SST3 Updates, Resources, & Supports
January 2022 | Issue 15
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

Welcome to the New Year!
Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy 2022!

Whole Child Network
The Ohio Department of Education is seeking 150 diverse education professionals, community partners, and family members to join the groundbreaking Whole Child Network. The network will be a place where members can learn from each other, share successes and share best practices that support the whole child.
Selected members will:
  • Participate in whole child webinars;
  • Learn and share whole child best practices; and
  • Participate in a community of practice with peers.
The Department will consider applicants in the following categories:
  • District and school administrators;
  • Early childhood through grade 12 teachers and paraprofessionals;
  • School student support staff, such as counselors, social workers, psychologists, school nurses and related services, food service and transportation and safety personnel;
  • Representatives from state and local agencies;
  • Professionals from the higher education community; and
  • Families and caregivers of early childhood through grade 12 students.
The Department is seeking participants that reflect the diversity of Ohio’s schools and communities.
Apply to join the network by Jan. 22, 2022. For more information contact

Best Regards,
Michele (Shelly) Gaski
Director for the State Support Team (Region 3 Cuyahoga County)

2022 Federal Quota Registration
of Blind Students

On December 14, 2021, the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials (AT&AEM) Center at OCALI, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, will securely email the annual Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students to all Ohio school districts. This email requests that all Ohio districts electronically register every legally blind student attending their district. Please include all eligible preschool, homebound, home schooled or adult students.
Visit the AT&AEM Center’s website to learn more about the Federal Quota eligibility requirements.
The 2022 Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students must be completed online through the AT&AEM Center’s web portal and electronically signed by the superintendent by Feb. 18, 2022.
If you have questions regarding the registration eligibility or process, please contact Kelly Houston or Judy Siens at

New Indicator Data Now Available!
As you are aware, special education profile data was released in December 2021. Please remember to review your data and share it with leadership. On February 3, SST3 will be offering a session for all LEA’s with any indicator finding. We will be reviewing changes to the self-review and improvement planning processes. The overview session will be held, via zoom, from 9-10 AM during which you will be provided links to prerecorded sessions focused on specific indicators. Registration information will be sent to the Special Education/Pupil Services director for each district and to each community school principal with findings.
New Surrogate Parent Training Modules
New Surrogate Parent Online Training Modules are available at  
ODE has recently released the updated surrogate parent training modules. There are 7 modules that include video presentations explaining key concepts and resources, methods of applying the information learned, resources and reflection opportunities. Quizzes are embedded and a certificate of successful completion is available.
PreK-12 PBIS Training for Leadership Teams now available online!
SST3 and the ESC-NEO are pleased to announce the two online offerings of the PreK-12 PBIS Training for Leadership Teams. These series have been designed as self-paced online training with instructional videos and required activities. All materials are housed in the Canvas website and are intended to be accessed and completed as a team. Interested Tier I PBIS building level teams can download the registration packet at: Upon receipt of the completed packet, teams will be contacted by a PBIS facilitator for support in getting started.

The Preschool Special Education Waiver Application

The Preschool Special Education Waiver application has been uploaded and is now available on the Department’s PSE webpage. The waiver is only available for the following reasons:
A. Co-Taught Class: Exceeding the maximum of eight children with disabilities enrolled in a co-taught class.
B. Public School Preschool General Education Class: Exceeding the maximum of six children with disabilities enrolled in a public school preschool general education class.
C. Itinerant Intervention Specialist
Caseload: Exceeding the maximum of 20 children with disabilities on an itinerant intervention specialist’s caseload.

Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators and Ohio Department of Education Literacy Roundtables

What are the newest initiatives in literacy from the Ohio Department of Education? What support do administrators need with the literacy initiatives?
This series connects district leaders to the Ohio Department of Education literacy initiatives while having a conversation with feedback and insights. The first part of the session will be a presentation and recorded. The second half of the meeting will be a discussion format and not recorded. You may register using the link below. 
January 18, 2022,
9:30-10:30 AM
Literacy Access for All

Explore Chapter 2, Design Rich Tier I Core Instruction and Assessment, in this FREE video series for research and resources to support the educators in your district. Inclusive learning requires more than just sharing air and physical space. Inclusive learning can only be provided when diverse learners can come together through collaborative planning that develops meaningful and accessible content and materials and at the same time integrates individual supports and services. When we work together to provide meaningful access to the general education curriculum learners, their families, educators, and communities all benefit. Designing Inclusive Learning Environments and Rich Tier I Instruction and Assessment.

A reminder to Special Education Directors, Supervisors, and their Curriculum Directors that the next Inclusive Education Network Meeting takes place on February 1, 2022. Click here to register.
One Needs Assessment

All districts and schools that receive federal funding are required to use this planning tool to develop/revise their One Plan for FY23. SST3 is offering two technical assistance and professional learning sessions. 
*The One Needs Assessment Overview Sessions will provide a general overview of the enhancements to the One Needs Assessment and One Plan, timelines, and root cause analysis resources.
Thursday, January 27, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
 Monday, January 31, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
*The One Needs Assessment Planning/Work Sessions will provide the opportunity for coaching and technical assistance around four topics: timeline, data, team membership planning, and root cause analysis. 

Dates for Planning / Work Sessions:

 Friday, February 18, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

 Tuesday, February 22,2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Don't forget to register for the next SI Network: Leading Change at the Building Level on January 28, 2022. Register here or the SI Network: Leading Change at the District Level on February 4, 2022. Register here:
Transition Resource Toolbox

As many of you know, Secondary Transition in Ohio starts during the IEP period when the student turns 14 years old. Per IDEA, this planning does not have to start until age 16, however, Ohio recognizes the importance of starting earlier.
Secondary Transition planning, when done right, is an "all hands on deck" endeavor that is coordinated with each individual student at the center, and is designed with an outcomes-oriented (backwards planning) approach. Since no two students have the identical preferences, interests, needs, and strengths (PINS), educators in the transition planning process have to posses a large toolbox of resources.

This month, we share some of the latest resources to help your team build a bigger toolbox:

Want to further build your toolbox? Plan on registering for our February 2022 Quality Transition Planning Professional Development.

Contact Robert Ross at
for assistance and further information
Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center Offering Two Free Online Courses

Foundations of Family Engagement is a course for early career teachers, counselors, and other school-based staff to build their knowledge and skills for effective family engagement. The course will be delivered in 3 learning blocks through a flipped instructional model. For each block, participants will first individually complete an online module to build their background knowledge related to family engagement. Then, participants will join a synchronous online workshop to apply knowledge to participants’ professional contexts.

Partnering with Families to Support Early Literacy is a self-paced, online course for teachers from grades Pre-K through 3rd grade to build their knowledge and skills for enhancing literacy instruction through family engagement. The course is divided into three modules: 1) Partnering with Families, 2) Home-based Practices to Support Early Literacy, and 3) Communicating with Families about Early Literacy. To maximize the learning experience, teachers are encouraged to take the course at the same time as their colleagues. This will provide for discussion and application as a team.
Work-based Learning

In case you missed it, in a recent report "The Economic Benefits of Career Technical Education on the State of Ohio," published in Crain's Cleveland Business, found that five years after workers completed their career education, the return on investment of that technical certificate was 223.6% the cost of the initial investment. The report further states that students who complete career technical education programs earn an average of $12,323 more five years out than workers with only a high school diploma. Additionally, the report found that on average, career technical certificate holders are estimated to have annual earnings of $50,742 tens years after graduation, and $61, 309 after 20 years.

Career Technical Education works! Make sure you join us for our next statewide CTE/SPED Leaders Network meeting, which will be from 9:00-10:30 on February 24th. Click here to register. 
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 a
proactive, integrated, and rigorous learning environments.