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    Thank you for your interest in attending the U.S. Department of Education Combined Federal Programs Meeting for State Directors of Title I, Title II, Title III, School Improvement, Foster Care, and Special Education Programs hosted by the Office of State Support and the Office of Special Education Programs. 

    This year’s meeting will be held from December 6-7, 2018 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The theme for the meeting is “Improving Student Achievement through Analysis, Evaluation, and Accountability.” Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in plenary sessions on policy and program discussions with Department leaders, concurrent breakout presentations from Department teams and other partners, individual state conversations with program officers, and peer networking opportunities with other State leaders. States are encouraged to send State teams with representation across federal programs to promote discussion and alignment of ESSA implementation across programs. 

    Register here

    Title II, Part A Directors Meeting - Leveraging Title II, Part A: Creating Sustainable Systems of School Leadership to Improve Student Outcomes 
    On December 5, 2018, immediately prior to the Combined Federal Programs Meeting, the Office of State Support (OSS) will convene a meeting for directors of Title II, Part A programs. Please note that separate registration is required for this meeting. For more details about the meeting and to register, please go to

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    The focus of the third learning cycle will be on data usage, specifically how the per-pupil expenditure data can be used to drive improvements in school districts. We will also briefly cover data validation and accuracy checks that may be helpful to build in to state data collection efforts. 

    This event is open only to members of this CoP. For more information on Network CoPs, click here.

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    This virtual meeting will focus on communication strategies and problems of practice related to Report Cards.

    This event is open only to members of this CoP. For more information on Network CoPs, click here.

Friday, June 29

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    The Office of State Support (OSS) is excited to announce an upcoming webinar on school improvement funds under 1003(a) and 1003(A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 PM ET. This 90-minute webinar is intended to provide information on the statutory requirements for these funds and to answer selected questions received by the US Department of Education. Both the 1003(a) and 1003(A) portions will cover statutory requirements (optional for 1003(A)) related to  LEA Eligibility to receive funds, LEA uses of funds,  awarding funds and implementation. The 1003(a) section of the webinar will also inform participants about the SEA Monitoring, Evaluation and Oversight of LEA activity.

    The intended audience is SEA staff, though other interested parties are also welcome. To join the webinar, please click the link and dial the number (and follow the prompts) below. Registration is not needed for this webinar. Please reach out to your OSS program officer with any questions.

    To Join the Webinar

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    Phone Number: +12029910393 

    Conference ID: 34014885

Friday, June 22

Tuesday, June 19

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    Changes to Location
    Mayflower Hotel
    1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
    1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
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    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of State Support (OSS) is pleased to invite all states to the English Learner Accountability Peer Convening. Meeting sessions will focus on the implementation of state strategies to more fully incorporate ELs into school-level accountability systems. States will receive training to use their data to monitor and validate EL-related components of their accountability system with the English Learner State Accountability Resource (ELSTAR), a user-friendly statistical tool developed for this purpose.  

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. There is no registration fee for attending this meeting but States are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging costs.

    To register for this meeting, please visit

    The registration website provides logistical information for the meeting and will be updated with additional meeting information as it becomes available.

    In addition, following this meeting, you are invited to attend the OSS Seminar on State Assessment Peer Review at the same location on August 1–2, 2018. More information about this seminar may be found at the seminar registration website at:

    State teams are invited to participate in both meetings.  

     Please reach out to your OSS State Contacts (OSS.[State], e.g., with any questions about the meeting.  If you need assistance with registration, please contact Gordana Vukovic at or via phone at (240) 485-1991.

Friday, June 1

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    The Needs Assessment Guidebook is a new tool from the State Support Network that provides an overview of ESSA’s major needs assessment requirements related to school improvement. Additionally, the guidebook describes the elements and implementation phases of an effective needs assessment process. It presents a practical approach to addressing those elements across the phases of needs assessment implementation and describes supports that states can provide to districts, and districts to schools, in the implementation of effective needs assessments.

    To learn more about the Needs Assessment guidebook, and other resources from the State Support Network around needs assessment, please join our webinar on June 6th, from 2:30-3:30pm EDT. This webinar will describe both the state and district role in the needs assessment process as well as providing an overview of the Needs Assessment Guidebook, the Singular Statewide Needs Assessment Blog Series, and a preview of the forthcoming “Developing a Needs Assessment” professional learning modules.
    We encourage state educational agency staff to share this invitation with networks of local leaders, as the webinar will benefit those who are planning or developing needs assessment processes and instruments, as well as those who are charged with carrying them out at the local level. Please register here.