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Teacher-Focused OTES 2.0 Training Flyer

Teacher-Focused OTES 2.0 Training

This professional development is intended for your teaching staff that will be evaluated using the OTES 2.0 Rubric.
  • Differences between OTES 1.0 and 2.0
  • Rubric walkthrough
  • Growth and improvement plans
  • Ideas for acquiring different ratings
  • Question and answer
  • Other topics as desired
Facilitator: Katie Klei, OTES 2.0 state trainer
Cost: Full-day sessions: $1,200.00 | Half-day sessions: $600.00
Location: TBD
Register: Contact Heather Sass to schedule a session for your district.

International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Certification Training

Dates TBD (virtual)
All virtual sessions will be held via Zoom and course work will be completed through the Brightspace LMS.
The first 10 Butler County educators to register will be eligible for a 50% scholarship.
Facilitators: David Clark, curriculum consultant & technology specialist, and Mary Snellgrove, M.Ed, instructional specialist
Schedule At-A-Glance:
Syllabus for Phase 1
Virtual Session #1 - Empowered Educator
Virtual Session #2 - Designing for Diversity and Accessibility
Virtual Session #3 - Creating Equity in Digital Learning Environments
Virtual Session #4 - Redesigning Learning and Instruction
Virtual Session #5 - ISTE Standards for Educators in Practice
Cost: $799 per person (limit 30 participants), $200 minimum deposit minimum due at registration
Credit: Ashland credit available at an additional cost of $140 per credit (1-6 credits available). Four graduate credits are available at a cost of $74 per credit: Two for online work with a minimum score of 80 percent and two for a portfolio with a minimum score of 80 percent.
Registration Deadline - TBD
Please contact Mary Snellgrove or David Clark for more information.
Rookie To All Star Early Career Principals Cohort

Rookie to All-Star! Moving from Surviving to Thriving as a Building Leader

(Early Career Principals Cohort)

Oct. 5, Nov. 30, Feb. 8 and April 28 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
In-person meetings with appropriate health and safety precautions.
Leverage your skills as an instructional leader to build a learner-centered culture for staff and students. Designed for principals and assistant principals with three years of administrative experience or less, these engaging workshops include practical content to help you set personalized goals, prioritize strategies that will make a difference, and take your leadership to the next level.
Key Results from the Cohort
  • Create a responsive and inclusive building culture that supports all learners.
  • Implement the OTES 2.0 evaluation process with growth-evoking feedback and the use of high-quality
    student data.
  • Build professional networks.
  • Prioritize leadership over management, striving for high-quality teaching and learning.
  • Use data as evidence to establish accountability and make actions more impactful.
Location: Butler County Educational Service Center
Cost: $360.00

Principals Networking RoundtablePrincipals Networking Roundtable Flyer

Facilitators: Karen Naber, Heather Sass and Chris Brown
Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd, Suite A
Hamilton, OH, 45011
It isn't what they know, but what they DO that makes building principals highly effective!
Join colleagues in the Southwest Ohio region to strengthen your professional network.
Take dedicated time for your professional learning and reflection. We’ll also share ideas for self-care and gratitude strategies. You are worth it!
Flex your leadership muscle by examining and discussing practical strategies to use in your day to day work.
  • Each participant will receive What Great Principals DO Differently, Twenty Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker.
  • Topics relevant to today’s challenging issues as determined by you and your colleagues
Meeting Schedule: 8:30-10:30 on each of the following dates:
  • September 22, 2021
  • October 27, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • January 26, 2022
  • March 2, 2022

2021-2022 Networking Roundtables for School CounselorsNetworking Roundtables for Schools Counselors Flyer

Facilitators: Heather Sass and Dave Clark
Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd, Suite A
Hamilton, OH, 45011
Join colleagues in the southwestern Ohio region to strengthen your professional network and share ideas. Keep up with the latest developments on topics relevant to these uncertain times. We will meet face to face and respect current health and safety guidelines at all times. Meetings will be moved to virtual if necessary.
A dedicated Google site will be available to all registrants with meeting agendas, recordings and resources. Contact hours for professional learning and Ashland University graduate credit (one hour) are available. 
Meeting Schedule: 9:30 AM -11:30 AM on each of the following dates (boxed lunch provided at 11:30 AM):
  • September 30, 2021
  • November 4, 2020
  • December 9, 2020
  • January 27, 2022
  • March 3, 2022
There is no registration fee for BCESC school district partners. Counselors from non-member districts: $150.

BCESC LPDC Toolbox Training

December  2, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM
This 30-minute training is for any certified teacher who needs access to our LPDC and the PD Toolbox for licensure renewal. All teachers must be trained at least once in order to have access to the system. Any teacher in Butler County that does not have access to an LPDC can also attend this training. This training will be held virtually via Zoom. The link will be emailed the day before the training.
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ODJFS required courses to help providers learn to recognize and treat various infections diseases.


Full Course:

November 6, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Review Course:

November 6, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


* Masks are required inside the ESC. 




CPR/FA Classes

September 13, 2021
American Heart Association certified trainers will provide participants with a full class that covers the requirements for Pediatric, Adult, Child and Infant First Aid and/or CPR certification. You are responsible for the cost of First Aid/CPR card ($25.00 per card). Payment must be submitted prior to the training. Due to instructor and student ratio, we cannot accept anyone not registered in advance for First Aid and/or CPR classes on the day of training.

First Aid Class will start on at 5:30 PM and will end at 7:30 PM
CPR class will begin at 7:30 PM and will end at 9:30 PM
*Masks required in the building.
Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd, Suite A
Hamilton, OH, 45011

Mandated Reporter Training

November 17, 2021 | Full Training 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Refresher Session 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Butler County Children Services is providing a free training for professionals who are mandated to report child abuse and neglect.  Two sessions each training date are offered: 6 hours-Full Training and 3 hour- Refresher sessions. These sessions will be held in person at the Butler County Educational Service Center. Masks must be worn at all times in the building. 
Marketing/Business Practices
Sept. 16, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

This class will assist family child care providers to identify marketing areas to boost enrollment of their program. Participants will learn how to implement professional tactics across a variety of mediums to highlight their program to a greater audience. Participants will discuss print, social media, community events/partnerships and face to face interactions as a means to promote their family childcare business.

Two hours SUTQ Approved

Introduction to Trauma: Understanding how experiences can impact behaviors and responses of young children
Oct. 16, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
This training will serve as a beginner’s guide to understanding the impact of trauma or toxic stress can have on a child’s development. We will explore how these experiences affect the brain, then talk about potential behaviors/responses from children who have suffered traumatic experiences.
Covers: brain development, social/emotional development, challenging behaviors, cognitive development
Two hours SUTQ Pending

Family Child Care Tools 101

Nov. 17, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
During this two-hour training, participants will gain a better understanding of how web-based systems can better serve FCC family programs. Participants will have the opportunity to learn additional information about OCCRRA, OCLQS, and additional resources that can help both you as an early childhood educator and the children as well. Step Up to Quality organizational tips and strategies will also be discussed.

Two hours SUTQ Pending
Training for Related Service Providers
Unique Speech-Language TherapyUnique Speech-Language Therapy Flyer
Oct. 1, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
This hands-on course is designed to meet speech-language pathologists' needs to serve school-aged children and adolescents with various communication difficulties and provides original and exciting ways to motivate and teach students.  It also shares creative ideas on putting new spins on traditional Speech-Language therapy by introducing various websites that can be used as fun and functional digital therapy materials.  Participants will be involved in discussions related to skills and foundational knowledge.
Facilitator: Dr. Erik X. Raj
Cost: $129 per person
Registration is free for BCESC, CCESC, CCHMC Division of Speech-Language Pathology, HCESC and WCESC speech-language pathologists and affiliate SLPs with promo code.
Contact Hours: 6.0 (a certificate of participation will be provided)
Location: This course will be presented using a live webinar platform. Participants will receive the link prior to the scheduled session.
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Evaluations for Speech-Language PathologistsCulturally and Linguistically Appropriate Evaluations for Speech-Language Pathologists Flyer
Nov. 2, 2021 | 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM (log in 8:00 - 8:15 AM)
Over the past few decades, the field of Speech-Language Pathology has expanded to reach more populations and those with greater linguistic diversity. Yet, too often what is considered to be the accepted way to identify a language-based disability is based on the administration of standardized tests. These tests regularly fail to tease out disability from language differences or lack of prior knowledge of the content assumed by the test leading to over- and under-identification of students due to implicit biases in assessment practices. Skills evaluated by these tests are often more associated with culture or socioeconomic status.
Fortunately, a significant area of research has developed that guides evaluators to move beyond standardized tests that primarily focus on morphology and vocabulary. Clinicians must learn new assessment skills including on elicitation and analysis of language samples, dynamic assessment, and non-word repetition tasks. In this talk, participants acquire an understanding of that research and how to apply the research to their evaluations thereby increasing the accuracy of their evaluations. Videos of case studies are used for analysis so participants acquire skills to apply to their next evaluation.
Facilitator: Dr. Cate Crowley
Cost: $120 per person
Registration is free for BCESC and WCESC colleagues and affiliates. Use promo code NO FEE when registering.
Contact Hours: 6.0 (a certificate of participation will be provided)
Location: This course will be presented using a live webinar platform. Participants will receive the link, access code and password prior to the scheduled session.
Developmental Coordination Disorder Identification, Management, and Introduction to CO-OPDevelopmental Coordination Disorder Identification, Management, and Introduction to CO-OP Flyer
Nov. 2, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (log in at 7:45 AM)
Attendees will learn about the prevalent but underdiagnosed condition of DCD, including tools for screening and assessment. There will be a focus on best approaches for intervening with the DCD population in order to promote independence and skill attainment in the school setting. Attendees will also be introduced to the CO-OP approach, which is widely research-supported for a variety of pediatric and adult conditions, including DCD, CP, ADHD, ASD, ABI, TBI, DD, stroke, dystonia and more.
Presenter: Patti Sharp, OTD, OTR/L
Cost: $120 per person
Registration is free for BCESC employees and affiliates. Use promo code NO FEE when registering.
Contact Hours: 6.0 (a certificate of participation will be provided)
Location: This course will be presented using a live webinar platform. Participants will receive the link, access code and password prior to the scheduled session.
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