Frequently asked questions

Yes! The OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show is scheduled to take place as it has for the past 64 years. It will be Sunday, Nov. 8 through Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Recently, the Capital Conference Work Committee met to finalize over 170 learning sessions scheduled for the three-day event. Selected sessions are being confirmed now.

Registration materials will be sent to school districts in July.

The conference starts on Sunday, Nov. 8 and ends on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.
Currently, the session rooms are arranged with classroom seating. We will continue to monitor suggested social distancing guidelines and protocols. As we get closer to conference, we will arrange meetings rooms accordingly.
We are planning on an in-person conference. If state orders and guidelines do not allow that, we will provide alternatives for continued professional development.
Yes. Exhibitors are currently signing up for booths and looking forward to meeting with attendees. Nearly 400 booths have already been secured for this year’s event.
We are planning on the Trade Show to look as it has previously. If state orders and guidelines indicate that booths be further separated, we will make appropriate changes.
Yes. The Student Achievement Fair — one of the highlights of the conference — will be held Monday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are accepting nominations from schools around the state to demonstrate their programs that are impacting students in their district, as well as student performing groups.

We are planning on 100 booths demonstrating a wide variety of student programming. If state orders and guidelines indicate that booths be further separated, we will make appropriate changes.

Conference registration opens July 13. The district registration form includes rates for conference registration and ticketed meal functions. School districts should use the school district registration form. OCSBA members, students, sustaining members, government employees and retired administrators who are not affiliated with a school district should use the individual registration form.
Your registration fee provides access to two general sessions, along with more than 170 learning sessions that will cover issues ranging from how to become a more effective board member to implementing a safer school environment for your students. In addition, you will have access to the conference trade show with more than 600 exhibitors and the opportunity to network with thousands of board members and school administrators in attendance.
Please note: meal function tickets must be purchased separately.
Please compete the Meeting Room Request Form and return it to Laurie Miller. Please note: All meetings held in conjunction with (ICW) the OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show, at either of the two official conference locations – the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) or the Hyatt Regency Columbus – are subject to the approval of OSBA to minimize conflict with Capital Conference events and other conference activities. Meeting space may only be reserved by an exhibitor, sponsor or approved organization and cannot be used in lieu of exhibit space.
Continue to visit this FAQ page and the OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show website
Below are a list of specific areas of conference and who to contact:

For registration, contact Susie Cinadr

For hotel and housing questions, contact Laurie Miller

For presenter or learning session questions, contact Gwen Samet

For Student Achievement Fair questions, contact Heather Lantz

For Trade Show questions, contact Wanda Bloch

For other questions, contact Jeff Chambers  or Laurie Miller.

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