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Graduation Equity Webinar Series

Monthly Webinar Themes


  • April: Culturally Relevant Learning
  • May: Power of Youth Co-Design
Contact Information

Kefi Andersen
System Improvement Program Supervisor Lead

Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) Equity Webinars are an hour and a half long and an opportunity to learn from people trying innovative approaches across the state. Webinar topics include attendance, early warning systems, school climate, mental health & suicide prevention, early learning, hope & mentoring, reengagement, adult social-emotional learning, mental health, youth voice, and college transition & readiness.

Aligned with our mission, the National Equity Project defines educational equity as each child receiving what they need to develop their full academic and social potential.

Upcoming Webinar

Mastery-based Learning Presentation

March 8 | 10:00-11:30 am

Einstein once said, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Mastery-based learning is an instructional approach designed to help students learn deeply and effectively. Classrooms using mastery-based learning emphasize student agency, relevance, differentiation, inclusion, and innovative assessment tools. We’re bringing you national expert, Joy Nolan, founder of New Learning Collaborative, to talk about what mastery-based learning’s impact on equity and how you can phase this into the culture of your school. We’ll have a panel of practitioners from Issaquah, Methow Valley, and Quincy School Districts to talk about how they’ve implemented mastery-based learning at their schools and answer questions about their lessons learned. Free Clock Hours are available.  


  • Joy Nolan, Founder and Professional Learning Coach, New Learning Collaborative, LLC  
  • Liz Quayle, Mastery-based Learning Program Manager, OSPI 
  • Alissa Muller, Director of the Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative, State Board of Education
  • Julia Bamba, Principal, Gibson Ek High School, Issaquah School District
  • Sara Mounsey, Principal, Independent Learning Center, Methow Valley School District
  • Colleen Frerks, QSD Whole Child Director and Principal, Quincy Innovation High, Quincy School District
  • Kefi Andersen, System Improvement Program Supervisor Lead, OSPI

Each session is free and includes up to 1.5 clock hours. 

  • GATE Webinar Registration for the series in Zoom to join us live. You only have to do this registration to attend the webinars once for the school year.
    • Zoom will email you a confirmation email when you register with the option to add a calendar appointment. You'll also get a reminder email before the webinar with your personal link to join.
  • Register in pdEnroller each month for free Clock Hours: March webinar clock hour registration 

Clock hours are awarded based on attendance time. We verify attendance within a week of the live webinar. 

  • After the webinar, pdEnroller will send you an email link to a short evaluation survey. Complete and submit this survey.

Clock hours are released to your transcript, and you can print a copy of them from your pdEnroller account if needed.

  • If you miss the live webinar, you can still earn Clock Hours!
    • Register for the clock hours using the pdEnroller link for the month.
    • Watch the video on our YouTube Channel.
    • Fill out our Feedback Survey. We check every two weeks to award Clock Hours.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Ronnie Larson on OSPI's Student Engagement and Support team.

We want to support your full participation. Our webinars have closed captioning available each month. To arrange other accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Kefi Andersen by email within 3 business days of this event. However, we will be better able to respond if you give us at least two weeks. Please note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require OSPI to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

We care about continuous improvement. A lot of our best ideas came from our amazing audience. How can we improve our webinars? You can tell us what you thought of our latest webinar, who we should have present next, and the times and topics that work best for you: Webinar Feedback Survey


Check out past webinars on OSPI's YouTube Channel. Subscribe by clicking the bell to get alerts when we post new videos.

Our school system holds summers in high regard. We want to maintain a break for everyone, but we also face summer learning loss, lack of services, and social disconnection during that time. What if we could adjust the schedule to offer more proactive supports, more breaks to educators, and help kids catch up when they’ve fallen behind using high interest topics? The balanced calendar is not year around school. You’ll still get a summer but you’ll also get longer breaks spread throughout the year that make learning and teaching more humane and consistent. We’ll have David Hornak, the Executive Director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, with us to talk about his work, and we’ll have a school with us to talk about how this work has impacted them and their lessons learned. We’ll also share some perspectives from alternative learning about daily schedules, and from our school counseling perspective on how the High School and Beyond Plan can help you create more meaningful class offerings. Free Clock Hours are available each month.


  • David Hornak, Executive Director, National Association for Year-Round Education
  • Lisa Gredvig, Union Gap
  • Kim Reykdal, Director, Graduation and Pathway Preparation, Secondary Education, OSPI
  • Kefi Andersen, System Improvement Program Supervisor Lead, OSPI

We all want to keep the people at schools safe. What proactive steps can you take to prepare your school? A School-Based Threat Assessment may lead to a specific plan for supervision, development of an individual accountability plan, linkage to social-skill building programs, and other support systems in the community.  In addition, the plan may include family/home options such as increased supervision of social media use, safety-proofing the home and removing weapons, and increasing supervision in the home. The model also reduces over-reactive responses by schools with Zero-Tolerance policies which lead to exclusionary discipline for students who are in need of support and do not pose a viable threat. 

Accurate implementation of threat assessment programs helps increase support for students in need and emphasizes a supportive and healthy school climate. This helps provide a platform for students to reach out when a problem or concern exists and create a safer atmosphere for students and staff alike.

We’re talking to University of Washington researcher, Eric Madfis about how to be proactive with Threat Assessments. You’ll also hear from Seattle Public School District and ESD threat assessment coordinators who are putting this work into practice in their regions.


  • Eric Madfis, Threat Assessment & Prevention, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Ella DeVerse, Lead Program Supervisor School Safety Center, OSPI
  • Stephanie Edler, Mental Health Program Manager, Seattle Public Schools
  • Dan Beaudoin, Comprehensive School Safety Coordinator, Capital Region ESD 113
  • Kefi Andersen, System Improvement Program Supervisor Lead, OSPI

Winter can be a challenging time in our state and we know that staff and students need additional supports in schools. Past and present challenges in the workplace have resulted in unprecedented levels of professional stress & increased vulnerability to compassion fatigue also known as the “weariness that comes from caring.” We’re excited to have Dr. Mona Johnson with us to talk about the importance of understanding the impacts of working with high stress situations & practical strategies necessary to mitigate the effects. In addition, participants will learn about current methods for coping, understand the importance of the self-regulation and explore comprehensive areas of well-being that support professional resilience and social-emotional growth. We’ll have Bethel and Central Kitsap School Districts with us to talk about the supports they’ve created to address the needs in their districts. Free Clock Hours are available for your participation.


  • Dr. Mona M. Johnson, Executive Director System Pathways, Olympic Educational Service District 114
  • Elissa Dornan, Director for Behavioral Health and MTSS, Bethel School District 
  • Andrea Bowman, Assistant Director of Student Services, Central Kitsap School District 
  • Bridget Underdahl, Project AWARE Program Supervisor, OSPI 
  • Christian Stark, Program Specialist, Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention, OSPI 
  • Kefi Andersen, System Improvement Program Supervisor Lead, OSPI