ONE Community Conference set for Saturday


Olentangy Schools will host the ninth annual ONE Community Conference at Berlin High School on Saturday. The conference will begin at 8 a.m. and feature expert and student facilitated workshop sessions and keynote speakers throughout the day.

The conference boasts a keynote address by 2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell, a veteran high school history teacher at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio. Russell works to emphasize cultural relevance and diverse representation in the curriculum of classes he teaches, including African American history; U.S. history; international baccalaureate history of the Americas; and race, gender and oppression. His keynote will explore the value of humanizing students and their experiences in the classroom.

Other notable sessions focus on sharing your inclusion story by JPMorgan Chase & Co talent engagement, climate change, preparing teens for college, the mental health stigma, handling grief with OhioHealth bereavement counselors, and creating a community of wellness.

The event has content for learners as young as kindergarten through adulthood.

“The 2023 ONE Community Conference will bring together different voices of our community to learn from one another and participate in dialogue,” shared Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Peter Stern. “Each year it proves to be an uplifting day of impact and understanding.”

This year’s event theme is “Building Community Through Authentic Engagement,” as it is through the intentional act of providing spaces where stakeholders can share their perspectives and provide input where ONE Community is truly achieved. The greater central Ohio community is invited to attend this free event. Registration information can be found at

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