Office Closure Notice:
The Office of the Education Ombuds will be closed the following days due to employee furloughs. OEO employees will not be available by phone or email and none of our public web pages will be updated.
Background: Due to an expected budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jay Inslee directed OEO and other state agencies to furlough most employees for eight days this summer and fall. OFM offices will be closed and most employees will be on furlough on the following dates:
- Thursday, July 2 (as well as Friday, July 3rd for the holiday)
- Friday, July 10
- Friday, July 17
- Friday July 24
OEO will have additional furlough days (to be determined) for the remainder of the summer and through the fall.
We improve families and communities' understanding of how our public K-12 schools work so that schools, families, and communities can start from the same place to make decisions that support students, strengthen the family-school relationship, and reduce opportunity gaps.
We offer free presentations, trainings, and outreach on a wide range of issues! We also offer community clinics in partnerships with nonprofits or schools to bring our ombuds services directly to your neighborhood, when we can.
Some of our recent trainings have covered conflict resolution; family engagement; harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB); school discipline; supports for homeless or foster youth; language access; and services for students with disabilities. We are very interested in building community capacity to expand the reach of our small staff. If you have good information, you can help many students succeed!
OEO can customize trainings for families, community groups and leaders, and educators to meet their needs. Listed below are a few sample outlines of OEO trainings to give you a sense of our services:
Under our strategic plan, we are expanding our focus on trainings and events through 2020 that address: students with disabilities' transition from high school; language access; school climate; and equitable discipline. From 2017-2020, OEO plans to reach every educational service district in the state to offer an event or training.
OEO has limited staff and resources for travel and gives preference to events that reach:
- Larger audiences
- Concerns that fit within our strategic plan and increase educational equity
- Community-capacity building through a train-the-trainers model
- Presentations that can be delivered online, such as interactive webinars
Our team is committed to disability justice and disability and language access.
If you’d like our team to present at your next event, we ask that you take the following steps as the host to support this our inclusion efforts:
- Create accessible flyers or other event promotion materials with a contact person for language and disability access and accommodations
- Commit to providing those accommodations and access
- Host the event in a physically accessible space
- Provide amplification (e.g., microphone, speakers) for participants
In turn, as your partner, we will:
- Ensure that our presentation materials and activities are accessible
- Support you in learning more about access and identifying resources
We look forward to collaborating with you!
One place to start on your accessibility journey is our Guide to Accessible Event Planning. You will find specifics about improving access at your events here.
If you are interested in hosting a presentation, training, outreach event, or clinic, please contact email@example.com to ask about availability.