State Support Teams
Ohio’s Statewide System of Support includes the Department of Education, State Support Teams, Education Service Centers, Information Technology Centers and professional associations and organizations. As a part of the Statewide System of Support, the State Support Team collaborates with schools, families, regional partners and the Department through a continuous improvement process to ensure each child in Ohio has access to a high-quality education. With a focus on leadership, team development and inclusive instructional practices, SST consultants assist districts and schools in improving outcomes for each child. The main areas of expertise include Ohio’s continuous improvement process, Early Literacy, Early Learning and School Readiness and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. State Support Teams provide guidance to build capacity in district personnel to support students with disabilities. Direct supports include but are not limited to Universal Design for Learning, co-planning to co-serve and the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
State support team consultants are educators with expertise in school improvement, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, language and literacy development, and/or preschool and special education. The Ohio Department of Education coordinates 16 regional teams that cover Ohio and can respond to your call today. There is no cost to use their services.
Where do I find the state support team for my district or school?
Click on the State Support Team icons on the map below for more information about each State Support Team region, including their COVID-19 specific resource page.
For State Support Team contacts, click here
What power does a state support team add to our district or school?
Your state support team expands your leadership team to add specially trained educator experts to work on your efforts to improve climate and learning outcomes for all students. The state support team uses research-based practices to help you build custom solutions for your central office staff, building administrators and teachers and partners with your team to design concrete measures. These solutions boost organizational efficiency.
Specifically, your state support team provides coordination and support for common barriers in school improvement and services for low-performing students.
Your district or school might be struggling with:
- Measurable benchmarks that produce valuable data for your staff to watch and use;
- Turnover in staff, specifically school leadership;
- Full understanding of the Ohio Improvement Process and how to implement it; or
- Assumptions that adult indicators are not linked directly to student learning.
How does my state support team work?
Your team uses its vast and varied expertise in education to guide your leadership through five steps.
The state support team will help you:
- Review objectively the meeting structure at your building level and share ways to create more impact in your meetings;
- Partner with your leadership to energize your current district, building and teacher teams;
- Unpack Ohio’s Learning Standards with your staff to strengthen your curriculum;
- Check students’ progress in learning and show your teachers how to improve classroom instruction; and
- Assist your district and building teams in the Ohio Improvement Process. This includes identifying the needs of your district and developing customized professional development and other support.
State Support Team Evaluations
The Ohio Department of Education performs an evaluation of each State Support Team annually, pursuant to ORC 3312.09(B). This evaluation is completed in collaboration with the State Support Team staff using a variety of formative and summative data sources, and all areas of State Support Teams’ Grant Agreement deliverables are addressed in the course of the evaluation. In FY19, all State Support Teams met the Grant Agreement deliverables and received a signed version of this form.
Last Modified: 9/15/2020 11:53:30 AM