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Ohio’s Plan to Improve Learning Experiences and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Education is embarking on a stakeholder-driven process to develop recommendations and support actions to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities. The work will reflect the vision, goal, principles and domains of Each Child, Our Future to ensure the recommendations are aligned with Ohio’s strategic plan. The Office for Exceptional Children’s plan is to be be completed by December 2019. 
USDOE Guidance Document - June 2019
The Department of Education issued guidance intended to provide flexibility to school districts in meeting the policy known as Supplement not Supplant under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.
2019 Excellence in Education Awards Brunch
SST3 Director, Shelly Gaski, shared R. A. Horn with Recipient, Richie Montgomery of Euclid City Schools.
SST3 Assistant Director, Susan Schraff, gave Franklin B. Walter Award to Jordan Eaton - Olmsted Falls City Schools.
Shari Hunter - Two Cafe & Boutique - 2019 Keynote Speaker




















On May 10, students and staff gathered for the 40th Annual Excellence in Education Awards recognizing students with disabilities, peers, and educators, at Woodside Event Center at St. Michael’s in Broadview Heights, Ohio. The event is planned by the ESC of Northeast Ohio and the State Support Team – Region 3. Check out the Event Video.

The recognition brunch is an opportunity for educators, teachers, students, and community members to celebrate the great things that are happening in special education today. Students, peers, and educators received awards.

  • The Outstanding Student Achievement Award acknowledges achievements of school-age children and youth with disabilities in Northeast Ohio.
  • The Outstanding Peer Achievement Award recognizes students without disabilities who have established positive relationships and who have assisted other students with disabilities, serving as exemplary role models.
  • The Outstanding Educator Achievement Award honors educators who are the exemplars in designing instructional strategies and programs.

Jordan Eaton from Olmsted Falls City Schools was recognized with the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award. This award is presented to one educator from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions, who has made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities.

Richie Montgomery, a student from Euclid City Schools, was recognized with the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student. This award is presented to one exemplary student receiving special education services and support from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. The award was established more than 25 years ago by the Ohio Department of Education.

This year’s keynote speaker was Shari Hunter, who founded the Two Foundation with her son Derek, who was the  inspiration behind this influential operation. When Derek was born with Down Syndrome, she realized there was a need to break barriers and change mindsets when it came to those with exceptionalities.  The Two Foundation/Two Cafe and Boutique in Chagrin Falls is doing just that by creating a fully integrated environment that proves individuals with exceptionalities have so much to add to the workplace and society as a whole.  The Two Foundation bridges the gap between individuals and local business partners as it prepares, places, and supports job seekers to ensure long-term business and personal success. According to Shari, “We are all just people and when we do life ‘TWogether,’ life happens.”


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