Board training - workshops

Customized board and leadership team training, facilitation, consultation and advice

A school board member holds the most important elected position in the country. Let OSBA help you do your best in service to the students of your district.

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Assessment Literacy:  Understand the array of achievement data and student assessments available and how they can drive decisions that improve student success and close achievement gaps for districts and charter schools.

Ethics: This workshop covers what board members need to know about Oregon's ethics laws, covering selected case studies, the “but for” test, and the consequences for failure to comply.

Data-driven decision-making: Understanding student performance results can help close achievement gaps. The Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) model focuses on developing a culture throughout the educational system using assessment data to improvement student achievement. The Oregon DATA Project (Direct Access to Achievement), an Oregon Department of Education and Education Enterprise Steering Committee initiative, and National School Boards Association’s Key Work of School Boards provides the basis for this workshop.

School finance and budgeting: We begin with an overview of the role of the board and budget committee in setting goals and guidelines for the budget process, and a step by step review of the annual budget process. The boards role in ongoing fiscal oversight throughout the year, as well as questions to ask and steps required to make changes throughout the year are also covered.

Community engagement: How to work with parents, the public, and partner organizations to build understanding and active involvement in education, thereby increasing resources for academic achievement, reducing dropout, and improving student behavior.

Policy 101: The Legislature gave boards the authority to lead their districts by setting policies. Learn what policy is and the role administrative regulations play in the implementation of policy. The course includes common mistakes, steps for reviewing policy, best practices and problems that can result from holes in your policies.

Effective meetings: State law requires that “Any duty imposed upon the district school board as a body must be performed at a regular or special meeting…” But conducting and participating in efficient and effective meetings requires more than knowledge of parliamentary procedure. This workshop will foster a discussion of how the board’s work can best be performed.  

Charter schools: Charter schools are one of the innovative educational endeavors used to meet the wide range of needs for a variety of learners. Our goal is to help districts and charter schools with the legal framework, policies and leadership skills that ensure beneficial relationships among districts, charters and communities.

Strategic planning:  Do you have a common understanding of what success looks like in your district? Are your resources aligned for maximum impact? High performing districts need more than feel-good statements to be hung on the wall.  Goals must be used as a lens for all decisions, and everyone needs to pull in the same direction. This workshop is a community engagement activity to guide the district through a goal-setting process and prepare for goal-using in all aspects of district decision-making.Let us help you design and facilitate a school board or leadership team training retreat. Custom design your topics and time with OSBA.

Do you need a facilitator or focus group leader for a community based committee or board meeting, for one meeting or a series of meetings? Let OSBA provide an objective outside facilitator to guide the process from planning to completion.

This training is available to you in your home district. Board specific training provides for....

  • Focus on particular issues
  • Choice of program
  • Scheduling to meet the needs of your board members and administrators
  • Team building

Board development online courses

Price information

For more details and a workshop plan for your district contact OSBA board development staff. A minimum charge per in-district half-day workshop is $475* or a full-day workshop is $650*.

*Plus mileage and actual travel expenses.