The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

November...the month when we find time to reflect on the year that is slowly coming to an end, to think about the gifts we have been given, and to appreciate the things that make us smile. In the midst of the craziness and uncertainty, SST 1 is grateful for the many gifts that you and your staff provide!

Every time you share stories of your staff coming together to reach the hard to teach students in a virtual classroom, a group of teachers reaching out to support a family's social emotional needs, or the creativity your staff uses to find ways to collaborate and grow in the midst of the pandemic, you give us a gift and a reason to smile. For that, we are thankful.

SST 1 wishes each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.


Lynn McKahan, M.Ed.

SST 1 Director

Improving Our Communications Tools

As you may have noticed, eBRIEF has taken on a new look! You will also start to notice changes to our website and Professional Learning calendar.

We are working to provide updated functionality, a fresh approach, and easier access to the information you need to address the improvement needs of your district, school, or agency.

Please bear with us as we make these updates, and we welcome your feedback!

New Preschool Education Administrator Network

Starts November 3 | 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. Evidence based practices taught will align completion of ETRs and IEPs to influence student achievement. Join us! >>

New Special Education Administrator Network

Starts November 3 | State Support Team 1

New special education administrators will build foundation and capacity in their role while gaining knowledge of the law. Participants will use IDEA to guide understanding of district and school-wide policies, procedures, and practices. Year one of two. Learn more >>

Adolescent Literacy Leaders Network

November 11 | State Support Team 1

Participants are investigating the complex nature of building and advancing literacy skills across all disciplines, and exploring the practices that address the six essential domains of adolescent literacy instruction. Join the conversation >>

Special Education Administrator Network

Starts November 11 | State Support Team 1

Build upon the foundational skills learned in year one of the cohort for better understanding of the law, learn how to develop special education leaders, and improve outcomes for students. Year two of two. See what you will learn >>

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Training

November 17 | State Support Team 1

The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum focuses on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition and language awareness. Best of all, it's engaging, quick, fun, and effective! Join us! >>

Creating Equitable Classrooms: Three Keys that Work

December 9 | State Support Team 1

Administrators and BLTs will discover the keys to creating equitable classrooms where all learners thrive. Strategies presented will be relevant for face-to-face, distance, or hybrid classrooms. Register by November 23 and receive a free copy of The Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Playbook. Register today! >>

Ohio Trauma-Informed Schools Conference

November 7 | Ohio Department of Education

This is ODE's first conference dedicated to building resiliency in all students, educators, and community partners. Participants will better understand the impact of trauma on child development and learning, discover how to implement trauma-informed practices, and gain knowledge to support educator self-care and student well-being. Don't miss this one >>


November 11 - 13 | OCALI

OCALICON is a national autism and disabilities conference where educators learn, network, and share research, best practices, and resources to support the life-long needs of individuals with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and sensory and low-incidence disabilities.

Register online >>

OACB 37th Annual Convention: Week 1

November 17-19 | Ohio Association of County Boards

This annual conference has been divided into three weeks to provide flexibility in virtual attendance for those interested in abuse prevention, equity and inclusion, policy, personal development and more. See all the tracks, and the full schedule of events >>

Save the Date: December Professional Learning Events


2020 Election Resources

The election is here and we've pulled together a list of resources to help you educate yourself and your students about the process. Explore voting history, encourage independent research, learn where the presidential candidates stand on education issues, and help answer your students' questions. Visit our website for a list of links to help you prepare to vote.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Stay up-to-date on the latest Coronavirus recommendations for educators from state and national experts and discover resources to help you talk with your students about the pandemic. Read more >>

Educator Licensure Renewal Deadline Extended

The Ohio Department of Education has extended the deadline for educator licensure renewal to December 1, 2020 for licenses previously set to expire on July 1. This extension allows additional time for you to complete any remaining renewal requirements. Please visit the Reset and Restart Education: Educator Licensure webpage for details.

Free Recruiting and Job Search Platform for Ohio

Are you seeking the perfect candidate for your open positions? The Ohio Department of Education’s Web-Based Recruiting System allows you to post job openings and search a statewide applicant pool for potential candidates. Visit the WBRS webpage to set up your free account.

American Education Week is November 16 - 20

American Education Week honors the individuals who work to ensure that every child receives a quality education. The event also promotes collaboration between parents and educators, which in this season of hybrid learning is more important than ever. We’ve put together a list of resources that can help you prepare your own celebration and build stronger relationships with parents and caregivers. Find the links here >>


Level Up with Literacy Digital Newsletter

In case you missed it: SST 1 recently released its newest digital newsletter, Level Up with Literacy. The bi-monthly publication will focus on Ohio's Theory of Action, literacy tips you can immediately put into practice, local success stories, and more! Download the October issue, and sign up to receive future issues delivered directly to your inbox >>

Vocabulary & Academic Language

The Ohio Department of Education aims to increase student achievement by improving language and literacy outcomes for all students. State Support Team consultants have gathered a shortlist of resources to help guide your instruction in vocabulary and academic language.


Changing Perceptions of CTE

It is projected that by 2028 there will be a shortage of 3 million skilled trade workers in the U.S., yet less than 5% of parents today expect their children to pursue a career in the trades. Looking to start the conversation and inspire your students (and their parents) to learn more about these rewarding careers? We have the tools >>

National Apprenticeship Week is November 8 - 14

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeship programs. This annual event also raises awareness of how apprenticeships fit into the career pathway to highly-skilled employment, and the value of apprenticeship programs for employers wishing to develop and prepare their future workforce. Click here to learn more >>


Connecting for Collaboration

We know that two heads are better than one and teamwork makes the dream work, but productive collaborative teams don't happen by chance. Our SST consultants have curated a list of supports to help you put structures in place to see that your team functions as a well-oiled machine that is prepared for full steam ahead! Read more >>

Virtual PBIS Matrix in Remote Classrooms

You're already well familiar with school-wide PBIS in brick-and-mortar building, but can teachers maintain a safe, predictable, and positive environment when their classroom is made up of pixels? YES! With just a few adaptations, PBIS can be used in the virtual classroom. Learn how >>

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful to work with each and every one of you to serve students and families across northwest Ohio.

Thank you for the work you do to improve educational outcomes for all! We hope you have a restful holiday break.

State Support Team 1 offices are closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday November 25 - 27.

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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.