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Summer Board Conference 2020

July 10-12, 2020

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

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For experienced and new school board members!

The world of public education is constantly changing, from state priorities, national leadership and government reforms to school standards and public attitudes. OSBA’s Summer Board Conference gives you tools to not only navigate change but also to lead. You are an essential player in ensuring that your community’s schools prepare students for life and success on whatever path they choose.

Join us this year, at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon, and let our staff and other educational experts help you discover your strengths, build on shared knowledge, learn new information and craft exceptional solutions.

Online event registration opens on April 6, 2020.

New this year: We’ve rolled the traditional pre-conference workshop and administrative professionals workshop into one! Your entire team is encouraged to attend the Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence Pre-Conference Workshop.

Additional details coming soon...


Charter schools- please read the following before registering for OSBA’s Summer Board Conference:

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. 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.


Sample MOU

For event questions, contact asmith@osba.org.


Conference registration:

New this year: the Friday pre-conference workshop is tailored toward boards, superintendents, and administrative professionals. There will be no standalone Administrative Professionals Workshop this year. We hope administrative professionals will join us for the Friday pre-conference.

  • Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency Training pre-conference is $135 per person
  • Saturday and Sunday Summer Board Conference is $185 per person.

Cancellation: There is a $50 fee for each cancellation received after July 1, 2020. No-shows will be billed the full registration fee.

Online registration opens on April 6, 2020. Please contact Amber Smith at asmith@osba.org with any questions.


Friday & Saturday, July 10 and 11
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided at the Riverhouse Convention Center

Sunday, July 12
Breakfast will be provided at the Riverhouse Convention Center

3075 N Business 97
Bend, OR 97701



When making a reservation at any of the locations listed below please make sure you mention that you are scheduling for the Summer Board Conference with the Oregon School Boards Association. We have blocks of rooms at each respective location for a discounted rate.


3075 N Business 97
Bend, OR 97701
Rates (plus 17.2% tax and fees):
  • $189.00 Non-Riverview single/double
  • $199.00 Riverview single/double
Rates cannot be guaranteed after JUNE 12, 2020 or when the OSBA room block is full, whichever comes first.
A 72-hour cancellation notices is required to avoid penalties.
Information about the Riverhouse on the Deschutes, room types and amenities is available from the hotel website or by calling 541-389-3111 or toll free 866-453-4480.


15 NE Butler Market Rd
Bend, OR 97703
Rates (plus 12.2% tax):
  • $199.00 single/double
Rates cannot be guaranteed after JUNE 18, 2020 or when the OSBA room block is full, whichever comes first.
A 24-hour cancellation notices is required to avoid penalties.


1626 NW Wall Street
Bend, OR 97703
Rates (plus 12.2% tax):
  • $182.00 single/double
Rates cannot be guaranteed after JUNE 1, 2020 or when the OSBA room block is full, whichever comes first.
A 48-hour cancellation notices is required to avoid penalties.


20615 Grandview Dr
Bend, OR 97701
Rates (plus 12.2% tax):
  • $229.00 single/double/triple
Rates cannot be guaranteed after JUNE 1, 2020 or when the OSBA room block is full, whichever comes first.
A 2-week cancellation notice is required to avoid penalties.


*OSBA room block reservation links for each hotel will be posted here on April 27, 2020.

Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence Pre-conference

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Pre-conference – Friday, July 10, 2020

Presenter: Bryant Marks, National Training Institute on Race and Equity executive director and principal trainer, Morehouse College associate professor

The Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr. will present a motivational and engaging workshop to help people understand implicit bias and what it looks like from other viewpoints. The OSBA Summer Board Conference’s daylong pre-conference, “Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence Training,” is an extension of his well-received 2019 OSBA Annual Convention message “The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Educators and the Populations They Serve.” With interactive and introspective exercises, you can expect small group dialogue on sensitive topics, especially with a case study related to working with males of color. Audience polling will show anonymous results in real time. And all of that is just in the morning! In the afternoon, you will expand on what you’ve learned to complete a measure of implicit bias and discuss those results. You’ll hear about recommendations being implemented, their impact as well as the challenges and lessons learned. This workshop is applicable to everyone, and all are invited to register. Administrative professionals will not have a separate workshop this year because we believe everyone should be receiving cultural competence training right now.


Friday, July 10, 2020

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop for your entire team: Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence Training

4:00 p.m. Networking Reception with Conference Exhibitors. No-host bar and hors d'oeuvres. Guest welcome!


Saturday, July 11, 2020

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Welcome, OSBA president Kevin Cassidy

8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks, OSBA executive director Jim Green


9:15 a.m. Break

9:30 a.m. Workshops

(**B) Basic Roles and Responsibilities
The school board has a unique role to play in the district. Who does what and why?  You’ll learn about the board’s relationship with the superintendent and how to avoid common pitfalls while focusing on best practices and your legal roles and responsibilities.

(**Ch) (**AP) Role of the Board Chair
The school board chair’s job differs from that of other board members, but how exactly? When do those differences appear in meetings and outside meetings? This workshop will lay the foundation for the chair’s role, to be built upon in successive conference workshops.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Workshops

(**S) (**AP) School Law Overview
Join a panel of OSBA attorneys for a brief overview of the laws affecting school board members. We will cover public meetings, executive sessions, public records, records retention and the board’s role in student and staff disciplinary matters.

The Board’s Role in the Student Success Act
The Student Success Act with its Student Investment Account was enacted in 2019. District plans for grant funds will begin to be implemented this school year. Find out the school board’s role now.

(**Ch) (**AP) Board Chair Workshop: Running Effective Meetings
Being the presiding officer in board meetings can be a challenging job, but these tips can help chairs and vice chairs keep meetings on track. This workshop will explore what happens at your meetings and how to best lead productive board meetings.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Workshops

(**S) Boards’ Role in Negotiations: Part 1, Presentation
Is it your turn to serve on the bargaining team, but you’re not sure what your role is? This introductory presentation will cover rules that govern labor negotiations, the bargaining process and the crucial role board members play. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a simulated bargaining activity in a follow-up workshop.

(**G) (**EQ) Educational Equity 101
Participants will explore how an “equal” education may be an insufficient goal. Public schools can be more effective working toward a view of “equity” that recognizes that some children may need more resources and support to become college- and career-ready graduates. Participants will learn where they can focus their efforts to improve equity in their school districts and leave with tools to engage their communities.

(**B) (**AP) Ethics for Board Members
OSBA attorneys will cover the Oregon government ethics laws as they pertain to board members, including conflicts of interest, nepotism, receipt of gifts and use of the board member’s position for financial gain.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Hot Topics

4:00 p.m. Region Roundtables

5:00 p.m. School Board Members of Color Caucus Meeting


Sunday, July 12, 2020

8:00 a.m. Workshops

(**S) (**AP) Board Self-Evaluation and Superintendent Evaluation
Employees want to know what their bosses think of their performance and how they can improve. Your one employee, the superintendent, is no different. Learn about a newly improved evaluation process and at the same time learn about the value of conducting a research-based board self-evaluation.

(**G) (**AP) Media and Social Media 101
What are the best practices for individual board members for interacting with social media? What about First Amendment rights? This workshop is dedicated to what school board members can do and should not do on social media.

(**S) Boards’ Role in Negotiations: Part 2, Simulation
Following the introductory training on the collective bargaining process, join the presenters for simulated negotiations. The simulation will include negotiation of ground rules and current bargaining issues.

(**B) (**AP) Policy 101 (Board Governance through Policy)
This workshop explains the authority of boards to lead their districts by setting policies. Learn what policy is and the role administrative regulations play in the implementation of policy. The workshop includes common mistakes, steps for reviewing policy, best practices and problems that can result from holes in your policies.

9:15 a.m. Break

9:30 a.m. Workshops

(**AP) The Board's Role in Monitoring
According to the research, the board’s role in monitoring the district’s student achievement is crucial. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked by boards and superintendents. This workshop will outline a meaningful and interactive role for school boards that will simultaneously keep them from micromanaging the school district. Having a positive impact on student success is written on the hearts of all school board members. Explore this passion with our OSBA staff.

(**EQ) Trauma/Adverse Childhood Experiences: Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Childhood trauma is among the most relevant and significant psychosocial factors affecting education today. The landmark ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study, conducted from 1995 to 1997, uncovered the correlation between trauma and toxic stress experienced in childhood to long-term physical and mental well-being. This session aims to provide participants with a clear overview of childhood trauma and ACEs along with what it means to be a trauma-informed school.

(**AP) PACE: The Board's Role in Mitigating Risk and Legal Liability
Join PACE, your school’s property and casualty pooled insurer, for a dive into preventing and mitigating risk and legal liability from a board member’s perspective. The session will open with a general overview of PACE, including a description of the services available through PACE membership and an overview of how your board can mitigate the largest potential losses in your schools. Representatives from PACE’s Risk Management team and PACE’s Legal Services team will cover topics including addressing facility maintenance in the budgeting process, ensuring policies are legally compliant and being followed by school staff, and preventing and addressing sexual abuse.

(**B) (**AP) Public Meetings and Public Records Law
Learn how to properly conduct a public meeting, including when you are permitted to exclude the public and conduct an executive session. This session will also cover the public record laws. Learn what a public record is and what the school’s responsibility is to maintain those records.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Workshops

(**Ch) (**AP) Board Chair Workshop: Working Through Conflict on the Board
Conflict is inevitable, so how can the board prepare for working through it? What can board officers do when situations get heated and the board is facing difficult situations? This workshop will give tips to help you when conflicts arise.

(**AP) The Board's Role in Personnel Matters and Hearings
Learn about the board’s role in school personnel matters, including hiring, evaluating and managing the district superintendent or charter director; collective bargaining agreement negotiations; staff discipline and termination; and employee complaint and termination appeals and hearings.

(**EQ) Student Civil Rights and Discipline
According to research, effective policies provide supportive approaches to discipline involving fair and consistent enforcement, accessibility of caring adults, and positive behavior interventions. This session will unpack the board’s role in student discipline and provide evidence-based approaches for equitable and effective discipline.

(**B) (**AP) School Finance
This workshop explains how schools receive funding, it explores the board’s role in fiscal oversight, and an overview of the budget process including the roll of the budget committee.
12:15 p.m. Adjourn

**B – Leadership Institute Bronze Level workshop
**S – Leadership Institute Silver Level workshop
**G – Leadership Institute Gold Level workshop

**AP - Recommended for Administrative Professionals
**Ch - Recommended for Board Chairs
**EQ - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion topic


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