The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

We at SST 1 hope you were able to find a few peaceful moments during the time away from your desk this holiday season.

As you read through the newsletter, you'll notice an exciting new format to the information we share. In the new year, we will highlight one of our support areas each month. We are kicking off 2021 by sharing opportunities, tools, and resources for PBIS and supporting the Whole Child to maximize educational growth in our students.

Of course, we will also keep you up-to-date on other education-related news and professional learning opportunities.

We hope you find this newsletter informative and helpful. As always, if you have questions, concerns, or need support in your school improvement efforts, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the SST 1 consultants.

We wish each of you health, happiness, and hope in the new year,


Lynn McKahan, M.Ed.

SST1 Director

Let us help you with ONA, the Support School Tool, and the One Plan

SST 1 is hosting training dates for Cohort 1, 2, and 3 districts who wish to participate in professional development for One Plan writing and assistance in completing the Support School Tool.

If you are interested in participating in one of the trainings listed below please contact Lisa Jenkins at 419.720.8999, ext. 151 to register.

ONA and One Plan Virtual Office Hours

Cohort 1

March 9

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

March 16

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Cohorts 2 & 3: One Needs Assessment Training

We will begin training Cohorts 2 & 3 in March. Please watch for updates to be announced soon.

Literacy Leaders Network

January 12 | State Support Team 1

Explore the components of the Literacy Improvement Pathway. Learn the processes needed to create, update, or improve your literacy plan, and dive into the R-TFI, MTSS, curriculum review and adoption, assessment, and more. Register today >>

Special Education Administrators Network

January 12 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | State Support Team 1

The regularly scheduled Special Education Administrators Meeting will be held as office hours only this month. There will be no new content covered, as the SST will meet with all districts who have findings in their Special Education Profile later in January. The open office hours give you the opportunity to talk with each other and SST consultants regarding areas of concern or get answers to questions you may have.

Special Education Profile Findings Support

SST 1 will provide professional learning and support for districts who have findings on their Special Education Profile. Training dates are as follows:

Findings on Indicator 11, 12, 13 and Alternate Assessment

January 26 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Findings on Disproportionality

January 28 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Findings for Special Education Rating, Needs Intervention or Needs Assistance on Special Education Ratings

February 2 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Registration information will be sent directly to your district.

New Special Education Administrator Network

January 12 and 19 | State Support Team 1

New special education administrators will build foundation and capacity in their role while gaining knowledge of the law. Registration for this network is closed for 2020-21.

Project Graduation: Power Hour Series

January 12 or 14 | State Support Team 1

Take a deep dive into Ohio's graduation requirements, learn strategies for building community partnerships, and explore transition plans to help prepare students for graduation. Register online >>

PBIS Tier II Training

January 12, January 28, & February 10 | State Support Team 1

Teams ready to implement PBIS Tier II will receive concrete, evidence-based interventions to enhance their PBIS framework to help students manage their behaviors in proactive, positive ways. Learn new ways to interact with students to help increase positive behavior and create an action plan to begin inclusion of new interventions. Register for the series >>

Preschool Administrator Professional Learning

Preschool Administrator Network

January 14 | State Support Team 1

Preschool supervisors will receive early childhood updates and new information in order to meet Federal IDEA requirements and support the use of standards, curriculum, and assessments for all learners. This event is by invitation only. Contact Heather Gaskins or Laura Low with questions.

New Preschool Education Administrator Network

January 19 and 26 | State Support Team 1

New preschool administrators will dive into the foundational framework of early learning and special education federal, state, funding and quality requirements. Registration for this network is closed for 2020-21.

Adolescent Literacy Leaders Network

January 19 | State Support Team 1

Participants will investigate the complex nature of building and advancing literacy skills across all disciplines. This network will explore the practices that address the six essential domains of adolescent literacy instruction, learn instructional strategies, and build a solid framework for adolescent literacy. Register for this session >>

Emergent Literacy Series

January 22 | State Support Team

We will kick off this three-part series with a look into the three components of emergent literacy, and learn instructional strategies for developing early phonological awareness in children from Birth - Age 5. Join us for the latest information an practices in literacy research for early readers >>

Creating Equitable Classrooms: Three Keys that Work

January 22 | Cathy J. Lassiter and State Support Team 1

This highly interactive training series will provide strategies creating equitable classrooms where all learners thrive. Information provided is relevant for face-to-face, virtual, and/or hybrid learning. Registration for this training is closed.

CTE Connect and Communicate

January 26 | State Support Team 1

Learn about Graduation Plans and why Career Tech Education should be a part of the discussion as students begin planning as freshmen, receive coaching designed to increase partnerships, and get advice for updating and completing required CTE documents. See the full series >>

Using the Science of Reading to Improve English Learner Literacy Skills

January 27, February 10, and February 17

Ohio TESOL and Ohio Department of Education

Join Ohio's Literacy Leads, Carolyn Turner and Michelle Elia as they dive into the science of reading and Ohio's Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement to improve literacy skills for English learners. Registration is available online >>

Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PBIS is a systems change process that guides school teams in the implementation of evidence-based practices for improving academic, social, and behavior outcomes for all students. It requires on-going commitment in order to create effective systems for teaching and addressing behavior and social-emotional skills.

PBIS supports Ohio's Whole Child Framework, particularly the School and Health Support System component by giving students the tools and knowledge they need to make decisions that positively impact their health and well-being.

PBIS Resolutions for 2021

PBIS Resources

Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education offers a variety of support materials for administrators and educators working to implement PBIS in their schools.

PBIS Interventions and Supports: It Takes the Whole Building

This video series from the Ohio Department of Education provides information and discussion on PBIS as a decision-making framework that involves the entire school and district to meet the needs of the whole child.

PAX Good Behavior Game

The PAX Good Behavior Game helps teach self-regulation in young people to improve behavior, academics, and long-term outcomes. It was developed to support strategies for preventing mental health and addiction disorders.

We Can All Be Problem Solvers!

The ED-funded National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations has a number of visual resources to help young children develop problem solving skills. Check out the practical strategies to help children think through problem solving steps (in English and Spanish).

Creating a PBIS Behavior Teaching Matrix for Remote Instruction

The Center on PBIS provides resources for helping educators implement PBIS in their districts, schools, and classrooms. We recommend reviewing these timely toolkits:

[Session G1] PBIS Forum 2020: Best Practices to Support a Positive, Safe, & Predictable Classroom

PBIS Podcasts

Webinar Series: PBIS in a Virtual Environment

Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support offers a series of videos to support PBIS during distance learning. Topics covered include effective classroom management practices, defining expectations for online success, and identifying students who need additional support.

Congratulations Region 1 PBIS Bronze Award Recipients!

2020 PBIS/OLAC Showcase Region 1 Honorees

Contact Us with Your PBIS Questions

State Support Team 1 provides guidance and resources for developing and implementing a PBIS framework in school districts through professional learning opportunities and direct support. Our consultants help District Leadership Teams, Building Leadership Teams and other building teams with all aspects of the three-tier system. This work is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards and the Ohio PBIS Network.

SST 1 consultants also:

  • assist in the training, development, and utilization of programs for data collection to improve behavior outcomes and school climate at the building and district levels.
  • assist building teams with strengthening evidence-based strategies and individual student interventions that improve academic achievement, social interaction, and school safety.
  • assist with progress monitoring through the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) to measure the impact of school climate on student success and achievement.

Our consultants will guide you through getting started, share classroom resources, and provide professional learning opportunities. Reach out if we can help in any way!

Open Position: Education Program Specialist, Urban Support

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, seeks a dynamic individual
with a passion for improving educational outcomes for diverse learners to join the Urban Support Team. The ideal candidate will have experience in the field of special education and experience working in an urban setting. This position will serve Lima City Schools.

View the full position description and application information >>

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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.