2018 OEA Organizing Conference

Organizing for Action

February 23-24, 2018

Embassy Suites, Norman, Okla.


Reserve your room today at the Embassy Suites-Norman by calling 405.364.8040. The conference rate is $105.79, inlcuding tax. February 16 is the deadline to lodging reservations. Reference the "OEA Organizing Conference" to receive the state rate.

Conference registration is now open.

Follow this link to complete your registration today!

This year's agenda features two separate tracks

OEA members will choose from two great organizing tracks designed to build Association power at the state and local level.

Track One -Working Together for Power will focus on building effective leaders, establishing strong relationships as well as other tools needed for local Associations to organize around the issues that impact OEA members, students and communities.   Agenda items include ESP issues, Advocacy, Communications, Legislative, Membership Growth and Member Benefits.

Track Two – Working Together for Racial Justice in Education will allow participants the opportunity to learn about how the Association (national, state and local) is evolving in its work to advance NEA’s mission and vision through racial justice in education work.  In addition, they will be provided with skills in outreaching and partnering with under-served or under-resourced communities. Key learnings will be shared as we continue to advance awareness, capacity building, and action in service of our students.  Participants will have a better understanding of the intersections between the racial justice in education work and the strength and growth plan of the Association.

Aaron Dorsey and Hilario Benzon, NEA Center for Social Justice

Friday, February 23, 2018            

6 p.m.  Registration and refreshments

7 p.m. General Session (all participants) - Together We’re Stronger Campaign update; Fund for Children Bingo (cash prizes); Day of Action stories from Student OEA, Education Support Professionals of Moore, Choctaw-Nicoma Park ACT and Bixby EA

Saturday, February 24, 2018

8 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - Opening Session (all participants)

Organizing - Jason Burns, NEA Western Region

OEA Polling Results - Paul Harstad, Harstad Strategic Research

Track One - Working Together for Power

10:10-10:55 a.m. - Breakout sessions

  • Connect Don’t Disconnect-Prioritizing Needs (ESP)
  • ID Theft & Prevention Strategies
  • Aggressive Student: Advocating For You &Your Student’s Health & Safety
  • Telling Your Story (Communications)
  • Show me the Data (Polling)
  • Hosting a Legislative Accountability Session
  • What’s Your Top 5? (Advocacy)

11:05-11:50 a.m.  Breakout sessions

  • To Grieve or Not to Grieve…That is the Question (ESP) - Dr. Lynn Malarz, NEA     
  • Organizing With Member Benefits
  • Aggressive Students: Advocating for You and Your Student’s Health and Safety
  • So You’ve Been Elected - Now What?
  • So, You Want a Walk-in??? Then Walk This Way
  • Lobbying Panel
  • Help!  I Need Help! (Advocacy)

11:55 a.m. - Lunch/Legislative Update

2:50 p.m. - The Dessert Caucus

  • Black Caucus
  • Native American Caucus
  • Democrat Caucus
  • Hispanic Caucus
  • LGBTQ  
  • Peace & Justice Caucus
  • Republican Caucus

1:45 p.m. - Together We’re Stronger: Tools for Success (Regional Meetings)

Track Two - Working Together for Racial Justice

10:15 a.m. - Racial Justice

11:50 a.m. - Lunch/Legislative Update

12:45 p.m. - Racial Justice

3:20 p.m. - Regional TWS Planning

For more information, contact Lilia Ocampo at locampo@okea.org or your regional Organizing Specialist.



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