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

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The Hub: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice

November 2018


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What We're Reading

High Leverage Practices

High-Leverage Practices in Special Education

Teaching Behavior

Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms Through Effective Instruction

How Peaople Learn II

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures


Laying the Groundwork

Laying the Groundwork for the Renton Innovation Zone: A Case Study in Community Collaboration

National Education Policy Center

At This School, Student Discipline is Often An Opportunity To Learn

Innovation in Action

VHA Works with Time-Limited Aide to Provide Rent Help to more Families


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday-Friday, December 5-7th: WERA/ OSPI Conference


Wednesday-Friday, May 22-24th, Better Together: Collaboration, Coordination, and Compassion- 2019 Student Support Conference...Registration coming soon!


Beyond Basic Education: A Community Forum with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal

6-7:30 p.m. Contact for translation services.

In this issue:

MTSS FEST 2018 Success!

MTSS Conference

November 2018 marked the inaugural year of MTSS Fest, hosted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in partnership with the National Center on Intensive Intervention. Planning committee members included Glenna Gallo (OSPI), Dixie Grunenfelder (OSPI), Kelcey Schmitz (OSPI), Tania May (OSPI), Lee Collyer (OSPI), Robin Howe (OSPI), Sarah Arden (NCII-AIR), Bill Rasplica (NCII), and Shiloh Kauzlarich (CRESD 113).

The Conference offered two full days of learning, including daily keynotes, 37 breakout sessions, and team time for groups to connect and share. A Monday evening reception, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, hosted opportunity for attendees to network with presenters and each other.

MTSS Fest was a huge success; showing us how much statewide support is desired. Registration sold out in less than two weeks. A conference imagined for 300-350 individuals brought over 400 participants statewide. Presentation materials from MTSS Fest 2018 can be found here.

As a result of the success of the recent conference and large wait list, OSPI, NCII, ESD 113, and other partners are planning "MTSS Fest East" in Spokane in the spring of 2019. If you would like to be notified about future MTSS events you can sign up for alerts here.

School Climate and Threat Assesment Grant Announcement

The office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has been awarded two large federal grants to support building safe and positive school climates in Washington Schools. The School Climate Transformation Grant Program will provide Washington state with $3.75 million over the next five years to build capacity for broad-scale implementation of evidence-based practices related to creating positive school and classroom climates. The STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Report Program grant will provide funds to assist in developing and supporting school and community-based threat assessment teams aimed at reducing school violence....


WERA Hot Topics Webinar- Student Perception Survey


Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) is excited to launch a free webinar series call "Hot Topics". The "Hot Topics" webinars occur 3-4 times a year specific to relevant education issue and/or highlight WERA Offerings that will be of interest to members.

We held the first Hot Topics webinar October 9, 2018. The topic was the new student perceptions survey work that WA has embarked on and is now available across the state. This has been a 3+ year project focused on gathering student perceptions of instruction and we are excited to hot two integral people who discussed this work- Sue Anderson, Director of Educator Effectiveness/Educator Growth and Development at OSPI and Pete Bylsma, Director of Assessment and Program evaluation at the Mukilteo School District. Facilitating this discussion was WERA Board Member and Executive Director at the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession Nasue Nishida...

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3 Years, 3 Highlights

Written by Joan Wasser Gish, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College, Discusses Integrated Student Supports in Massachusetts and Other states.

ISS Stae Policy

Every so often, I get to challenge myself with two hard questions: What is the most urgent work to reinvigorating educational opportunity? And what can I do? This has driven my focus on improving access to high quality early childhood education, and my  move into comprehensive and integrated student supports. The idea of meeting children's comprehensive needs so that they are ready to learn is not new...