The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

Greetings! While school improvement work never takes a break, it is such a busy time of year for educators.

Whether you are formally engaged in the Ohio Improvement Process, completing the One Needs Assessment for the first time, addressing the instructional needs of your vulnerable student populations, or engaging in professional development to become a more effective instructional leader, we acknowledge your commitment to school improvement and meeting the educational needs of your students.

We want you to know we are here to support you with this important work. In the content that follows, please find helpful resources and opportunities for our team to assist with your school improvement efforts.

Be well,


Lynn McKahan, M.Ed.

SST1 Director

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.

One Needs Assessment and One Plan are due April 30, 2021. This is an extension of the original deadline of March 30.

ONA & One Plan Virtual Office Hours

Presented by: State Support Team 1

Cohort 1: March 9 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Register >>

Cohort 1: March 16 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register >>

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 >>

March 25 | 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

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 >>

Cohorts 2 & 3: One Needs Assessment Training

Presented by State Support Team 1

March 19 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Register >>

March 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Register >>

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Trauma-Informed Care Virtual Summit

The Ohio Children's Alliance is hosting a 2-day training for educators as they work to identify and support those experiencing physical, emotional, social, relational, and spiritual challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is available online >>

The Case for a Strong Root Cause Analysis

By Cindy Skaff, SST 1 Consultant

Performing a root cause analysis is the first, and perhaps the most important step in completing the One Needs Assessment (ONA).

If the root cause analysis is done well, you will be able to identify your priority needs with precision and accuracy.

But, if you skip this step, spend too little time or don’t involve all stakeholders, your priority needs will be haphazard, unfocused and inaccurate.

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Core Principles:

  • Only focus on things you can control.
  • Aim to correct root causes rather than symptoms.
  • Realize there can be multiple root causes for a single problem.
  • Focus on the HOW and WHY, not WHO was responsible.
  • Provide enough information to inform your corrective action plan.
  • Consider how the root cause can be prevented in the future.

A Wise Investment

It is well worth your time to learn how to do a proper RCA and complete it with intentionality so your One Needs Assessment will give you proper direction. Your State Support Team Region 1 consultants are here to help. Give us a call and we can coach you through the process.

Conducting a Root Cause Analysis with Stakeholders >>

An Introduction to Root Cause Analysis
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Ohio's CI Toolkit provides a wealth of information that helps move your district from compliance to improvement, including:

  • Resources, frameworks, and references for supporting district-wide improvement using the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)
  • Opportunities to dive deep into Inclusive Instructional and Organizational Leadership, Capacity Building, and Inclusive Instructional Practices
  • Tools and metrics resources aligned with district-wide improvement to measure progress
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Influences on Student Learning

In his work in over 80,000 studies of 300 million students, John Hattie developed a way of identifying various influences on student achievement. Hattie's ground-breaking "Visible Learning" studies ranked 138 influences as having very positive effects to very negative effects on learning outcomes.

He discovered that the average effect size of all the interventions he studied was .40. At this point, he determined a student can gain one year of growth.

You can review his findings on each of the influences and strategies by visiting visiblelearningmetax.com >>

Source: J. Hattie (December 2017) visiblelearningplus.com

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Governor DeWine has requested Schools and Districts to work with their communities to help students make up for learning losses and/or delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to share their plans with the public and Ohio General Assembly by no later than April 1, 2021.

Help is Available:

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News from Region 1

Level Up with Literacy is our bi-monthly publication dedicated to addressing the specific strands identified in Ohio’s Theory of Action the state’s framework for ensuring all learners have access to high-quality language and literacy instruction, and appropriate interventions from birth through grade 12. Subscribe today! >>

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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.