2017 Spring Conference

OCTELA 2017 Spring Conference

Diversity: Recognizing and Nurturing the Masterpieces
Within All of Our Students

February 3-4, 2017

DoubleTree Hotel – Worthington

2017 Conference Program – Download Here

Presenter Handouts – Find them here!

Download Dr. Ernest Morrell’s Morning Keynote Presentation

Conference Highlights

2017 Featured Authors



Dr. Danny M. Cohen

Dr. Danny M. Cohen is not only an author (Train, The 19th Window, Dead Ends) and an assistant professor of instruction at Northwestern University, he is also the founder of Unsilence, a new non-profit that creates and delivers engaging learning experiences about hidden, marginalized, and taboo narratives of atrocity and human rights.
Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.com


Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the author of six young adult novels and three picture books, including Last Stop on Market Street, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal.





Dr. Ernest Morrell

Dr. Ernest Morrell is a former president of NCTE who works with teachers to infuse multicultural literature, youth popular culture, and media production into curricula.




Dr. Kevin Cordi cordi

For over twenty-five years, Kevin has not only told stories on a national and international platform, but uses stories to help others find meaning in their work, school, and personal lives.




A.S. King 

A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including her 2016 release Still Life with Tornado, 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others.

Receive Graduate Credit for Attending OCTELA

For individuals attending the full conference, 1 hour of graduate credit is available through the University of Dayton. There will be a mandatory meeting on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 8:30am – 9:00am in the German Village room of the Doubletree conference hotel to enroll and review guidelines.

Fees are as follows:

  • 1 graduate credit hour: $175.00

Registration will occur at the conference, and payment will occur after the conference via U.S. postal mail (bills will be sent by University of Dayton).

Transcripts will be available mid-May. For program information and to request a transcript, visit the University of Dayton Professional Development Workshop Program site.

Donate to the OCTELA Conference Raffle

Would you or your organization/business like to donate a basket for the popular OCTELA Conference Raffle? Contact Michelle Best for details.  Donations will be acknowledged for tax purposes.