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Avoiding Dysfunction in the Boardroom  Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

While some conflict in the form of differing opinions, new ideas, or approaches to improving our education system is healthy, boards must take care to avoid the lingering animosity or emotional escalation which can result. This course will review the sources of dysfunction, the strategies for both prevention and resolution, and the board’s role. Narrated by Steve Lamb, this course is 30 minutes long and offers Leadership Institute Gold Level credit (conflict management category).

Becoming a Better Board Member (NSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Designed to give you an easy-to-understand guide to the workings of a school board. Considered THE source of information, this resource gives you everything you'll need to be a board member.

Board Governance through Policy Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

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. The course runs about 50 minutes.

Board Meeting Placemat (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Placemats for board members to use at every board meeting. Printed with laws governing executive sessions, guidelines for streamlining meetings, motions and the rules governing them, and a handy three-year calendar. 11" x 17", laminated for durability.

Board Meetings Placemat (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Placemats for board members to use at every board meeting. Printed with laws governing executive sessions, guidelines for streamlining meetings, motions and the rules governing them, and a handy three-year calendar. 11" x 17", laminated for durability.

Board Secretary Handbook (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

This brand-new handbook covers many of the areas Oregon school board secretaries need to know, including the roles of the board, superintendent, board chair and board secretary; public meetings; public records; district policies; communication; ethics; and selecting and preparing new board members.

Board Self-Evaluation (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Analyzing how your organization functions at the top sends a positive message about your strength as a board. OSBA developed "Board Self-Evaluation: Oregon Board Standards for Governance" to make the process as easy and streamlined as possible. It is based on recognized standards for district management and reflects the district's own goals. For use by school boards, it can be downloaded for free. A printed copy can be purchased.

Board Service Certificates (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

These 8 1/2 x11 inch two-color certificates of appreciation are suitable for framing (and can trim to 8 x 10 inches) and make a nice addition to any school board recognition event. The board member's name and number of years of service can be imprinted, free of charge.

BoardBook® Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Preparing for board meetings is labor intensive, time-consuming work: compiling and distributing meeting notices, gathering support materials and publishing agenda packets. BoardBook®, a new on-line application, will make this job easier. BoardBook® streamlines these tasks and yields an integrated electronic agenda packet. This packet constitutes the essential first step in cost-saving electronic distribution of packets and in the creation of a searchable electronic archive and paperless board meetings.

Boardsmanship for Oregon School Board Members (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

A comprehensive look at what it takes to be an Oregon school, ESD or community college board member. Written by OSBA staff.

Budget Committee Handbook (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Budget committees are a key part of a district's decision-making process. Although most school funding now comes from the state, the function of your local budget committee has not changed. This eight-page handbook, written by OSBA staff, explains the committee's duties and responsibilities.

Charter Governance through Policy Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

It is not always in the charter school's best interest to adopt the sponsoring district's policy - and vice versa! Charter school policies can protect the charter school's flexibility and innovation as well as its liability. Find out what is required (and what is not) to improve your charter school's governance structure.

Charter School Policy Manual Online Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

OSBA helps create the best policy format available by hosting your policy manual on our Web server and making it available to your staff and community. The annual subscription fee includes:--OSBA's quarterly Policy Update subscription --OSBA's policy maintenance service (OSBA will maintain the policy manual to include updating any policies changed by board action.) --The online policy manual is instantly available to your staff and community.--The online policy manual includes hyperlinks to ORSs and OARs. A one-time setup fee of $600 and a minimum $1,800 to $4,200 formatting/conversion fee, (depending on the condition of your electronic policy manual) will get your project started.

Charter School Policy Update Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

An online subscription service providing quarterly newsletters with a brief discussion of current policy issues of concern to Oregon public charter schools. Sample policies reflecting these issues and changes in state and federal law, if applicable, are included.

Combination pack of Student/Staff Model Handbooks Revisions and Key Dates Calendar (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Save money by purchasing OSBA's student and staff handbook revisions with the key dates and activities calendar in one combination pack. OSBA model staff and student handbooks include the most current information about what the laws require you to say to students, parents and staff. Sample language can be used or modified to meet each school's needs. The key dates calendar includes board and administrator activities required by Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules as well as miscellaneous suggested activities.

Community Engagement Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This online course looks at the who, what, why and how of community and family engagement. The module reviews research, best practices and shining examples from around the state, as well as the benefits and expectations from both sides of the engagement experience. The course runs 45 minutes.

Covering Education (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Our popular study guide for public education in Oregon includes clear, concise information about Oregon's Educational Act for the 21st Century. Created as a resource for education reporters, it has become the number one reference for board members.

Educational Equity: Racial Equity 101 Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

OSBA, in cooperation with the Oregon Center for Educational Equity, offers this module to help board members understand the role of race and ethnicity and the cultural issues that affect education and learning. Learn how society has viewed racial and ethnic differences through history. Discover the difference between equality and equity. Examine your role personally and as a board member from the perspective of race and culture and address strategies for overcoming inequities and closing achievement gaps. This course runs 50 minutes.

Emergency Response Quick-Step Reference (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Our easy-to-use Emergency Response Quick-Step Reference leads staff through emergencies "A to Z." The "build your own" CD-ROM version allows you to create a custom plan, ready to print your instructions for your staff. Intended to complement your district's emergency management plan, Emergency Response Quick-Step Reference is a tabbed guide that directs your staff through first steps, lists administrators' duties, provides space for internal and external emergency responders' numbers and offers tips and policy codes around which you can build your own crisis plan. The Emergency Response Quick-Step Reference lists OSBA policy codes for each situation, and it's designed to keep on countertops or hang where it's always at hand.

Ethics Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This course includes a framework for understanding the various regulations affecting school board behavior and a review of government ethical standards, and will highlight what you need to know about Oregon's ethics laws to comply with the law and stay off of the front page of your local newspaper. Narrated by Rebekah Cook and Lori Sattenspiel, the course is about 38 minutes long.

Extended Day Learning Opportunities Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

EDLO give students extra time and attention to achieve academic success. Aaron Dorsey, EDLO Program Manager for the National School Boards Association, provides an overview, strategies, and case studies of effective programs. This module is about 14 minutes in length. Cost: Free

Guide to Parliamentary Procedures (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Parliamentary procedures can help boards transact business with speed, efficiency, fairness and harmony. This simple guide, written by OSBA staff specifically for school district, education service district and community college boards, covers the basics of conducting meetings. A handy laminated pocket card listing the precedence of motions and the rules governing them is provided for easy reference.

Internet Safety Poster (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

To heighten awareness about Internet safety for school-age children, OSBA has reprinted a series of posters created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which are available at cost.The posters are black and white, 12 inches by 16 inches, and suitable for school and community libraries, media centers, and classrooms.

Key Work of School Boards (NSBA) - [Add to Cart]

NSBA's newly revised guidebook provides a systems-thinking framework that gives educational leaders a blueprint to create quality, results-driven school systems. The enhanced guidebook includes: an analysis of the impacts of new federal and state legislation, including No Child Left Behind; new opportunities for districts based on evolving technology; tactics for surviving and thriving in this era of public accountability; suggestions on how to use data for decision making at all levels - classroom, school, district, and school board; and, case studies illustrating districts who have successfully used Key Work concepts to advance student achievement.

Lean in Education Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This session was originally presented to school administrators at the 2008 COSA Conference. Roger Jones and Joe Novello have graciously reprised this presentation for the benefit of school board members and others interested in creating greater efficiencies in our school districts and community colleges.

Legislative Highlights (OSBA) - [View Newsletter]

A newsletter containing the latest news and information on activities at the Oregon Legislature that affect public education. It is published weekly during Oregon's biennial legislative session.

Manual Maintenance with Policy Update for Charter Schools Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

OSBA's Manual Maintenance Service for public charter schools includes:--Access to OSBA's Policy Update subscription with sample policies which reflect state and federal law and rule changes as well as current issues and local needs; --Complete word processing service performed by OSBA, including policy language modifications and adoption dates; --Sufficient number of copies to update all local policy manuals; --Ongoing consultant services.

Model Handbooks Combination Pack (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Save money by purchasing OSBA's student and staff handbooks with the key dates and activities calendar in one combination pack.OSBA model staff and student handbooks include the most current information about what the laws require you to say to students, parents and staff. Sample language can be used or modified to meet each school's needs. The key dates calendar includes board and administrator activities required by Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules as well as miscellaneous suggested activities.

Model Key Dates and Activities Calendar (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Use OSBA's researched and annotated key dates and activities calendar as the basis for your calendar of activities. Our model includes board and administrator activities required by Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules as well as miscellaneous suggested activities.

Model Public Charter School Staff Handbook (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Use OSBA's researched student or staff handbooks as the basis for your school's handbooks. Our models include the most current information about what the laws require you to say to students, parents and staff. Sample language can be used or modified to meet your school's needs.

Model Public Charter School Student Handbook (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Use OSBA's researched student or staff handbooks as the basis for your school's handbooks. Our models include the most current information about what the laws require you to say to students, parents and staff. Sample language can be used or modified to meet your school's needs.

Model Staff Handbook (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Use OSBA's researched student or staff handbooks as the basis for your school's handbooks. Our models include the most current information about what the laws require you to say to students, parents and staff. Sample language can be used or modified to meet each school's needs.

Model Student Handbook (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Use OSBA's researched student or staff handbooks as the basis for your school's handbooks. Our models include the most current information about what the laws require you to say to students, parents and staff. Sample language can be used or modified to meet each schoolÆs needs.

Modification of AIA Construction Contracts Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This course is a guide to sample modification language for commonly used AIA model construction contracts. The presentation offers specific modification suggestions, the role they play within the contract and why you want the modification. Upon completion you will be able to implement the suggested modifications in your district, to protect the district's interests throughout the course of the construction project. Narrated by Tom Lennox, the running time is approximately 90 minutes. Cost: Free for PACE members.

New Board Member Orientation Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This module will help guide new board members through resources and advice for a successful beginning to their board service. The course includes video vignettes of advice from experienced board members and links to several online resources.

Online Policy Manual Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

OSBA helps create the best policy format available by hosting your policy manual on our Web server and making it available to your staff and community. The annual subscription fee includes:--OSBA's quarterly Policy Update subscription --OSBA's policy maintenance service (OSBA will maintain the district's policy manual to include updating any policies changed by board action.) --The online policy manual is instantly available to your staff and community.--The online policy manul includes hyperlinks to ORSs and OARs.A one-time setup fee of $600 and a minimum $1,800 to $4,200 formatting/conversion fee (depending on the condition of your electronic policy manual) will get your project started.

Oregon School Bond Manual (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Guides school district, education service district and community college officials through their long- and short-term borrowing options. OSBA worked with Piper Jaffray & Co - Seattle-Northwest Division and Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP to publish this comprehensive manual.

OSBA-COSA Legislative Report-2011 (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

The 2011 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report contains a description of each of the bills signed into law following the 2011 Legislative Session. It was prepared with the collaboration and cooperation of staff at the Oregon School Boards Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Together, OSBA and COSA work to ensure the interests and viewpoints of locally elected school board members and public school administrators are given a voice at the Legislature when laws affecting public schools are proposed and deliberated.

OSBA-COSA Legislative Report-2012 (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

The 2012 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report contains a description of each of the bills signed into law following the 2012 Legislative Session. It was prepared with the collaboration and cooperation of staff at the Oregon School Boards Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Together, OSBA and COSA work to ensure the interests and viewpoints of locally elected school board members and public school administrators are given a voice at the Legislature when laws affecting public schools are proposed and deliberated.

OSBA-COSA Legislative Report-2013 (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

The 2013 OSBA/COSA Legislative Report contains a description of each of the bills signed into law following the 2013 Legislative Session. It was prepared with the collaboration and cooperation of staff at the Oregon School Boards Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Together, OSBA and COSA work to ensure the interests and viewpoints of locally elected school board members and public school administrators are given a voice at the Legislature when laws affecting public schools are proposed and deliberated.

Policy Update Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

An online subscription service providing quarterly newsletters with a brief discussion of current policy issues of concern to Oregon colleges, education service districts and school districts. Sample policies reflecting these issues and changes in state and federal law, if applicable, are included. Additionally, three versions of each edition are provided so subscribers can choose the version tailored to their district type: school district, ESD, or community college.

Policy Update - Charter School Supplement Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Districts sponsoring charter schools can purchase the Policy Update Charter School package as a supplement to their own Policy Update subscription. This supplemental subscription entitles the district to download and distribute the charter school policy update to the charter schools they sponsor.

Policy Update with Manual Maintenance Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

OSBA's Manual Maintenance Service for colleges, education service districts, public charter schools and school districts includes:--Access to OSBA's Policy Update subscription with sample policies which reflect state and federal law and rule changes as well as current issues and local needs; --Complete word processing service performed by OSBA, including policy language modifications and adoption dates; --Sufficient number of copies to update all local policy manuals; --Ongoing consultant services.

PR in Action Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

A communications service for school districts. Ten monthly packets; includes a searchable online library. Materials include:--Ready-to-print brochures, calendars, flyers, certificates and a monthly parent newsletter.--Carefully researched guides on subjects such as handling complaints, public speaking, communicating change, recognizing staff and improving publications. --Articles that call attention to American Education Week, Teacher Appreciation Day, School Board Recognition Month.--Special communications and public relations tips for school board members.

Public Meetings Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

An overview of the do's and don'ts of public meetings, minutes and executive sessions with examples. Whether meeting the letter of the law or the court of public opinion, this course discusses how to stay out of hot water, even if it might be legal. How to handle e-mail and electronic meetings. Narrated by Steve Lamb, this course is 56 minutes long.

Public Meetings Law, Board Meetings and Executive Sessions (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Replaces two OSBA handbooks entitled "Conducting Board Meetings" and "Board Executive Sessions." Everything you need to know about public meetings is now in ONE handbook. We've added information and updated legal references and addressed your concerns by answering commonly asked questions and providing sample notices and minutes.

Raising the Bar (NSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Explains the issues related to raising student achievement, including public engagement to establish a vision, setting standards and implementing testing.

Reaching for Excellence (NSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Highlights successful practices based on NSBA's own random sample of school districts across the nation.

Roberts Rules in Plain English (OTHER) - [Add to Cart]

This popular guide by Doris P. Zimmerman, published in 2005, helps you run your board meetings smoothly, according to parliamentary procedures. The 172-page book includes charts, summaries, outlines and sample dialogues.

Roles and Responsibilities Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

Who does what and why? What are the usual pitfalls, and how can you and your board avoid them? Chain of command, Policy Governance, Board/Superintendent/Community relationships, and Teamwork. Narrated by Betsy Miller-Jones, this hour-long, interactive course features video scenarios, practical concepts, and the things that tend to trip up boards.

Salary and Benefits Analyzer Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

SABA lets you avoid digging through reports and phone lists to gather the latest salary and benefit data from Oregon school districts and ESDs. Click to get teacher salaries for any level of education, percent increases, just the districts in your region, paid leave provisions - plus a lot more. We guide you through five easy steps - with a 'help' button. You can also get the percent increases and insurance data for classified staff - information available nowhere else. SABA puts comparative salary and benefit data on school staff in Oregon at your fingertips. It is updated continuously no waiting until January to get annual teacher salary and benefit data. SABA is also available as part of a full SPOT subscription.

Salary Costing Model (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

Heading into contract negotiations soon? Would it be helpful to plug your district's data into a spreadsheet and instantly get total-cost information in a variety of categories for up to five years? Then, check out OSBA's Proposal Costing models for licensed and classified staff. The models come on a CD with easy-to-follow written instructions, sample models and a tutorial. Designed for experienced users of Microsoft Excel, you will need a Windows-based computer with Microsoft Excel, a 330-megahertz or faster Pentium 4 processor and a minimum 512 megabytes of RAM to use the models. Choose the version that matches your version of Microsoft Excel.

Salary Survey (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

For over 30 years OSBA has compiled this book each January on teacher salaries and related benefits. It is the most complete source of teacher costs including salaries, insurance benefits, longevity pay increments, workdays and extra-duty pay. Information is reported by district size (student population). (The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators prepares a companion book on school administrator salaries and benefits.) Also available online - look for SPOT (School Personnel Online Tools).

School Law Basics Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This course is an overview for board members of their duties and legal responsibilities regarding policy, curriculum, staffing and budget. It provides an introduction to state and federal laws and includes a discussion of laws related to students, personnel, public records and public meetings. It will help you identify areas in which you may want more in-depth training. The course runs 15 minutes and is free to OSBA members. Non-member cost is $45.

School Law Reporter Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

A quarterly publication that includes the latest rulings from federal and state courts, plus rulings that affect schools from the Employment Relations Board, arbitrations, special education and other hearings. An online archive of past issues is included.

School Leader News (OSBA) - [View Newsletter]

A newsletter with state and national news about public education.

School Personnel Online Tools Subscription (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

SPOT is the biggest gold mine of current, comprehensive, searchable human resource data on Oregon school labor contracts you'll ever find. The subscription includes: Salary and Benefits Analyzer (SABA) Contract Warehouse Contract Language Index Arbitration Database Salary Schedules Negotiator's Notebook online

Special Education Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

This class reviews the history of special education laws since 1966 and current federal requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Learn the eligible categories for special education, procedural requirements, delivery models, funding issues and changes based on recent case law. The course runs about 30 minutes.

Strategic Planning Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

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 will help you understand the logical and emotional considerations for developing broad-based support for the district’s vision and goals. Narrated by Steve Lamb, this course is 53 minutes long.

Superintendent Evaluation Made Simple Online Course (OSBA) - [Go to Course] [Add to Cart]

Superintendent Evaluation is one of those board responsibilities that can make board members squirm and superintendents cringe. A clear plan, well understood expectations and effective communications will make this very important board responsibility go smoothly. The OSBA Superintendent Evaluation online course walks you through an easy to understand process to guide your board on its way. Included is an overview of the OSBA Superintendent Evaluation workbook, available on OSBA’s Web site, and the public meetings and records pitfalls to avoid.

Superintendent Evaluation Workbook (OSBA) - [View More Details] [Add to Cart]

The information, research, tips and worksheets you'll find here represent a wealth of experience compiled by our Board Development experts that not only makes your job easier, but insures your schools have the qualifed, progressive leadership they deserve. This guide will also help you establish and strengthen the various roles and responsibilities within the superintendent-board team.

Team Leadership for Student Achievement (NSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Companion to the Key Works Guidebook. Addresses the roles of board members and superintendents in each of the Key Work areas. Provides profiles of school districts where the board and superintendent have developed a successful leadership team for student achievement.

The Educated Student (NSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Presents key ideas from education's best thinkers and examines future trends and other factors influencing education today. Provides a wide-angle look at student achievement and suggests the right questions to bring to policy deliberations.

The Essential School Board Book (OTHER) - [Add to Cart]

High-functioning boards know the difference between effective and ineffective board practices and believe what they do makes a big difference in student success. The Essential School Board Book – Better Governance in the Age of Accountability by Nancy Walser summarizes research linking school board practices to student achievement, featuring stories of diverse boards around the country. The National School Boards Association recommends this 168-page book for its well-researched, practical strategies to improve student achievement through good governance.

When You Are in Charge (OSBA) - [Add to Cart]

Board chairs face an onslaught of decisions and responsibilities including conducting board meetings, working with their superintendents, and dealing with pressure groups, the news media and parents. OSBA recommends board chairs and anyone thinking about selecting or becoming a board chair read this publication, which contains straightforward guidelines as well as answers to questions we've received throughout the years.