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.
Autism Awareness Month
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Center and Lifespan Transition Center at OCALI have teamed up to focus on Transition Age Youth and Employment. Transition to adult life officially begins at age 14, however, understanding more about the systems, processes, and planning that may be involved can begin at any age. Exploring the foundational elements of transition is a good place to start. Learn more at the Autism Center at OCALI.

Easter Holiday – SST Offices Closed
Apr 2 all-day
Intervener Basics: An Introduction to Intervener Services @ Ohio State School for the Blind
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) and the University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center are sponsoring this training free of charge.

This one-day in-person training explores the unique needs of interpreting for students who are Deaf and also have visual impairment. Participants need an extensive knowledge of interpreting skills and concepts to attend. This training is targeted to Sign Language Interpreters. This training will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 18, 2018, at the Ohio State School for the Blind, located at 5220 N. High Street in Columbus, Ohio.


UDL and the Importance of Standards
Apr 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This exciting live webinar will raise questions, as well as examine how we use our Standards through the UDL framework. For instance, what does our planning look and sound like when we work collaboratively to build learning units? You don’t want to miss this 30-minute webinar.

This webinar will take place on April 18, 2017, and is presented by Ron Rogers from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI). The webinar is hosted by OCALI.

Restorative Justice & Restorative Classroom Practices Training @ Educational Service Center of Llake Erie West
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 @ 3:30 pm

Restorative Justice & Restorative Classroom Practices Training is a two-day workshop for district administrators, teachers, school psychologists, and school counselors. The training is sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West on April 19 and 20, 2018.


Day 1 Agenda

An Introduction to Restorative Justice and Classroom Restorative Practices. This session introduces the concept of the school to prison pipeline, the historic effects of “no tolerance” policies, as well as an introduction in restorative justice and practices. This session will help school staff better understand ways to improve both classroom and administrative discipline protocol.


Day 2 Agenda

This session will dig deeper into applications in the classroom and will also provide practical tools that educators and other school staff can use to turn classroom discipline from just punitive to positive learning opportunities.

This training is sponsored by Melissa McClain, a graduate of Kent State University and the community education program coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for a social and emotional learning curriculum that includes K-12 classroom education as well as psychological trauma education for educators and other professionals who work in a school environment.

Since 2006, Melissa has educated over 68,000 students, school staff and community members. She has worked with over 150 Ohio school buildings and community organizations that work with youth and has also been lucky to travel to speak for state and national audiences on teen dating, emotional literacy, bullying, and psychological trauma.

Registration for Restorative Justice & Restorative Classroom Practices Training begins at 8:00 a.m. on each day; the training is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, located at 2275 Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo, Ohio.

The cost for this training is $50 for Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West member districts and $80 for non-member districts. The fee includes lunch and instructional materials. Please note that registration is not complete until fees are paid; send check payable to ESC of Lake Erie West, Attn: Elaine Robinson, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43620. Please include the name of the person registered for the training on the check. Questions about the training should be directed to Elaine Robinson.

Register for Restorative Justice & Restorative Classroom Practices Training online.


Second Early Childhood Mental Health Conference
Apr 23 – Apr 25 all-day
VIISA Training @ Educational Service Center of Lorain County
Apr 28 @ 5:06 pm – 6:06 pm
NAMI Ohio 2018 Statewide Conference
May 4 – May 5 all-day

This year’s conference theme is Fulfilling the Promise and will focus on the various topics that impact individuals living with mental illness, their families and caregivers and those working within the mental health system. For the program schedule, including workshop descriptions, pricing and registration information visit the registration website. Keynote Address by Wil Wheaton. Wil Wheaton is an author, actor, and producer. He is best known for his work on The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Stand By Me. Wil lives with depression and anxiety, and is an outspoken advocate for mental health care. He is the recipient of the 2014 Rona and Ken Purdy Award to End Discrimination, awarded by NAMI.

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
May 7 all-day

The Ohio legislature has designated the first Monday in May as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. The day gives Ohioans an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding job performance of more than 15,000 school bus drivers who transport students to and from school and school-related events throughout the year.

Please take a moment to thank the men and women working in your transportation department for the work they do to keep Ohio’s children safe each day.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11
May 7 – May 11 all-day

The Ohio Department of Education is excited to honor educators during Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11. During this week, please help us thank Ohio’s remarkable teachers by sharing a story of a teacher or teacher team using #OhioLovesTeachers on Twitter and Instagram.

There are countless ways teachers help form the foundation for a lifetime of learning and exploring. Let’s celebrate the individuals and teams who create, motivate and inspire our students. We hope you will share your story and help us give a standing ovation to Ohio’s educators. To participate, simply share a picture with your story using #OhioLovesTeachers and tag @OHEducation on Twitter and Instagram.

The Department invites students, families and school and district staffs to use the hashtag to thank teachers and teacher teams. They can recognize their own teachers, a child’s teacher or a teaching colleague. The Department will share your Twitter and Instagram posts through its social media channels.

Don’t forget: You can share amazing stories about Ohio’s teachers all year using #OhioLovesTeachers. Click here to learn more.


This article is reprinted from the Ohio Department of Education