SSoS Network

Ohio’s SSoS offers support to districts through the provision of professional learning opportunities, coaching, consultation, facilitation, information sharing and, at times, and the brokering of services by SSTs, ESCs and other partner entities that work together to meet district-identified needs. SST and ESC partnering efforts pool resources and regional expertise, thereby building the capacity of the state to meet district needs effectively.

Members of the SSoS (e.g., SSTs, ESCs) support meaningful district improvement by making information and resources available to regional partners; holding and facilitating regular meetings to improve their collective understanding of effective OIP uses; providing support to regional facilitators to enable them to provide consistent, high-quality support to districts using OIP; and leveraging resources to meet district identified needs. Regional partners also collaborate to meet state-identified needs. Examples of such collaborative work include statewide professional learning in the use of evidence-based early language and literacy instruction and in the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).


The OIP is a clearly defined process with major tools (e.g., Decision Framework) that interact with each other in a web-based environment, as well as support documents that are aligned to various steps of the process. The process can and should be used by districts to:

  • Reduce the number of duplicative and often conflicting priorities
  • Reduce isolated and often disjointed practices
  • Increase coherence across the district
  • Use state and federal funds to implement a unified and focused district-wide plan for improving instructional practice and student learning

Undergirding the provision of SST support is the five-step OIP, which works hand-in-hand with Ohio’s Leadership Development Framework to provide an evidence-based continuous improvement framework that supports district leaders, central office personnel, principals, teachers, parents and community members, and others in working together to:

  1. Identify critical needs
  2. Research and select evidence-based strategies to address needs
  3. Develop a single coherent plan with a limited number of focused goals and strategies for addressing identified needs
  4. Implement, and monitor the degree of implementation, of the plan
  5. Examine and reflect on progress made and adjust the plan as needed

For more information about the process for supporting districts using the OIP 5-step process, go to the Tools & Resources section of this website.