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                                                               Jan. 16-22, 2020


Important Announcements
  • Notice of Proposed FFY 2019 IDEA Part B Annual Performance Report APR Indicators
  • School Health Profiles Launch
  • Facilities Financing Available for Public Charter Schools
  • Preschool Educators Invited to Take PDG Survey
  • Application Now Open for New Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Council  (reminder)
  • LEA Financial Reporting Application Released  (reminder)
  • Nominate an Outstanding Teacher Today! 2021 DC Teacher of the Year  (reminder)
  • New OSSE Home Language Survey  (reminder)
Professional Development, Leadership Opportunities & Events
  • New 2020 Teaching and Learning Professional Development Catalog and Bulletin for Educators
  • Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training
  • New Meeting Series for LEA English Learner Coordinators  (reminder)
  • Training for Mandated Reporters  (reminder)
  • Community Schools Community of Practice  (reminder)
Grants & Funding
  • Help Spread the Word About Partnership Opportunities for New Special Education Grant  (reminder)
Opportunities for Students & Families
  • Opportunity to Provide Feedback on the DC School Report Card  (reminder)
Important Dates & Deadlines

Notice of Proposed FFY 2019 IDEA Part B Annual Performance Report APR Indicators
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all states to have a special education state performance plan (SPP). On an annual basis, states are required to submit an Annual Performance Report (APR) on the progress of their SPP. The US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has approved a one-year extension to federal fiscal year (FFY) 2013-2018 IDEA Part B APR package.
 
OSEP requires all states to set FFY 2019 (2019-20 school year) targets for each APR results indicator. States are required to conduct stakeholder engagement when setting new targets for results indicators. The FFY 2019 APR targets must be submitted to OSEP by Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.
 
The proposed targets for the District of Columbia are posted on OSSE's website for general feedback. Feedback and comments will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. For general questions, feedback, and comments, please contact Megan Williams at Megan.Williams@dc.gov.

School Health Profiles Launch
During the 2019-20 school year, schools within the District will be asked to complete the Healthy Schools Act (HSA) School Health Profiles. Under Section 602 of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, each public and public charter school in the District is required to complete and submit the School Health Profile to OSSE each year. Only public and public charter schools that complete and submit their HSA School Health Profiles will be eligible to receive HSA grants for the 2020-21 school year.
 
The School Health Profile data collection will run through Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. All profiles are completed through QuickBase and users will receive an email directly from QuickBase indicating they have been added as a user for the 2019-20 data collection once the application is launched. In addition, instructions on how to complete the HSA profile and other resources can be found on OSSE's website.
 
For more information or questions, please contact (202) 719-6500 between 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or email OSSE.Callcenter@dc.gov.

Facilities Financing Available for Public Charter Schools
The Office of Public Charter School Financing and Support (OPCSFS) has funding available for the construction, renovation, expansion, and acquisition of public charter schools. Eligible projects can obtain up to a $2 million direct loan for a maximum five-year term. For the 2020 calendar year, direct loans will be available at an interest rate of 2.75 percent for the term of the direct loan. Credit enhancements in the form of debt guarantees or lease guarantees are available up to $1 million.

For guidance on eligibility, process, and submission requirements for a direct loan or credit enhancement financing, please contact Ronda Lasko at Ronda.Lasko@dc.gov.

Preschool Educators Invited to Take PDG Survey
Georgetown University’s Early Childhood Innovation Network’s Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Team is calling on all Washington, DC preschool teachers and classroom staff to share your experiences and engage in an effort to understand your experiences in the District and gain information to share with policymakers and programming officials. The results of the survey will be used to inform health and wellness programs and policies in Washington, DC schools. If you are interested in taking the survey, please visit: bit.ly/dctws2020.

For questions, please contact Acd126@georgetown.edu.


Application Now Open for New Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Council  (reminder)
State Superintendent Hanseul Kang seeks principals and other senior school-based leaders to participate in the Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Council (PAC). Members of the council will share their insights, suggestions, and feedback with OSSE to help refine current policies and inform the development of new policies and resources at the state level. OSSE seeks a diverse group of school leaders from across the city that reflects the demographics of the District’s students. In the inaugural year of the PAC, the council will focus on special education and literacy, in alignment with OSSE’s agency priorities.

The application is now open and will close on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. [Apply] The first meeting will be held the week of Feb. 10-14, 2020 with three additional meetings to be held across the 2020 calendar year. Meetings will be held at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE during the day from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For questions, please contact Shavonne Gibson, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning, at Shavonne.Gibson@dc.gov.


LEA Financial Reporting Application Released  (reminder)
In April 2020, the DC School Report Card website will be updated to include per-pupil financial expenditure data for each school and LEA for the 2018-19 school year. OSSE is releasing the LEA Financial Reporting Application, a new application designed for LEAs to submit the required financial expenditure data. LEAs will have until Thursday, March 5, 2020 to submit financial expenditure data through the application.

The application is available to the following LEA staff: Head of School, LEA Data Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and LEA Finance/Grants Manager. If you would like additional staff to have access to the application, they will need to be assigned one of those roles in eSchoolPLUS. For questions, please contact OSSE’s Special Assistant for Budget and Finance Ryan Aurori at Ryan.Aurori@dc.gov.

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher Today! 2021 DC Teacher of the Year  (reminder)
OSSE is searching for the 2021 DC Teacher of the Year. We are seeking nominations for outstanding teachers who:
  • Inspire and accelerate growth for all students,
  • Build strong partnerships with families and communities, and
  • Champion the teaching profession. 
Administrators, colleagues, LEA and school staff, parents, students, and community members can submit nominations. Self-nominations are also acceptable. Please complete the 2021 DC TOY nomination form through Friday, March 6, 2020.
 
To be eligible for this award, a candidate must be a current teacher in a public or public charter school in DC, have five years’ teaching experience, and must plan to continue as a teacher in DC for the 2020-21 school year. The 2021 DC Teacher of the Year will receive a $7,500 award, professional development and leadership opportunities, and will represent DC in the 2021 National Teacher of the Year competition.

For more information about the DC Teacher of the Year Program, visit OSSE's website. OSSE also invites you to nominate outstanding K-6 math and science teachers for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and outstanding K-12 history teachers for the 2020 DC History Teacher of the Year. For questions, please contact Annette Thacker-Bartlett at Annette.Thacker@dc.gov
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New OSSE Home Language Survey  (reminder)
In advance of enrollment for the next school year, OSSE has released an updated Home Language Survey. LEAs should stop using the old form and start using the new form effective immediately. The Home Language Survey must be provided to all families enrolling their child in a District of Columbia school for the first time. The form is in English, Spanish, Amharic, French, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
 
Why must the home language survey be provided to all families enrolling in a DC school for the first time? The Home Language Survey is used to determine if the student is eligible to take an English language proficiency screener. The screener score determines if the student is identified as an English learner or not an English learner. Students who are identified as English learners have the right to participate in the English language instructional program at school. Federal law requires schools to offer eligible students an English language instructional program so they may attain English language proficiency and achieve academic success. ESSA sec. 1112 requires LEAs using Title I or Title III funds to provide a language instruction educational program no later than 30 days into the school year and inform parents of an English learner identified for participation or participating in such a program.
 
What is new? The new Home Language Survey features new questions, updated instructions and a streamlined layout. Download the Home Language Survey. For questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Norton at Jennifer.Norton@dc.gov.

 

OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its new 2020 Professional Development Catalog where educators can preview course offerings for January to April 2020. To access registration links for all upcoming training opportunities, please visit OSSE's events calendar

View the January 2020 Teaching and Learning PD Bulletin and subscribe today to stay informed of educator resources and upcoming events. To connect with a member of the Teaching and Learning team about professional development and technical assistance opportunities, please view their contact information.


Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Trainings New Meeting Series for LEA English Learner Coordinators  (reminder)
OSSE invites LEA English learner (EL) coordinators to participate in the first of a series of EL Coordinator meetings on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, from 1-4 p.m. at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, Eleanor Holmes Norton II, Room 109. The EL Coordinator meeting series will focus on policy and practice topics that are key to supporting ELs effectively through discussions on best practices, problem-solving, and providing input to inform OSSE’s EL programmatic supports. Register

The next EL coordinator meeting will occur in June 2020. For questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Norton at Jennifer.Norton@dc.gov.


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, Feb. 6, 2020. 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 be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, 1-4 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton I, Room 108. Register
 
For more information or questions, please contact OSSE's Special Programs Unit at OSSE.SPU@dc.gov.


Community Schools Community of Practice  (reminder)
For the 2019-20 school year, OSSE's Division of Systems and Supports, K-12, will host a series of community of practices related to the community schools. The community of practices will be offered on bi-monthly through June 2020. The sessions are open to all District of Columbia schools that are interested in receiving training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school model.
 
The February session will occur Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, 1-3 p.m. at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Room 523. The session will focus on Addressing Attendance and Truancy in Community Schools to Foster Academic Success and will emphasize attendance and truancy initiatives, such as Everyday Counts and other available resources to support student educational outcomes. Register


For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Harper-Butler at Melissa.Harper-Butler@dc.gov or (202) 478-2409.
 
 
Help Spread the Word About Partnership Opportunities for New Special Education 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).


For more information about this grant, please contact Brianna Griffin at Brianna.Griffin@dc.gov.
 
Opportunity to Provide Feedback on the DC School Report Card  (reminder)
OSSE seeks your feedback on potential DC School Report Card designs. OSSE is asking you to try out design prototypes
of the DC School Report Card website (using fictional schools) and respond to a short survey based on your experience. Your feedback will help OSSE improve future versions of the DC School Report Card and also help to inform states and districts across the country as they are considering how to effectively communicate information to parents. Please take the survey and share with anybody who has thoughts about the report card. Thank you!


January
OSSE Leadership Team and OSSE Contact Resources

OSSE Key Points of Contact for LEAs
OSSE Organizational Chart

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