Key Takeaways: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child During Hybrid Learning Webinar #1 – Family Engagement

By Jhoselin Beltran Contreras, Policy Fellow On October 28, the D.C. State Board of Education held its inaugural Well-Rounded Education webinar series “Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child During Hybrid Learning.”  This webinar series focuses on meeting the needs of the whole child, including providing social and emotional learning (SEL), mental health, technology supportContinue reading “Key Takeaways: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child During Hybrid Learning Webinar #1 – Family Engagement”

School-Based Behavioral Health, Community of Practice, and More: Resource Sharing from OSSE’s Technical Assistance Calls

By Rachel Duff, Policy Fellow Since July 2020, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has been hosting virtual webinars and meetings on a variety of topics for local education agencies and school leaders (registration can be found here). On September 15, OSSE brought in a panel of experts to focus on mentalContinue reading “School-Based Behavioral Health, Community of Practice, and More: Resource Sharing from OSSE’s Technical Assistance Calls”

Elevating Student Voice in the Creation of the New Social Studies Standards

By Sarah Arrington, Policy Fellow The State Board’s Social Studies Standards Committee, chaired by Jessica Sutter, the Ward 6 Representative, is leading the District’s effort to revise the statewide social studies standards. The standards have not been updated since 2006 and are thought to be Eurocentric and exclusive of many cultures’ histories. In the SocialContinue reading “Elevating Student Voice in the Creation of the New Social Studies Standards”

State Board Visit to D.C. Department of Corrections

By Emily Gasoi, Ward 1 Representative On February 6, 2020, the State Board team visited the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Central Detention Facility (CDF). Upon arrival, we were greeted by Director Quincy Booth, Deputy Director of Professional Development & College and Career Readiness, Amy Lopez, and Public Information Officer, Dr. Keena Blackmon. Before beginning theContinue reading “State Board Visit to D.C. Department of Corrections”

Empowering Student Voice in Policy Development and Discussions

By Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst Our education system is more student-centered and student-driven than ever before. This means that policymakers and decision-makers must ensure student voice is elevated and actively heard. Watch: Empowering the Student Voice Since 2006, the D.C. State Board of Education has appointed two students to serve as representatives on the StateContinue reading “Empowering Student Voice in Policy Development and Discussions”

Elevating the Hidden Voices of a Community: Equity and Authentic Stakeholder Engagement

By Matt Repka, Policy Analyst In late October, the State Board attended the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, California. iNACOL, short for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, is a D.C.-area organization that advocates for online, competency-based, and personalized learning opportunities for students. Since 2017, the organization has expanded to focus more broadly onContinue reading “Elevating the Hidden Voices of a Community: Equity and Authentic Stakeholder Engagement”

Civics Education, Inequities Facing Incarcerated Youth, and More: Takeaways from the 2019 NASBE Conference

By Emily Gasoi, Ward 1 Representative On October 16, I headed off to Omaha, NE along with a small group of SBOE colleagues and staff for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) annual conference. NASBE is a membership organization that “develops, supports, and empowers citizen leaders on state boards of education toContinue reading “Civics Education, Inequities Facing Incarcerated Youth, and More: Takeaways from the 2019 NASBE Conference”

A Voice for Change: Dayja Burton, Student Representative

By Dayja Burton, SY2019–20 Student Representative At first, I had no idea what the role of Student Representative of the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) would entail or that it even existed. But, after my teachers at McKinley Technology High School introduced me to the opportunity, I knew this would align with my personalityContinue reading “A Voice for Change: Dayja Burton, Student Representative”

Fulfilling My Civic Duty: Alex O’Sullivan, Student Representative

By Alex O’Sullivan, SY2019–20 Student Representative I applied to be a SY2019–20 student representative on the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) because I know the importance—now more than ever—of fulfilling my civic duty by actively engaging with my community, and serving with elected officials and driven high school students to provide voices for youthContinue reading “Fulfilling My Civic Duty: Alex O’Sullivan, Student Representative”