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The following resources can help you set up and conduct your board of education candidate campaign:


Free candidate webinars

These webinars cover common questions that arise as candidates are considering running for a seat on their board of education:


OSBA Leading the Way podcast Season 3, Episode 5: Get on Board! Run for your local school board

If Ohio is to provide a high-quality education to its roughly 1.7 million students, it needs representative school boards that can meet the challenges of the diverse districts they represent. That’s the goal of OSBA’s Get on Board campaign, which was launched this month to encourage Ohioans to run for their local school boards. Angela Penquite, OSBA's deputy director of communication services, and Steve Horton, a former school board member and OSBA's senior board and management services consultant, discuss the roles and responsibilities of school board members and the training and other resources OSBA is providing to potential candidates and those who have decided to run. Access the podcast


OSBA candidate training sessions

OSBA offers several workshops for board of education candidates. 

Pre-Board Candidate Workshop • this workshop will be held in July 2023
This free workshop is for people who are thinking about running for their school board and current board of education members appointed to office who must now run for election. It reviews the roles and responsibilities of running for a school board and the requirements for running for a seat on a local board of education. This workshop will be led by two veteran OSBA staff members and include time for questions. 

OSBA Board Candidate Workshops and webinar
Led by OSBA experts, these five sessions held around the state will lead candidates through a concise and valuable program to help them better understand the everyday roles and responsibilities of school board members and the legal aspects of campaigning and being a board member. These workshops will be held in September 2023.

As an alternative, OSBA also is offering a this workshop as an on-demand webinar in August 2023. The first half of the webinar will focus on board roles and responsibilities, and the second half will cover campaign finance and legal issues. 

Workshop and webinar registrants will receive a Board Candidate Kit, which includes “Candidate: A practical guide to running for school board;” a subscription to the OSBA Journal, the premier bimonthly magazine for school board members; and a subscription to Briefcase, a semimonthly newsletter.


OSBA publication

"Candidate: A practical guide to running for school board" • $15 
This OSBA publication answers commonly asked questions related to getting started as a candidate. Topics covered include management of the campaign committee, financial reporting and ethical issues.