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                                                             May 29 - June 4, 2020


Important Announcements
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates in the District
Professional Development, Leadership Opportunities & Events
  • Stay Informed of OSSE Professional Development Opportunities for Educators
  • Friday Math Series: Digital Tools for Teaching Math Remotely
  • Children’s National Hospital Brings Digital Mental Wellness Course to Middle and High School Students in DC
  • Faculty and Staff Data Collection: New Documents and Policy Webinar Training  (reminder)
Grants and Funding
  • Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Competition  (reminder)
Opportunities for Students & Families
  • Meet the Higher Education Licensure Commission’s First Student Advisory Committee Members
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates in the District
DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) 2020-21 Deadline Extended: OSSE is extending the deadline for applicants to complete the DCTAG application and submit all supporting documentation from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to Thursday, July 23,2020. View guidance on OSSE's website.

The DCTAG application opened Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year, which includes the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Applicants must submit certain supporting documentation to prove domicile in the District of Columbia. A prior year Certified D-40 Tax Return from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is a commonly used document to demonstrate domicile.

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Bowser and OTR extended the District of Columbia’s tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. OSSE’s extension of the DCTAG application deadline to Thursday, July 23, 2020 will allow families taking advantage of the extended tax filing deadline to use the Certified D-40 Tax Return to demonstrate domicile for DCTAG. For more information, please visit the DCTAG website.

Guidance for Child Care Providers and Families: OSSE is releasing updated guidance to our health and safety guidance for child care providers operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.  

The guidance provides updates to only the recommended duration of quarantine for any child or staff member who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is confirmed to have COVID-19, to align with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. OSSE’s Frequently Asked Questions document has also been updated accordingly.

We continue to review CDC guidance and work with our colleagues at DC Health on additional guidance as the District moves towards reopening and will share further updates in the coming weeks.


OSSE Guidance: For access to all COVID-19-related published guidance from OSSE, please visit OSSE's website.

For resources and information about the District of Columbia Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

 

Stay Informed of OSSE Professional Development Opportunities for Educators
OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning (TAL) provides a robust menu of professional development opportunities that are free to educators and staff in DC public and public charter schools.
Stay informed of upcoming events and resources by viewing the May 2020 Teaching and Learning PD Bulletin and subscribe today to receive the monthly newsletter. TAL will release its series of summer virtual PD opportunities in the next bulletin edition, on Thursday, June 4, 2020. You can find contact information for the TAL PD team on OSSE's website.

Friday Math Series: Digital Tools for Teaching Math Remotely
Interested in learning how other teachers in the District of Columbia are teaching math remotely? Join OSSE and your fellow K-12 educators each Friday in June where we will highlight a digital tool and share how teachers in the District are using the tool to improve distance learning. At the end of each session, math teachers will be encouraged to ask questions, share challenges and brainstorm solutions together. Different tools will be shared each week:
  • Friday, June 5, 2020, 2-2:45 p.m. Facilitating Small Group Math Instruction with Microsoft Teams
  • Friday, June 12, 2020, 11-11:45 a.m. Supporting Independent Math Practice with Explain Everything
  • Friday, June 19, 2020, 2-2:45 p.m. Creating Instructional Math Videos with Screencastify
  • Friday, June 26, 2020, 11-11:45 a.m. Math Assessments with Edulastic
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four sessions. Participants who attend at least two sessions are eligible to receive OSSE professional learning units (PLUs). All registration links are found in the OSSE Training Registration app—search for each session by date and title, then scroll right to select “Add Registration.” For questions, contact Tanaga Rodgers at Tanaga.Rodgers@dc.gov.

Children’s National Hospital Brings Digital Mental Wellness Course to Middle and High School Students in DC
Children’s National announced its partnership with EverFI, Inc., a leading education technology innovator to launch a free interactive mental wellness digital course for middle and high school students enrolled in DC public and public charter schools. The course, titled Mental Wellness Basics, offers educators proven and effective learning tools to promote meaningful conversations that can lead to lifelong health and wellness. The course is designed to equip students in grades 8-10 with the knowledge and necessary skills to build, maintain, and promote positive mental health in themselves and in their peers. DC public and public charter schools interested in offering this free resource can contact Teagan Seeley, senior schools manager at EverFI, at Tseeley@everfi.com.

For more information, please visit the Children's National Hospital website.


Faculty and Staff Data Collection: New Documents and Policy Webinar Training  (reminder)
Each year, every DC LEA must complete the Faculty and Staff Data Collection. LEAs must report vacant teaching positions as well as faculty and staff roster information, including the role and FTE percentage, for all instructional, administrative and support staff in LEAs and schools filled by direct hire or by contracting. The data reported in this collection should represent the LEA’s faculty and staff roster and teaching vacancies as of the 2020-21 school year enrollment audit, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.

As we discussed during the faculty and staff information session, for the 2020-21 Faculty and Staff Data Collection, OSSE will implement data quality checks with specific requirements for each field. In order to continue to support LEAs with this transition, OSSE has prepared resources found on OSSE's website.

OSSE will host the Faculty and Staff Data Collection policy webinar on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 1-2:30 p.m. The webinar will summarize all of the changes and updates to the 2020-21 school year collection to ensure your LEA has enough time to make the adequate changes to your internal data systems. Register

For policy questions regarding the faculty and staff collection, please contact Laura Montas-Brown at Laura.Montas@dc.gov or La' Shawndra Scroggins at LaShawndra.Scroggins@dc.gov. For data or application questions, please contact Stephanie Davis at Stephanie.Davis3@dc.gov.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Competition  (reminder)
OSSE is now accepting applications for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant competition. Applications must be submitted in OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) by 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020 in order to be eligible for review.

Eligible agencies include LEAs, community-based organizations, other public or private entities, or consortia of two or more of such agencies or organizations. Organizations that initially received awards in fiscal year 2019 (FY19) or FY20 and are scheduled to receive a 21st CCLC continuation grant award in FY21 are ineligible to apply at this time. Organizations that initially received awards in FY18 and may be applying for a no-cost extension are eligible to apply.

The total funding available for 21st CCLC awards is $8.55 million. The 21st CCLC grant award period will begin July 1, 2020. Successful applicants will be funded for two additional years (FY22 and FY23) subject to funding availability. Applicants will need to create an EGMS username and password to access the 21st CCLC application. The 21st CCLC Request for Applications and application submission guidance are available on OSSE’s webpage. For questions, please contact OSSE at 21stcclc.Info@dc.gov or (202) 442-3255.

 

Meet the Higher Education Licensure Commission’s First Student Advisory Committee Members
The Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) is pleased to introduce the volunteers selected to serve on its first student advisory committee. The purpose of the student advisory committee is to provide feedback to the HELC on issues and policies pertinent to the student experience in career programs and degree-granting institutions operating in the District of Columbia. The four volunteer member’s appointments are for one year.

If you have an interest in serving on the Higher Education Licensure Commission Student Advisory Committee, please contact at OSSE.ELCmail.dc.gov. For more information, please visit OSSE's website.
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 OSSE.Communications@dc.gov.


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