Two board members were among attendees at an OSBA conference

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: ALEX PULASKI - Lake Oswego Board members Sarah Howell, left, and Liz Hartman pause for a quick snapshot at an Oregon School Boards Association conference earlier this month.When the largest annual statewide gathering of local school board members rolled around earlier this month, Lake Oswego had representatives on the spot.

Lake Oswego School Board members Liz Hartman and Sarah Howell were among more than 800 school board members and administrators to attend the Oregon School Boards Association’s 67th annual convention. The convention, Nov. 14 to 17 in Portland, was themed “Growing Oregon’s Leaders.”

Hartman and Howell attended a host of events and reported back to the rest of the Lake Oswego School Board at a Monday meeting. The Oregon School Boards Association is a member services agency supporting almost 1,400 school board members in school districts, education service districts and community colleges, and the agency also serves charter school boards.

Howell’s schedule at the OSBA conference included “Back to the Future: It’s Time to Shift Your Culture, a presentation by Cascade School District board member Ron Johnson. Howell said she learned about how school boards can reinforce a culture of high expectations.

She also attended several other seminars, including “Effective Biliteracy Instruction,” which featured Salem-Keizer School District specialists, principals and teachers who discussed theories and practices for bilingual/bicultural instruction.

“I feel like I got a lot out of the conference,” Howell said. “There was a wide breadth of topics.”

While Howell was finding out more about biliteracy, Hartman was attending “Supporting Student Achievement in Innovative Ways,” where she learned about advocacy for the arts in schools and that art now includes five areas: visual, performance, music, dance — and media. Hartman also visited three of 33 “Hot Topics Tables,” where attendees spent 20 minutes learning about topical issues. She learned about issues including school boards becoming paperless and legislative impact on policy, digital curriculum and teacher support through online learning.

“Our district definitely is already doing the kinds of things that they suggest other districts do,” she said. “We are where we should be.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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