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.
Scanning for Braille, Large Print, and Audio
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – Sep 11 @ 3:30 pm

Information and registration are available at

UDL: Designing for the Least Restrictive Environment in General Education @ Virtual GoToWebinar
Sep 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Hosted by OCALI in Partnership with Centerburg Local School District and Innovating for Justice

Presenters: Barb Gentille Green – Centerburg Local School District, Robin L. Cunconan-Lahr – Innovating for Justice and Ron Rogers – OCALI

This virtual GoToMeeting session goes over how Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is a critical principle of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). School districts and families often struggle with WHERE and HOW to ensure LRE. What does the law really say? How can we use the UDL framework to reduce barriers and ensure that the general education classroom is the least restrictive environment? Join us for an engaging discussion that will stretch our thinking, allow for collaboration and improve outcomes for each and every learner!

Registration link


A Touch of Braille
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Information and registration are available at

Special Education Administrators Virtual Office Hours @ Online via Zoom
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The second State Support Team 1 Special Education Administrators Virtual Office Hours will take place Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 9:00-10:30 AM. This virtual meeting is designed specifically for special education administrators and are facilitated by SST 1 director Lynn McKahan, M.S. The first Virtual Office Hours was held Thursday, September 10.

The purpose of these two sessions is to address critical issues regarding instruction for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as provide a venue to problem solve, share resources and ideas, and ask questions that address the needs of educators and their students in community schools, traditional schools, and other education agencies throughout Region 1.

Updates from the Ohio Department of Education (Office of Exceptional Children) are also provided.


Note: Sorry, registration is not open to outside attendance.  Event link sent to selected participants via email. Please contact Jill Barnheisel with questions. 

CTE Connect and Communicate – Day 1 of 4 @ On-Line/Virtual
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Connect and Communication Network is a year-long professional learning activity for CTE administrator and educator teams to collaborate with teams from other career tech centers, experience coaching designed to support increased partnerships among districts, and provide opportunities to update or create required documents such as policies and procedures manuals and student success plans.

Session 1: September 29, 2020
Virtual Zoom Session – Zoom log-in information will be sent out to registered participants prior to the date of the event.
Special Education – Participants will explore the history of IDEA and learn about how educator mindset impacts student performance.

Session 2: November 17, 2020
Virtual Zoom Session – Zoom log-in information will be sent out to registered participants prior to the date of the event.
Teams will explore how academic, CTE and Special Education can partner and support each other in increasing student achievement.  Participants will practice examining barriers to student learning and brainstorming ways to remove those barriers.

Session 3: January 26, 2021
Participants will learn about Graduation Plans and why Career Tech Education should be part of the discussion as students first create their plan in 9th grade.  Team members will brainstorm how to be included in graduation planning and how to include parents in that planning.

Session 4: March 2, 2021
This session will be celebration day, a time for you to showcase a positive outcome connected to your 8-step action plan, special populations, partnerships, or student achievement.  It will also be a time to learn from other about their successes and lessons learned through their action research.

The 2020-2021 series will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 29, November 17, January 26, and March 2. The first two sessions will be held virtually.  The last two sessions are scheduled to be held at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West in Toledo.  Lunch is not provided. Contact hours [20] are available to participants for complete series attendance.

Team Composition

All teams should include at least one administrator (e.g., CTE superintendent, director, special education leader) and CTE teachers, VOSE or special education intervention specialists, academic teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, admissions office supervisors, and 504 coordinators.  Teams are encouraged to attend all four sessions of this series.


To register your team for this series, contact State Support Team Region 1 via email Jill Barnhisel or call 800-346-8495 or 419-720-8999, extension 152.


Questions regarding this series should be emailed to Lisa Hite.

Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment [Beginner] @ Virtual
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hosted by: State Support Team Region 1
Presenter: Debbie Nagel, M.A., SSTR1 Consultant

This one-hour, beginner-level session will center around tools and ideas designed to support educators who provide reading interventions to students in a virtual environment. You will leave this session with tools, strategies ideas to immediately put into practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate and share resources focused on reading instruction in our digital world.



Please Note

  • This learning opportunity is designed for classroom teachers, intervention specialists, and Title 1 teachers with a focus on grades K-3.

Please contact Debbie Nagel, M.A. with questions.



Zoom registration has closed.



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Reading Interventions in the Digital Environment [Advanced]
October 20, 2020  |  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Get ready to take your virtual teaching skills to the next level! In this advanced follow up session, you’ll gather a toolbox full of resources and learn how to use evidence-based strategies that align to the science of reading while providing reading interventions virtually.

PBIS Virtual Open Office Hours @ Virtual
Oct 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm

The 2020-21 school year looks a lot different than any other school year and SST 1 wants to support your PBIS efforts, regardless of your phase of implementation or educational delivery method. Join us for these open house style meetings, individually or with your team to share resources, get your questions answered, receive resources to implement PBIS,  and network with other schools.

Feel free to drop in anytime between 2:30 and 4:15 p.m.

Contact Tamie Cruz, M.A. with questions.

Adolescent Literacy Leaders Network @ Virtual
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

These virtual, interactive sessions are designed for administrators, curriculum directors, special education directors, and superintendents.

Understanding the importance of literacy as the foundation for learning is the focus these interactive virtual sessions, sponsored by the State Support Team Region 1. Participants will investigate the complex nature of building and advancing literacy skills across all disciplines. This network will explore the practices that address the six essential domains of adolescent literacy instruction. Those which include:

  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Vocabulary
  • Discussion
  • Digital literacy
  • Multiple texts
  • Writing to learn

Administrators will learn instructional strategies that can be implemented the following day as well as develop understanding for guiding principles that will assist in the professional growth of participants. This network will build a solid theoretical framework of adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy and provide a set of resources for developing and implementing literacy plans.

Contact Ginna Fall, M.Ed. with questions.


Event Flyer 

Download the event flyer for full details.


Event Dates & Registration

(Prior registration is required)

Participants must individually register for each session. Click the date of the session you wish to attend below to be taken to the registration form. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the login information for that specific meeting. For registration questions contact Lisa Jenkins.

October 15, 2020 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Registration closed
November 11, 2020 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Registration closed
January 19, 2021 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Registration closed
March 17, 2021 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Registration closed
May 19, 2021 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Register for this session



Myth Busting Transition Assessment @ Virtual
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presented by: Alex Corwin, MA – Secondary Transition and Workforce Manager, Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI, Chris Filler, RN, BSN – Program Director, Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI, Amy Szymanski, M.Ed. – Secondary Transition and Workforce Development Consultant

This session focuses on understanding what is (and what is not) the intent of age-appropriate transition assessment, as well as the implementation of transition assessment by a multi-agency team, which includes the family and youth. Discover strategies and resources that can be used to gather transition assessment data in a virtual environment.



Click to be redirected to OCALI’s registration form.

OPEPP Trauma-Informed Practice Workshop [Kick-off Zoom]
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation (OPEPP), a project within the University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center, is providing several online workshops this fall to assist districts in using paraprofessional services more effectively in order to support student learning. Workshops are open to all districts and schools and would be especially useful for educator teams.

Trauma-informed Practice

This four-week workshop helps educators, especially paraprofessionals and teachers, think about ways
to connect trauma-informed practice to high-quality instruction of general education
content. Participants will:

• Identify ways trauma-informed practice can contribute to on-going efforts to promote safe and productive learning environments for all students;
• Describe classroom practices that use trauma-informed practice as a foundation for academic instruction;
• Explain how literacy instruction grounded in the Science of Reading works to off-set damaging effects of trauma; and
• Identify the ways leadership teams (DLTs, BLTs, and TBTs) can tie trauma-informed practice into overall district improvement efforts.

Questions about the workshops may be sent to Kathy Richards at


Event Dates

Workshop runs Oct 19, 2020 to Nov 9, 2020
Zoom kick-off: Oct 19, 2020; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zoom wrap-up: Nov 9, 2020: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.



Registration closes 3 business days before the workshop begins.

Please see the event flyer for full Workshop details, registration, and payment information.