To ensure the safety of members and staff, OEA has made the difficult decision to offer the 2021 OEA Advocacy and Organizing Institute virtually.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 and will give OEA members the opportunity to attend two, 90-minute sessions of their choice. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with an opening address from OEA President Scott DiMauro and will conclude at 12:45 p.m.

Registration will open on January 5, 2021 and close on February 1, 2021. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants per offering. This event is being held at no cost to the participants.

If you would like to receive an email notice when registration opens, please go to and provide us with your contact information.

Stay Safe! We hope to see you virtually on February 6, 2021 and in-person as soon as it is safe


Valued Central Members,

We have some exciting professional development opportunities being planned for the new year by our Membership Development and Engagement committees.

The first is our annual Diversity Conference on January 30th. Our theme for this virtual conference will be Journey to Justice.

We will be announcing details of 2 tracks – a personal growth track and a professional growth track very soon.

Our second opportunity will be Power Up! on March 6th. This will also be virtual. Details coming soon!

Both of these conferences will earn CEU’s!

Keep an eye out for the Winter issue of the Communique – it will have details of scholarships available for OEA and NEA trainings.

Finally, We have another Speaker Series Discussion on Race scheduled for November 24th at 6pm. Registration details can be found on our website at

All of these opportunities are free for Central OEA/NEA members.

Fund For Children & Public Education

Who Is Telling Our Story?


The Fund for Children and Public Education (FCPE) is a non-partisan, political action fund for candidates who support the values of public educators.


The law prohibits members’ dues dollars being used for contributions to candidates for office; therefore, the voluntary FCPE contributions you make are one of the ways we tell the story of what we believe. We believe…

  • Teachers and Support Staff are committed to the success of every child.
  • Students need to be at the center of education reform.
  • To ensure the success of every child, teachers, students, parents, and POLITICIANS need to be held accountable.


FCPE is ultimately about issues, not candidates. If you care about any of the following issues:

  • Class Size
  • Standardized Tests
  • Salary
  • Common Core
  • Evaluations
  • Value-Added
  • Working Conditions
  • Retirement

Then FCPE is important to you, too.
By becoming politically active, we don’t guarantee ourselves success in public policy debates, but it does guarantee us a seat at the policy-making table and allows us to tell our story.


If your local would like assistance with your FCPE program, or would like help organizing a FCPE drive, please contact Central’s FCPE Political Action Coordinator, here.

Join Central OEA/NEA for a Speaker Series Discussion on Race

“The answers are always in the community, and the key to getting the answers is to bring the community together”


Nov 24th Morgan Harper, Lawyer and Grassroots Activist


Previous Speakers
Sep 10th Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
Sep 23rd Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce
Sep 24th NEA Executive Committee Member Shelly Krajacic
Sep 29th Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
Oct 13th Noelle Arnold PhD, Associate Dean, OSU
Oct 14th Lt. Melissa McFadden, Columbus Police Department

Join us, virtually, at 6:00 PM to engage in discussions on race, bias, disparity, and reform. Hear from community leaders and experts on this critical range of issues.


Register at
Zoom info will be emailed to registered participants.
To register
Log in to your Central account (or create an account if you don’t have one)
Scroll down to the speaker series session(s) you wish to register for and click “Attending”
Wait a short moment for it to register. That’s it.

Attention Members!

The OEA Day of Collaboration: Distance Education Webinar Series is an OEA member program that will focus on member to member collaboration and expertise as a capacity building strategy to strengthen OEA members’ ability to improve student success during this unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic.  This webinar series will address important distance education topics and provide an opportunity for OEA members across Ohio to share information, insights, resources and learn from each other. This series will take place on Mondays from 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, starting August 10, 2020.

Monday, August 10, 2020  –  Webinar Topic: Remote Learning Plans

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Registration Link: Zoom Registration – August 10 Distance Learning Plans

Description: This webinar will provide OEA members with an opportunity to understand the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Remote Learning Plan guidance for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Guest Speaker(s): 
Jennifer Stump, Policy Staff
Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Ohio Department of Education

Demetrice Davis, OEA Education Policy and Practice Consultant

2020 – 2021 RCSD Academic Calendar