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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Register Now for Our Latest Session

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

Supporting the Wellness of Students and Staff

December 15, 2022 | 4:00pm

One of the unanticipated outcomes of the pandemic was the impact on the mental health of our youth. As a result, school districts have been tasked with ramping up their behavioral and mental health services to support student wellness. This has required districts to strengthen partnerships with social service agencies and increase family engagement. Hear from Kristin Fazio from Summit ESC about how her team was able to advocate and support the Whole Child Framework through a wide scope of behavioral health programs and services.

Presented by: Kristin M. Fazio, Ed.S, Director of Student Services & Wellness, Summit Educational Service Center; Elizabeth Wietmarschen, M.Ed., Transition to Adulthood Consultant, OCALI's Lifespan Transitions Center

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Engaging Families in the Alternate Assessment

January 19, 2023 | 4:00pm

Join us to learn more about how families should be included in discussions related to alternate assessment decision-making for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Participants will learn how to use state guidelines, supports, and tools to make this very important team decision.

Presented by: Ma’Taya Hammond, M.Ed., Education Program Specialist, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education; Shawna Benson, M.Ed., Program Director, Teaching Diverse Learners Center at OCALI; Megan Flowers, Education Program Specialist, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education

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More sessions coming soon!

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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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