District of Columbia - Professional Development for Cultural Competency: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
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D.C. Code 38–236.06. Support for positive school climate and trauma-informed educational settings.

[Coding note: The law was enacted in 2018; does not contribute to coding.]

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall provide an array of supports to assist local education agencies and schools to achieve the goals of D.C. Official Code §§ 38-236.03 through 38-236.05 and to adopt trauma-informed disciplinary practices. The OSSE shall provide local education agencies and schools with, among other supports, the following:
(1) Guidance and materials that inform local education agencies and school communities about developments in the fields of school climates and behavioral management;
(2) Regular, high-quality professional development opportunities and technical assistance, and recommendations for further instruction outside of these opportunities, for local education agency and school personnel on:

  • (A) Trauma and chronic stress, their effects on students and learning, and effective responses;
  • (B) Classroom management, positive behavioral interventions, and fostering positive school climate;
  • (C) Disciplinary approaches that utilize instruction and correction;
  • (D) Restorative practices and other evidence-based or promising behavioral interventions;
  • (E) Implementation of high-quality functional behavior assessments, behavioral intervention plans, and manifestation determination reviews, as those terms are used in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, approved December 3, 2004 (118 Stat. 2745; 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.); and
  • (F) Implicit bias and culturally responsive corrective action techniques;
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