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Division of Teaching and Learning: Training and Technical Assistance Frequently Asked Questions/Additional Information

Thank you for contacting the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Teaching and Learning (TAL), Training and Technical Assistance Team (TTA).

The Division of Teaching and Learning builds the capacity of educators, from pre-service to in-service, through targeted, sustained, high-quality supports so educators can be effective in empowering each and every PK-12 DC learner to succeed in school and life. To realize this student success, effective teachers and leaders are essential in every school.  We strengthen educator practice by providing research-based, high-quality professional development and convenings, as well as supporting systems, to maximize teacher and leader access to the tools they need to support all learners and ultimately increase growth, student achievement, and equity in DC.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a TAL training?

OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning (TAL) hosts a variety of professional development (PD) opportunities for educators, leaders, and staff serving students in the District of Columbia, including both in-person and online trainings. All upcoming TAL PD trainings will be advertised and open for registration within the OSSE Training Registration app in QuickBase. Users do not need a QuickBase account in order to register for trainings.

In addition, all TAL PD trainings are advertised in the monthly TAL PD Bulletin. View past editions and subscribe to receive the monthly TAL PD Bulletin.

Who do I contact if I have a question about a training; need to cancel my registration, etc.?

Each TAL training has a TAL staff member assigned as the point of contact for this training. His/her contact information can be found on the training registration page. Additionally, please see the TTA team contact list above.

Who may attend trainings?

Each training will specify a target audience. Priority is given to LEA/school-based staff serving in District of Columbia public and public charter schools. Some trainings include additional requirements to maximize impact (e.g., trainings for teams of a minimum number of individuals, teams that include specific representatives). In addition, some trainings require attendance at multiple sessions. In these instances, participants must attend all sessions to receive OSSE professional learning units (PLUs), unless the participant can provide sufficient documentation of an exceptional circumstance that merits partial units. Any requests for an exception to attendance requirement for partial units must be reviewed and approved by OSSE.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Participants should always check the email they used for registration the morning of the training for any last minute updates. In the event of inclement weather, please check the DC Government website or your local news station for the operating status of the District government. If the District government experiences delays or closures, OSSE will follow the same schedule. Please note we do not follow the DCPS inclement weather schedule. Details on how trainings will continue in the event of a delay are included below:

  • For delays of two hours or less - Full day trainings will take place with a prompt start time of 11 a.m., and a working lunch if applicable. Half-day morning trainings will be cancelled.
  • For delays of over two hours - All scheduled trainings will be cancelled and rescheduled for another date.

In the event of a cancellation due to other circumstances (e.g., presenter illness), participants will be notified via email as soon as possible.

Where is the training located?

Most in-person trainings take place at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, unless otherwise noted on the registration page. OSSE is Metro accessible via the NoMa/Gallaudet and Union Station Metro Stations on the Red Line. For Metro directions, visit www.wmata.com. There are several paid parking lots/garages and two-hour metered street parking near the building. For virtual trainings, please see details in your registration confirmation email, including instructions on how to access the virtual platform that will be used for the training.

Will I receive a certificate showing the number of professional learning units earned?

Yes. Participants, who successfully complete a TAL training will earn OSSE professional learning units (PLUs) that may be applied to a District of Columbia educator’s license. Participants will receive a PDF certificate via automated email from [email protected] as proof of the PLUs earned. Successfully completing a TAL training means timely arrival to the training, attendance at the entire session (confirmed by sign-in and sign-out sheets for in-person trainings, and by attendance records in virtual platforms for virtual trainings), and completion of the online survey and any other post-training assignments within the specified period. Please note: the survey will also be sent to all attendees, following the conclusion of the training, from [email protected].

Additional Information

Important Policies

Cell Phone Policy

Please be respectful of the presenter and other participants. Cell phones must be on silent and may not be used inside the training room.

Late Attendance

Participants are expected to arrive at the scheduled venue 15 minutes prior to the start time to pass through security and sign in. Anyone arriving after the session has begun will be allowed to enter only at the presenter’s discretion. Participants who arrive late or leave early may not be eligible to receive OSSE professional learning units.


Participants who are no longer able to attend should send an email to the designated training point of contact as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours prior to the training start. This advance notification will allow waitlisted registrants the opportunity to attend.


TTA staff will allow non-registered individuals to participate in the training when space is available. Once the sign in process for pre-registered participants has closed, walk-ins who arrived before the session start time may be admitted as space permits. Walk-ins arriving after the session has begun will not be admitted.

Questions Regarding Educator Licensure and Certification/Recertification

To learn more about how professional development training hours can contribute towards license certification or renewal, please visit the OSSE Educator Licensing and Credentialing website. To determine if the courses meet the requirements for your specific certification, or for any other licensure questions, please contact the OSSE Educator Licensing and Quality Team at (202) 741-5881 or [email protected].

Special Education Data Systems (SEDS)

The Division of Teaching and Learning does not provide trainings or support for the Special Education Data System (SEDS; also known as EasyIEP). If you require SEDS support or training, please contact your LEA Special Education Point of Contact (LEA SE POC), who will direct you to the proper resources. If you are the LEA Special Education Point of Contact, please use the OSSE Support Tool to submit any SEDS-related questions to OSSE's Office of Data Management and Applications team.