Addressing the Academic and Social-Emotional Learning Needs of Adolescents with Disabilities (AC-SEL) is a development and dissemination project funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. AC-SEL is a multidisciplinary project that includes faculty and staff from the University of Cincinnati’s education, criminal justice, and information technology disciplines. The aim of AC-SEL is to support educators of students in sixth through twelfth grades meet the literacy, social, emotional, and behavioral learning needs of youth with behavioral difficulties.
The AC-SEL project team collaborated to revise the Effective Practices in Classroom Settings (EPICS) cognitive behavioral intervention to be more relevant to school-based settings. The AC-SEL project team also designing, developing, and deploying adolescent literacy resources for the Collaboration Application and Ohio Literacy Library to build educators’ knowledge and skills in the use of evidence-based language and literacy practices that increase literacy proficiency among Ohio’s youth.
AC-SEL funding has contributed to the development of the Ohio Literacy Library and Collaboration Application.
The aim of the EBPs4ELs project is to provide professional development that improves classroom instruction for English Learner students (ELs) and assists educators to meet high professional standards, including obtaining Ohio’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement. The EBPs4ELs project utilizes a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to measure project impacts. The intervention includes to completion of University of Cincinnati’s TESOL Endorsement and an 8-part EL module series on the Ohio Literacy Library. Stakeholders across Ohio’s statewide system of support and members of the Literacy Advisory Council will vet the new modules to increase the quality, relevance, and usefulness of the professional learning for Ohio’s educators.
Ohio Virtual-Literacy Improvement for Teachers and Students (OH V-LIFTS) is a development and dissemination project funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. The aim of OH V-LIFTS is to support educator teams and professional development providers to improve the individual and collective capacity of each educator to deliver evidence-based literacy instruction and intervention that enhances language and literacy outcomes for each pre-kindergarten through fifth grade (PK-5) learner.
Our team collaborates with state and national experts (in fields such as literacy, universal design for learning, and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages [TESOL]) to develop and revise all professional learning materials. We vet all tools and resources through a product-vetting panel of educators from Ohio’s local and regional education agencies (e.g., teachers, literacy coaches, consultants), as appropriate for each resource.
Funding for OH V-LIFTS has contributed to the development of the web-based tools listed below. Access to each of these tools is free for all educators in Ohio.
- Ohio Literacy Library
- Decision Rules Flowchart Application
- Collaboration Application
The Ohio Literacy Library is an interactive website that allows educators to engage in professional learning through comprehensive learning modules. The website extends the work already underway in Ohio by providing high-quality, universally accessible educational training and resources to all Ohio educators. Content on the Ohio Literacy Library is relevant for individuals supporting Ohio’s learners from birth through adulthood.
The P20 Literacy Collaborative, as part of the Ohio Deans Compact, brings together representatives from higher education, school districts, professional associations, regional entities (i.e., SSTs, ESCs), and ODE and ODHE. Membership includes 13 university – district partner teams from institutions receiving Compact-awarded Improving Literacy Partnership Grants and incentive grants and members of the Higher Education Literacy Steering Committee, which was established during the 2018-19 project year.
Products developed through the P20 Literacy Collaborative members are posted on the P20 website, such as model syllabi for faculty and video resources from the Read-A-Palooza.
All Ohio Literacy Professional Development (2022)
The Ohio Deans Compact, in collaboration with All Ohio Literacy, will sponsor a professional learning series focused on evidenced-based literacy practices for interested faculty from Ohio’s institutions of higher education (IHE) and district-school partners. The professional development is directly aligned with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement and is based on the Word Recognition components of the Simple View of Reading.
The opportunity is open to two- and four-year Ohio IHE faculty and their PK12 partners with preference given to IHEs with multiple faculty who commit to completing the professional learning. Faculty members from two- and four-year institutions may participate individually, as higher education teams, and/or as higher education-district teams. Faculty are encouraged to involve PK12 district partners and teacher education candidates in this professional learning opportunity.
Interested individuals should complete the “agreement to participate” form, including the names, post-nominal letters, titles, and affiliations of faculty and district/school personnel who will be participating. A virtual orientation session will be held on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 2:00 pm for all interested higher education and district-school faculty. Contact Jennifer Ottley, PhD, Director of Research, University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center, at Jennifer.email@example.com for additional information and to submit your agreement to participate form. Individuals should submit their form by Monday, February 28, 2022 at 4:30 pm. All participation is contingent on available funding and individuals will be notified if they are selected.
Literacy PD for IHE-District Teams 2022
Agreement to Participate Form Literacy PD for IHE-District Teams 2022
LETRS Professional Development (2021-2023)
The Ohio Deans Compact, in collaboration with Ohio Department of Education (ODE) leaders and members of the Compact’s P20 Literacy Collaborative, are sponsoring a professional learning series focused on the science of reading for faculty from Ohio’s institutions of higher education and district/school partners.
The professional development, Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), is directly aligned with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement. Currently, there are over 200 educators from Ohio’s partnering institutions of higher education and local education agencies participating in LETRS professional learning. Participants are part of a cohort – learning together, learning from each other, and learning from nationally certified LETRS trainers as a community of learners – in order to continually improve their knowledge and skills in the use of evidence-based language and literacy practices.