2019 OEA Organizing Conference

Together We're Stronger. The Movement Continues.

February 22-23, at the

Hilton Garden Inn, Edmond, Okla.


Reserve your room today at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2833 Conference Dr. (I-35 and Covell Road in north Edmond) by calling 405.285.0900. The conference rate is $106.64, inlcuding tax. February 15 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!

Register by February 11 to get the early bird rate of $35. After February 11, registration fees increase to $45. Registration fees cover Friday night’s reception of hot/cold heavy hors d'oeuvres, a continental breakfast on Saturday plus lunch, snacks and conference materials.

The Agenda

Friday, Feb. 22

6 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, Lobby
7 – 9:00 p.m. Opening Session/Reception, Ballroom 2&3

      Hot and cold hor's doeuvres

Saturday, Feb. 23
8 – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Lobby
      Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 - Noon TWS: The Movement Continues - Training Sessions
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 3:30 p.m. The Movement Continues: Organizing for Power.- TWS Planning (By Regions)
        Early Career Statewide Convening
3:30 p.m. Giveaways

Conference Scholarships Available for New Educators

OEA is offering 50 scholarships to educators who have been teaching five years or less to attend the OEA Organizing Conference on Feb. 22-23 in Oklahoma City.

During the afternoon session on Saturday, we are providing a special track to bring early career educators together for a group development session.

  • What does a scholarship cover? Registration and hotel accommodations.
  • Who can use a scholarship? An educator who has been teaching for five years or less.
  • How many scholarships are available to my local? It depends on how many members you have. Here's the breakdown:
    • 500 or more members: FOUR scholarships
    • 200 to 499 members: THREE scholarships
    • 199 or fewer members: TWO scholarships
  • How can I request scholarships? Please fill out this form.
  • Who can I talk to if I have questions? Me! You can contact me anytime at (405) 523-4360 or kbishop@okea.org.

Saturday Morning Sessions

(You will choose one breakout during the registration process)

The Movement Continues: Organizing Strong Local Associations

Membership Plans, Leader Identification, and Community Support?! Oh, MY!! Join OEA staff as we discuss a variety of organizing strategies and how they can be used to assist you in strengthening your local association.

The Movement Continues: Organizing for Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Equity

Participants will learn effective organizing strategies for identifying, developing and lifting the voices of educator-leaders to advocate for more equitable classrooms and improved cross racial/cross cultural understanding among students, educators, administrators and community members. Nilka Julio, Organizational Specialist from the NEA Center for Social Justice and Sedelta Oosahwee, Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist of the NEA Center for Community Advocacy Partnership Engagement will be facilitating the discussion.

The Movement Continues: Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma

Nationally known expert, Dr. Barbara Sorrels of the Institute for Childhood Education, will identify the six developmental systems that are negatively impacted by trauma, at least three top down and three bottom up strategies to help children self-regulate, the difference between behavior management strategy and strategies that help children heal, at least three strategies for behavioral change and how and why trauma in the first three years of life becomes wired into the central nervous system.

The Movement Continues: 2019 Legislative Session

Participants will discuss the 2019 Legislative Session, OEA’s legislative goals, year two of the Together We’re Stronger plan, plus effective lobbying strategies both at home and at the Capitol.

Saturday Afternoon Sessions

The Movement Continues: Organizing for Power- TWS Planning

In the afternoon, participants will meet with other members of their geographic regions to hear a variety of rotating presenations, followed by an opportunity to plan moving forward.

The Movement Continues: Early Career Educator Statewide Convening

OEA Vice President Katherine Bishop will host the first Early Career Educator statewide convening. A special track has been set up for ECE’s teaching five years or less. ECE’s will participate in a group development session (create name, vision, mission) and professional learning specific to Early Career Educators needs. If you have received an invitation or someone in your local Association has been invited to participate please complete the registration information and indicate attendance at checkout.

For more information contact OEA Vice President Katherine Bishop at kbishop@okea.org or OEA Student Organizer Kim Littrell at klittrell@okea.org


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Register Today!

Early Bird restration of $35 has been extened through February 11

$45 after February 11.

Download this flyer to promote the conference locally.

For more information on the 2019 OEA Organizing Conference, contact Lilia Ocampo at locampo@okea.org or your regional Organizing Specialist.