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Central OEA Diversity Conference

This year’s conference will focus on GLBT, bullying and ethnic diversity issues.

Our lunch speaker is David Schottner from the Bexley Education Association.
8:30-9:00 am – Registration
9:00-9:15 am – Opening remarks
9:15- 10:30 am – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
10:45-11:30 am – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
11:45-1:00 pm – Lunch and Keynote speaker
1:00-1:45 pm – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
1:45- 2:45 pm – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
2:45- 3:15 pm – Speaker
3:15-3:30 pm – Closing remarks
The Conference is free to attend, but attendees must register on Central’s website. Space is limited, and on a first come first served basis. No walk-ins.


Dear Central Member,
The deadline for registration for the Central Diversity conference is rapidly approaching. If you wish to attend this conference please register no later than Wednesday, January 20th. Space is limited and registrations are on a first come-first served basis.

Conference Date: January 23rd
Location: Central office: 947 Goodale Blvd, Columbus (Parking in the rear)
A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees can earn 6 contact hours.

To register, if you do not already have a Central account, you will need to create one on our website. You can do so here:

Once you have an account
1. log in
2. You will be redirected to a list of events
3. Scroll down to the event “2016 Central Diversity Conference” and click on it
4. Select “I Am Attending” form the dropdown. That’s it.

Our office can be a little tricky to locate for first timers. Here’s some directions

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:20 a.m. Opening remarks

9:25- 10:10 a.m.
Track 1 How to broach sensitive topics with adult members
Track 2 Kaleidoscope

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Track 1 Kaleidoscope
Track 2 How to broach sensitive topics with adult members

11:15-12:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote speaker

12:20-1:05 p.m.
Track 1 ABC’s of Gay, Straight, Alliance
Track 2 Affirming Diversity

1:10-1:55 p.m.
Track 1 Affirming Diversity
Track 2 ABC’s of Gay, Straight, Alliance

2:00-2:45 p.m. Bully-Free It Starts With Me

3:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Track Descriptions

How to broach sensitive topics with adult members: Lane Vanderhule & Pam Antos
A member who is out to her staff and students and another whose son came out to her share their experiences and insight.

LGBTQ 101: Danielle Boyd, Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s GSA Network Coordinator & Waverly Hale, Youth Leader
Youth service center in downtown Columbus share terminology, youth issues, and ways to build an inclusive school environment.

ABC’s of Gay, Straight, Alliance:
Students present about what a GSA is and share their experiences.

Affirming Diversity: Acknowledging Our Beauty and Building Our Strength
Description: In this interactive session we will give life to the words of Maya Angelou by exploring ways we can teach diversity in our classrooms, schools, and communities.

Session Objectives:
1. We will set the context for our conversation by overviewing the changing demographics of our nation, national public education system, and local school districts in the State of Ohio.
2. We will move towards acknowledging the beauty of diversity by highlighting the benefits of culturally responsive education while aligning them with 21st Century learning goals.
3. We will commit to building the strength of diversity in our classrooms, schools, and communities through a collaborative multiphase process. We will discuss specific actions educators can implement in the classroom and schoolhouse to affirm diversity. We will also explore strategies that families and community partners can implement to affirm diversity in our homes and communities.