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                                                                       Dec. 12-18, 2019

Important Announcements
  • New Healthy Schools Act Resources
  • Join Us at EdFEST (reminder)
Professional Development, Leadership Opportunities & Events
  • Subscribe Today! Teaching and Learning Professional Development Newsletter for Educators
  • Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training
  • Understanding OSSE’s K-12 Risk-Based Monitoring Process
  • OSSE's School Climate Conference: See You There  (reminder)
  • Get Ready for the DC Secondary STEM Fair  (reminder)
Grants & Funding
  • Apply for the FY20 SEEF Competitive Grant
Important Dates & Deadlines

New Healthy Schools Act Resources
The Healthy Schools Act of 2010 (HSA) was recently amended by the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018 (HSAA). The HSAA updated the HSA with new requirements for nutrition, physical education, and physical activity. For more information on the updates and to access resources, please visit OSSE's website. Here's what you can find on the website:
  • The Healthy Schools Act Informational Guide provides a complete overview of all of the HSA requirements, including nutrition, physical education, and physical activity requirements.
  • The HSA Nutrition Overview provides a summary of HSA nutrition requirements.
  • A webinar on HSA nutrition requirements will be available in early 2020.
For general questions about the HSA, please email

Join Us at EdFEST  (reminder)
Join OSSE and My School DC at EdFEST – the District’s annual public school fair – on Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the DC Armory. Students and families can meet representatives from all public and public charter schools in the District that serve pre-K3 through grade 12. With the launch of the public school lottery application on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 for the 2020-21 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help students and families make informed choices. Interpretation in American Sign Language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French are available throughout the day. Admission and parking are free.
Interested in supporting EdFEST? Register to volunteer with us! This is also a great opportunity for high school students to acquire community service hours.
Learn more at


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Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Trainings Understanding OSSE’s K-12 Risk-Based Monitoring Process
Each year, OSSE uses a risk-based monitoring approach for K-12 grants to ensure that LEAs or other subrecipients meet the requirements of federal and local laws and regulations. For more information on the grants that OSSE monitors, please visit OSSE's website. In preparation for the 2019-20 school year monitoring activities, we are offering an LEA Onboarding Meeting that will help LEAs:
  • Understand how OSSE determines LEA risk levels;
  • Learn about the processes and protocols OSSE uses to guide its K-12 monitoring activities; and
  • Support their grant planning and implementation efforts.
This LEA Onboarding Meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs Room 523. LEAs that have been selected for a 2019-20 monitoring review are required to attend this meeting. To RSVP or request additional information, please contact Rachel Stafford at by Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

OSSE's School Climate Conference: See You There  (reminder)
OSSE is pleased to announce its second School Climate Conference, “Implementation in Action: Transforming School Culture and Climate,” taking place on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. This 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 focusing on specific school climate strategies that promote safe, effective teaching and learning, and strong interpersonal relationships using a lens of equity and cultural competence. For additional details, please visit the School Climate Conference website.

For questions, please send an email to

Get Ready for the DC Secondary STEM Fair  (reminder)
The Secondary DC STEM Fair will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Dunbar High School (101 N St. NW) and is open to students in grades 6-12 from DC public, public charter, parochial, private, and home schools. Each school can register up to three projects for this statewide competition and must designate a staff member to serve as the STEM Fair school lead. Key dates to remember:
Please visit the DC STEM Fair website to learn more. For questions about the DC STEM Fair, please contact Lauren Allen at
Apply for the FY20 SEEF Competitive Grant
OSSE is soliciting grant applications for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Special Education Enhancement Fund (SEEF) Competitive Grant. The Request for Applications (RFA) will be available on OSSE's website on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Eligible lead applicants include third-party nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education. All applicants must partner with targeted school(s) at one or more LEAs. Applicants must secure partnerships with the partner school(s) and parent LEA(s) with which they intend to work and will be required to verify these partnerships by uploading, as part of the grant application, a signed Partnership Agreement that details the parameters of the partnership and demonstrates each partner’s role in the planning and implementation of programs and services. Applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at 3 p.m. and must be submitted through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS).

The mandatory pre-application webinars will be held on the following dates and times:
  • Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, 10-11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, 10-11 a.m.
Register - each interested applicant must have at least one representative attend one of the above webinars in order to meet the attendance requirement for this grant. This representative should be someone who is employed directly by the prospective applicant.

For more information about this grant, please contact Brianna Griffin at


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