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Seeking Applications for State Advisory Council

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center is looking for family representatives for their State Advisory Council. The council is a group of parents, caregivers, educators, and Ohio organization representatives who guide the work of the center. This dynamic and diverse group of leaders provides the center with valuable insights and connections. The members also connect with each other and form stronger networks of support for the families in their communities. Each year, additional family members are recruited to continue the commitment to have parents and caregivers representing over 50% of the 60+ members.


Family representatives on the council may serve from one to three years. A typical Advisory Council meeting provides members with information about family engagement, helps members connect with each other and resources in Ohio, asks members to provide guidance for the development of a tool, policy, or other resource, and requests assistance from members in building awareness of the importance of family engagement in their community. The Advisory Council meets four times a year, virtually, for about three hours.

The center is seeking many different perspectives that represent the families of Ohio. Applications are limited to parents and caregivers who are not professional educators or administrators. In addition, children of parents and caregivers should be enrolled in the public school system. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2021. The application link to share with families is: 

SST3 Mini-grant Opportunity

In FY22, SST3 is able to provide limited financial support to LEAs in the form of reimbursement for costs associated with the implementation of specific initiatives and/or strategies identified in improvement plans and supported by SST PD/coaching. This grant is open to all SST3 (Cuyahoga County only) districts and community schools; however, priority will be given to districts and community schools based on support status and special education indicator status. 

Mini-grants can be submitted for up to $5,000 for an initiative aligned to the SST3 Scope of Work in one of the following areas:

  • Climate

  • CTE

  • Secondary Transition 

  • Early Childhood

  • Family and Community Engagement

  • Inclusive Education

  • Literacy

  • School Improvement

Applications are due by November 30, 2021.

For specific details regarding timelines, the application process, the scoring rubric, and contact information, see the SST3 October Newsletter

AASCD Overview Zoom Webinar/Video

Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) is aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards–Extended (OLS-E) and designed to allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. The AASCD will be administered by grade level. Students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 will be assessed in English language arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 will be assessed in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Students taking the HS-AASCD will be assessed in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
To guide and support individualized education program (IEP) teams in determining whether a student is most appropriately assessed with an alternate assessment, the Ohio Department of Education, in consultation with parents, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders, has developed a new Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making Tool

This narrated Powerpoint presentation is provided to give teams an overview of the new Alternate Assessment Participation Decision-Making Tool and emphasizes the importance of the IEP team’s review of the data in making the decision regarding whether or not a student would participate in the Alternate Assessment. 

2021 PBIS Recognition Awards

State Support Team Region 3 would like to congratulate the 34 schools awarded bronze, silver, or gold level recognition, and the two districts awarded district-level recognition for their work in implementing PBIS. The school and district awards will be presented virtually at the OLAC/PBIS Showcase on December 9, 2021. The full list can be viewed here. 

Updates: Restraints and Seclusion Rule Revision

June 24, 2021, the rule for the Standards for the Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Use of Restraint and Seclusion was revised. Revisions to the rule include updates about the use of restraint and seclusion, new professional development and training requirements, and a formal complaint process for parents. Additional information and resources can be found on the Department’s PBIS webpage and restraint and seclusion webpage.

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