Oct. 2-8, 2019
In this issue...

New Reminders Professional Development Opportunities Dates to Remember
Final Chance to Give OSSE Your Opinion on the 2019-20 Start of School Campaign

To ensure that LEA-level points of contact have the chance to weigh in, OSSE has decided to extend the deadline for the 2019-20 Start of School Campaign survey through Friday, Oct. 4.
LEA-level data managers and points of contact (POCs) for English learners, enrollment audit, special education, and transportation now have until this Friday to complete this survey to share their feedback on the overall Start of School Campaign for school year 2019-20. This year, the Start of School Campaign helped LEAs transition to the new academic year with a focus on data system connectivity and issue resolution, duplicative enrollment resolution, the enrollment audit, access to information for special populations, title funding allocation, and transportation for eligible students. Regardless of whether or not an LEA-level POC attended the summit, we want your thoughts on what worked well, what didn’t, and how we can continue to improve.
Ensure that your voice is heard – weigh in today!

New EGMS Requirement Regarding Grant Applications

Beginning Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, potential grant applicants need to agree to assurances in Central Data in the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) before they will be able to create a grant application. Currently, applicants must agree to assurances before they can submit a grant application. While the Central Data application does not need to be completed before applying, it should be completed and submitted as soon as possible prior to a grant being awarded, as you will not be able to receive a Grant Award Notice (GAN) or grant funds, until you have an approved Central Data application.

For questions, please email

Spark Opportunity Grant Program for Public Charter Schools

Through the Spark Opportunity Grant Program, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will provide predevelopment grant capital to public charter schools to support development of feasibility plans for their facility projects. Grants will range from $15,000 - $50,000. Nonprofit charter schools that have been in operation for at least one school year and are in the planning or predevelopment phase for a new facility are eligible to apply. LISC will prioritize applicants that seek grant funding to advance a facility project in a designated Opportunity Zone.

For more information about the grant program and to apply, visit the
LISC website. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Applicants must submit background information on their school and project as well as a detailed budget for the grant request. Grants awards will be announced in December 2019.

Help All Students Meet High Standards: Join the High School Content Fellows

This year, OSSE will offer the High School Content Fellows, teams of teachers and leaders learning with colleagues who teach in high schools across the city to help students achieve in Algebra I, Geometry, or Literacy Intervention (middle schools are also welcome to join Literacy Intervention). This adult learning will support the hard work of simultaneously teaching the Common Core standards and supporting students who are significantly below grade level. Led by SchoolKit, a national leader in standards-aligned ELA and math professional development, Content Fellows will meet for monthly learning cycles focused on the instructional shifts in the Common Core and how to help teachers and students make those shifts. Each group has a special focus on students with disabilities and students currently below grade level, with an inquiry cycle and significant classroom applications from every session. We have one full-day launch session on Thursday, Nov. 14 (Algebra and Geometry) or Friday, Nov. 15 (Literacy Intervention), followed by monthly half-day professional learning sessions beginning Friday, Dec. 6.


For more information, please view the one-pager or contact Simon Rodberg at

You’re Invited! DC Early Childhood Summit: Brighter Futures Start Here
If you work with young children in any capacity, or care about early childhood educators, we invite you to join nearly 4,000 early childhood professionals at DC's Early Childhood Summit: Brighter Futures Start Here on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW.
Highlights include:
  • Free registration including swag bag, breakfast and lunch;
  • Keynote session: Building Your Bounce: 23 Questions That Can Change the Way You Look at Life!;
  • Breakout sessions with local and national early childhood experts focused on resiliency, trauma-informed practices, early intervention and other topics;
  • The Hall of Discovery, featuring a wide range of vendors, activities, giveaways and raffle prizes;
  • Conference mobile app with social networking and conference details;
  • The opportunity to earn professional learning units (PLUs); and
  • The collective launch of DC's plan to help families with children birth to 5 years old.
Register today!

For more information or questions about the summit, please email
New Monitoring Process for Retention of Residency Records
In the 2019-20 school year, OSSE’s Office Enrollment and Residency (OER) will begin monitoring the retention of residency records to confirm that minimum standards for record retention are being met, consistent with DC local law. OER will conduct monitoring visits throughout the year to ensure that enrollment documents and residency verification forms are being stored correctly physically and/or electronically, as well as for the length of time required. This monitoring process will be used to confirm compliance with the policy for retention of residency documentation. LEA leaders recently received an email with further details about the record retention monitoring. 

For questions, please email

2019 Physical Education Leadership Cadre Application

OSSE is recruiting teachers from the District who serve K-12 students to participate in OSSE’s third Physical Education Leadership Cadre. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, by 5 p.m.

The 2019-20 school year leadership cadre will be the third cohort of 10 educators that will work with OSSE’s physical education and physical activity program. OSSE will select up to 10 educators from 10 different schools. Selection criteria will include teaching experience, grade levels taught, subject matter expertise, letter of recommendation/support from school principal, and a personal statement.

The leadership cadre, in partnership with OSSE, will meet to (a) receive extensive professional development; (b) share best practices; (c) develop and implement school-based physical activity programs; (d) discuss existing supports and resources, and make recommendations regarding physical education and physical activity programming in DC schools; and (e) disseminate information and resources about physical education and physical activity programming to their schools and other schools in the District.

Selected educators will meet monthly during the 2019-20 school year starting in November. Educators are expected to attend and fully participate in an orientation and monthly after-school meetings. Educators will communicate with each other and the OSSE team between meetings. In addition, educators are expected to deliver and refine (with school colleagues) a comprehensive physical activity program at their school and implement one training for other educators in the District.

All participants of the Leadership Cadre will receive a scholarship to attend SHAPE America’s National Convention in April 2020, in addition to receiving professional development. Interested educators should complete an application by Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Selected educators will be notified on a rolling basis.

For more information or questions, please contact Charles Rominiyi at

November is DC College Application and Exploration Month: Plan, Explore, Apply!

Sign up to host a DC College Application and Exploration Month event at your school or community-based organization in November. DC public and public charter schools and community-based organizations can designate one or more weeks during November for their event(s). Schools and community-based organizations interested in participating should devote time and space for college exploration activities, including support for students to complete applications. The DC College Application and Exploration Month Steering Committee will provide volunteer recruitment assistance, college application fee waivers, promotional materials, and virtual toolkit for participating schools and community-based organizations.

If you would like to volunteer at a host site during DC College Application and Exploration Month, please register by Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

For more information, please visit OSSE's website or contact Tiffany DeJesus at

Save the Date! Ahead of the Curve: Improving Sexual Health Among Students
The DC Public Charter School Board and OSSE’s Division of Health and Wellness are pleased to announce Ahead of the Curve: Improving Sexual Health Among Students. This is a collaborative learning event on best practices in sexual health education and disease prevention among youth, featuring workshops on topics including building a comprehensive health education program, sexual health education for students with disabilities, and disease prevention best practices.

This event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, from 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, 700 Second St. NE. Registration will open Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.
For more information or questions, please contact
Professional Development Opportunities
(Unless stated otherwise, all trainings are held at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE)
Subscribe Today! New Teaching and Learning Professional Development Newsletter for Educators
Subscribe to OSSE's Teaching and Learning PD Bulletin and provide your first name, last name, and school email address. To connect with a member of the Teaching and Learning team about professional development opportunities, please view their contact information. To view a full calendar of all upcoming training opportunities, please visit

  Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Trainings
Restorative Justice October Community of Practice: Bullying Awareness through Restorative Practices

Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue; understanding; and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice encompasses a set of interventions aimed at students; however, it goes a step further as it is a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.

As we recognize October as Bullying Prevention Month, this Community of Practice (CoP) will offer an opportunity to for participants to engage with others on their experiences using restorative practices. Specifically, participants will engage in proactive and community-building circles to address bullying, harassment, and other forms of inappropriate behavior that belittle and tease students as well as adults.

The CoP will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m. at Neval Thomas Elementary School, 650 Anacostia Ave. NE. Please view all dates, topics, locations, and registration links on OSSE’s Restorative Justice resource page.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at
Dates to Remember
October November
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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