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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 15, 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

*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. *Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) in Schools Survey
3. Summer Sign Up Is Open Now
4. DC One Card - Field Trip Travel Preparation

DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices
5. Secure File Transmission
6. FTP Server

 Government Notices
7. *Mar 17 & 27: Training on CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
8. Mar 23: Athletic Rules Working Group
9. *May 3: Healthy Teacher Training
10. *Recommendations for Changes to the ESSA Draft Accountability Plan
11. Upcoming Training, Professional Development, and Community of Practice Opportunities with OSSE
12. FY 2017 SAHE Teacher Quality Improvement Grant Request
13. FY 2017 Mathematics Science Partnerships Grant Request

Charter Support Organizations
14. Mar 22: Understanding the Student Data Landscape and Organizational Structure
15. Mar 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Difficult Conversations
16. Mar 23: FOCUS DC Data Community March Happy Hour

Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Students
17. Mar 31: “Find Your Words” Poetry Contest
18. Apr 11: Jazz Lesson with Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the U.S. Department of Education
19. Apr 12: Seeking the Next Disability Advocate Leader


20. Apr 24: Phi Beta Kappa Association Scholarship
21. *April 28: X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium
22. May 1-31: Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge
23. Jun 26-30: DREAM2Explore Educator Professional Development Workshop
24. Jul 15: Teacher of the Year Day of Service
25. Register for Center for Inspired Teaching’s 2017-18 Institute

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. *Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) in Schools Survey
There are still some schools that have not responded to the survey. We need information about your school so we can distribute your AEDs. In 2016, DC Council passed legislation that requires each school to have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  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. Please answer these few questions by March 20 to help us get started. Click here for survey. If you have questions contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.
 
3. Summer Programs in Charter Schools
As summer approaches the city is working to ensure that students have opportunities to participate in summer programs around the city. Please share information about summer programs in charter schools through this quick survey. Please complete by March 24. If you have questions please contact Audrey Williams at awilliams@dcpcsb.org.
 
4. 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.
DC PCSB and OSSE Data and Document Submission Notices

5. 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.

6. 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
7. *Friday Mar 17 & 27: Training on CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
OSSE will offer 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:
  • Friday March 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Content and location will be the same for all training dates. Training will be held at 810 First St. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002. For more information and to sign up, please click here. If there are any questions, please contact the Healthy Schools and Wellness Programs team at OSSE.HYDT@dc.gov.
 
8. Mar 23: Athletic Rules Working Group
The District of Columbia State Athletic Association, in conjunction with OSSE, DCPS and charter school leaders 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. *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 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. Please note space is limited to 20 registrants. For additional questions, contact Carolina Arango by placing a request through our Technical Assistance Request Form.
 
10. *Recommendations for Changes to the ESSA Draft Accountability Plan
On March 10, the DC State Board of Education provided the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) with ten recommendations for changes to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) draft accountability plan. These suggested improvements reflect the views of SBOE members after receiving input through its community meeting series, presentations and discussions with PTA and Ward Education groups, experts, teachers, parents, school leaders and numerous direct conversations with residents. The SBOE has consensus on the following:
  • Weight of test scores should be reduced
  • Additional non-testing measures should be added encouraging a well-rounded education
  • Establishment of a School/Climate Task Force
  • Establishment of a High School Growth Measure
  • Ensure the regular review of accountability system
The full recommendations can be read on the ESSA website. For more information about ESSA, click here.

11. 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.  
12. FY 2017 SAHE Teacher Quality Improvement Grant Request
OSSE is soliciting applications for the Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) Grant Program competition that provides professional development programs aimed at enhancing student achievement in eligible LEAs. These  professional development programs will ensure that school staff 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. 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 get a copy of the informational webinar recording and handouts and with questions. It is strongly recommended that applying organizations listen to the pre-application information session recording.
 
13. FY 2017 Mathematics Science Partnerships Grant Request
OSSE announces funding availability through the Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Grant Program. 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 LEAs and STEM faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. 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. 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 EGMS online system and training videos may be accessed by visiting OSSE’s website. 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.
Charter Support Organizations

14. Mar 22: Understanding the Student Data Landscape and Organizational Structure

FOCUS will offer an interactive training for school leaders and administrators on the DC student data landscape and organizational structure. The presentation will answer the following questions:

  • What systems and processes should be in place to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations?
  • What internal and external data systems exist in the local landscape?
  • What is the appropriate data staffing and responsibilities for both lean and large schools?
  • What are common challenges/scenarios that schools face pertaining to student data and strategies for addressing these?
  • What metrics should be reviewed by various staff and leadership on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis?

Participants will be able to understand best practices for managing student data as well as share their stories and challenges around student data management. Upon completion of this training, school leaders and administrators will have a clear picture of staffing needs and responsibilities related to student data. Leaders from new to more established organizations will have a clear picture of how a strong student data organization and effective processes can improve student outcomes and meet their academic goals and overall mission. This workshop will take place on March 22 from 10 a.m.- noon. Workshop attendees will receive workshop location information after registration. Register here. For more information, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.

15. Mar 23: The Leading by Learning Series: Difficult Conversations
Conflict in the workplace is inevitable and sometimes necessary, but when managed properly it can lead to positive outcomes. This session invites participants to reflect on their natural tendencies and reactions to conflict before introducing a structure to analyze and prepare for difficult conversations. Through a variety of role plays, participants develop the confidence and skills to effectively engage others during tough situations. This workshop will take place on March 23 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Workshop attendees will receive workshop location information after registration. Register here. For more information, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.

 16. Mar 23: FOCUS DC Data Community March Happy Hour
Come out to meet other DC school data staff, network, and learn about upcoming opportunities and workshops with the FOCUS School Data Users Group.  Happy Hour will take place on March 23 from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. at TD Burger, 250 K Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. Register here. For more information, contact Mandy Leiter at mleiter@focusdc.org.

Special Opportunities for School Leaders/Staff/Parents
17. Mar 31: “Find Your Words” Poetry Contest
The Junior League of Washington (JLW) invites 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. Students are limited to two poem submissions. A teacher or other educational instructor must submit poems as a Word attachment. Poems are due March 31 at 6 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted. 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 and to submit a poetry entry, contact at jlwdcpoetry@gmail.com.  
 
18. Apr 11: 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.
 
19. 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.  
 
20. Apr 24: Phi Beta Kappa Association 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. 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.   
 
21. *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 such as Emily Calandrelli, Marcus Eriksen, Corrie Moreau, Greg Johnson, Jill Heinerth, Patrick Harker, Eric Brown, Charles Orgbon III, and many other STEM luminaries 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).  This code is good for teachers bringing a group of students or for parents bringing their kids. 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.
 
22. 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.
 
23. 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. 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.
 
24. 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.
 
25. Register 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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