SST3 Updates, Resources, & Supports
September 2023 | Issue 30
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! I hope you have had a good opening of your districts and buildings as you have welcomed your staff and students back for the 2023-24 school year. We are excited to partner with you again this school year to support your school improvement, climate, college and career readiness, literacy, special education, and early childhood initiatives. 
Each month, I try to share resources that will be valuable to you as school and district leaders. This month, I am excited to share some back-to-school resources recommended by our Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Rhonda Reid, LISW-S. The first resource, Protecting your child's mental health online | Mental Health America ( is a tip guide for adults and the second resource, is a guide for youth, The do's of social media | Mental Health America ( On the Mental Health Ameria website, you can also download the full 2023 Back-to-School Toolkit which provides information, tips, and resources for young people, caregivers, and school personnel on how to protect youth mental health in a digital world. 
As always, please contact me if State Support Team 3 can be of assistance to your district or school.
Be well,

Michele (Shelly) Gaski
State Support Team Region 3
Ohio ID Information
The Ohio Department of Education began asking anyone with an ODE user profile to verify their contact information. Department of Education applications require basic information including your name, address, and how to contact you. All of the Department applications you use will have this profile information. An ODE user profile is not the same as an OH|ID. Even though the OH|ID sign-up process also collects some contact information, OH|IDs are only used to securely log you into state systems. An ODE user profile is unique to the Department of Education. If you use applications from another state agency and provide similar information to them, the Department of Education does not have access to that information. Click on a tile in the My Apps page to update and verify your profile contact information. Please reference CCIP Note #523 - CCIP / ED STEPS: Contact Verification for more information.

Cohort 3 Plan Submission Reminder

All Cohort 3 Districts should have submitted a three-year One Needs Assessment and One Plan by April 30. The 3-year One Plan for the district and any required schools must be submitted to the Department before a district’s annual consolidated funding application may be moved to final approved status to access funds. Thank you to those Cohort 3 districts that have already submitted a One Plan. For those districts that have yet to submit a plan, please remember that both the fiscal representative and authorized representative are required to sign off on the One Plan. District personnel may check the One Plan status on the ED STEPS One Plan/View page.


“Plan Status Report” allows a district to go in and check the status of the district and building plans. This report is helpful for district staff to monitor the completion and approval of all the plans in the district. Instead of needing to go into each individual plan to determine its status, district staff can run the Plan Status Report in Power Bi. 

PBIS Implementation Blueprint
A new PBIS Implementation Blueprint was released in July. This provides guidance on how to use the PBIS framework to support a positive school climate and improve student outcomes. This Blueprint describes the rationale and key functions of the team and shares resources to assist in building a sustainable PBIS framework that is both culturally and contextually relevant.
OLAC Professional Learning Sessions
  • September 15, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Become an OLAC Facilitator
  • September 19, 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Understanding Your School Report Card with Carrie Sanchez
  • September 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: How Leadership Works with Cathy Lassiter
  • October 11 & 25, 9:00-10:30 a.m. (all sessions): Two-Part Series: Data for School Improvement with Carrie Sanchez
  • November 29, 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Master Scheduling: Team Time IS Possible with Carrie Sanchez

The sessions are free, but registration is required. Learn more and register.
Miss a session from earlier this year? Watch recordings on-demand.
On Our Sleeves
At the start of a new school year, be aware that kids may be feeling many different emotions. Some are ready to get back to their routines, after-school activities, and seeing their friends, while others might be more nervous about a new teacher or making friends. Having conversations with them and planning ahead as a family can make a big difference! Check out these resources from On Our Sleeves to help your students take on this school year with confidence.

Finding your "Flow State"

The transition from summer back into a school year can be challenging and often stressful. There is so much work to be done with very limited time. Now is the time to prioritize what needs to get done, what can be delegated, and what can wait to be completed. This is also the time to think through when you are at your best and most optimal mindset to complete the most challenging tasks. Read more and challenge yourself to find your “flow state” and begin to realize the impact that it has on your goals.

Identify the Signs

Educational Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists in a recent survey report both a significant uptick in referrals for children with potential hearing or communication disorders. They also report that families are unaware of the signs of potential problems in those areas and delay seeking assistance for up to a year. The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has created an "Identify the Signs" campagn along with resources to address the issue.

Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities

The Department wants to ensure that educational agencies, parents and others have access to the revised sections of the Operating Standards for the Education of Children with disabilities. Below you will find the sections of the OAC all of which are in effect as of July 1, 2023 and links to the Ohio Administrative Code which reflect the July 1, 2023 language. This includes the rules with the developmental disabilities expansion language that are currently in the rule revision process which include the following sections: Applicability of requirements and definitions, Child Find, Evaluations and Transportation. These four rules which are currently under the revision process are only under revision as it relates to the developmental delay expansion language in each rule (this means that all other parts of these four rules and their revisions are in effect). Please refer to the developmental delay guidance link for information regarding the developmental delay expansion language (link), along with the four rules that are currently under revision.
Literacy in Action Network

ReadOhio is a statewide effort to encourage reading, regardless of age, because reading is the foundation for success.The Ohio Department of Education developed a site to inform literacy champions on implementing and improving literacy outcomes.The site provides information on what is the science of reading and why it is important. The short video clip highlights the positive impact schools across the state are experiencing as they shift to the science of reading. A science of reading toolkit provides resources school leaders, teachers, and families can use throughout the year.
Access ReadOhio here.
State Support Team 3 and ESC of NEO Literacy Specialists are ready to support districts in effectively implementing district and building literacy plans. Join the Literacy in Action Network.This series offers area literacy leaders the opportunity to hear about relevant information, ODE updates, share best practices, and discuss implementation strategies. Click here to register today!
Title: Family Engagement Leaders of Ohio

Are you a family engagement professional looking to build your network? The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center sponsors the Family Engagement Leaders of Ohio (FELO) network. It brings together family engagement professionals from across the state virtually to share their experiences and to learn together how we can build partnerships with all families in our pre-K – 12 education community.

Dyslexia Communication Tools for Schools

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center partnered with the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio families, and educators to develop sample communication tools and guidance for schools related to Ohio’s Dyslexia Laws. These resources are aligned with Ohio’s Dyslexia Guidebook for schools and can be copied/adapted for local use.
The College & Career Readiness (CCR) Workgroup Team welcomes you back to another year of exciting collaboration and excellence in the pursuit of positive student outcomes for ALL students! CCR is composed of the Career-Technical Education and Secondary Transition departments of the SST 3.

This year, we have planned a number of events, network meetings, and professional development opportunities. Information about these offerings appears on the SST 3 website, and we hope that you will be able to attend the following during the 2023-2024 school year:

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.