SST3 Updates, Resources, & Supports
August 2021 | Issue 10
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 Update
Welcome back everyone!
As we begin the 2021-22 school year, I hope this first newsletter reaches you after a restful and enjoyable summer. The last few days of summer vacation leading up to the first day of school is a great time for self-reflection as we look to a new school year. There is an energy and enthusiasm like no other and it is now time to act on our new school year resolutions.
We all acknowledge that the past several months have been extremely challenging for us as we either worked in a virtual, school-based, or hybrid model of educating our youth. When reading various excerpts on how to help staff members feel safe returning to an in-person work environment, I came across some points to consider. They are as follows:
  • We need to be flexible with one another and open our minds to the many thoughts, feelings, and situations of all team members as we all will be experiencing conflicting emotions.
  •  It is important we come back to work because when zooming, colleagues tend to turn into icons on a screen, rather than people. I have heard it referred to as the Brady Bunch opening to the sitcom or Hollywood Squares (Yes, I am dating myself). Working back in a school building and/or central office, restores that relationship aspect. 
I am quite sure you have key points to share as well!
Time it was and what a time it was…lyric from the song Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel.

Have a great year!
Michele (Shelly) Gaski
Director for the State Support Team-Region 3 (Cuyahoga County)
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the “Return to School Roadmap,” a resource to support students, schools, educators, and communities as they prepare to return to safe, healthy in-person learning this fall and emerge from the pandemic stronger than before. The Roadmap provides key resources and supports for students, parents, educators, and school communities to build excitement around returning to classrooms this school year and outlines how federal funding can support the safe and sustained return to in-person learning. Over the course of the next several weeks as schools reopen nationwide, the Roadmap will lay out actionable strategies to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance for K-12 schools, so that schools can minimize transmission and sustain in-person learning all school-year long.

As part of the launch of the Return to School Roadmap, the Department released:

  • fact sheet for schools, families, and communities on the Return to School Roadmap, reviewing the three “Landmark” priorities, and elevating schools and districts that are addressing each in effective ways.

  • guide for schools and districts outlining what schools can do to protect the health and safety of students, including increasing access to vaccinations and steps for implementing the CDC’s recently updated K-12 school guidance.

  • A checklist that parents can use to prepare themselves and their children for a safe return to in-person learning this fall, leading with vaccinating eligible children and masking up if students are not yet vaccinated.
November 16-19, 2021

OCALICON is 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, including autism spectrum disorder and sensory and low-incidence disabilities. This year will mark the 15th anniversary of OCALICON, celebrating over a decade of transforming inspiration into action. Registration includes full access to both live and on-demand content. Click here to learn more about the upcoming conference.

OCALICONLINE 2021 Registration Windows:
June 16 - September 15, $200
September 16 - November 19, $225
Parent/Family/Student, May 3 - November 19, $50

The Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation (OPEPP) is pleased to offer workshops to assist school districts in more effectively using paraprofessional services to support student learning. Paraprofessionals, teacher-para teams, and other district, school, and agency personnel are invited to participate. All workshops offer a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous learning opportunities. Contact hours are provided for participants who attend Zoom sessions and complete workshop assignments.

Registration: Registration information for each workshop is provided by clicking here. Registration for each workshop closes 5 business days before the workshop begins.

Cost: Workshops are provided at no charge to OPEPP partner districts. For non-partner districts, the individual registration fee is $70/per person per workshop. For groups of two or more participants per district, the fee is $50/per person per workshop. Payment for non-partner districts closes 3 business days before workshops begin. If you are not sure that your district is a partner district, contact

For questions about workshops or registration, contact
For questions about payment, contact
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is announcing the release of support materials that can be found on the Department's Preschool Special Education webpage.
Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-11 "Preschool children Eligible for Special Education" has been revised for the required Five-Year Rule Review and went into effect on July 1, 2021. A recorded presentationOverview of Preschool Special Education ​Rule 3301-51-11” has been developed to call attention to specific new language for Preschool Special Education requirements that are not otherwise specified in Administrative Code 3301-51-01 through 3301-51-10 and Chapter 3301-37 of the Administrative Code. In addition to the presentation, there are several support documents located on the linked webpage, including:
·        Waiver Application form (pending)
Participants viewing the recorded presentation have an opportunity to submit questions by accessing a question submission form through the QR code posted at the conclusion of the presentation. The same form can also be accessed by clicking the question submission form here. Answers to submitted questions will be added to the FAQ document which will be updated on an ongoing basis.
SST 3 Book Studies
In the coming months, SST3 will conduct a series of book studies that will explore such topics as literacy, behavior management in early childhood, academic growth, phonemic awareness, and other areas of interest. Each book study is designed to engage participants to think deeper on a specific topic. The first 30 people to register from Region 3 (Cuyahoga County) will receive a free book for each book study! (If you are from outside of Region 3, you will be placed on a waitlist and you will need to provide your own book.) The maximum number of participants is 30. A minimum of 10 participants must be registered to hold each book study.

The book studies consist of synchronous and asynchronous learning models. Participants are expected to read the text, respond to questions, interact with other participants for the duration of the book study, and fully engage in all activities to receive contact hours. No partial credit will be given. Please refer to the table below for the list of upcoming book studies and click on the links provided to register for the book study of your choice. Information regarding additional studies will be available soon.
Equipped for Reading Success
By David Kilpatrick
The author of Equipped for Reading Success contends that this book is a practical guide to implementing a step-by-step program in phonemic awareness as part of a comprehensive literacy program. Full of amazing insight and resources that teachers can use immediately in the classroom.

Dates: September 13 - November 1, 2021 (All work due Nov. 22, 2021)

Zoom meetings are Sept 13, Sept 27, Oct 18, and Nov 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Four asynchronous sessions in the weeks of Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 25, and Nov 1

Building Alliances
By Valerie Mazzotti and Dawn Rowe
Building Alliances: A How-to Manual to Support Transitioning Youth presents the core principles and practices of collaboration that best support transition-aged youth with disabilities and their families. Val Mazzotti and Dawn Rowe use a series of 'research in practice' vignettes to illustrate how to implement evidence-based strategies and activities, providing a step-by-step approach to building and facilitating effective collaboration, teamwork, and networking.

The book study will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates
Thursday, September 14, 2021
Thursday, September 21, 2021
Thursday, September 28, 2021
Thursday, October 5, 2021
There will be 4 face-to-face sessions and 4 asynchronous sessions (total of 15 contact hours) where participants will read assigned chapters and respond to prompts via CANVAS. 

The CANVAS Platform is utilized to house all your reflections.
The Zoom platform is utilized for face-to-face sessions. 

News You Can Use
House Bill 318
PBIS PD Deadline
HB 318 PBIS Required Trainings

HB 318 requires professional development on the schoolwide PBIS framework whereby each school district must provide professional development or continuing education in PBIS by November 2, 2021. Each district LPDC must establish model professional development courses and monitor compliance.

● Teachers in buildings that serve
students in any of grades PK-3 who
completed a teacher preparation
program prior to November 2, 2018.
● Administrators who serve students in
any of grades PK-3 who have not
already completed a course/PD/CEUs in PBIS. Please see the following strategies to meet the PBIS 3-hour training recommendations.

Options for required PBIS training:
(3 hours is recommended by Region 3 State Support Team in total):

1) ODE Learning Management System
Introduction to PBIS Framework - Tier 1
2) PBIS New Teams Introduction Module
 located in LiveBinder
3) Presentations for Professional Development - Can be used by any staff member that completed the PBIS Leadership Teams training:


Please contact Lisa Scott at if you have any questions.
Upcoming Literacy Webinar

Webinar: Talking Literacy webinar (for Series 2) features Professor Stanislas Dehaene. For over 30 years, Stanislas has been studying the subtle and not-so-subtle changes that occur in the brain as learning takes place. This knowledge has implications for teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, and anyone involved in, or interested in education.

Register here: Auspeld: Talking Literacy

Ted Talks: How Every Child Can Thrive by Five

Molly Wright, a student from Queensland, Australia, is a passionate advocate for early childhood development. At just seven years old, she's one of the youngest people ever to give a TED Talk.
Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. Click here to view this brief Ted Talk.

Upcoming Early Childhood Professional Development

The early childhood world has been busy this summer! Early childhood PD opportunities at SST 3 for 21-22 include:
EC Supervisory Network, Itinerant Network, Play Based Assessment for teams, Beyond Behavior Management Book Study, Early Childhood PBIS Leadership Team for both Tiers I and II, Monthly EC PBIS Office Hours, Child Outcomes Summary Form Full and Refresher and Early Literacy. Please visit our calendar at for more details.

ELSR Guidance and Resources:

~New Preschool Special Education Rules can be found here (Effective July 1, 2021), Please review the accompanying PowerPoint
~New Licensing Rules can be found here (Effective July 1, 2021)
~Latest SUTQ Rules can be found here (Latest change March 2020)
(November 2020)

~The following additional ELSR support materials for Preschool Special Education are found here:
-Transcript of PPT (July 2021)
-Preschool Special Education FAQ for Programs (August 2020)

Each Child Means
Each Child

The annual special education rating for each district and community school was posted on July 29, 2021. This year, the ratings reflect only compliance data and do not reflect performance data due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Reminder: For those districts that are completing Improvement Plans due to SPP indicator findings during the 19-20 and 20-21 school year, remember that your evidence of plan activity completion will need to be submitted by September 17, 2021.

If you haven’t reviewed and shared the ODE Each Child Means Each Child document, the beginning of the new school year is a great time to revisit this document. You can accesss the document by clicking here.
General Report Card Information

The state’s accountability system and Ohio School Report Cards for the 2020-2021 school year will look different because of short-term changes in Ohio law and the accountability waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the report cards released in October 2021 is to report all available data for recovery and improvement planning. Many of the impacts, such as federal identification requirements, are waived or paused during this school year.
The state will not assign letter grades or issue rankings, and the data will not factor into any graded measures or components. More information is available on the Report Card FAQs webpage and the accompanying Quick View document that provides details on the data to be available on the 2021 Ohio School Report Cards.
Transition Network/Planning

As everyone prepares to go back to the work of ensuring positive post-school outcomes for our students, we want to remind you that SST3 is here to assist you in your high quality transition planning.

This year, the Transition Network sessions will resume, and four meetings will be held from 8:30-10:30 on August 31st, December 14th, March 15th, and May 10th. The first meeting in August will be held via Zoom. At this time, for the other three meetings, there will be the option of in-person attendance, or attendance via Zoom. The registration information will be sent out to the network soon. If you would like to be added to the network email list, please contact Robert Ross at

We are also excited to announce that Quality Transition Planning professional development is back! This professional development is ideal for new Transition Specialists, but is also open to veterans of transition planning, as well as other professionals interested in learning more.

The first Quality Transition Planning session will be from 9:00-3:30 (via Zoom) on September 14th & 15th. We will hold our second offering from 9:00-3:30 on February 8th & 9th. At this time, we are planning on having the February session in-person.

Each month, we like to share resources that can assist you with the important work transition planning. Below, you will find links to some great resources. Have a great start to the new school year!


Embracing a New Normal: Toward a More Liberatory Approach to Family Engagement

This report, written by Karen L. Mapp and Eyal Bergman from the Carnegie Corporation, summarizes lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic about the importance of family-school partnerships, and the challenges that must be overcome to have authentic, equitable, and trusting relationships. Relationships that lead to improved academic performance and well-being for children preK-12.

Register for The Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit - September 17, 2021.

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. Hosted by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University, this 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. If you are a parent leader, educator, or community partner looking for opportunities to evolve your practice to next generation family and community engagement, this summit is for you. Click here to register for this event.
CTE Network

As everyone prepares to get back to the business of preparing our students for college and/or careers, our priority focus will continue to be on equity, family engagement, and supporting the social-emotional needs of students.

As always, four CTE/SPED Leader Network Meetings are planned. These four meetings are universal professional development with topics of interest to all, and an opportunity to network and share. This year, two of the four meetings will be all region meetings. The other two meetings will be SST Regions 2, 3, and 4. Please save the dates for the statewide meetings, which will be from 9:00-10:30 on September 16th, and February 24th. The two regional meetings will be from 10:00-11:30 on November 4th, and April 21st. All meetings will be held via Zoom, and registration information will be sent out closer to the meeting dates.

Some of you had the opportunity to attend this summer's ACTE Conference in Columbus. For those of you who were not able to attend, we have included some Equity & Access, Perkins V, and Work Based Learning resources and materials from the conference, which you will find 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.
Information regarding Ohio's Reset and Restart plan is available to assist parents, families, caregivers and educators as they navigate the world of remote learning during this unprecedented time. Review for timely updates.
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.