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.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Chapter 30 Special Education Regulations(reminder)
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 OSSE.Publiccomment@dc.gov 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 Christie.Weaver-Harris@dc.gov.
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 three projects for this statewide competition and must designate a staff member to serve as the STEM Fair school lead. Please visit the DC STEM Fair website to learn more about project registration deadlines, webinar trainings for school leads, and professional development opportunities for teachers. For questions about the DC STEM Fair, please contact Lauren Allen at Lauren.Allen@dc.gov.
Preventing Human Trafficking Training for Students in Grades 6-12, Teachers and Staff from Attorney General's Office (reminder) The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) believes that a foundational step in eliminating the horrific crime of human trafficking is educating the community, especially vulnerable youth, on the dangers, warning signs and risk factors of human trafficking. OAG offers 30-60 minute trainings to students, teachers, and non-instructional staff, led by two dynamic attorneys who work with students in grades 6-12. Content shared will be age appropriate for this group. All trainings require a minimum of 30 minutes.
To set up a training at your school or organization, please contact Aisha Braithwaite Flucker at Aisha.Flucker@dc.gov or (202) 727-7217.
Application Closing Soon for High School Student Video Journalism Program with PBS News Hour
The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Homegrown Fellowship gives students in the Washington, DC area an opportunity to learn about video journalism from industry professionals. During this six-month, all-expenses-paid program––culminating in a premiere during the spring––students work on video journalism skills, such as operating a camera, setting up audio and lighting, and editing video. This year, fellows will create short video profiles of young voters whose stories exemplify their communities.
This one-pager includes the scope of the program, including dates and eligibility to share with students and community members.
Join Us in Celebrating #WhyApplyDC (reminder)
With one Friday left in November, we invite you to 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 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 Tiffany.DeJesus@dc.gov or (202) 741-6415.