SST9 Monthly Newsletter

January 2022

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I'm January

by Annette Wynne

I'm January bringing you
A year of days—all brand, brand new;
I step upon the frosty ground.
When chimes and sleigh bells ring around;
You welcome me and children sing,
And joy comes into everything.
I bring you love and lots of cheer,
And work and friends for all the year.

The team at SST9 wishes you a healthy and happy New Year!

Please contact me, or any team member, should you have a need for assistance.


Laurie Langenfeld

SST9 Associate Director

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Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award

SST9 will be honoring a leader in our region who exhibits the drive, the passion, and the heart of one of our colleagues, Dr. Karen Williams, who was “promoted to Eternal Life” on December 27, 2014. SST9 established the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award to honor a leader in our region whose efforts have improved the quality of education and opportunities for students.

Nominations for the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award are now open. Nominators will complete the Google Form (below) and upload the necessary documents:

1. Current resume of the nominee

2. Letter of recommendation (500 words or less)

3. Media release signed by the nominee

4. Photograph of the nominee

Nominations and the required documents are due to by Friday, February 11, 2022.

The selected recipient will be notified no later than Thursday, March 3, 2022, and will be honored at an Award Ceremony on the morning of Saturday, March 12, 2022, at R.G. Drage Career and Technical Center.

CLICK HERE to nominate an educational leader in Region 9.

Special Education Awards

RA Horn Outstanding Student Award

The R. A. Horn award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. This award was established 25 years ago by the Ohio Department of Education in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Emeritus. This prestigious award recognizes students’ remarkable performance. Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, Dr. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. Dr. Horn left behind a legacy and a challenge to ensure that every student with a disability be given the respect and the opportunities to which they are entitled.

Walter B. Franklin Outstanding Educator Award

The Franklin B. Walter award is given to an educator or team from each of the 16 State Support Teams in Ohio who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities. This award is given in honor of the late Franklin B Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs. Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities.

The nomination forms for both awards will be emailed on January 7th!

Nominations and the required documents are due to by Friday, February 11, 2022.

All nominees will receive an award and be recognized at a regional celebration on Saturday, March 12. 2022, at R.G. Drage Creer and Technical Center. One regional winner from each group will be selected as the SST9 winner. These regional winners will receive an award from OCECD and be invited to a statewide recognition banquet in Columbus in June.

Inclusive Instructional and Organizational Leadership Program for School District/Central Office Leaders

This professional learning series is sponsored by BASA and UC. It is designed to help central office personnel - individuals and district teams - to learn about inclusive instructional and organizational leadership from world-class presenters through an 18-month sequence of targeted, practical experiences. It supports the use of existing structures (e.g., OIP leadership teams) to examine, refine, extend, and support achievement of district priorities around teaching and learning.

The series uses a flipped classroom approach—1 hour of independent or small-group study preceding each of the 2.5-hour Zoom sessions (13 altogether across 18 months). The first session begins on January 18, 2022. There is still time to register!


Special Education Profile Reports

Every year, districts and community schools receive Special Education Profiles (SPP) displaying their performance on key indicators established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The profile also informs districts of any required activities based on these indicators. The SPP reports were released to districts on December 16th.

SST9 is offering an SPP Overview session during our Special Education Leadership Network on January 7th from 8:30 - 10:30am. The meeting link is located here, registration is not required. Please contact your district's Special Education Administrator to gain access to your district's SPP for the session. In addition, SST9 consultants will be offering targeted support for all districts with required actions. Contact Val Pack, Terryl Swejk, or Leeann Weigman for support.

PBIS Tier II Team Training

SCHOOL-WIDE PBIS TIER II School Team Training - State-approved training modules to support Tier 2 PBIS framework development in your schools. This training is limited to SST Region 9 and Tri-County and Stark County ESC affiliated districts.

DATES: February 7, 2022, March 2, 2022, & April 6, 2022

LOCATION: Virtual - The link will be provided after the team registers.

TIME: 9:00 AM – 11:00M (Virtual Meeting will open at 8:55 am)


Inaugural ALL IN MLK Jr. 5K

UPDATE: The ALL IN Team from Massillon City Schools has been organizing a walk/run 5K to be held at Massillon Washington High School campus and surrounding area. This event has been put on hold due to the increased heal risks. We will reevaluate the possibility of having this event in the spring.

Please contact Becca Moore, Krista Allison, or Colleen Kornish for more information.

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Training

The AASCD test window is February 22 - April 15, 2022. All new AASCD test administrators are required to complete the “Test Administrator Certification Course” that is accessed in the AASCD Test Portal. This course requires TIDE account access.

SST9 will offer AASCD Refresher Sessions for test administrators who have already been trained. Content will include a review of key administration component procedures that are relevant to the AASCD online assessment.

Contact Terryl Swejk or Leeann Weigman if additional information is needed.

SST9 Secondary Transition January Newsletter

SST9 will be providing a monthly newsletter containing updates and resources to support secondary transition planning. Please share this information with district staff who provide these services to your students.

CLICK HERE to access the January newsletter.


If you are looking to learn more about implementing Universal Design for Learning, consider joining the Ohio UDL Collaborative for our monthly PLC. We will focus on different topics and network with other educators who are implementing UDL across Ohio.

Each session is held from 3:30-4:30 on the following dates:

  • January 4, 2022
  • February 1, 2022
  • March 1, 2022
  • April 5, 2022
  • May 3, 2022

CLICK HERE to learn more about this networking opportunity.

Early Childhood PD Brochure

Our team develops professional development that is OCCRCA-approved for our early learning partners. Region 9. We have new dates scheduled for our Mergent Literacy series. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER.

SST9 PD Calendar

CLICK HERE to view the entire PD calendar on our website.

One Needs Assessment

The 2021-2022 One Needs Assessment questions for FY23 should be released SOON. The One Plan will no longer be entered in the CCIP but will have its own platform that is connected to the ONA. We will be sharing more information at our ED STEPS Network.

Our team will have the customizable resources ready to go within two days of the ONA questions being released. We will send an email out to the folks registered for the ED STEPS Network.

If you want to brainstorm your plan for completing ED STEPS, please contact your SST9 consultant.

Dyslexia Law Roundtables

Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators and Ohio Department of Education Literacy Roundtables
This series connects district leaders to Ohio Department of Education literacy initiatives while having a conversation with feedback and insights. The first part of the session will be a presentation and recorded. The second half of the meeting will be a discussion format and not recorded. You may register using the links below.

January 18, 2022, 9:30-10:30 AM

What are the newest initiatives in literacy from the Ohio Department of Education? What support do administrators need with the literacy initiatives?

CLICK HERE to register in advance for this meeting.
Meeting ID: 872 8518 9514
Password: 642571

February 2, 2022, 9:30-10:30 AM

What are the current professional learning opportunities from the Ohio Department of Education that will help support the Dyslexia Laws? What do Educators need?

CLICK HERE to register in advance for this meeting.
Meeting ID: 835 7234 7695
Password: 438592

ODE Literacy Academy Live

Literacy Academy Live 2022 will include four livestream keynotes featuring conversations between national experts bringing the lens of both research and practice to important topics regarding evidence-based language and literacy instruction for students birth through grade 12. Participants can access each livestream keynote via this webpage on its scheduled date and time. All keynote conversations and accompanying resources will be available on the Literacy Academy Live webpage after the livestream and can be accessed at any time.

  • January 14, 2022 (1:00-2:00) - Debunking Myths about Dyslexia and Brain-based Teaching Methods: Implications for Systems Change with Dr. Tray Weeden and Nadine Gaab
  • January 21, 2022 (1:00-2:00) - The Science of Reading and English Learners: Instruction that Makes a Difference with Dr. Claude Goldenberg and Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan
  • January 28, 2022 (1:00-2:00) - Meaningful Language: Intentional Conversation and Play in Early Care and Education with Dr. Susan Neuman and Dr. Lucy Hart-Paulson
  • February 4, 2022 (1:00-2:00) - Leading Literacy, Growing Equity: How School Leaders can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students with Dr. Dougl Fisher and Kareem Weaver

CLICK HERE to access the keynotes.

Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation

The Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation (OPEPP) is pleased to offer workshops to assist school districts in more effectively using paraprofessional services to support student learning. Paraprofessionals, teacher-para teams, and other district, school, and agency personnel are invited to participate. Workshops are provided at no charge to OPEPP partner districts. For non-partner districts, the individual registration fee is $70/per person per workshop. For groups of two or more participants per district, the fee is $50/per person per workshop. Payment for non-partner districts closes 3 business days before workshops begin. If you are not sure that your district is a partner district, contact

CLICK HERE to learn more about the OPEPP workshops.

The topics are:

  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Paraprofessionals Who Work as Interveners
  • Supporting Paraprofessionals Through Mentoring
  • OPEPP's Behavior Management PD Series
  • What Do you Sense? An Overview of Our Seven Primary Senses

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Message to Our Partners

We are proud to serve and support you as you work on continuous improvement efforts and strive to meet the individual needs of your students. Please contact our office if you have questions related to our universal and tiered supports.
This document/product/software was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Award H027A210111 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.