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Summer Board Conference 2012

July 13-15, 2012

Bend - Riverhouse on the Deschutes - 3075 N Business 97, Bend, OR 97701 - 866-453-4480

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Many changes are underway in education. State government has launched aggressive reforms that will change the way people think about public education. Soon, the education community will start a new conversation about how to bolster the public’s investment in schools. This year’s Summer Board Conference features workshops, events and speakers that keep you informed and prepare you to help lead that conversation.

You are among those who must lead the change to ensure that your community’s public education program prepares students for life and work in the global community. Educational experts and OSBA staff members are ready to help you discover your strengths, build on shared knowledge, learn new information and craft exceptional solutions.

Saturday, July 14 –

Registration desk: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

General Session begins 8:30 a.m. with keynote presenter: Rick Brinkman 

Workshop highlights 10:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Fiscal oversight
  • Dual language education
  • School law for board members
  • Facilities Task Force update
  • Legislative update
  • PERS
  • Hot Topics 

Sunday, July 15 –

Registration desk: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop highlights - 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.:

  • Legislative impacts on collective bargaining 
  • Crisis communication (Part 1 and 2)
  • Public meetings
  • Ethics
  • Strategic planning
  • Improving communication
  • Student Achievement

Friday, July 13 – Pre-conference board member workshops

Choose one from:

  • Making Meetings Matter with Betsy Miller-Jones, Facilitator
  • Common Core State Standards and an afternoon with Rick Brinkman

Friday, July 13 – Board Secretaries' Workshop


OSBA Leadership Institute

Qualify for the bronze level award in two days by attending these five sessions!

July 14

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Fiscal Oversight

July 15

  • Public meetings
  • Ethics
  • Student achievement

Questions? Email Event planner

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Highlight of workshops available at summer board conference designed for veteran and new board members and administrators.

Preconference day

Download Board Secretaries' Day agenda This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (25KB)

Download Common Core State Standards and Rick Brinkman agenda - This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (87KB)

Download Making Meetings Matter agenda - This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (25KB)

Summer board conference

Download Summer board conference agenda - This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (27KB)

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Friday, July 13

You play an indispensible role in keeping your board on track. This year's Board Secretaries' Day starts with a give-and-take discussion about district communications, featuring OSBA's communications staff. An OSBA expert will then guide you through the sometimes-harrowing process of policy manual rewrite. The afternoon program addresses the needs of both new and seasoned board secretaries. Workshops to choose from include a review of Public Meetings, Public Records and Ethics, or new topics such as Executive Session Hazards, Google Docs and Community Engagement.

Downloadable Board Secretaries' Day agenda  - This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (25KB)


The cost for Board Secretaries' Day is $135 per person for OSBA members ($235 non-members). Includes lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Register using the online link: select 'Board Secretaries' 

Board Secretaries

Reserve a spot for your new board members coming on July 1 at summer conference. Cancellation fee applies after July 2.

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To register for summer board conference online, select Summer Board conference from the online registration link. To access Friday preconference workshops, you must first register for summer board conference then select one of the two preconference workshops available.

Friday pre-conference workshops and Board Secretaries' Day: Each pre-conference workshop (choose from two available) or Board Secretaries' Day requires separate registration. The cost is $135 per person for OSBA members ($235 non-members). Includes lunch, refreshments and conference materials.

Saturday and Sunday Summer board conference: The cost is $185 per person for the first three attendees and $150 for each additional attendee ($285 non-members). Registration includes Saturday lunch, refreshments and conference materials.

Cancellation: There is a $50 fee for each cancellation received on or after July 2. No-shows will be billed the full registration fee.

Meals: A breakfast is provided each day at the hotel as part of your guest room reservation and begins serving at 6:30 a.m.

Register online

Friday, July 13

Board Secretaries' Workshop

Making Meetings Matter

  • With Betsy Miller-Jones, Interim Executive Director, OSBA
  • No online handouts - contact bmillerjones@osba.org for more information.

Common Core State Standards

Saturday, July 14

Summer Board Conference

Sunday, July 15

Summer Board Conference

Hot Topics Tables

Friday, July 13 – Two pre-conference workshops for board members

Come a day early and attend a full-day pre-conference session. “Making Meetings Matter,” always recommended by board members who have attended in the past, will help you make your meetings effective and productive. A second pre-conference for board members that begins on Common Core State Standards, followed with “Conscious Communication®,” by well known presenter Rick Brinkman, will enable you to upgrade your communications skills, improve teamwork in your organization and enhance performance.

Common Core State Standards - 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. / Conscious Communications® with Rick Brinkman - 1-4 p.m.

Board members have an important role in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These recently adopted standards will replace Oregon's standards in English Language Arts and Math over the next few years. The focus of the standards is to establish a base line of skills that are fewer in number, clearer in focus and higher with respect to student expectations and outcomes. In addition the common core state standards will be an integral part of the Governors Achievement compact agreements with the educational entities in Oregon.

And Rick Brinkman

Title: “Conscious Communication® to Bring Out the Best in People and Yourself”

Dr. Brinkman says, "Communication is like a phone number, you need all the digits to get through and you need them in the right order. In this workshop we will explore the skills you need to bring out the best in people and prevent behaviors like Whining, Negativity, Attacks, Tantrums, Know-it-alls, Think-they-know-it-alls, Sniping, and more.

Making Meetings Matter - 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Are your board meetings productive? This workshop will help board members and superintendents discover ways to evaluate and improve board meetings. The session features entertaining videos and hands-on participation. Topics include the following:

  • Symptoms of ineffective meetings
  • Ingredients for success
  • Developing agendas to reflect board work
  • Conducting legal meetings
  • Encouraging appropriate public participation
  • Best practices of high-functioning school boards
  • Agenda - This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (87KB)


The cost for a pre-conference workshop is $135 per person for OSBA members ($235 non-members). Includes lunch, refreshments and conference materials. To register online for a pre-conference workshop select the online Summer Board conference link and first register for summer board conference.

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Rick Brinkman


Keynote presenter

Title: “Conscious Communication: A Walk on the Wild Side to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst”


Everyone has experienced people acting in ways they can't stand. Dr. Rick Brinkman literally co-wrote the book on it. Dealing With People You Can't Stand, How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, published by McGraw-Hill is an international bestseller with translations in 20 languages. In his trademark Educating through Entertainment style, he will show us how to use Conscious Communication® to successfully transform behaviors like: Whining, Negativity, Tank Attacks, Grenade Tantrums, Know-it-alls, Think-they-know-it-alls, Sniping, Yes, Maybe and Nothing behaviors. Dr. Brinkman says, "Communication is like a phone number, you need all the digits to get through and you need them in the right order. There is a strategy for each of the difficult behaviors that can transform them. It is just a matter of being a Conscious Communicator® and taking responsibility for the power you have to influence others."

Find Rick Brinkman's publications


Hotel Reservations

Make hotel reservations directily with The Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon. Call the hotel at 800-547-3928 and specify that you are attending the OSBA conference. Hotel rates are: standard-$118-single/double; riverview-$128-single/double; and $147 for a suite single/double (limited availability), plus 13% tax and fees. After June 19, 2012 hotel reservations at the group rate will be accepted only on a space- and rate-available basis. Rooms reserved through this process require a 72-hour cancellation notice to avoid penalties.

Information about The Riverhouse's room types and the amenities associated with your room reservation is available from the hotel website or by calling 541-389-3111 or toll free 866-453-4480.

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