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Presented by RocketPD in partnership with Ohio Educational Service Center Association

Ohio K-12
Speaker Series

Join the top thought leaders in the country to learn about and discuss the topics that matter to Ohio educators

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As teachers and school leaders leave schools in record numbers, districts need ready and reliable access to high-quality resources that promise to ignite the passions of teachers and administrators, give them the courage and agency to change how they work, and deliver proven resources and results amid an environment of heightened stress and change.

That process begins by igniting meaningful conversations around the topics that matter to our schools — and providing access to ideas, tools and frameworks that give educators both inspiration and the agency to start enacting meaningful change.

As part of its mission to engage and empower Ohio educators, OESCA has partnered with RocketPD to offer a monthly Ohio K-12 Speaker Series featuring some of the nation’s leading voices on issues critical to school leaders and their local communities.

Each custom 50-minute virtual learning “keynote” features exclusive content from a different nationally recognized K-12 thought leader on a topic of critical importance to Ohio schools. OESCA members can access this content, individually and for their teams and/or districts at a special discount by signing up for access to the full the speaker series below.


This series will meet ten times for 50-minutes between August of 2022 and May of 2023.


Sign up as an individual for $550 or bring a team of five for $2,500. Register your entire ESC or district for $7,000.

Who should attend

All educators and support staff.

The Schedule

Dr. Kim Wallace

Leadership & buy-in

10-steps to launch critical school initiatives

August 17, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST

Every school leader has a vision. That vision hinges on the ability to execute a small number of critical initiatives with surgical precision. But getting countless team and community members to buy into your priorities, not to mention simply finding the time to pursue them, can seem hard, if not impossible. In this session, author and former district superintendent Kim Wallace walks your members through a 10-stage process designed to successfully launch any school-based initiative.

John Tanner

Benefits-based leadership

A viable alternative to test-based accountability

September 14, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST

We always knew school accountability was broken — we just couldn’t put our finger on why. In this 50-minute session, veteran education researcher and author John Tanner challenges educators to rethink the protectionist, letter-based accountabilities of the past in favor of a forward-thinking model focused on core student benefits, or what he calls a Benefits-Based Accountability. Learn to talk about accountability with your stakeholders using common, non-technical language and discover a parallel framework to evaluate the success of critical school-improvement programs that puts students, and not test scores, first.

Patricia Weinzapfel

School communication

Master the art of family communication

October 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST

In this session, former school district communications leader and author of Closing the Loop Patricia Weinzapfel shows your members the impact of clear and effective school communication on student and parent engagement, while delivering a set of practical tools and strategies meant to elicit clear, effective and meaningful engagements and conversations with every stakeholder.. Whether your job is working with other educators, or working directly on the front lines with parents and students, the strategies covered in this presentation were designed to help you build trust in your professional relationships.

Ken Kay & Suzie Boss

Student success

How to successfully launch Portrait of a Graduate

November 16, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST

Moving the needle on student success is hard. Join author and education provocateur Ken Kay and educator and writer Suzie Boss, as they walk OESCA members through a practical four-part framework designed to prepare school district teams for their first Portrait of a Graduate in collaboration with community stakeholders. Learn how to talk about Portrait of a Graduate with your community, what questions to ask and how to get started designing a plan and a process that will have lasting impact on student achievement.

Dr. Luvelle Brown

Culture & inclusion

Creating a Culture of Love

December 14, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST

Author of Culture of Love and 2022 AASA Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award winner Dr. Luvelle Brown believes that belonging and inclusiveness is an achievable goal in all schools. In this session, Dr. Brown challenges your members to rethink the very definition of school culture. Drawing from examples in his own work, Dr. Brown shows school leaders how tools like self-reflection and even conflict can be wielded as tools when creating a Culture of Love for students and families.

Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Closing learning gaps

Meeting the needs of every student

January 18, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST

The former superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, Dr. Hinojosa is nationally recognized for his work in school leadership, especially his work serving hard-to-reach and underserved families and closing the achievement gap. Known for his bold approach, relentless energy and appetite for disruption, Dr. Hinojosa will engage your members in a thrilling conversation about what’s possible in the face of today’s challenges — and what it takes to turn good intentions into meaningful change for schools.

Kim Marshall

Teacher engagement

How to support and empower classroom teachers

February 15, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST

Kim Marshall, formerly a Boston teacher, principal, and central-office administrator, is now the author of the weekly Marshall Memo and a highly regarded school leadership coach. In this 50-minute session, Marshall brings more than three decades of experience in public education as a teacher, principal and coach to bear as he discusses what motivates educators, how to cultivate excitement and inspiration among front-line teams and a process and strategies for evaluating and sustaining success.

Dr. John Spencer

Student engagement & empowerment

Develop your ‘Maker Mindset’

March 15, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST

In this session, author, content creator and college professor John Spencer helps your team explore the benefits of Project-Based Learning with a focus on creative thinking and what he calls ‘The Maker Mindset.” School leaders will emerge with fresh ideas and strategies designed to invoke creative thinking in the classroom and a deep understanding of the link between student voice and choice and student success.

Dr. Steve Constantino

Family engagement

5 steps to engage every family

April 19, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST

Dr. Steve Constantino is the best-selling author of 5 Simple Principles to Engage Every Family. A former state superintendent of public instruction, Dr. Constantino will take your members on an interactive journey through his 5 Simple Principles, using a combination of research, case studies and anecdotes to showcase the transformative power of family engagement on student achievement, while also demonstrating practical ideas and strategies to close gaps and build trust — one relationship at a time.

dr. steve joel

Dr. Steve Joel

Institutional success

How to find opportunity in the face of adversity

May 17, 2023 | 12:00 PM EST

Former Nebraska Superintendent of the Year Dr. Steve Joel has a reputation as a builder. After more than 40 years in public instruction, Joel retired in 2022 amid a tremendous period of growth for the Lincoln Public Schools. In this session, Joel will share anecdotes from his own life and time in the trenches and offer perspectives about how school leaders and educators can leverage the lessons of the pandemic to create new opportunities for students and families.

What educators are saying...

maria ovalle-lopez, director of family engagment, klein isd

"We enrolled more than 50 educators in a recent family engagement training through RocketPD. Our staff was very pleased with the PD and we got glowing reviews."

Maria Ovalle-Lopez

Director of Family Engagement, Klein ISD (TX)

"Finding quality PD is hard. RocketPD listens to our needs and builds programs that make a real difference in how we solve problems with our team."

Dave Baugh

Superintendent, Aspen School District, CO

jeanne collins rutland northeast supervisory union superintendent

"We're only half-way through our first RocketPD cohort and our educators tell us they've already learned so much. We honestly can't wait for the next one to launch."

Jeanné Collins

Superintendent, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, VT

What's the cost?



Access to 10 live learning sessions

Available recordings for future use

Bonus articles & leave behinds on each subject


Team of Five

Access to 10 live learning sessions

Available recordings for future use

Bonus articles & leave behinds on each subject


Entire ESC or District

Access to 10 live learning sessions

Available recordings for future use

Bonus articles & leave behinds on each subject

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    Cancellations must be submitted electronically here no less than 10 days before the start of this program. No-shows do not qualify for refunds. We reserve the right to cancel this program due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event of this program being canceled, any money paid would be immediately refunded via check to the school district.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Ohio K-12 Speaker Series?

    Brought to you in partnership with the Ohio Educational Service Center Association, the Ohio K-12 Speaker Series features exclusive access to (10) scheduled 50-minute “keynote” sessions on topics of critical importance to Ohio school leaders and their teams. Each session features insights and lessons from one of the nation’s leading voices on a timely and critical topic in K-12 education.

    Why do this through RocketPD?

    RocketPD is a national provider of K-12 professional learning content and programming. In partnering with RocketPD, OESCA is able to provide its members with intimate access to a wide array of compelling speakers, authors and educators whose content and programming is considered among the nation’s best. Because this program is offered virtually, OESCA members can access this content where it is convenient for them. Available educational resources and leave-behinds provide an opportunity to extend the value of each live event beyond the scheduled 50 minutes.

    What’s included in this speaker series?

    When an individual, team or district registers for the Ohio K-12 Speaker Series through RocketPD & OESCA, each individual registrant receive access to all (10) scheduled 50-min. “keynote” sessions. Each session is conducted via Zoom and registrants will receive a dedicated link and any necessary information via the email provided prior to each scheduled event. In addition to log-in credentials, speakers might also choose to provide registrants with downloadable access to practical resources and content to accompany each event and/or topic of interest. Each session is recorded, providing OESCA and its members the ability to review and share the lessons beyond the live presentation date.

    Who should participate?

    The Ohio K-12 Speaker Series is intended for all OESCA members and their district and building teams.

    How will this help me and/or my team?

    With so much change recently, demand for quality teacher and staff engagement in Ohio schools is at an all-time high. But finding quality professional learning is hard, and booking the top experts on the the topics that matter to schools is both expensive and logistically challenging for schools. The Ohio K-12 Speaker Series gives OESCA member districts and their teams a convenient way to hear and learn from the nation’s foremost experts on topics of urgent importance to Ohio schools. Participating educators benefit from key insights and ideas, while sampling a range of content to determine what topics, if any, are worth doing a deeper dive on with their respective teams.

    How can I participate?

    You can easily register yourself, your team, or your entire district for all (10) Ohio K-12 Speaker Series sessions directly from this page, using the form provided. A confirmation email from the RocketPD team will be sent to each registrants provided email inbox with a link to the session date and times. Prior to each scheduled event, a separate email will be sent to each registrant with a dedicated Zoom link that they can use to access the content. Should you have questions or need more information before registering, or at any time, reach out to [email protected] and someone on our team will get back to you promptly.

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