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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 Board Candidate Workshops and webinar sessions

Led by OSBA experts, these 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. In-person workshop dates and locations:

As an alternative, OSBA also is offering this workshop as an on-demand webinar available in early August 2023. The cost is $55. The first half of the webinar will focus on board roles and responsibilities, and the second half will cover campaign finance and legal issues. Click to purchase the webinar

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 for running for school board" • $15

This OSBA publication answers commonly asked questions related to getting started as a candidate. Topics covered include managing the campaign committee, financial reporting and ethical issues.