72nd Annual Convention

November 8-11, 2018

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

Annual Convention 2018

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

More than 50 workshops –
many designed to help you honor your Promise to Oregon students by advocating for revenue reform in 2019 – will provide you with tools and ideas.

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

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


Looking for handouts and materials from the 2018 Annual Convention workshops? Please contact Amber Smith at asmith@osba.org.


Convention attendees:

The Marriott announced it has taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database. The press release is available here.
Marriott has established a dedicated website (info.starwoodhotels.com) and call center for this incident. You will find out more information concerning the incident, answers to your questions, and steps you can take at info.starwoodhotels.com.


Online registration is now closed.

Deadline to register online is October 31, 2018. After this date, all registrations must be made on-site at the event.

For registration questions email Amber Smith at asmith@osba.org.

Registering others for the event? Click here for a PDF of our Annual Convention tracking worksheet to assist you in soliciting registration information. (Note: this is not a registration form. All registrations must be completed through the online store.)


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.

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 and download the app created by Pathable.


Your District’s Equity Story
Attendees who join us on Thursday evening and Friday have the opportunity to visit the Forecast5 booth and pick up their district-customized equity story. These reports feature data specific to your district that can help support critical decisions, communication, and advocacy with stakeholders. Those who attend the conference on Friday afternoon may also attend the Understanding and Leading with Data workshop, which will focus on helping districts understand their equity story.


Charter schools- please read the following before registering for OSBA’s 72nd Annual Convention:
As you may have heard, OSBA’s tax status changed as of July 1, 2018 (see FAQ linked below for details). Under the new designation, OSBA can no longer accept dues and/or service fees from charter schools because they are not recognized as political subdivisions of the state as defined under federal tax code. Therefore, beginning July 1, 2018, charter schools will no longer be able to be associate members or contract directly with OSBA for services.

To access OSBA services, which includes conferences and events, charter schools are now required to submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) acknowledging that their sponsoring district has a process in place that provides access to OSBA services. This new requirement begins on July 1, 2018, which means OSBA needs to have your fully executed MOU on file prior to the conference (see sample MOU linked below), or we will not be able to honor your registration. Please mail the completed MOU to the address below, attention Vicky Black, or email vblack@osba.org

For questions about charter schools, please contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org.

Fees and Meals Info

Registration Fees

OSBA Members
By 10/05/18
After 10/05/18
New board members elected/appointed on or after December 1, 2017
First-time board member attendees


Convention registration
Administrative Professionals Workshop (includes lunch)
Council of School Attorneys Workshop (CLE credit applied for)
Preconference (includes lunch)

*After 10/5, a $25 cancellation fee will apply.

£After 10/5, 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.

Friday Networking Breakfast is first come, first served for registered attendees and exhibitors only and limited to the first 300 people.

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Opening Reception Free
Networking Breakfast (first-come, first-served; registered attendees and exhibitors only) Free
Lunch $20
Breakfast (Capitol Watch, Critical Issues and Small Schools) $20
Lunch $20
Breakfast $20


Hotels and Travel


Room blocks are now open until October 17, 2018!

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 17! After October 17, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 17, 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.

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: OSBA18


  • Valet parking for guests of the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is $21 per day.
  • Parking at the Kimpton RiverPlace is $25 per day.
  • Parking at Hotel Modera is $35 per day.
  • Parking at the Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/RiverPlace is $25 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 on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00pm against the Los Angeles Clippers. Order tickets by October 8 using "OSBA" as the password. Find more information here (213 KB PDF).

Downtown Portland Map: 


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Rohini AnandGeneral Session Keynote:

Rohini Anand
“Equity and Inclusion to Enhance Student Achievement”
Sodexo Global Chief Diversity Officer Rohini Anand, an expert on organizational change, has helped the multinational company become a thought leader on diversity and inclusion. The link between inclusion and performance is well established. With Oregon’s student population rapidly becoming more diverse, schools can learn from the business world how to change school cultures so everyone can be successful.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Critical Issues Keynote:Heidi Sipe

Heidi Sipe
"Advocating for Students by Name"
Umatilla School District superintendent since 2007, Heidi Sipe 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.


General Session Keynote:

Matt Utterback
“The Heart of our School Districts”
North Clackamas School District superintendent Matt Utterback is guided by a powerful belief: Students and families – rich and diverse in cultures, languages and experiences — are at the heart of school districts, and as leaders, we are the people who care for and tend the heart of our districts. Utterback, the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year, has helped his district virtually eliminate the achievement gap among minority students. Click here to read a recent news article featuring Matt Utterback.

Sunday, November 11, 2018Sam Glenn

General Session Keynote:

Sam Glenn
“Be Your Own Real-Life Superhero”
Superheroes are not just the stuff of comics and movies. Sam Glenn, “The Attitude Guy,” will inspire you to become the hero of your real-life story by using your strengths and living the best version of yourself. You can choose an attitude that leads your district to success and you can become the heroic presence that lifts up everyone around you.

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

Bethanne KronickKeynote Speaker:

Bethanne Kronick

Productivity strategist, author, trainer and speaker Bethanne Kronick is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and has earned the prestigious CSP™ award (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speakers Association. Passionate about helping people live with less stress and find more time and energy, Bethanne established SIMPLIFY! in 2002. Bethanne is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) and a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). She offers customized presentations, workshops and one-on-one consulting. In her spare time, Bethanne is a competitive rower and loves to eat ice cream!

Read more about Bethanne's presentation here.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration Mt. Hood Room foyer
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
"Take Control of Your Time and Get the RIGHT Things Done!" Bethanne Kronick, SIMPLIFY!
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
"Take Control of Your Time and Get the RIGHT Things Done!" cont. Bethanne Kronick, SIMPLIFY!
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"Everything you Wanted to Know About Executive Sessions but Were Afraid to Ask" Steve Kelley, OSBA, director of board development and Spencer Lewis, member services attorney
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Salon F
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
"Everything you Wanted to Know About Public Records" Matt Brown, Oregon State Archives, records management analyst; Todd Albert, Oregon State Archives, public records advocate deputy
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  

Agenda PDF

Revenue reform advocacy and engagement

OSBA and its members have made revenue reform and cost containment our top priorities through the 2019 legislative session. How can school board members, administrators and other educational leaders inform and engage their communities better? How can we advocate for sustainable school funding in the Capitol? A dynamic lineup of speakers will lend expertise in communication and advocacy as we build momentum into 2019.

Board members who attend the Advocacy Preconference will receive credit for the Leadership Institute Silver-level Legislative Advocacy course.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Revenue Reform - Kickoff

What to Expect Today

Jim Green, OSBA, executive director

Lori Sattenspiel, OSBA, director of legislative services

9:30am-10:30am Trends in Oregon: What Do Voters Support? John Horvick, DHM Research, vice president and political director
10:30am-10:45am Break  
10:45am-11:45am Politics 101 - Midterm Election Results: What Does it All Mean? Jim Moore, Pacific University, assistant professor and director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation
11:45am-12:30pm Lunch  

Effective Advocacy: Guiding Your Agenda Through the Legislature

Legislative Panel - What Works and What Doesn't

 Jake Weigler, Hilltop Public Solutions, partner

 Rep. Margaret Doherty (D) HD 35, Tigard; Rep. Janeen Sollman (D) HD 30, Hillsboro; Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R) HD 17, Scio

 2:00pm-3:00pm Staying the Course: Message Discipline and Tools That Work Gallatin Public Affairs
 3:00pm Adjourn / Check-in to hotel  
4:00pm Opening Reception No host bar and hors d'oeuvres


Friday, November 9, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Registration Mt. Hood Room 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Sexual Conduct, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse in Schools

 Haley Percell, Spencer Lewis; Oregon School Boards Association

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Workplace Investigations

Rebekah Jacobson, Garrett Hemann Robertson PC

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

The Intersection Between Family Law and Schools

Meghan Gassner, Melinda Thomas; High Desert Education Service District

12:15 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Business Meeting

Spencer Lewis; Oregon School Boards Association

12:25 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Student Civil Rights Litigation in Oregon

Karen Vickers, Beth Plass; Mersereau Shannon LLP

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Labor and Employment Law Update

Kyle Abraham; Barran Liebman LLP


Download the Agenda

Student Performers

Ogden Songbirds
Oregon City School District
Performing during: General session: Equity and Inclusion to Enhance Student Achievement, presented by Rohini Anand
When: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 (8:30 - 10:30 am)
The middle school performers, ages 11-14, sing a cappella pop music. Many songs incorporate a soloist, beat boxes and harmonic backgrounds.
Director: Amy Aamodt, Vocal Specialist/Teacher
Awards: Tied for first place in 2017 at the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival. 

Clackamas High School Orchestra
North Clackamas School District
Performing during: General session: The Heart of our School Districts, presented by Matt Utterback
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 (8:30 - 10:30 am)
The all-acoustic string orchestra plus guitar plays an upbeat mix of music, from classical compositions to popular rock tunes, from movie soundtracks to dance songs.
Director: Brigid Mayer, Director of Orchestras
Awards: OSAA string orchestra champions in 2017. Winner of the Mt. Hood League Orchestra Championship from 2013 to 2017. Disney performance award of excellence in 2015 and 2017. Third place at OSAA orchestra championships in 2016 and second place in 2015.

Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts Department
Hood River County School District
Performing during: General session: Be Your Own Real-Life Superhero, presented by Sam Glenn
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 (8:15 – 9:45 am)
Students from the HRVHS Performing Arts Program will perform two song-and-dance numbers from “The Addams Family,” the fall musical. The four-year program is known for high-quality and innovative shows that regularly sell out.
Director: Rachel Harry, Teacher/Director
Awards: Hood River theater teacher and director Rachel Harry received the 2017 Tony Award for her theater education excellence and spoke at the Tony Awards ceremony.

All exhibitor booths have now been sold.  Advertisements on our Convention app are still available for purchase. Please contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org for more information.

Exhibitor Schedule:

 Exhibitor Schedule

Click here for more information about our exhibitors.

List of Exhibitors

Ball Janik
BRIC Architecture
BYU Independent Study
D.A. Davidson & Co.
Davis Demographics
DLR Group
Energy Trust of Oregon
Feel Good, Inc.
FieldTurf & Beynon Sports
First Student
FLO Analytics
Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
Hellas Construction
HMK Company
Kaiser Permanente
Opsis Architecture
Piper Jaffray
Recreation Today
Securitech Group, Inc.
Soderstrom Architects
Student Transportation of America
Tarkett Sports
Willamette Promise


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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

OAESD Fall Summit
Salon G/H/I
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Open to all, registration required, click here to register

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

Friday, November 9, 2018
Sodexo School Services
Salon E
5:45 – 8:00 pm
Invited guests only

Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C. Reception
Salon A
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 10, 2018

School Board Members of Color Caucus
Salon G
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, November 11, 2018

OSBA Board of Directors Meeting
Columbia Room
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Meeting/Open to all attendees


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