This week, Ryan Falk and Carson Kleinman of the Epiphany team hit the road for the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The conference took place on November 13 and 14, 2017, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center where more than 9,000 school board members, administrators, district staff, students and other guests were in attendance.
With over 150 learning sessions focussed on topics like administration, athletics, board development, community engagement, finance, human resources, instruction, leadership, law, organization, rural schooling, safety/wellness, student achievement, student issues, technology, and other hot topics, the team stayed busy. The conference hosted world-class speakers and presenters such as Sonia Manzano, Josh Radnor, Madison Reid, Joe Ehrmann, Jody Redman, and Governor John Kasich.
As Governor Kasich spoke, he covered many trending topics in the realm of education, but he emphasized the drug problem in Ohio. He stressed that nothing can take precedence over the safety of the students in our schools and keeping them off drugs. From the dinner table to the classroom, Kasich believes that anti-drug dialogue can go a long way in preventing the use of drugs.
“You want to change the country; you want to change your community? It’s the bottom up. It’s the decisions we make where we live to assert what we believe in an unrelenting way,” said Kasich as he explained the importance of making a positive impact on the youth.
Kasich stands behind initiatives like Start Talking Ohio and Five Minutes For Life, which are both campaigns meant to engage parents, teachers, community leaders and students in conversations about alcohol and drug abuse.
Along with the many speakers and breakout sessions for leadership and learning, the OSBA Capital Conference hosted a trade show where hundreds of vendors had the opportunity to showcase their products and services. Technology, turf, and everything in between were displayed in the tradeshow room for attendees to check out and potentially take home to their districts.
Following the trade show, the OSBA hosted a student achievement fair. Here, students from districts all over Ohio had the chance to showcase their skills. Students and their leaders set up booths to share their knowledge and achievements in topics such as technology, robotics, pottery, culinary arts, nature, architecture, digital media, and more.
The team had a great time networking and creating new relationships with neighboring districts and businesses while learning more about best practices in the K12 industry. The team brought home new ideas and relationships to work into a new year of planning, partnership, and success at Epiphany. Every year, the OSBA Capital Conference delivers great content and brings together the best educators and leaders from across Ohio.
"It is always great to meet face to face with those people that are pushing our public schools to be some of the greatest across the country. I was proud to be there representing Epiphany Management Group, and hope to continue to connect and work with those I met with at the OSBA Conference this year and for years to come," said Ryan Falk, Director of Public Sector Business Development.