The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

I’m not a sentimental person, but I always view endings as a time to reflect on what “was” and how it will impact what “is to be.” As I reflect on this past year, I can honestly say, “I never want to do that again,” but I also want to say, “I don’t want to forget all the things I learned!”

As time goes on, and we find our footing again, I am hopeful we take what we learned as a result of necessity, and grow it, nurture it and apply it to our lives and classrooms. We made it through this year, and my hope is that we came out stronger and more committed to our profession than ever before.

This month’s newsletter focuses on early childhood and kindergarten transition. Check out the resources and tools we are sharing with you to support instruction in the early learning settings!

Finally, while the SST1 will be open for business this summer, we will not be publishing a newsletter during July. We look forward to resuming our communication with each of you in August - reach out if you need anything.

Happy summer Region 1!


Lynn McKahan, M.Ed.

SST 1 Director

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Horn Walter Burley Award Winners Announced

The Horn Walter Burley Outstanding Achievement Awards provide an opportunity to honor outstanding educators or teams and students with disabilities and Ohio public schools, community schools, career centers, and county boards of developmental disabilities.

Congratulations to:

James Patrick Jordan, student at Springfield High School and Penta Career Center was selected as the 2021 R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award winner.

Emily Nixon, special education teacher at Springfield High School is this year's Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator.

Learn more about the honorees and the awards >>

NEW RESOURCE: Alternate Assessment Resources for Families

The Department of Education has made available answers to the most frequently asked questions from families regarding Alternative Assessment eligibility, participation, and learning standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

OPEN NOW: Restraint & Seclusion Data Collection Window

The restraint and seclusion data collection for the 2020-2021 school year has begun. Superintendents should have received an email containing a direct link to your district’s data collection survey landing page. Your submissions are due July 31. More information is available on the Ohio Department of Education's website >>

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

The U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs has opened the grant application window for funding in support of programs and activities that promote academic achievement and improve results for children with disabilities. The OSERS: OSEP: Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Students with Disabilities - Model Demonstration Project to Improve Services and Results for Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Disabilities provides up to $1,600,000 per year for four years. See if you are eligible >>

Starting Strong

Education begins at birth, and quality early learning programs and experiences set the foundation for a child's learning path. Research-based, effective teaching practices and strong collaboration between families, care providers, and educators help to ensure that each child is given the best start to their education.

Our consultants have selected a short list of their favorite Early Learning resources to support your work. Please contact us if you have specific Early Learning and Kindergarten Transition questions. We are here to help!

HOT TOPIC: Collaboration

Heading to Kindergarten is a new nation-wide initiative focused on building partnerships between Head Start programs and public schools that support successful transitions to kindergarten.

How We are Helping

Our State Support Team 1 consultants are working with a district and Head Start program in Port Clinton for a pilot that will provide resources, professional learning, and technical assistance that explore best practices for collaboration between early care programs, public schools, and community partners.

Heading to Kindergarten - Ohio

FREE PD: Heading to Kindergarten Transition Summit

June 3: Hosted by the Ohio Head Start Association

See examples of effective kindergarten readiness practices, including transition strategies, and gather tools, supports, and information to strengthen your existing or newly-formed kindergarten transition teams in this free virtual training opportunity. Learn more >>

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A BOLD NEW LOOK for Ohio Bold Beginning!

Ohio Bold Beginning from the State of Ohio provides key information for families and those who work to see that young children get a strong start to their education. The website has been redesigned to make it even easier for Ohio families, care providers, and educators find the resources they need to support young learners. Take a look >>
Bold Beginning! Welcome from Governor DeWine
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PODCAST: The Brain Architects

Whether you're using the next few weeks to clean and organize your classroom, or need something to listen to on your summer road trip, tune into The Brain Architects from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Experts will share the latest research on human development and how the brain works, and suggest ways to use your new knowledge in the classroom. Listen in >>

LEARN MORE: Related Resources

More fascinating scientific briefs and articles regarding child and brain development are available on the Center on the Developing Child's Resource Library. Their research is presented in an easily understandable format and the papers include implications for policy and practice for consideration.
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Early Literacy: Free Books for Ohio Children

Thanks to a partnership between Governor DeWine's Imagination Library and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Ohio children can receive a free book in the mail each month. This exciting opportunity helps to build literacy skills in young learners and help to prepare them to succeed in kindergarten. Your families can enroll here >>
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SST Region 11

The Family's Role in Building Better Schools with LeDerick Horne

June 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Our friends at SST Region 11 are hosting poet, speaker, and advocate, LeDerick Horne for a virtual inspirational speaking event about how families can help build better schools. Register today >>

International Dyslexia Association of Northwest Ohio

  • FUNdations: Wilson Language Basics
    Gain the skills and practice needed to teach decoding and spelling to students in grades K-3 students using the Wilson Foundations curriculum. If you instruct students in multiple grades, attend the workshop for the highest level of instruction.
    June 14: Level 2 Register for this session >>
    June 17: Level K Learn more >>

  • Wilson Reading System: 3-Day Introductory Course
    June 22-24
    Learn how to support students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits in this three-day introductory course of the Wilson Reading System. Registration details >>

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center

Foundations of Family Engagement

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center is offering a free course for early-career teachers, counselors, and other school-based staff to build knowledge and skills for effective family engagement. Learn more >>

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Challenger Learning Center Summer Camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West offers summer learning opportunities for students in Pre-K through grade 6 that are out of this world! See the list of available camps >>

Community Collaboration for Summer Learning

Courageous Community Services in partnership with Metroparks Toledo and Nature's Nursery is offering fun learning opportunities for students with disabilities this summer. Learn more about the CCS Wild About Camp programs >>

Summer Camp Guide

The Toledo Area Parent News Summer Camp Guide offers ways to keep kids busy and learning throughout the summer months. Check it out >>

Free NOBIDA Parent Workshop

Spring Into Summer:

Child Activities to Boost Language & Literacy at Home

Families can boost their children's literacy skills with fun, engaging, and easy activities. Lori Josephson will offer resources based in the Science of Reading to parents on June 8. Learn more >>

Virtual Research Coding Camp

July 12 - 16

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will hold a virtual Summer Research Coding Camp for high school juniors and seniors who wish to learn more about data analysis and interpretation while exploring how economists use these skills in their careers.

Learn more >>

Holiday Closure

Our offices are closed Friday, July 2 and Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

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This document/product/software was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Award #H027A200111, CFDA 84.027A, awarded to the Ohio Department of Education). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and no official endorsement by the Department should be inferred.

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