January Alternative Learning Update

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ALE Administrator Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the 2019 ALE Administrator Meeting a success! The engaging conversation, questions, and feedback were greatly appreciated. If you have any follow-up questions about the event, please contact the OSPI Alternative Learning Department or Brad Sprague, WALA Executive Director.    

ALE Advisory Committee

The ALE Advisory Committee met on January 10, 2019. Representatives from programs across the state, Washington Association for Learning Alternatives (WALA), and the Alternative Learning Department (ALD) discussed the following topics: 

  • 2019 Legislative update
  • 2019 ALE Administrator meeting
  • ALD site visits 
  • Full-day Kindergarten update
  • Substantially Similar guidance and updated checklist

For questions about the ALE Advisory Committee, please contact WALA or the ALD

Serving English Learners and Migrant Students

Do you have online courses that are offered in other languages? Do you have a program that is successfully earning credits for migrant students or English Learners? OSPI wants to know more! Please reach out to ALD Director Rhett Nelson, Rhett.Nelson@k12.wa.us.


The 2018 legislature has tasked OSPI with creating recommendations for providing enhanced CTE funding in ALE. The ALD and CTE departments collaborated with stakeholders to develop recommendations. Their report can be found here

Questions? Contact Rhett Nelson, Alternative Learning Department Director. 

Legislative Update

The 2019 legislative session has begun! The Alternative Learning Department is closely monitoring a variety of bills. You can find more information on these bills via the links below.

Senate Bill 5448 https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5448&Initiative=false&Year=2019
House Bill 1304 https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1304&Initiative=false&Year=2019 

Certificates of Academic and Individual Achievement as Graduation Requirements
House Bill 1089 https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1089&Initiative=false&Year=2019

WALA Spring Conference Presenters Needed!

WALA is seeking additional presenters for the 2019 Spring Conference. If you have considered submitting a session proposal, we encourage you to do so. The spring conference is a great opportunity to share your work and your expertise with colleagues across the state. For more information on the conference or to submit a proposal, visit the WALA website or contact Brad Sprague.    

Compliance Corner - Coming Soon!

Our February newsletter will include our first monthly ALE Compliance Corner. This section of our newsletter will be devoted to regular compliance updates, questions, and topics. Stay tuned!  

For information on Open Doors compliance, subscribe to the monthly Open Doors Reengagement Compliance newsletter.  

Upcoming Events

Online Learning Advisory Committee
February 13, 2019
Remote meeting via Zoom.
Contact the ALD to register. 

Northwest PBIS Conference
February 27 - March 1, 2019
Portland, OR
Register here

WALA Spring Conference
March 21-23, 2019
Suncadia Lodge
Register here

OSPI Student Support Conference
May 23-24, 2019
Wenatchee, WA
Additional information here

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference
June 30 - July 2, 2019
Spokane, WA
Additional information here