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Introducing “Each Child Means Each Child: Ohio’s Plan to Improve Learning Experiences and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities”

3/8/2021

The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to unveil “Each Child Means Each Child: Ohio’s Plan to Improve Learning Experiences and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.” Each Child Means Each Child offers recommendations, tactics and action steps to ensure Ohio’s 270,000 students currently enrolled in public schools who have been identified with disabilities benefit from the vision and core principles heralded in Ohio’s strategic plan for education.  

Each Child Means Each Child uses data to illustrate what education looks like for Ohio’s students with disabilities. Additionally, it organizes recommendations, tactics and actions to improve these educational experiences in three major focus areas. These include: 

  • Getting to the Problem Early: Development and Implementation of a Statewide Model for an Integrated Multi-Tiered System of Support;
  • Building Educators’ and Systemwide Capacity: Promotion of Ongoing Job-Embedded Professional Learning; and
  • Educating for Living a Good Life: Advancement of Postsecondary Learning Experiences and Outcomes.   

 The plan also contains stories that demonstrate how student outcomes might improve when the recommendations of the plan are implemented. 

Shortly after the launch of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, the Department and advocates for students with disabilities recognized an opportunity to improve education for these students. The Department, in partnership with more than 7,000 stakeholders, began considering how to make the aspirational vision of Each Child, Our Future a reality for students with disabilities. Each Child Means Each Child is the result of this effort.