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State Support Team

Serving school districts in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Ohio

Diverse Learners

Overview



Each and every learner is diverse. Planning intentionally for learner variability is the key to ensuring that instruction is accessible to ALL students, and every learner is successful in meeting the expectations established by Ohio’s Learning Standards. 

The consultants at SST 7 provide coaching, and technical assistance, professional development and resources to optimize service delivery systems to support individuals with disabilities. 

Through Universal Design for Learning (UDL), learning environments are made accessible and equitable for all learners. Click on the podcast/video above to view Crestview teachers interviewed by Loui Lord Nelson on their work with UDL implementation in their school district.

Guiding Principles

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Each Child, Our Future: Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education is Ohio’s plan for ensuring each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent preK-12 education. Each Child, Our Future

Each Child Means Each Child: Ohio’s Plan to Improve Learning Experiences and Outcomes for SWD was developed to provide guidance to help ensure all students benefit from the guiding principles of Ohio’s Strategic Plan. Each Child Means Each Child

Laws, Regulations and Guidance

Ohio Department of Education & Office of Exceptional Children: Special Education

A Guide to Parents Rights in Special Education: A Guide to Parents Rights in Special Education

Ohio Required and Optional Forms: Required and Optional Forms

Universal Support Materials: Universal Support Materials

OEC Resources for Essential IEP, Essential ETR, Post-Secondary Transition Live Binder: Live Binder

Supporting Agencies

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Advancing Social and Emotional Learning: CASEL
IES What Works Clearinghouse: WWCH
Knox Educational Service Center: KESC
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center: MOESC
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center: NCOESC
Office of Special Education Programs: OSEP
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence: OCALI
Ohio Leadership Advisory Council: OLAC 
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: OCDB
Tri-County Educational Service Center: TCESC
US Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act: ESSA

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all students. First articulated by CAST in the 1990s and now the leading framework in an international reform movement, UDL informs our work in educational research and development, capacity building, and professional learning.

CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. Located near Boston, CAST created the Universal Design for Learning framework and UDL guidelines to make learning more inclusive. CAST's mission is to transform education design and practice until learning has no limits.

The Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI offers professional development resources, technical assistance, and resources to help design educational environments that enable all learners to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning.

UDL-IRN is a grassroots organization that supports the scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning. Through collaboration, we support and promote the identification and development of models, tools, research, and practices designed to foster effective UDL implementation in educational environments. We encourage and welcome participation in these discussions.

Additional UDL Resources: