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Affiliate Departments and Associate Organizations

Ohio Association of Developmental Disabilities Professionals (OADDP) -- The mission of the OADDP is to advance the growth of the education and habilitation of individuals with developmental disabilities and to provide a collective voice for the professional, paraprofessional and support staff working with persons with developmental disabilities.

The Ohio Association of Education Support Professionals (OAESP) protects the welfare of its members and advances their interests. The OAESP establishes and maintains helpful, friendly relationships within the association, the public school community and throughout the State of Ohio. Membership is open to any dues paying ESP who is an active member of the OEA. The membership year shall be September 1 to August 31. The Ohio Association of Education Support Professionals maintains affiliation with the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA).

The Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) is a K-17 organization of foreign language educators in the state of Ohio. The OFLA is committed to making foreign languages an essential part of every school's core curriculum, beginning in the primary grades, so that every student graduates from high school proficient in a second language.

The Ohio Educational Theatre Association represents and serves all secondary schools in Ohio that have active thespian or junior thespian troupes. We also have an adult membership and are affiliated with the Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society. For more information, please e-mail David Leist, State Director, at dlmaestro@aol.com.

The Ohio Middle Level Association (OMSA) believe that a middle school is an educational process that serves the needs of the middle level children. Middle schools maintain their child-centered focus by developing programs and activities that nurture the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being of the young adolescent. The middle level environment is a positive, caring, and motivating learning atmosphere that recognizes and is attentive to the variety and learning styles and enhances self-esteem.

The Ohio Technology Education Association (OTEA) advances technology educators as influential and respected leaders in the process of educating all Ohio students. OTEA provides focus and leadership in curriculum and professional development for technology educators to advance the technological capabilities of Ohio students.

The Speech Communication Association of Ohio (SCAO) is a professional organization of communications teachers, professors, and scholars in high schools and universities/colleges throughout the State of Ohio. The organization is affiliated with the National Communication Association. The SCAO also publishes an annual journal in communication research.

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) promotes and supports excellence in science teaching and learning for all. SECO is a non-profit organization run by elected officers and a board of directors. SECO is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The Ohio School Counselors Association (OSCA) is the professional organization to serve school counselors. We encourage membership in the American School Counselor Association but do not require it for membership. The OSCA board is highly focused on delivering professional services and support to school counselors.

Ohio Association for Childhood Education — For more information, please contact Daniel Yovichin, President, at 330/946-3268.

Doris L. Allen Minority Caucus — For more information, please e-mail Martha Mitchell, President, at luggage@aol.com.

The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) promotes healthy, active lifestyles and life long learning through opportunities for professional leadership and development, service and advocacy. OAHPERD is working collaboratively with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Legislature to improve the quantity and quality of wellness education in Ohio schools.

The Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) is a professional organization of visual art educators. The mission is to advance and support quality art education through professional development, leadership, service, advocacy, and education by uniting art educators, stimulating professional growth of members, initiating service and advocacy programs, encouraging involvement and commitment of members, informing members of current educational developments, and education citizens and key decisionmakers about the values of quality visual art education.

Environmental Education Council of Ohio —  For more information, please contact Charles McClaugherty, President, at 330/823-3655. 

The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) is open to anyone interested in Mathematics education pre-school to college. We are an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Ohio Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (OCTELA) — For more information, please contact Carolyn Suttles, President, at 330/448-6601. 

Women's Caucus (OEAWC) — The purpose of OEAWC is to publicize and research the status of women in the field of education.  Our services to members are montioring the status of women in the political arena and in the professional association.  For more information, please e-mail Kathy Turning, Chairperson, at turningk@raex.com

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies (OCSS) serves as the premier voice for social studies professionals of Ohio. We advocate for the vital role of social studies and assist educators through professional development for the delivery of effective and innovative instruction. Our conferences and publications provide a network of services to members throughout the state.

OEA Gay Lesbian & Transgender Caucus (GLBTC) — The purpose of the OEA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Caucus (OEA-GLBT Caucus) is:

  1. To protect the rights and interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the Association and their supporters;
  2. To promote recognition of the needs and constitutional rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, both self-identified or perceived; and
  3. To advance understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian bisexual, and transgender people in all areas of society.

Ohio Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (OASCD) — The Ohio ASCD is a major force in the continuous improvement of curriculum and instruction for all educators in the State of Ohio. Focused on increasing academic achievement and the whole child, the Association provides quality professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and others through publications, proactive stance on educational issues and professional conferences, as well as, links to and collaboration with other organizations.

The Ohio Educational Library Media Association is Ohio's preeminent professional association for highly effective school librarians and libraries. The mission of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association is to meet the needs of Ohio’s learners as we advocate for and provide professional development to school librarians.

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