OAPCS 10th Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – 7:00am to Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 3:00pm

Celebrating a Decade of Learning: The OAPCS 10th Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference
Early Bird Discount Registration Rates Available Until July 29, 2016

Help celebrate a decade of learning as OAPCS presents the 10th Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference December 7-8, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center. The 2016 meeting will salute ten years of OAPCS providing Ohio’s premier professional development conference for the charter school community. It will also usher in a new decade of learning, networking and motivational sessions for teachers, school leaders, administrators, business professionals and board members. The conference will offer compelling speakers, presentations and breakout sessions addressing all aspects of academics, leadership, academic performance, operations and governance.


2016 State Conference Prospectus

Exhibiting at the OAPCS Ohio Charter Schools Conference is the primary gateway to connect to the Ohio charter school community. Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers can connect to more than 600 attendees seeking training, innovative programs and operational and business support. Opportunities are available in a range of options to exhibit, sponsor and advertise at Ohio’s premier charter school conference. 

For details and support levels available: Download the 2016 Ohio Charter Schools Conference Prospectus here.

The 2016 Keynote Speaker: Author and Educator Kim Bearden

Kim Bearden is an award-winning educator and best-selling author of Crash Course: Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, a book that chronicles what she learned during her 30-year career as a teacher and school leader. She co-founded the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy in 2007, a charter school in Atlanta serving grades five through eight. She has served as an instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer and middle school principal. Bearden was chosen from 70,000 nominations to be named as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. Women Works Media Group named her one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.    

Her book, released by Simon and Schuster, profiles how a group of inner city school students taught her how to overcome personal adversity and achieve success and happiness. Her stories of being a first-year teacher to providing leadership as a charter school founder portray the value of how children can lead adults and be role models for resilience and living with passion. She has taught many workshops for teachers on topics such as student engagement, climate and culture, creativity, technology integration, leadership and parent involvement.

Bearden speaks about her passion for education in this video.

2016 Conference VIP Launch Party
Our Movement · Your Party · Their Future

A conference VIP Launch event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Grand Events Center in Grandview Yard from 6 to 8 p.m. sponsored by OAPCS and Office Depot. The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Adonis Bolden and will also be the venue where the Teacher of the Year, School Leader of the Year and Legislator of the Year awards will be announced. A silent auction and signature cocktails will highlight the evening. Tickets may be purchased as part of the conference registration package.    

Discounted Rates Available until November 14, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center

The Hyatt Regency Hotel Columbus at 350 North High Street is the official conference hotel and special discounted rates will be available until November 14, 2016 for the December conference dates.

Discounted Hotel Rates Are:

  • Single/Double Occupancy: $165 + tax
  • Triple Occupancy: $175 + tax
  • Quadruple Occupancy: $185 + tax

When making reservations, indicate they are for the Ohio Charter Schools Conference. Make your reservations here.

Steps from the downtown Columbus Arena District, Short North neighborhood and Nationwide Arena, a variety of restaurants and shopping options are within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Other destinations and activities close to the Hyatt include visits to the Ohio State University Campus, the Ohio Statehouse, the Ohio Theater and Short North art galleries and theaters.

More details about visiting Columbus here.

Happy Hour Networking Event

On Wednesday, December  7, 2016, PSI is sponsoring a Happy Hour Booth Crawl at the Exhibit Hall from 4-7 p.m. Conference attendees may view exhibit and sponsor booths, network and enjoy refreshments.