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theater

What August Wilson, Denzel Washington and Ánimo Leadership Students Have in Common

March 23, 2017

This semester, drama students at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School were chosen by the Center Theatre Group to participate in an August Wilson residency, created to advance students’ development as scholars and artists. Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, whose work included Fences, which was adapted for the screen by Denzel Washington and nominated for four Academy Awards this year.

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bullying

Women of Color Combat Bullying in Watts

March 17, 2017

Motivated by personal experiences and hard work, Women of Color is working to make their community better by bringing awareness to the impact of bullying.

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Literacy

Literacy Leaps Ahead at Kirby

March 14, 2017

“We don’t always know where students are coming from, they may or may not have the same background as us, but it’s our job to understand them.” – Monifa Roberts Monifa Roberts is a Literacy Enrichment Teacher at Kirby Middle School in Memphis, TN. Though a veteran public educator with over a decade of teaching experience,…

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School Leadership

AIR Program Cultivates Compassion in School Leadership

March 13, 2017

The leaders at Ánimo Inglewood take personal responsibility for the communities in which they work. They are sympathetic to the needs of others and put their whole hearts into every one of their tasks to support their community with a smile.

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Green Dot Ambassador

Green Dot Ambassadors Connect Students to the Arts

March 9, 2017

Exposure to great arts institutions have the potential to change and inspire life trajectories – encouraging students, whose access is too often constrained, to aspire alongside historic artists.

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STEM Students

STEM Students Shoot for the Moon and Build the Robots to Get There

March 2, 2017

If science is the key to our future, we’ve learned that applied learning can unlock student passion. With renewed interest in astronomy and space exploration, who better for students to learn from than one of the world’s leading authorities on space Dr. Charles Elachi.

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student government

How Student Government Supports Intentional Student Leadership in South LA

February 23, 2017

Student government is not taken lightly at Green Dot Schools — students are well aware that upon accepting a leadership role they will be held to a higher standard, but this only fuels their passion.

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community southeast seattle

Community Helps Shape Future Public Middle School in Southeast Seattle

February 21, 2017

Before Green Dot’s Southeast Seattle Middle School opens the doors, we’ll have spent nearly two years listening and gathering feedback from the residents and organizations that make this area one of the most diverse and thriving communities in the state.

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golden dot awards

Honoring Excellence at The Fifth Annual Golden Dot Awards

February 16, 2017

Join us Saturday evening, March 18th to celebrate Green Dot Public Schools educators and staff who are transforming the landscape of public education at the Golden Dot Awards.

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urban scholars

Young Men Thriving in Urban Scholars Program

February 10, 2017

At Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy, math teacher Damon Rutledge created the Urban Scholars program, a specialized program designed to provide African American male students the resources to thrive at school. The program is especially focused on connecting students with positive male role models in the community.

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Adelante Teacher Credential

Accelerating New Teachers in a Changing Profession

February 2, 2017

At Green Dot Public Schools, we’ve been thinking about how to support and foster passionate, dedicated, and effective teachers since our founding more than 15 years ago. It’s what’s behind our Adelante Teacher Credentialing Program.

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Hidden Figures

Young Women in STEM Reach for and Mingle with the Stars

January 26, 2017

More than ever there is a need for diverse minds whose unique backgrounds will allow America to continue to innovate and make vital scientific advancements similar to the efforts of the women in Hidden Figures.

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Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves: Nurturing a Positive and Compassionate School Culture

January 19, 2017

“Our partnership with Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) helps students understand how they and others make choices, good or bad, and how these choices affect our history,” says Ánimo Jackie Robinson Principal, Kristen Botello. The integrated FHAO curriculum fosters an ethical school culture so students can effectively build and maintain positive relationships for themselves.

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Charter School

Public Education and Charter Schools at this Moment in History

January 12, 2017

CEO, Marco Petruzzi, shares with TOWN HALL LA how Green Dot Public Schools is revolutionizing the public school system. Petruzzi addresses how Green Dot achieves better student outcomes with lower per pupil funding, a unionized workforce, and operates only in high need communities.

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Green Dot Values

Renewal & Reflection: Which Green Dot Values will Guide us in 2017?

January 5, 2017

As we enter a new year, there is much to consider from the past year that can help support our mission to transform public education so that all students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. There are many elements of our work that are truly valuable to student growth and community revitalization–both core parts of Green Dot’s model.

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Giving Tree

Leading During a Time of Giving

December 29, 2016

Throughout the year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School addresses various social and cultural issues that impact the community around the school. Involvement in the ASB provides students with a deeper understanding of important issues and allows them to directly participate with a specific focus.

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support green dot

Support Green Dot to Create Opportunities for All Students

December 22, 2016

We imagine a future when every child, regardless of what neighborhood they live in, can enjoy excellent public schools, safe streets, and fulfilling careers. With your partnership, we believe that our cities can achieve this dream.

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Green Dot Seattle

Breaking New Ground in Seattle

December 13, 2016

Green Dot Public Schools Washington recently launched their second middle school and welcomed the community in southeast Seattle. As part of the school’s planning year, Walter Chen, the founding principal, created a southeast Seattle Advisory Committee. Chen and his team are diligently working to ensure that families are aware of their public school options.

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parent engagement

It’s No Secret, Engaged Parents Help Students Succeed

December 9, 2016

We strive to engage parents in their child’s education because we know that parent engagement supports student success. Green Dot is committed to creating a bridge between students’ home life and our schools.

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SXSWedu

Green Dot Featured in 2017 SXSWedu Conference and Festival

December 1, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Green Dot Public Schools was selected to engage a broad community of educators and industry leaders at the next SXSWedu in Austin, TX!

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givingtuesday

Meet the Next Great American

November 24, 2016

Your support this holiday season can help put students on the path to college. By helping promote our campaign throughout your networks, you can help amplify the support that Green Dot needs to serve our students, communities, and schools.

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Destiny Middle School

Creating an Environment of High Expectations and Encouragement

November 22, 2016

“I hope that my students will leave my class with the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate the world around them,” Ms. Sinco states. It’s this unwavering commitment to her students and the Destiny Middle School community that’s helping to close historic opportunity gaps.

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United Parents and Students

United Parents and Students Assemble for Change

November 18, 2016

The third annual United Parents and Students Assembly elevated a future where students had safe and clean paths to school, where parents had jobs that paid a living wage, and higher education was more accessible to students.

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Karen Payne

Turning Neighbors Into Mentors

November 15, 2016

In the few short months since starting at Fairley High School in Memphis, TN, Ms. Payne has already begun finding ways to enhance the existing student opportunities, while introducing new ones.

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