CTE State Education Plan Now Open for Public Comment
OSSE is required by law to submit a State Education Plan to the US Department of Education which outlines the District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) strategy for secondary and postsecondary programs receiving Carl D. Perkins funds as developed by OSSE in coordination with a diverse group of stakeholders.
The proposed CTE State Education Plan for secondary and postsecondary programs receiving Carl D. Perkins funds is available on OSSE's website. To ensure an opportunity for the public to provide input prior to submission, the proposed State Education Plan for CTE programs will be posted on OSSE’s website for 45 calendar days and open for written public comment within the same period. The public comment period on the District of Columbia’s CTE State Plan opened on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 and will close Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.
Specifically, OSSE is soliciting comments regarding the following:
How the CTE State Education Plan meets the requirements of the law;
Support the improvement of quality and performance of all CTE programs throughout the District of Columbia; and
Support the needs of the local education and business community.
All persons desiring to comment on the proposed CTE State Education Plan should submit comments in writing no later than Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 via email to OSSEcomments.Proposedregulations@dc.gov.
For more information or questions regarding the proposed CTE State Education Plan or the public comment period, please contact Richard Kincaid at Richard Kincaid@dc.gov.
Call for Proposals: 2020 Multilingual Learner Conference
OSSE is pleased to announce its second Multilingual Learner Conference, “Strengthening Teaching Practices for Multilingual Learners Together,” to be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University. This conference will feature educators sharing their programs and practices for English learners and multilingual learners in both English language and dual language programs. This convening is geared toward all DC educators who work with students who are English learners and/or in dual language programs.
Call for Proposals: OSSE seeks interactive, practice-oriented proposals for 60-minute presentations relating to the conference theme, and geared toward one of the six conference topic areas listed on the conference website. All are welcome to submit a proposal by Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, 11:59 p.m. We strongly encourage proposals from DC educators, including bilingual/dual language teachers, ESL teachers, content/general education teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders. We welcome proposals in other languages than English. Proposals may be submitted from individuals or teams of up to three presenters. For questions, please contact OSSE’s Teaching and Learning team at OSSE.TTA@dc.gov.
Updated District of Columbia Early Learning Standards
This December, OSSE's Division of Early Learning released updated District of Columbia Early Learning Standards (DC ELS) in response to the evolution of the standards movement in early care and education throughout the country. The primary purpose of the DC ELS is to ensure children in the District of Columbia have the rich and robust early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and for lifelong learning. The DC ELS, include indicators for infants, toddlers, 2-year-olds and preschoolers, as well as exit expectations for children matriculating from pre-K and kindergarten.
The DC ELS should be used as:
A resource for guiding the selection and implementation of curriculum;
A focus for discussion by families, educators, community members and policymakers regarding the care and education of young children;
A guide for selecting assessments appropriate for children from a variety of backgrounds with differing abilities;
A guide for planning experiences and instruction that enable children to make progress in meeting the standards; and
A framework for planning professional development opportunities for education staff.
New Healthy Schools Act Resources (reminder)
The Healthy Schools Act of 2010 (HSA) was recently amended by the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018 (HSAA). The HSAA updated the HSA with new requirements for nutrition, physical education, and physical activity. For more information on the updates and to access resources, please visit OSSE's website. Here's what you can find on the website:
Building a Diverse Educator Pipeline - Ensuring Equitable Cultivation and Hiring
Join OSSE and TNTP for the next session of the Talent as a Lever of Equity Community of Practice, which will focus on Building a Diverse Pipeline - Ensuring Equitable Cultivation and Hiring. During this session, participants will connect and share personal identities and stories; explore how identities and biases intersect with the identities of potential candidates who apply to and work in each school/LEA; and as a group, discuss what we can do to prevent the manifestation of bias in our hiring and selection practices. TNTP will also share selected best practices in diversifying teacher pipelines and mitigating bias in the pipeline process.
Heads of school, directors of talent, and human capital managers from DC LEAs are invited to attend this session, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, 1:30-4 p.m., at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton I, Room 108. Register by Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. For questions, please contact Laura Montas-Brown at Laura.Montas@dc.gov.
Understanding OSSE’s K-12 Risk-Based Monitoring Process(reminder)
Each year, OSSE uses a risk-based monitoring approach for K-12 grants to ensure that LEAs or other subrecipients meet the requirements of federal and local laws and regulations. For more information on the grants that OSSE monitors, please visit OSSE's website. In preparation for the 2019-20 school year monitoring activities, we are offering an LEA Onboarding Meeting that will help LEAs:
Understand how OSSE determines LEA risk levels;
Learn about the processes and protocols OSSE uses to guide its K-12 monitoring activities; and
Support their grant planning and implementation efforts.
This LEA Onboarding Meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs Room 523. LEAs that have been selected for a 2019-20 monitoring review are required to attend this meeting. To RSVP or request additional information, please contact Rachel Stafford at Rachel.Stafford@dc.gov by Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
Apply for the FY20 SEEF Competitive Grant (reminder)
OSSE is soliciting grant applications for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Special Education Enhancement Fund (SEEF) Competitive Grant. Eligible lead applicants include third-party nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education. All applicants must partner with targeted school(s) at one or more LEAs. Applicants must secure partnerships with the partner school(s) and parent LEA(s) with which they intend to work and will be required to verify these partnerships by uploading, as part of the grant application, a signed Partnership Agreement that details the parameters of the partnership and demonstrates each partner’s role in the planning and implementation of programs and services. Applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at 3 p.m. and must be submitted through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS).
The next mandatory pre-application webinar will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, 10-11 a.m. Register - each interested applicant must have at least one representative attend one of the above webinars in order to meet the attendance requirement for this grant. This representative should be someone who is employed directly by the prospective applicant.