District of Columbia
Developing standards and strategies for all students
Early Learning Standards Revision
In 2017, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning decided to revise the District of Columbia (DC) Early Learning Standards to ensure that:
- Early learners are school-ready in all content areas, including science and arts
- All children are provided a developmentally appropriate approach to the continuum of learning and development
OSSE has invited stakeholders to join the MACC@WestEd–OSSE team to address four focus areas within the standards: arts, dual language learners, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Bring in content experts in each of the four stakeholder focus areas to partner with the respective OSSE leads
- Recruit a project manager to work closely with the OSSE project manager to plan and implement the monthly meetings and debriefs for staff as well as develop resources and manage tasks between meetings
- Co-lead monthly meetings, with an emphasis on facilitating conversations with stakeholders and soliciting input and feedback to draft standards and guidance
- Co-develop standards and guidance in accordance with stakeholder recommendations and aligned with industry standards adopted by OSSE
- Collaborate with the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation at WestEd to ensure that the stakeholder recommendations are aligned with the established best practices on standards revision
Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy
The Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) is a federally funded, multi-year initiative designed to help states and districts align efforts to improve equitable access to excellent educators and school improvement efforts. The MACC@WestEd, along with other regional comprehensive and content centers, is providing direct support to the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and charter local education agencies (LEAs) in DC to apply T4TLA resources to addressing local talent-management needs.
Prior investigation by OSSE revealed that teacher turnover is a common challenge among high-needs LEAs in DC. Mentoring and Induction (M&I) is one broad, evidence-based approach to addressing this challenge. As part of T4TLA, the MACC@WestEd is facilitating the M&I Network. To support their ongoing school improvement efforts, OSSE and LEAs participating in the M&I Network will learn how to apply M&I best practices in their context and a new approach to organizational change.
- Establish the M&I Network to support OSSE and participating LEAs to understand how M&I may be used to address local needs
- Through the M&I Network, provide consultation and guidance on needs assessment, prioritization, and investigation; identification of possible strategies to improve M&I programs; small-scale testing of such strategies through iterative cycles; and documentation of Network activities and outcomes
- Support OSSE to disseminate T4TLA resources to additional LEAs