February 2018 - The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

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The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

February 2018


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What We're Reading

Community Schools: A Whole-Child Framework for School Improvement

Community Schools: A Whole-Child Framework for School Improvement

Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol

Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol


Non-Invasive Data Governance

Non-Invasive Data Governance

Wraparound Replication Cookbook

Massachusetts Dept. of Education: Wraparound Replication Cookbook

Innovation in Action

Ellensburg School District: Caring Cupboard Helps Students in Need

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Upcoming Events

March 8, 2018: Webinar - Connecting Housing and Education: How a Data-Sharing Partnership Can Improve Outcomes for Children in your Community Webinar

In this issue:

From the Executive Director

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for tuning in to this 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.  

One critical factor in helping to contribute to the success of any system, program, or partnership is the extent to which those who are doing the work have access to timely, relevant, and reliable data they can use to make strategic decisions and to adjust their practice. As we continue to emphasize the power of partnerships to support student success we must continue to find ways to leverage the power of data in this work.

We know, however, that developing a data infrastructure that combines data from multiple sources, and sharing data between schools and community providers, can pose challenges. Fortunately, there are people tackling these challenges who have developed tools for us to build from. I’ve included three examples below.

  1. Integrating Data SystemsTo learn more about integrating data systems and to download helpful implementation tools and checklists browse these reproducible materials. Here you will find supplementary materials to accompany Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Blending RTI and PBIS, by Kent McIntosh and Steve Goodman.
  2. Student Success Link – The Student Success Data Partnership, comprised of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and its Road Map Project partners, is committed to using data to better understand which tools and techniques are improving student achievement and then pursuing opportunities and innovations that foster student success.
  3. Data Sharing – Federal Rules and Best Practices to Improve Out-of-School-Time Programs and Student Outcomes.
Andrea Cobb's Signature

Welcome to the Newest Member of the CISL Team!

Emily Rang

The CISL team is excited to welcome its newest member, Emily Rang, as the OSPI Director of Data Governance. In this role Emily will lead an agency-wide effort to ensure that we are implementing best practices with regard to the collection, management, and use of our student, educator, and finance data. In addition, Emily will lead the work of the K–12 Data Governance Group.

Emily has worked at OSPI for the last ten years and has been a member of the assessment and IT teams. We are fortunate that she brings her institutional knowledge, technical expertise, and commitment to customer service to this role. Please join us in welcoming Emily to the CISL team.

Connecting Housing and Education: How a Data-Sharing Partnership Can Improve Outcomes for Children in your Community

On Thursday, March 8 from 3-4 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will host a joint webinar on improving student outcomes through data-sharing partnerships between public housing authorities, multifamily housing providers, and school districts. REGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot and receive event reminders.

Nearly four million children live in public housing and HUD-assisted multifamily properties. Housing providers and school districts both work hard to create an environment in which these children can succeed, and collaboration between these two sectors can lead to even greater improvements in school readiness, attendance and graduation rates, and reading and math proficiency. Recognizing this potential, a growing number of public housing authorities, multifamily housing providers, and school districts have formed partnerships focused on data-driven strategies to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children living in HUD-assisted housing.

This introductory webinar is designed for public housing, multifamily housing, and school district leadership and staff who are new to this topic and interested in learning more about what they can gain from initiating a partnership. The session will introduce attendees to the Data Sharing Road Map, a new resource from HUD and ED, and explore the potential benefits of a data-driven partnership between housing and education organizations.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, Director of the Policy and Program Studies Service, U.S. Department of Education
  • Calvin Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Michael Hawes, Director of Student Privacy Policy, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education
  • Maria-Lana Queen, Acting Director, Community and Supportive Services Division, Office of Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Brent Jones, Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, Seattle Public Schools
  • Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority
  • Brenda Castillo-Garza, Director of Family Services, MidPen Services