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71st Annual Convention

November 9-12, 2017

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

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Leadership that Lifts our Promise of Graduation

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

More than 50 workshops-including more than a dozen related to lifting graduation rates-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.

Schedule at a Glance

Registration is now closed.

If you are looking for materials from 2017 Annual Convention, please contact Amber Smith at asmith@osba.org.


After you register for the event, you will receive an email invitation to download and login to the app. You will find the app in the Google Play or Apple stores by searching for OSBA Annual Convention. This is a different app from previous years, so please search for OSBA Annual Convention and download the app created by Pathables.

Have access to all Convention information at your fingertips. Customize the conference agenda, schedule your personal meetings, view information about keynote speakers, workshop presenters and partners and receive notifications of important updates.

Fees and Meals Info

Registration Fees

OSBA Members By 10/06/17 After 10/06/17
New board members elected/appointed on or after December 1, 2016, or charter schools who joined OSBA after December 1, 2016
First-time board member attendees


Convention registration $255£ $305£
Administrative Professionals Workshop (includes lunch) $135£  $185£ 
Council of School Attorneys Workshop (CLE credit applied for) $135 $185
Leadership Institute Preconference (includes lunch) $135£ $185£

*After 10/6, a $25 cancellation fee will apply.                                                                                

£After 10/6, a $50 cancellation fee will apply.

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.

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 (Capitol Watch, Critical Issues and Small Schools) $20
Lunch $20
Breakfast $20


Hotels and Travel


Room blocks are open September 11 - October 18, 2017.

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 18! After October 18, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 18, 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
1bed,1 person
1 or 2beds,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: 040517OSBA

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: OSBA17


  • Valet parking for guests of the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is $19.50 per day.
  • Parking at the Kimpton RiverPlace is $25 per day.
  • Parking at Hotel Modera is $30 per day.
  • Parking at the Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/RiverPlace is $22 per day.
  • Parking is also 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. 10, against the Brooklyn Nets. Order tickets by October 13 using "OSBA" as the password, or find more information here. (427 KB This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)
  • Downtown Portland Map


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Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

Friday - 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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“Servant Leadership: A New Call to Duty” Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is passionate about her mission to empower the next generation of leaders. Be challenged to look inward and rise to the call of action for the betterment of your community and the generations to follow.

A recording of her keynote presentation can be seen below.


Wayne M. Maines

Saturday - 8:45 am - 10:15 am

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“One Father’s Journey: Raising a Transgender Child” Wayne M. Maines is a father of a transgender daughter, and he struggled with that significantly in the early years. He and his wife had to learn how to navigate the public school system for their daughter. Learn what you can do to stop harassment, discrimination and bullying for all children who are perceived as being different.

A recording of his keynote presentation can be seen below.


David Zach

Sunday- 8:15 am - 9:45 am

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“A Policymaker’s Guide to the Future” David Zach is a professionally trained futurist and a former teacher and school board member. He will share a down-to-earth look at where to invest your time, attention and attitudes about the future.

A recording of his keynote presentation can be seen below.

Administrative Professionals Workshop

Designed for the Administrative Professional to help you with the many demands of your job, plus networking with your peers!

"In this fast-paced exciting world of education, we often "hope" our trainings are effective and purposeful, and your thoughtful crafting of our workshops is AWESOME!
 Last year's OSBA workshop on multi-generation communication in the workplace CHANGED THE WAY I COMMUNICATE WITH MY PEERS!
 This year's OSBA workshop with Bethanne CHANGED THE WAY I APPROACH MY DEADLINES!"
             - Kelly Douglas, West Linn-Wilsonville SD, board secretary



Ann Macfarlane

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“Running Effective School Board Meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order"
This lively workshop takes an esoteric subject and makes it relevant and interesting for administrative professionals. We will hold a mock school board meeting filled with surprises. You will see how Robert’s Rules of Order enables boards to hold efficient meetings and make effective decisions. We will cover:
• Who’s in charge here anyway? Role of chair and members.
• A brief introduction to the system of motions.
• Six types of unacceptable remarks under Robert’s Rules of Order.
• Twenty key points for meeting minutes.
• The role of the clerk or secretary at board meetings.

Past presentations of this workshop by OSBA have received glowing praise.
• “What an amazingly fun way to learn what can be a dry and difficult subject!”
• “Best parliamentary procedure presentation I have ever attended. Very helpful and good confidence builder.”
• “Fun, fast-paced and relevant.”
• “Experience and humorous approach appreciated!”
• “Session was wonderful and full of very helpful information. I have a clearer understanding of the process.”



Ann Macfarlane is a former diplomat who served in Pakistan and on the Soviet desk of the U.S. State Department before becoming a Russian translator. Through her company, Jurassic Parliament, she offers training in leadership, meeting management and Robert’s Rules of Order across the nation. Ann has trained clerks and secretaries at the Northwest Clerks Institute every year since 2005. With Andrew Estep, she is the author of “Mastering Council Meetings: A Guidebook for Elected Officials and Local Governments.”





8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Registration Mt. Hood Room foyer
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. "Running Effective School Board Meetings using Robert's Rules or Order" Ann Macfarlane, Jurassic Parliament, registered parliamentarian  
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Macfarlane presentation, continued
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Salon F
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Policy 101 for Administrative Professionals Peggy Holstedt, OSBA, director of policy services
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Senate Bill 208: Charter Student Access to Interscholastic Activities Richard Donovan, OSBA, legislative specialist and Spencer Lewis, member services attorney
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hot Topics
4:00 p.m. Adjourn and Opening Reception *No Host Bar and hors d'oeuvres *Guest Welcome

 Downloadable agenda found here.

Council of School Attorneys Workshop

Friday, November 10

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Earn CLE credits while learning the latest on key legal issues and how they impact education in Oregon. Topics include immigration, ethics and impacts from the 2017 legislative session.


     Tammy Carter

Tammy Carter is a Senior Staff Attorney for the National School Boards Association (“NSBA”).  In her role as Senior Staff attorney, she drafts and reviews contracts; assists in drafting legal guides; edits legal publications; acts as a liaison for various COSA committees; and provides training on legal issues to school board members and COSA attorneys.  Prior to joining the NSBA, she was General Counsel for Oklahoma City Public Schools where she served as the district’s in-house counsel for more than twenty-years.


School Law Update, Tammy Carter, National School Boards Association

Muslim Students and Staff: Legal Requirements Regarding Accommodations, Religious Freedom, and Nondiscrimination
Mike Porter and Jollee Patterson, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Business Meeting,Spencer Lewis, OSBA, member services attorney
Legislative Update, Lori Sattenspiel, OSBA interim director or legislative services and Richard Donovan, OSBA legislative services specialist

Impacts of Marijuana Laws on Staff and Students, Nancy Hungerford and Joel Hungerford, The Hungerford Law Firm 

Immigration Enforcement & Undocumented Students - Legal Issues for School Districts, Jollee Patterson, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
Ethical Obligations for Lawyers, Calon Russell, Holland & Knight

Download agenda

Leadership Institute Workshop

If you love to learn and earn Leadership Institute credit, this workshop is for you. Five courses await your attendance!

Thursday, November 9

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. - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:10 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Workshop #1 - Effective Meetings (G) Renee Sessler, OSBA, board development specialist
9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Break
9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Workshop #2 - School Law for Board Members (S) Haley Percell, OSBA, interim director of litigation
10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Workshop #3 - Ethics (B) Spencer Lewis, OSBA, member services attorney
12:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Workshop #4 - Superintendent Evaluation (S) Steve Kelley, OSBA, director of board development
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop #5 - Advanced Leadership (G) Steve Kelley, OSBA, director of board development
4:00 p.m. Adjourn and Opening Reception *No Host Bar and hors d'oeuvres *Guest Welcome

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

Student Talent

Friday General Session
The Beaverton STARS - Special Needs Color Guard Team
Beaverton School District

South Medford High School Chamber Choir
Medford School District

Saturday General Session
Woodburn High School Mariachi Band
Woodburn School District

Sunday General Session
Lowell High School Band
Lowell School District

Exhibitor registration is closed.

Please contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org with questions.

List of Exhibitors

Ball Janik
Beynon Sports
BYU Independent Study
DA Davidson and Co.
Davis Demographics
EMS SubDesk, LLC
First Student
Flo Analytics
Forecast5 Analytics, Inc
Hellas Construction
Kaiser Permanente
Mid Columbia Bus Co.
Opsis Architecture
Piper Jaffray
Rosincloud, Inc
Russell Investments
School Innovations and Achievement
Student Transportation of America
Synergy Food Service Consulting
The College Board
Willamette Dental Group


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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

OAESD Summit
Salon G/H/I
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Registered participants only

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

Oregon Small Schools Association Board Meeting
Eugene Room
4:30 – 6:00 pm
OSSA board members/executive director

Friday, November 10, 2017
Sodexo Client Reception
Salon E
5:45 – 8:00 pm
Invited guests only

Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C. Reception
Salon A
5 – 7 pm
Open to all attendees

Saturday, November 11, 2017

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


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