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One Community Conference

The ONE Community Conference is an annual event hosted at one of our four high school buildings. Started in 2014 with 95 participants, we have since grown the conference to over 350 attendees. A collaborative effort between pupil services, gifted services, and equity/inclusion, the purpose of the event is to provide participants with a learning opportunity focused on supporting students with a variety of needs from all different backgrounds. We strongly believe in creating platforms to showcase student voice, as we seek to use personal experiences as a spring board for how to shift our practice. This unique opportunity allows for stakeholders from all walks of life to come together and brainstorm through some of society’s most pressing issues. While the event primarily hosts students, staff, and families within the district, it is open to the general public.

2021 ONE Community Conference: "Healing Through ONE Community"

Olentangy Schools invites you to participate in our 7th Annual ONE Community Conference.  The six-part virtual event series includes our first annual MLK Day of Service, speakers, virtual author visits, a community-wide book study, student keynotes, service-learning projects, and wellness components throughout. We look forward to learning, growing and healing together. Information about the first three events is located below. 

ONE Community Timeline with registration links for March onward
ONE Community Conference Series Event #1: MLK Day of Service

Join us for MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2021. We invite you to join us for an impactful day of community service as we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Access MLK Day of Service opportunities that tackle topics such as: food insecurity, homelessness, economic hardship, domestic violence, natural hair care, and supporting frontline healthcare workers

ONE Community Conference Series Event #2: Elena Aguilar and Barbara Fant

Our January keynote speaker is Elena Aguilar, who will be speaking on the topic of How to Cultivate Emotional Resilience so that we can Build Equitable Schools. Drawing on her acclaimed book, “Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators,” participants will learn how to use five power strategies for cultivating the kind of resilience we need in order to build equitable schools. Participants will anchor in their values and purpose, explore how to navigate uncomfortable emotions, and learn strategies to build community. Elena has trained thousands of educators across the United States and abroad in transformational coaching and team development. Her expertise derives from 20 years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. 

Following Elena's keynote message, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a 30 minute workshop session led by Barbara Fant on the topic of Healing through Art: Finding Joy. Participants will learn about what it means to use art as a form of healing. They will hear from guest poet, Barbara Fant, who will guide them through a brief writing exercise around finding and cultivating joy in the midst of challenge and pain. Participants will be given the space to be still, listen, reflect, and participate in an art practice. Please RSVP for Conference Event #2 here to join us for this dynamic virtual speaking engagement. 

ONE Community Conference Series Event #3: Read-In and Book Talk

In conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), please join us as we come together as ONE Community for the 2021 National African American Read-In. This initiative was established by NCTE in 1990 as a way to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. We are excited to join over six million people participating in the Read-In this year.

Elementary students and families will read eight books by African American authors throughout the month of February. Secondary students and families will be reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds.

African American Read-In and Book Talk, February 22, 2021. RSVP for Conference Event # 3 here.

  • 6-7 p.m. - Elementary Book talk with Oge Mora, author of "Thank You, Omu!"
  • 7-8 p.m. - Secondary Book talk with Matthew Carter, the inspiration behind "Ghost."

Elementary School Read: 8 Read Alouds throughout February:  Access the reading calendar. 

Middle and High School Read: "Ghost" by Jason Reynolds: Access the introductory video and reading/discussion calendar.


2020 ONE Community Conference