebekah Jacobson, Garrett, Hemann Robertson, partner

Update on Oregon employment law
Mike Porter, Miller Nash, partner

Mandatory Reporter training
Troy Wood, Oregon State Bar, assistant general counsel

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Thursday, November 10

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. Registration, Welcome and Introductions
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Workshop #1 - School Finance (B) by Renee Sessler, OSBA, Board Development Specialist
9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Quick Break
9:35 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Workshop #2 - Creating Community Connections (S) Alex Pulaski, OSBA Communications Director; Rachel Fleenor, Marketing - Communications and Social Media Consultant; TBD, District Communications Director
10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Quick Break
10:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Workshop #3 - Legislative Advocacy (S) Jim Green, OSBA, Deputy Director; Lori Sattenspiel, Legislative Services Specialist
12:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch in Columbia & Willamette Rooms
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Workshop #4 - Public Meetings (B) Spencer Lewis, OSBA Member Services Attorney & Policy Specialist
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop #5 - Charter Schools (G) Kristen Miles, OSBA, Board Development Specialist
4:00 p.m.

Adjourn and Opening Reception *No Host Bar and hors d'oeuvres *Guest Welcome

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

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Become a Partner

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.  


The partner 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 10-11, 2016


Exhibit set-up                             

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibitor hours

4:00 - 6:30 pm

Opening reception

4:00 - 6:30 pm



Exhibitor hours

7:30 am - 4:00 pm


7:15 - 8:00 am


9:15 - 9:45 am

Networking lunch

11:30 am - 12:45 pm


2:00 - 2:15 pm


3:15 - 3:45 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 - OSBA will provide one 6' draped table, one chair, an identification sign, power, and wireless internet.

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 1201 Court St NE Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301.

Cancellation Policy - All cancellations must be submitted in writing to OSBA.  Fees and meal costs are refundable before September 22, 2016.  No refunds will be made after September 22, 2016.

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

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.

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.

Registration form - Please complete the registration form and return it to secure your booth preference and partner information for our convention program.

Contact Lori Sattenspiel or Sarah Herb for more information.

Partner List

Partner - Premier (Strategic)

PACE (Booth 1)
Lisa Freiley
(503) 588-2800; lfreiley@osba.org
PACE is Oregon’s leading provider of property and casualty coverage for public schools, education service districts, community colleges and charter schools. Because PACE is an insurance pool composed of its members, it has no profit motive. Instead, it offers unequaled service and savings. 

Partner - Exhibit (Honors) 

Ball Janik, LLP (Booth 10)
Rob Wilkinson
(503) 944-6051; rwilkinson@balljanik.com
Founded in Portland 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. 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’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 2)
Scott Rose
(503) 274-2675; srose@dlrgroup.com
DLR Group’s brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design. Founded as an architecture and engineering firm in 1966, we serve clients through the integrated delivery of planning, architecture, engineering, interiors, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. In addition to K-12 education, DLR Group nationally offers services in 12 other areas of client specialty: civic, courts, cultural and performing arts, energy services, healthcare, higher education, historic preservation, hospitality, justice, retail and mixed use, sports, and workplace.

Piper Jaffray (Booth 9)
Carol Samuels
(503) 275-8301; carol.e.samuels@pjc.com
Piper Jaffray is a municipal bond investment banking firm with expertise in underwriting, financial advisory services portfolio management and market making for fixed-income securities.

Partner - Media

Recreation Today (Booth 15)
Marlo Mackay
(208) 442-9350; marlo@retoday.net
Recreation Today provides high-quality commercial playground equipment that supports child development, inspiring imagination and creativity through superior design. Our products cater to all ages and abilities, with an extensive array of recreational products that will fit your requirements and aesthetics. Our highly skilled team has over 50 years of experience collectively in the park and playground industry. You can be confident that our design team will competently assist you through every stage of the process from conception to completion. 

Partner - Workshop

EMS SubDesk (Booth 6)
Scott Cummins
(503) 208-7454; scott@emssubdesk.com
For districts that partner with us we handle all aspects of substitutes. But we are much more than just a substitute system – we are staff management. Think human resources, technology, business, and fiscal. That allows more time to meet your district’s needs while our expert staff takes care of the substitutes each day. 


Architects West, Inc (Booth 8)
Kim Homdrom
(208) 667-9402; kimh@architectswest.com
Architects West is an award-winning regional architecture and landscape firm with a successful 40-plus-year history specializing in the design of educational, civic, commercial, and residential projects. Our dedication to the principles of resource stewardship, community building, and service excellence has benefited end-users throughout the Northwest.

American Reading Company (Booth 23)
Rebecca Holcombe
(425) 466-1819; rebecca.holcombe@americanreading.com
Built and run by education activists, American Reading Company is a trusted partner of 5,320 schools and 1,070 districts in 50 states. Our team helps strengthen district and school capacity at every level by placing literacy and agency at the heart of school transformation. Our mission is to ensure every student is reading on or above grade level. As a result, all students read, write, discuss, think, investigate and solve problems at ever-increasing levels of proficiency. Their academic performance is accelerated and their life prospects are fundamentally improved.

BLRB Architects (Booth 14)
Kay Munson
(253) 627-5599; kmunson@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 28)
Russ Bryant
(801) 422-4787; russell.bryant@byu.edu
Our rigorous, online middle school and high school courses provide flexibility for your students who need to catch up, recover credit, or get ahead. With a large selection of core and elective courses to choose from, we can offer more opportunities to your students. Enrollment is available any time. Use our instructors or your instructors. We provide the options that your school needs.

D.A. Davidson & Co. (Booth 20)
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 office.

First Student, Inc. (Booth 4)
Tucker Shea
(360) 831-2359; tucker.shea@firstgroup.com
We are the student transportation leader for good reason: First Student is locally run and nationally networked with award-winning safety, delivering cost-effective service, advanced technology and flexibility.
Flo Analytics (Booth 22)
Tyler Vick
(503) 501-5248; tvick@flo-analytics.com
Flo Analytics uses a geographic approach to help school districts navigate changes. Our data analysis tools and long-range planning help overcome challenges by predicting facility needs, informing budget and resource allocation and garnering support for funding. From student enrollment forecasting to facilitating the boundary review process, the Flo team will be there to help your district interpret data and make informed decisions for long-term stability.

Heery International, Inc. (Booth 21)
Megan Muter
(503) 431-6196; mmuter@heery.com
Heery International, Inc. has performed program management and construction consulting services for over 60 years. Founded in 1952, Heery provides a full range of professional services. Heery specializes in:
•    Program management
•    Project management
•    Construction management
•    Cost estimating
•    Scheduling
•    Furniture, fixtures, and equipment
•    Commissioning

Hellas Construction, Inc.
(Booth 11)
Julie Trull
(512) 250-2910; jtrull@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.

Mid Columbia Bus Company (Booth 16)
Mary Braukman
(503) 623-7245; maryb@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, including in safety programs, special needs, and disasters. Each bus is inspected daily for safety and mechanical issues.

Next Up Leadership (Booth 5)
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 ESDs. 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.

Oregon Department of Education
(Booth 12)
Heidi Dupuis
(503) 947-5893; heidi.dupuis@state.or.us
The Department of Education will highlight 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.
PEMCO Insurance (Booth 19)
Paula Henderson
(360) 342-5996; paula.henderson@pemco.com
PEMCO Insurance has a heritage of being committed to education since 1949. PEMCO also offers umbrella and boat coverage.

Renaissance Learning (Booth 17)
Scott Wallace
(503) 308-3380; scott.wallace@renaissance.com
Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of cloud-based assessment and teaching and learning solutions that fit the K-12 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.

Soderstrom Architects (Booth 13)
Cheryl Nervez
(503) 595-2538; cheryln@sdra.com
Soderstrom Architects is a Portland-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 that 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 3)
Amy Oliver
(512) 660-8195; amy.oliver@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.

Student Transportation of America (Booth 7)
James Lasky
(323) 225-7000 x 101; jlasky@ridemst.com
As North America’s most trusted provider of school transportation services, STA offers a number of innovative transportation solutions. These include green fuel options and the latest on-board technology and routing. We use SafeStop, the mobile phone app that connects parents and school officials to the vehicles transporting their students.

Wenaha Group, Inc. (Booth 18)
Caryn Appler
(541) 561-1221; caryna@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 services include: 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.



Embracing The Promise of Oregon: Let’s Dream Bigger Together

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

More than 60 workshops provide you with tools and ideas to help you dream bigger about your students’ successes.

Invest: School boards make a difference in student learning. Invest in hearing the latest to increase student achievement in your district.

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

Fees and Meals Info

Registration Fees

OSBA Members   By 10/07/16   After 10/07/16
New board members elected/appointed on or after December 1, 2015, or charter schools who joined OSBA after December 1, 2015
Convention registration   $255   $305
Leadership Institute Preconference (includes lunch)   $125   $175 
Administrative Professionals' 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 7, a $50 cancellation fee will apply for Administrative Professionals', Leadership Institute and Convention. 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 (Revenue Reform, Small Schools and Critical Issues) $20
Lunch $20
Breakfast $20

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Hotels and Travel


Room blocks are open September 12 - October 19, 2016.

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?

  • 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 19! After October 19, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 19, 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 15.3% 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: 121515OSBA

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





Book online here.

Hotel Modera→ Reservations
515 SW Clay Street
Portland, OR  97201





Book online here. Use code: OSBA16


  • Valet parking for guests of the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is $18.50 per day.
  • Parking at the RiverPlace and Hotel Modera 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 Friday, Nov. 11, against the Sacramento Kings. Order tickets by October 14 using "OSBA" as the password, or find more information here (177 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)
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Chad Hymas

Friday - 9:45 - 11:30 am

This is an image of Chad HymasIn 2001, at the age of 27, Chad Hymas saw his life change in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible. The Wall Street Journal calls him “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!”

His keynote presentation on “Doing What Must Be Done. Even Limitations Can Be Used to Make Life Better” will be accompanied with solutions that can change and inspire lives. Chad has spent the last 10 years developing solutions that transformed his life, and in this presentation, he will share insights on how to:

  • Conquer the emotional paralysis that robs vision and momentum.
  • Turn obstacles into incredible opportunities.
  • Harness the power of change and rise above to progress.
  • Tap into unseen personal power and inner strength to accomplish seemingly impossible dreams!

A recording of his keynote presentation can be seen below.


Colt Gill

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

This is an image of GillColt Gill was appointed as Oregon’s first education innovation officer in June 2016. He had been superintendent of the Bethel School District for a decade before that, and has been an Oregon educator for 27 years. In accordance with Oregon’s 40-40-20 goals, Gov. Kate Brown has articulated a vision that every Oregon student graduate with a plan for his or her future. To achieve that vision, the position of education innovation officer was established to work directly with the deputy superintendent of public instruction, the chief education officer and the governor to recommend policy, budget priorities, and actions. In this address on “Every Student Graduates with a Plan for His or Her Future,” Gill will share potential strategies that are based on statewide engagement, research, and promising practices. He will also share his vision for partnering with districts and communities to improve outcomes for our students.


Pedro Noguera

Saturday - 8:45 - 10:30 am

This is an image of Pedro_NogueraPedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of 12 books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets.  

His keynote presentation, “Making A Difference Through Education: A Broader and Bolder Approach to School Reform,” draws on research carried out at schools in Newark, Houston, Denver and the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This presentation will demonstrate how schools are effectively working with community-based organizations to mitigate the effects of poverty and other external constraints that can undermine academic achievement. Practical suggestions on actions to support schools will also be presented.

A recording of his keynote presentation can be seen below.

Heidi Sipe

Sunday - 8:15 - 9:45 am
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Heidi Sipe, Umatilla School District superintendent since 2007, was named the 2016 Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). She is passionate about student success and deeply committed to her community. What sets Heidi apart is her keen ability to think strategically, guided by her integrity. She is a collaborative leader, known throughout Oregon for being a good listener and a bold educator.

In her keynote, "Expectations Matter: Supporting School Leadership to Impact Student Success,” Heidi will discuss the crucial role school boards hold in developing vision and providing the necessary support to ensure goals become reality. This interactive session will explore barriers and solutions for overcoming the adult obstacles that often hinder student success. Plan on working during this session and leaving ready to collaborate for the benefit of students.

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

OASBO Fall Workshop
Salon F
8 am – 4:30 pm
Registered participants only

OAESD Summit
Salon G/H/I
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Registered participants only

Pearl, Hawthorne and Belmont Rooms
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registered participants only

Oregon Small Schools Association Board Meeting
Eugene Room
5:00 – 6:00 pm
OSSA board members/executive director

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sodexo Partnership Appreciation Reception
Salon E
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Invited guests only

Garrett Hemann Robertson Reception
Salon F
5 – 7 pm
Open to all attendees

Saturday, November 12, 2016

No meetings

Sunday, November 13, 2016

OSBA Board of Directors Meeting
Columbia Room
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Public Meeting/Open to all attendees



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.

T.R.U.E. (The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza)
Eugene 4J
Performing During:General Session: Chad Hymas

When: Friday, November 11, 2016 (9:45 AM - 11:30 AM)
Awards: We regularly book gigs at local performance venues in Eugene, Oregon, including, Sam Bond's Garage, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the W.O.W. Hall, Planktown Brewery, and many others, including community events. We have also recorded a CD in a professional sound studio here in Eugene.
This orchestra of 24 students plays ukuleles, bass and drums and sings contemporary pop music. T.R.U.E. regularly books gigs at performance venues and community events in Eugene. The group has also recorded a CD in a professional sound studio. To purchase a CD visit their website: http://www.ridgeline.org/jefftest
Coquille Symphonic Band
Coquille 8
Performing During:General Session: Pedro Noguera

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016 (8:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Awards: This is a new program, without the opportunity to earn any awards yet. We are looking forward to the opportunity to begin!
The Coquille Symphonic Band is Coquille High’s advanced wind ensemble. A small band from a small school district, the Coquille Symphonic Band demonstrates a focused, exciting and diverse sound. The band is an integral part of the district’s growing music program and performs at a variety of sports events and community concerts.
Central Linn Blue Notes
Central Linn 552
Performing During:General Session: Heidi Sipe

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016 (8:15 AM - 9:45 AM)
Awards: We have traveled all over the country singing. We were invited two years ago to sing at the Lincoln Center in New York City, which we did. We also spent 5 days touring NYC and singing at land marks like The Trinity Church, the oldest church in NYC. Again, that was by invitation. We have participated in several festivals around Oregon and most recently took a trip to Southern California where, by audition, we were invited to participate in the Performing Arts Program and performed in Disneyland. We were also invited to perform as the opener for the Cal State Long Beach jazz choir, Pacific Standard Time.
The Blue Notes are primarily a jazz group, but do sing pop and other genres. They are upbeat and fun, and have traveled all over the country singing. They have been invited to sing at the Lincoln Center in New York City and at Disneyland.


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