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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 15, 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.
 
*Stun Gun Emergency Act
The DC Council recently passed the Stun Gun Emergency Act of 2016. Read MPD’s procedures letter and the Act. As indicated in the letter, MPD SRO(s) will still investigate the circumstances of the recovery of Stun Guns. MPD will not respond to recover or investigate the mere recovery of Self-Defense Sprays at Schools. However, MPD will respond and investigate if a Self-Defense Spray is deployed. If you have questions, contact Inspector Michael Coligan (school safety division) at michael.coligan@dc.gov

Health Corner

*February School Nurse Schedule
Click here for the February School Nurse Schedule.

[*New/updated item]

DC PCSB General Notices
1. Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, Apr 21: PMF Task Force Meetings
2. Sanctuary Schools for Undocumented Students Guide & Mayor’s Letter on Diversity Inclusion

Government Notices
3. * OSSE Mathematics Offerings and Survey
4. Feb 24: Tiger Woods Foundation Secondary DC STEM Fair and Professional Development
5. Feb 28: OSSE’s “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds”
6. Mar 3: Green Zone Environmental Program’s Summer Youth and Young Adults Watershed Education and Job Training Program
7. *Mathematics Professional Development Needs Survey
8. Opportunity for Community Service Hours for High School Students: CPR Training
 
Charter Support Organizations
9. Feb 23: Community Sustainability MeetUp
10. *Mar 10: DC3C Spring Break Applications Due
11. *Mar 15: ELEVATE: Special Education Needs Assessment for DC Charter Schools
12. *Mar 23: Seminar with Nationally renowned expert, Dr. Ross Greene
13. Group Purchasing for Public Charter Schools
 
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
14. Tomorrow Feb 16: Nominate Rising Student Leaders
15. *Feb 18: Ward 8 Education Fair
16. *Feb 20: “I HAVE PRIDE” Black History & Culture Writing Contest
17. Feb 24: Free Training Events on Essentials of Monitoring, Evaluation, and
Cost-Benefit Analysis for Nonprofits and Essentials of Communications
18. *Feb 25: The Parent Stop Presents Redirecting Children’s Behavior
19. Feb 25: DCSCA Winter Conference
20. *Mar 4: Literacy Achievement for All Professional Development Workshops
21. Mar 8: The National Scholarship Award
22. April 28: The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC
23. *Jul 31- Aug 4: Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas
24. *Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 6-10
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. Sanctuary Schools for Undocumented Students Guide & Mayor’s Letter on Diversity Inclusion
DC Public Charter Schools serve all students who are residents of the District of Columbia. Many DC charter schools may serve undocumented students. These students and their parents now find themselves fearful and concerned because of potential changes to immigration enforcement. Click here for information and resources LEAs may find useful when educating undocumented students. For questions or suggestions as to how DC PCSB can further assist schools, please contact Esther Albert at ealbert@dcpcsb.org. Read Mayor Muriel Bowser’s letter on diversity inclusion here
Government Notices
 
3. * Mathematics Professional Development Offered by OSSE
OSSE is offering several mathematics trainings and activities:
  • Feb 21: Unpacking the Standards for Mathematical Practice
    • An in-person workshop for teachers of mathematics interested in taking a deeper dive into the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice will take place on February 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at OSSE in room 806. The Standards for Mathematical Practice are the foundation for mathematical thinking. This interactive workshop will focus on effective teaching practices and include activities that engage participants in the eight mathematical practices. For more information and to register, click here.
  • 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 on 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.
 
4. Feb 24: Tiger Woods Foundation Secondary DC STEM Fair and Professional Development
The DC STEM Fair is a long-standing tradition for DC’s public, public charter, parochial, private, and homeschooled students to showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes, including the opportunity to represent the District at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Schools can register up to five projects for the competition. The deadline to register students is February 24. To register your student projects or volunteer for the fair, visit the DC STEM Network website. The Secondary STEM Fair (grades 6-12) will take place on March 11. To aid schools in submitting fair projects, there are webinars that explain recent changes, school project review and project submission. These webinars will include resources to aid in organizing school fairs and projects. For more information, contact Lauren Allen at lauren.allen@dc.gov.
 
5. Feb 28: OSSE’s “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds”
OSSE will host a LEA Institute on February 28, titled “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds,” at the Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University. The institute will focus on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  transition and implementation. Institute participants will:
  • Gain an understanding of ESSA requirements;
  • Learn about DC’s New State Education Plan: Meeting the Needs of All Learners through ESSA;
  • Determine their readiness for ESSA implementation at the local and school level;
  • Provide input on specific policy areas of DC’s new state plan; and
  • Give feedback on OSSE’s plan for LEA transition support.
OSSE is encouraging LEA and school leadership teams to attend this event. To view a detailed agenda and register to attend here. Contact OSSE.TTA@dc.gov with questions. For more information about ESSA implementation, click here.
 
6. Mar 3: Green Zone Environmental Program’s Summer Youth and Young Adults Watershed Education and Job Training Program
DOEE is accepting proposals for the Green Zone Environmental Program’s (GZEP) Summer Youth and Young Adults Watershed Education and Job Training Program. Proposals should provide education, training, and hands-on activities related to watershed protection and stormwater management for 30-50 youth and young adults participating in this summer’s GZEP. There is a total of $60,000 available. Each applicant can request up to $20,000. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 3. DOEE will host one pre-application informational meeting on February 16 at 1 p.m. at DOEE, 1200 1st Street NE (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro). For further information and download the RFA here. For questions, contact gzep2017.stormwater@dc.gov.
 
7. Mar 3: Public Comment Period on the Draft State Education Plan Under ESSA
OSSE released the draft of DC’s State Education Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This plan outlines statewide plans for education, including how DC will support educators and students and define quality schools. Until March 3, OSSE will hold a public comment period on the draft State Education Plan under ESSA, including a series of community-based discussions open to the public. Please visit OSSE’s website to read an open letter from State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang and review the draft State Education Plan. You can provide feedback on the plan by completing a survey, contacting OSSE.ESSA@dc.gov, or attending a community meeting. OSSE will host a webinar for schools to review the state plan and respond to questions on February 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, contact OSSE.ESSA@dc.gov.
 
8. Opportunity for Community Service Hours for High School Students: CPR Training
The DC Fire & EMS Department is looking for public charter school student volunteers to assist the Department in continued efforts to make as many Washingtonians lifesavers as possible through the Hands on Hearts CPR initiative. In just 20 to 30 minutes students can be trained to assist FEMS in training others at wide array of facilities and community events where they provide Hands on Hearts CPR training. For more information, contact Sarah Roque, FEMS supervisory public health analyst and Hands on Hearts coordinator, at (202) 673-3322 or sarah.roque@dc.gov.
Charter Support Organizations
9. Feb 23: Community Sustainability MeetUp for guests of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
ThinkBox will host the Community Sustainability MeetUp on February 23 at 4 p.m. at the City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street, NW Columbia Square Washington, DC 20004. The District of Columbia is one the best cities in America today for implementing sustainability projects that reduce costs, fix infrastructure, and positively impact the environment. These projects can also serve as a catalyst for community development in education, job creation, and leadership development. The Community Sustainability MeetUp will provide an opportunity to learn about:
  • Types of projects that can be implemented: Efficiency, Renewable Power Generation, and more
  • Strategies that allow for 100% financing with positive cash flow
  • Opportunities to develop sustainable communities
RSVP by tomorrow February 16 contact Ramona Edelin at redelin@dcpcsa.org. For more information, view this flyer.
 
10. *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.
 
11. *Mar 15: ELEVATE: Special Education Needs Assessment for DC Charter Schools
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.
 
12. *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.
 
13. Group Purchasing for Public Charter Schools
When charter schools save money, students win. That’s why the Association of Chartered Public Schools joined together with 25 other state-based charter support organizations and its national group purchasing partner, BuyQ, to negotiate deeply discounted prices and other charter-specific benefits on the products and services your school relies on. As a member of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools, your school is entitled to group purchasing contracts. For more information, click here. For questions contact Ramona Edelin at redelin@dcpcsa.org.
Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
14. Tomorrow Feb 16: Nominate Rising Student Leaders
Councilmembers Elissa Silverman, Robert C. White, Jr., and Trayon White, Sr. enthusiastically invite schools to nominate candidates for the 2017 Black History Month Influential Leader Award, which will honor distinguished current students who have impacted the nominator and/or the community in a noteworthy and positive way. The students will be recognized at this year’s Black History Month Celebration on February 24 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the District’s City Hall, the John A. Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Nomination materials should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 16, and can be completed online, emailed, or faxed as a hard copy. Online nomination forms can be accessed here. A hard copy form is available here with completion directions, along with nomination guidelines.
 
The 2017 Black History Month Influential Leader Award will be presented to a youth in the District who is a resident of the District of Columbia, is currently enrolled in a District academic program full-time, and is below the age of 21. Winners will have distinguished themselves as rising peer leaders in their respective communities through excellence in service, academic achievement, creative arts, advocacy, community building, and/or athletic achievement. Their words and actions will also have displayed the ideals of Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Negro History Week, as an independent thinker and supporter of African-American history and culture.
 
15. *Feb 18: Ward 8 Education Fair
The Ward 8 Education Fair will take place on February 18 from 11am - 3pm at Friendship PCS - Technology Preparatory High School Academy (2705 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE). Meet and greet with your Ward 8 public and public charter schools, and submit your My School DC application for the 2017-18 school year onsite with the help of My School DC staff members!
 
16. *Feb 20: “I HAVE PRIDE” Black History & Culture Writing Contest
As this country reflects on and celebrates Black History Month, the Black Swan Academy is excited to announce its citywide Black History & Culture "I Have Pride" Writing Contest for DC middle and high school students. The Black Swan Academy believes students should have PRIDE in who they are and where they come from; that they have a PURPOSE in their community; and that they have the POWER to create positive change. This writing contest is an opportunity for students to explore the uniqueness of their own history and culture and reflect on the impact it has in their personal lives, as well as, the lives of others. Submissions can be in the form of an essay, poem, song or monologue. The submissions are due on February 20 by 11:59p.m. Contestants will have the opportunity to win prizes, including up to a $500 and present their work at a showcase in March. Read the rules and get more information on the contest here. For questions, contact Samantha Davis at sdavis@blackswanacademy.org or (301) 909-8624.
 
17. Feb 24: Free Training Events on Essentials of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Nonprofits and Essentials of Communications
The Rotary Club of Capitol Hill will host two free training events on monitoring and evaluation and communications.  The Essentials of Monitoring, Evaluations, and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Nonprofits training will take place on February 24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. View this flyer. The Essentials of Communications: From Web Sites to Social Media and Powerpoint Presentations training will take place on February 24 from 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. View this flyer. Register for both trainings here. For questions contact Quentin Wodon at rotarianeconomist@gmail.com.  
 
18. *Feb 25: The Parent Stop Presents Redirecting Children’s Behavior
The Parent Stop and Friendship School’s Parent University will host a five-week course on “Redirecting Children’s Behavior” beginning 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.     
 
19. Feb 25: DCSCA Winter Conference
Join The American School Counselor Association as they explore all the ways in which school counselors are advocates and game changers. The DC School Counselor Association Winter Conference will take place on February 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an enthusiastic keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Owen, who will share all the ways school counselors can continue to be the best in their profession. There will also be great session presenters who highlight the role of advocates in their daily practice. This conference is for professionals and school counseling students who work in public, public charter and private education. Register here. For questions contact communications@dcschoolcounselor.com.
 
20. *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.  
 
21. Mar 8: The National Scholarship Award
The National Scholarship Award will help cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of our partner colleges. The Award is renewable each year as long as you meet the continuing eligibility criteria, including continuous full-time enrollment (more than 12 credits per term) and a college GPA of 3.0. If you struggle, the Scholar Advisor will be there to help students get back on track. Applications for The National Scholarship Award are due on March 8, and awardees will be notified late April. For more information and to apply, click here. For questions contact thedream.us@applyists.com and reference TheDream.US National Scholarship Program in the subject line.
 
22. April 28: The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC
Spark your students’ 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 field trip 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 X-STEM28 that is good for 28 free attendees (the cost to attend is usually $20/person). Register here. To learn more here. For questions contact nancy@usasciencefestival.org.
 
23. *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.    
 
24. *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. 
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