SST3 Updates, Resources, & Supports
February 2023 | Issue 25
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

“What all good teachers have in common, however, is that they set high standards for their students and do not settle for anything less." This quote comes from Marva Collins, a well-known African American educator whose high expectations for students led to academic success for many students of color. In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to honor the contributions of Mrs. Collins and other African American educators such as Mary McCleod Bethune, Charles Hamilton Houston, Dr. Edmund Gordon, and Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings, who have contributed to the field of education that have had lasting impacts. I asked some team members to provide some of their favorite resources for teaching and learning more deeply about Black History. Here are some of their recommendations.
Personal or Student Learning:
  1. 28 Days of Black History
  2. Black History in Two Minutes or so:
Book recommendations:
  1. The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 by James D. Anderson
  2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
  3. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Asking a Different Question by Gloria Ladson Billings
  4. The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  5. 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah Jones
Lastly, a large part of supporting and uplifting the Black community is connected to Black economic empowerment. According to the NAACP, “The lack of racial equity in how the American economy functions severely impacts Black people, who are systematically restricted from being fully realized participants. Economic equity is a crucial part of establishing holistic racial equity for Black people. It's not just important that Black people be able to contribute to the economy as workers and consumers, but also as owners with the same access to resources and chance at success as anyone.” The Cleveland Bucket List published a great list of Black-owned businesses in Cleveland from a wide array of industries here.
I hope these resources assist you in both your personal and professional endeavors to uplift African American communities. 

Be well,

Michele (Shelly) Gaski
State Support Team Region 3

Literacy Improvement Pathway PD
Cohort 2, 4-day series
Feb. 22, March 6, March 14, and April 6, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Improving literacy across a school or district requires clear and unified efforts. The Literacy Improvement Pathway consists of ten purposely ordered areas of focus for leveraging literacy and equity for improved student outcomes. It was developed by the ODE Literacy Team based on the research of Dr. Timothy Shanahan.

Participants will gain an understanding of the critical importance of each stop on the pathway through a review of evidence-based practices and related resources to assist with leading literacy in a school or district. 
Join this important series as a literacy team, committee, curriculum team, or even as an individual who influences the path of literacy improvement at your site. We will explore, discuss, collaborate, and examine shifts in practices that will impact student success.  

Click on either of the links below to register:

Principals, Curriculum Directors, Instructional Coaches, Building Leadership Team members, and Literacy Leaders are encouraged to attend.    
UC SDI Center Literacy Projects
The University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement (UC SDI) Center is recruiting districts in Ohio for three statewide professional learning partnership opportunities in literacy:
  • ELM (Early Learning for Multilinguals) for P-5 teachers
  • OH V-LIFTS (Ohio Virtual Literacy Improvement for Teachers and Students) for P-5 teacher teams, instructional coaches, and building and district leadership
  • AC-SEL (Addressing the Academic and Social-Emotional Learning of Adolescents) for districts seeking an integrated literacy and social-emotional learning intervention for sixth-grade students
All three professional learning programs are aligned with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement and support the evidence-based literacy efforts led by the state. The table and supplemental text below provide additional information about the three professional learning opportunities. To sign-up or ask any questions, please get in touch with Jennifer Ottley, Research Director, UC SDI Center, at

Click here for further information regarding cost, training dates, and registration deadlines.
Cohort 3 Planning
If you are in Cohort 3, you should start to think about planning for FY24. Remember that for this fiscal year, you will be completing a 3-year plan. For those that were previously pilot districts, don’t forget that you are now part of Cohort 3.
Upcoming PD Opportunities
  • Open office hours will start on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and be every Thursday until May 30, 2023. 
  • Please click this link to join: Open Office Hours
The overview session will be held virtually on:
*Participants are to choose one session to attend.*
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023: 9:00-10:00 am
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023: 2:30-3:30 pm
Click on the Flyer to learn more about the topics being discussed and how to register for the One Needs Assessment Overview Session presented by State Support Team Region 3.
·        Revisions and updates to the One Needs Assessment / New One Plan
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • More information to come on registration.
One Needs Assessment
The questions for the FY24 One Needs Assessment are finalized. The updated questions and triggers have been posted to the ODE website. Please note that while the questions are posted, work will not be able to begin in the system until the FY24 needs assessment is released.
ONA FY24 – Questions and Triggers
Redline changes from FY23             Excel Link             PDF Link
For LEAs and Schools                      Excel Link             PDF Link
For IDEA Review                              Excel Link             PDF Link
Excellence in Education Awards
It is that time of year when we ask you to acknowledge the outstanding students with disabilities and the peers and educators who support them by submitting nominations for the Annual Excellence in Education Awards Recognition taking place during the month of May. State Support Team Region 3 (SST3), in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio (ESC-NEO), is seeking to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of students with disabilities, peers who have built meaningful relationships with them, and outstanding educators who instruct and/or support their learning. This is open to all districts and community schools in Cuyahoga County so please share this information with your staff! Click on the category title below to complete a nomination form. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following categories:
Recognizes, celebrates, and honors students with disabilities and acknowledges their outstanding achievements, both academic and non-academic. (Nominees must be students – ages 3-21 and enrolled in a school program).
Recognizes, celebrates, and honors student peers who have established meaningful relationships and are exemplary role models for others.
Recognizes, celebrates, and honors educators (including administrators, general education teachers, intervention specialists, and related service staff) who have provided exemplary instruction and creative programming that promotes educational results for students with disabilities.
Please refer to the rubrics for the nominee as the forms are being completed. The rubrics contain selection criteria for how the Franklin B Walter (educator) and RA Horn (students and peers) regional nominations are selected. 

The deadline for submission of nominations is March 17, 2023. Each district/community school may submit one nomination per category. All submissions should have the approval of your district’s Pupil Services/Special Education Director.
Ohio's Special Education Profiles

The Ohio Department of Education released the 2022-2023 Special Education Profile for all districts and community schools on January 5. The Special Education Profile displays the district's performance on key indicators established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and informs the district of any required activities based on these indicators. Districts must complete all required activities detailed in the Special Education Profile to demonstrate compliance with IDEA.

The Department is releasing the 2022-2023 Special Education Profile in two phases:

1.    The first release, which occurred on January 5, contains all indicators that may have required actions. This includes compliance, disproportionality, and survey indicators. Exiting indicators also are in this release and may have required actions for the first time this year.
2.    The second release, targeted for May 2023, will add informational student outcome indicators that do not have required actions.
Profiles are available through the OH│ID Portal. You may also contact State Support Team 3 with any questions. Questions can be directed to Dr. Lindsay Slater at or Angie Chapple at

5 Ways to Elevate the Effective Teaching Happening in Your School

Great teaching practices, when acknowledged and successfully implemented in schools and districts, enable all teachers to become great educators. Read about strategies that principals can use to help all teachers learn about the best teaching practices of their colleagues.

Preparing Young
Children for School

This practice guide, developed by What Works Clearinghouse, was developed in conjunction with an expert panel, distills contemporary early childhood and preschool education research into seven easily comprehensible and practical recommendations. The guidance will help to prepare young children to benefit from the learning opportunities they will encounter in school.
Secondary interventions within the PBIS Framework are targeted interventions designed for students who need additional supports beyond (yet in combination with) universal-level interventions. Secondary interventions are implemented in a standardized approach, which means key features of the intervention look similar across all children receiving the intervention. This training is designed for teams to implement PBIS Tier II strategies as part of their school improvement efforts. Click here for registration information.

If your PBIS implementation fell by the wayside last year, we’re here to tell you it’s not too late to make a comeback. Read this brief article to see four components to tackle sooner rather than later to set up your reboot for a successful start.

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Click here to learn more about the resources and training available.
Federal Funding Guidance for Ohio’s Dyslexia Support Laws 

The Department has created a document that contains federal funding guidance for districts and schools to use federal Title funds, IDEA Part B School-aged Special Education funds (ages 3-21), and IDEA Part B Early Childhood Special Education funds (ages 3-5) to implement Ohio’s Dyslexia Support laws.

For general questions about Ohio’s Dyslexia Support Laws, please contact
Family Engagement Toolkit for Ohio’s Whole Child Framework

Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education has developed a family engagement toolkit to accompany Ohio’s Whole Child Framework. Within the toolkit, you will find interactive links to explore resources for engaging families within the 12 sections of the framework. Within the Family Engagement section, the Family Engagement Needs Assessment for Building Leadership Teams is a tool that will help buildings examine their family engagement practices and can be used when completing their building One Needs Assessment.

The Reframing Academy

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center is offering a FREE online course for family engagement leaders who want to communicate differently to help improve their understanding of school and community engagement. It is designed for participants to complete modules independently, then meet virtually 3 times. Registration opens 2/7/23.
Graduation Resources
As we all know, there have been many new and exciting changes to how Ohio students are provided multiple options towards earning an Ohio diploma, which will set them up for success in whatever they decide to do after graduation (Each Child Our Future's One Goal). Additionally, for students with disabilities (always general education students first), updated resources/guidance have been released by the Ohio Department of Education.

With the development of the new school report card reporting requirements, Indicator 14 Exiting Student Data Collection has undergone some big changes as well. Resources have recently been released by the Ohio Department of Education to assist school districts with this data collection on post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

As always, your State Support Team is here to provide you with support and assistance.
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.