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2017 News Fall OCTELA Event
December 23, 2017 : Upcoming OCTELA Conference


The Ohio Council of Teachers of Language Arts (OCTELA) invites interested K-16 educators to their spring conference titled Revitalize: Getting Back to Teaching.  The annual conference allows for promotion and discussion about several important and timely topics in education today including best classroom practices, teacher leadership, fair education policy, and support for Ohio literacy.  Of particular interest to Ohio University Chillicothe faculty, one conference strand this year will specifically focus on College Credit Plus, Ohio’s dual enrollment program that allows qualified middle and high school students to enroll in college classes while simultaneously earning K-12 credit.  Deb Nickles, OUC Assistant Professor of English and OCTELA forthcoming Vice President, proposed this track so educators throughout the state who have been working with College Credit Plus can share success stories and determine what could be improved for both these students and their instructors.

College Credit Plus replaced previous dual enrollment programs such as the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option program in 2014.  With access and affordability in mind, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Ohio lawmakers broadened the program to include not just juniors and seniors but students as young as seventh grade so as long as they test college ready in one or more subject areas.  Admitted public school students are not required to pay for tuition, text books, or other instructional supplies at public colleges in Ohio.  While many students choose to take just one or two college classes each semester, some students earn enough college credit to gain upper class status immediately upon applying to college after high school graduation.   The Ohio Department of Education reported that over 52,000 students participated in College Credit Plus during the 2015-16 academic year, saving over $110 million in college tuition.  

While the financial savings for students is significant, some instructors feel that having high school aged students on their rosters has impacted academics.  Nickles believes that the OCTELA conference is the time to open the floor to meaningful discussions on all facets of the program.  “It is essential that multiple stories be told,” Nickles stated. “This is an invitation for educators to have detailed conversations and exchange creative strategies to address this policy in productive ways in the classroom.”

The 2018 OCTELA conference will be held February 23-24, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbus. More information about the conference and registration is available on the conference website.  OCTELA has also issued a call for proposals.  Interested individuals can submit a proposal through December 20, 2017 also on the conference website.  Faculty who wish to participate in the CCP University Strand can indicate this desire on the proposal application.  Those interested should choose grade level “other” and type “CCP Strand” on the application.