100 East Third Street, P.O. Box 578 Piketon, Ohio 45661 Phone: 740-289-4171
100 East 3rd Street Piketon, Ohio 45661   Phone: 740-289-4171
P.O. Box 578, Piketon, Oh 45661 Fax: 740.289.4542
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State Support Team 15

Job Opening

June 14, 2018-until filled 


Preschool Special Education Expert/Early Learning School Readiness Consultant

Region 15 State Support Team is recruiting for a full time SST Consultant to work in our family friendly office in Piketon, Ohio. Our Team provides professional development, coaching, technical assistance, and information dissemination for school districts and parents in Lawrence, Pike, Scioto, and Ross Counties. The successful candidate will have excellent customer service skills and must be outcome-oriented. The ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to detail is essential. You will be fully engaged and busy from the first day.

Position open until filled

Responsibilities: As a member of the Region 15 SST, the Consultant will implement the full scope of Preschool Special Education Expert/Early Learning School Readiness work associated with the 2018-19 State Support Team ODE Grant Agreement, adhering to ODE processes and tools, Ross Pike ESD policies and procedures and Region 15 practices.

Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the provision of preschool special education/early learning school readiness professional development, technical assistance and coaching for school district personnel, other early childhood community providers and parents with the goal of building the capacity of local and related education agencies and their educators to engage in systemic and sustainable improvement that impacts outcomes for all students, especially those ages three to grade three.  

SST Consultants are expected to remain current with research and evidence based practice and to participate in ongoing professional growth activities.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree or higher in special education or in one of the following areas with a focus, concentration, or licensure in special education or a related service area (i.e., speech language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, school psychology): early childhood education; elementary education; child development; family studies; curriculum and instruction; education administration/leadership; psychology; assessment and evaluation; and

At least three years of relevant experience including all of the following:  at least one year of experience providing support and/or services to those who work with preschool age children with disabilities working in one of the following capacities: administrator/supervisor; professional development provider, technical assistance provider or teacher mentor and at least two years of experience working with preschool age children in one of the following capacities:  intervention specialist, classroom teacher, related services provider or school psychologist and contributing as a member of an evaluation team for preschool special education eligibility with responsibility for writing evaluator reports; and developing and implementing IEP’s and monitoring student progress. 

An ODE issued license in a relevant field.  Administrative experience preferred.

In addition expertise and significant leadership experience in several of the following preferred: Ohio Improvement Process; Positive Behavior Intervention Support; Universal Design for Learning; family and community engagement; implementation and monitoring of improvement efforts; data analysis; culturally responsive practices; multi tiered systems of support; professional development, technical assistance and coaching; evidence based practices; knowledge of IDEA and ESEA.

Salary and Benefits:  commensurate with training and experience. 

Number of day contract: 202 days between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Contact: Qualified candidates should submit a resume, letter of interest and list of references

 Lisa Barnhouse at lbarnhouse@sst15.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Drug Free Work Place


Ohio’s Accessibility Manual and Appendices Posted on ODE Website

Ohio’s Accessibility Manual is a comprehensive policy document providing information about the accessibility features of Ohio’s State Tests for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The Manual helps to define the specific accessibility features available for all students, students with disabilities, students who are English language learners and students who are English language learners with disabilities.

Ohio’s Accessibility System features are made up of accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners as well as other features including administrative considerations, universal tools and designated supports.

The following are now available on the Ohio Department of Education website:

Ohio's Accessibility Manual 

  • Appendix A - Accessibility Features for Paper-based Ohio’s State Tests
  • Appendix B- Reading Access Accommodation Decision-Making Tool
  • Appendix C - Protocol for Scribing and Transcribing Student Responses
  • Appendix D - Assistive Technology Guidelines 
  • Appendix E - Emergency Accommodation Form
  • Appendix F - Accessibility Feature Decision-Making Framework

Planning Tools

2018 Horn-Walter Awards Nominations Now Open

The Horn-Walter Outstanding Achievement Awards presents an opportunity to recognize an outstanding educator and a student from the counties served by State Support Team Region 15.  Public school districts, community schools, career technical centers, Educational Service Centers, and County Boards of Developmental Disabilities each may nominate outstanding student with disabilities for the R. A. Horn Award and outstanding educator or educational teams for the Franklin B. Walter Award.

From the nominations received, a selection committee will choose one student and one educator or team to be honored June 12, 2018 at a luncheon to be held at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio.  Honorees will receive their awards during the luncheon that takes place from 11:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.

The Awards

=       The R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Raymond Horn who devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities.

=       The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is named in honor of Dr. Franklin B. Walter, former superintendent of Ohio’s public instruction, who devoted over 50 years of service developing quality educational initiatives and programs, including the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities.

State Support Team Region 15 is providing nomination forms along with the biographies of Raymond A. Horn and Franklin B. Walter to each of you.  Completed nomination forms and supporting materials must be received by 4:00 p.m., April 4, 2018.  Directions for completing the nomination forms and directions for submitting them to the State Support Team can be located on the nomination forms.

If you have any questions, you may contact Lynn Counts 740-289-4171 ext. 64224 or lcounts@sst15.org


Joint Guidance on Project SEARCH


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Joint Guidance on Project SEARCH

The Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) have issued joint guidance on Project SEARCH job readiness training programs. The agencies are working collaboratively to: plan and coordinate quarterly Project SEARCH meetings; ensure OOD participation in transition planning and IEP meetings; develop tools to assist students and families in making informed decisions about services; and be involved in decisions regarding the development of new programs.


To read the full joint guidance letter issued by Director Kevin Miller and Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, please click here.



Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science and Social Studies – Extended

The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions, as part of a periodic update process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science and Social Studies – Extended. Through the feedback, the Department can ensure the extended standards reflect the experience that Ohio educators and parents have gained with the extended standards during the past five years since they were first adopted. Through this periodic review, our state aims to better prepare students for the changing expectations of their options after high school.


All Ohioans can share their thoughts about the standards through March 12, 2018, through a survey available here.

SST 15 News
New Digital Resource Launched for Preschool Learning
Ohio’s parents and educators have a new resource to help little learners ages 3-5 prepare for school and their futures with the INFOhio Early Learning Portal. The easy-to-navigate site contains more than 50 websites and apps chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy.
“Our young children are eager to learn. It’s crucial that we nurture that desire and build a solid foundation for future learning,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Parents and educators can help their students be ready for school through these quality resources that make learning fun.”  “This website is a tremendous resource for parents and child care providers,” said Cynthia C. Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “It has a wealth of concrete suggestions for preparing children to succeed later in school. Best of all, those suggestions are both simple and fun.”  
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