SST3 Updates, Resources, & Supports
April 2023 | Issue 27
Hello and Welcome!
Welcome to the SST3 newsletter! Each month SST3 will share updates, educational topics that might be of interest to you, and upcoming professional development. We encourage you to review this information, share it with others and visit our website for additional information. We also would appreciate learning of topics that would support your work.
Director's Message

Greetings, Region 3 Colleagues,

As we enter the final quarter of the 22-23 school year, it is essential that we not lose sight of the ongoing importance of professional development for school leaders and central office staff. While educators have come to know that system-wide and sustainable improvement in teaching and learning on behalf of all children requires leadership at the district and school level, it is imperative to recognize that central office staff and school leaders are best positioned to implement these leadership practices when they are provided professional learning experiences that enhance their knowledge and skills to perform their critical roles. That being said, I want to share information about several professional learning programs meant to increase central office staff and school leaders' knowledge and skill in applying inclusive instructional leadership practices to effectively engage all students. These leadership development programs are sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Systems Development and Improvement Center. Each flyer linked below outlines the registration and/or application information, session facilitators, and meeting dates for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Please click on the links below to learn more about these leadership professional learning opportunities. If you have any questions about these opportunities, don't hesitate to contact me. 

Be well,

Michele (Shelly) Gaski
State Support Team Region 3
ED STEPS - Cohort 3:
Cohort 3 will be completing the One Needs Assessment and One Plan with ODE feedback this school year. Cohort 3’s District Plans and Building Plans are due April 30, 2023. Cohort 1 and 2’s due date is June 30, 2023, with funding application submission.

Cohort 3 Fiscal Year 2024 Planning: If you are in cohort 3, you should start to think about planning for FY24. Please note that for this fiscal year, you will be completing a 3-year plan that starts with completing the One Needs Assessment in FY24. For those that were previously pilot districts, you are now part of Cohort 3. For help see the One Needs Assessment questions and triggers below and the One Plan Cohort video series
ED STEPS FY23 Cohort Trainings 
The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Federal Programs is pleased to host ED STEPS training sessions. These trainings will cover different topics related to ED STEPS and updates to the One Needs Assessment and One Plan.
Sessions Format
The sessions listed will include a presentation or demonstration related to the session topic followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. These sessions will be held remotely as Microsoft Teams meetings. Attendees will be able to join using the Teams meeting link shared in the STARS event and confirmation email. At the time of your selected session, please use the Teams meeting link to join. Please note: Sessions will be recorded and shared with attendees following the session.
Please register in STARS V2.0, which can be accessed through your OH|ID Portal under “Training and Registration”. To find the session information, we recommend searching any of the following fields:
1. Event Name: Federal Programs – ED STEPS - Trainings  
2. Keywords for FY23 Cohort Trainings: ED STEPS, One Plan, One Needs Assessment 
3. Information provided: The registration information provides a link to join the meeting as well as a link to a survey for submitting questions prior to the session. It is optional for attendees to submit questions prior to the training.  
The following is a list of the topics currently planned:
1. Open office hours will start on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and be every Thursday until May 30, 2023. 
2. Please click this link to join: Cohort 2 Open Office Hours
1. Revisions and updates to the One Needs Assessment / New One Plan
2. Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
You're invited to join YWCA Greater Cleveland's Racial Justice Challenge!
The challenge will run from April 17th – May 15th, 2023. The Challenge is a virtual learning tool designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. All new content is released on weekdays and participants log on to the challenge app on their phone or visit the website and are presented with 21 days of activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or reflecting on personal experience. Click here to join the challenge.
10th Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit
The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Disabilities, and Education announce the 10th Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit: Pathways to Resilience, Healing, and Recovery May 16-17 in Columbus.
The goal of the summit is to move systems beyond being trauma-informed to providing trauma-responsive competent care, services, and support. When care and support are trauma-responsive, students and staff build their resiliency and thrive in academics and wellness. The summit will hold sessions for teachers, administrators, and mental health professionals on classroom-based interventions, staff wellness, strategies to develop resilience, and building a trauma-informed organization.
Register now. School staff may use the code ODE2023 when registering for a discounted rate. Discounted rates are limited, so register early.
2023 Summer and Beyond Directory
Available Online
State Support Team Region 3 (SST3) offers the online version of the 2023 Summer and Beyond Directory as a resource to parents, family members, and school district/community school personnel about extended opportunities around the Cuyahoga county area, regionally and statewide. SST3 collaborates with agencies, camps, and community partners around summer activities for students with disabilities. Many of those agencies and organizations offer continued academic skill-building, and therapeutic and social-emotional support throughout the year to assist students with disabilities to become independent and self-sufficient.
New Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Professional Development Website

A new website dedicated to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) provides online professional development to schools at no cost. The site includes flexible, on-demand video modules broken into short 15- to 20-minute learning chapters with examples of best practices. These modules support Ohio rule that establishes various requirements for districts to regularly provide PBIS professional development.
“Getting More Urgent About Change Leadership” by Douglas Reeves and Robert Eaker

“School leaders need to break with 5-year plans, “buy-in,” and other hidebound conventions on implementing change.”
Be sure to read the article to find out how schools and districts can create urgency in leading change.
Developmental Delay Eligiblity

On April 6 the ability to use Developmental Delay eligiblity category until a child is 10 legislation goes into effect. There are new and revised resources on the early learning school readiness (ELSR) web page including the Developmental Delay category definition and age expansion questions and answers.
In Support of Students: A Leader’s Guide to Equitable MTSS

In In Support of Students: A Leader’s Guide to Equitable MTSS, authors Katie Novak and, Kristan Rodriguez along with a team of distinguished educators deliver a comprehensive and insightful discussion of how to create evidence-based and equitable multi-tiered systems (MTSS). In the book, you’ll find the practical tips and tools you need to support the implementation and redesign of systems that meet the needs of all learners. The book also provides: 
Real-life examples and planning procedures to implement MTSS in a variety of school environments
• Strategies for building MTSS in ways that combat educator burn-out, overwork, and overwhelm
• An actionable toolkit to put MTSS into practice and improve student outcomes.

This book is available for preorder.
Riverside Elementary Case Study

Riverside Elementary, like many schools throughout Ohio, has taken steps to improve its literacy instruction over the past several years. After instituting a series of strategic and programmatic changes based on research, Riverside saw substantial increases in student reading achievement. The Riverside Elementary Case Study tells the story of Riverside's path to successful reading instruction for all students.

Dyslexia Resources

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center collaborated with the Ohio Department of Education to create the Dyslexia Resource Guide for Ohio Families. This brief three-page guide includes information on what dyslexia is, signs of dyslexia, information on screening, working with the school, and additional resources. The guide is available in six languages. In addition, the Center has a number of other resources for families and schools related to dyslexia.

The page, Dyslexia Communication Tools for Schools contains a growing list of resources that schools can use related to Ohio’s Dyslexia Laws.

Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Collaborative Network

Are you a district or school family and community engagement specialist? Did you know that the ESC-NEO now has a monthly network meeting just for you? If you are interested in joining us at our monthly face-to-face meetings, contact Carrie Sullivan at to get on the list.
In-Demand Jobs Week

Did you know that In-Demand Jobs Week is the first full week in May (May 1st-May 5th)? In-Demands Jobs Week is an annual event. This is the 6th year that the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation has declared this special recognition of Ohio's efforts to promote the multiple career pathways available to these jobs. Ohioans, and especially our high school students have multiple opportunities through Career-Technical Education, Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, Industry Recognized Credentials, Work-Based Learning, and College Credit Plus. Many of Ohio's in-demand jobs do not necessarily require a 4-year college degree. Want to learn more about how you can help your students match up their interests and aptitudes to these career opportunities? Check out the links below!

Professional Development
State Support Team 3 is offering several opportunities for professional development. Click here to view our calendar of events. Please visit this site often as ever-changing circumstances may warrant cancellation or postponement of scheduled events.
Our Moral Imperative:
To ensure equitable access and achievement for all students, State Support Team 3 partners with districts and community schools to support inclusive leadership and collaborative teams in the implementation of an effective
Multi-Tiered System of Support.

Belief Statement: 
We believe that ALL children/students have the right to belong, learn, and thrive in
proactive, integrated, and rigorous learning environments.