President’s Welcome

The Executive Board of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts would like to offer a warm welcome to all educators. OCTELA is pleased to extend ourselves to teachers of all grade levels and all content areas. We are an affiliate

of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). We have many opportunities for teachers to grow professionally, such as our newsletter, Ohio Voices; our journal, Ohio Journal of English Language Arts; and our annual Spring Conference, which includes breakout sessions for Pre-Kindergarten through college. OCTELA’s website is an extension of our conference to help teachers by offering ideas and strategies for all classrooms.

The website was designed to help to make your classroom an effective learning environment. In order to keep our website current and progressive, we look forward to hearing your feedback reflecting your needs. We want to share literacy strategies and teaching ideas through the collaboration of talented educators. OCTELA hopes that you will find the website welcoming and informative.

Please consider attending our annual conference which will be held on February 3 – 4, 2017 at the Worthington  Doubletree Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Our conference is entitled Diversity: Recognizing and Nurturing the Masterpieces of All of Our Students and will be rich with creative ideas and teaching strategies that include support for the cultural backgrounds of your students. We hope that you will join us at the Doubletree in February and throughout the year on our website.


Virginia McCormac
OCTELA President