Social Studies News: June 2019 **SPECIAL EDITION**

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Social Studies Education News **SPECIAL EDITION**

Thank You, Teachers!


Congratulations to our wonderful teachers and administrative staff on their successful completion of the 2018-19 school year!  Your service to the state of Washington is valuable.  Now go enjoy your summer!  (But don't forget to report your assessments first.) 

Social Studies Assessment Reporting


OSPI Bulletin B007-19 details the annual reporting requirements and timelines related to the implementation of assessments and other strategies in Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness (RCW 28A.230.095), and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075). The deadline for reporting is June 30, 2019.

Social Studies Assessment reporting:

For more information, please go to our website:

Congratulations, Washington History Day students!

History Day

Sixty-eight History Day students from Washington State competed at the National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland from June 9-13, 2019. The National History Day program has over 500,000 student participants nationwide and around 5,000 in Washington State. Over the past school year, these students created historical research projects on topics of their choosing. An annual theme (this year: Triumph and Tragedy in History) guides the students in selecting their topics, which may be based in local, national, or world history.

History Day students also have the option to enter their research projects into a series of History Day contests. Washington State’s History Day program offers both regional- and state-level contests, with the top two entries in each category at the State Contest moving on to compete against their nationwide peers at the National History Day Contest.

Team Washington’s successes at this year’s national event include three silver medals, two Outstanding Entry awards, several category finalists, and two entries who displayed their work at Smithsonian museums.


History Day

Student: Andrew Da

Junior Historical Paper Title: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima: A Triumph Arising from Tragedy

Teacher: Al Plummer

School: Northshore Middle School

History Day

Student: Riya Kalra

Junior Individual Exhibit Title: Destroy Every Closet Door: Harvey Milk

Teachers: Nicole Kesler and Susan Jackson

School: Evergreen Middle School

History Day

Students: Elizabeth Chen, Gauri Raman, and Thanushree Karunagaran

Junior Group Exhibit Title: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Teachers: Nicole Kesler and Susan Jackson

School: Evergreen Middle School


History Day

Students: Akshita Kikkuru, Helena Zheng, and Laya Nair

Junior Group Documentary Title: Lost in Tragedy: The Story of Leni Riefenstahl 

Teachers: Nicole Kesler and Susan Jackson

School: Evergreen Middle School


Student: Andres Ruvalcaba

Senior Individual Documentary Title: Frida Kahlo: Painting the Canvas of Triumph and Tragedy 

Teacher: Kila Smith

School: Prosser High School


Student: Anya Vaish

Junior Historical Paper Title: The Fight for Jhansi: The Tragedy of Rani Lakshmibai’s Death and the Triumph of Her Legacy

Teacher: Marcy Martin

School: Kamiakin Middle School

Students: Akshita Kikkuru, Helena Zheng, and Laya Nair

Junior Group Documentary Title: Lost in Tragedy: The Story of Leni Riefenstahl

Teachers: Nicole Kesler and Susan Jackson

School: Evergreen Middle School

Students: Ankhita Sathanur, Ikshita Sathanur, and Kavya Srikumar

Junior Group Exhibit Title: Hitler’s Hell for Women: The Rabbits of Ravensbruck

Teachers: Nicole Kesler and Susan Jackson

School: Evergreen Middle School


History Day

Student: Elizabeth Fu

Senior Individual Exhibit Title: Stopping A Tragedy in Urban Renewal: The Triumphant Return of the Pike Place Market

Teacher: Aleksandra Fraleigh

School: International Community School

Elizabeth was selected to display her exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

History Day

Student: Ezekiel Akinbade

Junior Individual Documentary Title: Jesse Owens: Triumph in Berlin and Tragedy at Home

Teacher: Dean Smith

School: Housel Middle School

Ezekiel was selected to play his documentary at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Washington History Day program is an affiliate of National History Day and is administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society. To learn more about History Day in Washington State, visit For Washington History Day educational resources, visit To learn more about the National History Day program overall, visit

Apply Now to Meet the Dalai Lama!


Compassion 2020

Dalai Lama
State of WA


The central mission of the Association of Washington Generals (AWG) is to recognize and cultivate leadership in Washington state. To that end, the AWG has partnered with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to establish a program aimed at promoting compassionate leadership in the next decade called Compassion 2020.

Compassion 2020 is a statewide program that will give a select group of high school students the life-changing experience of traveling to Dharamsala, India as “Compassion Scholars” with a distinguished delegation from Washington State to meet the Dalai Lama. Following the trip, the Compassion Scholars will take on personal projects with support from the AWG aimed at inspiring compassion in their communities.  

The program is open to eligible high school students who are motivated to inspire compassion in their communities, develop their leadership skills, and learn about new cultures. Up to 5 students will be selected to participate in the Compassion 2020 delegation, with all airfare and lodging expenses sponsored by the AWG. Students will be selected based on the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of their responses to the application essays questions and the strength of their character references.

Go to to access the application!


  • Program Application Period: Closes July 31st, 2019
  • Estimated Departure Trip Date: Nov 6th, 2019
  • Estimated Return Trip Date: Nov 12th, 2019

Students selected for the program will travel to Dharamsala, India with a delegation of Washington community leaders to visit sites of cultural and historical interest, including the Tibetan Children’s Village, the Dolma Ling Nunnery, and the Norbulingka Cultural Center. The trip will culminate with a 90-minute delegation meeting with the Dalai Lama at the Dalai Lama Temple in McLeod Ganj. The publically broadcast meeting will consist of a facilitated discussion on the topic of cultivating compassion in the next generation.

Students on the delegation may have the opportunity to personally ask the Dalai Lama a question related to the central discussion topic.


The delegation will comprise up to 20 community leaders working to promote compassion throughout the state. One of the delegation members will be a chaperone whose sole responsibility will be ensuring the well-being and safety of the student delegates.


Following the trip to India, the Association of Washington Generals will continue to serve as a resource to the selected students to support the development of their compassion -based work, as well as to promote their personal leadership development goals.


To be eligible to participate in the Compassion 2020 delegation, a student must:

  • Submit the Compassion 2020 Student Application by July 31st;
  • be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident;
  • be a high school student in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • obtain parental/guardian consent for applying to this program; and
  • obtain permission from a school administrator for school absences prior to the trip. Students are required to submit evidence of school permission for absences after being selected for the program, not for the application.

If you encounter any issues with submitting your application, please email

OSPI is Releasing a Redesigned Website!


Over the past year, we completely redesigned our website to make it more user-friendly and accessible for individuals with disabilities as well as for users on mobile phones and tablets.

We based all major decisions about the design and structure of the new site on several surveys and studies of parents and families, educators, district administrators, and members of our communities statewide.

Our content is now sorted into six categories:

  1. Student Success (containing information about graduation, learning standards and materials, special education, health and safety, support programs, and more).
  2. Certification (containing information about certification requirements, National Board Certification, fingerprint and background check requirements, and more).
  3. Educator Support (containing information about mentoring and supporting beginning teachers, the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program, educator awards, and more).
  4. Policy & Funding (containing information about school apportionment, special education funding, legislative priorities, grants, school facilities funding, and more).
  5. Data & Reporting (containing information about the School Report Card, logging into the Education Data System, data sharing with OSPI, and more).
  6. About OSPI (containing information about the superintendent and the agency, contacting OSPI, news releases, and more).

We are thrilled to launch our new site on Monday, July 1! You will still find us at All links to our pages will redirect to the correct link on the new site unless the webpage or document has been removed. If you are currently linking to our content, please check to be sure the link still works on or after July 1.

This is just version 1.0 of our redesigned website. In reality, the website will be evolving every day as we add, revise, remove, and improve content in order to best serve our users.

If you have questions or feedback on the new website after we launch it, please fill out the Ask OSPI form.