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Wednesday Bulletin
Wednesday Bulletin is delivered weekly to DC public charter schools and is compiled by DC PCSB's Communications Department. Submissions are welcome and are due each Friday by 5 p.m. to wednesdaybulletin@dcpcsb.org. To subscribe to Wednesday Bulletin, click here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Special Announcements
Ensuring a LGBTQ-Inclusive School Climate
In light of the Administration’s recent withdrawal of statements of policy and guidance requiring access to sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity, DC charter schools may wish to take proactive steps to remind their students, families, and staff that their school is welcoming of all students, and will protect and support trans and gender non-conforming students. With this in mind, DC PCSB is pleased to provide a resource document on LGBTQ inclusion, which may be found here.
MPD Corner

School Safety Division Contact List
Click here for the list of contacts in Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) School Safety Division.
 
Health Corner

*Staffing Update
Click here for updated school nurse staffing and recruitment information.
 
[*New/updated item]
DC PCSB General Notices
1. *Mar 21, Mar 23, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
2. *DC One Card - Field Trip Travel Preparation
3. *Secure File Transmission
4. *FTP Server
 
Government Notices
5. Mar 15: Application for Bus Transportation for Environmental Field Experiences Due
6. *Mar 20: Call for Proposals May 2017 LEA Institute on Best Practices
7. Mar 20: It Takes a City Workshop Proposals Due
8. *Mar 23: Athletic Rules Working Group
9. *Apr 12: Seeking the Next Disability Advocate Leader


10.*Upcoming Training, Professional Development, and Community of Practice Opportunities with OSSE
11. *Summer Sign Up Is Open Now
12. *FY 2017 SAHE Teacher Quality Improvement Grant Request
13. *FY 2017 Mathematics Science Partnerships Grant Request
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
14. Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
15. Mar 25: Chess Challenge in DC Citywide Chess Tournament
16. *Mar 31: The Junior League of Washington’s 18th annual “Find Your Words” Youth Poetry Contest
17. *Apr 11: A Jazz Lesson with Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the U.S. Department of Education
18. *Apr 24: Phi Beta Kappa Association of the D.C. Area Scholarship
19. *May 1-31: Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge
20. *Jun 26-30: DREAM2Explore Educator Professional Development Workshop
21. *Jul 15: Teacher of the Year Day of Service 
22. *Registration for Center for Inspired Teaching’s 2017-18 Institute Open
 
DC PCSB General Notices
1. *Mar 21, Mar 23, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
DC PCSB will host PMF task force meetings for each framework. RSVP at this link to receive all meeting details, invites, and updates. For additional information, contact Erin Kupferberg at ekupferberg@dcpcsb.org. If you have previously RSVPed, you do not need to respond again.  
  • PK-8
    • *March 21 – This meeting is cancelled
  • High School – meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*Note time extension
    • March 21
    • April 18
  • Adult Education - meetings scheduled from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. *Note time extension
    • March 23
    • April 20
 
2. *DC One Card - Field Trip Travel Preparation
Did you know that public charter school students can use their school-issued DC One Cards to travel free on field trips on Metrobus and Metrorail if the card has a free bus/rail combo pass loaded.  Metrorail stations must be within DC. Click here for instructions to prepare DC One student cards for field trips.  Contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org with questions.
 
3. *Secure File Transmission
To more securely send/receive files, DC PCSB will utilize its file sharing platform, Egnyte. You do not need an Egnyte account to send/receive files via the platform. When receiving files from DC PCSB documents with PII or confidential information will be sent by link and with a secure password that DC PCSB will provide. When sending files to DC PCSB, we will ask you to submit documents with PII or confidential information through a secure and easy to use upload link. Click here for a quick overview of the process (not required before use). For questions, contact Annie O’Brien at aobrien@dcpcsb.org.
 
4. *FTP Server
DC PCSB is excited to use Egnyte’s secure file transmission capabilities, which unlike FTP, do not require a software download. As part of that transition, DC PCSB will be shutting down its FTP server on March 21. If you have anything you need on FTP, please download it by March 20. If not, there is no action needed. DC PCSB will archive anything left on the server after March 21, which can be retrieved by submitting a ticket in the Hub. For questions, contact Annie O’Brien at aobrien@dcpcsb.org.
Government Notices
5. Mar 15: Bus Transportation for Environmental Field Experiences Applications Due
OSSE’s new program will provide bus transportation for environmental field experiences. Any public school in the District of Columbia that educates grades PK- 3 - 12 is eligible to apply. The environmental field trip destination must be within a 35-mile radius of Washington, DC, and may take place between April 17 - Sept. 30. The deadline for the first round of applications is March 15. After this date, applications will be reviewed beginning on April 1 on a “first received, first funded” basis until all available funds have been obligated. Visit OSSE's website for more information or contact grace.manubay@dc.gov.
 
6. *Mar 20: Call for Proposals May 2017 LEA Institute on Best Practices
OSSE is pleased to announce its final LEA Institute for the 2016-17 school year, "It Takes a City," to be held May 25, 2017. OSSE is currently accepting proposals from educators, practitioners, and researchers that reflect high quality, innovative best practices in pre-K-12 education. Proposals should be designed for an engaging and interactive 70-minute workshop session, have clear participant outcomes, and be relevant to leaders, educators and staff serving the DC student population. Proposals are invited to address the following strands: (a) early childhood education; (b) special populations (students with disabilities and English learners); (c) Common Core State Standards in ELA/literacy and mathematics; (d) STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards; (e) positive behavior supports; (f) educator effectiveness; and (g) foreign language, social studies, and humanities. Submit proposals here. Please submit a separate application for each workshop you would like considered. Workshop proposals are due no later than March 20 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants can expect to hear back from OSSE by March 31. View OSSE's website to view presentations from the May 2016 LEA Institute. For questions about submissions, contact osse.tta@dc.gov.
 
7. Mar 20: It Takes a City Workshop Proposals Due
OSSE will host its final LEA Institute for the 2016-17 school year, "It Takes a City," on May 25. OSSE is currently accepting proposals from educators, practitioners, and researchers that reflect high quality, innovative best practices in PK-12 education (students ages 3 through 21). Proposals should be designed for an engaging and interactive 70-minute workshop session, have clear participant outcomes, and be relevant to leaders, educators and staff serving the DC student population. Proposals are invited to address the following strands: (a) early childhood education, (b) special populations (students with disabilities and English language learners), (c) Common Core State Standards in ELA/literacy and mathematics, (d) STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards, (e) positive behavior supports, (f) educator effectiveness, and (g) family and community engagement. Please submit a separate application for each workshop you would like to be considered. Workshop proposals are due no later than March 20 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants can expect to hear back from OSSE by March 31. Submit applications here. For questions about submissions, contact the OSSE Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education (ESSE) Teaching & Learning Team: osse.tta@dc.gov.
 
8. *Mar 23: Athletic Rules Working Group
The District of Columbia State Athletic Association, in conjunction with OSSE, DCPS and charter LEAs are revisiting some athletic rules in the coming weeks. To view a working draft of the proposed athletic rules click here. You will be able to highlight a word, sentence, or sections of the document and provide comments. If you are suggesting a revision, include a detailed explanation of why. If you are unable to access this link, contact the DCSAA’s Executive Director Clark Ray at clark.ray@dc.gov and he will share access with you. The working group is scheduled to meet on March 23 at 11 a.m. Submit your comments by March 22 by noon. For further questions contact Drew Snyder at dsnyder@dcpcsb.org.  
 
9. *Apr 12: Seeking the Next Disability Advocate Leader


The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) is a national awards program that seeks applications from young adults with a disability, between the ages of 14 and 26, who are dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. This program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities. The ADA is seeking the next disability advocate leader and is now accepting applications! Young leaders with a disability are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in funding. The selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and will receive up to $7,000 in additional funding for a project to benefit the disability community. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application submission and recipient selection. The ADA is a joint program of The HSC Foundation and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. To apply, click here. Applications must be received by April 12 at 5 p.m. For questions, contact Annette Thacker-Bartlett at Annette.thacker@dc.gov.
 
10. *Upcoming Training, Professional Development, and Community of Practice Opportunities with OSSE
OSSE’s Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education (ESSE) is hosting a variety of upcoming opportunities.  Visit the individual website for each event to view additional details, find contact information, and to register.  For questions: OSSE.TTA@dc.gov.  
11. *Summer Sign Up Is Open Now
Are you ready for summer? Registration for Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) camps and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has officially opened. Families can find information about signing up for both DPR camps and DCPS summer school at here. Registration for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is here. You can see the DPR’s Summer Sign Up Day/ Camps press release here.  Information about DPR’s Reduced Rate Process for Camps here.
Fee waivers can be requested in person at the following sites:
•   Columbia Heights Rec (9:30am-7pm M; 9:30-5pm T-F)
•   Barry Farm Rec (10am-2pm and 6pm-8pm)
•   Deanwood Rec (10am-2pm)
More DPR Camp information can be found here on the main website.
 
12. *FY 2017 SAHE Teacher Quality Improvement Grant Request
The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is soliciting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Title II, Part A – State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) Grant Program competition. OSSE is soliciting applications for the development and provision of professional development programs aimed at enhancing student achievement in eligible Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). The purpose of these professional development programs will be to ensure that teachers, highly qualified paraprofessionals, and, if appropriate, principals have subject matter knowledge in the core academic subjects they teach, and build upon the skills necessary to help students master core academic subjects. The amount available for this award period is $279,601. Historically, OSSE has issued approximately two to three TQI Grant Awards, annually. Awards have ranged from approximately $75,000 to $175,000. The grant period will be from the date of award until September 30, 2018. The TQI Grant Program is a partnership grant. Please review the official Notice of Funding Availability to learn more about this grant’s requirements, including OSSE priority areas of focus and required partnerships.
The Request for Applications (RFA) was released on February 28 through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). The EGMS online system and training videos may be accessed by clicking here. The deadline for applications is March 30 at 5 p.m. Contact Annette Thacker-Bartlett at annette.thacker@dc.gov to access a copy of the informational webinar recording and handouts. It is strongly recommended that applying organizations listen to the pre-application information session recording. Applicants may contact SAHE-TQI Grant Manager, Annette Thacker-Bartlett, at Annette.Thacker@dc.gov with questions.
 
13. *FY 2017 Mathematics Science Partnerships Grant Request
OSSE announces funding availability through the Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Grant Program authorized through provisions of Title II, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The purpose of this funding is to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.  Partnerships between high-need Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts.  Other partners may include public schools, private schools, business, and non-profit or for-profit organizations involved in mathematics and science education. The total amount available for this award period is $721,779. The grant period will be from the date of award until September 30, 2018. The Mathematics Science Partnerships grant is a partnership grant program, which must include specific principal partners. Please review the official Notice of Funding Availability to learn more about this grant’s requirements, including OSSE priority areas of focus and required partnerships. The Request for Applications (RFA) was released on February 28 through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). The EGMS online system and training videos may be accessed by visiting http://grants.osse.dc.gov. The deadline for applications is March 30 at 5 p.m. Contact annette.thacker@dc.gov to access a copy of the informational webinar recording and handouts. It is strongly recommended that applying organizations listen to the pre-application information session recording. Applicants may contact to the MSP Grant Manager, Maya Garcia, at maya.garcia@dc.gov with questions. It is strongly recommended that applying organizations listen to the pre-application informational webinar recording.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
14. Mar 16: Evening of Learning Seminars
The Evening of Learning Seminars hosted by leading educators from Two Rivers, KIPP DC, Urban Teachers, Washington Yu Ying, the National Gallery of Art, and Washington International School. This year’s Evening of Seminars will be held on March 16 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Two Rivers Public Charter School, 1227 4th Street NE. Seminars will cover a wide range of deeper learning topics, including:
  • Thinking routines
  • School culture
  • Assessing conceptual understanding
  • Coaching teachers
  • Problem-based tasks
  • Arts integration
  • And many more
Register here by tomorrow March 9. The seminars are free and open to the public. For more information, view the flyer here and the website here. For questions, contact learn@tworiverspcs.org.
 
15. Mar 25: Chess Challenge in DC Citywide Chess Tournament
Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC), a non-profit organization, has been promoting and providing academic chess programs for DC's elementary and middle school students for 9 years in partnerships with DC Public Charter Schools. Chess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning and development, especially when it is played from a young age. The 6th Annual CCinDC Citywide Chess Tournament will be held on March 25 at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW from 9 a.m.-p.m. This unrated tournament is open to all K-8th grade DC students. Please see attached flier. Register here. This tournament has been a really fun and enriching day for DC students and parents. For questions, contact Jan Gordon at jan.gordon@chesschallengeindc.org.  
 
16. *Mar 31: The Junior League of Washington’s 18th annual “Find Your Words” Youth Poetry Contest
The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is pleased to invite Washington, DC, public and charter school students in grades 4 through 8 to participate in JLW’s 18th annual “Find Your Words” Youth Poetry Contest. Teachers or reading/writing instructors are asked to submit all poems by email on students’ behalf. The purpose of the contest is to encourage young people to explore reading and writing poetry by submitting up to two poems on any topics of significance or interest to them. Entries will be judged on the basis of content, originality, creativity, and clarity.
Contest rules and submission details follow:
  • Only DC public and charter school students in grades 4 through 8 are eligible
  • Limit two (2) poem submissions per student.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher or other educational instructor.
  • Poems must be submitted by email, as an attachment in Microsoft Word.
  • Include name of student, grade, school, and name of teacher with each submission.
  • Email all poems to JLWDCpoetry@gmail.com.
  • Poems are due March 31 at 6 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted.
One first place and two honorable mention winners will be selected from each grade. Each winner will receive literacy-focused prizes (value of $50 for first place and $25 each for honorable mention), be published in a JLW booklet, and be invited to read his or her poem at our Annual Reception on May 11, 2017. Winners will be notified in mid-April via the email address of the submitter and will be asked to sign a release form and submit a photograph for inclusion in the booklet. For questions, contact at jlwdcpoetry@gmail.com.  
 
17. *Apr 11: A Jazz Lesson with Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the U.S. Department of Education
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and U.S. Department of Education invites you to come learn music, math and social studies all in one superb lesson about how jazz works and how it represents the values of a perfect democracy. The lesson will take place through an extraordinary performance by a jazz ensemble of student musicians from Baltimore School for the Arts and Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and nationally acclaimed jazz recording artist and jazz trumpet great Terell Stafford on April 11 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. This lesson is appropriate for both middle- and high-schoolers and their educators. RSVP to jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov by April 3. All those 16 and over must show a photo ID or be accompanied by an adult. Instruments should not be brought to the venue. For questions, contact Juliette Rizzo at juliette.rizzo@ed.gov.  
 
18. *Apr 24: Phi Beta Kappa Association of the D.C. Area Scholarship
Each year, the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Association of the D.C. Area offers up to three awards of $1,000 to deserving recipients living in the Washington, D.C., area. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most eminent academic honor society, with almost half a million members. DCPBK would be delighted to receive applications from graduating high school seniors. More information about the award and the application can be found here. To apply for the 2017 award, the student should fill out the application, attach electronic or scanned copies of recent transcript and either SAT or ACT scores, and submit all materials electronically to Chelsea Rubin, High School Award Committee Chair at awards@dcpbk.org. Applications must be sent by 11:59 PM on April 24. The student receiving our award must show that s/he is a good citizen, interested in the community, and that his/her knowledge is beneficial to society. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA to be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by early May. Upon selection, D.C. PBK will ask each recipient for a letter of acceptance from his/her chosen college or university. Awards will be presented at a ceremony in mid-May at the Phi Beta Kappa Society's National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The awardees, members of their immediate family, and a representative of the school will be invited to the ceremony. Questions during the application process should be directed by email to either Dr. Deirdre LaPin at dlapin@verizon.net or Ms. Chelsea Rubin at awards@dcpbk.com.   
 
19. *May 1-31: Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge
The National Safe Routes to School Partnership gearing up for the Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge. Fire Up Your Feet will be awarding up to $3,500 for Washington DC K-8 schools; you can see all awards here. The Spring Activity Challenge will be May 1- 31. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is invested in creating healthy, thriving communities and schools. Fire Up Your Feet is an encouragement program created by the National Partnership to promote active living and healthy lifestyles for K-8 students, families, and school staff. Schools can earn cash awards for tracking any and all types of physical activity, any time of day, and participation is free! We have $3,500 in cash awards for Washington DC K-8 schools this spring. In order to participate you must:
  1. Register here.
  2. Create a group and enter the total number of participants in your group.
  3. Track activity by selecting the date, type of activity, minutes of activity, group that performed the activity, and the school tracking.
For support registering and all other question contact hannah@fireupyourfeet.org.
 
20. *Jun 26-30: DREAM2Explore Educator Professional Development Workshop
Bring the excitement of NASA into your classroom! This free workshop will focus on lunar and planetary science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars is growing and changing thanks to data from current and recent planetary missions and modeling efforts. NASA’s DREAM2 team, a member of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, sponsors the workshop. Priority will be given to grade 6-9 science teachers, but other science educators, including pre-service teachers, may be accepted if space permits.
Participants will:
  • Learn about the latest discoveries in science and exploration of Earth's Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, and the moons of Mars.
  • Reinforce their understanding of fundamental planetary processes.
  • Gain tools to help address common student misconceptions.
  • Interact with DREAM2 scientists.
  • Become certified to borrow meteorite sample disks.
  • Work with real scientific data.
  • Learn how to bring this exciting content to their students using hands-on activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
The DREAM2Explore Educator Professional Development Workshop will be held June 26-30 at the Goddard Space Flight Center. For more information, and to apply, click here.
 
21. *Jul 15: Teacher of the Year Day of Service
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) is meeting in DC this summer and wants to work with your school. On July 15 about 150 members of NNSTOY will participate in the annual Day of Service before this year's conference. We are currently looking for willing partners and projects, so if you have an idea don't hesitate to reach out. NNSTOY does have one project planned and are looking for help for a location. One of the NNSTOY members is an artist who specializes in public art. He is looking for an existing fence to serve as a platform for incorporating your student voices with those of other students from around the country. By using recycled billboard materials, Michael Miller transforms functional (but ugly) fences into art that elevates and unites student voice. All that is needed is an existing fence and a willing liaison, and NNSTOY members will transform your space from there. If you have an idea or are interested in more information, reach out to Topher Kandik at tkandik@seedschooldc.org.

22. *Registration for Center for Inspired Teaching’s 2017-18 Institute Open
Registration is now open for Center for Inspired Teaching’s 2017-18 Institute. For 21 years, Inspired Teaching has led its signature, yearlong Institute, in which aspiring Teacher Leaders strengthen their inquiry-based, standards-aligned practice, while developing the skills to lead their colleagues and peers through professional development and coaching. The program begins with a summer Intensive in July 2017, and continues with monthly seminars and individual classroom coaching sessions through May 2018. This opportunity is available to educators of all grades and subject levels in the DMV area, and will be capped at 30 participants. Opportunities for additional sessions of content-specific professional development are available. For more information, including how to register, contact Caitlin Wolf at caitline@inspiredteaching.org.
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