The Central OEA/NEA 2021 Power Up! Conference will be virtual and take place on March 6, 2021.
Registration is free for all members and attendees will be credited for 5 hours of CEU's.

Those wishing to attend must register on our website no later than March 3rd. We will send out the Zoom links for the conference to all registered attendees a few days before the conference begins.

To register:
Log in to your Central account (or create an account if you don't have one)
Scroll down to the "2021 Power Up! Conference" event and click "Going"
Wait a short moment for it to register. That's it.


9:00 – 9:45 AM “Mindfulness for Students & Staff”
Alex Beekman, M.Ed., LPC, Hilliard City Schools LEAD Teacher
The practice of mindfulness is more important now than ever. As a nation, we are experiencing increased anxiety and general unease and neither we nor our students are exempt. The practice of mindfulness is often dismissed by students because it seems too simple to "work." By helping students understand how our mind and body are inextricably linked, we can show them that the power of mindfulness is in its simplicity...and we can take away some practices for ourselves, too.

10:00 – 10:45 “Building Your Resilience During Uncertain Times”
Joanna Malachowsky, Coach, Building Better Lives Initiative
The stress, the intensity, and the constant onslaught of needs in the current environment can lead to burnout, vulnerability, and even secondary traumatic symptoms in teachers and staff. Participants will explore the different levels of stress and will examine the importance of self-care. Additionally, participants will discover practical strategies to increase resilience amongst staff as they face the challenges of the school year.

11:00 – 11:45 “Building Power through Local Elections”
Isabel Bozada-Jones, OEA Staff
Learn how you can use your educator voice by screening and endorsing candidates in local elections. This session will move through a year of local election advocacy, starting with setting up a local PAC this winter, recruiting or identifying candidates throughout the spring, and screening and endorsing candidates in the fall. Participants will receive everything they need to get started right away and will participate in a mock screening!

Noon lunch

1:00 – 2:30 “Staying Safe (and out of trouble) in the Virtual World”
Ellen Adornetto & Amber James, OEA Staff
This 90-minute interactive session will delve into the Licensure Code of Conduct’s principle on the appropriate and responsible use of technology, examining how the lines between personal and professional boundaries can become blurred, especially while navigating remote and hybrid learning. Social media opportunities can further blur those boundaries, so an educator’s constitutional right to free speech will be explained. Examples will be provided, highlighting how educators’ first amendment rights are limited in some ways because of the special position of trust they occupy. Join this session to learn more about your rights and responsibilities, hear real-world examples, and receive guidance on how to stay safe (and out of trouble) in the virtual world!

2:45 Closing

Members will also be able to attend a Panel discussion during the conference. Everyone is welcome to attend this, but we believe local officers and bargaining committee members would greatly benefit.

9:00 – 10:30 “What Have We Learned This Year?” - President Panel
Ty Tatman & Karrie Strickland – President & LRC, Zane Trace EA
Brian Morgan & Mark Linder – President & LRC, Worthington EA
India Smith & Kerri Hoover – President & LRC, Miami Trace Non-Cert EA

The panel will discuss what has been learned from the COVID pandemic. What holes have been discovered in your contract? What MOU’s have you needed to create? How have you kept members engaged? What lessons have been learned? How are you preparing for next year? Attendees will be able to submit questions for the panelists.

Attendees of this panel are free to join the main conference at the conclusion of this panel discussion.

The Central OEA/NEA Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students was created in memory of thirty-three-year teacher and Central OEA/NEA member Vivian Brown, who dedicated her life to the purpose of public education and the mentoring of future educators.

The purpose of the Central OEA/NEA Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students is to provide $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing degrees in education at an Ohio university or college. This scholarship will be awarded each spring to the child of a Central OEA/NEA member.

Criteria & Eligibility

1. Each applicant must be a child of a member of Central OEA/NEA district.
2. Each applicant must be accepted and enrolled in a course of study leading to a degree in education at a degree-awarding university or college.
3. Applications will be received beginning January 1, 2021 and no later than February 26, 2021.
4. Each applicant must include two (2) recommendation letters with the application, with one (1) being from a current professor/teacher.
5. The total amount of the scholarship must be used during the school year immediately following the presentation.
6. Previous recipients of the Central OEA/NEA Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students are not eligible.
7. To download an application go to:
8. Applications and recommendation letters must be returned to:

Central OEA/NEA
Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students
360 S. 3rd Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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