With the new year well underway, I want to remind you that State Support Team 1 is with you on your school improvement adventure. Our consultants are here to help you lead your schools and districts to be the best they can possibly be.
One way we provide support is through offering free professional learning opportunities. I hope you had the chance to review our course catalog and have found it helpful in mapping out your PD plans.
A couple things to note:
- If you haven’t already done so, consider joining us for The Leadership Series for Bringing Back Better with Cathy Lassiter, Ed.D. Cathy will share her extensive knowledge about teaching and learning, equitable practices, and leadership with our region. Registration closes September 17.
- Please keep an eye on your email and watch our website and Twitter for training location updates as we continue to adjust and adapt to changing COVID-19 health recommendations. We will notify you if an in-person course changes to hybrid or is cancelled.
- I know that finding substitutes to allow staff to attend professional learning is difficult. If you have any feedback as to how we can meet the learning needs of your staff, while minimizing the need for subs, we would love to hear it. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with your ideas.
Reach out if we can help in any way.
Lynn McKahan, M.S., Director
State Support Team Region 1
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YOUR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT JOURNEY BEGAN HERE
In order to know where you want to go, you first needed to understand where you are. Your journey to school improvement began with collecting and analyzing data to identify where you need to make changes. Your Root Cause Analysis and One Needs Assessment helped you evaluate data and prioritize your district and building needs.
RESPONDING TO THE URGE TO EXPLORE
Once you identified your district or school’s critical needs, you began to envision the future and explore where you wanted to go. You researched evidence-based strategies and selected those that addressed your needs. You also worked with your teams to thoughtfully and intentionally develop your school improvement plan that helps you build excitement and make plans for the journey to improving outcomes for all students.
YOUR ROADMAP: THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Your School Improvement Plan is your GPS for ensuring you stay on track toward addressing the needs discovered by your root cause analysis and moving closer to your identified goals. Now you are planning for implementation, moving forward, and monitoring progress. Keep your school improvement plan on your dashboard – – you will use it to track your progress, make any necessary detours, and help you reach your destination.
The state-level documents below also serve as guides for this important work.
YOUR TRANSPORTATION: SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT FRAMEWORKS
With your destination in mind and your directions at hand, you are almost ready to embark on your school improvement journey. You are now ready to take your first steps to providing a better learning environment for your students. The frameworks discussed below will help you arrive at your intended destination. Now is the time to make sure they are tuned up and ready to roll.
Universal Design for Learning connects Ohio’s Learning standards with strategies and resources appropriate for all students, including those with very specific needs including students with disabilities, gifted students, and English learners.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support use data and problem-solving strategies ensure that all learners receive the supports and interventions they need to be academically and behaviorally successful in school.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is systems change process and framework that will help you:
- use data to drive decision-making
- select evidence-based interventions and practices that support varying student needs
- implement systems that effectively and efficiently support implementation of those practices
- monitor your progress to ensure outcomes are met
LET'S GO! - STARTING THE YEAR RIGHT
The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to re-establish collaborative teams and begin preparations for your school improvement journey. Using the improvement plans that you created last spring will help move this work forward and help you keep a clear focus. When you share the goals and strategies with all team members, you can build a collective effort in working toward meeting your goals. Be sure to discuss how the team will track progress and how you will get back on course when necessary.
Your school improvement checklist:
|Establish or re-establish collaborative teams.
Think about including the change agents of the buildings on these teams to help build ownership among all members. Set clear expectations for their role.
|Review or determine the non-negotiables.
What are the team's beliefs that will drive decision-making?
What is your why?
|Use your School Improvement Plan as the driver for district / building work.
How has the plan been shared across teams?
|Determine how to monitor adult practices and their impact on student learning.
Which data should be collected? How often? By Whom?
|Make mid-course corrections when needed.
What worked well? What opportunities do you have to grow?
Did you know?
Learn more in Vivian Robinson's book, Student-Centered Leadership.
WHEN YOU GET LOST - ASK FOR DIRECTIONS
State Support Team 1 is your companion for the school improvement journey
We are part of Ohio’s State System of Support, which includes 15 other regional support teams, Educational Service Centers (ESC), State Support Teams (SST), Instruction Technology Centers (ITC), and direct supports from the Department. The Statewide System of Support exists to assist schools and districts to increase student outcomes and achievement.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
The overarching work of State Support Team 1 is school improvement. Our consultants are former educators and administrators who have extensive experience in the areas of school improvement, teaching diverse learners, family and community engagement, and more. We incorporate organizational leadership, capacity building and inclusive instructional practices to provide high quality professional development that includes:
- technical assistance
- professional learning
- resource sharing
We are here to help you implement, monitor, examine, reflect, and adjust your plan and goals as needed - to help your school and district be the best it can be for all learners. Contact us with your questions and professional learning requests.
NETWORKS STARTING THIS MONTH:
REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON:
NEW COURSE ADDED!
The Co-Founders of ICS Equity, Dr. Elise Frattura and Dr. Colleen Capper, will provide an overview of the Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Four Cornerstones Framework and Process on Tuesday, September 28. All Four Cornerstones and ICS Equity Steps are implemented in a context of community engagement and development.
SST 1 CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit: September 17
Hosted by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University, the Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit is a day of professional learning and connecting virtually with those dedicated to advancing effective family-school-community partnerships across Ohio and beyond. The summit brings research to action by providing schools, families, and community partners with the tools they need to work together to launch all children to success.
→ State Support Team 1: Session 13 - Holding Great Meetings for Families ←
State Support Team 1 Urban Literacy Consultant, Jackie Jacoby along with representatives from State Support Teams 6 and 13 will lead a power up session at 1:00 p.m. They will share a tool and resources aligned with evidence-based practices to guide your teams through holding engaging and effective family meetings.
2021 OCALICONLINE CONFERENCE: November 16 - 19
2021 marks the 15 year anniversary of OCALICON, 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.
Be sure to join State Support Team 1 consultants, Lisa Hite and Nicole Herbert at OCALICONLINE on Thursday, November 18 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. as they examine how the Universal Design for Learning Framework takes teaching and learning beyond access and into socially just education.
They will demonstrate how 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. Learn key concepts and ideas from Katie Novak and Mirko Chavin’s book Equity by Design, along with ways to put them into action.
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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.