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State Support Team Region 15 Professional Development 2015-16
SST 15 NEWS and UPDATES
2015 Walter-Horn Awards Nominations Now Open

The Walter-Horn Outstanding Achievement Awards presents an opportunity to recognize an outstanding educator and student from the counties served by State Support Team Region 15. Public school districts, community schools, educational service centers, and county boards of developmental disabilities each may nominate an outstanding educator or educational team for the Franklin B. Walter Award and one outstanding student with disabilities for the R. A. Horn Award.

 From the nominations received, members of State Support Team Region 15 will select one student and one educator or team to be honored June 17, 2015 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 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.

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.

 State Support Team Region 15 will provide nomination forms to members of the Special Education Network. Applications are also provided on this website.

 

Completed nomination forms and supporting materials must be received by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Directions for completing the nomination forms (Franklin B. Walter and R.A. Horn) and directions for submitting them to the State Support Team can be located on the link for the nomination  forms.

Recruitment of Cohort #2 Principals for Ohio Leadership for Inclusion, Implementation, & Instruction

OLi4 is a collaborative effort through the University of Dayton supported with funding from the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. Partners include ODE-OEC, Ohio's state support teams (SSTs), the Buckeye Association of School Administrators/Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (BASA/OLAC), the Ohio Council of Professors of Educational Administration (OCPEA), the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA), and the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators OASSA).

The OLi4 project intends to improve the instructional leadership practice of Ohio principals. The project focuses in specifically on instructional leadership practices that promote inclusion through: (1) engagement with teacher-based teams (TBTs) to support teachers’ efforts to use relevant data to experiment with evidence-based teaching practices and monitor results, (2) observation of teaching, and (3) non-directive coaching of teachers to support their instructional improvement. Districts selected will commit to the project for a two-year period.

For additional information, please see the attached News Release. Please contact Pamela VanHorn, Project Coordinator, to discuss the project or express interest. The deadline to respond is Feb. 13, 2015.

IEPs with Results-Driven Accountability (RDA)
Starting this 2014-15 school year school districts will see a major change in how the Office of Exceptional Children (OEC) is revising its accountability system of special education programs provided to students. In precious years, on-site reviews conducted by OEC were very muc "compliance" focused in nature. IEP forms were reviewed to determine if all of the various sections fo the IEP were completed and if the wording in those sections were appropriate to meet federal law requirements. If problems were found, then the district had to correct the IEPs out of compliance and then submit future IEPs to OEC to show OEC those new IEPs were also being written correctly with compliant information.
 
This year OEC will shift monitoring of special education programs towards educational results and functional outcomes of students with disabilities. The change is called Results Driven Accountability or RDA. This process will now span up to four years for a district's involvement. More general information on this four year process will be presented at our trainings.
 
Four trainings have been scheduled for our region and are listed on the right side of this page under the "Upcoming Events". Please click  on the date  you wish to attend to access STARS to get registered.
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