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GATE Equity Webinar Series

OSPI Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) is conducting a monthly webinar series on best practices in relation to the OSPI performance indicators, such as chronic absenteeism, behavior, 9th grade failure, post-graduation enrollment and graduation. View the Performance Indicators. These workshops would be valuable for partners who wish to improve support systems, data use, and instruction in an effort to increase student achievement.

Upcoming Webinars

August 8, 2018 - Coming Soon - Have a great summer!




+ July 11, 2018 - Setting Up Teams for Success


Join OSSI Director of K12 System Supports Dixie Grunenfelder and OSSI Director of Data, Susan Canaga for an overview of Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS). Learn how to structure team meetings with some helpful tools to help your team create precise problems and monitor progress.​

+ June 13, 2018 - Planning for Equity with Data

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Ever felt overwhelmed by data? Need some ideas on how to better understand the story the data are trying to tell you? Join OSPI's Susan Canaga for a walkthrough of the data toolkit and its helpful resources. ESD 113's Todd Johnson will share strategies he uses in working with districts and schools on root cause analysis and action planning. We'll also have ESD 189's Joanne Johnson to share what 189 is up to. Join us for this important and timely discussion and learn how to use data more effectively in your continuous school improvement efforts and in reducing persistent opportunity gaps!

+ May 9, 2018 ​- Building Community with Art

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Learn about NDPC research findings on how art impacts students, get some local examples of arts education at work from Beverly Harding Buehler at PSESD, and find out what OSPI has in the works for Arts Education.

+ April 11, 2018 - Tools for Schools: OSPI Support for Continuous Improvement

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Supports for Graduation with Attendance, 9th Graders on Track, and Dual Credit

Get a walkthrough of OSPI's newest data visualizations of the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF), and learn about OSPI's best tools to support schools in building system supports, using the School Quality and Student Success (SQSS) measures Attendance, 9th Graders on Track, and Dual Credit.​

+ March 21, 2018 - Equity with AP+ Civics

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We have a full house of presenters to talk with you about engaging students with project based learning, simulations, and all the best strategies from the 6 Proven Practices.

Listen in to UW Professor of Social Studies Education, Walter Parker and teachers and a coach who are engaging students in the field.

+ February 14, 2018 - Building the Bridge: Inclusion and Kindergarten Transition Watch | Presentation

Do you want to know more about what you can do to support inclusion and kindergarten transition? We're joined by Bellingham School District's Early Learning Coordinator Kristie Dominquez. Learn about Bellingham's strategy for kindergarten transition. Amber Havens, OSPI WAKIDS Coordinator, will share what's new in WAKIDS and you'll also get access to useful resources for students with disabilities.

GATE is taking districts whose data makes them stand out to tell their stories. Join us! ​

+ January 10, 2018 - Systematically Building Capacity Show Rerun of June 14, 2017 - Using Data to Enhance Reflective Practices

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Dr. Chuck Salina and Dr. Suzann Girtz share the outline of their Leadership Lesson Plan, using timeless goals to create quick wins in a 45 day cycle.

+ December 13, 2017 - Predicting Graduation with Early Warning Indicators


Join us to talk early warning systems with researchers from the Everyone Graduates Center.

Robert Balfanz, PhD, is a research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where he is co-director of the Talent Development Secondary reform model and director of the Everyone Graduates Center. Check out their Annual Report.

He has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, early warning systems, chronic absenteeism, school climate, and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. He focuses on translating research findings into effective school interventions.

Based on work by the Everyone Graduates Center, learn about the components of early warning systems and how you can use them.

How can parents and advocates ask schools to be more proactive with early warning systems?
We would suggest speaking with the leadership team at their schools and district officials (possibly at School Board Meetings) to inquire about how often and when are off-track students and potentially off-track students discussed in a structured environment where interventions are assigned and follow-up is conducted? Also, maybe have them ask the school what their rate of indicators is? How many students have ABCs?

Sharing the need/desire to monitor and/or implement Early Warning Systems in schools would also be a way to show the schools and districts that parents, advocates and community stakeholders are interested in schools being pro-active, instead of re-active when it comes to identifying students that are off-track or have the potential to become off-track.

+ December 13, 2017 - Sunnyside’s Early Warning System: Precision through Data Bonus Webinar

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Assistant Principal Dave Martinez from Sunnyside joins us. Using an early warning system Sunnyside High School has seen amazing gains in graduation rates, making the journey from 41% to 90% graduation in 2016.

Learn about how they began, what they are working on now and get resources to support your work.

+ November 8, 2017 - Freshmen Success: Relationships, Relevance, Rigor, and Reflection

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Lake Chelan High School will share how they built and are implementing their freshmen academy, to create engagement, relationships, and relevance for students. OSPI's Dixie Grunenfelder will give an update on our status on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and we'll share resources, and answer questions regarding 9th grade success.

+ October 25, 2017 - Rethinking Discipline: Special Education Considerations

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OSPI Special Education Parent & Community Liaison Scott Raub presents a regulatory lens on student discipline for special education students.

+ October 11, 2017 - Rethinking Discipline: A Systems Approach to Supporting Positive Behavior

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Battleground School District shares how they built and are implementing and evaluating PBIS. OSPI's Josh Lynch gives an update, share resources, and answer questions about legislation related to discipline. You'll also get a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) perspective from OSPI's Kelcey Schmitz. Lots of great resources!

+ September 21, 2017 - Implications of Attendance and What You Can Do

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Special guest Sunnyside Assistant Principal, James Wise talks about his evolving attendance work and give practical advice to districts starting out. OSPI's Krissy Johnson gives us some great resources and updates us on legislative and WAC changes.

  • Update on legislative and WAC changes
  • Hear Sunnyside's James Wise's story about how they are tackling attendance
  • Get resources for September Attendance Awareness Month​

Useful Documents

+ August 9, 2017 - Using Assessment and Student Growth Percentiles to Jump Start Your Year​

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Join Marissa Rathbone and Tumwater School Distrtict's David Parascand to plan for the year to come using OSPI's Equity Analytics.

  • Offer ideas on how to use data to inform planning and instruction
  • Show how to access and use the Equity Analytics
  • Get an example of how Tumwater School District is using data
  • Learn about tools and resources for further action

+ June 14, 2017 - Using Data to Enhance Reflective Practices

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Dr. Chuck Salina and Dr. Suzann Girtz share the outline of their Leadership Lesson Plan, using timeless goals to create quick wins in a 45 day cycle.

+ May 10, 2017 - Improving Opportunities to Increase Students' Career and College Readiness

Join Kim Reykdal and Barb Dittrich to learn about why dual credit is an equity issue, our current dual credit system, and how to use the Dual Credit Analytic Companion Tool.

  • Why Dual Credit?
  • Our Dual Credit System
  • Data Analytic Tool
    • Analysis
    • Self-assessment
    • Action Planning
    • Essential Questions for Data Analytics

+ April 12, 2017 - What is Career Ready?

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Danise Ackelson shares information on personalized pathways, data, and resources for career readiness. We're also joined by Marisa Castello, Woodbrook Middle School Counselor, of Clover Park School District and Chris Swanson, Bremerton High School Career Counselor to talk strategies and practical advice.

+ March 8, 2017 - Graduation Highlight Districts: Districts Finding Graduation Success with Low Income Students

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  • 2016 graduation rates and using the Equity Analytic tool
  • What we've learned from action research on large districts with Dr. Charles Salina
  • Practical advice from Superintendent Marcus Morgan of Reardan-Edwall School District

+ February 8, 2017 - Growing with Assessment: Using Data to Support Equity for All Students

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Aira Jackson and Marissa Rathbone walkthrough the assessment equity analytics and how they can be useful to your work on equity.

  • How to use data to inform equity conversations
  • Demonstrate OSPI’s new ways of presenting data
  • Show how to access and use the new data platform
  • Explore ways you can use performance indicator analytics
  • Invite conversations about how to use this data in your work

+ January 11, 2017 - Implementing MTSS for Behavior (PBIS) in a Secondary Setting – The Critical Roles District and Building Leaders Play

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Dixie Grunenfelder outlines a multi-tiered system approach for behavior (PBIS) with district wide implementation advice from North Thurston School District's Leslie Van Leishout and Rand Hodgson along with high school specific strategies from River Ridge High School Vice Principal Mike Smith.

  • State level overview
  • Core district supports
  • Key building strategies
  • Critical elements for sustainability
  • Resources

+ December 14, 2016: Integrated Student Supports: Effective Implementation through a Multi-Tiered System

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OSPI's Andrea Cobb and Kelcey Schmitz discuss new legislation (4SHB 1541) related to Integrated Student Supports.

  • An introduction to the Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol (WISSP)- a seamless system of wraparound supports to address academic and nonacademic barriers to learning.
  • MTSS: Powering Integrated Student Supports through a systemic and comprehensive approach.

+ November 9, 2016: Effectively Tracking and Responding to 9th Grade Course Failure

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Dixie Grunenfelder, Kefi Andersen, Aaron Cummings, and Toby Marston discuss 9th grade course failure and what you can do to address it.

  • Why we are looking at 9th Grade Course Failure
  • Resources to help you address 9th Grade Course Failure
  • School district administrators describe their strategies to help 9th Graders

+ October 12, 2016: Attendance and Truancy Boards – Implementing HB 2449

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Krissy Johnson, Laurie Shannon, and Rand Hodgson explore Attendance, Truancy Boards, and implementing HB 2449.

  • What we Know about Attendance
  • Mandatory Changes with HB 2449
  • Best Practices

+ September 14, 2016: Using Data for Social Justice

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Tim Stensager tells the story of OSPI's Data & Analytics and how to design performance management to create equity across the system. This presentation is the foundation for this year's webinar topics. This month's topics are focused on:

  • Where are we going?
  • Why look at district data?
  • It's all about equity
  • How do we know we're getting there?

+ May 6, 2016: Expanding Equity through Dual Credit


A vision that all students are ready for career, college and life can be measured through success in high rigor courses such as Advanced Placement (AP). Everett School District has made an intentional effort to prepare all students for college, career and life. Becky Ballbach, Director of Student Support Services for Everett school district, will share her district's effort to expand AP enrollment, particularly to historically underserved students. This webinar will focus on:

  • Initial year activities.
  • Sustaining and expanding enrollment and completion of college level courses.
  • Removing barriers to AP and college access.
  • Strategies to ensure that historically underserved students are enrolled and successful in AP courses.

+ April 13, 2016 - School Mental Health Resources and Supports: First Steps and Lessons Learned

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Student mental health is a challenge in most districts across Washington, with a need for earlier identification, and quick accesses to services.

Sara Ellsworth, Behavioral Health Clinical Services Manager at Capital Region ESD113, will share her experiences developing a school-based mental health pilot, including essential first steps, developing partnerships and lessons learned. Please join us as we identify steps your school or district can take to address mental health challenges.

+ March 9, 2016 - Supporting Family Engagement

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The Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) was created by the legislature in 2006 to address the opportunity gap, engage families, and provide informal and impartial conflict resolution to improve relationships between schools and families. Learn how OEO engages with families, partners with schools and community organizations, and makes policy recommendations to improve the K-12 system.

OEO director Carrie Basas will also share how the OEO is using data to drive its practices, particularly in the areas of attendance and graduation, and provide a snapshot of the patterns that the OEO has found statewide.

Finally, she will engage with attendees to brainstorm ways that OEO can be more helpful in supporting schools, through sharing OEO data, partnering for data-driven collaboration, acting as a sounding board in difficult situations, or providing overall recommendations for improving school-family communication.

For more information about the OEO, as well as toolkits and guides, visit

+ February 17, 2016 - 24 Credits and the High School and Beyond Plan

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Learn how Centralia School District is using the existing High School and Beyond Plan to increase student outcomes and meet the new 24 credit graduation requirement. When integrated in the goal for student success, multiple requirements can be useful tools to engage students in planning and staying on-track to graduation.

+ January 20, 2016 - Using Student Perception Survey Results to Improve Student Outcomes

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Student perception data is valuable, and it's collection and use is a key practice of districts that are successfully increasing graduation rates. One of Washington State's key data source is the Healthy Youth Survey.

In this webinar we will highlight an analysis of the HYS and the items on the survey that are correlated with graduation rates. In addition, we will share some specific building level examples of using student perception data to improve student outcomes.

Target Audience: District and school administration, school counselors.

Presenter: Lisa Ireland, Research Analyst at OSPI

Our goals of this webinar are:

  • Shine a light on this data, where you can find it, what these codes mean and how we use this data.
  • Share practices districts are using to ease reporting, reduce unknown transfers, reduce reported dropouts, and improve graduation rates.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

+ December 16, 2015 - Increasing Graduation Rates through Improved Data Reporting

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Does your district's dropout data represent your withdrawn students? Over half of the students considered dropped out of the class of 2014 were listed as "Unknown", meaning they left and we don't know where they went. An additional group were identified as "dropped out – reason unknown". A few districts have seen success in improving these statistics through their approach to reporting and responding to this particular data.

Target Audience: school and district registrars and administration.

Presenter: Lisa Ireland, Research Analyst at OSPI

Our goals of this webinar are:

  • Shine a light on this data, where you can find it, what these codes mean and how we use this data.
  • Share practices districts are using to ease reporting, reduce unknown transfers, reduce reported dropouts, and improve graduation rates.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

+ November 18, 2015 - Improving Attendance in the Elementary

Presentation (PDF)

The Graduation A Team Effort webinar series continues to focus on increasing student attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. Jake Alabiso, a school psychologist, and intervention specialist in Kelso will highlight effective strategies they have implemented to increase attendance at the elementary school level.

+ October 21, 2015 - Attendance Interventions

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We look at a partner organization's activities and interventions reinforce educational activities. We will also look at how they include school attendance as a measure, and identifier of need. Our featured presenter is Angela Griffin, Associate Director of Education Program Services for Treehouse. Treehouse partners with DSHS and Schools to increase achievement for youth in foster care starting with the Check and Connect model.

+ September 16, 2015 - Attendance: Data, Research and Practice

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We know attendance is a key indicator of a student's engagement in school and opportunity for success across K-12. This webinar will discuss current research, unveil and demonstrate new attendance data analytics.

+ June 17, 2015 - Continuous Improvement

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Continuous Improvement
Continuous improvement processes share common elements:

  1. Team-based reflection
  2. Exploration of data
  3. Research and analysis
  4. Goal setting
  5. Action planning
  6. Monitoring and evaluating results

Participants in this webinar will explore resources in the ‘Data Coaching Toolkit’, a comprehensive set of resources for district data and planning teams. Participants will also learn about, and reflect upon, the application of the toolkit within a two-year planning and implementation project of seven school districts focused on improving graduation rates and support student re-engagement in learning.

Featured presenters, ESD 113 Superintendent Dana Anderson, and Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Mike Hickman, have facilitated the 2 year Building Bridges Planning and Implementation grants featuring professional development in data use, capacity building, implementation science and continuous improvement.

+ May 21, 2015 - Transition Support and Student Engagement Through the High School and Beyond Plan

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Transition Support and Student Engagement Through the High School and Beyond Plan

The High School & Beyond Plan provides a relevant and personalized pathway for students beginning in 8th grade through high school.

This webinar will give information about graduation requirements for the Class of 2019 as it relates to the Personalized Pathway based on the student’s High School & Beyond Plan. Updates, best practices and templates from Career Guidance WA, along with evidence-based data provide support and resources for not only keeping students in school, but also developing a postsecondary plan.

+ February 18, 2015 - Multi-tiered Systems of Support - Reengagement (Tier 3) View Webinar

Tier 3 interventions are intensive individualized interventions for students most at risk. These include interventions for homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues, and reengaging students who have dropped out. These interventions are applied in addition to tier 1 and tier 2 supports in a multi-tiered system of support.

The focus of this webinar is reengagement, finding the right pathway for reengaged youth, and additional supports to keep students engaged.

  1. Open Doors, a reengagement framework to support older youth.
    Laurie Shannon, OSPI Graduation Specialist
  2. Pathways for Reengagement
    Greg Eisnaugle, Tacoma Public Schools

+ January 21, 2015 - Multi-tiered Support Systems – Strategic Intervention (Tier 2) View Webinar

Tier 2 interventions benefit students identified as at risk. These are typically group supports targeting more specific needs, and are applied in addition to tier 1 universal supports.

  1. Implementation science for building effective, sustainable intervention systems
    Greg Benner, UW Tacoma, Tacoma Whole Child Initiative
  2. Tier 2 interventions in practice
    John Gummel, Kelso High School

+ December 17, 2014 - Multi-tiered Support Systems – Universal Supports (Tier 1)

  1. What is a Multi-tiered System of Supports
  2. How Sunnyside high school approaches school wide prevention through academic and non-academic student supports as well as a supportive professional learning community for staff.

View Webinar | View PDF of Sunnyside's presentation

+ November 19, 2014 - Dropout Early Warning and Intervention Systems

  1. CEDARS vs. District information systems: When and where data is relevant - from student level response to state level assessment.
    Tim Stensager, OSPI
  2. How Spokane is visualizing and using data to better respond to students at risk.
    Travis Schulhauser, Spokane Public Schools

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+ October 15, 2014 - Behavior: Data, Policy, and Practice

  1. State level discipline policy, discipline data collection, WAC 392-400, due process changes, and transitional supports presented by Jess Lewis. Presentation (PDF)
  2. Visualizations for discipline and behavior data presented by Tim Stensager. Presentation (PDF)
  3. Timberline High School Tier 2 team process for responding to student data including samples of:
    1. Presentation
    2. Student Intervention Workbook
    3. Practical Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) Records
    4. Student Support Team (SST) Checklist
    5. Teacher report form 1 and form 2
    6. School Wide Information System (SWIS) report
    7. Student Transcript
    8. Student 504 plan

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+ September 17, 2014 - Data Use and Reports

Our first Data Use webinar focused on these elements:

  1. OSPI Key Performance Indicators
  2. How can we better use data – analytics that demonstrate success and disproportionality
    1. By subpopulations (free and reduced lunch, English Language Learners, Students with disabilities, by noted racial and ethnic groups)
    2. Comparing individual schools within the district
    3. Comparing similar districts to identify where they seem to be effective in responding to the needs of these subpopulations. From this looking at what elements are creating this positive ecosystem.
  3. Successful report use: Monthly look at dropout withdrawal status codes
    1. Typically these are collected once a year for a report to OSPI
    2. Monthly access keeps kids on the radar, easier to track
    3. List is shared with principals and counselors
    4. Responsibilities are assigned to track and follow up with students who are assigned these codes

Download presentation (PDF) | View webinar

+ May 28, 2014 - Dropout Prevention Series: Overview of the 2014 Dropout Prevention Survey Results and Next

This webinar was intended to prepare for a monthly series of professional development and program sharing webinars beginning in the fall of 2014. The goals of this webinar were to:

  • Provide background on dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement efforts
  • Review results of the annual Student Access to Dropout Prevention survey
  • Propose a plan for next steps
  • Respond to any initial questions from districts.

Download presentation (PDF) | View archived webinar

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