Behavior problems at school interfere with lessons and disturb other students. These problems often overwhelm teachers, particularly new teachers, and some consider them the most difficult aspect of a teacher’s work day. Children who exhibit behavior problems invariably require extra attention, which places strain on teachers and slows the pace at which lessons are offered and completed.
Dealing with behavioral issues requires a large base of knowledge, from understanding the classroom climate to understanding mental health issues and how trauma affects students. In order to help teachers and administrators, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center has developed a new behavioral team to offer support. They will provide professional development opportunities and subsequent coaching support to build professional capacity to most effectively assess, address and improve student outcomes.
There are 3 levels of support. The first level is general professional development training held at Mid-Ohio ESC that any district or individual may participate in, client and non client districts. Level One Professional development opportunities are also available to be scheduled in districts.
After districts, teams or individuals complete Level One professional development opportunities, those districts, teams or individuals, may access a coach to provide continued customized support for their learning, the second level of support.
Level Three is the most intensive support, and the Behavior Support Team will use research-driven, evidence-based practices to consult and provide training of practical applications, for use by school leaders, educators, and staff, to most effectively assess and address student mental and behavioral health needs. At this level, the Behavior Support Team will consist of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, an Instructional Coach, an Administrator, and a Licensed Social Worker.
Jennifer Crum, Director of Student Services at Mid-Ohio ESC, said there was a need, and this is a way to help. “We hope that, through our collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, positive results in improving learner academic and/or behavioral outcomes are realized. The collaboration provides an opportunity to create a safe environment for each team member to move toward their own and their collective team's desired goals in a fulfilling manner through coaching.”
Anyone interested in accessing this new support from Mid-Ohio ESC or with questions about fees and registration can contact Crum or Wendy Harvey at 419-774-5520.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, there is a critical shortage in school psychology. Shortages in school psychology have the potential to significantly undermine the availability of high quality services to students, families, and schools. In order to mitigate this problem in the local area, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center and the University of Toledo have collaborated to implement the “Grow Your Own” Mid-Ohio School Psychology Development Program.
This program will encourage interested graduate students to pursue a career in school psychology with Mid-Ohio ESC. Successful applicants will have their tuition paid for the duration of the program. In exchange for the applicant’s tuition being paid for during graduate school, they agree to work for Mid-Ohio ESC for five years once they become fully licensed.
For the 20-21 School Year, MOESC has accepted 2 program applicants and will accept 2 program applicants each year as it aligns with district need and attrition rates. This does depend on the University of Toledo having program seats available for acceptance each year.
Jennifer Crum, Director of Student Services said, “It is exciting to collaborate with the University of Toledo to offer a ‘Grow You Own’ program, especially in the area of school psychology! Our efforts to recruit candidates, who reside within our regional school districts, offer a promising approach to consistently develop a healthy school psychology workforce and meet critical shortages within our region.”
Interested applicants may email Jennifer Crum at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following subject line: MOESC/UT Grow Your Own School Psychologist Program Applicant.
The Mid-Ohio Conference Center is now open for meetings and gatherings. The facility will set up safe spacing for gatherings as referenced in the Responsible RestartOhio Restaurants, Bars, and Banquet & Catering Facilities/Services guidelines.
The Mid-Ohio Conference Center has rooms that can accommodate from 3 to 300 people. The conference center can be configured to fit the needs of any group, both big and small, with room for social distancing.
To reserve a date, call (419) 774-2513 to leave a message containing the date, time, number of people and event type. Reservations should be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the event. Reservations require a non-refundable $50.00 rental deposit. You will be contacted to confirm your date is available.
The conference center is also booking wedding receptions and other events for 2021. Visit www.midohioconferencecenter.com or call Candy Bores at (419) 774-2501 for more information.
September 16-17, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$85.00 per day/$170 total
419.774.5520 ext. 2450
The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone, and the Parent Mentors at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center wanted to help parents and guardians of students with special needs while everyone was distance learning, knowing that they are a necessary and large piece of continuing services for their children.
To do so, Mid-Ohio ESC’s Parent Mentors, Lindsey Schonauer-Howald and Cindy Wrobleski, collaborated with Ang Fetter, Special Education Consultant, to offer parents of students with disabilities an opportunity to network via Zoom Conferencing each Thursday evening of April at 7:00 p.m.
At each conference, Fetter shared tips to promote positive academic and behavioral outcomes for children. She talked about managing difficult behaviors, the need to have schedules and different ways they can look, how to engage a child with autism, and how to request an evaluation for special education services for a child.
“Some parents have expressed that they are completely overwhelmed with trying to balance work and having to facilitate learning at home for their children,” said Crum, “and the Zoom meetings provided some comfort in knowing that they are ‘all in this together.’”
Wrobleski agreed. “We had grandparents, parents and professionals join our group. The meetings provided ideas and examples for handling different situations and issues. We even had adult talk time when many people needed it. Ang is an excellent speaker with so many good ideas for handling real life struggles.”
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides tiered instruction and support to districts through the Teaching and Learning department. For the 2019-2020 school year, Galion City Schools has been partnering with Mid-Ohio to improve math instruction for the entire district. Leanna Ferreira, Mid-Ohio ESC Gifted Services Consultant and also Galion’s consultant for this initiative, said, “The district had established a district-wide goal for better math instruction in alignment with their implementation of a new curriculum in grades 6-12 and the search for a new math curriculum in grades PK-5.”
The middle and high school staff spent a significant amount of time creating a yearlong curriculum map of implementing the new curriculum while focusing on the essential thinking required of students through a deeper analysis of the standards.
“I observed and experienced a willingness from the staff to embrace the philosophies and ideas behind the math standards as they take an honest and reflective look at their classroom strategies and practices,” said Ferreira. “Specifically, many of the Primary and Intermediate teachers had begun to implement Math Talks in their classrooms prior to the building closures [in March] and as we continued in our learning, many of the teachers spent time making connections between the new learning and their new practice of math talk.”
Since the initiative started at the beginning of the school year, teachers were working with Mid-Ohio approximately once a month prior to the building closures in March of this year due to COVID-19 and adjustments had to be made. “When the building closures occurred, we had to redesign how we were going to meet the originally planned in-person trainings,” explained Ferreira. “This resulted in me taking the content I would have presented in person and instead designing several Google Classrooms, allowing the content to be contained in an online format so that teachers could still interact with the content. In addition, we went from meeting about once a month for a half or full day to meeting once a week for about 30 minutes. The fact that the district, and especially teachers, maintained this work even during the move to remote instruction shows their true dedication to their students' learning needs!”
Interested districts can find out more about the Teaching and Learning Tiers of Support at www.moesc.net. Anyone with questions about registration can contact Lynn Meister, Director of Teaching and Learning, at 419-571-2128 or emailing at email@example.com
Monday, July 6th thru Friday July 10th
From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm - at Mid-Ohio ESC Conference Center , 890 West Fourth Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44906
PRE-SERVICE CLASS REGISTRATION INFORMATION YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED AND RECOMMENDED BY A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ATTEND CLASS.
DRIVERS NOT PRE-REGISTERED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED! CLASS MUST HAVE AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE REGISTERED OR IT WILL BE CANCELED.
SIGN IN FOR CLASS WITH MIKE STARTS 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE 1ST DAY OF CLASS.
To register for any of these classes, your District (OBI or Supervisor) must complete the on-line registration form at
PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER or METHOD OF PAYMENT is required at time of registration
IF YOU REGISTER A DRIVER AND THEY DO NOT SHOW UP FOR CLASS YOU WILL BE CHARGED THE CLASS FEE, UNLESS YOU CANCEL THEM AT LEAST TWO DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.
The cost for a new driver is $85.00 per person and a re-cert driver is $60.00 per person.
Please make PO’s payable to ESC of Medina County.
The mailing address is 124 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256, Attn: Transportation Dept.
Please note that some classes are Monday-Friday and some classes are Tuesday-Monday.
Please verify days of class with schedule.
Drivers for “Re-Certification” must attend the FIRST THREE DAYS ONLY.
To schedule an on-bus test with Mike Redfern, please leave a message for him at (330) 764-8703, Ext. 117.
IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO MAKE UP CLASS TIME; HOWEVER, THE DRIVER MUST ATTEND THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS TO ATTEND THAT CLASS.
For answers to your Pre-Service Training Questions, please visit the transportation section on our web-site at www.medina-esc.org.
You will find links to other sites, including the Ohio Department of Education Pupil Transportation.
Please check this site often to keep abreast of current news and events.
E-mail April at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa at email@example.com
or Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL CERTIFICATIONS ARE GOOD FOR 90 DAYS PAST THE GOVERNOR LIFTING OF THE STAY AT HOME ORDER/QUARANTINE
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is providing our client districts the opportunity to learn from the comforts of their own home. There are two options, the first are several book studies utilizing Google Classroom, while the second is a menu of choices that present information in various formats before asking the participant to apply their learning to their classroom. All of these opportunities are free to those districts in the Mid-Ohio ESC gifted model. Educators can use these resources to earn gifted hours and also earn credit hours from Ashland University for an additional fee.
Leanna Ferreira, Mid-Ohio ESC Gifted Services Consultant, said, “The book studies have proven very popular, averaging 70 teachers participating for each book during last school year, so we decided to continue with this method of professional development.” However, new this year is a menu of independent assignments covering a range of topics. Participants can read through the summaries and decide what is of most interest to them or what best meets the needs of the gifted students in their classroom. Each assignment ranges from one hour of PD to five hours of PD.
Educators participating in the professional development will get training on these topics with more expected to be added throughout the year:
Motivating a Reluctant Reader
STEM Open-Ended Math Problems
Virtual Learning for Gifted Students
The first book study, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom from Susan Winebrenner, just opened up June 1st and is available through August 15th. Other books are slated for the year, including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom. On September 24th, Mid-Ohio ESC will host Project-Based Learning author Todd Stanley for a 1-day workshop. Details about the workshop will be coming at a later date, as well as registration information and cost.
Although anyone is able to participate, these resources are specifically designed to provide professional development to teachers who are serving gifted students. Interested educators can sign up for these opportunities at www.moesc.net/register. Anyone with questions about any of the professional development or registration can contact Leanna Ferreira at 419-774-5520 ex. 2481 or by emailing email@example.com
As the Governor has started to open up different areas of the state, the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center team has been meeting to determine what sections of the organization can be reopened while also taking the necessary steps to keep our employees, their families and guest safe and healthy. The following schedule and guidance will be in place for Mid-Ohio ESC through July 31, 2020 or until further notice.
Starting June 1, 2020, the Mid-Ohio ESC receptionist office will open to the public, and office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fingerprinting services are targeted to start the week of June 8th. However, the MOESC Print Shop will also be open by appointment only.
In order to maintain the health of our staff and anyone needing our assistance, the following specific guidelines are being implemented when fingerprinting services resume.
By appointment only, schedule either online at www.moesc.net or call (419) 774-5520. Walk-in will not be accepted.
Only one client in the office at a time, unless they are a minor, then one parent can accompany them.
Sanitize hard surfaces, including fingerprint scanners, after each use with a disinfecting cleaner.
Confirm that applicant has not been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 and has not been in any high-risk areas for infection. Anyone entering the building will be asked four screening questions.
Have you traveled to any of these locations in the last 14 days? China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan?
Have you had contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
Have you had any of these symptoms in the last 14 days? Fever greater than 100, Difficulty breathing, Cough, Are you currently experiencing fever over 100, difficulty breathing or cough?
Clients will need the following:
The exact amount for the cost of the check. No change will be given. $65 for BCI & FBI, $30 for BCI, $40
Current driver’s license or valid state-issued ID
Completed authorization form (click here to download)
Citizens are required to wear masks.
Ensure applicants have washed or sanitized their hands prior to and after fingerprinting.
Employees are masked at all times during the process.
Employees should wash hands frequently with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds).
Employees wear single use gloves at any time while dealing with citizens and taking fingerprints, if appropriate.
Items used are wiped down, cleaned after every contact with a citizen on a record check or fingerprint.
If customers go beyond the lobby area for some reason, behind the secured door, they should have their temperature taken. Anyone whose temperature is taken is logged.
Anyone with questions should call Kathie Grove or Sheryl Whitley at (419) 774-5520 during office hours.
OTES- 2.0 NEW available in August
Session I: May 31st thur June 14th - Facilitator is Gena Williams - Registration is now closed
Session II: June 7th thru June 21st - Facilitator is Tammy Webb - Registration is now closed
Session III: June 14th thru June 28th Facilitator is Jim Metcalf - Registration is now closed
Note: If you registered for this course on STARS you will still need to register again and choose your session date.
OTES 2.0 NEW now available
COST: $260 non-client districts; free to Mid-Ohio ESC districts **Graduate credit available at an additional cost
Any Questions Contact:
Kevin D. Kimmel
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
890 West Fourth Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
AU Credit is avaiable for these sessions see the link and information below:
Here are the links needed to request AU credit for you OTES Bridge training.
Choose your session from the listing below.
If you would prefer to mail your payment:
Please click HERE for a registration form. Please mail that along with your payment to:
121 W Main St
Ashland OH 44805
You will receive an email from the PDS office when your registration is received and processed.
If you have question for MOESC
Director of Teaching and Learning
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
890 West Fourth Street
Mansfield OH 44906