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Time for the Excellence in Education Award Nominations

State Support Team 3 (SST3), in partnership with the ESC of Northeast Ohio, seeks to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of students with disabilities; peers who have built meaningful, inclusive, and welcoming relationships with them; and educators who have eliminated or reduced barriers, created welcoming environments and established a sense of belonging through academic instruction and social-emotional support. This nomination process is open to all districts and community schools in Cuyahoga County. Click on the award title below to complete a nomination form. The deadline for submission of nominations is March 15, 2024. Each district/community school can submit one nomination per award category. All submissions should have the approval of the LEA's Pupil Services/Special Education Director, or the building principal for community schools. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following categories:

Outstanding Student Achievement Award
Recognizes, celebrates, and honors students with disabilities and acknowledges their outstanding achievements, both academic and non-academic. (Nominees must be students, ages 3-21 and enrolled in a school program).

Outstanding Peer Achievement Award
Recognizes, celebrates, and honors student peers who have built meaningful, inclusive, and welcoming relationships and are exemplary role models for others.

Outstanding Educator Achievement Award
Recognizes, celebrates, and honors educators (including administrators, general education teachers, intervention specialists, and related service staff) who have provided exemplary instruction and creative programming that reduced or eliminated barriers in various situations and environments and furthered a sense of belonging for students with disabilities.

Please refer to the rubric(s) for each award as you complete the nomination form(s). The rubrics contain the selection criteria for the regional nominees for the Franklin B Walter (educator) and RA Horn (students and peers) awardees.

2024 Summer and Beyond Directory is Online

State Support Team Region 3  collaborated with local agencies, camps, and community partners to gather information on summer activities for students with disabilities. We developed the online 2024 Summer and Beyond Directory as a resource to parents, family members, and school personnel about summer opportunities in the Cuyahoga County area. Many of those agencies and organizations offer continued academic skill-building, therapeutic and social-emotional supports throughout the year to assist students with disabilities to become independent and self-sufficient. 

You can find the interactive online directory at: