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Professional Development

The ESC of the Western Reserve is an integral part of the education system in both Geauga and Lake Counties, and the state. The ESC recognizes that the rapidly changing educational environment in Ohio demands flexibility, innovation, and dynamic leadership. The ESC of the Western Reserve meets the needs of our districts by providing quality programs, services, and learning opportunities that meet the individual and collective needs of the students in our districts. 

The ESC of the Western Reserve strives to support your district's specific needs in a variety of ways. Should you need consultation support of professional development not listed, contact our team for assistance. We have several professional development topics ready and any of our programs can be customized to your unique needs and we can deliver sessions virtually or in-person to your team. 

The ESC of the Western Reserve has partnered with the State Support Team Region 4, and the Lake Geauga Computer Association to provide our districts with learning opportunities. Listed below please find some of our professional development offerings: 

  • Literacy
  • Community Support 
  • Early Childhood
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • PBIS
  • Special Education
  • Gifted
  • Math/ Science
  • Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Professional Learning Communities  
  • Ohio Department of Education Updates  
  • Trauma Informed Care & Behavior
  • LGCA Technology Offerings 

To view our upcoming professional development opportunities and more, follow this link.  


The ESC of the Western Reserve's Professional Development Team: 

Curriculum Support: Shannon Ranta

Curriculum & Gifted Support: Laurie Trotter

CPI Trainer: Robin Ludwig

Behavioral Consultant/ CPI trainer: Carena Brittian
Naviance Consultant: Judy Falcone
Wrap Around/ Resident Educator: Mary Balmford

Professional Learning Communities & Wrap-Around Courses

The ESC of Western Reserve facilitates a variety of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as a means to support local professionals and offer regular opportunities for learning and collaboration with colleagues from across the region. There is value in gathering like professional groups to learn together. 

The PLCs currently offered are:
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Gifted Coordinators
  • Principals (Elementary and High School/ Middle School) 
  • Special Education Directors

The Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve has partnered with Lake Erie College to provide you with the Wrap-Around course program. Wrap-Around Courses are "customized" courses created around professional development activities conducted at the school district, school building, or individual level.  The foundations of many of the courses originate with professional work conducted during all-day professional development experiences at the district level and/or the year-long work of professional learning communities.  Wrap-Around options include:

  1. Wrap-Arounds
  2. Independent Study

To learn more information about the Wrap-Around course program please follow this link.    

Contact Information

Brittany Garrett
Administrative Assistant 

Shannon Ranta
Curriculum Consultant

Laurie Trotter
Curriculum & Gifted Consultant

Robin Ludwig
ACHIEVE/CORE/BRC- Director/ CPI Trainer

Carena Brittian
Behavior Consultant/ CPI Trainer

Judy Falcone
Naviance Consultant

Mary Balmford
Wrap Around/ Resident Educator

Professional Learning Support

See what Professional Learning Services we can provide to your district!