InspirED Virtual Learning Series


Developed in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, the InspirED Virtual Learning Series provides information and resources on a variety of topics to help support learning and successful outcomes for students and families.

Each recorded session is designed to help professionals and families navigate specific topics, with time provided for real-time Q&A in the chat.

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This ongoing Zoomcast series is hosted jointly by OCALI Center leads and ODE partners.

PBIS Lessons Learned Part 1: District Leadership

September 22, 2022 | 4:00pm

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) unites schools, families, and community members as partners in creating a strong and successful community where each student can thrive and reach their potential. It is a structured, yet flexible framework that guides teams in the selection, integration, and implementation of evidence-based practices for improving academic, social, and behavior outcomes for all students. PBIS is a proactive approach to teaching ALL students positive skills they will use throughout their lives. This episode, the first of a four-part series, focuses on the essential role of district teams in a system-wide approach to PBIS implementation. Viewers will hear directly from district administrators and team members who have been involved in multi-year implementation processes and experienced challenges and opportunities for growth along the way.

Presented by: Lisa Zelvy, Coordinator of Pupil Support Services, Sycamore Community Schools w/ (Host) Carly McVey, Senior Director, Integrated Solutions and Project Management, OCALI

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PBIS Lessons Learned Part 2: Early Childhood

October 20, 2022 | 4:00pm

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, can be a complex topic to understand and an even more challenging process to apply and implement. At its core, PBIS is a framework for solving problems and a blueprint for changing the way school communities understand behavioral challenges and support social, emotional, and behavioral expectations. This episode focuses on how implementing PBIS may look different for our youngest students (preschool-grade 3). While the features of PBIS are the same across all grades, there is a greater emphasis on what is developmentally appropriate for young learners in early childhood. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of early childhood considerations through the lens of the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) at the Tier 1 level.

Presented by: Margie Spino, PhD., Education Program Specialist in the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness; Michelle Smith, Early Learning Consultant for SST8; Alicia Hart, Early Childhood Instructional Technology Specialist, OCALI

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How it Works

The learning series consists of “Zoomcast” sessions or recorded, facilitated conversations that are approximately 30 minutes each. All content is focused on increasing successful engagement of diverse learners in a remote/virtual instructional environment, linking the users with appropriate resources and tools.

Learners have the ability to ask hosts questions in the chat, and also earn a professional development certificate by completing a survey at the end of each learning session.

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Who It's For

Our vision for this virtual learning series is to fill a need and help educators, administrators, and families find the information and resources they need to support learning and successful outcomes for their students or children during a very unique time of learning.

Educators who support students with disabilities in their continued/newer role as remote learning instructors.
Administrators and other school leaders as they guide and support educators.
Families in their new role as at-home instructors.
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Recent Sessions

If you missed a recent session or want to go back and re-watch, check out the most recent InspirED sessions below.

Want to Search by Audience or Topic?

To easily find specific sessions or content, all videos have been organized by audience and by topic. In the Gallery for Families and the Gallery for Professionals, learners can access all previously aired sessions, which include interactive transcripts, audio description, and session materials. These galleries are also a great resource to share with colleagues, families, and others who may benefit from the information.

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Want More?

If you have participated in one of our InspirED Zoomcasts, we know that you are interested in expanding your knowledge and capacity through online learning. So, we want to be sure that you know about OCALICONLINE, the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference.

While we usually bring thousands of people together in Columbus, Ohio each year, this year, we’re doing it all virtually! Registration is open now! We invite you to join us November 16-19! Head over to www.ocalicon.org to learn more!


Below we've included some resources from the Special Education Leaders Fellowship that address remote learning and are available to help school leaders on the return to school.

  • Learning modules on MTSS and making PD engaging at a distance;
  • Re-entry toolkits on engaging related service providers, student-centered staffing, IEP progress monitoring, and collaborative planning; and
  • Distance learning webinars to help educators use distance learning tools effectively and efficiently.
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Made possible through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and OCALI

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