Stark County ESC Overview
- One of 51 Educational Service Centers in Ohio
- Provides member school districts with professional development, technology, support, planning, and administrative services that help improve student learning, enhance the quality of instruction, expand equitable access to resources, and maximize operating and fiscal efficiencies
- Established more than 100 years ago and serves 22 school districts and a career technical center in Carroll, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawa, and Wayne Counties
- Stark County ESC districts enrolled 61,508 students in 114 school during 2020-21 including 80% White, 9% African-American, and 3% Hispanic/Latino
- Student population in Stark ESC districts includes 48% economically disadvantaged students, 14% students with disabilities, and 11% English Language Learners
Description of Services
RBT has worked in collaboration with Stark County ESC, State Support Team 9 (SST9) and the Stark Education Partnership to offer:
- Making Student Thinking Visible (MSTV) course from 2016 to current school year targeting district teams
- Adult Professional Culture (APC) course in 2017 and 2019
- High Expectations Teaching (Hi-Ex) course in 2018
- Coaching/networking sessions for principals
394 administrators, teachers, and other staff have enrolled in MSTV course with more than 20 participating from 7 of the districts (Canton Local, Fairless Local, Louisville City, North Canton City, Northwest Local, Perry Local, and Plain Local).
MSTV has been a very impactful learning opportunity, I'm thankful it has been offered to so many.
Stark County, OH
Administrators reported that all 28 staff in districts who took MSTV gave it a positive assessment in a survey administered by the ESC after the completion of the course.
MSTV was a game-changer! We focused on the principles during staff meetings and PD opportunities. Now, MSTV principles are woven into walk-throughs and observation data.
Stark County, OH
What Stark County Education Staff About RBT
- “MSTV gave me something that I can use tomorrow that will help my students.” (Classroom Teacher)
- “For those classes who implemented the MSTV principles, I noticed differences in teaching styles and differences in students’ responses and the depth of their answers.” (Administrator)
- “Teachers who use the MSTV principles are more reflective in their practices and see results with their students.” (Administrator)
- “The MSTV principles are helping to build a classroom environment that encourages discussion and critical thinking among my students.” (Classroom Teacher)
- “My students are more confident and their mastery of the materials and skills has dramatically improved as they use the principles more and more.” (Classroom Teacher)
Education Collaboratives as Leaders for Sustainability
What is the power of a collaborative? A collaborative can push beyond the traditional role of service provider to special education students and broker of professional development services. It can orchestrate sustainable improvement for its clients in critical areas of instruction. Learn how the partners in Stark County came together to create a process to sustain professional development for their educators in MSTV.
- Almost 400 administrators, teachers, and other staff from 24 school districts have participated in an online version of the Making Student Thinking Visible (MSTV) course
- 7 Districts have participated: Canton Local, Fairless Local, Louisville City, North Canton City, Northwest Local, Perry Local, and Plain Local
- All State Support Team 9 (SST9) consultants have taken the MSTV course
- All administrators and teachers reported a positive impact from their use of MSTV principles in their school or classroom.