Teaching and Learning

"...Of all the things that are important to having good schools, nothing is as important as the teacher and what that person knows, believes, and can do.  That is where the rubber meets the road in our business."
 - The Skillful Teacher, 6th Edition
Saphier, Speca, & Gower (2008)

State Support Team – Region 8 partners with the districts of Medina, Portage, and Summit counties to provide free high-quality professional development, coaching, and technical assistance on a variety of evidence-based instructional practices that meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students.  We strive to incorporate the latest research from the field’s top scholars, to keep educators on the cutting edge of practice.  And we do our best to customize our supports to regional, district, and even building needs whenever possible, matching our offerings to local needs in much the same way that teachers match their instruction to the unique needs of their learners.  Click on the links below to learn more about some of our key topics in teaching and learning.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports 

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


Research-Based Instructional Strategies (link to YouTube playlist of brief webinars)

Early Childhood 


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