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It Takes a City LEA Institute Series

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is hosting a series of institutes geared towards connecting the District's Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to critical resources to support student achievement. 

2016-17 School Year LEA Institute Series

LEA Institute: It Takes a City: DC Does it Best: May 25, 2017

OSSE’s Division of Early Learning and Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education are teaming up to host It Takes a City: DC Does it Best! This institute is for you if you are an early childhood, K-12, or adult education professional serving DC students pre-K 3 through age 22. Participants will reflect on high quality and innovative evidence- and research-based practices in education and learn new strategies for success in improving outcomes for all children in the District.

Registration opening soon, but please see the events page.

For more information or questions, please email [email protected].


LEA Institute: It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, OSSE held its LEA Institute , entitled “It Takes a City to Ensure Every Student Succeeds,” at the Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University.

On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. ESSA creates an important opportunity for education leaders and practitioners to work together to leverage and expand upon current reform efforts. The focus of the February 2017 LEA Institute is ESSA transition and implementation. Institute participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of ESSA requirements;
  • Learn about DC’s New State Education Plan: Meeting the Needs of All Learners through ESSA;
  • Determine their readiness for ESSA implementation at the local and school level;
  • Provide input on specific policy areas of DC’s new state plan; and
  • Give feedback on OSSE’s plan for LEA transition support.

OSSE is encouraging LEA and school leadership teams to attend this event.

For more information about ESSA implementation in the District of Columbia, visit OSSE's ESSA webpage.

Presentations from this event.


LEA Institute: It Takes a City: Bridging LEAs to Resources for Enhanced Student Outcomes

On Nov. 29, 2016, OSSE held it's LEA Institute entitled 'It Takes a City: Bridging LEAs to Resources for Enhanced Student Outcomes'. Since the 2014-15 school year OSSE has brought educators, administrators, and other stakeholders together in order to bring awareness of District resources, important initiatives, and best practices in education through the LEA Institute. Mirroring our first institute in November 2014 that was met with great success, this institute will bring together LEA teams to hear from and engage with representatives from key District agencies to discuss how to remove barriers to student achievement. This event is designed to meet a pressing need expressed by educators for:

  • More information about what resources are available from non-educational service providers;
  • Better coordination between schools and agencies;
  • Clear, updated points of contact; and
  • A commitment to problem solving around longstanding, complex challenges.

OSSE encouraged school teams (e.g., principal, assistant principal, social worker, guidance counselor, instructional coaches) to attend this event. Recap


2015-16 School Year LEA Institute Series

LEA Institute: It Takes a City: DC Does it Best: May 20, 2016

Registration is now open for the LEA Institute: It Takes a City: DC Does it Best on May 20, 2016. Please be sure to register for only one ticket type (i.e. Division of Early Learning OR Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education) to avoid duplicate registrations.

OSSE’s Division of Early Learning and Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education are teaming up to host It Takes a City: DC Does it Best! This institute is for you if you are an early childhood, K-12, or adult education professional serving DC students ages 0 to 22. Participants will reflect on high quality and innovative evidence- and research-based practices in education and learn new strategies for success in improving outcomes for all children in the District.

Related Content: LEA Institute: It Takes a City: DC Does it Best - Early Learning Session Presentations

Related Content: LEA Institute: It Takes a City: DC Does it Best - Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education Session Presentations


LEA Institute: It Takes a City: Achieving Higher Standards: Feb. 19, 2016

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) hosted the “It Takes a City: Achieving Higher Standards” LEA Institute on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Institute focused on supporting educators and school leaders in helping all students achieve DC learning standards. Here's a recap of the event.


LEA Institute: It Takes a City to Support School Excellence:  Nov. 18, 2015

On November 18, 2015, the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) hosted the LEA Support Session to provide school teams an opportunity to learn best practices in school improvement planning, participate in peer collaboration activities, and have dedicated time to plan and collaborate with one another. Here's a recap of the event, including copies of all presentations and materials.

For more information about the conference, please contact Tiphanie Scroggins at [email protected].


2014-15 School Year LEA Institute Series

LEA Institute I:  “It Takes a City: Bridging Schools to Resources for Enhanced Student Outcomes”

The first LEA Institute took place on November 7, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  This institute was focused on connecting LEAs to City agencies that provide wraparound supports to students and their families.  OSSE invited key District child-serving agencies to participate in the first LEA institute.  Over 200 LEA leaders, city department leaders and key community stakeholders worked together to accomplish the following:

  • Determined the city services students and LEA leaders need access to (i.e. transportation, behavioral health, etc.);
  • Identified key barriers to accessing city services and;
  • Engaged in facilitated problem solving.

The event also featured several keynote speakers, two panels consisting of DC Agency leaders, and seven breakout sessions.  Click here for a recap of the event and to view copies of all presentations.


LEA Institute II:  “It Takes a City to Knock it Out of the PARCC!”

The second LEA Institute took place on January 23, 2015, at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Center.  This LEA Institute was focused on preparing and gearing up educators for the Next Generation of Assessments (NGA) including (a) PARCC, (b) NCSC, (c) NGSS, and (d) health.  OSSE invited national and local expects to provide pertinent information and to answer most pressing questions in the following areas:

  • NGA Communication Strategies
  • Curriculum Alignment and Best Practices
  • Assessment Procedures and Technology Readiness
  • Assessment Considerations for Special Populations

LEA Institute II: "It Takes a City to Knock it Out of the PARCC!"

Participants had the opportunity to present their questions to subject matter experts during panel presentations and in one-on-one sessions. Participants chose from over 15 separate breakout session topics.  In addition, an OSSE NGA ambassador was assigned to each local education agency that provided them with supports and information. Click here for a recap of the event and to view copies of all presentations.

Date:                 Friday, January 23, 2015
Time:                8:30am—4:30pm
Location:          Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University, Washington DC


LEA Institute III:  “It Takes a City: DC Does it Best!”

OSSE held its final 2014-15 LEA Institute, “It Takes a City: DC Does it Best!” May 1-2, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC.

DC public school and public charter school teachers, administrators, service providers, parents and families attended this exciting two-day event.  During the institute, participants selected from over 100 workshop sessions on topics including:

  • Instruction and the Common Core
  • STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Special Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Early Childhood
  • Parent and Family Engagement (including sessions for parents/families, as well as LEA staff)

Participants received OSSE Professional Learning Units (PLUs) for workshop attendance.

For questions, please email OSSE Training & Technical Assistance [email protected]