Spring Conference

REVITALIZE: Getting Back to Teaching

February 23-24, 2018

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Josh Younge, 2018 Conference Chair

Josh Younge, 2018 Conference Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 OCTELA Annual Conference. It is my honor to serve as the conference chair for this organization, and I hope this conference will be a rewarding and rich professional development experience.  In planning this conference, OCTELA is committed to advancing the education of students in the state of Ohio and meeting the professional development needs of teachers throughout the state. We are committed to helping teachers meet the challenges set before them. In selecting “Revitalize” as a theme, we are seeking input from teachers on how they remained resilient during all of the policy changes in the last several years.

“Revitalize” means to make something active, healthy, and energetic again.  In times of rapid policy change, revitalization becomes increasingly important, not only as policy is translated into practice, but also in order to maintain our local communities and professional networks, to increase our engagement within the content areas we teach, and to promote pride in our students.  “Revitalize” as a conference theme, then, is both a doing – a dynamic, conscious effort to sustain our work – and an invitation to reclaim the interests and practices of our teaching that help us best meet the needs of our students.

In hopes of revitalizing our membership, we aim to fill the general sessions with a stunning array of speakers including Carine McCandless, Martha Brockenbrough, and Mindy McGinnis. We will also provide over a hundred breakout sessions.  And in the interest of “revitalizing” our conference, we are revamping the breakout sessions to encourage active participation, collaborative work, networking, and community building.  Besides the general and breakout sessions, we will now be offering roundtables, workshops, and poster presentations.  Hopefully, these new venues will give many more members of OCTELA the opportunity to share his or her expertise with fellow colleagues.

While it is impossible for me to recognize everyone that has contributed to this conference, I would like to thank several board members and past presidents who have worked closely with me to bring you the best conference possible.  These individuals have offered guidance, insight, contacts, and many other skills beyond mention: Karen Carney, Karla Hieatt-Hayslett, Colleen Ruggieri, Patrick Thomas, Ruth McClain, Sarah Ressler-Wright, Debbie Thomas, Virginia McCormac, Margaret Blevins and Carol Ann Hart.

It is an honor to coordinate this conference for you. I am hopeful that you will leave with new ideas to implement in your classroom and a renewed desire to collaborate with your colleagues to make a difference in your students’ lives.


Joshua Younge, 2018 OCTELA Conference Chair


Receive Graduate Credit for Attending OCTELA

For individuals attending the full conference, 1 hour of graduate credit is available. There will be a mandatory meeting on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30am – 9:00am to enroll and review guidelines.

Fees are as follows:

  • 1 graduate credit hour: $175.00

Registration will occur at the conference.