75th Annual Convention

November 11-13, 2021

Salem - Salem Convention Center and The Grand Hotel - 200 Commercial St SE, Salem OR 97301 - 877-540-7800

OSBA 75th Annual Convention: Building Partnerships



Online registration opens on Monday, August 9, 2021. For more information on registration fees, hotels, and deadlines, see below.

For questions about registration, contact Sarah Herb at sherb@osba.org

Note: individuals must have a MyOSBA account to be registered for this event. If you need to set up a new account for an individual, contact Vicky Black at vblack@osba.org.

Charter schools - please read the following before registering for OSBA’s 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 (click here to see sample MOU), 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.


Call for Student Art

Mark your calendars to help celebrate OSBA's 75th Annual Convention, November 11-13, 2021 at the Salem Convention Center.

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 350 attendees (board members, superintendents and community college presidents). The student art display is housed in the exhibitor hall and exhibits from 5:00 - 7:00p.m. Thursday, November 11, and from 7:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Friday, November 12. Participants should bring 75 - 100 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
• 75-100 pieces are required

For those interested in exhibiting student art:

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, 2021.

If you have questions about student art submissions, please contact Kristen Miles at kmiles@osba.org.

We look forward to your submission!


Keynote Presentations

 Ravi Hutheesing Annual Convention Keynote Speaker

'Empowering Students Today To Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow'

Speaker: Ravi Hutheesing

Artificial intelligence will create the most significant disruption to the workforce we have ever seen. With 40% of today's jobs expected to be automated, we must equip all students with the most critical skills of tomorrow — skills that go beyond the current "college and career-ready" focus. Education leaders must re-evaluate the overall goal of education while committing to teaching the most important life skills for a global future, including cultural competence and how to continuously pivot. 

Born into one of the world’s most influential families but rejecting the obvious choices presented to him, Ravi Hutheesing uses his own journey as a rock star, entrepreneur, aviator and cultural diplomat (exemplifying personalized, lifelong and social-emotional learning) to show how educators can most effectively and equitably transform students into culturally competent lifelong learners. By exploring the elements of an innovative and holistic education, Hutheesing will shift your thinking on how public education can put society on a path to equity, equality and ultimately world peace.


 Luvelle Brown Annual Convention Keynote Speaker

'Cultivating a Culture of Love, Liberation and Belonging'

Speaker: Luvelle Brown

School board members enhance their leadership when they understand how culturally focused, student-centered teaching approaches intersect with curriculum choices and social and emotional skills development. This session will offer self-reflection processes that encourage policy shifts to raise students’ academic achievement. Engage with these complex topics, knowing you are in a community of educators who want what is best for their students and schools.



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Fees and Meals Info

Registration Fees

OSBA Members
By 10/04/21
After 10/04/21
Convention registration*
Virtual conference registration
£After 10/4, a $50 cancellation fee will apply.

Meals are not included in the cost of registration. Meals can be purchased during registration or onsite.

 *The Convention registration for the in-person conference includes access to recorded content. Session recordings will be available for 90 days.

Meal Information

No meals are included in the registration fee. Please see below for meal ticket prices.

Please let us know of any special dietary requests or accommodations required when registering.

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Opening Reception Free
Breakfast (Capitol Watch, Critical Issues and Small Schools) $25
Lunch $35
General Session Breakfast $25


Hotels and Travel


Room blocks open on 9/14/2021.

Blocks close on 10/10/2021.

Room tax is 12.84%

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.
  • Rooms need to be reserved by October 10! After October 10, group rates are no longer available. If you need to make a hotel reservation after October 10, 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
12.84% room tax 









The Grand Hotel→ Reservations open 9/14/21
201 Liberty Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

 Single Occupancy:  $149  

Single Occupancy:  $159 

Single Occupancy:   $169 

Single Occupancy:  $179

 Double Occupancy: $159  Double Occupancy: $169   Double Occupancy:  $179   Double Occupancy: $189 

Hotel website

Hampton Inn & Suites→ Reservations open 9/14/21
510 Hawthorne Ave SE
Salem, OR 97301




Hotel website                                                                                                                                *includes pull-out couch
Best Western Mill Creek Inn→ Reservations open 9/14/21
3125 Ryan Dr SE
Salem, OR 97301





Hotel website


Free parking, listed in order of closest distance to venue:

Contact Sarah Herb at sherb@osba.org for questions about parking.

Things to do

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