Calendar of Events

COVID-19 & Inclement Weather Policies Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most State Support Team 1 professional learning opportunities are offered online. When in-person training is necessary, proper sanitation, social distancing, and face covering protocols are utilized. We are carefully monitoring State Support Team health and will notify registrants of any event cancellations or location changes.   When we return to in-person training opportunities, please be mindful of weather conditions. If  hazardous driving conditions exist, call 800-346-8495 after 6:30 a.m. to learn if your workshop is delayed or cancelled. Should you feel conditions are too unsafe to travel, please leave a message to let us know you won’t be attending.
Ohio Educational Technology Conference @ Columbus Convention Center
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

For 21 years the Ohio Educational Technology Conference has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of Ohio’s educators. For 2019 we are expanding the “Your Conference, Your Way!” mantra in a new and exciting way! More details on this enhancement will be released later in the year.

OETC19 features more than 250 one-hour concurrent sessions and two-hour extended sessions being offered over all three days of the conference! Additionally, the first conference day will also feature three-hour deep dives that are included in your standard registration. Create an agenda that fits your schedule and depth of learning; it’s Your Conference, Your Way! This schedule can be seen on the OETC Website.

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference is seeking innovative and fresh session proposals for the 2019 conference. Presenting at #OETC19 offers a unique opportunity for Ohio educators, technology experts, and industry experts to gather and collaborate on ways to improve the quality and delivery of education to all Ohioans.
The deadline to submit an Education Session proposal is September 8. Visit our Presenters’ Page for information on how to submit a session proposal.

Reserve your spot now to attend the 21st edition of OETC! Registration includes great education in one-, two-, and three-hour sessions; fantastic keynote addresses; and the exciting exhibit hall, all for one price! To see more details, and to register, please visit the Registration Page.

Opening concurrently with registration is the #OETC19 Hotel Block. We have once again secured special conference rates at nine hotels within close proximity to the conference, including the Hyatt Regency, which is directly connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Visit our Hotel & Travel page to book your rooms now for the best selection!

Empowering Parents with Students Receiving Special Education @ Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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This training will overview the basic concepts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) pertaining to parents rights. Participants will gain a functional knowledge of parent’s rights under IDEA, special educations laws to better support and advocate for their child.

This free parent training will be presented by State Support Team 1 consultant, Jackie Jacoby, M.Ed., and is sponsored by the Parent Mentor Program of the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.


New Special Education Administrators Meetings (Year 1)
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sibshops @ Alternate Learning Center
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Having a brother or sister with a disability is for some a good thing, for others not-so-good, and others somewhere in-between. Siblings have much to offer each other and Sibshops give kids an opportunity to share with each other Siblings of children with disabilities are extraordinary. Learn more about Sibshops from the flier embedded below.

To register, contact Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor and Sibshop Facilitator, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, at 419-214-3066.

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Toledo TOPSoccer
Feb 17 @ 12:45 pm – 1:50 pm

Toledo TOPSoccer is a dynamic program for any athlete facing special cognitive, physical and/or emotional challenges, allowing them to experience the game of soccer along with other players in their peer group. Participants of TOPSoccer may include but are not limited to children/adults who are blind, amputees, confined to a wheelchair, emotionally/mentally challenged, children/adults with autism, as well as children/adults with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other conditions that impair mobility, strength, and/or comprehension.

TOPSoccer integrates its participants by using current TFA and non-TFA players, friends and family as “Teammates” to help the participants both on and off the field as needed during TOPSoccer events.

TOPSoccer participants are placed in groups, organized by size, agility, mobility, the ability to follow directions, and lastly by age. The unique benefit to TOPSoccer is no upper age limit and participants may register as young as 5 years old.

Parents who may have thought they would never see their children with different abilities playing a sport or enjoying the social opportunities created through sports, get exactly that with TOPSoccer. Parents are able to relax and enjoy watching their children/adults having fun like their siblings or other children involved in TFA and the game of soccer.

We are incredibly fortunate to have key licensed professionals in the fields of Special Education, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy to work alongside our TFA Coaches and Teammates to make this program a win-win for all involved.

2018/2019 Dates:

  • September 16 & 30, 2018
  • October 21, 2018
  • November 4 & 18, 2018
  • December 2 & 16, 2018
  • January 6 & 20, 2019
  • February 3 & 17, 2019
  • March 3 & 17, 2019
  • April 7, 2019

Although the program is free, participants must contact Elaine Stead, Club Registrar, at 419-392-4005 to register.

Special Education Administrator Meeting (Toledo)
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
AASCD – Full-Day Training
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
AASCD Refresher Session @ Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) is aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards–Extended (OACS-E) and designed to allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. This refresher session is for those who have attended a full-day alternate assessment training since the 2013-2014 school year and want to receive updates and an overall refresher on how to administer the assessment with compliance practices and fidelity.


Participants can register through the Ohio Department of Education’s STARS portal or use the State Support Team Region 1 online registration form. When using STARS, participants must search and register for each individual date. If using the SST form and requesting multiple sessions, answer “yes” to the question “Is the workshop more than one date?” and a field will open where session titles and dates can be added. There is also an area at the bottom of the form for questions.


Educators Rising Ohio State Conference @ Capital University
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day
CLOSED! PBIS 2-Day Training | Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Feb 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm