InspirED Virtual Learning Series
The 2020-2021 school year has proven to be different in many ways—from teaching and learning remotely to learning how to connect and engage in new ways and ensuring ALL students have access to the information and resources they need during this unique time.
In September 2020, OCALI, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, launched the InspirED Virtual Learning Series to support educators, education professionals, families, caregivers, and others during this pandemic and in new, remote learning environments.
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This ongoing Zoomcast series is hosted jointly by OCALI Center leads and ODE partners.
In Focus: Secondary Transition in Ohio
January 20, 2022 | 4:00pm
Research shows that comprehensive and thorough transition planning for students with disabilities leads to better post-school employment, education, and independent living outcomes. As part of the Ohio Department of Education’s focus on secondary transition for the State Systemic Improvement Plan, this episode explores secondary transition planning practices and insights, as well as resources to support secondary transition planning practices. Join representatives from the Ohio Department of Education, OCALI's Lifespan Transitions Center, and two Ohio schools as they share more about this focus and the plan to improve secondary transition planning for students in Ohio.
Presented by: Jo Hannah Ward, Director, Office for Exceptional Children; Joseph Petrarca, Associate Director, Office for Exceptional Children; Amy Szymanski, Secondary Transition & Workforce Consultant, Office for Exceptional Children; Alex Corwin, Program Director of Lifespan Transitions Center, OCALI
More sessions coming soon!
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 earn a professional development certificate by completing a survey at the end of each learning session.
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.
If you missed a recent session or want to go back and re-watch, check out the most recent InspirED sessions below.
Building Strong Family-School Partnerships
Learn strategies for building partnerships between families and school staff. Learn how to nurture these relationships and navigate the barriers posed by the pandemic.
Ensuring Access to the General Curriculum for All Learners
Explore the new (and FREE) video-based learning series that explores practical, easy-to-use resources designed to ensure ALL learners have access to the general curriculum.
The Power of PBIS and Community-based Partnerships to Support the Whole Child
Get a sneak peek at a new video series developed for Ohio school districts called PBIS: Supporting the Whole Child.
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.
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.
Made possible through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and OCALI