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

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The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

March 2018


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Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol

Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol

Non-Invasive Data Governance

Non-Invasive Data Governance


The Doing What Works Library

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Initiative Alert

After engaging in a nation-wide recruitment effort, The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) is delighted to announce the selection of Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington as the Center’s intensive technical assistance partners. 

NCII will partner with these states to help build their capacity to support implementation of intensive intervention in local districts and schools and increase outcomes for students with disabilities.

Innovation in Action

Center for Strong Families in Bethel: Moving more families to self-sufficiency

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Upcoming Events

March-June: Healthy Youth Survey Registration

May 23, 2018 (SeaTac): Equity Conference: From the Boardroom to the Classroom

In this issue:

MTSS: A Framework for Supporting All Students


By Steve Goodman and Hank Bohanon​

Over the past decade, a greater emphasis has been placed on matching educational supports to student need. We have come to realize that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to education is not working for every student. An educational framework for improving outcomes for all students is called a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). The MTSS framework consists of a continuum of evidence-based practices that are matched to student needs. MTSS also involves gathering information to facilitate decision making in the classroom, school, and district levels of the educational system. Through MTSS, schools and districts efficiently organize resources to support educators to implement effective practices correctly. Schools that adopt an MTSS approach will focus on preventing both academic and behavior problems. Additionally, strategic intervention that is based on assessment occurs for students who have more intensive and persistent challenges. Recently, the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has recognized the use of multi-tiered system of supports as a means to improve services to students.

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Equity Conference: From the Boardroom to the Classroom

Equity Conference: From the Boardroom to the Classroom


WASA, AWSP, and WSSDA are partnering to offer their third annual Equity Conference on May 23, 2018 at DoubleTree SeaTac. 

The overall goal of this conference is to increase organizational leadership capacity by providing systemic strategies for equity and access, so all students can achieve at a high level. Participants from districts, ESDs, and state agencies will focus on research-based high-leverage core practices necessary for organizational growth in leadership for equity.

Audience: District, ESD, and state agency leaders. Team participation is strongly encouraged.

CISL recommends the following sessions:


This session will focus on the actionable steps the Vancouver School District is taking to address 4SHB 1541 in the areas of discipline, cultural responsiveness, and integrated systems of student support. Participants will learn action steps to comply with the new laws and data to watch to inform practice.
TRISH PILIADO, Director, Student Welfare and Attendance, Vancouver SD
TAMARA SHOUP, Director, Family Engagement and Family-Community Resource Centers, Vancouver SD
BILL LINK, Manager, Safe and Supportive Schools, Vancouver SD


This session will review the data-based individualization process as a framework for providing intensive intervention to students with disabilities and students with disabilities who are language learners. Presenters will discuss issues related to equity for these populations, specifically around instruction and intervention within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Presenters will also provide critical tools and resources for engaging data-based individualization processes to provide equitable access to instruction and impact student outcomes.
WILLIAM RASPLICA, Executive Director, Franklin Pierce SD
SARAH ARDEN, PH.D., Senior Researcher for Policy, Practice and Systems Change, American Institutes for Research

Research Shows the Need for Continued Federal Leadership on School Discipline

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By Kristen Harper, Rebecca Jones, and Emily Katz
Child Trends

The White House has proposed that a new school safety commission review whether to rescind current federal guidance that clarifies schools’ legal obligations to avoid race-based discrimination in school discipline. The announcement follows recent debates over federal enforcement of civil rights laws, and whether suspensions and expulsions are needed to maintain order and safety. It also comes at a time when state legislators are forging ahead with legislative proposals to reduce suspensions for nonviolent behaviors, and to encourage the use of preventative strategies such as positive behavioral interventions and supports and restorative practices.

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2018 Healthy Youth Survey Information

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The purpose of this announcement is to inform schools and districts that registration for the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) will take place starting mid-March and ending June 30th. Schools in Washington state with students in grades 6, 8, 10, or 12 are eligible to participate. Small school districts with less than 600 students enrolled in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 combined can register additional grades 7, 9 and 11. Participation is free to schools in 2018.

In mid-March, superintendents and principals will be sent registration information by post and email. Mailed letters will be sent by Department of Social and Health Service’s Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DSHS/DBHR). Emails will be sent by OSPI. Correspondence will include a hidden link which is necessary to register online. If you have any questions about registration, please email

Why Participate in HYS?

In 2016 over 200,000 students, in over 1,000 schools, in all 39 counties in Washington completed the survey. HYS results help schools make evidence-based decisions that lead not only to positive academic outcomes and also provide information that allows schools to identify conditions that impact students learning and the overall school climate. To view results from previous years, please visit

Survey Requirements

The survey takes about 50 minutes to administer. Student participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. To participate in the survey, principals must agree to follow the survey administration procedures shown below:

  • The HYS must be administered during the weeks of October 8-19.
  • Send an informational letter to parents, prior to the survey administration. This letter will be sent to schools and is posted on
  • Post information about the survey on the school website and announce to students.
  • Place a copy of the survey in the school office for parent review.
  • Parents and students must be notified about the survey using the approved survey notification letter and methods. Schools must also verify that they followed the proper notification by September 24th or surveys will not be shipped to schools.
  • Provide an alternative activity for those students that choose not to participate in the survey.

Additional HYS Information

The HYS includes questions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; community, school, and family risk and protective factors; safety and violence; diet and nutrition; health, health care, and exercise. Questions about sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and sexual abuse are optional and can be removed by schools from the survey forms

The following survey related materials can also be found on the HYS recruitment website at

  • Question and Answer Fact Sheet answers frequently asked questions about the survey.
  • Rationale and Description of Survey Content provides an overview of the behavior covered by the survey and a statement of rationale for the inclusion of these items.
  • Optional Questions Fact Sheet provides information about the value of data on sexual orientation, behavior and abuse.
  • How Can the Data Be Used? gives more detail about using the survey data.
  • List of ESD HYS Coordinators shows the primary regional recruitment contacts who can help if you have questions about the survey.

HYS Sponsorship

The HYS is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Social and Health Service’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DSHS/DBHR), and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB). Representation of these agencies oversees all aspects of the survey.

Contact information for other HYS supporting agencies is provided below:

If you have questions about registration for HYS, please contact Susan Richardson, Looking Glass Analytics, at

If you have any questions about the HYS, please contact Mandy Paradise, at 360-725-6248, or Emily Maughan, at 360-725-6030, or email The OSPI TTY number is 360-664-3631.