Aug. 22-28, 2018
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Start of School Campaign New Reminders Professional Development Opportunities Dates to Remember
Start of School Campaign
2018-19 School Year Unified Data Errors (UDEs) are Live

OSSE's Division of Data, Assessment and Research (DAR) is pleased to release the 2018-19 school year Unified Data Errors (UDEs) guidance for LEA data managers, transportation, assessment, and special education points of contact.
There are a few new UDEs pertaining to tuition paying students and English learners. All UDEs will go live in Qlik on Aug. 22.
The UDE guide can be found on the Office of Data Management and Applications website. If you or your LEA have any questions, please contact your LEA’s DAR Liaison.

Share Your Feedback on OSSE’s 2018-19 School Year Start of School Supports by Sept. 19

As part of our ongoing focus on responsive and consistent service, OSSE has worked hard this year to dramatically improve the ways in which we partner with LEAs around the start of a new school year. With a focus on several key areas, including earlier connections between LEA student information systems and OSSE’s Statewide Longitudinal Education Data (SLED) system to providing earlier access to basic information about special populations of students through Qlik applications, we once again actively addressed several critical start of school items. Now, we want your feedback on how we did.
Through Sept. 14, please take 5 minutes to complete this survey to share your thoughts on our efforts this year and on what we should focus on for the next start of school. Please also pass the survey to anyone else on your team whose feedback would be valuable for us to hear.

Enrollment Audit and Child Count Application Training (reminder)

OSSE’s Division of Data, Assessment and Research (DAR) will host trainings on the enhanced Enrollment Audit and Child Count Application.  
The enhanced Enrollment Audit and Child Count Application was released to LEAs on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. The application will help LEA and school users understand and execute a streamlined and successful audit. The application has new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and filters to align with the final audit report, provides clearer audit phases and dates, and features other small enhancements.

OSSE will offer trainings on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. (in-person & webinar)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
The same content will be covered at each of these sessions. Register

Attendees should have the following completed prior to attending the trainings:
  • SLED credentials
  • Designation of LEA Data Manager in eSchoolPLUS Points of Contact
To obtain SLED credentials, view the schedule of upcoming SLED trainings.
For assistance with entering information into eSchoolPLUS, see guidance.

For more information or questions, please email your LEA’s DAR Liaison.

LEA Reimbursement and Data Discrepancies  (reminder)
Transportation Reimbursement
OSSE DOT recognizes that there are processes that occur at the end and beginning of each school year that make it difficult for an LEA to access student records and submit a transportation request prior to the start of the school year. If LEAs are unable to access a new student's record in time to submit a transportation request, LEAs may provide transportation directly, or through its agent or contractor, and submit a request to OSSE DOT for transportation reimbursement for up to the first 20 school days. Find the guidelines for the LEA Reimbursement Program and the Certification form on OSSE's website. For questions regarding the LEA Reimbursement Program, please contact your school liaison in our Parent Resource Center at (202) 576-5000.
Student Transportation Data Discrepancies
OSSE DOT receives new transportation requests every year for students who are eligible for service. We fully expect LEAs to complete data validation prior to submitting transportation request forms; however, for additional quality assurance, our Parent Resource Center calls parents and/or guardians listed as contacts in our transportation system to verify information that has been submitted. Through this process, we often discover discrepancies, including incorrect addresses for a.m. and/or p.m., incorrect school, invalid telephone number, etc. Once these discrepancies are documented, DOT creates a report for each individual LEA and posts the file on Box (our secure data transfer). LEA points of contact are also emailed and notified that these have been posted and LEAs and are asked to correct them as soon as possible. Failure to correct the data discrepancies can result in service not being provided at all (or timely), as well as the division not being able to reach parents/guardians in the event of incident, accident or changes to service times.
Please ensure that your LEA Data Manager has access to Box and can provide these reports to the Special Education Coordinator and Transportation Point of Contact within your LEA. If you need assistance with Box, please refer to the Box Quick Reference Guide. While each project folder will be managed by OSSE program staff, general assistance on a Box account can be provided by Shenee Akinmolayan at Additional resources pertaining to Box can be found on OSSE's website.

Release of the 2018-19 School Year Data Collections Calendar  (reminder)

OSSE is excited to release the 2018-19 School Year Data Collections Calendar. This calendar provides LEAs with a one-stop-shop for accessing information about the July 2018-June 2019 data collections administered by OSSE that LEAs must complete to comply with federal, state, and local reporting requirements, as well as PCSB data collections. In this tool, LEA users can sort the collections by school type, download the list of collections to their calendar or to Excel, access links on OSSE’s website that provide more information about each collection, and much more.

For more questions, please contact Bradley Quarles at

Transportation Information for New Students  (reminder)

All transportation request forms for new students should be submitted in TOTE.

Please submit all transportation request forms for students who are new to your LEA in order for transportation service to be scheduled and provided on the first day of school.

Complete Data Mapping in Advance of Start of School  (reminder)

All data mapping must be complete four weeks prior to the first day of school for each LEA.

If LEAs have not yet done so, it is strongly encouraged that Data Managers complete LEA data mapping and schedule a configuration session three weeks before the first day of school; these steps are critical to ensure the successful flow of data required to submit transportation request forms, view test score history, and access IEPs for newly enrolled students. If the transportation request forms are not submitted at least two weeks before a student’s first day of school, OSSE cannot guarantee transportation service by day one.

For more information, visit the Start of School website for resources, tools, dates, and deadlines related to connecting to OSSE’s data systems and follow up with your OSSE DAR Liaison regarding any outstanding questions. Many thanks for your partnership in preparing for a successful start to the school year.

2018 Start of School Campaign Website (reminder)

As part of OSSE’s ongoing commitment to responsive and consistent service, we are committed to the continued improvement of the way LEAs experience the start of school. To this end, we are excited to release the 2018-19 Start of School Campaign website, an online home for Start of School-related resources, including the following:
To stay abreast of the latest news regarding Start of School, we suggest LEA leaders and points of contact bookmark the Start of School page for quick and easy access to information, and check back regularly for updates throughout the summer.

What’s Coming Up

To help LEAs stay on top of the most important start-of-school dates and deadlines, please be sure to download our checklist of the things we need to help you get start-of-school ready and our list of Critical Start of School Trainings.
Type Description Date Topic
Training Attend training on the Enrollment Audit Child Count application; LEAs should attend only after obtaining SLED credentials and being designated LEA Data Manager in eSchoolPLUS. Register Aug. 28 Enrollment Audit
Deadline Complete the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) application. Aug. 31 Funding - Federal

For more information, including new updates, see the complete 2018-19 school year Start of School calendar.
Updated Hearing Officer Determination (HOD) Implementation Guidelines
Pursuant to OSSE’s IDEA monitoring authority at 34 CFR §300.149, the Division of Systems and Supports, K-12 monitors LEA implementation of Hearing Officer Determinations (HODs). On March 23, 2012, OSSE issued state-level guidelines for HOD implementation. These guidelines apply to all LEAs and are designed to standardize requirements and clarify how OSSE measures timely HOD implementation. OSSE has updated the state-level guidelines to align with continued obligations for LEA implementation of corrective actions and to align with LEA program procedures. These guidelines are available on the OSSE website.

For more information or questions about the guidelines or related matters, please contact Victoria Glick at or (202) 724-7860.

New LEA Homeless Liaison Webinar: McKinney-Vento 101
Under the federal mandates of the McKinney-Vento (MKV) Homeless Assistance Act, every LEA is required to have an identified homeless liaison to assist students and parents experiencing homelessness. We recognize that staffing changes may have occurred for the 2018-19 school year and that there may be newly appointed homeless liaisons in need of guidance regarding their roles and responsibilities.
This webinar will assist new homeless liaisons in identifying critical requirements and resources they will need to ensure that student needs are met. The training will provide the knowledge and resources needed to:
  1. Implement MKV requirements
  2. Connect students and families experiencing homelessness with essential community resources
  3. Identify homeless students through the MKV QuickBase application.
This webinar will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. New LEA Homeless Liaisons should register by Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.
For more information, please contact Tasheen Stallings at

College Conversations and OSSE Scholars: Box Update
As the school year kicks off, OSSE would like to remind you that this year’s College Conversations event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 and notify you that the 2019 OSSE Scholars application will open on Monday, Sept. 17. This year, in order to nominate your students and assist them in submitting required documents for both of these programs, each high school will need to utilize a new process for securely submitting student-level information to OSSE.
OSSE transitioned to using a new tool, called Box, for secure data sharing on Feb. 1, 2018. In order to receive access to Box, an individual from your school must be assigned a role in eSchoolPLUS. This individual should be eligible to receive access to the Box folders for College Conversations and OSSE Scholars for your school. By Monday, Sept. 10, please respond to Janel Young with the name and email address for the individual at your school who will serve as the authorized user of the secure Box folder for College Conversations and OSSE Scholars.
Once you have confirmed the point of contact and email address for your school, you will receive an official request to upload the names and information for your school’s top ten seniors into the Box folder for College Conversations. Nominations for College Conversations are due by Monday, Sept. 17.
For more information on Box, please reference information on secure data transfer from the OSSE website.

For more information or if you have any questions about the use of Box, OSSE Scholars or College Conversations, please contact Janel Young at

Webinar: Electronic Cigarettes & Youth Initiation

Electronic cigarette popularity has surged across the District of Columbia and has become the most common used form of tobacco among youth in the United States. Although this electronic cigarette trend is marketed toward kids, the dangers of electronic cigarettes aren’t well publicized. Youth are mistakenly sold on the idea that electronic cigarettes are “safer” than cigarettes, when in actuality electronic cigarettes can lead to cigarette smoking.

Join the District of Columbia Department of Health Tobacco Control Program and guest speakers from the Truth Initiative, Dr. Lauren Czaplicki and Sibohan Perks, on a webinar addressing electronic cigarettes and the youth consumption of them. At the conclusion of this webinar participants will learn:
  • How to identify electronic cigarettes
  • Health risks associated with electronic cigarettes
  • Advertising tactics marketed to youth
  • District youth prevalence rates
  • Educational resources to instruct youth
This webinar will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 2-3 p.m. Register

Who should attend: Health teachers, health educators, physical education teachers, school health nurses, substance abuse counselors & organizations that engage youth

For more information about the webinar, please email
New Policy for Reinstating an Expired OSSE Educator Credential/License

In accordance with the DCMR licensure regulation changes established July 1, 2016, the policy for reinstating an expired OSSE educator credential/license has been updated. Changes are in effect as of June 1, 2018. Specifically, any individual who has an expired OSSE educator credential/license shall have three options to reinstate:

Option 1: Reinstatement by taking Current Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam(s)
  • Credential holders must take and pass the currently required Praxis II subject content knowledge exam, or applicable School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), that directly corresponds to the credential being reinstated. The exam must be taken within 12 months of the date the reinstatement application is submitted. View a list of DC educator credential exams here.
Option 2: Reinstatement by Performance Evaluation Ratings
  • Credential holders currently employed by a DC LEA that administers an official educator performance evaluation management system that is accepted by OSSE for the purposes of educator credentialing may have their credential renewed based upon satisfactory practitioner performance.
  • Credential holders must submit documentation of at least three final yearly summative effective performance evaluations conducted in the licensure subject area and completed within the previous four years of the date the reinstatement application is submitted.
Option 3: Reinstatement by completion of professional development activities
  • Credential holders must submit documentation of traditional professional development training activities completed within the previous four years of the date the reinstatement application is submitted.
  • Credential holders who have attended and successfully completed appropriate professional development training activities, which can include educator workshops, LEA-approved training activities, college coursework, or other types of training, may have their credential renewed based upon satisfactory completion of the required professional development hours.
Please visit the OSSE educator licensure website for further details and requirements for each option.

For more information or questions regarding educator credentialing requirements, please contact

Fall SAT School Day Bulk Registration Information
OSSE will once again coordinate bulk registration for high school seniors for SAT School Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, on behalf of all LEAs. Bulk registration involves OSSE submitting student rosters for the SAT to College Board, which generates printed labels for students to use on testing day. Bulk registration does not replace test ordering, which LEAs must complete on College Board’s test ordering site.
In order to ensure optimal accuracy in the rosters OSSE submits, LEAs will be provided an opportunity to review their files. Please be advised of the following SAT bulk registration timeline:
  • Aug. 31 - OSSE shares individual LEA files with SAT School Day coordinators via Box, OSSE's secure file transfer site. SAT School Day coordinators check roster accuracy, including verifying the grade levels of students.
  • Sept. 10 - LEAs return updated rosters to OSSE via Box.
  • Sept. 12 - OSSE submits final bulk registration files to College Board.
Test Ordering Deadlines to Remember
  • Aug. 21 - Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) testing accommodations request deadline
  • Sept. 12 - Order deadline (test booklets and SSD materials)
  • Between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8 - Schools receive test materials
For more information or questions, please contact Nicoisa Jones at
$10,000 Scholarship Opportunity for 11th and 12th Grade Students

OSSE is seeking high-achieving student leaders interested in government, history and public service to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). District of Columbia public, public charter and private high school juniors and seniors who will be serving in an elected or appointed position during the 2018-19 school year and possess a strong interest in government and history are encouraged to apply. Each applicant must be approved by their principal or school counselor prior to the submission of their application. The USSYP application is open now through Oct. 30, 2018. To view the application and instructions, please visit OSSE's website.
Established in 1962 by US Senate Resolution, USSYP is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual program will be held in Washington, DC, March 2-9, 2019. Two student leaders from Washington, DC will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the departments of State and Defense, and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the US Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

For more information, please contact Tiffany DeJesus at
Professional Development Opportunities
(Unless stated otherwise, all trainings are held at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE)

Math Professional Development Opportunities for Pre-K through Grade 5 Teachers & School Leaders
OSSE is pleased to announce a full calendar of math professional development trainings during September 2018, aimed at supporting students in pre-K through grade 5. Please visit each event website for a full description of the training and to register.

Dates Title Audience Registration Link
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Focus on K-2 Math Instruction: Number Talks Early elementary math instructional coaches and K-2 math educators Register here
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Focus on K-2 Math Instruction: Number and Operations-Base Ten Register here
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Math Professional Development Training for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers Pre-K and kindergarten educators Register here
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Focus on Fractions for Grade 3-5 Educators: Number Talks on Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages Grade 3-5 educators Register here
Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 10-11, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Focus on Fractions for Grade 3-5 Educators: Fractions Part 1 on Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense
*This course is a pre-requisite for Part 2 “Making Sense of Fraction Computation”  
Grade 3-5 educators Register here
Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 19-20, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Focus on Fractions for Grade 3-5 Educators: Fractions Part 2 on Making Sense of Fraction Computation Grade 3-5 educators Register here
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Exploring Cross-curricular Approaches to Literacy and Mathematics with Crayola CreateEd for Elementary School Educators Pre-K through grade 5 educators Register here
Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 26-28, 2018, 8:40 a.m.-4 p.m. Mathematics for Struggling Learners Elementary classroom teachers, special educators and math specialists Register here

All participants will receive eight OSSE professional learning units (PLUs) for each full day of training. All sessions will take place at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE. Please see the registration link above for the exact room location and full details. All registration deadlines are one week prior to the first day of the course.

For questions, please contact Lauren Allen at

Supporting Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness Professional Development Training for LEA Homeless Liaisons
OSSE’s Homeless Education Program will host Supporting Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness professional development training for LEA Homeless Liaisons on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, in the Eleanor Holmes Norton I, II & III conference rooms. This training will provide LEA Homeless Liaisons with important information regarding the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Kids Ride Free program, OSSE’s revised dispute resolution policy, database applications, and available resources (such as emergency shelters, food and educational supports) for students and families experiencing homelessness.
Limited seating is available, so we request that no more than one representative from each LEA register to attend. LEA Homeless Liaisons should register by Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

For more information, please contact Tasheen Stallings at

Responding to the Endrew F. Decision: Building Capacity, Developing High-Quality IEPs

OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a new professional development series focused on building capacity and developing high-quality individual education programs (IEPs).
On March 22, 2017, the US Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. In that case, the court redefined the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This training series will provide an overview of the court’s decision and provide LEAs with support to develop capacity among their special education staff to meet the more rigorous standard for IEP quality set forth by Endrew F.

  • Part 1: Using Data to Describe Students’ Present Level of Performance (September 2018)
  • Part 2: Using Data to Set IEP Goals (October 2018)
  • Part 3: Using Data to Design Appropriate Accommodations, Modifications, and Supports (November 2018)
  • Part 4: Using Data to Propose Appropriate Service Hours and Setting (December 2018)
In Part 1 of the series, Using Data to Describe Students’ Present Level of Performance, participants will learn and understand:
  • Legal requirements related to IEP development
  • Key concepts of IEP development, focusing on student assessment, as well as analysis, interpretation, and reporting of student assessment results
  • How to use data to draft individualized present level of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) statements that comply with legal requirements
  • How to create internal protocols that support effective student assessment and IEP development practices

Part 1 will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and will be repeated on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Nannie Helen Burroughs Conference Room (Room 523). Space is limited and registration is required. Register

Dates and registration links for parts 2, 3, and 4 will be advertised later this fall. Participation in all four sessions is strongly encouraged.
For questions, please contact Jennifer Carpenter at

Webinar: Understanding and Implementing Section 504
Join OSSE for a webinar training that explores both the law and the school’s role for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 is a civil rights law that requires school districts to provide eligible students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Section 504 contains non-discrimination requirements which states that all students with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities must be protected from discrimination and receive education services that are equal to that of their non-disabled peers. 

The webinar training will guide participants through:

  • An overview of Section 504
  • A step-by-step walk-through of the Section 504 process from referral to implementation
  • Section 504 best practices and frequently asked questions

This webinar training will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 1-3 p.m. Register

This training is only open to educators, administrators, and staff that serve in DC Public Schools and DC public charter schools.

For more information or questions, please contact Angela Awonaike at or (202) 481-3870.

Student Support Teams Foundations
The Student Support Team (SST) is a collaborative, school-based, problem-solving team that is organized to address academic, medical, behavioral/emotional, and/or other problems that may interfere with a student’s ability to obtain an appropriate education. OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning will provide an introduction and deep dive into the SST process with a two-part training to empower school teams to build and improve their SST teams and processes. Target audience includes any DC Public School or public charter school staff members who are interested in learning more about the SST process, or who are part of their school’s current SST process.

SST Part I will include:

  • An overview of the SST process and Response to Intervention (RtI)
  • Best practices for the SST process
  • Selecting appropriate interventions
  • Curriculum-based monitoring

This training will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at OSSE, Third Floor, Room 324. Register

For more information or questions, please contact Angela Awonaike at or (202) 481-3870.

Restorative Schools Overview

This one-day experiential workshop will introduce teachers, administrators, school staff, students and all those who support them to Restorative Justice concepts and practices. Participants will explore the continuum of restorative practices, through experiencing pro-active circles for strengthening relationships and social-emotional skills. More fundamentally, participants will come to see the restorative approach as a means of shifting school culture and climate as well as addressing systems of power and oppression. This overview will conclude with a planning session and information on how to receive additional support. Absent additional training, this workshop alone does not equip participants to facilitate any specific restorative process. This workshop can serve as a prerequisite to any of the below listed trainings for which one is required.

This one-day workshop will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Educators, administrators, and staff who work with K-12 students attending District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools will be given priority registration. Register

To view the full schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities for the 2018-19 school year, please visit the Restorative Justice Trainings and Resources webpage. To learn more about the Restorative Practices work underway in District schools, visit Restorative DC.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainings

The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program, developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), is embraced worldwide as a highly effective behavior management system for organizations committed to providing quality care and services in a respectful, safe environment. The strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training provide participants with a proven framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent, de-escalate, and safely respond to disruptive or assaultive behavior by students. This training will provide instruction on personal safety techniques, but will not teach physical restraint techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothing, closed-toed shoes, and bring water.
Audience: This training is intended for K-12 educators working in DC schools.

Training dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018,
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

All trainings will take place as OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton II (Room 109), from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register
For more information or questions, please email

Restorative Justice September Community of Practice: Building Community  (reminder)

During the 2018-19 school year, OSSE will continue to partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.

The first CoP for the 2018-19 school year will focus on building community, and will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 9-11:30 a.m. at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton I Training Room. The CoP will create a dynamic space for representatives of schools and agencies, seasoned practitioners, and advocates to share experiences and lessons learned, address important questions and concerns, and develop tangible next steps for building strong school communities right from the beginning of the year.

The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library. Please view all dates, topics, locations, and registration links on OSSE’s Restorative Justice resource page.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at

Skills and Strategies to Adapt Math and Science for English Learners  (reminder)
This two-day professional development session, designed for K-12 content teachers and English learner (EL) specialists, will be facilitated by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). Training topics will focus on developing language and literacy in the math and science content areas; specifically, promoting oral language development, vocabulary acquisition, and other literacy skills. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Analyze CAL’s Principles of Effective Instruction for ELs
  • Define the academic language demands of math and science disciplinary practices
  • Identify teaching strategies that scaffold learning while increasing classroom interaction, comprehensible input, language output, and academic language learning
  • Create sentence stems to target language functions and to promote student production at a range of language proficiencies
  • Design lessons with activities to bridge between oral language and literacy skills
  • Connect classroom practices to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the WIDA English language development standards.
All K-12 educators who serve EL students in DC public and public charter schools are invited to participate. The first day will focus on math instruction and the second day will focus on science instruction. Content teachers can participate in one or both days. EL specialists are strongly encouraged to attend both days of this training.
This training will take place on Thursday-Friday, Sept. 19-20, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton I Training Room. Register

For more information about the event, please contact Annette Thacker-Bartlett at

Foundations of Effective Classroom Assessment for English Learners: Principles and Practices  (reminder)
During this two-day institute, participants will gain a deeper understanding of underlying principles of assessment (validity, reliability, item formats, cultural bias and sensitivity) and leave equipped with a variety of research-based practices for assessment development and adaptation, score interpretation, and using data to inform instruction of English learners (ELs). This training will feature the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Assessment Toolkit, developed by their subject matter experts and based on decades of research and practice. The toolkit provides a comprehensive framework as well as techniques and strategies for assessment development and use. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Create high-quality classroom assessment tasks in various formats, and analyze the language demands of various assessment formats
  • Adapt classroom assessments in order to make them accessible to ELs of all proficiency levels
  • Create high-quality content and language assessment rubrics for effective evaluation of ELs
  • Meaningfully analyze data from classroom assessments to differentiate instruction, customize student learning, and boost student success
All K-12 educators who serve EL students in DC public and public charter schools are invited to participate. This training will take place on Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton I Training Room. Register

For more information about the event, please contact Annette Thacker-Bartlett at

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Core Features  (reminder)
During this training, participants will learn about the core features of School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) and receive guidance on how to use a fidelity tool, Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI), to guide and measure implementation. This training is open to educators, coaches, and leaders serving students in grades K-12 in the District of Columbia. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in school teams (e.g., administrator, dean, social worker, grade-level teacher representatives, and PBIS coordinator) in order to action plan and strengthen capacity.
The training will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and will repeat on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton III Training Room. Register for either date. Participants will be eligible to receive six professional learning units (PLUs).

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at

Training for Mandated Reporters  (reminder)

OSSE's Division of Systems and Supports, K-12, in collaboration with the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), will host a mandated reporter training on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 and Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. This training will take place at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton I (Room 108). Mandated reporters are professionals obligated by the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and DC law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. In DC, mandated reporters who should be trained include school officials, teachers, athletic coaches, counselors, social service workers, and other direct care professionals. This training is for new mandated reporters and also serves as a refresher course for previously identified mandated reporters.
The training will provide information on:
For more information or questions, please contact OSSE's Special Programs Unit at (202) 478-2409.
Dates to Remember
OSSE Leadership Team and OSSE Contact Resources

OSSE Key Points of Contact for LEAs
OSSE Organizational Chart

OSSE will continue to update and redistribute these resources quarterly. If you have a question not addressed in these resources, please contact OSSE Communications at
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