About COSA

Mission Statement: We develop and support educational leaders to ensure student success.

The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) serves and represents more than 2,000 school administrators, managers and executives.

COSA was founded in 1974 to give Oregon's education leaders a united voice in helping to shape public policy, advocate for schools and speak on behalf of students. COSA's perspective has earned the respect of educators, the Legislature, the Department of Education and other statewide agencies. COSA consistently puts the interests of schools and students ahead of self-interest.

In addition to advocacy, COSA supports and develops educational leaders with unmatched professional development opportunities -- including statewide conferences, regional seminars and workshops, and much more -- and a variety of exclusive member services. Areas of focus include school finance and legislative services.

A member-driven umbrella organization, COSA is governed by an elected Board of Directors that represents the organization's four Departments: the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE), the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA).

COSA also partners with affiliate organizations such as Northwest Women in Educational Administration (NWEA), Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA), Oregon Middle Level Association (OMLA), Oregon School Personnel Association (OSPA), Oregon Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) and Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC).

The COSA staff has been led since 2011 by Executive Director Craig Hawkins.