Subject: We can do this... learning opportunities for 2021 from Hamilton County ESC

Sessions in leadership development, behavioral health, mental wellness, equity, social justice... and more.

Happy New Year!

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While our sessions are still virtual, we know that seeing you in-person once again is not far off. We are excited to start the new year with a variety of opportunities that will help you transform learning - so that each child can learn more, do more, be more.

Hamilton County ESC


Leadership Development

Teacher Coaching and Feedback Cohort

The Coaching and Feedback Cohort is a school-embedded professional learning experience that builds instructional leadership capacity for administrators and instructional coaches. Cohort members will observe classroom teaching in small groups and practice learned feedback and coaching strategies.

Participants will receive 7 Tools for Developing Teachers and Teaching (Mike Rutherford.) Focus areas for feedback and coaching will include the OTES rubric, district specific goals, and school-wide initiatives. The overall purpose is to develop the coaching and feedback skills of administrators to improve the instructional skills and techniques of their teachers.

Beginning January 21st

Making Co-Teaching Stick: Sustainable Practices for Collaborative Instruction

Co-teaching models and co-planning practices unlock much of the potential of co-teaching, but it can be challenging to make the practices stick. Sometimes encountered obstacles stall implementation of the work. What strategies can be employed when co-teaching efforts fall flat? How is the success of co-teaching measured?

Join Allison Curran to explore ways to tackle the issues that are holding back the process of co-teaching.

January 21st

The Distance Learning Playbook for Leaders

by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie

In March 2020, there was no manual for leading schools and school systems during a pandemic. But starting now, leaders have the opportunity to prepare for leading schools through distance learning with purpose and intent—using what works best to accelerate students’ learning all the while maintaining an indelible focus on equity.

"The Distance Learning Playbook for School Leaders" applies the wisdom and evidence of the VISIBLE LEARNING® research to understand what works best. Spanning topics from school climate at a distance, leader credibility, care for self and colleagues, instructional leadership teams, stakeholder advisory groups, and virtual visibility, this comprehensive playbook details how you can mobilize to lead the delivery of high-impact learning in an online, virtual, and distributed environment.

Join Amy Spicher as she leads you through "The Distance Learning Playbook for School Leaders."

Beginning January 25th

Leading from the Middle

Far too little attention has been paid to the role that assistant principals have in the development of high performing schools. Today's assistant principals need to be highly effective instructional leaders, innovative thinkers, and agile problem solvers who can respond to a myriad of daily issues and challenges.

Leading from the Middle provides specific, practical, and replicable leadership strategies for today's assistant principals. In addition, the content has been designed to better prepare assistant principals as they transition into the position of principal.

Beginning January 28th

OTES - Ohio Teacher Evaluation System Trainings and Overviews

A Roadmap to Meaningful IEPS

Amidst the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic facing today’s educators and its effect on equality for all students; it is crucial for educators to develop and implement meaningful IEPs.


Part 1 - January 26th

Explore service delivery with ETR and IEP alignment, utilize data to drive IEP decisions and apply distant learning plans to support IEPs to end up with positive outcomes for students with disabilities.

Part 2 - February 9th

Examine the usage of prior written notices, deconstruct progress reports with documentation of services and equity for students, and highlight ODE IEP Universal Supports.

2021 Midwest Leadership Summit

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Returning for its 7th year in a virtual location, the Midwest Leadership Summit (#MWLS21), sponsored by both Butler County ESC and Hamilton County ESC, brings highly sought-after educational experts to southwest Ohio for four days of learning, reflecting, and connecting.

Don’t miss out on new features like exciting On-Demand Content and Leadership Labs, along with nationally known speakers Elena Aguilar, Mike Kleba, and Ryan O’Hara.

June 1st - June 4th


Behavioral Health and Mental Wellness

Vicarious Trauma and Compassionate Staff

There is a cost to caring and it is not uncommon for school professionals, who have a classroom with one or more students struggling with the effects of trauma, to experience symptoms very much like those their students are exhibiting; or, for the building administration and support staff to encounter like experiences throughout their day which may result in compassion fatigue.

This learning experience is filled with discussion on strategies, tools, and topics that guide you successfully through in order to limit the impact of burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue.

January 7th

Building Resilience into Instruction

Resilience can be nurtured without stand-alone units and lessons. Embrace trauma-informed designs by building resilience themes into your instruction and habits. Discover ways to send safety signals directly to learners' brains!

January 11th

Make It and Take It: Classroom Interventions

Three mini-sessions will cover different commonly identified classroom behavior, how to measure the behavior, and suggestions for why the student is behaving in this way.

Each session will focus on a different intervention strategy and script for implementing with your student(s) along with a plan for how to evaluate its effectiveness based on the identified behavior for the session. The best part of these short sessions is that you leave with additional tools for your toolbox that can be tried the very next day!

January 13th session

February 24th session

March 3rd session

Trauma for Educators

Join this exceptional group of professionals as we explore the impact of stress on the brain and its functions. We will discuss how stress can lead to trauma and how trauma can lead to learning issues.

January 15th

The Nature of Resiliency & The Counterbalance of Trauma

With external influences continuing to impact our educational foundation, administrators, teachers, students, and caregivers are experiencing stressors that are leading to trauma. As additional demands are being placed on the school district staff, caregivers, and students, impacting health and wellness, new strategies and techniques are emerging.

Join us as we explore the topic of resilience and how to counterbalance the effects of trauma.

January 19th

Belonging as a Protective Factor

Humans are hardwired for belonging. Belonging is created through safety. Signaling safety through belonging requires strategic designs in organizations. This session explores both the need for safety signals and ideas for creating them.

February 1st

Where Does Trauma Fit in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports?

We will review components of the PBIS framework while considering the components of trauma. Understand how both can be embedded within your Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework.

February 10th

The Brain and Trauma

Join other professionals as we engage in conversation regarding specific areas of the brain. We will explore stress, trauma, the brain, and the compounding impact on student academic, behavioral and emotional performance.

February 11th

Working With Paraprofessionals 101

Working with support staff can feel like it's a full time job on top of a full time job. This training will provide you with lots of tips on how to “support” your support staff (and yourself!) when working in the general education classroom and resource room.

February 5th - Inclusive Settings & Resource Rooms

March 15th - Self Contained Settings

CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Refresher Course

Join our Senior Level Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Trainers for a refresher course covering:

  • Prevention and verbal de-escalation skills

  • Disengagement Safety techniques

  • Risk assessment framework

  • Physical intervention techniques

Participants will need to pick up their refresher workbook from Hamilton County ESC prior to the date of the training. Participants will receive their blue card valid for certification.

January 22nd


Equity and Social Justice

One Degree Shift in Understanding Race, Class, Culture, and Poverty in the Classroom

We invite you to join Katrice Quitter and a cohort of other educators for a unique virtual professional learning series to explore diversity, belonging, equity, and inclusion in your system.

Beginning January 14th

Lights, Camera, Learn

Take a deeper dive into what is meant by school to prison pipeline, our bias that can contribute to it as well as your district's code of conduct.

Watch independently and discuss together Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School. 

Beginning February 3rd

The Equity Circle

Are you thinking about, creating, and/or maintaining environments where students, families, and staff can fully be themselves? What are your challenges? How do you move beyond speaking about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to doing the work every single day?

You may not know what to ask, you may not have answers to tough questions, or you may not even know where to start!

Regardless of where you are on this journey, we invite you to The Equity Circle - a place to be vulnerable, to learn, to share, to collaborate, and to rumble with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and best practices.

January 20th session

March 17th session

May 19th session


Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL to Personalize Lessons Series

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is more than a buzz word or trend. UDL is a key to unlocking many of education’s opportunities that have emerged since legislation unleashed a flood of education research. Every bit of research data has resulted in chasing an ever-changing standard for educating all children.

This series (or you may elect to enroll in individual sessions) is designed to enable educators to craft instruction for all learners.

Universal Design for Learning Foundation

Understand the universal design approach when applied to education.

January 12th

UDL and Learner Profiles

Utilize UDL to personalize learning by creating “expert” learners.

February 22nd

UDL and Lesson Design

Apply UDL to lesson designs.

January 27th

Register for the Series!

Series participants may also take advantage of one additional hour of instructional coaching to be scheduled at a time conducive to their calendar. 

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Reading and Language Intervention

Phonics and the Alphabetic Principle

An Online Learning Course for K-3 Reading Teachers

Do you teach young readers or struggling readers? Do you have reading and/or phonics limitations listed on your license(s) and need to complete the required coursework in the teaching of reading and/or phonics before renewing and/or advancing that license? This offering is for you!

Join other educators in this eight week on-line learning opportunity which will include asynchronous online lessons, readings and reflections packed into four learning modules.

Beginning March 8th

Beginning May 10th

Re-thinking School-Age Language Intervention

Research related to language intervention strategies will be shared. The influence of metalinguistics on intervention and applying the principals of statistical learning, highlighting the desired language pattern for the student to learn will be reviewed. Implementing targeted concepts into daily practice will be discussed and participants will create an intervention material based on learned concepts.

ASHA CEUs: This course will be offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).

January 14th


Assistive Tech

Switch It Up!

Bring your crafty self as we go live in demonstrating how to switch adapt a toy. Consultants will be available to demonstrate and help you troubleshoot as you follow along and leave the session with a newly switch adapted toy.

January 28th

Game On! AT Style

Come game with us! Virtually attend with your student(s) as your assistive technology consultants demonstrate and engage in online game play and activities using switches and other adapted equipment.

February 11th


Gifted Learning

Engage and Empower Gifted Learners Through Blended Learning

Join this hybrid class as we explore the pedagogy behind blended learning, its various models and strategies, and how it can engage and empower gifted learners.

We will explore resources from blended learning and innovative education experts such as Catlin Tucker, George Couros, Katie Martin, Eric Sheninger, and John Spencer, as well as share ideas in asynchronous and synchronous discussions.

Beginning January 11th

Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping (Gifted) Students Learn How to Learn

Dive into Richard Cash's book Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn and apply your learning to gifted students in face to face, remote, and/or hybrid learning situations.

This 13 week long book study is designed to allow participants to complete the work in a self-paced, online learning environment.

Beginning January 26th

LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani

"Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators. They discover powerful skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination—that will help them shape the world’s future … our future."

Let's think about how to challenge ourselves and our gifted learners (as well as ALL learners) to continue to create while they are in online, face-to-face, or blended school environments.

Share ideas, discuss each chapter, and explore creative learning strategies.

This book study qualifies for 15 gifted HQPD hours.

Beginning April 12th

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