73rd Annual Convention

November 14-17, 2019

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

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We did it! Together we saw the Student Success Act’s passage during the 2019 legislative session. Celebrate this accomplishment for students and find out what’s next.

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

More than 50 workshops will provide you with tools and ideas to help create lifelong learners.

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


Online registration has opened! Click here to register online.

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.)

EVENT APP IS LIVE! Click here to see the full schedule on the event app.

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 Conferences' and download the app created by Pathable.


Charter schools- please read the following before registering for OSBA’s 73rd 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 10/04/19
After 10/04/19
New board members elected/appointed on or after December 1, 2018
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 10/4, a $25 cancellation fee will apply.

£After 10/4, 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 OPEN! 

Room blocks will close on October 23, 2019.

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 23! After October 23, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 23, 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





Click here for reservations.

Step by step instructions on how to book multiple rooms at the Marriott.

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




Click here for reservations.           
Residence Inn by Marriott→ Reservations
2115 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR 97201





Click here for reservations. 
The Hotel Zags, formerly Hotel Modera→ Reservations
515 SW Clay Street
Portland, OR 97201




Click here for reservations. Access code is OSBA19


  • Valet parking for guests of the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is $22 per day for standard vehicles and $32 for oversized vehicles.
    • Please note: the hotel is unable to accommodate Dually vehicles or anything over 1500/F150
    • Riviera Plaza on 1st Street can accommodate larger vehicles - this is not managed by the hotel
  • Parking at the Kimpton RiverPlace is $25 per day.
  • Parking at the Hotel Zags, formerly 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

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Call for Student Art - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Mark your calendars to help celebrate OSBA's 73rd Annual Convention, November 14-17, 2019, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel.

The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) is looking for a student art program to exhibit at OSBA’s Annual Convention.

Each year, the OSBA Convention showcases a student art display for about 800 attendees (board members, superintendents and community college presidents). The student art display is housed in the exhibitor hall and exhibits from 4:00 - 6:00p.m. Thursday, November 14, and from 7:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Friday, November 15. Participants should bring 100 - 150 pieces that can be purchased by Convention attendees. All proceeds are kept by the school program.

Lunch is provided to up to 4 students and chaperones; housing may be available on an as-needed basis.

Selection criteria include the following:

• Art must be of good quality
• Groups must bring pieces that can be sold; all transactions must be handled by the student group
• 100-150 pieces are required

For those interested in exhibiting:

1. Complete the Student Art Proposal Form found here.
2. Prepare and submit a presentation, document, or up to 10 photos that showcase your program’s art. Upload this into the form or include a link to a website that showcases your program’s art.
3. Submit the proposal and materials by September 1, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org.

We look forward to your submission!

Administrative Professionals Workshop

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

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Keynote Speaker:

Tracy Hooper

Tracy Bagli Hooper launched The Confidence Project to teach clients how to relate to anyone, anywhere with unshakable confidence. The reason Tracy is sought out as a speaker and trainer by companies like NIKE, Intel, and Kaiser Permanente is because she knows that a Confident Company Cultureā„  is an asset that sets any organization apart from the competition.  She believes that confidence is a skill that can be learned and practiced.  As a TV news reporter, anchor and producer, Tracy honed the art of standing in her own personal power. Now, she helps others build their own confidence that empowers not just individuals, but their entire organizations.




Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.
    • Collect your name badge, grab some coffee and find your seat!
  • 8:00 – 8:10 a.m.
    • Welcome Remarks and Introductions
  • 8:10 – 9:00 a.m.
    • Policy 101 for Administrative Professionals
      Peggy Holstedt, OSBA Director of Policy Services
  • 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. (Break included)
    • Trust Yourself: A Crash Course in Career Confidence (click here for promo video)
      Tracy Hooper, Keynote Speaker
      In a fast paced world, there’s no time to fumble and learn as you go. Competition can be fierce. Intelligence is everywhere. You have to think on your feet when opportunity strikes. This doesn’t always happen with age, experience, or wishful thinking. Confidence requires practice and a commitment to keep going and growing. In this powerful interactive training, you’ll learn confidence boosting skills that are universally needed in today’s work world. As a former TV news reporter and anchor, Tracy Bagli Hooper’s career depended on connecting with people fast and putting strangers at ease.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    • Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:53 p.m.
    • NEW THIS YEAR! Network with Colleagues on Your Hot Topics (Four 25-minute segments)
      a. Communication between you and your administrators & board
      b. Executive Sessions
      c. Parliamentary Rules
      d. Public Records Retention/Requests
      e. Interactions with charter schools
      f. Policy Processes
      g. Social Media
      h. Board Hearings Processes
  • 2:53 – 3:08 p.m.
    • Break
  • 3:10 – 3:55 p.m.
    • Dealing with Board Vacancies and Orienting New Board Members
      Kristen Miles, OSBA Board Development Specialist
  • 3:55 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Wrap up & pick up certificates
  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Adjourn and Opening Reception
      *No Host Bar and hors d’oeuvres


Online registration has opened! Click here to register online.

Learning from Alaska's Framework for a Whole-School, Whole-Community Approach to Trauma-Engaged Practice

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Session 1: Social Emotional Learning: Building Skills to Minimize Trauma’s Impact on Learning
Understanding childhood trauma’s effects transforms our understanding of what our students need to succeed and enables schools to help break the cycle of trauma. High levels of toxic stress impact children’s brain development, impairing their ability to regulate or control their emotions, thoughts and behaviors. We will share tools that schools can use to help students learn self-regulation and to support positive brain development through a whole-school, whole-community approach. 

Session 2:  Co-Creating Resilient Learners
Trauma-engaged communities and schools have policies, procedures and support services that embed an understanding of trauma. Their approaches to learning and discipline are trauma shielding or trauma reducing. They are reflective and collaborative, they promote a culture of learning, and they make meaning out of the past. They are also prevention-oriented and have relational leadership. We will share how creating trauma-engaged, safe and supportive schools requires holistic change and a mindset shift for students, administrators and school staff.

Session 3:  Social Emotional Learning: What is the Board’s Role?
Policy helps set the tone for our schools and ensures consistency of approach and understanding. Policies support the overall goals of education, student safety and well-being. Intentional trauma-engaged policies can help a school system and community integrate trauma-engaged practices and build social and emotional supports. 

Board members who attend the Preconference will receive credit for the Leadership Institute Gold-level Educational Equity topic.

Registration: Preconference registration is not included in the Convention registration. Please select the Preconference item in the online store when registering to also register for the Preconference.


Online registration has opened! Click here to register online.

Bryant Headshot AC 2019Friday, November 15, 2019

Bryant Marks, National Training Institute on Race and Equity executive director and principal trainer, Morehouse College associate professor
“The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Educators and the Populations They Serve”
Implicit bias involves stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination below conscious awareness in a manner that typically benefits oneself or one’s group. We all have biases. This engaging presentation will describe the causes, consequences and measurement of implicit bias as well as potential solutions for minimizing its impact on mental health services.


Suskind Headshot AC 2019Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
 “Life, Animated: A Tale of Autism and Hidden Potential”
Ron Suskind's sixth book, “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism,” examines his family's 20-year journey with their youngest son, Owen. Having lost his speech at the age of 3, Owen used animated Disney movies to make sense of himself and the world. By memorizing these movies and parroting their dialogue, he learned how to communicate and express himself, prompting his family members to create elaborate stage sets to re-enact these films and “speak Disney” along with him. Owen created a method to help other parents and medical experts reach kids with autism. The Suskind motto, “Your passion is your pathway,” now guides educators, therapists and parents in tapping the deep potential in all of us.


Miller Headshot AC 2019Sunday, November 17, 2019

Rick Miller, Kids at Hope founder/chief treasure hunter
 “The Soul, Science and Culture of Hope"
Kids at Hope's mission is to inspire, empower and transform schools to create an environment where all children experience success. Rick Miller, founder and CEO, has spent 48 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, teacher, public policy expert and author. He offers a fascinating examination of hope as a unique human dynamic, energy force and navigation system that can be taught, inspiring young people and changing their lives.

Student Performers

Tubman Middle School African Dancers
Portland Public Schools
Performing during general session: The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Educators and the Populations They Serve, presented by Bryant Marks
When: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 (8:30 - 10:30 am)
The Tubman Middle School African Dancers, approximately 20 students, perform pieces from West African dance culture. The group started in the fall of 2018.
Director: Kristen Brayson; program admin for visual and performing arts
Awards:  N/A

Stayton High School Concert Choir
North Santiam School District
Performing during general session: Life, Animated: A Tale of Autism and Hidden Potential, presented by Ron Suskind
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 (8:45 - 10:30 am)
The Stayton High School Concert Choir is a group of approximately 30 students and performs both classical and pop music.
Director: Diane Allen-Jackson, choir teacher
Awards: Oregon West Conference Champions in 2017 and 2019.

Meadow View Jazz Band
Bethel School District
Performing during general session: The Soul, Science, and Culture of Hope, presented by Rick Miller
When: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 (8:15 – 9:45 am)
The Meadow View Jazz Band is a group of 7th and 8th grade musicians from Meadow View School (K-8) in the Bethel School District.
Director: Joshua Dillow, band teacher
Awards: 2nd place Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival in 2019. 3rd place in both the West Salem and Northwest Jazz Band Festivals in 2019.

Exhibitor registration now open!

Click here to register

Exhibitor registration is now open. All booths and advertising opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering confirming your booth selection and other advertising and sponsorship purchases, as well as payment instructions. Please note that payment must be made within 14 days of invoice date, or your booth selection and advertising purchases may not be reserved.

Click here to view the Exhibitor Floor Map.

For questions about exhibiting, contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org.


List of Exhibitors

Acellus - International Academy of Science
Ball Janik LLP
BLRB Architects
BRIC Architecture, Inc.
BYE Independent Study
CBRE | Heery
D.A. Davidson & Co.
DLR Group
FieldTurf / Beynon Sports
First Student
Flo Analytics
Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
Hellas Construction
HMK Company
Kaiser Permanente
Opsis Architecture
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Recreation Today
Soderstrom Architects
Student Transportation of America


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