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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, February 22, 2017

Special Announcements
Feb 22: Fletcher-Johnson Community Meeting
Join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education on February 22 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Benning Park Recreation Center (5100 Southern Ave SE, Washington, DC 20001) to discuss the future reuse of the Fletcher-Johnson School, and to solicit input from members of the community. Register here. For more information, contact Caroline Lempres at (202)- 727-0696 or caroline.lempres@dc.gov.  
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

*February School Nurse Schedule
Click here for the February School Nurse Schedule.
 
*Staffing Update
Click here for updated school nurse staffing and recruitment information.

[*New/updated item]

DC PCSB General Notices
1. *DC One Card - Field Trip Travel Preparation
2. Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
 
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
3. *Call for Proposals LEA Institute on Best Practices in Pre-K-12 Education
 
Government Notices
4. Mathematics Professional Development Offered by OSSE
5. *Information on Phishing Scams
 
Charter Support Organizations
6. Mar 10: DC3C Spring Break Applications Due
7. Mar 15: ELEVATE: Special Education Needs Assessment for DC Charter Schools
8. Mar 23: Seminar with Nationally renowned expert, Dr. Ross Greene
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
9. Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 6-10
10. *Tomorrow Feb 23: The Community Purchasing Alliance’s Solar Schools Initiative
11. Feb 25: The Parent Stop Presents Redirecting Children’s Behavior
12. *Mar 1: National Youth Science Camp Application
13. Mar 4: Literacy Achievement for All Professional Development Workshops
14. *Mar 10: Voices of Change Conference: Secondary Transition for DC Youth by DC Youth
15. Jul 31- Aug 4: Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers
DC PCSB General Notices
1. *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.
 
2. 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.
    • March 21
  • High School – meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon
    • March 21
    • April 18
  • Adult Education - meetings scheduled from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • March 23
    • April 20
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
3. *Call for Proposals LEA Institute on Best Practices in Pre-K-12 Education
OSSE is currently accepting proposals from educators, practitioners, and researchers that reflect high quality, innovative best practices in education for students ages 3 through 21 for its final LEA Institute for the 2016-17 school year, "It Takes a City," on May 25. 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. Send a separate application for each workshop submission. Workshop proposals are due no later than March 20. Applicants can expect to hear back from OSSE by March 31.  For questions about submissions, contact the OSSE Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education (ESSE) Teaching & Learning Team: osse.tta@dc.gov. Submit applications here.
Government Notices
4. Mathematics Professional Development Offered by OSSE
OSSE is offering these mathematics trainings and activities:
  • Today Feb 22: Strategies for Developing Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom Webinar
The mathematics classroom requires students to use a specific type of dialogue to express their conceptual understanding. Academic discussions, precise language, and the ability to communicate multiple approaches to solving problems are the foundation of mathematical thinking. This interactive webinar will focus on effective teaching strategies focused on practices and activities that engage students in rich mathematical conversation. This webinar will take place today February 22 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.
  • Feb 28: Mathematics Professional Development Needs Survey
DC math educators and school leaders asked to participate in this brief survey to inform OSSE of professional development needs in mathematics. This survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is February 28. Survey results will be used to assess the training and support needs of DC schools with regard to math instruction and curricular support. Your response will help OSSE to provide the most relevant training and resources to improve mathematics instruction across the District of Columbia.
  • Mar 1 & 21: Mathematics Planning Group
OSSE will host in-person collaborative planning sessions for teachers in mathematics. Targeted to classroom teachers, these sessions will provide an opportunity for educators to ask for input, share resources, and get feedback on lesson plans and classroom practice. OSSE staff also will work with teachers to better understand and plan for professional development needs for the upcoming school year. Registration will close one week in advance of each session. The Pre-K through grade 8 training will take place on March 1 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at OSSE, Ninth Floor, Room 9014. For more information and to register, click here. The training for grades 6-12 will take place on March 21 from 3-6 p.m. at OSSE, Ninth Floor, Room 9014. For more information and to register, click here.
 
For more information or questions on any of the above items, contact Monisha Karnani at monisha.karnani@dc.gov.
 
5. *Information on Phishing Scams
The IRS issued this warning to school districts: The Internal Revenue Service this month issued a warning about a W-2 email phishing scam that has spread beyond the corporate world and into school districts, nonprofits and tribal organizations. "This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we've seen in a long time," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone's help to turn the tide against this scheme." The IRS explained how the phishing scam works: "Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to disguise an email to make it appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments, requesting a list of all employees and their W-2 Forms." That request has been coupled with a request to wire money, "and some companies have lost both employees' W-2s and thousands of dollars due to wire transfers," the IRS says in a brief. The consulting firm EdTech Strategies, LLC, has compiled a list of school districts that have fallen victim to the scam. For more information, contact Elizabeth Laird
at elizabeth.laird@dc.gov
Charter Support Organizations
6. Mar 10: DC3C Spring Break Applications Due
The DC Special Education Co-op will host DC3C Spring Break.  It is a weeklong job-readiness program to support youth with disabilities in public charter schools (ages 16 and up) to master skills needed to obtain a job. DC3C is held on April 17-21, primarily taking place at the National Youth Transition Center, 2013 H Street NW. Applications are due on March 10. Students must register here, and have a teacher from their school fill out this recommendation form. For more information, click here. For questions, contact Rebecca Foster at rfoster@specialedcoop.org.
 
7. Mar 15: ELEVATE: Special Education Needs Assessment for DC Charter Schools
Public charter schools across the city are using ELEVATE to identify areas of strength and improvement within their special education programs based on the DC Special Education Co-op’s Quality Special Education Framework which shows that it takes the whole school - a collective effort of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students - to prepare our students to be career, college, and community ready. The administration window is open now and closes on March 15. This needs assessment tool is designed to be completed by multiple members of an LEA's team and school-level data reports will be shared with the LEA's leadership in April. To take ELEVATE, click here. Click here for more information. For questions, contact Phylicia Kasiem at plyonskasiem@specialedcoop.org.
 
8. Mar 23: Seminar with Nationally renowned expert, Dr. Ross Greene
The DC Special Education Co-op is bringing a national expert, Dr. Ross Greene to DC on March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Center Residential Academic Facility, 1005 3rd Street NE. Dr. Greene has developed what we believe to be an innovative approach to working with students with the most challenging behavior. The approach, Collaborative Problem Solving, is an intervention every adult in the building can use AND there's little or nothing to buy in order to implement! We encourage LEAs to send teams that include administrators, behavior staff, and general education and special education teachers. Register here.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
9. Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 6-10
Did you know that DC is ranked third in the nation for connecting low-income students to school breakfast? National School Breakfast Week is March 6-10. Please help D.C. Hunger Solutions and their partners celebrate the city’s success and promote the benefits of school breakfast during that week. To celebrate, D.C. Hunger Solutions will host “Hear the D.C. Crunch!” during National School Breakfast Week. It aims to highlight the important role of the School Breakfast Program has in ensuring children have access to the healthy food they need. To participate, all you have to do is: grab an apple, take a picture while biting into the apple, tag yourself or your organization in the picture and post it on Twitter or on the DC Hunger Solutions Facebook Page using the hashtag #HearTheCrunch @dchunger. Please make sure to register, share the Hear the DC Crunch! flyer,  and visit the D.C. Hunger Solutions website to download materials on National School breakfast Week to help spread the word about the benefits of school breakfast! Here are  materials to help you celebrate the week. Parent flyer , Principal Flyer, School Breakfast Flyer, Hear the Crunch, and Email ideas.
 
10. *Tomorrow Feb 23:  The Community Purchasing Alliance’s Solar Schools Initiative
Six DC Public Charter Schools have signed contracts to go solar through a group purchase negotiated by the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA), a member-owned purchasing cooperative based in DC. The innovative deal allows schools to install solar panels on their rooftops at no cost, receive the electricity generated by those panels for free, and earn additional revenue by taking advantage of the city’s recently expanded solar incentive program. Come learn more at our monthly Schools meeting tomorrow February 23 at 10 a.m. at Washington Latin PCS. For more information, contact Felipe at felipe@cpa.coop or (202) 810-2725.
 
11. Sat Feb 25: The Parent Stop Presents Redirecting Children’s Behavior
The Parent Stop and Friendship PCS School’s Parent University will host a five-week course on “Redirecting Children’s Behavior” beginning this Saturday February 25 from 9 a.m. until noon at Friendship School, 1400 First Street NW, on the 3rd floor. This 15-hour course is a powerful, high-impact, life-changing option that teaches proven principles and practical skills to parents and teachers to help build children’s self-esteem, encourage cooperation and develop a sense of responsibility. View this flyer and contact theparentsstop@gmail.com with questions.     
 
12. *Mar 1: Apply to Attend the National Youth Science Camp
Two District of Columbia 2017 high school graduates have the opportunity to represent our city at the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia this summer, all travel and camp fees covered. Applications, which include a student letter, transcript, resume, and recommendation, are due March 1. The 2017 camp runs from June 14 to July 8. Students must be candidates for high-school graduation between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. They also must commit to attending all three-plus weeks of camp (which includes a visit to Capitol Hill). For questions, contact Mary Lord at edwriter1@hotmail.com.  
 
13. Mar 4: Literacy Achievement for All - Professional Development Workshops
The Spring Institute is a partnership with George Washington University, Capital City PCS, and E.L. Haynes, PCS. The Institute will take place on March 4, at E.L. Haynes, 3600 Georgia Ave NW. Registration begins at 8 am. The keynote speaker will address classroom behavior during an interactive session. The Teaching Ambassadors from Capital City and E.L. Haynes will present PD sessions in Parent Engagement in Literacy Activities and on Strategies for working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners. These interactive sessions will provide teachers with skills and tools that can be directly applied in their classrooms! Enjoy the sessions, learning together, networking with other public charter school teachers, GW professors and staff, while earning continuing education units. Register here. For more information contact Popsy Kanagaraynam at popsyk@gwu.edu.  
 
14. *Mar 10: Voices of Change Conference: Secondary Transition for DC Youth by DC Youth
The DC community is coming together to support youth and young adults with disabilities in developing self-determination and transitioning into employment, education, and independence. DC Transition anticipates that hundreds of local high school educators and students with IEPs, 504 plans, and disabilities will attend. The conference will be held on March 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NE. Volunteers, Exhibitors, and Parents are all encouraged to register and attend. For more information, contact Sarah Grime at sarah.grime@schooltalkdc.org.  
 
15. Jul 31- Aug 4 : Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers: Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas
Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas will take place July 31-August 4. This high-quality professional development opportunity is open to educators in traditional public, public charter, parochial and independent schools, as well as in museums and other educational organizations in the DC area. The registration fee for the institute is $800. Schools that send three or more participants receive $150 off the registration fee per person. Registration ends May 15. Register here. Get more information here. View the flyer and website here. For questions, contact Jim Reese at reesej@wis.edu.
 
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