The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators
November is the month to be thankful for all things important in your life!
Let's Start with Universal Design for Learning
The Universal Design for Learning framework (UDL) is proactive pre-planning approach to teaching and learning that gives all students access to a rigorous curriculum. This approach offers flexibility in the way students take in new information, and show what they have learned. The framework also provides multiple means to engage students. Below are three short informational videos from different perspectives around Universal Design and how it benefits all students. For additional information or questions about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) contact SST1 Consultant Nicole Herbert.
UDL Principles and Practice
Seeing UDL in Action in the Classroom
UDL in Middle School Math Instruction
What is Transition Planning?
Using the Indicator 13 Checklist for Transition Planning
The Ohio Department of Education uses the Indicator 13 Checklist in their monitoring process. The Indicator 13 Checklist provides IEP teams with a tool to review the secondary transition portion (IEP Section 5) of the IEP. Join SST Consultant Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed. as he trains administrators, teachers and other service providers on the tools, strategies, and resources to ensure compliance in transition planning and writing that may be used when writing all future transition plans. Participants are encouraged to bring a current (redacted) IEP that includes a Transition Plan in order to monitor their current practices and evaluate if and where they can make improvements in their transition writing. To register - click on the date and location of the session.
January 18, 2023 at Hancock Co ESC, 7746 Co Rd 140, Findlay, OH
February 15, 2023 at ESC of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood, Toledo, OH
March 15, 2023 at Wood Co ESC, 1867 Research Dr., Bowling Green, OH
Time: 8:30 - 3:30 (6 contact hours)
Who's Got PD? We DO!
PBIS Tier II Strategies (Virtual)
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 OR 3:00 - 5:00 (2 Contact Hours per session)
Presenter: Tamie Cruz, M.A. - SST Consultant
Audience: PBIS Tier I & II Teams
Tier II consists of children who fall below the expected levels of accomplishment (called benchmarks) and are at some risk for academic failure but who are still above levels considered to indicate a high risk for failure. Participants will explore various strategies often found at the Tier II level of PBIS to help support the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students, which will increase the opportunity for them to experience academic success. Participants may choose between the morning or afternoon session. Additional information and registration details are provided on our website.
Book Study - Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (Virtual)
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 OR 3:30 - 4:30 (1 contact hour per session)
Presenter: Tamie Cruz, M.A. - SST Consultant
Audience: Administrators, counselors, social workers, classroom teachers
Upon completion of this book study participants will:
- Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom.
- Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn a high levels.
- Adopt a strength-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles.
- Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish.
Each person that registers by the deadline of January 10, 2023 will receive a copy of the book Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall. Additional information and registration details are provided on our website.
SST 1 Sponsored Ongoing Professional Learning Networks and Sessions
Many of these networks have already started but there is always time to join in on future sessions. Click on the picture for a list, description, and registration information for all of our ongoing professional learning opportunities.
A Free Mental Health and Trauma Training Library is Available
The Ohio Department of Education now has a free Mental Health and Trauma Training Library. The library contains videos from Department-led conferences and webinars to support ongoing education on topics such as Trauma-sensitive Schools, Classroom Strategies for Supporting Students, School Wellness, Safety and more. The library currently highlights sessions from the 2022 Children’s Mental Health and Resiliency Conference led by Ohio’s schools and community partners to showcase best practices and partnerships. The Department will update the page as additional trainings become available. For additional information and resources go to the Departments website.
New attendance resource available
As schools begin this fall, educators across Ohio are rightly concerned about student attendance and engagement. From 2020-2021 to 2021-2022, the statewide rate of students missing at least 10% of their instructional time due to absences increased by six percentage points to 30.2%. Chronic absenteeism has risen across nearly all grade levels, district types and student subgroups.
To address these concerns, the Ohio Department of Education has developed a new resource. Keeping Ohio Students Present, Engaged and Supported offers multitiered interventions that schools and districts can implement to address and prevent chronic absenteeism. The guidance addresses four key areas: taking a team approach, positive conditions for learning, using a multitiered approach and working with partners.
For more information about supporting student attendance, visit the Department’s Attendance Support webpage.
Please direct questions to the Office of Whole Child Supports at email@example.com or (614) 387-2202.
Non SST Sponsored Events, Trainings and News
Sibshops - Fall/Winter Dates
Dates: November 19, December 17, 2022, January 21, February 25 and March 18, 2023
Sponsored by the ESC of Lake Erie West and the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, Sibshops sessions are for 8 to 16 year old's who have a sibling with special needs. At Sibshops, they’ll have a chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability. Sibshops will have games, cooking and other hands on activities. Gatherings are free and run by a team of people who have a professional and, in some cases, personal understanding of the impact a child's special needs can have on their siblings. The gatherings are from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood, Toledo, OH. For more information and to register, contact Wendy Smenner, Lucas County Parent Mentor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-214-3066.
- Coming Soon - ED STEPS Cohort 3 Upcoming Trainings (Download ED STEPS Newsletter)
- 11/1-30 | Consolidated School Report window open
- 11/1 | Register for 2022 OLAC & PBIS Showcase
- 11/10 | Register for the Ohio School Psychologists Association 2022 Fall Conference
- 11/10 | Attend Career Advising Toolkit virtual workshop
- 11/10 | Register for “All Students Can Read” learning series
- 11/15 | Register for OCALICONLINE 2022
- 11/16 | Submit proposals to present at 2023 Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit
- 11/17 | Register for Federal Programs Monthly Topic Session
- 11/18 | Attend Expanding Opportunities for Each Child Grantee Forum
- 11/18 | Apply for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program
- 12/15 | Register for Federal Programs Monthly Topic Session
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