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The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

Another year has flown by at a record pace. If you are like the SST, some of your goals for 2022 were met, and some…not so much! This time of year is a good time to self-reflect on what did and didn’t get done, and to plan for the endless possibilities in the next school year. No matter your goals for the upcoming year, SST1 will be here to support your efforts in meeting the learning needs of your students and staff. Thank you for reaching out to SST 1 and inviting us in to your world of instruction and commitment to your students. We hope you find time for a break from your routine over the next several months, and that your break is restful and a time to renew your spirit.

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Career Connections Summer Learning Opportunities Planned for July

This year, the Ohio Department of Education's Career Connections Summer Learning Series will take place all in one day. Join the Department July 13 to learn about Business Advisory Councils, graduation planning and more. Watch this short video to get a preview from each of the session presenters. During four virtual sessions, educators and educational leaders can network, collaborate, gather and share ideas about the Career Connections work happening throughout the state. Register here.

Classes of 2023 and Beyond Graduation Requirements

State law introduced new, long-term graduation requirements for students in the class of 2023 and beyond. Students entering ninth grade after July 1, 2019, must meet the new requirements outlined in state law. Department staff are working to update the graduation webpages and guidance documents.

Restraint and seclusion data collection opens June 6

Restraint and seclusion data collection for the 2021-2022 school year will begin June 6, 2022 and close August 5, 2022. This PowerPoint contains directions and answers to frequently asked questions about completing the report. Sample forms and additional guidelines on restraint and seclusion documentation and reporting are available on the Department’s restraint and seclusion webpage. Send questions to PBIS_Restraint_Seclusion_Questions@education.ohio.gov.

Restart Readiness Assessments extended through 2024

Ohio's schools and districts have faced extraordinary challenges planning academic instruction in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Ohio Department of Education is providing assessment tools and resources to districts in support of the delivery of educational services through the 2023-2024 school year.

The Department, in conjunction with Cambium Assessment, Inc., is providing a suite of optional online assessments for educators to use in grades 3 through high school. The Restart Readiness Assessments, available for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, are designed to help schools and districts identify student progress early and receive actionable performance data. These assessments, which may be offered remotely, will be administered using systems with which Ohio educators and students are familiar from the administration of Ohio’s State Tests.

Visit the Restart Readiness Assessments page for more information on these assessments and other coronavirus-related resources provided by the Department.

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Updates effective April 15, 2022 to the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) program.

Updates effective April 15, 2022 to the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) program


The Ohio Department of Education has made changes and updates to the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) program. These changes are being implemented to assist programs with reducing administrative burden, as well as in achieving and maintaining their ratings.

A summary of the SUTQ documents that have been created or updated to support these changes is listed below.

All documents are available on the BOLD Beginning website unless otherwise indicated.


Additional information at https://bit.ly/387E6b7

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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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Register now for the Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Institute

June 21-23, 2022

8:00 - 3:00

ESC Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo


There is still time to register for this wonderful PD opportunity featuring Dr. Elise Frattura,

Co-Founder of Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity. Along with co-presenter Nasif Rogers, Elise will introduce teams to the Four Cornerstone Framework and Process of Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity and how it eliminates inequities in K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions, based on Implementation Science. Additional information on content, team requirement and registration here ICS for Equity Institute.

Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities Grant

The Ohio Department of Education awarded $89 million in Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities Grants to 161 community-based partners. The Department received more than 700 applications from across the state. Awardees will use these funds to create or expand out-of-school time services that address the academic needs and overall well-being of students most in need of services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These federally supported COVID-19 relief grants focus on providing direct services for Ohio students who experienced greater disruptions to learning and did not engage consistently in school during the pandemic. Organizations that are receiving funds include community centers, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, arts centers, neighborhood outreach centers and youth activity centers.

“The Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grants provide students with opportunities to accelerate learning in unique and engaging ways outside of the traditional school day,” Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens said. “These before-school, after-school and summer enrichment programs will help accelerate student learning and address students’ mental health and wellness through academic and tutoring programs focused on literacy, wellness, college and career readiness activities and more.”
Strategies awardees will use to create or expand comprehensive before- and after-school and evidence-based summer learning and enrichment opportunities include reading and math tutoring, mentoring, wellness activities, career counseling support and more.

Additional information about the grant is available on the Department’s Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities Grant webpage.

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.

Institute of Education Sciences offers a Family Video Series for supporting learning at home

Summer is a great time to have fun with your child and also help keep them engaged in reading. The Institute of Education Science offers a variety of videos for families. Check out some of the available series below.


Foundations of Family Engagement Course

The Ohio State University Center on Education and Training for Employment is offering a Fall course for PreK- 12 teachers on Foundations of Family Engagement. This course will be delivered in 3 learning blocks. For each block participants will individually complete an online module to build their background knowledge related to family engagement. After completion of the online model, participants will meet together online in a workshop session to apply the knowledge to the work in their own school community. Participation is free and participants will receive 60 contact hours, equivalent to 6 CEU's. For additional information and to register: Download the flyer

Our office will be closed June 20th for Juneteenth and July 4 and 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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