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                                                                        Nov. 14-20, 2019

Important Announcements
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Chapter 30 Special Education Regulations
  • Sign Up for the 2019-20 Early Development Instrument Data Collection
Professional Development, Leadership Opportunities & Events
  • Subscribe Today! New Teaching and Learning Professional Development Newsletter for Educators
  • Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training
  • Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease Webinar
  • Homeless Education Qlik Sense Trainings
  • CLASS Primer Training Opportunity  (reminder)
  • Training for Mandated Reporters  (reminder)
Opportunities for Students & Families
  • Join Us in Celebrating #WhyApplyDC  (reminder)
Important Dates & Deadlines

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Chapter 30 Special Education Regulations
On Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, OSSE posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) proposing amendments to Chapter 30 of Title 5-A in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (currently found at 5 DCMR §E-3000-3036) governing the education of students with disabilities. The proposed regulations revise and update current regulations and existing policy. Please access the proposed regulations in the DC Register, as well as other resources designed to assist stakeholders in understanding the proposed regulations and developing responsive public comment, available on the OSSE website.
The proposed regulations will be posted for a 60-day public comment period which began Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 and will close Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, including an opportunity to submit written comments and attend public hearings on the proposed regulations. Persons may also file comments in writing by email to or by mail or hand delivery to:
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
ATTN: Christie Weaver-Harris re: Special Education NPR
1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

All comments received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 will be considered.

Individuals wishing to testify at the hearing should contact Christie Weaver-Harris, policy manager, at (202) 741-0470 or

Sign Up for the 2019-20 Early Development Instrument Data Collection
OSSE is recruiting LEAs to participate in the 2019-20 school year data collection on the health and well-being of 4-year-olds in publicly funded pre-K classrooms. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) provides a holistic, citywide snapshot of young children’s health, development, and school readiness. During the 2018-19 school year, the District began collecting EDI data, and we will be continuing these efforts during the 2019-20 school year to ensure that the data fully represent the District’s 4-year-olds. Our aim is to collect data on an additional 3,500 children during the 2019-20 school year. Your participation will help early childhood educators understand school readiness for the District’s 4-year-olds across all eight wards and inform school administrators, community advocates, and public leaders’ decision-making. All participating LEAs will receive an EDI school-level report with specific information on how well your 4-year-olds are meeting developmental milestones. Visit the RaiseDC website for additional information on the EDI.

Invitations to LEAs/CBOs that have not yet participated will be sent in the next few weeks, via email, with directions for signing up. For additional information or questions, please contact Christina Crayton, education policy officer, at (202) 442-4716 or


View the November 2019 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. To view a full calendar of all upcoming training opportunities, please visit

Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease Webinar
As you may know, sickle cell disease is a genetic condition diagnosed at birth that interferes with the production of healthy hemoglobin and can cause significant pain and other complications. Here in the DC region, we have one of the largest populations of children with sickle cell disease in the United States. As an educator or other school staff member, you have a unique opportunity to support the academic success and health of students in our area with sickle cell disease.
Members of the Children’s National Hospital sickle cell disease team invite you to attend and engage with them for the Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease Webinar on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 3:45-5 p.m.

Register - if you are unable to attend the entire webinar, please register and attend whatever portion you can.

Homeless Education Qlik Sense Trainings

OSSE has refreshed the Comprehensive Homeless Student Data Application in Qlik. The application is a key tool for meeting your federal reporting requirements related to identifying children and youth who are experiencing homelessness and it has greatly improved our ability to identify required supports. Once you are identified as a homeless liaison in eSchoolPLUS, a Qlik token is automatically sent and can be used to log in and access the application. You also will receive the OSSE SLED Data Privacy Information form to complete and return to If access is needed, your LEA data manager will need to submit a ticket in the OSSE Support Tool.

Several trainings will be held to help guide you through the updated system. Please register by Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (webinar) [Register]
The in-person trainings will be held at OSSE, Fourth Floor, Bill Nye Training Room 422: [Register]
  • Nov. 22, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
  • Dec. 6, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
  • Dec. 18, 2019, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
For more information or questions, please contact Tasheen Stallings at

CLASS Primer Training Opportunity  (reminder)
OSSE, in coordination with Teachstone, is offering the CLASS Primer for Teachers training. This training provides a basic understanding of what is captured by each CLASS domain and dimension, why CLASS is important, and how CLASS resources can benefit you. The CLASS primer training is appropriate for pre-K 3 and pre-K 4 lead teachers and assistant teachers. Teachers who attend the training will receive a subscription to the myTeachstone CLASS Learning Community, CLASS strategy cards, and the CLASS dictionary.

Trainings will be held on:
  • Monday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton I/III, Rooms 108/110
  • Monday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Martha’s Table at the Commons, 2375 Elvans Road SE
  • Monday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE
Register - registration is free, but due to limited space only one representative from each facility may attend. Participants in this training will receive 0.7 continuing education units (CEUs).
For questions, please contact Seth Taylor, education research analyst, at (202) 741-7623 or

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, Dec. 12, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. 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.

This training will be held at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton I, Room 108. Register
For more information or questions, please contact OSSE's Special Programs Unit at


Join Us in Celebrating #WhyApplyDC  (reminder)
Every Friday in November, wear your favorite college gear, log on to your favorite social media channels, and join the DC College Application and Exploration Month initiative to tell students why it’s important to apply to college.

#WhyApplyDC Day celebrates the college application season by sharing supportive and motivating messages on social media about the importance of applying to college – a critical and necessary step on the journey to postsecondary education.

See OSSE's website on how you can participate. Be sure to tag OSSE at @OSSEDC and use hashtag #WhyApplyDC to help promote DC College Application and Exploration Month throughout the month of November. We love celebrating the college-going process and encouraging students to apply!

For more information about this exciting campaign, please contact Tiffany DeJesus at or (202) 741-6415.

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