Conference 2017 – Why You Should Attend
Are you debating about whether to attend our conference on February 3 and 4? In addition to our awesome keynote speakers, Executive Board Member Patti Niese offers her thoughts on why someone should attend:
Attending the OCTELA two day conference gives me a burst of energy and ideas that are desperately needed in our gray, dreary winter. I always walk away refreshed and full of new ideas that I use in my class. I never use all the ideas in one year, but I keep the resources and try them as I can. Each year I meet new people and am able to connect with other ELA teachers at all levels throughout the state. Some that I only see at the conference. Teaching can be very isolating. Many people only have 1 person that teaches the same subject and grade level. This gives you a chance to brainstorm and collaborate. The connections are a big draw. I have very, VERY dear friends that I made through OCTELA that will be lifelong friends. When I got my first full time job, they were just as excited for me as my family. The people are the biggest benefit to being a member! I know that if I’m struggling with a lesson, classroom issue or any issue for that matter, help is only as far as my phone or computer.
Head over to the Conference Page to read about our speakers and register!