The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

Happy April to one and all!

This month we are highlighting Post-Secondary Planning and Transition services as well as resources for graduation. Please be sure to scroll through this newsletter to find resources, tools, and a nifty infographic that aligns all graduation plans for students. These elements will support you as you assist your staff in this critical area of focus for students and families.

Much like April showers bring May flowers, focused, effective, and rigorous post-secondary planning results in students who are ready for any post-graduation journey they choose to begin.

As you peruse eBRIEF, I invite you to take advantage of the free professional learning courses available to school administrators, educators, and staff this spring.

Please let us know how we can support your efforts to increase outcomes for your students and families. We are just a phone call or an email away!


Lynn McKahan, M.Ed.

SST1 Director

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Special Education Regional Consultant

State Support Team Region 1 is looking for a Special Education Consultant. SST 1 Consultants are responsible for providing professional development, coaching, and technical assistance to administrators and educators with the goal of increasing outcomes for students. See the full description and apply today! >>

SST 1 and Ohio Department of Education's Office of Federal Programs are hosting training dates for One Plan writing and assistance in completing the Support School Tool.

Important: One Needs Assessment and One Plan due dates:

Cohort 1 - April 30

Cohorts 2 & 3 - June 30

ONA & One Plan Virtual Office Hours

Presented by: State Support Team 1

Cohorts 2 & 3: May 11 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Register >>

Cohorts 2 & 3: May 25 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register >>

Cohorts 2 & 3: One Plan Writing

Presented by: Office of Federal Programs | Register through OH|ID >>

April 8 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

May 6 | 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by: State Support Team 1

April 13 I 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Register >>

April 20 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Register >>

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In Ohio, students with disabilities 14+ formally enter the secondary transition process. A truly successful transition is the result of comprehensive planning conducted by the student's entire IEP team and is driven by the student's strengths, preferences, interests, and needs (SPIN).
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By comprehensively planning in a SPIN-centric fashion, the student can be best prepared for successful post-secondary outcomes in the areas of:
  • competitive, integrated employment
  • education, and
  • independent living

Below are resources that can help provide guidance, growth, and support to educators as they work to prepare students for life beyond high school.

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Supporting Student Attendance and Engagement

The Ohio Department of Education recently released new information to support educators and schools as they work to meet the challenges of student attendance and engagement during the pandemic. Visit the Supporting Student Attendance and Engagement webpage for more information >>

Ohio Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment Library

The Ohio AATA Library is a curated collection of age-appropriate assessments, transition, and employment resources for educators working with transition-aged youth. All of the resources have been vetted by a team of SST consultants from across the state, and every resource is free and available for immediate use.

Universal Support Modules

You can brush up on your compliant transition practices knowledge by accessing the Ohio Department of Education's Universal Support Modules. These free, brief training materials provide an overview of the post-secondary transition requirements within the framework of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities Modules

Learn how to best implement evidence-based transition practices across your school system with the Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities modules from the Ohio Department of Education. Access is free, and topics include:

  • student-focused planning
  • student development
  • interagency collaboration
  • program structure, and
  • family engagement

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Help Students Explore Careers with OhioMeansJobs K-12

OhioMeansJobs K-12 is a free career planning system that offers comprehensive career exploration tools, online training and resources specifically for students, teachers, and school counselors. The site was recently redesigned making it more user-friendly and accessible.

Students can:

  • explore their career interests
  • learn about in-demand jobs
  • build a resume
  • search for colleges and training programs
  • create a budget, and
  • develop academic and career plans for high school and beyond
Inside Look: A Pre-Employment Transition Services Partnership
OOD Services for Students with Disabilities

Have Transition Questions? Contact:

Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed.

SST 1 Consultant

419.720.8999 ext. 124

  • Post-secondary Transition
  • Extended Standards & Alternate Assessment
  • Assistive Technology
  • Students with Complex Needs / Low Incidence Disabilities
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Ohio 2022 Teacher of the Year

The Ohio Teacher of the Year program annually identifies exceptional teachers and celebrates their effective, inspiring work both inside and outside of the classroom. The program also provides opportunities for professional growth and gives teachers a voice as leaders and advocates for public education. The deadline for nominations is April 9 >>

Horn Walter Burley Awards

Sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities with support from Ohio's State Support Teams, the annual Horn Walter Burley Awards recognize the achievements of an exemplary educator, superior student, and an outstanding parent.

Nominations accepted through April 15 >>

2020-21 PBIS Awards

Each year, the Ohio PBIS Network and Ohio's State Support Teams identify schools and districts that exemplify best practices in PBIS implementation. Application materials, the TFI, and walkthrough are due by Saturday, May 1.*

*If you wish to submit a physical binder with your application, it must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3.

Download your application materials >>

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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.