March 4, 2017
Columbus Airport Marriott. 1375 N Cassady Ave
9:45 Breakout Session
11:00 Breakout Session
1:00 Breakout Session
2:15 Thriving & Surviving
3:30 Closing & Evaluation
Five tracks to choose from. You need only register for one track to attend the conference. Movement between tracks is permitted.
A - ESSA
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act offers a number of opportunities for public school educators to use their voice. In this workshop we will build our collective knowledge about the new policy, learn about the opportunities it provides, and begin to plan for how ESSA impacts changes in the classroom.
B - Fight The Power
A Political Action track with topics of; finding & recruiting Board of Education candidates, conducting BOE screenings for endorsement, supporting successful levy campaigns, conducting a successful FCPE drive, legislative updates, and lobbying.
C - Find a Balance
A nuts & bolts track. Topics discussed include building capacity, rep training, creating a calendar, engaging members, connections with the community, legal updates, and grants.
D - Early Career Educators
This track will focus on concerns and needs of our early career members. We will look at RESA requirements, and explore the world of NEA Member Benefits.
E - ESP Power
Learn how ESSA will impact ESPs and begin to plan for the changes. We will also explore the power ESPs can have through Political Action.
End of the Day session: Thriving & Surviving
This end of the day session will have something for everyone. The time will be focused on stress management, wellness, diet, nutrition, plus some Zumba and/or Yoga.
Make Your Voice Heard!
When: March 28th
Where: Join your colleagues at the OEA HQ Media Center, located at 225 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio at 9:00 a.m. for an hour-long briefing before meeting with your legislators.
The Ohio General Assembly will be crafting the biennium budget. This is a critical time for OEA members to engage with legislators on issues ranging from funding, testing, and charter schools.
Register to attend lobby day and sign in at the briefing to be eligible for up to $50 reimbursement covering mileage, lunch and parking. Simply submit an expense form with receipts.
Locals can apply for a Lobby Day Substitute Grant to cover the cost of a substitute for a member who attends lobby day. Details and an application: www.centraloeanea.org/lobby-day-substitute-grantOEA Legislative Reception
Download the flyer here
The Outstanding Education Advocate Award recognizes the contributions of individuals and groups who have demonstrated exemplary advocacy for public education.
In order to receive the award, an individual or a group can be nominated by a local leader, Central ACE, or Central Executive Board member through the online nomination process on Central’s Web site. This award is open to any Central member. Strong consideration would be given to award nominees who have participated in the following: lobbying efforts, educational fundraisers, levy & bond issues, local board races, pro-public educations group activities, and organizing activities (not an exclusive list).
Awards will be presented at the Central OEA/NEA Representative Assembly on April 21, 2017. The winner does not have to be a delegate to receive the award. Nominations must be received by March 7th, 2017.
You may submit nominations using this form.
Each year at the Central OEA/NEA Representative Assembly, we present a number of awards to individuclas and locals.
The Outstanding Local Grassroots Activist Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Association and fellow members at the building or site level.
In order to receive the award, an individual must be nominated by the Local Association President. This award is open to any local representative not serving as an elected officer and who is not a Central or OEA committee member. Awards will be presented at the Central OEA/NEA Representative Assembly on April 21, 2017. The winner does not have to be a delegate to receive the award.
Elected officials enact policies that affect our students, our schools and the daily lives of educators. Decisions regarding school funding, services, curriculum standards, licensure, class sizes and evaluations are all made by elected officials. As Ohio’s legislators consider policies that affect public education, it is critical that they hear from educators—the true experts on education issues. As teachers, faculty and education support professionals, OEA members have an obligation to get involved in these decisions and make their voices heard.
Being informed is half the battle.