Principal Leadership Opportunities and Internal Facilitator Trainings

What a busy year it has been at SST-8! In an effort to increase engagement, collaboration and build leadership capacity in our region, our School Improvement team has provided numerous professional development sessions and implemented various peer-to-peer networks. Building principals from Cohorts 2-3 that completed the two-year training, Ohio Leadership for Inclusion, Implementation, and Instructional Improvement (OLI4), are participating in a regional OLI-4 training to continue the learning with their colleagues. Four sessions in our region have been scheduled on Sept. 19, Nov. 8, Feb. 7, and May 2. Two of the four sessions are scheduled to be held onsite in two of our participating districts (Brunswick and Green) to focus on the topics of strengthening the Building Leadership Team and Teacher Based Teams, as well as Classroom Observations with Coaching.

For principals in our region that have not yet participated in OLi4, there is an additional opportunity to participate in our SST-8 Principal Leadership Cadre, which will be held on Jan. 23, Feb. 13, Mar. 13 and May 10. Currently, registration is closed and we have 22 principals signed up to participate in these sessions. Principal participants represent the following districts: Springfield, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Waterloo, Rootstown, Kent and Green.

An additional opportunity to provide professional development training, collaboration, and building leadership capacity in the area of School Improvement is our OIP Internal Facilitator (IF) Training. The series of five support sessions have been scheduled on Nov. 12, Dec. 13, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, and Feb. 27. To meet the needs of our region, we’ve created webinars to cover topics that are addressed in our Internal Facilitators’ sessions, which are available on our YouTube channel - State Support Team 8. In our region, the following districts and community schools have participated in the IF Network: Akron, Barberton, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Mogadore, Ravenna, Springfield, Southeast, Imagine Leadership, Lifeskills Center of North Akron, Schnee Learning Center, and Towpath Trail. Finally, two additional peer-to-peer networks (Moderate C and Community Schools) have been scheduled to meet immediately following our Internal Facilitator Network.

We are excited for the upcoming opportunities to network and collaborate with districts and community schools throughout our region. To learn more about our work, check out our website at

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