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Improving Literacy Through Intentionality, Focus, and Hard Work: A Look Back at Niles City Schools' Year of Progress

A little over a year ago, Niles City Schools agreed to serve as the early literacy pilot district in State Support Team (SST) Region 5. One of eight pilots, Niles and other districts across eight of Ohio's 16 SST regions participated in an extensive professional development experience designed to strengthen evidence-based early literacy (pre-kindergarten through third grade) instruction for all children.

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Part II: Educators in Southern/Southeastern Ohio Join Forces to Address Critical State Shortages

In Part II of the series highlighting information about a grant designed to develop sensory impairment course content to increase the competence of teachers, this Facilitator's Hub post dives deeper into to work between Shawnee State University (SSU) and the University of Rio Grande (URG), and educators from Ohio's southern and southeastern regions.

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Part I: Educators in Southern/Southeastern Ohio Join Forces to Address Critical State Shortages

"Districts and families in our part of the state are desperate. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't get a panicked call from a district asking for help in finding an interpreter, a teacher, anyone who can support a child with a hearing or visual impairment," explained Dr. Doug Sturgeon, Associate Professor in Shawnee State University's Department of Teacher Education and Principal Investigator of the Broadening Horizons project.

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Putting Districts First! SST 16 Builds Regional Capacity to Improve Student and Adult Learning

State Support Team (SST) 16 serves 24 districts, seven county boards of developmental disabilities, four career centers, and a variety of other agencies across an eight-county region.

"Our number one non-negotiable as a staff is that we put districts first when it comes to all of our work," said Heather Wolfe, director of SST Region 16.

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