May 27, 2022
This week on the podcast:
Why Are We Still Short-Changing Social Studies?
As we close in on the end of this podcast season, and the end of another busy school year, we’re continuing to challenge ourselves with the question: Why are we still doing that? (Also the title of a great little book by Persida and William Himmele!) In this episode, we’re looking at social studies - why do we continue to short-change it as an instructional priority? In this episode, SST8’s Sarah Egan-Reeves talks to two state and local leaders in the area of social studies: Jim O’Connor, President of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, and Adam Motter, a Learning Specialist for Social Studies in Akron Public Schools. In this ever-changing and complex society we live in, it’s critical that students understand our past and present in order to be prepared for the future - and we know that high-quality social studies instruction is a major part of how our children prepare to participate in our society as adults… and we know that it contributes to improved reading ability and overall learning!

Listen on Anchor or on your favorite podcasting app.
Rule OAC 3301-51-11: Preschool Children Eligible for Special Educaton
Draft Revision Available for Comment
The rule listed above has recently been revised by the Ohio Department of Education, as a result of stakeholder input. View the proposed rule on the Department’s website. You may provide comments about the rule by email to through June 1, 2022. This is the first opportunity for public comment. The posted rule includes notations of changes.
The Ohio Department of Education now is seeking public comment on the proposed changes to Ohio's Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan
The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 82 in June 2021, which included changes to the Ohio School Report Cards for schools and districts. Governor DeWine signed the bill into law on July 1, and it became effective on Sept. 30, 2021.

The key provisions of this bill reform Ohio’s school accountability system starting with the 2021-2022 school year. This reform was passed after years of collaborative research and design by education stakeholders, including the major education associations, business community and General Assembly. The Ohio Department of Education began working to implement these new reforms in October with the State Board of Education. With these changes comes the need to revise Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan with the U.S. Department of Education.

The public comment period is open until Wednesday, June 1. For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act webpage.
Behavior & Discipline of Students with Disabilities
Ohio Related Services Virtual Meet-Up
June 2, 2022
OEC’s Education Program Specialist, Bernadette Laughlin, J.D., will be hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Emily Menker, Education Program Specialist in Dispute Resolution, will be presenting on disciplinary practices; Manifestation Determination Reviews, FBAs/BIPs, Restraint & Seclusion, and how school teams can work effectively together during these processes. 

If you have questions you would like addressed in this presentation, send them to Bernadette Laughlin at by June 1, 2022. Participants may also ask questions during the Meet-Up. Registration is not required. 
Join the Teams Live Event Meet-Up at this link:
Leadership for Successful
This professional development series will support building and district leadership as they navigate the complex considerations necessary for successful Co-Teaching implementation. Open to leadership teams in Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties. 

Teams attending must include: a minimum of one district level administrator and one building level administrator. Additional team members who hold instructional leadership positions (instructional coaches, assistant principals, etc.) are encouraged to attend. 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM),
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
To register: click here.
Dates for each of the 1 hour sessions are: 6/21/22, 6/28/22, 7/5/22, 7/12/22, and 7/19/22.

Click here to register.
Conquering Dyslexia Book Study
Dyslexia is no longer a mystery. MRI scans and other tools of neuroscience have advanced our understanding of the condition in the last decade. Following the science, we now know how to help students become skilled, confident learners.

Join Pam & Kim as we delve into Conquering Dyslexia, by Dr. Hasbrouck. The book study will inform readers of the instructional approaches that work best for children who may demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia, and the most current information for educators and parents. This book addresses:
- What is dyslexia?
- How to identify it
- Early diagnosis and intervention
- Teaching students
- Supporting English Learners
2022-2023 Network Series
MTSS for Equity
This upcoming Fall, SST 8 will be continuing the ‘MTSS for Equity’ network series from 2021 to further the work of taking explicit steps to establish equity-focused MTSS implementation within our region. 

The 2022-2023 series will focus on new objectives such as: establishing a mindset/culture surrounding MTSS and equity; creating expectations for equity-focused educators; implementing an equity literacy framework; understanding and completing equity audits; as well as developing/implementing an action plan aligned to the MTSS Practice Profile.

The series will meet In-Person at Summit ESC for a total of 5 sessions from 9:00am-12:00pm. This expanded timeframe will allow content to be presented by SST consultants & dedicated team time to work together on accomplishing action plans and steps. 

ALL districts are welcome to participate and it is highly encouraged for 2021-2022 teams to return to the network to further promote their district progress in MTSS & equity. 

If interested in participating with your colleagues, please contact SST 8 Director-Dr. Jenine Sansosti at
Restraint and Seclusion Reporting Window: June 6-August 5, 2022
The Department recently published an EdConnection article regarding the annual restraint and seclusion data collection period, which runs from June 6, 2022 to August 5, 2022. A slide deck has been created to walk educators through question on the data collection survey; additional resources to support completing the survey can be found on the restraint and seclusion webpage.

Cohort 3 of ED STEPS need to complete the One Needs Assessment and the One Plan by June 30th. ODE offers Open Office Hours for Cohort 3 districts needing additional supports, June 9th .
Email questions to Not sure what ED STEPS cohort your LEA is in? Visit this link to find out.
Summer Book Study Opportunity The Writing Revolution
Join the Ohio Department of Education for a summer virtual book study based on The Writing Revolution. This book study is an opportunity for educators across the state to collaborate, brainstorm and discuss ways to support students with explicit writing instruction.

Students often struggle with the writing process, so this discussion group will cover topics like constructing complex sentences, developing thought-provoking paragraphs and writing coherent compositions. Participants will share ideas about providing just-in-time writing instruction with an overall goal of accelerating student learning.
The strategies shared can be used with any curriculum and across content areas, but most are useful for grades 2 and up. The book study is meant to supplement independent reading with engaging virtual discussion and other hands-on activities.
Participants will need to secure their own copies of the text and may attend a single session or all the sessions. All sessions are free and will be recorded and posted for viewing on the Resources for English Language Arts webpage.

No registration is necessary.
Certificates of attendance will be provided for each session.

Meeting links, sessions and times:
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Summer session 1: June 15
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Summer session 3: August 10
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Please email Teresa Castellaneta with questions:
Equity in PBIS Practices
Are you looking to leverage your PBIS practices to improve equity in your district? Have you considered incorporating student voice into your framework? Listening to students is a critical element in adapting PBIS systems to improve equity in schools. This video from the 2021 National PBIS Leadership Forum provides considerations for schools and districts directly from students.
Inclusive Instructional and Organizational Leadership Program for School District/Central Office Leaders
Meeting the needs of each child in each school district in Ohio is critical to the future of Ohio’s children, youth, families, and communities. But educational leadership has never been more challenging. Practical support to Central Office personnel can expand their capacity to act strategically to meet the needs.

This Professional Learning Series helps central office personnel — individuals and district teams — to learn about inclusive instructional and organizational leadership from world-class presenters through an 18-month sequence of targeted, practical experiences. It supports the use of existing structures (e.g., OIP leadership teams) to examine, refine, extend, and support achievement of district priorities around teaching and learning. The series uses a flipped classroom approach—1 hour of independent or small group study preceding each of the 2.5-hour Zoom sessions (13 altogether across 18 months). 

It kicks off in August - to be there, click here to access the an informational flyer and link to registration.
Ohio School Wellness Toolkit
Addresses Mental and Behavioral Health Challenges
The Ohio departments of Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Safety created a School Wellness Toolkit in response to heightened school wellness needs that educators, school administrators, community organizations, behavioral health providers and other stakeholders have identified. The toolkit supplies practical resources and tools to help schools, districts and families respond to the mental and behavioral health challenges amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources are organized by audience to ensure teachers, school and district administrators, and families can access the information most relevant to their needs.

Contact with questions.
CASE 504 Virtual Conference
June 13th BASICS
SST/MTSS/RTI Process, 504 General Provisions, Child Find Under 504, Contents of a 504 Plan, Discipline Under 504, 504 Evaluations and "Eligibility Determinations", and more!

June 14th ADVANCED
504 Safeguarded Rights, Extended School Year Services, 504 FAPE, Covid-19, Service under 504, 504 Definition of a "Parent", Service Animals, and more!

Register here.
Click on Literacy Network name for the registration link.
Save the Date for Next Year's Literacy Networks!
9:00-11:00 am 
9/27/22, 10/25/22, 11/22/22, 1/24/23, 2/28/23, 4/25/23, 5/23/23

9:00-11:00 am 
10/18/22, 12/20/22, 2/21/22, 5/16/22

9:00 -10:00 am
10/14/22, 12/9/22, 2/10/23, 4/14/23, 6/9/23

12:00-3:00 pm
10/6/22, 11/10/22, 12/8/22
Join ODE Office of Early Learning for Open Office Hours
The Office of Early Learning & School Readiness will host Open Office Hours twice per month from January through July 2022:

Every 2nd Friday, 3:00 pm  

Every 4th Tuesday at 10:30 am  
Educators and school personnel are invited to pop into the virtual meeting space anytime during the 45-minute sessions to ask questions of our Early Learning Specialists. No registration or RSVP are needed to participate.

Specialists in Preschool Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Learning & Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, Preschool & School Age Child Care Licensing, and Head Start will be on hand to answer questions from school personnel.
Access links to the office hours are posted from now through July at: 
p: 330.929.6634 f: 330.945.6222