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COSA is proud to offer its members a range of resources from scholarship and award opportunities to helpful guides for relevant issues administrators are dealing with every day. If you have a resource to share or have an idea about how COSA can continue to serve its members, we want to hear from you. Contact Joanne Fey at

Legal & Contracts

Contract Review

COSA members often benefit from having COSA review their employment contracts with districts.  At a member's request, COSA staff will review employment contracts for individual administrators and provide recommendations.  Reviews analyze contract terms and provide recommendations on specific areas. Of late, potentially disadvantageous termination clauses have been an area of focus. To request a contract review, please contact  Craig Hawkins

Legal Assistance

Professional advice and legal services are available to all active COSA members on matters relating to their employment and professional assignments.

Additional legal assistance is available to members who belong to one of COSA’s national affiliates — the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), or the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Members seeking these services must contact the COSA Executive Director or his/her designee (503-581-3141).

What Assistance is Available?

  • Legal assistance from COSA’s attorney.  With the approval of the Executive Director or his/her designee, each COSA Active member is eligible for two hours of counsel with COSA’s attorney plus up to $1,000 of assistance from COSA’s attorney or an attorney approved by the COSA Executive Director.
  • Confidential counsel furnished by COSA staff or members identified by the COSA staff.

Legal Support Through National Associations

COSA members who belong to the following national associations are eligible for legal assistance (above that provided by COSA).

  • AASA -- One thousand dollars for each year of consecutive membership up to $10,000. ($700 deductible)
  • NAESP -- One thousand dollars for each year of consecutive membership up to $10,000. ($500 deductible)
  • NASSP -- One thousand dollars for each year of consecutive membership up to $10,000. ($500 deductible)


  1. Call the Executive Director (503-581-3141) to discuss your need for professional assistance.  ALL CALLS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.
  2. Determine with COSA staff which type of assistance is appropriate/needed.
  3. COSA Executive Director or designee authorizes legal assistance or implements advice and counsel procedure.
  4. If legal assistance is needed and you are also a member of a national association, call the appropriate national organization:
    • AASA   (703) 875-0717
    • NAESP (703) 684-3345
    • NASSP (703) 860-0200

Communicating about Racial Equity


These annual COSA awards recognize outstanding administrators and programs. If you have a colleague you feel deserves recognition, please contact Joanne Fey,

OASE Awards
  • Superintendent of the Year Program (SOY)
OASSA Awards
  • Principal of the Year (Middle and High School) (POY)
  • Assistant Principal of the Year (Middle and High School) (APOY)
OESPA Awards
  • Elementary Principal of the Year/National Distinguished Principal (Elementary and Middle School) (National Distinguished Principal Program)
OACOA Awards
  • Achievement of Excellence Award

COSA Scholarships

Each year COSA sponsors or assists in processing six $1,000 college scholarships.  These scholarships are given to Oregon seniors attending a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade or professional/technical school.   Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2024. Results are announced in April. The following is a list of each of the six scholarships:

For the 2024 COSA Scholarship Information and Application CLICK HERE

  • California Casualty Partnership (2) 
  • Cognia (1)
  • Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (1) Given to deserving Latinx student
  • NWEA (Northwest Women in Educational Administration) (2) Given to young women entering the field of education

Each scholarship application must be signed and endorsed by an active COSA member, such as a principal, assistant principal, central office administrator or superintendent.

OASSA Scholarships

The Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) awards two $1000 scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Oregon public high schools. The scholarships may be used for a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade or professional/technical school. These two scholarships are for a son, daughter or dependent child of an OASSA member.  Applications must be postmarked by March 16, 2024.

For the 2024 OASSA Scholarship Information and Application  CLICK HERE

OSSA Scholarships (Oregon Small Schools Association)

To download the 2024 OSSA Scholarship Application CLICK HERE
Applications must be received by April 5, 2024 and scholarship recipients will be notified by May 8, 2024.
Email application to Joanne Fey (

Jerome Colonna Mentorship Program

Information coming soon.

Resources to Support You and Your District


The Call to Courage: Standing Up and Speaking Out Against the Assaults on Democracy, Educators, and Students in America’s Schools was just released. Dr. Sheldon Berman and Luvelle Brown wrote this book to support all educators and parents, especially those whose schools are under threat for performing vital and meaningful work. The book’s message will help you reclaim the narrative of public education and carry on the essential initiatives that support the success of all students.

“I work every day with superintendents and other school leaders who are under attack—often, confoundingly, because they are choosing to do what is right for all students. Sheldon Berman and Luvelle Brown have written a book that provides a thoughtful and principled perspective about the importance of leading with courage in our divided communities, supported by personal stories that illuminate the difficult choices K-12 leaders face. Ready to stand up for public education and our democracy? Then The Call to Courage is for you.” - Craig Hawkins, Executive Director, Coalition of Oregon School Administrators

“Our public school system is the backbone of our democracy. It is what inspires the true American dream for many of our students and parents, one that ensures a free and appropriate public education for all that leads to future pathways to define one's success. The Call to Courage is a must-read for those fighting to ensure our public school system continues to be that pathway for our students and families. Education has always been political, but never so partisan. This book explores avenues to support ALL our students, educators, and families on their journey toward acceptance in an ever-changing America.” - Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent, Beaverton SD, Oregon; President-Elect, AASA, The School Superintendents Association; President, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents