February Alternative Learning Update

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Alternative Learning Department Website

We have recently added a number of resources to our website including guidance, sample documents, rule updates, and communications. Check out the Alternative Learning Experience section of our website to explore new resources and provide your feedback on the support you receive from OSPI.  

Legislative Updates

The 2018 legislative session is still in progress and the Alternative Learning Department is closely monitoring a variety of bills. You can find more information on these bills via the links below.    

Alternative Learning Course Type Definitions
Senate Bill 6134 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6134&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017
House Bill 2492 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2492&Chamber=House&Year=2017

Senate Bill 6389 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6389&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017
House Bill 2815 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2815&Chamber=House&Year=2017

Levy funding and defining “Resident student”
Senate Bill 6362 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6362&Year=2017
House Bill 2721 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2721&Chamber=House&Year=2017

Civics education
Substitute House Bill 1896 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1896&Chamber=House&Year=2017
Senate Bill 5668 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5668&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017

Certificates of Individual and Academic Achievement as Graduation Requirements
Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1046 http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1046&Year=2017

Part-Time Assessment Update

Earlier this school year, OSPI initiated a proposal to modify ALE part-time assessment language. Based on the feedback received, we do not believe the proposed modification would achieve the desired results. Therefore, OSPI has declined to continue this rule change in its current form at this time. You can find more information about this proposal and outcome on our website under rule updates. 

Full-Day Kindergarten Update

Thank you to all ALE programs who participated in providing survey information, general feedback, workgroup participation, and site visits as part of the Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) information gathering process. The workgroup, which included members from the field, finalized draft language and the CR 102 will be filed to initiate the next phase of the rule making process in early March. For more information on the draft rules and to participate in the public comment period, please visit the OSPI Rule Making website

Upcoming Events

43rd Annual WALA Spring Conference - Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington
March 1-3, 2018
Registration available through the WALA website.  

GATE Advisory:  Meet the Authors of Why We Drop Out - ESD 113 in Tumwater, Washington
March 5, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet the authors of Why We Drop Out and learn about the results of their research and its implications. You'll also get the latest results from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey and hear first hand experiences from students. There will be opportunities to share supports for student success. 
Registration available through Survey Gizmo.  

Teacher Training for the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Resource - Tacoma, Washington
March 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
This teacher training will prepare classroom teachers in the use of the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Resource in their classroom, providing a basic overview of mental health and illness and orientation to the teaching materials. The resource improves mental health literacy and it is widely taught in schools across Canada and internationally. The material is medically accurate, designed for classroom settings, and all teaching materials can be downloaded at not cost.
Register here

2018 WSCA Conference - Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Seattle, Washington
March 7-9, 2018
Registration available through the WSCA website

2018 Spring Counselor Workshops - Statewide
Variety of dates between February 28 and March 29
Information and registration available through the WSCA website