The State Support Team 1 Newsletter for Busy Educators

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A Letter from Lynn

The one thing that the pandemic has provided the SST is multiple ways to reach out to the region without combating icy roadways, delays in start times, and fear of getting stuck in snow drifts on our rural roads. This February, unlike those in the past, we have a full calendar of professional learning opportunities, networking sessions, and in-district coaching, collaborating, and learning that we can say with confidence...will go on as planned!

In addition to these opportunities, we are unveiling our new Graduation Infographic this month, be sure to review it to help guide your district's planning for graduation for all students, but especially for your vulnerable student populations.

At this time of year, many of us are looking at our New Year's Resolutions in the rearview mirror, but know that looking forward in 2021, the SST remains resolute in supporting our region in whatever way we can.


Lynn McKahan, M.Ed.

SST1 Director

Let us support you in completing the One Needs Assessment and One Plan!

SST 1 and Ohio Department of Education's Office of Federal Programs are hosting training dates for Cohort districts who wish to participate in professional development for One Plan writing and assistance in completing the Support School Tool.

State Support 1 Team training registration links are provided below. Registration for training provided by the Ohio Department of Education is available through STARS V2.0 via your OH|ID account.

One Needs Assessment and One Plan are due April 20, 2021. This is an extension of the original deadline of March 30.

Cohort 1: One Plan Training

Presented by: Office of Federal Programs | Register through OH|ID >>

February 4 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

February 24 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by State Support Team 1:

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

February 19 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Register >>

February 25 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Register >>

Cohort 1: ONA & One Plan Virtual Office Hours

Presented by: State Support Team 1

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

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

Cohorts 2 & 3: One Plan Training

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.

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 >>

Special Education Administrator Meeting

February 23 | Presented by State Support Team 1

Topics will include:

  • updates regarding various special education topics
  • dissemination of tools and resources to support your district in planning for the needs of students with disabilities
  • information sharing and discussion regarding increasing achievement for students with disabilities (including special education's participation in the One Needs Assessment.

Ohio Literacy Academy: On Demand

The Ohio Department of Education is offering all content from Literacy Academy 2021 online for access as your schedule allows. Viewing guides for each learning strand, videos, and pre- and post activities are available. More information is available on the ODE website >>

International Dyslexia Foundation's 32nd Annual Symposium

The Northwest Ohio chapter of the International Dyslexia Foundation will hold its symposium virtually on February 26. Can't make that date? Register to receive access to recorded presentations and materials during the full month of March!

Event highlights include a keynote presentation by Rebecca Tolson, PhD, CALT-QI, Vice President of Literacy Initiatives, Nehuaus Education Center, a panel discussion with Ottawa Hills Public School District administrators and parents, and a discussion about House Bill 436 with Mary Heather Munger, Phd.

Learn more >>

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for a skills-based career in a variety of fields, across 16 career clusters including business, health science, manufacturing, information technology, law, and so much more! The practice, hands-on experience, and application of knowledge built into CTE courses can lead to industry certification, college credit, or direct employment in the student's chosen field.

CTE Month helps raise awareness of the high-wage, high-demand careers available to students who choose to pursue one of these pathways as a part of their high school education.

Learn more from the Association for Career & Technical Education >>

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Highlight your CTE program and showcase the work of your students using the #CareerTechOhio and #CTEMonth hashtags in your social media posts this month. Be sure to tag us with @SST_Region_1 and we will share your successes!

The Career Path Less Taken

This 2019 PBS Special, developed by ideastream, CET, WOSU with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting explores CTE education in Ohio through conversations with students who seek an alternative pathway.

CTE and Remote Learning

CTE and School Reopening: Lessons Learned

NEW Resource! Ohio Graduation Planning Infographic

There are direct connections between the Career Advising Policy, Ohio Graduation Planning Law, Success Plans, Graduation Requirements, and The One Plan...but they aren't always easy to see when working through the vast amount of information available.

We thought we'd help make it a bit easier to find the intersection points of these important policies as you work to support students as they explore careers, prepare for graduation, and make post-secondary plans.

Please contact SST 1 CTE Consultant, Lisa Hite if you have questions.

The file is available for download on our website >>

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Learn More about CTE in Ohio

SST 1 and the Northwest Ohio Career Technical Planning District

State Support Team 1 oversees the northwest region of Ohio's Career Technical Planning Districts, assisting in the development of professional learning opportunities and providing resources to CTE sites in 26 counties.

Our CTE consultant, Lisa Hite collaborates with the Office for Exceptional Children and Ohio Department of Education's CTE divisions to support CTE instructors and administrators as they teach and advise learners.

If you have questions about CTE standards, the Ohio Improvement Process, Special Education and CTE, program development, data analysis, post-secondary transition, or any other CTE-related topic, please contact Lisa Hite at 419.720.8999, ext. 151.

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.

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Presidents Day Closure

State Support Team 1 Offices are closed Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents Day. We are pleased to respond to messages upon our return.

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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.