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Sep
8
Wed
OPEPP’s Supporting Paraprofessionals through Mentoring
Sep 8 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This three-session “flipped classroom” explores best practices for supporting paraprofessionals through the use of structured
mentoring protocols and practical tools and resources.

Participants will:

• understand the role of mentors in supporting paraprofessionals in different contexts;
• learn and practice a variety of effective communication strategies with paraprofessionals;
• know the importance of using good professional judgment and demonstrating professional attitudes and behaviors; and
• commit to personal professional growth and that of paraprofessionals to build the district’s capacity to meet the needs
of all learners.

What’s “flipped classroom” PD? It is professional learning that is organized in the following way: Participants view videos and
do readings and activities prior to a face-to-face Zoom session. Then they use the Zoom session to debrief. The readings and
activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Session 1 September 8 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. This event has ended.
Session 2 September 22 This event has ended.
Session 3 October 7 This event has ended.

Participants who attend all Zoom sessions and complete all workshop assignments receive 10 contact hours for participation.

Sep
14
Tue
POSTPONED: CTE Special Education Leaders Network
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

student in safety gear welds in labNOTE: The September 14 meeting has been postponed. The network will begin on Tuesday, October 12.

Collaborate with other Career Technical Education administrators to improve the achievement of students with disabilities. You will receive special education updates as they relate to CTE, discuss data, face challenges together, collectively problem-solve, and share successes.

Perkins V is focused on special populations and these sessions will address students with disabilities, and all administrators involved in career tech are encouraged to attend.

Format

Hybrid

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lisa Hite, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Career Tech administrators

Dates & Registration 

Tuesday, September 14 Rescheduled for October 12
Tuesday, October 12 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual This event has ended.
Tuesday, November 30 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, January 11 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, March 1 9:00 a.m. – Noon In-person, location TBD Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions contact: Lisa Hite

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

New Special Education Leaders Meeting: Year 1
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

teacher in yellow shirt and gray blazer holds notebook in classroomLeaders in special education who are new to their position, or new to special education frequently require additional support to successfully navigate the many expectations of their role. Whether it’s meeting state/federal guidelines, working to ensure FAPE is provided, or helping to shift mindsets to collaboratively address the learning and achievement of each student, the job can be overwhelming at times.

This network will help new special education administrators address the two critical areas of special education: compliance/documentation and performance/implementation. These meetings will also provide an opportunity to connect, share, and problem solve with other new leaders from across the region.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • New administrators, and new leaders to special education

Dates & Registration

Friday, September 17 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, October 19 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, December 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, January 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 if you would like to be included in this closed network.

Do you know a new administrator, special education leader, or curriculum director in Region 1 who should be included? Share their contact information with us, and we will send them an invitation!

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Michelle Sworden

 

Sep
15
Wed
Universal Resources for PreK-12 Special Education & Related Services Personnel
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children is hosting a live Microsoft Team event titled “Universal Resources for PreK-12 Special Education and Related Services Personnel.” The purpose of this event is to highlight several special education resources available on the Department website.

Specifically, participants will receive an introduction to:

Registration is not required and there is no charge for the webinar. Please contact Amy Szymanski with questions.

Sep
16
Thu
CANCELLED: Supporting Literacy Instruction for Teachers of Students with Complex Needs
Sep 16 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

*NOTE: this training has been cancelled. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please reach out to Aaron Weisbrod for individual assistance. Thank you!

Help students with complex needs develop literacy skills with a focus on equity and building quality schools. This training will provide you with both immediate and long-term strategies to build foundational knowledge in your educators and develop actionable steps for measuring growth.

We will focus on the Science of Reading and Heggerty phonemics curriculum to build literacy skills in the areas of word recognition, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

When you commit to the full series, you will be provided a copy of the Heggerty resources to use with your students to support growing foundational literacy development for students with complex needs in the area of phonemic awareness as part of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Intervention specialists, curriculum directors, and special education administrators who work with students with complex needs

Dates, Location & Registration

This training has been cancelled.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Sep
21
Tue
POSTPONED: Supporting Students with Disabilities through Integrated Leadership
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

group of people stand in circle with hands clasped together in middleThis year-long network was formerly known as the Special Education Administrator meetings.

Note: The September 21 session has been rescheduled for September 30.

This year we are opening our network to include curriculum directors, building principals, and others to join special education administrators to help ensure there is a team of people in your district ready to help ensure each student with a disability receives rigorous, evidence-based instruction.

Our October, January, and March sessions will be planned with this broader team in mind, while the remainder of the meetings will continue to focus on the needs of special education administrators (but you are welcome to attend).

Each meeting will include:

  • the latest information from the Ohio Department of Education
  • opportunities to problem solve and share questions
  • deep conversation regarding meeting the needs of special education students

By participating in this network, you will:

  • better support students with disabilities in your district
  • gain skills and confidence in having tough conversations about changing perceptions and culture around educating students with disabilities
  • reduce barriers to increasing outcomes for all students
  • learn strategies for collaborating with others in your district to support all students
  • receive advice from others in your position based in their own experiences, and share ideas for instruction, solve common problems, and build a network of support
  • stay up-to-date on the latest information from the state

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • Special Education Administrators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Principals

Dates & Registration

Tuesday, September 21 Postponed to September 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Special Education Administrators
Thursday, October 28 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, December 1 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, January 25 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Thursday, February 24 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, March 22 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, April 27 Special Education Administrators

Note:

  • This is a closed network. If you would like to be included in the meetings, or if you know of a new administrator in Region 1, please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 to be added to the network.
  • Administrators are required to attend with their team.
  • Contact hours will only be awarded for participation in the live session. No contact hours will be issued for watching the session recording.

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Lisa Jenkins

 

Sep
22
Wed
OPEPP’s Supporting Paraprofessionals through Mentoring
Sep 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This three-session “flipped classroom” explores best practices for supporting paraprofessionals through the use of structured
mentoring protocols and practical tools and resources.

Participants will:

• understand the role of mentors in supporting paraprofessionals in different contexts;
• learn and practice a variety of effective communication strategies with paraprofessionals;
• know the importance of using good professional judgment and demonstrating professional attitudes and behaviors; and
• commit to personal professional growth and that of paraprofessionals to build the district’s capacity to meet the needs
of all learners.

What’s “flipped classroom” PD? It is professional learning that is organized in the following way: Participants view videos and
do readings and activities prior to a face-to-face Zoom session. Then they use the Zoom session to debrief. The readings and
activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Session 1 September 8 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. This event has ended.
Session 2 September 22 This event has ended.
Session 3 October 7 This event has ended.

Participants who attend all Zoom sessions and complete all workshop assignments receive 10 contact hours for participation.

Sep
28
Tue
CANCELLED: Supporting Literacy Instruction for Teachers of Students with Complex Needs
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

*NOTE: this training has been cancelled. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please reach out to Aaron Weisbrod for individual assistance. Thank you!

 

Help students with complex needs develop literacy skills with a focus on equity and building quality schools. This training will provide you with both immediate and long-term strategies to build foundational knowledge in your educators and develop actionable steps for measuring growth.

We will focus on the Science of Reading and Heggerty phonemics curriculum to build literacy skills in the areas of word recognition, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

When you commit to the full series, you will be provided a copy of the Heggerty resources to use with your students to support growing foundational literacy development for students with complex needs in the area of phonemic awareness as part of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Intervention specialists, curriculum directors, and special education administrators who work with students with complex needs

Dates, Location & Registration

This training has been cancelled.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

 

Regional Transition Network
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

two high school students review paperwork togetherStay-up-to-date on the latest post-secondary transition and graduation-related information, learn about new state and federal initiatives, and network with others who support students during this pivotal point in their lives.

Hear from guest speakers who will share information about supporting systemic implementation of services, supports, and resources that help to ensure successful graduation and post-secondary outcomes for all students, with a focus on students with disabilities. Topics will include education/training, competitive integrated employment, and independent living.

Opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and success and struggle sharing will also be provided.

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbord, M.Ed., State Support Team 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators, community partners, parents, and/or parent representatives who support transition age youth or help inform post-secondary transition policy.

Dates, Location, & Registration

Tuesday, September 28 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* This event has ended.
Wednesday, September 29 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Vantage Career Center* This event has ended.
Tuesday, January 18 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* Register
Wednesday, January 19 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Vantage Career Center* Register
Tuesday, May 3 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* Register
Wednesday, May 4 9:30 a.m. –  12:00 p.m. Vantage Career Center* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

Sep
29
Wed
AT Conference & Vendor Fair
Sep 29 all-day

AT Conference & Vendor Fair September 29, 2021

 

Have plans September 29? You do now! The AT Conference & Vendor Fair are excited to welcome 20+ vendors who will share a variety of virtual sessions showcasing state of the art assistive technology and remote learning options! Vendors include Learning Ally, PRC-Saltillo, Control Bionics, Don Johnston, Talk to Me Technologies, Vispero and many more.

  • Free!
  • Vendor breakout sessions
  • 1:1 conversations with vendors
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home

Presented by Ohio’s State Support Teams and AT&AEM Center at OCALI

Get the full conference details

 

Regional Transition Network
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

two high school students review paperwork togetherStay-up-to-date on the latest post-secondary transition and graduation-related information, learn about new state and federal initiatives, and network with others who support students during this pivotal point in their lives.

Hear from guest speakers who will share information about supporting systemic implementation of services, supports, and resources that help to ensure successful graduation and post-secondary outcomes for all students, with a focus on students with disabilities. Topics will include education/training, competitive integrated employment, and independent living.

Opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and success and struggle sharing will also be provided.

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbord, M.Ed., State Support Team 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators, community partners, parents, and/or parent representatives who support transition age youth or help inform post-secondary transition policy.

Dates, Location, & Registration

Tuesday, September 28 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* This event has ended.
Wednesday, September 29 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Vantage Career Center* This event has ended.
Tuesday, January 18 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* Register
Wednesday, January 19 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Vantage Career Center* Register
Tuesday, May 3 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* Register
Wednesday, May 4 9:30 a.m. –  12:00 p.m. Vantage Career Center* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

Sep
30
Thu
Supporting Students with Disabilities through Integrated Leadership
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

group of people stand in circle with hands clasped together in middleThis year-long network was formerly known as the Special Education Administrator meetings.

This year we are opening our network to include curriculum directors, building principals, and others to join special education administrators to help ensure there is a team of people in your district ready to help each student with a disability receive rigorous, evidence-based instruction.

Our October, January, and March sessions will be planned with this broader team in mind, while the remainder of the meetings will continue to focus on the needs of special education administrators (but you are welcome to attend).

Each meeting will include:

  • the latest information from the Ohio Department of Education
  • opportunities to problem solve and share questions
  • deep conversation regarding meeting the needs of special education students

By participating in this network, you will:

  • better support students with disabilities in your district
  • gain skills and confidence in having tough conversations about changing perceptions and culture around educating students with disabilities
  • reduce barriers to increasing outcomes for all students
  • learn strategies for collaborating with others in your district to support all students
  • receive advice from others in your position based in their own experiences, and share ideas for instruction, solve common problems, and build a network of support
  • stay up-to-date on the latest information from the state

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • Special Education Administrators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Principals

Dates & Registration

Tuesday, September 21 Postponed to September 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Special Education Administrators
Thursday, October 28 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, December 1 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, January 25 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Thursday, February 24 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, March 22 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, April 27 Special Education Administrators

Note:

  • This is a closed network. If you would like to be included in the meetings, or if you know of a new administrator in Region 1, please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 to be added to the network.
  • Administrators are required to attend with their team.
  • Contact hours will only be awarded for participation in the live session. No contact hours will be issued for watching the session recording.

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Lisa Jenkins

 

ODE: All Students Can Read: Providing Literacy-Focused Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This professional learning series is a collaborative offering from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Approaches to Teaching and Professional
Learning and the Office for Exceptional Children. The series aims to build the knowledge and skills of special educators in reading science. The series will
introduce the research and theoretical models supporting reading science, assessment and instruction within a multi-tiered system of support and
developing reading profiles that support the instructional design to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Session information, including registration links, can be found on page 2.

Best for:

  • District Teams
  • Special Education Directors (must attend with team)
  • IEP Teams (including intervention specialists, general education teachers and building administrators)
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • State Support Team & Educational Service Center Special Education Consultants

Presenters:

• Carolyn Turner, Ohio Literacy Lead
• Michelle Elia, Ohio Literacy Lead
• Mona Burts-Beatty, State Support Team 13
• Alex Pavlik, University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center
• Rachel Wakefield, University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center

The Science of reading: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Students with Disabilities This session will provide a background in literacy, including research and theoretical models, critical to providing appropriate assessment and instruction. This session is a general overview and will establish collective knowledge base in the science of reading. September 30

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
An Overview of Assessments for Literacy This session will provide an overview of screening, diagnostics, progress monitoring and evaluation assessments for literacy. Specific examples will be given and connections will be made to the use of assessment within a multi-tiered system of support framework. November 22

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
Using Assessment Data to Create a Reader Profile This session will assist participants in using assessment information to create reading profiles in support of student goals. Please bring in a student-level report with data to create a reader profile as part of the session. February 24

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Literacy This session will describe the purpose of a multi-tiered system of supports for literacy and how this framework can support students
with disabilities in all tiers of instruction, including through core instruction based on the science of reading. Specific connections will be made to pre-referral interventions and how students identified as having a disability receive instruction in each tier.
April 14

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
Using Data to Develop Literacy Goals & Specially Designed Instruction This session will support participants in developing meaningful IEP goals and specially designed instruction for literacy to support student progress and close the reading gap. June 14

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register

 

Oct
7
Thu
OPEPP’s Supporting Paraprofessionals through Mentoring
Oct 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This three-session “flipped classroom” explores best practices for supporting paraprofessionals through the use of structured
mentoring protocols and practical tools and resources.

Participants will:

• understand the role of mentors in supporting paraprofessionals in different contexts;
• learn and practice a variety of effective communication strategies with paraprofessionals;
• know the importance of using good professional judgment and demonstrating professional attitudes and behaviors; and
• commit to personal professional growth and that of paraprofessionals to build the district’s capacity to meet the needs
of all learners.

What’s “flipped classroom” PD? It is professional learning that is organized in the following way: Participants view videos and
do readings and activities prior to a face-to-face Zoom session. Then they use the Zoom session to debrief. The readings and
activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Session 1 September 8 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. This event has ended.
Session 2 September 22 This event has ended.
Session 3 October 7 This event has ended.

Participants who attend all Zoom sessions and complete all workshop assignments receive 10 contact hours for participation.

Oct
12
Tue
CTE Special Education Leaders Network
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

student in safety gear welds in labCollaborate with other Career Technical Education administrators to improve the achievement of students with disabilities. You will receive special education updates as they relate to CTE, discuss data, face challenges together, collectively problem-solve, and share successes.

Perkins V is focused on special populations and these sessions will address students with disabilities, and all administrators involved in career tech are encouraged to attend.

Format

Hybrid

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lisa Hite, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Career Tech administrators

Dates & Registration 

Tuesday, September 14 Rescheduled for October 12
Tuesday, October 12 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual This event has ended.
Tuesday, November 30 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, January 11 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, March 1 9:00 a.m. – Noon In-person, location TBD* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions contact: Lisa Hite

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Oct
19
Tue
New Special Education Leaders Meeting: Year 1
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

teacher in yellow shirt and gray blazer holds notebook in classroomLeaders in special education who are new to their position, or new to special education frequently require additional support to successfully navigate the many expectations of their role. Whether it’s meeting state/federal guidelines, working to ensure FAPE is provided, or helping to shift mindsets to collaboratively address the learning and achievement of each student, the job can be overwhelming at times.

This network will help new special education administrators address the two critical areas of special education: compliance/documentation and performance/implementation. These meetings will also provide an opportunity to connect, share, and problem solve with other new leaders from across the region.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • New administrators, and new leaders to special education

Dates & Registration

Friday, September 17 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, October 19 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, December 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, January 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 if you would like to be included in this closed network.

Do you know a new administrator, special education leader, or curriculum director in Region 1 who should be included? Share their contact information with us, and we will send them an invitation!

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Michelle Sworden

 

Oct
20
Wed
CANCELED: Using the Indicator 13 Checklist for Transition Plan Writing with Fidelity
Oct 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn how to write data-driven, results-oriented, and compliant transition plans to improve post-secondary outcomes for students. Together we will access, explore, and use the Ohio Department of Education’s resources, including the Indicator 13 checklist to ensure compliance and fidelity in transition planning.

We will provide the tools, resources, and strategies you need to complete a self-review of a current transition plan, and make the necessary modifications. This training is a great way for you to improve Transition Plans to better support students with disabilities as they transition to adulthood, which will reflect in your Special Education Profile ratings.

Attendee Expectations

Participants will:

  • bring a current (redacted) IEP that includes a transition plan in order to review and modify their current practices

Location

Various, see below.

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed., State Support Team 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Building administrators are encouraged to attend along with teachers and other service providers who support transition-age youth

Dates & Registration

Wednesday, October 20 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hancock County ESC* This event has been canceled.
Wednesday, January 12 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Northwest Ohio ESC* Register
Wednesday, February 16 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wood County ESC* Register
Tuesday, March 15 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Oct
28
Thu
Supporting Students with Disabilities through Integrated Leadership
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

group of people stand in circle with hands clasped together in middleThis year-long network was formerly known as the Special Education Administrator meetings.

This year we are opening our network to include curriculum directors, building principals, and others to join special education administrators to help ensure there is a team of people in your district ready to help each student with a disability receive rigorous, evidence-based instruction.

Our October, January, and March sessions will be planned with this broader team in mind, while the remainder of the meetings will continue to focus on the needs of special education administrators (but you are welcome to attend).

Each meeting will include:

  • the latest information from the Ohio Department of Education
  • opportunities to problem solve and share questions
  • deep conversation regarding meeting the needs of special education students

By participating in this network, you will:

  • better support students with disabilities in your district
  • gain skills and confidence in having tough conversations about changing perceptions and culture around educating students with disabilities
  • reduce barriers to increasing outcomes for all students
  • learn strategies for collaborating with others in your district to support all students
  • receive advice from others in your position based in their own experiences, and share ideas for instruction, solve common problems, and build a network of support
  • stay up-to-date on the latest information from the state

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • Special Education Administrators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Principals

Dates & Registration

Tuesday, September 21 Postponed to September 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Special Education Administrators
Thursday, October 28 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, December 1 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, January 25 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Thursday, February 24 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, March 22 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, April 27 Special Education Administrators

Note:

  • This is a closed network. If you would like to be included in the meetings, or if you know of a new administrator in Region 1, please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 to be added to the network.
  • Administrators are required to attend with their team.
  • Contact hours will only be awarded for participation in the live session. No contact hours will be issued for watching the session recording.

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Lisa Jenkins

 

Nov
3
Wed
Using Ohio’s Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making Tool with Fidelity
Nov 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a deep discussion regarding the appropriate use of the Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making tool to improve equity and outcomes for all students while simultaneously supporting Ohio’s goal to meet Federal expectations for alternate assessment.

Topics covered include:

  • Ohio’s current alternate assessment practices and nationwide ranking
  • using the Alternate Assessment Decision-Making Tool (AAPDMT) with fidelity
  • strategies for systemic implementation aligning to evidence-based practices, state and federal expectations, and school improvement goals

You will leave this training with the knowledge needed to engage in conversations regarding alternate assessment participation, properly identifying students who qualify for alternate assessment, and providing rigorous instruction for students with the most significant cognitive difficulties.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators, administrators, and/or parents interested in learning how to use the AAPDMT with fidelity to correctly identify students who qualify for the Alternate Assessment.

Dates

Wednesday, November 3 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. This series has ended.
Thursday, November 4 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 10 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Nov
4
Thu
Using Ohio’s Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making Tool with Fidelity
Nov 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a deep discussion regarding the appropriate use of the Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making tool to improve equity and outcomes for all students while simultaneously supporting Ohio’s goal to meet Federal expectations for alternate assessment.

Topics covered include:

  • Ohio’s current alternate assessment practices and nationwide ranking
  • using the Alternate Assessment Decision-Making Tool (AAPDMT) with fidelity
  • strategies for systemic implementation aligning to evidence-based practices, state and federal expectations, and school improvement goals

You will leave this training with the knowledge needed to engage in conversations regarding alternate assessment participation, properly identifying students who qualify for alternate assessment, and providing rigorous instruction for students with the most significant cognitive difficulties.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators, administrators, and/or parents interested in learning how to use the AAPDMT with fidelity to correctly identify students who qualify for the Alternate Assessment.

Dates

Wednesday, November 3 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. This series has ended.
Thursday, November 4 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 10 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Nov
10
Wed
Using Ohio’s Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making Tool with Fidelity
Nov 10 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join us for a deep discussion regarding the appropriate use of the Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making tool to improve equity and outcomes for all students while simultaneously supporting Ohio’s goal to meet Federal expectations for alternate assessment.

Topics covered include:

  • Ohio’s current alternate assessment practices and nationwide ranking
  • using the Alternate Assessment Decision-Making Tool (AAPDMT) with fidelity
  • strategies for systemic implementation aligning to evidence-based practices, state and federal expectations, and school improvement goals

You will leave this training with the knowledge needed to engage in conversations regarding alternate assessment participation, properly identifying students who qualify for alternate assessment, and providing rigorous instruction for students with the most significant cognitive difficulties.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators, administrators, and/or parents interested in learning how to use the AAPDMT with fidelity to correctly identify students who qualify for the Alternate Assessment.

Dates

Wednesday, November 3 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. This series has ended.
Thursday, November 4 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 10 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Nov
16
Tue
OCALICONLINE 2021
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day

OCALICONLINE 2021

OCALICON is the premier autism and disabilities conference where thousands of people from around the world come together to 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. This year is their 15th anniversary, and and they can’t wait for you to join them as they celebrate over a decade of transforming inspiration into action.

Event is held exclusively online, and registration includes full access to both live and on-demand content.

SST 1 Presentation

photo of nicole herbertphoto of lisa hiteBe sure to attend UDL:  Going Beyond Access on Thursday, November 18 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

State Support Team 1 consultants, Lisa Hite and Nicole Herbert will examine how the Universal Design for Learning Framework takes teaching and learning beyond access and into socially just education. Reviewing data on marginalized populations will reveal that the time is now to eliminate the barriers and inequalities of teaching and learning that exist as well as the need to continue the work of the UDL framework.

They will discuss key concepts and ideas from Katie Novak and Mirko Chavin’s book Equity by Design and provide ways to put them into action.

Get the full conference details
Nov
22
Mon
ODE: All Students Can Read: Providing Literacy-Focused Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This professional learning series is a collaborative offering from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Approaches to Teaching and Professional
Learning and the Office for Exceptional Children. The series aims to build the knowledge and skills of special educators in reading science. The series will
introduce the research and theoretical models supporting reading science, assessment and instruction within a multi-tiered system of support and
developing reading profiles that support the instructional design to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Session information, including registration links, can be found on page 2.

Best for:

  • District Teams
  • Special Education Directors (must attend with team)
  • IEP Teams (including intervention specialists, general education teachers and building administrators)
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • State Support Team & Educational Service Center Special Education Consultants

Presenters:

• Carolyn Turner, Ohio Literacy Lead
• Michelle Elia, Ohio Literacy Lead
• Mona Burts-Beatty, State Support Team 13
• Alex Pavlik, University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center
• Rachel Wakefield, University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center

The Science of reading: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Students with Disabilities This session will provide a background in literacy, including research and theoretical models, critical to providing appropriate assessment and instruction. This session is a general overview and will establish collective knowledge base in the science of reading. September 30

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
An Overview of Assessments for Literacy This session will provide an overview of screening, diagnostics, progress monitoring and evaluation assessments for literacy. Specific examples will be given and connections will be made to the use of assessment within a multi-tiered system of support framework. November 22

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
Using Assessment Data to Create a Reader Profile This session will assist participants in using assessment information to create reading profiles in support of student goals. Please bring in a student-level report with data to create a reader profile as part of the session. February 24

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Literacy This session will describe the purpose of a multi-tiered system of supports for literacy and how this framework can support students
with disabilities in all tiers of instruction, including through core instruction based on the science of reading. Specific connections will be made to pre-referral interventions and how students identified as having a disability receive instruction in each tier.
April 14

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register
Using Data to Develop Literacy Goals & Specially Designed Instruction This session will support participants in developing meaningful IEP goals and specially designed instruction for literacy to support student progress and close the reading gap. June 14

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register

 

Nov
30
Tue
CTE Special Education Leaders Network
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

student in safety gear welds in labCollaborate with other Career Technical Education administrators to improve the achievement of students with disabilities. You will receive special education updates as they relate to CTE, discuss data, face challenges together, collectively problem-solve, and share successes.

Perkins V is focused on special populations and these sessions will address students with disabilities, and all administrators involved in career tech are encouraged to attend.

Format

Hybrid

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lisa Hite, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Career Tech administrators

Dates & Registration 

Tuesday, September 14 Rescheduled for October 12
Tuesday, October 12 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual This event has ended.
Tuesday, November 30 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, January 11 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, March 1 9:00 a.m. – Noon In-person, location TBD* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions contact: Lisa Hite

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Dec
1
Wed
Supporting Students with Disabilities through Integrated Leadership
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

group of people stand in circle with hands clasped together in middleThis year-long network was formerly known as the Special Education Administrator meetings.

This year we are opening our network to include curriculum directors, building principals, and others to join special education administrators to help ensure there is a team of people in your district ready to help each student with a disability receive rigorous, evidence-based instruction.

Our October, January, and March sessions will be planned with this broader team in mind, while the remainder of the meetings will continue to focus on the needs of special education administrators (but you are welcome to attend).

Each meeting will include:

  • the latest information from the Ohio Department of Education
  • opportunities to problem solve and share questions
  • deep conversation regarding meeting the needs of special education students

By participating in this network, you will:

  • better support students with disabilities in your district
  • gain skills and confidence in having tough conversations about changing perceptions and culture around educating students with disabilities
  • reduce barriers to increasing outcomes for all students
  • learn strategies for collaborating with others in your district to support all students
  • receive advice from others in your position based in their own experiences, and share ideas for instruction, solve common problems, and build a network of support
  • stay up-to-date on the latest information from the state

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • Special Education Administrators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Principals

Dates & Registration

Tuesday, September 21 Postponed to September 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Special Education Administrators
Thursday, October 28 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, December 1 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, January 25 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Thursday, February 24 Special Education Administrators
Tuesday, March 22 SEAs, Curriculum Directors, & Principals
Wednesday, April 27 Special Education Administrators

Note:

  • This is a closed network. If you would like to be included in the meetings, or if you know of a new administrator in Region 1, please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 to be added to the network.
  • Administrators are required to attend with their team.
  • Contact hours will only be awarded for participation in the live session. No contact hours will be issued for watching the session recording.

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Lisa Jenkins

 

Dec
14
Tue
New Special Education Leaders Meeting: Year 1
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

teacher in yellow shirt and gray blazer holds notebook in classroomLeaders in special education who are new to their position, or new to special education frequently require additional support to successfully navigate the many expectations of their role. Whether it’s meeting state/federal guidelines, working to ensure FAPE is provided, or helping to shift mindsets to collaboratively address the learning and achievement of each student, the job can be overwhelming at times.

This network will help new special education administrators address the two critical areas of special education: compliance/documentation and performance/implementation. These meetings will also provide an opportunity to connect, share, and problem solve with other new leaders from across the region.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • New administrators, and new leaders to special education

Dates & Registration

Friday, September 17 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, October 19 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, December 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, January 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 if you would like to be included in this closed network.

Do you know a new administrator, special education leader, or curriculum director in Region 1 who should be included? Share their contact information with us, and we will send them an invitation!

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Michelle Sworden

 

Jan
11
Tue
CTE Special Education Leaders Network
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

student in safety gear welds in labCollaborate with other Career Technical Education administrators to improve the achievement of students with disabilities. You will receive special education updates as they relate to CTE, discuss data, face challenges together, collectively problem-solve, and share successes.

Perkins V is focused on special populations and these sessions will address students with disabilities, and all administrators involved in career tech are encouraged to attend.

Format

Hybrid

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lisa Hite, M.Ed., SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Career Tech administrators

Dates & Registration 

Tuesday, September 14 Rescheduled for October 12
Tuesday, October 12 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual This event has ended.
Tuesday, November 30 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, January 11 9:00 a.m. – Noon Virtual Register
Tuesday, March 1 9:00 a.m. – Noon In-person, location TBD* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions contact: Lisa Hite

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Jan
12
Wed
Using the Indicator 13 Checklist for Transition Plan Writing with Fidelity
Jan 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn how to write data-driven, results-oriented, and compliant transition plans to improve post-secondary outcomes for students. Together we will access, explore, and use the Ohio Department of Education’s resources, including the Indicator 13 checklist to ensure compliance and fidelity in transition planning.

We will provide the tools, resources, and strategies you need to complete a self-review of a current transition plan, and make the necessary modifications. This training is a great way for you to improve Transition Plans to better support students with disabilities as they transition to adulthood, which will reflect in your Special Education Profile ratings.

Attendee Expectations

Participants will:

  • bring a current (redacted) IEP that includes a transition plan in order to review and modify their current practices

Location

Various, see below.

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Aaron Weisbrod, M.Ed., State Support Team 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Building administrators are encouraged to attend along with teachers and other service providers who support transition-age youth

Dates & Registration

Wednesday, October 20 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hancock County ESC* This event has been canceled.
Wednesday, January 12 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Northwest Ohio ESC* Register
Wednesday, February 16 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wood County ESC* Register
Tuesday, March 15 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ESC of Lake Erie West* Register

* Note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person training may be suspended. You will be contacted if your session is modified or canceled. Masks and social distancing are required for in-person meetings.

Contact

For content questions: Aaron Weisbrod

For registration questions: Jill Barnhisel

 

Jan
14
Fri
New Special Education Leaders Meeting: Year 1
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

teacher in yellow shirt and gray blazer holds notebook in classroomLeaders in special education who are new to their position, or new to special education frequently require additional support to successfully navigate the many expectations of their role. Whether it’s meeting state/federal guidelines, working to ensure FAPE is provided, or helping to shift mindsets to collaboratively address the learning and achievement of each student, the job can be overwhelming at times.

This network will help new special education administrators address the two critical areas of special education: compliance/documentation and performance/implementation. These meetings will also provide an opportunity to connect, share, and problem solve with other new leaders from across the region.

Format

Virtual

Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Lynn McKahan, M.A., SST 1 Director

Who Should Attend?

  • New administrators, and new leaders to special education

Dates & Registration

Friday, September 17 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, October 19 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This session has ended.
Tuesday, December 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, January 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Please contact Michelle Sworden or call 419.720.8999 if you would like to be included in this closed network.

Do you know a new administrator, special education leader, or curriculum director in Region 1 who should be included? Share their contact information with us, and we will send them an invitation!

Contact

For content questions: Lynn McKahan

For registration questions: Michelle Sworden

 

Jan
18
Tue
Ohio TESOL: Disability vs. Difference
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ohio (TESOL) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is hosting a series of webinars throughout the 2021-22 school year.

On Tuesday, January 18, Rossasna Torres will discuss Disability vs. Difference

One of the greatest challenges in special education is to address the needs of students whose home language is not English. Practitioners in special education face the question: Is this a language difference? Or, is this a language impairment? The answer to this question requires to be knowledgeable of at least the following:

  • Process of acquisition of a second language
  • Acculturation
  • Bilingualism
  • Child development
  • Speech-Language milestones that are culturally sensitive
  • Baseline and comparison population.