2019 Spring Conference

OCTELA 2019 Spring Conference Preview

Lighting the Fire: Inspiring Creativity in Teaching and Learning

March 1 & March 2, 2019

DoubleTree Worthington


2019 Conference Program —————-> DOWNLOAD HERE

Looking for Presenter Handouts? —————–> CHECK HERE


Conference Theme

In an effort to track student progress and justify our teaching strategies, the teaching of reading and writing has been boiled down to a bunch of numbers: reading levels, test scores, value-added, formative assessments, etc.  Frequently we feel buried in a constant cycle of data points, so concerned with the numbers that we feel we often spend more time measuring and interpreting data than we do teaching skills and content.

This trend is well-intentioned, but it leaves out one key factor involved in teaching, learning, reading, and writing that is unquantifiable: creativity. At its most basic level, creativity is the process by which we arrive at something new, whether that something new is a physical product or a new idea.  As teachers, we do this all the time:we take all the science we know about teaching and learning, stir it together with the content and skills we want students to learn, and create a new lesson.  As learners, our students take the strategies and skills we teach them, apply them in new situations, and arrive at new ideas.


Featured Speakers

Our line-up of keynote speakers. Follow the links to read more about them. (This will take you to an external site.)

Friday, March 1 Keynote Speakers

Friday Morning Keynote

Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.  
Friday Luncheon Keynote

Marc Tyler Nobleman
(Photo Credit Karen London) 
Friday Afternoon Keynote 

Aurelia Davila de Silva

Saturday, March 2 Keynote Speakers

Saturday Morning Keynote

Love, Teach  
Saturday Luncheon Keynote

Dave Stuart, Jr.