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 for board positions opens Feb. 4, and runs through March 16 for the May election.

As part of its Get on Board campaign to encourage candidates from all walks of life to run, OSBA hosted two free webinars to help prospective candidates answer questions about the process and prepare them to become school board members if they are elected.

Whether you are just starting to think about running or are already committed to doing so, these free webinars have something for you. 

Running for School Board: The Basics

Watch the recording to learn about the election process, qualifications to run for a board position and support available to diverse candidates. OSBA staff provided an overview of board work and service, including financial and time commitments.

Running for School Board: Panelists Discuss the Power of Diversity

Panelists: Laurie Danzuka, Jefferson County School Board; Christopher McMorran, Philomath School Board; Maria Hinojos Pressey, Salem-Keizer School Board

Panelists shared their decision points along the journey of running for a board position, campaign tips, common misperceptions and other issues. Learn how diverse board members, their perspectives and lived experiences can positively affect board governance and student outcomes.