Math Learning Series

SEPT 11 – NOV 3
Jeri Reddert
Session ID 42923

– Online Book Study
SEPT 14, 2023
Erin Schultz
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Session ID 42965
– Virtual Session
OCT 16, 2023
Jennifer Haller
& Christina Sherman
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Session ID 42943

– In-Person Session
NOV 13, 2023
Anne Berger
8:30 am – 12 pm
Session ID 42931

– In-Person Session

Hamilton County ESC Spring Symposium

Understanding The Management System of The Brain

Join us as we learn dozens of practical, cutting-edge interventions for developing independent executive function skills in students.

Keynote Speaker picture of Sarah Ward.


Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP

Hi! I’m Sarah – a dedicated clinician and passionate lecturer with a proven track record for translating complex ideas into practical strategies that work to improve executive function skills. I’m a research addict, information architect, and self-proclaimed tech
geek! I believe it is possible to not just compensate for executive function-based challenges but truly change the brain and develop these skills.

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP has over
25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment, and case management of children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain-based learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

Learn more about Sarah!

Featured Speaker picture oof Jenn Jordan


Q-102, Jeff & Jenn Morning Show

Hi, I’m Jenn, just a small-town girl from Cuba, Illinois, living the dream on the air in Cincinnati.

I’m a single mom of one, 21-year-old Jakob. He kicks my butt on a daily basis and is my greatest joy, my soulmate. He delights me continually as he learns and grows and makes his way through the world under the veil of autism. I never could have dreamed that one child could teach me so much about life and love and inspire me to ask some of life’s biggest questions and then actually go out there and look for the answers. I’m so blessed to have him. He’s amazing.

Watch Jenn’s TEDxTalk: In the middle of the worst meltdown this exhausted and desperate mom had ever experienced, an invitation arrived. It saved both her and her son. You have often received this same invitation. Have you already opened the envelope and RSVP’d?
“Yes”? If not, will you?

Learn more about Jenn!

Hamilton County ESC Conference Center
11083 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

April 25th, 8am – 4pm

5.5 Contact Hours

$150 per person

$125 Early bird registration through February 1, 2023

The safety and well-being of our employees, partners, and guests is our top priority. We strive to provide a healthy environment that is inclusive for all. Please understand that health-related protocols may be in effect at the time of an event. We will continually assess the ever-changing impact of any health-related concern (such as COVID-19) and may adjust our policies accordingly.

Building Better Bonds with Families – presented by ACCESS

Learning for teachers and parents - building better bonds - teacher with students and parent with children

The pandemic has taught us how many families lack access to mental health and wellness care. As a culture, mental health is stigmatized, and many people do not have ready access to mental health and wellness resources.

We want to change that.

By strengthening the school-family relationship, Building Better Bonds with Families seeks to redefine how at-risk and disengaged families relate to the school community. We want families to view school as one place to receive new kinds of support amidst trying times, creating more compassionate school cultures now and in the future.

Building Better Bonds with Families includes two main components:

These structures and approaches represent how we will access high-quality learning experiences. These trainings and resources speak to inequities by addressing the foundational needs to be met for people whose social circumstances during quarantine have accentuated a dearth of social and emotional health and stability.


Building Better Bonds with Families is brought to you by ACCESS – a collaboration of 10 Educational Service Centers throughout Ohio. ACCESS includes Brown County ESC, Clermont County ESC, Fairfield County ESC, Hamilton County ESC, Lawrence County ESC, Madison-Champaign ESC, Pickaway County ESC, Ross-Pike ESD, South Central Ohio ESC, and Southern Ohio ESC.

If you have any questions concerning Building Better Bonds with Families, please email

Professional Learning Modules

Professional, self-paced learning modules for your teachers and staff!

As we ask teachers to adapt and thrive and help students to do the same, it’s important we provide high quality professional development experiences that model remote teaching strategies.

At Hamilton County ESC, we’re always looking for ways to solve educational challenges and simplify the lives of our partners. 

Our learning format models a cohesive instructional arc, complete with an overview to focus on an essential question and its real world application in the classroom. Topics are broken down into sections where learners engage, explore, and explain their understanding of the learning objectives.

Available now

Appropriate for all grade levels and subject areas, modules generally take 3-5 hours to complete with up to three subtopics per module.

Get Googley With It

Learn about the tech tools Google Drive, Google Chrome, Google Slides, and Google Sheets as you revisit the basics of the Google Suite tools and their applications for you as an educator.


Want to unpack the modes, methods and research behind getting students to be motivated in your classroom? This course will shine a spotlight on current research and best practices associated with student motivation.

Problem Based Learning: Driving Questions and Entry Events

In this course, learners will do a “deep dive” on driving questions and entry events- the foundation of well-designed PBL approaches.

Twitter: Teaching Alone is For the Birds

Twitter is a powerful tool to connect educators to ideas and support. This course will help educators learn the ropes of Twitter and put the tool to good use in developing a professional learning network.

What is Problem Based Learning?

Maybe you’ve heard of PBL, or even tried it out. But how well do you understand the strategies that underlie this pedagogy? This course is designed to help you construct effective projects for your students by using high-quality questioning strategies.

Have a specific learning module need? 

We also work with districts to provide custom designed courses. 

For a full course catalog and pricing information contact Arline Pique at 513-674-4312 or

While we can work with just about any learning management system, we partner with Abre!

Abre provides a scalable way for schools to offer both quality professional development and easily track progress of teachers and administrators against their professional development goals. Learn more about Abre at or by emailing

Ohio Teacher of the Year

The 2023 nomination window is open!


More than an award, the Ohio Teacher of the Year program elevates the teaching profession by identifying exceptional teachers, celebrating their effective, inspiring work both inside and outside of the classroom and providing opportunities for professional growth, leadership and advocacy.


Nominees must hold a professional Ohio educator license, work full-time with a minimum of five years of teaching experience in a state-approved public school, community school or career center. They also must work directly with students at least 50 percent of the time, have no previous recognition with the Ohio Teacher of the Year program, and plan to continue in active teaching status.


Anyone may nominate a teacher. School administrators, colleagues, community members, parents or students may submit a nomination for one or multiple teachers from a district or school building. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Click to submit a nomination! Nominations extended through April 30th!


REGIONALState Board District Teacher of the Year

Ohio’s 11 educational regions are identified as State Board of Education (SBOE) Districts, each represented by an elected board member. Nominations come from public traditional and community school administrators, students, parents, peers and community members. Territory Leads facilitate the selection of the State Board District Teacher of the Year.

STATEOhio Teacher of the Year

Each State Board District Teacher of the Year moves forward as a candidate in the state- level Ohio Teacher of the Year selection process. A committee, identified by the Department, reviews applications and selects finalists to interview. The interview panel follows a process outlined by the Department to confirm the final selection of the Ohio Teacher of the Year. Finally, the Department nominates the selected teacher for consideration as the National Teacher of the Year.

NATIONALNational Teacher of the Year

The Ohio Teacher of the Year is nominated by the Department to the National Teacher of the Year selection, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). A selection committee reviews applications from every State Teacher of the Year selecting four national finalists to interview. If selected as the National Teacher of the Year, the Ohio Teacher of the Year is then released from classroom duties for one year to travel nationwide as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession.

Learn more about the Ohio Teacher of the Year at the Ohio Department of Education

Partnering to improve the lives of students

School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Program


Seven Area Agencies Partner to Improve Outcomes For Students

Change is coming to Cincinnati in regards to the system for how many of its organizations handle juvenile justice. This year, three of the largest school districts in Hamilton County- Northwest Local Schools, Cincinnati Public and Princeton City School District, along with Legal Aid Society of​ Southwest Ohio, LLC​, Hamilton County Job and Family Services, Hamilton County Educational Service Center, and the Hamilton County Juvenile Court; will partner with Georgetown University to develop a structure and framework for cross-systems communication and collaboration across schools, juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The program will begin on September 23, 2019 and will run through September 27th.

The program, known as the School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways, is a week-long training designed to provide school district staff, court professionals, law enforcement and other child-serving community leaders with the knowledge and guidance to address the immediate and long-term needs of students who are at risk of entering the juvenile justice syste​m. Participants in the program will learn research-based approaches to create school-based diversionary programs designed to keep students from falling through the cracks.

“There is a great need to connect all of the important players that are involved when you are dealing with students that are in jeopardy of entering into the juvenile system in Ohio,” said Darrell Yater, Assistant Superintendent of the Northwest Local School District. “If everyone comes to the table to connect and communicate, we can create a system that steers students in a direction that will yield positive outcomes.”

During the workshop, participants will receive training from national experts on promoting equity, addressing systemic injustices that unfairly and disproportionately affect minority groups, learning effective strategies to address childhood trauma, and facilitating cross-sector collaboration. By the end of the week, the partners will have a joint-action plan that will be the foundation for how all agencies will come together to create more positive outcomes for students. Their plan will be followed by the Georgetown staff who will provide technical support during the first year of implementation.

“Our region experiences success when systems are committed to a goal and work together to achieve it,” says Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge, John Williams. “This certification program will facilitate difficult dialogue and lead to positive action that will promote school success and change the trajectory of vulnerable students.​

Children within the Ohio area are affected daily by various types of trauma; however, there currently is no process or program in place that allows each organization to effectively communicate and work together. Fostering communication between child welfare, juvenile justice, school districts and families supported by Legal Aid will allow all partners to be more efficient in closing the gap and addressing specific needs that will yield better outcomes not only for kids, but their families.

“This partnership is timely for so many reasons. Childhood poverty is very high. Disparities in school disciplinary removals must be addressed in order to promote equity,” said Elaine​ Fink, managing attorney of the Children and Education Practice Group at Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC.​ “Many children have been affected by the opioid crisis and other adverse childhood experiences and are dealing with trauma and behavioral health challenges.”

“This is an urgent time for dialogue and transparency in data and outcomes across school districts and the juvenile justice and child welfare systems,” said Fink. Legal Aid is the primary legal resource in southwest Ohio serving those living in poverty. Their services are geared not only towards helping individuals with case-by-case problem resolution, but on larger systemic issues. Their collaboration with other organizations is often the key to addressing the needs of their clients.

“Young people who come from backgrounds of abuse or neglect are often in survival mode from their traumatic experiences,” said Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. “We must approach them with that understanding. When we work together and treat them in a holistic manner, we become part of the long-term solution and not just another problem they must overcome. This program will help us design new ways of helping these children reach better tomorrows.”

The Ohio Department of Education has a new strategic plan entitled, ​Each Child, Our Future,​ and key features of this plan include the importance of establishing core principles such as equity, partnerships and essential learning domains like social-emotional learning and foundational knowledge and skill development.

“These principles and domains come together to support the whole child. In Ohio, Hamilton County ranks high in factors that contribute to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and adverse community environments” said Kevin Jamison, Director of Student Services at Princeton City Schools.​ ​As one of a number of public school systems embedded in Hamilton County where the rate of child poverty exceeds the state average, we see our fair share of students who come to school needing to access specialized supports to improve their readiness to learn,” said Jamison.

Keeping children in class with their peers involved in meaningful instruction and out of the system is paramount. ​That is something that ​Hamilton County ESC (HCESC) fully understands. Hamilton County ESC provides support to educational entities, nonprofits and other government agencies in instruction. They currently have a staff of more than 900 professionals that reach throughout southwest Ohio. Their work impacts over 200,000 students.

“​What so often impacts a child’s ability to learn and grow, is shaped by forces outside of the school. By partnering with the juvenile justice system and child welfare systems, schools can better tackle the barriers and obstacles to learning that so many children face,” said Rob Kovacs, Communications Coordinator for HCESC.​ “​With the creation of responsive school cultures, we anticipate a decrease in the barriers to student success and an increase in school stability,” said Kovacs.

Funding for the Georgetown ​School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Program​ was provided by each of the seven participating organizations. Partial​ funding was also obtained through generous donations from The Haile Foundation, Joining Forces for Children and the Mayerson Center.

For more information about the program, contact the following:

Hamilton County Juvenile Court: Heather Chura ​(

Northwest Local School District: Lyndsey Creecy (​

Hamilton County Job and Family Services: Brian Gregg ​(

Princeton City Schools: Tricia Roddy ​(

Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC: Cynthia Cole ​(ccole@lascinti.or​g)

Georgetown University: Alex Perry ​(

Hamilton County Educational Service Center: Rob Kovacs ​(

Cincinnati Public Schools: Fran Russ ​(

Iowa Homeschool Assessments

As an option for homeschool families to meet the academic assessment report requirement set forth in Rule 3301-12-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code, Hamilton County ESC will be offering the online Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Form E Complete Battery.

ITBS is a nationally normed assessment that measures student achievement and growth to help educators and families determine the degree to which students have mastered core learning standards and whether students are on track for college and career. Students will be assessed in vocabulary, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

COST: $50 per student ($30 for additional students from the same family)

2023 Testing Dates

Kindergarten | May 22 and May 23 |12:30pm – 3:00pm

Grades 1-2 | May 24 and May 25 | 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Grades 3-5 | May 22 and May 23 | 8:30am – 11:30am

Grades 6-8 | May 24 and May 25 | 8:30am – 11:30am

Grades 9-11 | May 19 | 9:00am – 2pm


Hamilton County Educational Service Center
11083 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231

• Students in grades K-8 will need to attend both days of their scheduled sessions.
• Students in grades 9 – 11 are encouraged to pack a lunch for their break.
• Periodic breaks will be given throughout the testing sessions as needed.

Registration Required

You will need to register for the grade level that your child completed in the 2022-2023 school year. Students must attend all dates listed to complete testing.

Register your child


Catherine Schulte

Midwest Leadership Summit

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New this year – PRECONFERENCE – Monday, June 5th!


Student and Business Perspectives

Students and business leaders will share their perspectives on the future of learning and the workforce. These morning and afternoon breakout sessions will feature area students showcasing the work they are doing today to prepare for tomorrow and local business leaders sharing their insights on the future of the workplace.


Ross Dawson – Future Thinking: Making Sense of Accelerating Change to Improve Education

Ross Dawson is a world-renowned futurist and keynote speaker who inspires audiences with powerful, practical insights into the future and how to seize today’s opportunities. He is a best-selling author of five books and has been named one of the world’s top influencers on the future of work.

Collaboratively we will explore ways to think more effectively about the future. What clues, insights, and trends help us understand human nature as we consider what might happen next? What things can we do today, so we are more likely to move toward the future we want?


Anna Russo, M.Ed. – Future Thinking Workshop (AM) and Local Leader Sessions (PM)

Anna Russo, M.Ed., is the Director of Community Futures at Knowledge Works. Anna will lead a game-based workshop that will engage participants to think about changes that shape the future of learning and the implications of these changes for learning communities. The workshop will engage participants in hands-on learning, reflection, and discussion about the changes and enable participants to identify critical areas for further work or exploration.

Local Education Leaders (Breakout Sessions)

Local education leaders will share innovative programs in their districts and ways they engage staff and students to prepare for the future.

Previous Speakers


  • Cornelius Minor: What are we Missing? Why We Keep Walking Even Though We Know How To Fly
  • Principal Baruti Kafele: Is My School, Team, Department, Division, or District Better Because I Lead It?


  • Elena Aguilar keynote and live chat with Janet Baird
  • Mike Kleba keynote and live chat with Dr. Ryan O’Hara


  • Jimmy Casas – Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence
  • Katie Novak – Inside the Box


  • Katie Martin – Teaching and Leading in a Changing World
  • George Couros – Leading Innovative Teaching and Learning


  • Mike Rutherford – The Artisan Leader… Recognizing and Developing Excellent Instruction
  • Pedro Noguera – Educational Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student


  • Todd Whitaker – What Great Leaders Do Differently
  • Eric Sheninger – Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times


  • Eric Jensen – Get an Amazing “Trifecta” of the 3 Most Powerful Tools Any Change Agent Could Possibly Want or Have!
  • Anthony Muhammad – The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level


  • Dr. Mike Schmoker – Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning
  • Dr. Gail Latta and Dr. Leo Bradley – Leading Change
  • Eric Thomas – Leadership and Change

The Midwest Leadership Summit is co-sponsored by

Butler County ESC and Hamilton County ESC.

Strengthen your leadership team and learn strategies to make positive changes in the culture and achievement of your organization!

The safety and well-being of our employees, partners, and guests is our top priority. We strive to provide a healthy environment that is inclusive for all. Please understand that health-related protocols may be in effect at the time of an event. We will continually assess the ever-changing impact of any health-related concern (such as COVID-19) and may adjust our policies accordingly.

Munich Teacher Exchange

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Munich Teacher Exchange 2023

Munich teachers visit Cincinnati:  April 2 – April 14, 2023

Cincinnati teachers visit Munich:  June 7 – June 20, 2023

the exchange

Since 1991, educators in Munich and Cincinnati have enriched their lives through this educational and cultural exchange. On many exchange days, participants attend school with their partner, gaining insight into instructional practices, educational philosophy, school norms, and more. Some weekdays are spent visiting the can’t-miss sights of Munich and Cincinnati. Evenings and weekends offer time to relax and enjoy the partner’s home and family, and to experience the rich culture of these vibrant cities.


As an extension of Munich and Cincinnati’s Sister City relationship, the Teacher Exchange offers educators the unique opportunity to:

  • enjoy an extended stay in the world class city of Munich
  • share your school, city, home and family with a teacher from Munich
  • engage in a unique professional learning experience through immersion in and discourse regarding educational topics from pedagogy to policy

time commitments

Full participation during both Cincinnati and Munich experiences, as well as:

  • Itinerary planning prior to Munich teachers’ visit
  • Reflection sessions after hosting and travelling


  • Active educator in a public school district in Hamilton County
  • Able to host and travel during specified dates
  • COVID vaccinations


apply today – deadline is December 1, 2022

For additional details, please contact

Matt Wendeln

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