Overcoming obstacles to learning means addressing obstacles that impede the ability of students to learn. This includes tackling issues like attendance, mental health and high-speed internet. Attendance is a critical concern: students need to be present to engage with learning, but the pandemic greatly impacted attendance. Ohio is investing in several programs to support student attendance. The state also is investing in resources to support districts in meeting the mental health needs of their students, including a Center of Excellence for Prevention Education. Ohio is ensuring more students and families have access to additional learning opportunities at home such as online learning through programs and services, like the Connectivity Champions.
Stay in the Game Network
The work with these partners will include professional development on implementing research-based attendance strategies for districts. It will leverage communities of practice to build regional capacity through Ohio’s educational service centers and state support teams. In addition, districts can receive intensive supports through a data cohort with Proving Ground, district diagnostics with Attendance Works and access to a digital play book from the Cleveland Browns. Learn more on the Stay in the Game Network website.
A statewide program funded by the Ohio Department of Education and offered to Ohio’s districts and schools to help increase family engagement by providing intensive outreach, engagement and enhanced support for eligible students in grades K-12. For more information, visit the ENGAGE Ohio website.
Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership
The partnership brings together early childhood mental health consultants in each of the 16 state support team regions so that each state support team is paired with a consultant who will train school personnel, conduct consultations and accept referrals for preK-grade 3 students in schools served in the region.
Center of Excellence for Prevention Education
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Education will work to build school district, educational service center and community mental health capacity in suicide prevention, student assistance programs, prevention education and trauma-informed practices through the creation of a Center of Excellence for Prevention Education. The center will be a resource for schools and districts and provide technical assistance, coaching and identification of best practices to increase and enhance prevention supports for K-12 students.
Grant Us Hope Suicide Prevention
The Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, offers Grant Us Hope suicide prevention programming to Ohio schools and districts. The goal is to raise awareness of the warning signs of suicidality and assist in linking those in need with appropriate supports. The program seeks to engage students by using peer-to-peer, evidence-based programming to eliminate stigma around mental health and suicide; empower students to become advocates for their own mental health and that of others; and educate Ohioans of all ages to identify warning signs and assist in connecting someone in crisis to the help they need. More information can be found on the Grant Us Hope website.
School-based Health Care
These funds will assist school districts and health care providers in establishing and expanding school-based health care facilities and services. Districts that partner with local health care providers can receive $500,000 in grant funds through the Ohio Department of Health for capital costs associated with creating and expanding school-based health care facilities and services for Ohio’s students. Read more about School-based Health Care.
Family and Community Partner Liaisons and
Family Engagement Liaisons
This funding will support and extend existing work being done by Ohio’s educational service centers and The Ohio State University’s Statewide Family Engagement Center to provide students with wraparound services and whole-child supports through partnerships with Ohio’s Family and Children First Councils. Liaisons will work with families, students and schools to encourage student engagement or re-engagement, as well as promote consistent school attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. Visit Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center for more information.
The Connectivity Champions will ensure schools, students and educators have access to reliable and adequate internet and technologies necessary for remote, hybrid and in-person education. The Connectivity Champions will coordinate and help troubleshoot connectivity issues, connect schools and families to resources at the local, regional, state and federal levels, and ensure technology integration in education. Read more about Connectivity Champions.
Last Modified: 7/15/2022 4:58:29 PM