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DC Public Charter School Board
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, January 25, 2017

Special Announcements
*Feb 2: State of School Discipline: 2015-16 School Year
Councilmember David Grosso is holding a public roundtable on the “State of School Discipline: 2015-2016 School Year.” The roundtable will be held at 1 p.m. on February 2 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building. The roundtable will focus on OSSE’s recently released report on the state of suspensions and expulsions in the District based on data from the preceding school year submitted by local education agencies and community-based organizations. The purpose of this roundtable is to review the findings of that report and discuss recommendations for how DC public and public charter schools can continue to reduce the instances and disparities regarding school discipline in the District of Columbia. Chairman Grosso would like to hear from LEAs about their program and how they are reducing suspensions and expulsions and why they have made the choices they have. Those who wish to testify may sign-up here or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5 p.m. January 31. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 10 copies of written testimony.  Witnesses appearing on his or her own behalf should limit their testimony to three minutes; witnesses representing organizations should limit their testimony to five minutes.  If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 116 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. For questions, contact Drew Synder at dsnyder@dcpcsb.org.
MPD Corner

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

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DC PCSB General Notices
1. Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
2. *Feb 2: Charter Leaders Meeting
3. School Performance Department: Open Enrollment Mystery Caller Initiative
 
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
4. Mid-Year Status Report for School Year 2016-17
 
Government Notices
5. Wed Jan 25 & Feb 15: Community Schools Community of Practice
6. Sat Feb 28: It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds
 
Charter Support Organizations
7. Today Jan 25: Navigating the e-Rate Program and Process & Technologies Schools Can Apply and Use
8. Tomorrow Jan 26: Charter Startup Seminar
9. Saturday Jan 28: Excel Boot Camp: Excel Basics – Overview of Core Concepts
10. Saturday Jan 28: Excel Boot Camp: Deep Dive into Advanced Excel Concepts
11. Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
12. Feb 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Facilitating Adult Learning
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
13. Feb 2: Black History Month Program
14. *Feb 15: Board Basics: What a Nonprofit Board Should Know About Meeting in Executive Session
15. DC Teachers Survey on Educational Grants
DC PCSB General Notices
1.Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
DC PCSB will host PMF task force meetings for each framework. Please note the times are different than announced in a previous email, the previous meetings were scheduled at the same time as the OSSE data meetings. RSVP at this link to receive all meeting details, invites, and updates. For additional information, contact Erin Kupferberg at ekupferberg@dcpcsb.org.   
  • PK-8 – meetings scheduled from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    • February 21
    • March 21
  • High School – meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon
    • February 21
    • March 21
    • April 18
  • Adult Education - meetings scheduled from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • March 23
    • April 20
2. *Feb 2: Charter Leaders Meeting
The next Charter Leader’s Meeting will take place on February 2 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the studios of The Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010. This meeting is for Executive Directors and Board Chairs of public charter schools. We will open the session with a discussion on the State of the DC Education landscape. For the second part of the meeting, we are inviting representatives from select DC government agencies. The final session include a sector-wide discussion on increasing graduation rates. While clearly a focus of high schools, alternative schools, and middle school, we invite everyone to participate in the session and hope that everyone will learn more about how they can directly improve graduation outcomes, even when it’s years away. The agenda can be found here. Register for the Charter Leaders Meeting here. For questions, contact Sujan Sedhai at ssedhai@dcpcsb.org.
 
3. School Performance Department: Open Enrollment Mystery Caller Initiative
DC PCSB staff and consultants will call schools in the upcoming weeks to request information on how to enroll a student at your school. This is part of the Mystery Caller Initiative, which was developed to ensure schools are abiding by open enrollment regulations, particularly for students with disabilities. For more information, read DC PCSB’s Mystery Caller Policy here. For questions, contact Leterica Quinn at lquinn@dcpcsb.org.
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
4. Mid-Year Status Report for school year 2016-17
DC PCSB will send school board chairs a Mid-Year status Report for school year 2016-17 by February 1. This report will include the following:
  • Compliance Review Report for School Year 2016-17
  • Year to Date Procurement Contract Submission Summary
  • Year to Date Community Complaints
  • Year to Date Non-Academic Data (attendance, discipline, and midyear withdrawal)
Contact Katie Dammann at kdammann@dcpcsb.org with questions about the report.
Government Notices
5. Wed Jan 25 & Feb 15: Community Schools Community of Practice
OSSE's Division of Elementary, Secondary and Specialized Education (ESSE), in partnership with key stakeholders, launched a Community Schools Community of Practice (CoP) in the 2016-17 school year. The CoP offers nine sessions for all District of Columbia schools to receive training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school. The topic of discussion for the upcoming session will be: attendance. This session will focus on understanding citywide efforts on attendance and truancy and what this may mean for community schools. The session will take place on Wednesday January 25 at 1:30 p.m. at OSSE, 810 First St. NE Washington, DC 20002 on the Third Floor, Grand Hall Side A. Register here. The February session will highlight Family Engagement/Special Populations. This session will focus on family engagement in community schools, with consideration to cultural competency when engaging special populations (e.g. English learners, children in foster care, children who are homeless, and minors who are unaccompanied). The session will take place on February 15 from 1:30 p.m. at Bancroft of Sharpe Health School, 4300 13th St. NW. To register for the session, click here. For more information or questions, contact Melissa Harper-Butler at melissa.harper-butler@dc.gov or (202) 478-2409.
 
6. Feb 28: It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) cordially invites LEA and school leaders to participate in its upcoming LEA Institute on February 28 titled “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds,” at the Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University. On Dec 10, 2015, former President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA creates an important opportunity for education leaders and practitioners to work together to leverage and expand upon current reform efforts. The focus of the February 2017 LEA Institute is ESSA transition and implementation. OSSE is encouraging LEA and school leadership teams to attend this event.  Click here for registration and details. For more information about ESSA implementation in the District of Columbia, visit here. For questions about this event contact osse.tta@dc.gov.
Charter Support Organizations
7. Today Jan 25: Navigating the e-Rate Program and Process & Technologies Schools Can Apply and Use
Learn more about the e-rate program including recent changes to the program and the application process as a whole, presented by Dan Theisen, Managing Director of EdOps. In addition, we will present the types of technologies you can use in your school that are available through e-rate and details on what is needed depending on your needs, presented by Sam Chawkat, Chief Operations Officer of Dynamic Network Solutions. The webinar will be held today January 25 at 2 p.m. For more information, click here. For questions contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
8. Tomorrow Jan 26: Charter Startup Seminar
FOCUS is offering a free seminar for individuals and organizations wishing to start a charter school in Washington DC. Topics covered include: Public Charter School Overview, Public Charter School Funding, The Founding Group, Getting Started, Funding Sources, and more. Join FOCUS tomorrow January 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the (FOCUS 1436 U Street NW STE 204). For more information and to register, click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
9. Saturday Jan 28: Excel Boot Camp: Excel Basics – Overview of Core Concepts
This intensive Excel Boot Camp will give school data users the ability to comfortably use Excel to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data.
Topics covered in this session: Formatting, basic calculations, round, min/max, sum/average/median/mode, count, counta, absolute cell referencing, if, vlookup, pivot tables, keyboard shortcuts. No prior experience necessary required for this session. Participants are required to bring a laptop and charger. The Excel Boot Camp: Excel Basics – Overview of Cores Concepts will take place on Saturday January 28 beginning at 9 a.m. For more information and to register, click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
10. Saturday Jan 28: Excel Boot Camp: Deep Dive into Advanced Excel Concepts
This Excel boot camp will be a deep dive into Excel concepts that will give school data users the ability to comfortably use Excel to analyze and visualize data. Topics covered in this session: IF functions, Advanced IFs, Date/Time Calculations, INDEX, MATCH, Text Manipulation, SORT/Filter, calculations across sheets and workbooks, Conditional Formatting, Data Validation, Protection, Database, Connections. Participants are encouraged to register for both Excel Basics- Overview of Core Concepts and Deep Dive into Advanced Excel Concepts sessions, but MUST be proficient in all topics covered in the morning session to register for the afternoon session. Prerequisite topics covered at basics session: Formatting, basic calculations, round, min/max, sum/average/median/mode, count, counta, Absolute Cell Referencing, if, vlookup, pivot tables, keyboard shortcuts. The Excel Boot Camp: Deep Dive into Advanced Excel Concepts will take place on Saturday January 28 beginning at 1 p.m. For more information and to register, click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
11. Feb 16: DC Charter School Conference
The first-ever DC Charter School Conference, hosted by FOCUS, will bring together public charter school leaders, administrators, board members, and stakeholders to dive into topics including advocacy, data, development and communications, diversity, leadership, operations, and more. The conference will feature interactive workshops, inspiring speakers, timely content, and opportunities for discussion and collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of substantive sessions that fit their individual needs, as well as to learn together about issues that the entire DC charter sector faces. This conference will take place on February 16 at 8:30 a.m. at FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204). The deadline to register is February 9. For more information and to register, click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
 
12. Feb 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Facilitating Adult Learning
FOCUS will host a session that supports teacher leaders and leaders in designing the adult learning experience that drive professional learning on February 23 at 5 p.m. at the FOCUS (1436 U Street NW STE 204).  Built on research about adult learners and guided by a cycle of experiential learning, teacher leaders and leaders will learn to create rigorous, relevant professional learning opportunities that shift the ratio of cognitive work to their colleagues, driving concrete changes in teaching and learning. For more information and to register, click here. For questions, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
13. Feb 2: Black History Month Program
The Library of Congress will host a Black History Month Program on February 2 at noon. At this program we invite District of Columbia educators to bring their school children to meet Dr. Carla D. Hayden. Dr. Hayden is the first African American and the first women to run the Library of Congress, America’s oldest federal cultural institution. She was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2016. School children will be invited to ask questions of Dr. Hayden. A lunch will be provided for the children after the program. The program is in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. It is 1/4 block from the Capitol South Metro Station on the Orange, Blue or Silver Lines. You should arrive by 11:40 am to get through the security lines in the building. Contact The Library of Congress as soon as possible to inform them how many of your school children will attend. Contact Darren Jones djon@loc.gov for questions.
 
14. *Feb 15: Board Basics: What a Nonprofit Board Should Know About Meeting in Executive Session
Every Board needs to handle confidential matters, such as evaluating the performance of senior executives, setting employee compensation and dealing with personnel complaints and other sensitive issues. To deal with these matters, most boards meet in executive session in which only board members and their advisors or select employees attend. But what are the rules for holding executive sessions? Who calls them? What can be discussed and voted on? Does the Board keep minutes of those sessions? For the answers to these questions and more, join the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center for a free webinar on February 15 at 12:00 p.m. To register, click here. For questions, contact Regina Hopkins at RHopkins@dcbar.org.
 
15. DC Teachers Survey on Educational Grants
GrantEd Foundation, a new DC non-profit, seeks to remove grant writing from the teacher’s job description.  In preparation for a 2017 launch, GrantEd is conducting a brief survey of teachers in the District of Columbia about grants and the grant-making process.  The survey should not take more than 10 minutes to complete and will help inform the creation and launch of a new DC focused non-profit. Please take a few moments to complete this quick survey here.
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