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OEA Organizing Conference: Better Together, Organizing Through Advocacy

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Northwest

3233 Northwest Expressway

Oklahoma City, OK 73112

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2022 Organizing Conference Better Together, Organizing Through Advocacy

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol

In the last section of this page, you may review OEA's Health and Safety Protocol information for the 2022 Organizing Conference.

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for in-person attendance (vaccine record card or a picture of the card is acceptable).
  • Masks are required in common spaces, but optional when seated in meeting rooms.
  • Masks and sanitization stations will be available

Lodging

Embassy Suites NW OKC

3233 Northwest Expressway

Rates:

  • One King Bed: $114 plus tax per night
  • Two Queen Beds: $134 plus tax per night.

Complimentary breakfast and Friday Night Manager's Special Reception are included in the rate. Parking is free.

If you are a local leader making several hotel room reservations, please make sure to include members' names who are staying in each room so they may check-in when they arrive at the hotel. The first person arriving at the hotel will need the credit/debit card with the name given when the reservations were created by your local.

Call (405) 842-6633 or book online here and refer to the OEA Organizing Conference to make reservations by February 4, 2022 to get special rate. Make sure you enter the correct dates.

2022 Organizing Conference Agenda

Early Bird Registration is $35 through February 4, 2022 and $50 until ticket sales end on February 23. Registration includes snacks on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Saturday, conference materials and an OEA t-shirt.

Registrants may attend virtually or in-person. If you wish to attend virtually, please indicate this on your registration form. The virtual conference will be held only on Saturday, February 26 from 9:00 AM - 3:00PM. You will be sent Zoom information on Friday, February 25, 2022.

If you cannot attend the event, you must cancel by 5 p.m. Monday, February 21 to be eligible for a refund.

Tentative Agenda

The OEA Store will be open during the conference. You can pay for items by cash, check, or card. There will also be a silent auction available, check it out for some excellent items!

Friday, February 25, 2022

Embassy Suites NW OKC

6:00-7:00 PM - Registration

7:00-9:00 PM - "Better Together" Social

  • Introductions
  • Remarks
  • SINGO fundraiser for the Fund for Children and Public Education
    • First BINGO card is FREE
    • You can purchase additional BINGO cards with cash, 1 for $5 or 3 for $10
  • 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle fundraiser for the Fund for Children and Public Education
    • We are looking for member teams to perform in this year's Lip Sync Battle. Get your team together and complete the 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle Form.
    • Be sure to bring cash to donate and vote for your favorite team to raise funds for FCPE!

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Embassy Suites NW OKC

7:30-9:00 AM - Registration & Caucus Meetings

9:00-9:45 AM - Opening Session

  • Governance Introductions
  • Keynote Speaker

9:55-11:10 AM - Session I

  • Wellness Model - Improving teacher well-being and effectiveness in working with traumatized students is critical right now. In contrast to self-care strategies that require the individual to engage in a restorative practice after work, this model proposes micro-interventions done throughout the day.
  • Building and Strengthening Relationships with Community Partners - Community relationships and partnerships can serve as a resource for meeting education challenges and supporting public education. This session will feature a panel of community organization leaders who can give insight into how to build and strengthen relationships with community partners to garner support for public education.
  • Community Schools Model - Community Schools embody how education should function in a healthy democracy – they’re public schools that provide services and support which fit each neighborhood’s needs, created and run by the people who know our children best – families, educators, community organizations, local governments, and the students themselves – all working together. This session will provide you with information on what community schools are and how they can improve our communities.
  • Building Relationships for Collective Bargaining - Collective bargaining gives educators a voice. Relationships aren’t built just at the bargaining table. This session, presented by OEA Advocates, will give locals ideas on how to develop and maintain good working relationships with district administrators and school board members between bargaining sessions.

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM - Lunch

12:20-1:35 PM - Session II

  • Wellness Model - Improving teacher well-being and effectiveness in working with traumatized students is critical right now. In contrast to self-care strategies that require the individual to engage in a restorative practice after work, this model proposes micro-interventions done throughout the day.
  • Building and Strengthening Relationships with Community Partners - Community relationships and partnerships can serve as a resource for meeting education challenges and supporting public education. This session will feature a panel of community organization leaders who can give insight into how to build and strengthen relationships with community partners to garner support for public education.
  • Community Schools Model - Community Schools embody how education should function in a healthy democracy – they’re public schools that provide services and support which fit each neighborhood’s needs, created and run by the people who know our children best – families, educators, community organizations, local governments, and the students themselves – all working together. This session will provide you with information on what community schools are and how they can improve our communities.
  • Building Relationships for Collective Bargaining - Collective bargaining gives educators a voice. Relationships aren’t built just at the bargaining table. This session, presented by OEA Advocates, will give locals ideas on how to develop and maintain good working relationships with district administrators and school board members between bargaining sessions.

1:45-2:30 PM - Legislative Update

2:30-3:00 PM - Closing Session

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Giveaways

Early Career Link

If you are a certified teacher or education support professional in your first 7 years in education, please indicate this on your registration form to register for OEA's Early Career Link. The first 40 registrants will receive complimentary registration for the OEA Organizing Conference, two free, double occupancy nights at Embassy Suites NW OKC for the evenings of February 25 and 26, and training and social opportunities with other early career educators on the evening of February 26. If you are participating in the Early Career Link, please mark "Pay at the door" when checking out to make sure you receive complimentary registration.

3:30-5:00 PM - True Colors Training

5:00-7:00 PM - EC:Link Happy Hour

Beginning at 7:00 PM - EC:Link Social Hour

This event is for OEA members only. Membership will be checked to confirm.

For questions or more information, contact Kim Holley at kholley@okea.org, 405.523.4318 or 800.522.8091.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

COVID-19 is contagious and may be spread by person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. 

In-person attendance at the 2022 Organizing Conference and related events (“Conference”) may expose me to contact with one or more persons that have been infected with, and/or exposed to COVID-19 and that, as a result, my in-person attendance at the Conference may result in my being exposed to or infected with COVID-19. 

I understand that the potential risks associated with exposure to or infection with COVID-19 may include significant and serious illness, bodily injury, temporary or permanent disability, and/or death. 

Despite reasonable precautions taken, the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) cannot ensure that I will not be exposed to or contract COVID-19 as a result of participating in this Convening or related activities. 

OEA is under no legal duty to provide me with any personal protection equipment. 

By registering for this Conference, I acknowledge and understand all risks associated with possible exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 and am voluntarily participating in the event for my own benefit, the value of which is sufficient consideration for my voluntary execution of this agreement. 

I further acknowledge that I understand and assume the risk that exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself and others, including, but not limited to, OEA employees, officers, representatives, agents, and any others present at the Conference. Additionally, I agree to release and hold harmless OEA and its employees, officers, representatives, and agents from any and all alleged and/or actual liability, claims, actions, lawsuits, damages, or losses of any kind which arise out of or result from attendance at and participation at the Conference. I understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of OEA, its employees, officers, representatives, or agents. I agree to release and hold harmless OEA and its employees, officers, representatives, and agents from any and all claims, demands, and causes of action arising out of or relating to my participation in the Conference I am registering to participate in and use of any associated facilities or hotels. 

I agree to abide by the guidelines set out by OEA and any additional rules and/or guidelines set by the Conference venue, the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, and that other governmental authorities may publish prior to or during the Conference, including but not limited to requirements and/or guidelines pertaining to wearing a mask, vaccination, social distancing, among others. 

If any provisions contained in this agreement shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, under any applicable law, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained herein shall not, in any way, be affected or impaired. 

COVID-19 Code of Conduct 

I agree that by registering for the 2022 Organizing Conference, I commit to abiding by the guidelines set by the Oklahoma Education Associations (OEA), as well as any additional rules and guidelines established by the Conference venue, the State of Oklahoma, City of Oklahoma City, and any others promulgated by governmental authorities published prior to or during the Convention. I also agree to follow Center Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Before You Leave Home 

Get Fully Vaccinated. Attendees will be required to present verifiable proof of being fully vaccinated upon arrival. Attendees can present their vaccine card (or copies), a digital vaccine passport on a pharmacy or medical app, or a vaccination form from your health insurer. If you are not fully vaccinated, accommodations will be provided and you may attend our virtual conference. 

Self-Assessment. Evaluate your own health and that of people with whom you are in close contact. Please do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 

Immediately Upon Arrival 

At the 2022 Organizing Conference registration desk, please present proof of COVID vaccination. 

Onsite Requirements 

Attendees should follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including but not limited to the following:  

Masks. Masks are required in common areas of the conference. Masks are optional while seated in meeting rooms. OEA will provide disposable masks for attendees. Please wear a mask at your comfort level when inside the meeting rooms. 

Social Distance. Adhere to social distance protocols established by the event organizers and the hotel and respect others' personal space. 

Self-Assessments. Assess whether you are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including but not limited to if you are not feeling well or are experiencing flu-like symptoms. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, return to your room and self-quarantine. Immediately seek medical advice and notify event organizer  Jon Marie Piguet at jmwilson@okea.org.

 Continue Best Public Health Practices 

We encourage all attendees to comply with best practices to prevent the dissemination of COVID-19. 

Hand Washing. Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using a hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) 

Be Thoughtful. Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and throwing used tissues in the trash 

COVID Test. We encourage all attendees to obtain a COVID test upon returning home. If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days after returning home, please contact  Jon Marie Piguet at jmwilson@okea.org.

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