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GATE Equity Webinar Series

GATE Equity Webinar is Expanding

GATE Equity Webinar is going to offer even more great content this year with two webinars every second Wednesday of the month! If you want to improve your system of supports, data use, instruction, and student achievement, this is the webinar for you.

GATE Equity Webinar helps growth minded educators and education advocates to learn from Washington districts who are closing opportunity gaps. Using OSPI data and experience from the field, GATE Equity webinar reveals the systems that drive success, an equity focus, and the key strategies that are getting students to graduation.

GATE Equity Webinar links research and best practice featuring education experts and Washington practitioners with findings on equity in graduation, such as attendance, 9th graders on-track, dual credit, discipline, community partnerships, and building strong teams. The goal of GATE Equity Webinar isn't merely to inform, but to give you insights to apply at schools, in your offices, and throughout your life.

In the morning, we will continue to bring you stories from districts who are doing great work. Starting in September, we're also adding a new specialized bonus webinar in the afternoons focusing in on specific student groups. These webinars will offer supports for students with disabilities, English Learners, ALE students and more while taking a deeper look at our topic for the month.

Morning Session: Register

Afternoon Session: Register

Upcoming Webinars

9th Graders On-Track: Insights from Chicago Freshman Success Institute


10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

OSPI has sent a team to The Network for College Success' Freshman Success Institute and the team wants to share some highlights of what they learned about supporting freshman to stay on-track. Presenters include Kefi Andersen and Krissy Johnson.

Building Inclusion Into Culture: Mentoring Students with Disabilities


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mentor Washington's Janet Heubach will share essential best practices when starting a mentoring program and Melissa Charette, ESD 113's Teacher of the Year, will outline how her peer-mentoring program for students with disabilities changed the school culture for Washington Middle School and supported students into high school.



November 14, 2018 - Community Partnerships

Leveraging Partnerships with Early Warning ImplementationMorning Session - Leveraging Partnerships with Early Warning Implementation

November 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Learn from Marques Gittens about PSESD's Early Warning Implementation Philosophy and lessons learned. He'll be joined by Hazel Valley Elementary School to show you what it looks like in the field to leverage community partnerships. We'll also show you tools and resources to help you along the way.

Engaging Faith in Community PartnershipsAfternoon Session - Engaging Faith in Community Partnerships

November 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Join Evergreen Public Schools' Melanie Green to learn about how her school district is engaging Faith Based Coffee as a way to fill needs in their schools and their partnership with Clark County Public Health.

+ October 10, 2018 - Behavior

Attedance Awareness Webinar10:00 Session - 10:00 Session - Family Engagement and Student Discipline

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This webinar will provide information about family engagement requirements and best practices for supporting implementation of student discipline policies and practices in Washington schools. The presentation will highlight practical tips from the field and resources to access for additional learning.

Mind the Gap Attedance Webinar1:00 Session - Students Who Smoke or Vape: A Red Flag for Support

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But it’s just tobacco… When looking at student substance use policy violations, do school staff overlook tobacco and vaping use as the “least of their worries”? During this webinar, data will be shared that may motivate school staff to relook at their students who use nicotine products and consider alternative policies and practices in addressing use. Join Deb Drandoff from ESD 112, OSPI’s Mandy Paradise, and get real world expertise from Tina Johnson from Vancouver School District.


+ September 12, 2018 - Attendance

Attedance Awareness Webinar10:00 Session - Attendance Awareness: Starting with Tier 1 Supports
Are you tackling attendance this September? We have two great webinars to support your efforts. In our morning session, we'll have special guests from Grandview School District to tell us about how they are implementing Tier 1 supports and offering advice on how to assess if Tier 1 is really in place.

Mind the Gap Attedance Webinar1:00 Session - Mind the Gap: Attendance Supports for Students with Disabilities
In our afternoon session, we will be taking a deeper look at attendance for students with disabilities. We'll be discussing the report from the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) brief entitled Students with Disabilities & Chronic Absenteeism along with strategies to support regular attendance.

+ August 8, 2018 - Why We Drop Out: ​English Language Arts Focus

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In August, we bring you authors of Why We Drop Out, Deborah Feldman and Anthony Smith to share their research on Washington students who have disengaged from our school system. A vast majority of students who drop out were engaged in school at some point. Results show that many students who considered themselves "good readers" in early grades became disinterested in reading in later grades as reading became "boring". It is so important to consider youth perspectives when designing interventions and supports for students at risk of dropping out of school. Join us to learn more!

+ July 11, 2018 - Setting Up Teams for Success

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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

Watch Now! | Presentation
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.

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