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January 28–30, 2016

OACOA/OASE Winter Conference

"Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships: In Action"

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Featured Speakers:

Friday Breakout Sessions 

  • Leading for Learning: Support for Current and Aspiring Instructional Leaders (Erin Prince)
  • HB 2016 Black, African-American State Plan and HB 3499 English Language Learner State Plan Update (David Bautista)
  • Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA Update (Dawne Huckaby)
  • Next Generation Assessment and Accountability Systems (Derek Brown)
  • Avoiding Crisis, Creating Awareness: A Mental Health First Aid Approach in Schools (Maria Gdontakis)
  • Bend-La Pine Schools Digital Conversion (Skip Offenhauser)
  • Task Force on School Safety (Craig Roberts)
  • Improving High School Graduation Outcomes (Sarah Drinkwater)
  • District-wide AVID: A Strategic and Systematic Approach of Proven Achievement & Lifelong Learning (Melissa Cole)
  • Creating College Success: How Better Information Helps Student’s Succeed (Jim Soland)
  • Beyond the Surface: Principles of Brain Building and Cultural Responsiveness in Early Learning Environments (Megan Irwin)
  • Task Force on School Safety (Craig Roberts)
  • Next Generation Assessment and Accountability Systems (Derek Brown)
  • Alignment of the State Work Groups: What’s Happening? (Karen Fischer Gray)
  • Gas in the Tank: What is Really Needed from Leaders to keep PLCs on Track Amidst Competing Priorities! (Missi Thurman) 

Saturday Workshops 

  • Leading College & Career Readiness District-wide: Transforming Student Outcomes (Sandy Husk, Denise Wren)
  • Nancy Hungerford and Friends: "Schools in the News" & "Administrator Guidance: Administrator Evaluation, Dismissal and Nonrenewal"
  • OACOA Seminar Series
  • Legislative Forum (Sherrie Sprenger)


Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Pre-Conference

8:30 to 11:00

OASBO Board Meeting

9:30 to 12:00

Vision & Policy Meeting

11:00 to 12:30

Oregon Small Schools Association Board Meeting

1:00 to 2:45

OACOA & OASE Board Meetings

1:00 to 2:30

Oregon Small Schools Association Membership Meeting

1:00 to 5:00

Early Registration Opens

1:00 to 8:00

OASBO New Business Office Managers Meeting

3:00 to 5:00

Off-the-Record Meeting

5:00 to 6:00

Presenter Reception

6:30 to 9:00

President’s Reception (everyone welcome)

Friday, January 29, 2016 – Main Conference

7:00 to 8:00

Continental Breakfast / Registration

8:00 to 5:00

OASBO Business Manager Session

8:00 to 9:30

Welcome / General Session I

9:30 to 9:45


9:45 to 10:45

Breakout Sessions: Round I

9:45 to 1:45

New Superintendents Leadership Institute

10:45 to 11:00


11:00 to 12:00

Breakout Sessions: Round II

12:00 to 1:30


1:45 to 3:00

General Session II

3:00 to 3:15


3:15 to 4:15

Breakout Sessions: Round III

4:30 to 5:30

Reception (everyone welcome)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

7:00 to 8:00


8:00 to 11:30

Nancy Hungerford Workshop

8:00 to 11:30

Leading College & Career Readiness Districtwide - Transforming Student Outcomes 

  • Dr. Sandy Husk, CEO, AVID Center - Bio
  • Denise Wren, Director of Leadership Development, AVID Center

8:00 to 12:00

OACOA Seminar Series

Sponsored by: Renaissance Learning

8:00 to 12:00

OASBO Training


Click here to apply for a Nike School Innovation Fund grant. 



7760 Highway 101 North
PO Box 118
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388


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To make your reservations, call 541-764-2371.  Ask for COSA2016 rate.


Additional lodging:
Inn at Spanish Head
4009 SW Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Call and say you are with the COSA Winter Conference to get our discounted rates.