2019-20 School Year SAT and ACT Expansion Grant Opportunity
For the past five years, OSSE has offered funding assistance for in-school SAT or ACT preparation. The SAT and ACT Preparation Expansion Grant opportunity will be released on Friday, May 3, 2019. These grants will be awarded to SAT and ACT prep providers who partner with DC public and public charter high schools. For information on this grant opportunity, please visit OSSE's website.
If you would like to offer SAT or ACT prep in your school but have not made arrangements with a test prep company, there is still time to find a provider.
If you would like assistance in creating a new partnership, please contact Nicoisa Jones at Nicoisa.Jones@dc.gov. We have a number of experienced companies that have partnered with schools in the past.
Become a deLaski Talent Fellow
The deLaksi Talent Recruitment Fellowship is a fully subsidized six-month program, spanning June-November 2019, in which schools will partner with EdFuel to develop a differentiated recruiting strategy and build the systems, habits, and skills needed to sustain it for the coming school year. Due to the generous support of the deLaski Family Foundation, this is a fully subsidized opportunity.
To be considered for the fellowship, complete the application by Friday, May 3. The application includes questions regarding financial requirements and how you see the fellowship impacting your school and information on current talent systems. The application will take an estimated 30-60 minutes to complete.
For more information or questions, please visit EdFuel's website or email Rali@edfuel.org.
Now Available! LEA Staff May Join OSSE's Division of Early Learning Professional Development Sessions
Exciting news! LEA staff serving pre-K through grade 8 may now sign up for training through the OSSE Division of Early Learning online Professional Development Information System (PDIS).
Visit dcpdis.org to view the course calendar and sign up for training. To register, you will need to create an account by selecting your school site. OSSE recommends using your personal email address so course completion certificates can stay with you if you change jobs. Note that LEA staff may join any available training appropriate for their age group. LEA staff may earn professional learning units (PLUs) and use these for continuing education requirements and applying them to renew their credential, if applicable. However, note that child care teacher licensing and credit hour requirements may not apply to LEA teachers.
Upcoming early childhood trainings that may be relevant to LEA staff:
Please review the PDIS Getting Started Guide for more information. For questions or if you need assistance with PDIS, please contact the OSSE Early Childhood Education Help Desk at (202) 478-5903 or DCPDIS@dc.gov.
- Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, May 9, 2019, 1:30-4 p.m.
- Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 3-5 p.m.
- Thursday, May 23, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
- Thursday, May 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Thursday, June 6, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
To help children transition from Head Start and other early childhood programs, Title I LEAs have signed a citywide coordination agreement. Title I LEAs have committed to participating in at least two early childhood joint professional development events per year. Participants should include at least one staff member per organization, which may include a leadership team member or an early childhood development program coordinator. Additional stakeholders could include teachers, parents, non-teaching staff, etc. For more information on ESSA early learning coordination requirements, please visit OSSE's website.
Become an Ally Partner and Support Students Experiencing Housing Instability
Schools in DC have the opportunity to further support their students experiencing housing instability by joining the Ally Partner program and receiving training and certification from OSSE.
Ally Partners are designated as a trusted source to help students and families experiencing housing instability obtain the resources they need. The Ally Partner Program provides training and awareness for LEA and school-based staff (social workers, counselors, etc.) on the experiences of children and families undergoing a transition in housing, and the available resources to support them. The training also provides information on the roles of LEA and school-based homeless liaisons as the primary point of contact for students and families experiencing homelessness.
Ally Partners will work in tandem with designated homeless liaisons to ensure children and families experiencing housing instability are properly documented in the school’s Student Information System (SIS) to receive appropriate supports that allow the student to maintain enrollment and academic success. Certifications are valid until July 31 of each year and must be renewed annually with ongoing training.
Thank you to the new 2018-19 Ally Partners:
For more information or if you would like to become an Ally Partner, please contact Tasheen Stallings at Tasheen.Stallings@dc.gov or (202) 478-5927.
- DC International Public Charter School (PCS): Rachel Akins, Sean Bland, Jessica Coleman, Rebecca Ferrer, Justin LaRocque, and Jane O’Hagan (view photo)
- Excel Academy (DC Public Schools): Chanel Mason, Regina Nadir, Jossette Sobers, Carolyn Thomas, and Jermaine Wyatt. (view photo)
- E.L. Haynes Public Charter School: Adriana Salcedo
- OSSE Human Resources Department: Terica Adams, Ramia Heard, and Mickala Wade
Application Open for the Summer Special Education Institute for Educators at Georgetown University
The Masters of Educational Transformation (MAET) at Georgetown University and OSSE are pleased to announce the Mind, Math, and Multiliteracies Institute. Participants in this three-week, credit-bearing summer institute for DC educators will learn standards-based content, employ evidence-based strategies in math and English language arts (ELA) education, and apply culturally relevant, asset-based approaches to support students with disabilities.
Participants will learn how to:
- Create a classroom culture that values all students
- Create and monitor differentiated instructional plans and standards-based IEPs
- Use culturally responsive and differentiated instructional strategies
- Promote all students' social-emotional development, civic engagement, and independence
- Facilitate math and ELA instruction
- Develop a professional development seminar
All educators, both general and special educators, serving students with disabilities in grades K-12 are eligible to apply. The priority deadline for application is Saturday, June 1, 2019.
- Receive a total stipend of $725
- Receive three Georgetown University graduate student credits valued at approximately $6,000
The course will convene from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, starting Monday, July 22 and ending on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. To apply or for more information, please contact Dr. Toby Long at Longt@georgetown.edu or visit the website.
Save the Date: New Local Wellness Policy Template and Resources
A new Local Wellness Policy template will be shared with LEA Health POCs and published on the OSSE website on July 1, 2019. The template will include all federal and local requirements of the wellness policy, and categorizes policies, procedures, and programming according to the 10 Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) components. This new format will assist LEAs and school staff in designing even more effective policies and practices to improve the health of students, staff and school communities across the District.
OSSE strongly encourages the use of the new template for the required submission due this summer. LEA leaders and Health POCs preparing for their triennial Local Wellness Policy review and revision, as well as new school leaders, are encouraged to learn more about the WSCC model. Additional resources will be available this summer.
For more information or questions, please contact Marie Williams at OSSE.Schoolhealth@dc.gov, citing "LWP template" in the subject line.
Learn About Student Discipline Trends and Insights
Did you know that the number of students who receive out-of-school suspensions has dropped consistently over the past three years, with a reduction of nearly 800 students who were suspended between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years? Every year, OSSE publishes a Discipline Report to shed light on trends in disciplinary practices across the District. This year’s report revealed encouraging decreases in exclusionary practices, but also highlighted analyses of ongoing disproportionate disciplinary practices based on race, gender, special education status, and at-risk status. To learn more, please visit OSSE's website.
Register Your School's Event for DC Decision Day
DC Decision Day is the District’s adaptation of College Signing Day, which is being celebrated nationally this year on Wednesday, May 1. The goal of DC Decision Day is to recognize all high school seniors for their postsecondary education plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. This year, OSSE is launching an official Districtwide campaign and will share resources to help schools quickly and easily host a DC Decision Day event within their community during the months of April and May 2019. All schools are encouraged to join the DC Decision Day movement this spring!
Decision Day addresses the gap between college application rates and enrollment rates among our students as well as the often complicated process for officially pursuing and enrolling in postsecondary options. To participate in decision day:
We thank you for helping drive this initiative and look forward to continuing the tradition of DC Decision Day for years to come! Your participation encourages students and their families in the District to ensure that having a viable postsecondary plan is part of their future.
For more information or questions about planning and implementing the event at your school, requests for direct support such as printing certificates, volunteers for the day of your event, red honor cords (while supplies last), etc., please contact Janel Young at Janel.Young@dc.gov or (202) 481-3485.
FFY19 New or Significantly Expanding Public Charter School Data Collection
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, pubic charter LEAs that have been identified as new or significantly expanding in the 2019-20 school year received a memo from OSSE that outlined the background and requirements for data reporting around the LEA expansion, for the purposes of federal financial allocations.
In the District of Columbia, a public charter school LEA must notify OSSE of its plans to open or significantly expand in order for OSSE to complete annual allocation calculations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
OSSE defines a new or significantly expanding public charter school as a public charter school that projects for any academic year an increase in total enrollment, due to a significant event (defined as an addition of a new grade or new classes in an existing grade, a new campus or a new educational program), that is at least equal to 10 percent of the total enrollment for the preceding academic year, or 50 students, whichever is less.
For those LEAs that did not receive a notice via email, and are significantly expanding next year, please contact Bonnie Bacon at Bonnie.Bacon@dc.gov, so that we can update our records and send a form to you immediately. The deadline for LEA submission of the form is Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 5 p.m.
Apply Today! Summer Institute for Garden-Based Teaching (deadline extended)
OSSE is now accepting applications for the Summer Institute for Garden-Based Teaching, which will be held July 15-19, 2019, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This training is open to pre-K through grade 5 public and public charter school classroom teachers who work in schools with existing school garden programs. Schools must be in compliance with the Healthy Schools Act.
Teachers should attend this training if they are interested in:
- Improving student academic performance;
- Increasing student engagement by providing hands-on learning experiences for students; and
- Increasing the amount of time teachers are teaching standards-based hands-on lessons in the school garden and on school grounds.
Complete the Summer Institute application by Friday, May 3, 2019 (deadline extended). Applications will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
For more information or questions, please visit OSSE's website or contact Sam Ullery at Sam.Ullery@dc.gov.
ESEA Consolidated Application Budgeting and Planning
OSSE is providing a training on “ESEA Consolidated Application Budgeting and Planning” to assist LEAs in maximizing their Consolidated Application grant for Titles I – IV. This is the third time OSSE is offering this training.
All LEAs are welcome to attend, and individuals who oversee grants are strongly encouraged to attend.
This training will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 9-11:30 a.m. at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, First Floor, Room 110 (Eleanor Holmes Norton III). Please register by Wednesday, May 22.
For more information or any questions, please contact Renu Oliver at Renu.Oliver@dc.gov.
Professional Development Opportunities
(Unless stated otherwise, all trainings are held at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE)
Webinar: English Learner Screening and Placement
This webinar will cover measures to prepare English learner (EL) programs for a smooth start of the school year. These measures, including programming, instruction, and assessment considerations for the entire year are found in OSSE’s Delivering Services to English Learners: Policies and Procedures for Administrators, Instructional Leaders, and Teachers in the District of Columbia. Specifically, participants will learn about:
This webinar will take place on Monday, April 29, 2019, from 1-2 p.m.
- Statewide EL identification procedures
- OSSE-approved English language proficiency (ELP) screeners
- Placement guidelines for identified English learners including transfer and parental waiver students
- Where to locate policy information and guidance on screening and placement within Delivering Services to English Learners
Register - registration is required. For questions, please contact Anika Harris at Anika.Harris@dc.gov.
Webinar: English Learner Program Models
This webinar will present the key features of five different program models for serving English learners (EL). These models are described in OSSE’s Delivering Services to English Learners: Policies and Procedures for Administrators, Instructional Leaders, and Teachers in the District of Columbia, which is OSSE’s reference document for LEAs on EL policies and procedures. Drawing on both federal and state policy and research, the webinar will address:
Information in this webinar will help LEAs prepare their EL programs for a smooth start of the school year.
- Why it is critical to have an effective EL program model
- Similarities and differences between EL program models
- What does not constitute a program model for serving ELs
- OSSE’s School Readiness Reflection Tool for planning next steps for your EL program model
This webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 1-2:30 p.m.
Register - registration is required. For questions, please contact Anika Harris at Anika.Harris@dc.gov.
Focus on K-2 Math Instruction: Number and Operations in Base Ten
Join OSSE and Math Solutions for an intensive three-day, content-based professional development series designed to help early elementary math instructional coaches and K-2 math educators develop classroom learning experience instruction aligned to the vision of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. This hands-on series focuses on number and operations in base ten for students in grades K–2. The emphasis of this course is on developing a foundation of understanding of multiplication and division, and on extending understanding of place value with whole numbers to decimals. Experiences and discussions help participants discern the roles of place-value understanding and properties of operations. All activities emphasize the Standards for Mathematical Practice for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Participants must commit to attend all three days of this course series. This training series will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 and Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Sixth Floor, Room 622. Participants are eligible to receive up to 24 professional learning units (PLUs). Register by Friday, May 10, 2019, 12 p.m. Space is limited to 35 participants. For questions, please contact Maya Garcia at Maya.Garcia@dc.gov.
Preparation and Customization of a K-5 Eureka Math Lesson
Join OSSE and the Eureka Math team for a full-day professional development session focused on:
The afternoon portion of this training will be devoted to practice with the preparation and customization process. Guided by the facilitator, participants will work collaboratively in grade-level groups, and then independently, to prepare and customize a lesson of their choice. This session includes professional reading, opportunities for vertical collaboration, interactive demonstration, and discourse. Participants must bring the module from which they are currently teaching, or from which they will teach next, as well as a laptop.
- Empowering teachers to discern the decisions inherent in each Eureka Math™ lesson,
- Studying the curriculum’s teaching sequences, and
- Preparing teachers to customize lessons to meet the needs of their students.
This session will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Room 523. Participants are eligible to receive up to 8 professional learning units (PLUs). Register by Friday, May 10, 2019, 12 p.m. Space is limited to 40 participants per session. For questions, please contact Maya Garcia at Maya.Garcia@dc.gov.
Focus on Fractions for Grade 3-5 Educators: Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense
Join OSSE and Math Solutions for a two-day content-based professional development course designed to help math instructional coaches and math educators and develop classroom learning experience and instruction aligned to the vision of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS). This two-day course focuses on the priority CCSS domain of Number and Operations–Fractions for students in grades 3-5. The emphasis of the course is on building understanding of fractions as numbers and connections between whole number knowledge and fraction knowledge.
Please note: This course is a pre-requisite for the “Making Sense of Fraction Computation Course” which will take place in September 2019.
Participants must commit to attend both days of this course. This training series will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 and Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton II (Room 109). Participants are eligible to receive up to 16 professional learning units (PLUs). Register by Friday, May 17, 2019, 12 p.m. Space is limited to 35 participants. For questions, please contact Maya Garcia at Maya.Garcia@dc.gov.
Mathematics for Struggling Learners Grades K-8
This three-day Common Core-aligned course offers guidance to classroom teachers, special educators and math specialists in understanding and supporting children who struggle with mathematics. The struggles that children encounter may be the result of cognitive learning challenges, background and experience, or previous instruction. This course focused on improving instructional practices and helping teachers to be more thoughtful about struggling learners in their classes. Educators will examine and choose instructional strategies to help struggling students be successful in regular mathematics classrooms and learn to use a framework of assessments to understand student thinking.
Participants must commit to attend all three days of this course series. This three-day training series will take place on Wednesday, June 5-Friday, June 7, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton II (Room 109). Participants are eligible to receive up to 24 professional learning units (PLUs). Register by Friday, May 24, 2019, 12 p.m. Space is limited to 35 participants. For questions, please contact Maya Garcia at Maya.Garcia@dc.gov.
Using Educational Technology Platforms to Provide Focused Feedback on Student Writing
OSSE invites English language arts (ELA) grades 6-12 teachers to register for a half-day, professional development opportunity highlighting existing and emerging, online, educational platforms to provide focused, feedback to students on writing. In a world where we are using technology every day, it is essential that educators are able to:
This will be an interactive experience for participants who have regular access to technology for classroom instruction. We recommend that participants bring their own laptop, but laptops will also be available for those who are not able to bring their own device.
- Engage with research-based best practices for providing feedback
- Leverage technological resources for instruction
- Provide timely feedback to students that is not as cumbersome as the traditional pen to paper technique
This half-day training will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at OSSE, Fourth Floor, Bill Nye Training Room (Room 422). Space is limited, early registration is strongly encouraged. Register
For questions, please contact Ashleigh Tillman at Ashleigh.Tillman@dc.gov.
Restorative Practices Community of Practice: End-of-School-Year Circle of Celebrating and Letting Go
Join OSSE for the May 2019 session of the Restorative Practice Community of Practice (CoP), where together participants will use the Restorative practice of a circle to celebrate the joys, share the struggles, and let go and grieve the losses of the school year. Participants will be encouraged to take this circle back to their schools and agencies. This will be the last session of the CoP for the 2018-19 school year, and will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m. at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. Register
OSSE partners with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP) which discusses the implementation of Restorative Practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. The CoP is open to K-12 educators, administrators and support staff from LEAs that are interested in learning more about Restorative Practices, or are currently implementing it. DC Government agency staff and nonprofit staff who interact directly with K-12 students in the District are also invited to attend.
For questions, contact Jessica Dulay at Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov.
Community Schools Community of Practice
OSSE's Division of Systems and Supports, K-12 will host its last session of the community of practice series related to community schools on Wednesday, June 5, from 2-4 p.m. This session will be held at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs (Room 523).
Open to all District of Columbia schools that are interested in receiving training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school model, this session will focus on scaling up and finance sustainability. Specifically, the session will focus on scaling up community school programming and financially sustaining the community school. Register
For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Harper-Butler at Melissa.email@example.com or (202) 478-2409.
Restorative Justice and Special Education (reminder)
Restorative Justice is a philosophy and approach to building community and responding to harm with roots in indigenous traditions. It is increasingly applied in schools all around the country to manage classrooms and create inclusive, socially connected, and supportive learning environments. We are committed to educating youth regardless of their social, emotional, physical, or intellectual abilities. Indeed, students with special needs and trauma make a significant part of our school population and are disproportionately represented in school discipline cases. Even where there is no formal diagnosis, students have different capacities for sustained attention, social awareness, intellectual cognition, emotional regulation, memory, and expressive and receptive language. This one-day experiential workshop will help teachers, administrators, and special education staff identify and accommodate these differences as an essential part of preparing for, keeping, and following up on responsive interventions such as responsive circles.
Prerequisites: Restorative Schools Overview (or other introductory training), Circle Keeping, and Responsive Circle Keeping. Most participants should be ready to hold basic responsive circles; including preparation and agreement making for students with a variety of special needs.
This training will take place on Friday, May 3, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW., Third Floor Grand Hall. Register
For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov.
2019 Leadership Institute in Secondary Special Education Professional Development Conference (reminder)
The 2019 Leadership Institute in Secondary Special Education (LISSE) program provides a cohort of DC teachers with the resources and supports to develop leadership skills through participation in an intensive professional development program aimed at supporting the use of evidence-based practices to integrate the College and Career Ready, Common Core State Standards, and Individualized Education Program goals within the curriculum for secondary students with disabilities.
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, American University will host a day-long professional development conference, where the LISSE teachers will share their research findings and actions plans for their schools. During these interactive presentations, the audience will be invited to provide feedback that the teachers will use to further refine their presentations. In the fall, the teachers will be facilitating a more comprehensive version of these presentation as professional development for their school-based colleagues.
General educators, special educators, and school staff serving students grades 6-12, pre-service teacher candidates, and education faculty in local universities are invited to attend. Participants will receive free lunch and coffee, free parking, as well as qualify for eight OSSE professional learning units (PLUs). The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Spring Valley Building Room 602. Register
For questions, please contact the American University Institute for Innovation In Education at Iie@american.edu or Angela Awonaike at Angela.Awonaike@dc.gov.
All Students Can Write: Embedding Universal Design for Learning Principles to Support Writing Instruction (reminder)
OSSE invites English language arts (ELA) grades 5-12 teachers and instructional coaches to participate in a half-day professional development training on the implementation of the research-based instructional framework, Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In this session, participants will:
Participants will maximize their experience by bringing the texts and tasks from an upcoming writing lesson to the session. This session will support teachers and coaches with reflecting on accessibility features of daily instruction in order to increase and improve student engagement and achievement on rigorous, writing assessments.
- Engage with the origins, principles, and case studies of UDL;
- Reflect on their current writing instructional practices; and
- Plan for implementation of UDL using rigorous and complex texts and tasks.
This half-day training will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at OSSE, Fourth Floor, Bill Nye Training Room (Room 422). Three professional learning units (PLUs) will be offered to participants who attend the in-person training and participate in a post-training technical assistance session. Space is limited, early registration is strongly encouraged. Register
For questions, please contact Ashleigh Tillman at Ashleigh.Tillman@dc.gov.
Register Today! OSSE School Climate Conference (reminder)
OSSE is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its first School Climate Conference, “A Call to Action: Transforming School Culture and Climate,” taking place on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. The conference will convene educators and stakeholders from DC Public Schools, public charter schools and partner agencies to attend and lead skill-building workshops, provide opportunities to network and learn about best practices happening across the city.
This conference will feature workshops on how to create school climates that are safe, promote effective teaching and learning, and foster strong interpersonal relationships using a lens of equity and cultural competence. Workshop strands are:
To register, visit the School Climate Conference website. Registration priority will be given to educators and staff serving in public and public charter schools in DC. Participants are expected to participate in the full day of activities, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and will receive six OSSE professional learning units. The full conference agenda, including a list of breakout sessions and presenters, will be posted on the conference website in April 2019. For questions, contact Jessica Dulay at Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov.
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
- Restorative Justice
- Trauma Informed Practices
- Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Supports
- Equity and Cultural Competence
Skills and Strategies to Adapt Math and Science for English Learners (reminder)
This two-day professional development session, designed for K-12 content teachers and English learner (EL) specialists, will be facilitated by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). Training topics will focus on developing language and literacy in the math and science content areas; specifically, promoting oral language development, vocabulary acquisition, and other literacy skills. All K-12 educators who serve EL students in DC public and public charter schools are invited to participate. The first day will focus on math instruction, and the second day will focus on science instruction. Content teachers can participate in one or both days. EL specialists are strongly encouraged to attend both days of this training.
This training will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-15, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, at The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clark School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, Room 334. Register
For more information about the event, contact Anika Harris at Anika.Harris@dc.gov.
Using Mindfulness as a Mental Health Support in our Schools: An Overview of Themes and Practices (reminder)
OSSE, in collaboration with Minds Incorporated, will host a mindfulness training tailored for educators and school teams. In this half-day workshop, participants will learn the benefits of mindfulness on the brain and nervous system, including how stress and anxiety are manifested in the brain and body, neuroplasticity, the relaxation response, and negativity bias.
The workshop is intended for educators, school administrators, teachers, social workers and counselors serving in public and public charter schools in the District of Columbia. Participants will be eligible to apply for five additional hours of free professional development to be conducted at their schools through the end of September 2019, which may include group trainings, smaller cohorts, or in-class coaching.
This half-day training will be offered on Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and repeated on Friday, May 31, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The training will be held at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs Conference Room (Room 523). Register for one of the half-day sessions.
For more information, please contact Kristian Lenderman at Kristian.Lenderman@dc.gov.