Get on Board and become a voice for Oregon students!

Want to make a difference in Oregon’s future? Run for a seat on the local board of your school district, education service district or community college. The filing period opens Feb. 6 and runs through March 18 for the May 2021 ballot.

Being a school board member can be both rewarding and challenging, and school boards provide a vital public service for Oregon students. To help prospective candidates answer questions about the process and prepare them to become school board members if they are elected, OSBA Board Development staff are offering two free webinars in January. See dates, registration links and brief descriptions for each webinar below:

Information Session
Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 12 p.m.


In this free webinar, we will introduce attendees to the roles and responsibilities of school boards in Oregon, discuss the authority and limits of a school board, and highlight the importance of board member relationships with fellow board members and the superintendent. We will also talk about the qualifications to run for a board position, the election process and the financial and time commitments.

Board and Student Panel Discussion/Q&A
Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 12 p.m.

In this free webinar, a panel of diverse experienced board members are joined by Oregon high school students enrolled in REAP, a local multicultural youth leadership nonprofit organization for a Q&A session.

Board members will share their experiences running for a board position and why they decided to run, recommendations/tips for how to run for a board position, information about the impact a diverse board can have on student achievement, questions and issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and why everyone, including BIPOC and younger generations, should consider running for board positions.

High school students enrolled in REAP, a local multicultural youth leadership nonprofit organization, will join the Q&A session to share their experiences, challenges they face relating to equity and disparities in education and suggestions for improving board member-student relations. 

Bring your questions about running for a board position, the election process, board work, and student engagement!