The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

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The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

November 22, 2017


Contact Us:

Meet the CISL Team


Andrea Cobb,
Executive Director


Kelcey Schmitz,
Program Supervisor


Amber Palmer,
Administrative Assistant

What We're Reading

School Linked Services Book

School-Linked Services: Promoting Equity for Children, Families, and Communities

Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Blending RTI and PBIS

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor...

ISS Resources

A Bolder, Broader Approach to Education

Community Tool Box

Coalition for Community Schools

Interconnected Systems Framework Implementation Workbook

OSPI MTSS Resource Page

OSPI Social Emotional Learning Modules

Innovation in Action


Vancouver School District: Mr. Fechter’s Family

Walla Walla School District: New Health Center Clinic Officially Opens at Walla Walla High School


Schools Provide Community Coverage

Share your Innovation in Action by completing this form

In this issue:

From the Executive Director

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for tuning in to this first issue of “The Hub for Learning!” My name is Andrea Cobb and I am the Executive Director of the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning (CISL) at OSPI. At CISL, our mission is to connect people to the research and information they need to eliminate educational opportunity gaps and improve student learning in our state.

To accomplish this mission, we strive to work collaboratively with our colleagues in the agency; districts; educational service districts; institutions of higher education; families, community, and business organizations to:

  1. share findings from research in ways that are useful for improving systems and developing the capacity of individual educators to meet the needs of the students we all serve.
  2. identify examples of the student support systems, instructional models, programs, and partnerships that are making a positive difference in the educational outcomes and lives of our students and families.  

For the last year, CISL has had a pretty specific focus on developing the Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol that was created by the state Legislature in the 2016 session. In the coming year our focus shifts slightly to implementation of the Protocol and to developing a clearinghouse of a broader set of resources, tools, and examples to serve as a resource for you.

In closing, I invite you to consider an African Proverb that we use to guide our work. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our team believes that students are more successful when our schools partner with families and the community to improve student outcomes. At CISL we are committed to helping you #GoTogether and we look forward to working with you.


Andrea Cobb's Signature

Andrea Cobb

The Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol: Enhancing Current Efforts to Support Each Student

In 2016, the Legislature adopted 4SHB 1541 into state law. This bill was based on the recommendations of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC), and was a great step forward in our shared work to eliminate educational opportunity gaps across the state. As part of this new law, CISL, in collaboration with a workgroup and others, developed the Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol (WISSP).

The WISSP establishes a vision where schools partner with families and the community to promote the success of all students by coordinating academic and nonacademic supports to reduce barriers to learning. Research shows that Integrated Student Supports (ISS) is a promising approach to improving student learning and development (Moore, K.A., et al., 2014), and the WISSP is a tool that schools can use to move their system of support in this direction.

The WISSP framework includes:

  • Needs assessments
  • Community partnerships
  • Integration of supports (within the school)
  • Coordination of supports (across school and community providers)
  • Data-Driven

The WISSP should be used to enhance, not replace, current efforts to provide a range of supports to students and their families.

Implementation of ISS as part of a comprehensive and unified service delivery system, often referred to as a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), enables the alignment, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of multiple improvement efforts within the school and the community. Implementing ISS within an MTSS framework creates the conditions to provide optimal support for academic, behavioral, social, emotional, and other health outcomes all in one system. 

In the coming year, CISL will be identifying and developing tools to help schools and districts implement an integrated, multi-tiered system of supports. We look forward to learning more about how you are currently working to meet the needs of your students and how we can partner to support you in your work.

Share Your Story!

Showcase your parent and family engagement successes from the field

Title I, Part A wants to hear about the successes districts and schools are having in getting parents and families involved in their students’ education.

This case study form is provided by the Title I, Part A and Learning Assistance Program (LAP) departments at OSPI to gather descriptive information from K12 schools on specific PFE strategies (i.e., larger LEA-wide initiatives or smaller projects involving one or more classrooms) that have helped to increase student academic outcomes.

Use this for activities that were funded with federal or state dollars as well as projects that were supported by local or other funding sources.

Next steps:

  • Complete all questions and save the document for your records
  • Email completed form to
  • Story review by OSPI staff
  • Selected stories will be highlighted in the PFE newsletter and on the Title I, Part A PFE website starting in the 2017–18 school year

Effective Parent and Family Engagement form