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                                                                        Oct. 10-16, 2019

We’ve updated the look of the LEA Look Forward, to better organize and consolidate the information we share. Each issue will provide information about:
  • In this Issue includes jump links to each section and sub-header of text below;
  • Important Announcements includes OSSE announcements and notices, data and document submission notices, and notices from government partners;
  • Professional Development, Trainings & Events includes professional development for educators, school leaders, LEAs, CBOs, and events such as conferences and meetings;
  • Grants & Funding includes grants, announcements of NOFAs/RFAs, and call for proposals;
  • Opportunities for Students & Families includes competitions, school clubs, event invitations, and college and career readiness;
  • Important Dates & Deadlines includes upcoming key event dates and deadlines.
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Important Announcements
  • Enrollment and Residency Handbook Now Available
  • Subrecipient’s Audit Report Collection
  • New EGMS Requirement Regarding Grant Applications  (reminder)
Professional Development, Trainings & Events
  • Subscribe Today! New Teaching and Learning Professional Development Newsletter for Educators
  • Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training
  • Apply Today! Leadership Institute in Secondary Special Education
  • Georgetown University Executive Masters in Leadership 2020 Opportunity
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
  • 2019 DC Secondary Transition Institute  (reminder)
  • Help All Students Meet High Standards: Join the High School Content Fellows  (reminder)
  • You're Invited! Ahead of the Curve: Improving Sexual Health Outcomes Among Students  (reminder)
  • You’re Invited! DC Early Childhood Summit: Brighter Futures Start Here  (reminder)
Grants & Funding
  • Spark Opportunity Grant Program for Public Charter Schools  (reminder)
Important Dates & Deadlines

Enrollment and Residency Handbook Now Available
The Office of Enrollment and Residency (OER) is excited to announce that the OER Handbook is now available on OSSE's website. OER carries out a broad set of responsibilities, including establishing the guidance on residency verification for LEAs, conducting an annual enrollment audit, and enforcing residency regulations through tip intake and investigations. OER is also responsible for issuing and managing tuition agreements and collecting payments for eligible non-resident students and for enforcing the District’s exclusion policy for students deemed ineligible to attend public schools tuition-free. The handbook provides information about processes and policies related to enrollment and residency requirements in public schools in DC.

For more information, please email

Subrecipient’s Audit Report Collection
OSSE is transitioning to Box, a secure file exchange program, for the collection of audit reports. Box allows for electronic data files to move efficiently and securely between OSSE and its subrecipients. Subrecipients are required to establish an account and upload a signed copy of their audited reports within 30 days of receiving the auditor’s signed reports.

OSSE will grant upload permission to the Head of School as designated in eSchoolPLUS. If the LEA needs to designate another representative, please contact Carol D’Avilar-Etkins at with the representative’s name, title, email address, and phone number so OSSE can give access to that representative.

Head of School, create a Box account with your organization’s email address. After logging into Box, click the Notifications folder to accept invitation(s) to specific Box Project Folder. View the Box User Training video for more information on how to navigate Box.

For questions about the collection of audit reports, please contact Carol D'Avilar-Etkins at or (202) 481-3854. For questions about Box, visit OSSE's website or contact Demetrius Brown at

New EGMS Requirement Regarding Grant Applications  (reminder)
As of 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


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 Training Apply Today! Leadership Institute in Secondary Special Education
OSSE and American University invite applications for the 2020 Leadership Institute in Secondary Special Education. The program runs from December 2019 to June 2020 and aims to support innovative, highly effective teachers who work with secondary special education populations to use evidence-based practices to integrate the Common Core State Standards and individualized education program (IEP) goals within the curriculum for secondary students with disabilities. Ideal candidates are general and special educators serving grades 7-12 who teach students with disabilities. Interested educators should complete this online application by Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, 5 p.m. Participants can receive a $2,000 stipend and 30 professional learning units. View additional details on OSSE's website.

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

Georgetown University Executive Masters in Leadership 2020 Opportunity
Applications are now open for the final class of Georgetown University's cross-sector Executive Masters in Leadership program for current public school principals and systems-level leaders (charter and DCPS). Join an information session on Tuesday, Oct. 15 or Wednesday, Oct. 16. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 for the January 2020 start.

For more information, please view this flier or contact Steph Shultz at or Amanda Borden at

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program, developed by 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 program provide participants with a proven framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent, de-escalate, and safely respond to disruptive or assaultive behavior. This training is beneficial for behavioral health professionals, educators, health care professionals, health service professionals, and service-oriented professionals. This event will not go over physical restraint techniques.

This training will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor Eleanor Holmes Norton I/II, Rooms 108/109. Register

For more information, please contact

2019 DC Secondary Transition Institute  (reminder)
OSSE’s Division of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its 2019 Secondary Transition Institute. This annual event is open to school leaders, college and career counselors, general and special educators, related service providers, and DC government agency staff serving secondary transition-age youth (ages 13+). Participants will learn more about evidence-based practices in secondary transition for students with disabilities through inspiring keynote speakers, rich content sessions, and thought-provoking panels. Participants will also have the opportunity to gather resources and meet with individuals from across the District who are working together to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton Conference Rooms. Participants, volunteers, and presenters please register. Participants who attend all sessions will earn six OSSE professional learning units (PLUs). Morning refreshments and lunch will be served.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Carpenter at

Help All Students Meet High Standards: Join the High School Content Fellows  (reminder)
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. Register

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

You're Invited! Ahead of the Curve: Improving Sexual Health Outcomes Among Students  (reminder)
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. Register
For more information or questions, please contact

You’re Invited! DC Early Childhood Summit: Brighter Futures Start Here  (reminder)
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!;
  • Conference mobile app with social networking and conference details;
  • The opportunity to earn professional learning units; 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

Spark Opportunity Grant Program for Public Charter Schools  (reminder)
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.

October November
OSSE Leadership Team and OSSE Contact Resources

OSSE Key Points of Contact for LEAs
OSSE Organizational Chart

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