eBRIEF: August 2021 Newsletter for Busy Educators

ebrief the newsletter for busy educators

August 2021

In this issue:



photo of lynn mckahanWelcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are rejuvenated and ready to begin a new school year. 

Our team spent time reflecting on the needs that arose during pandemic learning, evaluating where we are today, and predicting how best to support our region as we return to the classroom. This work has resulted in a robust offering of professional learning opportunities to help you as you provide students the best possible circumstances in which to learn. These free trainings are listed in our new professional learning catalog. I invite you to take a look at the courses available, and to watch for more training to be announced as we move forward.

We also refined and updated our website and our newsletter format to give you more of the information you need in a cleaner, more user-friendly way. I hope you find these communication tools to be helpful and informative, and look forward to your feedback so we can continue to meet your needs.

As we begin a new school year, I’m sending good vibes and abundance of patience, grace, and positivity your way. I believe the educators in Region 1 are more flexible, resilient, and ready than we have ever been to help students on their path to learning.

We look forward to working with you this year. Know that we are just a phone call or email away as needs and questions arise. Have a great start!


Lynn McKahan, M.A., Director
State Support Team 1


Please help us reach your colleagues! Share this newsletter with new administrators, educators, and staff in your district. We’d love to get to know them better and to begin to connect them with resources in Region 1.

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Like most educators, we spent the summer hard at work getting ready for a new school year. Together our team:

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Welcome! We invite you to click around to see what’s new. Our team has worked hard to develop a site that contains the information you need in an easy-to-use format. You will find area-specific information, updates from the Ohio Department of Education, links to educational partners, professional learning opportunities, and news about schools across our region. 

We hope you like the new look, and recommend bookmarking the site for easy reference. 

Can’t find something? We can help!



2021-22 Professional Learning CatalogOur new Professional Learning Catalog includes all the courses and networks we currently have planned for 2021-22. From early literacy through post-secondary transition, there is something for everyone in this year’s lineup. We will continue to add courses throughout the year and announce them on our website, in our newsletters, and on our Twitter account. Remember, all professional learning opportunities provided by State Support Team 1 are free, and along with continuing to grow your skills as an educator, you will build a network of other education professionals across our region.

View the Catalog



woman in plaid coat uses laptopWe know that it can be hard to keep up with all of the announcements, developments, and updates affecting educators in our region – and email can pile up quickly. So we made it our mission to redesign eBRIEF and Level Up with Literacy to give you the news you need in a more user-friendly format.

Can you help? We work hard to keep our contact lists up-to-date, but email addresses change and new educators are hired. Please share our newsletters with new staff, and subscribe to receive notifications when our newsletters are published.

Did we meet our goal? Let us know.



welcome on notecard in white envelope on red backgroundThere are two new faces in our offices! Angela Osborne and Tara Shumaker joined SST 1 in July. Both have extensive backgrounds in education and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and experience with our region. They have hit the ground running, and their energy is contagious.

We think you’ll find them smart, engaging, and helpful…we know we do!

Angela Osborne Tara Shumaker
Angela Osborne, M.A.
Focus Areas:
School Improvement
Vulnerable Populations
Tara Shumaker, M.Ed.
Focus Areas:
Special Education
Preschool Special Education



picture of book, dare to lead by brene brownWe’d take a bet that most people see teachers and school administrators as natural leaders. We’d also bet that most educators know that leadership takes vulnerability, practice, and courage — and they aren’t sure how develop these skills and get comfortable enough to admit they need grace and support. Brené Brown’s book, Dare to Lead offers advice, encouragement, and tools to transform the way we lead at work.

We will discuss the book in our opening day meetings, and are using it as the basis for our internal teamwork this year.

Learn more about Dare to Lead



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After more than a year of social distancing, the team is all together in one place! This summer conference rooms and storage areas were returned to their intended purposes, desks and supplies were reorganized, and office mates were reunited. 

And there’s more great news! We are offering some professional learning opportunities in-person this year. Please note that masks are required for events in the ESCLEW building, but we are excited to see you face-to-face again!

View the staff directory

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We are excited to partner with you to provide the best possible educational experiences for Region 1 students. Look to us for support in the these key areas this year:


Each Child Means Each Child

We will continue to support schools and districts as Ohio works to improve learning experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities. Together we can support child development and improve student learning through inclusive instructional practices. Our professional learning, coaching, and information sharing will provide resources addressing Each Child Means Each Child’s core principles of equity, partnerships, and quality schools.

Read Each Child Means Each Child



Strong relationships between families, schools and educational programs, and community partners improve educational outcomes for students, and Each Child Our Future, Each Child Means Each Child, and the 11-District Plan each emphasize the importance of engaging families and community stakeholders. Our consultants will offer guidance building strategic partnerships in support of your school improvement goals.

Visit our Family and Community Engagement page



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The UDL Framework provides flexible learning options to all students, and is a means for removing the barriers that marginalized students face. We will provide resources to help you explore the framework’s components, begin to implement them, and support your staff through the process.

Learn more from ODE




teacher stands with group of middle school studentsProviding educational equity is one of Ohio’s biggest challenges. We will offer training, and share resources, strategies, and tools to help you create the learning conditions that ensure each child has equitable access to relevant and challenging learning experiences and educational resources needed for success across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background, or income.

View the 2021-22 Professional Development Guide



young boy reads graphic novel in libraryLast April, Ohio passed HB436, establishing new dyslexia screening, intervention, and remediation measures. We anticipate more information, including a Dyslexia Guidebook from the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to be released in the coming months. We suggest subscribing to our Level Up with Literacy newsletter, as we will discuss some of the misconceptions concerning dyslexia, unpack the details of Ohio’s plan, and offer ways to begin this work in your district in our August issue.

Subscribe to Level Up with Literacy



State Support Team 1 logoServing in education is hard work, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our professional learning networks are designed to help you stay up-to-date on the latest information, share successes, receive feedback, brainstorm solutions to problems, and build a community of support. We would love to have you join us!

View our Professional Learning calendar


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Our consultants are hosting a wide variety of classes and networks, covering topics such as: Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Literacy, Special Education, Transition…and so much more!



This time of post-pandemic transition, is a great time to accelerate and strengthen student and staff learning. Guest presenter, Cathy Lassiter, Ed.D. will share strategies for leveraging the skills and knowledge gained during the past 18 months to launch you into a year of growth and learning. This three-part series is highly interactive, with short reads, group discussions, self-reflections, and implementation planning. Registration closes September 17.

Learn more about the series



Book Study:
Equity by Design

equity by designLearn how UDL provides a way to remove the barriers that marginalized student populations face as we read and discuss Equity by Design by Mirko Chavin and Katie Novak.

UDL & CTE Adding Tools to Your
Instructional Toolbelt
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Explore the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework that allows each student to access and engage in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities in your CTE curriculum.

Understanding the How and Why
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Discover how sound walls can strengthen literacy skills and benefit all students including English language learners and students with disabilities.


eBRIEF! is the primary source for the latest news and information from State Support Team 1. The monthly digital publication is designed to provide you with relevant education resources, timely news and announcements, and upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Level Up with Literacy is a bi-monthly digital publication that provides information and resources to help you ensure all learners have access to high-quality language and literacy instruction and appropriate interventions from birth through grade 12.

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State Support Team Region 1
Lynn McKahan, M.Ed., Director
2275 Collingwood Blvd. | Suite C | Toledo, OH 43620
info@sstr1.org | 419.720.8999 | www.sstr1.org

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