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.


Online registration is now open. Click here to register.

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.


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.

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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 will open at 8am on September 10, 2018 and close at 5pm 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
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201





Wireless internet is complimentary in the Marriott guest rooms.

RiverPlace Hotel
1510 SW Harbor Way
Portland, OR 97201






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






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






  • 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.


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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.

    Coming soon...

    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 NW
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
    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" Kristopher Stenson, Oregon State Archives, ORMS Administrator
    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

    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.

    Stay tuned for further details...

    Coming soon...

    Student Talent

    Friday General Session
    Ogden Songbirds
    Oregon City School District

    Saturday General Session
    Clackamas High School Orchestra
    North Clackamas School District

    Sunday General Session
    Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts
    Hood River County School District

    Registration for Annual Convention exhibitors is open!  Booths and advertising opportunities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org with questions.

    Register here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X8LFXJX

    Click here for exhibitor floor plan.

    List of Exhibitors

    BYU Independent Study
    D.A. Davidson & Co.
    Davis Demographics
    DLR Group
    FieldTurf & Beynon Sports
    First Student
    FLO Analytics
    Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
    Kaiser Permanente
    Opsis Architecture
    Piper Jaffray
    Recreation Today
    Soderstrom Architects
    Student Transportation of America



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