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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 events is located below. 

ONE Community flyer with events and registration links
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.

ONE Community Conference Series Event #4: District Service Plunge

Olentangy Schools invites students, teachers, and families to participate in our inaugural District Service Plunge on March 27, 2021. The goal is to connect our schools and the community through service-learning. Students and families can choose from 10 different service projects, engaging with community partners from across Delaware and northern Franklin counties. Projects take anywhere from one to four hours to complete. A number of projects are able to be completed in your own home, while others bring you on-site with our community partners. COVID safety protocols will be adhered to at all in-person locations. Elementary and middle school students will need to be accompanied by an adult to engage in any in-person projects. 

To view all District Service Plunge projects and to sign up to save your spot, view our interactive notebook.

The interactive notebook will be your means of engaging with the event. Inside, you will find information about each community partner, details for the projects, reflection questions for before and after the learning experience, read alouds for each societal issue, and an RSVP link to save your spot. Please direct any questions about the Service Plunge to kristin_bourdage@olsd.us or mikela_thomas@olsd.us.

ONE Community Conference Series Event #5: Virtual Student Keynote Speakers

On April 21, 2021, Olentangy Schools is hosting our ONE Community Conference Series Event #5: Virtual Student Keynote Speakers. Parents/caregivers, community members, educators, and middle/high school students are encouraged to tune in from 6:30-7:30 PM to hear high school students share their experiences with identity, community, and healing. We believe that centering student voice and experience is at the heart of what helps us get better as a school community. Take this opportunity to listen to their powerful messages of pain, hope, and resilience, which are guaranteed to spark meaningful dialogue within your family. Sign up to attend the student keynote session.

ONE Community Conference Series Event #6: Gholdy Muhammad

On May 8, 2021, Olentangy Schools welcomes Dr. Gholdy Muhammad for our final ONE Community Conference Series Event #6. Geared towards educators but open to any adult in our community, Dr. Muhammad’s keynote, “Cultivating Healing and Joy through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogy,” will clearly define culture, equity, anti-racism, joy, and culturally & historically responsive education. Sign up to attend the keynote session.


2020 ONE Community Conference