Aug. 9-15, 2017
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OSSE Start of School Campaign New Reminders Professional Development Opportunities Dates to Remember
OSSE Start of School Campaign
Announcement: New Resources to Help Answer Your Data-Related Questions

OSSE is excited to announce new resources to help LEAs and schools with data-related needs during the 2017-18 school year.

Find Your DAR Liaison: Each LEA has been assigned a dedicated staff liaison from the OSSE Division of Data, Assessment and Research (DAR). The liaison can help LEAs answer data-related questions and connect with other OSSE team members.  Please find the DAR Liaison for your LEA on OSSE's website.

OSSE Support Tool Office Hours: LEAs are welcome to come to OSSE in person between Aug. 4 and Oct. 5 every Tuesday and Thursday between 12-2 p.m. to discuss data-related questions with DAR staff. A senior DAR staff member will always be on call during office hours.

OSSE Support Tool Escalation Plan: Data-related support tickets that have been in the OSSE Support Tool for five or more business days will automatically be escalated to senior DAR staff.

For questions about these resources, please contact William Henderson at or Stephanie Davis at

Thank You for Joining Us at the Start of School Summit

Thank you to those LEA staff who joined OSSE last Friday, Aug. 4 for the first-ever Start of School Summit at Gallaudet University. We hope it was a valuable experience for those in attendance.

If you haven’t already, please take the Start of School Summit survey to let us know how we can improve this event in future years.

Materials and presentations from all sessions at the summit can be found on the OSSE website.

Reminder: 2017-18 School Year Enrollment Audit and Child Count Handbook Now Available

OSSE is committed to a successful enrollment audit for the 2017-18 school year. After completing after-action reviews of the previous year’s audit and seeking feedback from LEAs and stakeholders, OSSE is releasing a new handbook outlining key changes to the audit that will help streamline the process, while continuing our commitment to the accurate count of students and to residency verification. Changes include a redefined role for the auditors, greater clarity and transparency for LEAs throughout the process, a balanced focus on residency verification, and a streamlined process and overall faster completion. You can find the Enrollment Audit & Child Count Handbook on OSSE’s Start of School webpage. Please send additional questions to

What’s Coming Up

Below are key start-of-school dates and deadlines from OSSE that are coming up soon. Be sure to download our prioritized checklist of 10 Things We Need to Help You Get Start-of-School Ready and our list of Critical Start of School Trainings if you haven’t already
Type Description Date Topic

Attend the Enrollment Audit Comprehensive Training to learn about changes to the process for the 2017-18 school year and prepare for a successful audit. Register for the makeup dates. Aug. 9, Sept. 8 Enrollment Audit
Deadline Submit application for the Special Education Enhancement Fund competitive grant. More info coming here. Aug. 15 Funding - Local
Training Attend the LEA Data Manager Deep Dive Training if you have been in this role for fewer than two years. More info here and register here. Aug. 18* Data Systems
Deadline Encouraged Submit the fully completed central data application for approval in OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System in order to receive funding for grants in the upcoming DC and federal fiscal years. Mid-August Funding - General

*Updated as of 8/2.

See the full Start-of-School Calendar with several new updates on OSSE's website.
Test Ordering for SAT School Day

Training for SAT School Day test ordering was provided on Monday, July 24. If you were unable to attend but would like a copy of the materials, including a recording of the webinar, please contact Annie Chen at In addition, please be reminded that College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep support for teachers and students. Please visit to sign up for a free account.
FY 2018 DC Community Schools Incentive Initiative Grant Notice of Funding Availability
OSSE is pleased to announce the release of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the OSSE Community Schools Incentive Initiative Grant.
Grant funds will be used to establish seven community schools in the District of Columbia, as defined by the Community Schools Incentive Act of 2012. The overall goal of the grant is to provide resources that will enable eligible consortia to create and enhance community-based partnerships, develop a framework for continued funding as well as ongoing evaluation of program success.
Available Funding for Award: The total funding available for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) is $1,240,027.32. An eligible consortium may apply for an award amount up to $177,146.76 and shall be eligible for continued funding for two additional years, subject to available appropriations. OSSE has funding available for a maximum of seven awards. 

Length of Award: This is a multi-year grant program to begin in FY18. Successful applicants shall be eligible for three years of grant funding subject to available appropriations.
Eligibility: OSSE will make these grants available through a competitive process to eligible consortia. As defined by the Community Schools Incentive Act of 2012, an eligible consortium is a partnership established between an LEA in DC and one or more community partners for the purposes of establishing, operating, and sustaining a community school (DC Code § 38-754.02(3)). An eligible consortium must demonstrate the ability to provide additional eligible services that did not exist before the establishment of the eligible consortium (DC Code § 38-754.03).

The request for applications (RFA) will be released on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. The RFA will be posted on the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services website, OSSE’s Community Schools Incentive Initiative website and OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System website.
A pre-application webinar will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. [Register]

For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Harper-Butler at (202) 478-2409 or
SOAR FFY16 Facilities and Third-Party Competitive Grants Competitions Expected to Open Aug. 11, 2017
The Notice of Funding Availability for the Facilities grant (for charter schools) and Third-Party grant (for nonprofit charter support organizations) was posted in the DC Register on July 28, 2017. The requests for applications (RFAs) are expected to be released on Aug. 11, 2017 and will be due Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Information about the SOAR competitive grants will be made available through the LEA Look Forward, on the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS) homepage, on the OSSE website, on the DC Office of Partnerships and Grants Services website, and through the PCSB Bulletin. As a reminder, all applications must be submitted through EGMS. More information about EGMS can be found at
For more information or questions, please contact Ronda Kardash at

The Fourth Annual DC Parent & Family Engagement Summit

OSSE invites parents and families of public school students in the District of Columbia to attend the 2017 DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit. The purpose of the conference is to work in partnership with parents and families to effectively implement DC's state education plan. Parents and family members are essential to the successful implementation of the state plan and play a significant role in ensuring that the educational needs of the community are addressed effectively.

Please join OSSE on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for the Fourth Annual DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The convention center is accessible using Metro Yellow and Green lines.
Breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information or questions, please contact Valrie Brown at (202) 299-2093 or

OSSE Seeks High-Achieving Student Leaders Interested in Government, History and Public Service to Participate in the USSYP

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 are currently (2017-18 school year) serving in an elected or appointed position and possess a strong interest in government and history are encouraged to apply. Please be advised that each applicant must be approved by their principal or school counselor prior to the submission of their application. The USSYP application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. 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, from March 3-10, 2018. Two student leaders from each state 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 or questions, please contact your state selection coordinator, Tiffany DeJesus at Tiffany DeJesus.

You Can Earn a College Degree

Are you interested in returning to college to complete your degree or enrolling in college for the first time?

Through OSSE's unique partnership with College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, you can earn a college degree from a respected nonprofit university on your time for just $3,000 per year as a District resident or District of Columbia employee, without attending hours of classes.
To learn more or apply today, visit the College for America website or OSSE's website.

For questions, please contact Tiffany DeJesus at

Grant Opportunity for Schools with Career and Technical Education (CTE)
The Verizon Innovative Learning Design Thinking Program, a competitive grant opportunity, is expanding for the 2017-18 school year for schools with CTE teachers in the Washington, DC area. 
Selected high schools will receive:
  • $20,000 STEM grant to implement the program over the course of two years
  • Ongoing professional development from Arizona State University, which is partnering with Verizon for this grant opportunity  
For more information and to apply for the grant, please visit:
Professional Development Opportunities
(Unless stated otherwise, all trainings are held at OSSE, 810 First St. NE.)
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS): The Essentials

This half-day training is an introduction to PBIS and is available to all K-12 educators in the District. The training will:
  • Provide an overview of the critical elements of PBIS
  • Identify elements of effective PBIS teams
  • Identify methods to efficiently analyze data
  • Identify rewards systems and routines to promote positive behavior 
The training will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Eighth Floor, Room 806.
Register - space is limited and registration is required.

For more information or questions, please contact Brett Nelson at or (202) 654-6101.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program, developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), is 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.

The training will be held on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Eighth Floor, Room 806.
Register - space is limited and registration is required.

For more information or questions, please contact Brett Nelson at or (202) 654-6101.

Placement for English Learners and Foreign Transcript Evaluation: DCPS Sharing Best Practices  (reminder)

OSSE welcomes school leaders and English Learner points of contact District-wide to register for an informative webinar facilitated by the Office of Teaching and Learning, Language Acquisition Division at DC Public Schools. This session will focus on important topics regarding administrative actions used to appropriately place English learners (ELs) in the secondary setting. Participants will learn:
  • Current procedures at DCPS to evaluate foreign transcripts for students who are seeking credit for secondary coursework completed outside the United States
  • DCPS grade placement recommendations
  • Metropolitan Area Foreign Student Advisors (MAFSA) guidelines for foreign transcript evaluation and EL placement
This webinar will take place on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, from 1-2 p.m.

Register - registration is required.

Please note: For DC charter schools that choose to participate, the information is meant to serve only as guidance.

For more information or questions, please contact Anika Harris at

Language Access in Schools: Webinar Training  (reminder)

OSSE strongly encourages LEA and school leaders and administrators to participate in a webinar about the DC Language Access Act presented by the DC Office of Human Rights. This training will cover best practices, systems, and resources for creating inclusive schools and for ensuring full access for students and parents with limited English proficiency. By the end of this training, participants will understand:
  • The demographic data and profile of the District’s foreign-born populations
  • Local requirements for providing interpretation and translation services
  • What resources to use to provide meaningful access to limited English proficient students and parents
This webinar will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Register - registration is required.

For more information or questions, please contact Anika Harris at

Raising the Standards: Achieving Success Together  (reminder)

The Second Annual School Health and Wellness Symposium will be held Aug. 17-18, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. This free two-day event is an opportunity for participants to obtain critical professional development, skills training and updates around health education including teaching strategies, content knowledge, community-based resources, parent engagement strategies, teaching materials and networking to share best practices. The symposium will cover a range of health topics including workshops in areas of comprehensive health education, physical education and nutrition, programming and policy, and health services. The intended audience includes school and community health educators, physical health instructors, school administrators, social workers, counselors, early learning center staff, and youth health programming staff.
Registration Links:
For more information or questions, please contact Whitney Carrington at (202) 442-4010 or Sombo Pujeh at (202) 741-5932 or
Novel Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Engineering and Literacy for K-8 Teachers  (reminder)

Novel Engineering is a research-based approach that integrates engineering and literacy in elementary and middle school instruction. This learning method builds on literature already in use in the classroom and gives students the opportunity to deepen literacy skills by using the text as the context for engineering problems. This full-day training will model integrated learning experiences and engage educators in the integrated design process. Visit to learn more about this innovative method from Tufts University.
K-8 teachers from public and public charter schools in the District are invited to participate in this free training on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the DCPS Central Office, 1200 First St. NE, Room 961. 

Register - registration is limited to 20 participants.

For more information or questions, please contact Lauren Allen at
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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