The ODA Speaker Series brings national and international leaders in education and childhood development to Cleveland to discuss the problems and possibilities confronted by our kids every day.

Our goal is to enrich, enliven, and deepen the conversation about what these kids need to be successful. Whether these speakers are sharing the experience of children refugees, lambasting the failure to let kids make mistakes, or reflecting on the pursuit of justice for future generations, these thought-provoking speakers challenge all of us to do more for our kids.

Upcoming Speaker

Lights on Afterschool Cleveland |

Thursday, October 24th - 4:00-5:00 PM

Oswald Conference Centre

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Past Speakers


Leslie Crutchfield | Author, Speaker, Executive Director, & Social Change Expert

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Juan Williams | Journalist, Author, & Political Analyst

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Alfie Kohn | Author & Lecturer

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Jonathan Kozol | Educator, Writer, & Activist

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Loung Ung | Human Rights Activist & Author

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