2017 Central Winter Leadership Conference

March 4, 2017
Columbus Airport Marriott. 1375 N Cassady Ave

Agenda:
9:00 Registration
9:45 Breakout Session
11:00 Breakout Session
12:15 Lunch
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.

Member Lobby Day and OEA Legislative Reception

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-grant

OEA Legislative Reception

Please join us at an OEA Legislative Reception in the Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. To RSVP for the Legislative Reception, contact Julie Parsley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-282-1500 ext. 3170.

Download the flyer here

Outstanding Education Advocate Award

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.

Outstanding Local Grassroots Activist Award

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.

If you wish to nominate a member for a Grassroots Activist Award, you may do so by submitting this form, no later than March 7th, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scholarships

As part of our mission, Central OEA/NEA offers members scholarships to attend Central, OEA and NEA conferences and events that promote leadership, involvement, diversity, and building and supporting locals. Members must apply online. Active and open scholarships can be applied for using the links shown on the right.

Below are some of the conferences and events that Central offers scholarships to attend. As details become available, we will publish them on our front page.

Central Winter Leadership Conference
Central conferences and events are free to attend for all members. However Central offers scholarships to help cover the cost of hotels for members who live more than 30 miles from the venue.

Central Summer Leadership/Bargaining Conference
Central conferences and events are free to attend for all members. However Central offers scholarships to help cover the cost of hotels for members who live more than 30 miles from the venue.

NEA Leadership Summit
NEA is committed to enhancing the Activist Leaders from all segments of the Association. We want to prepare our leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead a relevant and thriving organization. The Summit is an incredible learning experience to serve as entry for your continuous learning journey. Leaders will receive holistic content focused on national and Association-wide issues- as well as individual and organizational needs. The Summit will support a competency-based model of developing great leaders. Competencies serve as a guide for what Association leaders should know and be able to effectively lead within our organization. NEA’s Leadership Development Competencies include: Advocacy, Business, Communication, Governance and Leadership, Leading our Professions, and Organizing. Special pre-conference workshops specifically targeted women and minorities will also be offered.

NEA ESP National Conference
The ESP National Conference is NEA’s premier event for ESP members nationwide. The goal of the conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. Special pre-conference workshops specifically targeted for emerging and advanced Association leaders will also be offered and will require your nomination. One of the highlights of every ESP National Conference is the ESP of the Year Award ceremony.

NEA Retired Conference
The NEA-Retired Organizing Conference is devoted to training retired members to organize their communities to advance the cause of public education.

OAESP Summer Leadership Meeting
This conference is designed for Educational Support Personnel with common interest to promote public education and to provide a voice for the support personnel cause throughout the State of Ohio.

OEA Advocacy and Organizing Institute formerly OEA Collective Bargaining Conference
The OEA Advocacy and Organizing Institute Conference offers empowering training for local leaders and bargaining team members that addresses:
· The importance of negotiating, protecting and strengthening a collective bargaining agreement;
· The value of growing individual member investment in, and enforcement of, their collective bargaining agreement; and
· The benefits of educating members of the challenges that they, their local association and the OEA are facing.

Central will awarded $100 scholarships to cover the registration cost for the conference which includes an overnight room (based on double occupancy) for Friday, and meals provided at the conference. The recipient will be responsible for all other expenses incurred.

OEA Summer Academy
The OEA Summer Academy provides the ability for emerging and prospective leaders of the association to obtain practical knowledge and leadership skills for strengthening the local association. Central will award $100 scholarships to cover the cost of registration. This does not include the cost of the hotel.

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