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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, March 22 2017

Special Announcements
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

March School Nurse Schedule
Click here for the March School Nurse Schedule.  If you have questions please contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org

[*New/updated item]

DC PCSB General Notices

1. Tomorrow Mar 23, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
2. *School Fire Code Compliance
3. *Mar 24: Summer Program Survey
4. Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) in Schools Survey
 
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
5. *Update your OSSE Enterprise Calendar for snow closures
 
Government Notices
6. *Mar 31: DC Cultural Plan Input
7. *Apr 19 & May 18: Community Schools Community of Practice
8. May 3: Healthy Teacher Training
9. *Looking for youth ages 12-20 for focus group
10. *Nutrition Education Plan Needs Your Feedback
11. *Training on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
12. Upcoming Training, Professional Development, and Community of Practice Opportunities with OSSE
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
13. *Sat March 25: DC Math Challenge
14. *April 1: Revisiting the Dream: College Access and Completion for All
15. *April 27: Recruitment fair - SPED Teachers, ELL Teachers, and Related Service Provider
16. April 28: X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium
17. *May 1: “Celebration of Youth” Essay Contest
18. *Move This World- Fostering Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
19. *The Community Voice Project Digital Storytelling
20. *Registration for Center for Inspired Teaching’s 2017-18 Institute Open

DC PCSB General Notices
1. Tomorrow Mar 23, Apr 20: PMF Task Force Meetings
DC PCSB will host PMF task force meetings for each framework. RSVP here 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.  
  • Adult Education - meetings scheduled from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. *Note time extension
    • Tomorrow March 23
    • April 20
 
2. *School Fire Code Compliance
To help schools prepare for fire code compliance, this template can be customized for each of your schools. Please complete and upload to the Floor and Site Plan(s) section on page 11 of your ESA (Emergency and Safety Alliance) account.  Once completed, this document should satisfy compliance with the DC Fire Marshal.  If you have questions contact Chris Lalik at chris.lalik@lalikandassociates.com. DC PCSB has contracted with Lalik and Associates to assist schools with emergency response planning. If you have questions for the fire inspector, contact Inspector Byron Hoenig at byron.hoenig@dc.gov or (202)  617-4044.
 
3. *March 24: Summer Program Survey
As Summer approaches, the city is working to ensure students have opportunities to participate in summer programs around the city.  Complete this survey to tell us about summer programs offered in your schools by March 24.  If you have questions contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.
 
4. Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) in Schools Survey
In 2016, DC Council passed legislation that requires each school to have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  There are still some schools that have not responded to the survey. We need information about your school so we can distribute your AEDs. Please complete this survey by March 20. An AED is a portable device that is used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.  DC Fire & EMS is the agency responsible for getting AEDs to schools and providing training for AED Coordinators. OSSE, DCPS and DC PCSB are working with DC Fire & EMS to help facilitate this process. Click If you have questions contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices

5. *Update Enterprise Calendar for snow closures
LEAs are responsible for ensuring that their instruction dates in OSSE’s Enterprise Calendar are updated if school is cancelled due to inclement weather or another reason. Neglecting to make these updates will negatively impact attendance rates and increase the risk of receiving an Early Warning notice from DC PCSB for reporting less than 90% attendance in Qlik. Please direct any questions to Jessica Smith at jsmith@dcpcsb.org or directly to OSSE via the OSSE Support Tool.

Government Notices
6. *Mar 31: DC Cultural Plan Input
The DC Office of Planning (OP) is developing the District’s first Cultural Plan for which student exposure to, and enrichment by culture in PK through pre-professional education is an important aspect of the Plan. OP seeks input about your school’s in-school and after-school cultural education programs. Please describe how your school approaches partnerships with outside organizations for cultural enrichment programs and field trips. Send the information and questions to Joshua Silver at joshua.silver@dc.gov. We hope to receive your feedback by March 31. The DC Cultural Plan is intended to strengthen arts, humanities, culture and heritage in neighborhoods across the city by increasing cultural participation, supporting artists and talent development, stimulating cultural production and informing decision-making. The Plan will lay out a vision and recommendations on how the government and its partners can build upon, strengthen and invest in the people, places, communities and ideas that define culture within the nation’s capital. Click here for more information about the DC Cultural Plan.
 
7. *Apr 19 & May 18: Community Schools Community of Practice
OSSE’s Division of Elementary, Secondary and Specialized Education, in partnership with key stakeholders, launched a Community Schools Community of Practice in the 2016-17 school year. The CoP offers sessions for all District of Columbia schools to receive training and technical assistance on creating and sustaining a community school. The April session will highlight Finance/Sustainability and will focus on how community schools leverage dollars; consider potential funding streams, and how to access additional funding streams. This session will take place on April 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at OSSE, Third Floor, Grand Hall Side B. The May session will highlight “Telling Your Community School Story”/Wrap-up and will focus on advocacy (i.e., how to use data to advocate and wrap-up with preparation for community of practice sessions for next school year). This session will take place on May 18 from 10 a.m.to noon at OSSE, Eighth Floor, Room 806 A/B. Register here. For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Harper-Butler at melissa.harper-butler@dc.gov or (202) 478-2409.
 
8. May 3: Healthy Teacher Training
OSSE and Common Threads will offer a free two hour Healthy Teacher Training. The professional development will be held at OSSE (810 First St. NE) on May 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Healthy Teacher Training will empower educators to improve their personal health and wellness, act as healthy role models for students, and support a school culture of wellness. Educators will also receive training on Common Threads’ Nutrition Education Curriculum, Small Bites, available for pre-K  through grade 8.  This curriculum gives students the opportunity to connect math, language arts, and science concepts to hands-on nutrition lessons.  Educators who attend this training will also receive the curriculum for free, and are eligible to receive professional learning units. If you are interested in attending this training, Register here. Space is limited to 20 registrants. For additional questions, contact Carolina Arango by placing a request through our Technical Assistance Request Form.
 
9. *Looking for youth ages 12-20 for focus group
The DC Department of Health seeks DC students between the ages of 12-20 to participate in a discussion to talk about the issues that affect youth. Participating youth will get $25 cash. Register here for more details. If you have questions contact Veronica Urquila at veronica.urquilla@dc.gov.  
 
10. *Nutrition Education Plan Needs Your Feedback
OSSE is working on developing a Nutrition Education Plan to enhance the quality and quantity of nutrition education provided to students in the District of Columbia. Please complete this survey. Your feedback is critical to move forward with the development of a plan that fulfills the various needs of schools across the District, addresses a variety of challenges, and provides feasible suggestions to achieve our goal. If you have any questions or want to provide additional feedback, please email osse.hydt@dc.gov.
 
11. *Training on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
OSSE will offer optional, free trainings on the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool. The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool, better known as the HECAT, was designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist LEA’s, schools, and teachers, among others, to perform clear, thorough, and consistent analyses of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC's Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum. Participants will learn how to use the HECAT to review existing curricula, or assist with developing lesson plans to complement a curriculum, among other uses. Results from the HECAT review can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education.
Trainings will be held in-person on the dates below:
  • April 3 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • April 18 from 8:30 - 12:30 a.m.
  • April 18 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • April 24 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Training will be held at 810 First St. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002. For more information and to sign up, here. If there are any questions, contact the Healthy Schools and Wellness Programs team at osse.hydt@dc.gov.
 
12. 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.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
13. *Sat March 25: DC Math Challenge
Fourth and fifth graders in DC will face off for math challenge sponsored by Harmony DC PCS. It is a paper-pencil math competition to be held at 62 T St NE, Washington, DC 20002 on Saturday March 25 at 10 a.m. The event will provide a challenging and engaging mathematical experience. All interested students in grades 4 and 5 in Washington, DC are welcome to participate in the competition. Students/parents/teachers can register here. There is no registration fee.  Awards: All participants will receive a participation certificate. 1st Place: Apple Ipad Mini, 2nd Place: Virtual Reality Headset, 3rd Place: Wireless Earbuds. For more information, contact Evren Cuhla at eculha@harmonydc.org.   
 
14. *April 1: Revisiting the Dream: College Access and Completion for All
Are you age 18 or older and interested in going to college? Did you start college but were unable to finish? If that’s you, you will learn about multiple pathways you can take to start and finish college by registering for this event. The Third Annual Adult College Completion Fair (ACC Fair) will feature adult-friendly postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations in the Washington, DC Metro area. Adult-friendly institutions offer programs and resources that are oriented toward serving adult learners. These institutions offer degree programs that are flexible, affordable and student-centered and offer opportunities for tuition assistance, credit for prior learning, intrusive advising, and partnerships with workforce development
programs. There is no better time than now to start or finish your degree. For more information or questions, contact Tiffany DeJesus at tiffany.dejesus@dc.gov or (202) 741-6415. The ACC Fair will be held on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at One Judiciary Square and be sure to bring a friend. Register for the ACC Fair here.  
 
15. *April 27: Recruitment fair - SPED Teachers, ELL Teachers, and Related Service Providers
Recruiters from Washington, DC public charter school campuses seek highly-qualified applicants for Special Education Teacher, English Language Learner Teacher, and Related Service Providers positions. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with hiring officials and network with school personnel. Public Charter School employers will review résumésand conduct pre-interview screenings for vacant positions. Bring a résumé, letter of introduction, and letters of recommendation. Dress professionally and be prepared to interview. Register here. For more information, contact Julie Camerata at jcamerata@specialedcoop.org.
 
16. April 28: X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium
Spark your student’s curiosity at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - presented by the U.S. Department of Defense.  X-STEM is a unique conference for kids where some of our nation’s most respected professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will speak to middle through high school students in a “TED-style” format. X-STEM is a unique opportunity to get your students up close and personal with leading STEM role models you can see here. Advance Registration is required. Use the discount code below to bring your kids at no cost (the cost to attend is usually $20/person). Enter this code for up to 28 free attendees (case sensitive): X-STEM28 . View the agenda and access the registration form here. Visit here to learn more and to register.  Contact nancy@usasciencefestival.org with questions.
 
17. *May 1: “Celebration of Youth” Essay Contest
The 29th "Celebration of Youth" essay contest is open to all PCS students in grades 4 to 9. The theme this year is about a situation in the student's own life that the student wants to be different; the student is asked to select and take a small action on a consistent basis to make the situation better for him/herself. Essays are due by 6 p.m. on May 1. The contest values the thoughts and feelings of students and supports bringing awareness, responsibility, and reflection to their personal stories. Coaches from UDC are available to help students with their essays. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be honored on a morning in May, either the 26 or the 31. Winners will read their essays to the gathered audience. Cash Awards will be given to over 60 students across the city. This opportunity is sponsored by Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence, a nonprofit in Washington, DC supporting the expression of children.  Visit the website to get the complete set of guidelines for the contest. For questions call Dorothea Brady at (202) 244-1682 or email her at dorotheabrady@globalharmonyexcellence.org.
 
18. *Move This World- Fostering Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
Move This World, who works in DC and across the country, has equipped more than 150,000 students and educators across school districts and organizations to strengthen their mental, emotional and social wellbeing to foster safe and supportive learning environments where effective teaching and learning can occur. MTW equips PK-12 educators with evidence based, creative tools to integrate a practice of emotional identification, expression, and management into everyday teaching and learning. PreK-12 digital tools to start and end the instructional time together. Each tool is developmentally aligned, maps to the Collaborative of Academic Social and Emotional Learning, and is no longer than 5 minutes. More information here. Click to see Student tools in action, Professional Development in Self Work & Adult Emotional Wellness, and Manage Mindfully Tools for Adult Leaders to use to start and end all staff meetings. For more info contact cdaly@Movethisworld.org
 
19. *The Community Voice Project Digital Storytelling
The Community Voice Project  is expanding their program to partner with a local high school or community organization to train rising 11 and 12 grade students in Digital Storytelling this summer and fall. Students will participate in a class in Digital Storytelling at American University’s Discover the World of Communications  program. The students will develop the creative and technical skills involved with digital storytelling and using traditional media tools and mobile devices. At the completion of the project, students will have developed a video that can be used as part of an application packet for college. If any school leaders have questions or are interested in potentially partnering with the program, contact Mitra Arthur at mitra.arthur@gmail.com.    
 
20. 3*Registration Open for Center for Inspired Teaching’s 2017-18 Institute
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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