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Documentary

Ánimo Venice Students Create a Documentary Exploring Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Mesoamerica

May 24, 2018

With the support of their history teacher Omar Ramirez, Mariah Bonilla, Jason Clemens, Abraham Hernandez-Mazon, and Jonathan Lopez created a documentary for the Los Angeles County History Day Competition. Their film, which focused on the history of sexuality, gender, and race in Mesoamerica (pre-colonized Mexico and Central America) and post-colonized Latin America won them a spot in the state finals in Sacramento.

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venice

Venice Paparazzi–Venice Paparazzi Rolled Out the Red Carpet for the 8th Annual Venice Wave Awards

May 22, 2018

Ánimo Venice Charter High School teacher Omar Ramirez was one of 17 local teachers honored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee for their achievements in and beyond the classroom.

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awards

And the Winners of the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards Are…

May 17, 2018

On May 5, 2018, eight Golden Dot Awards were given to staff who exemplify Green Dot Public Schools’ core values. Take a look at this year’s winners!

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Kent Reporter–‘School Choice Isn’t Political – It’s Personal’

May 11, 2018

Excel Public Charter School parent Kesha Senters shares with the Kent Reporter what makes this neighborhood school such a good fit for her daughter.

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best schools

Seven Green Dot High Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report’s Best

May 10, 2018

We are pleased that seven of Green Dot’s high schools have been awarded medals by U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools 2018 report. The report recognizes seven of our independent public charter high schools as among the best in the nation, with Ánimo Leadership and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo ranking in the top 1% again and both earning another Gold medal.

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appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day from Green Dot Public Schools!

May 9, 2018

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day from Green Dot Public Schools!

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tea party

Can’t We All Just Get Oolong? How a Tea Party and Other Gatherings Are Growing Young Ladies at Kirby

May 2, 2018

A tea party is just one of the mentorship events Kirby Middle School principal Deadre Ussery is hosting for a select group of 10 eighth grade girls.

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Karen Garrett

High Ground News — Opinion: Hillcrest High School prepares students for success

May 1, 2018

Hillcrest High School parent Karen Garrett shares her proud support of the school in an op-ed for High Ground News.

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Appreciation

Locke Hosts the Fourth Annual Community Appreciation Day

April 30, 2018

Green Dot works to help parents realize their power and address the factors outside school boundaries that not only pose barriers to learning, but also inhibit local quality of life. This month Locke hosted its annual Community Appreciation Day, where hundreds of families, community members and local leaders visited Locke for a day of celebration and education.

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Career

Photo Essay: Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School’s First Career Day

April 27, 2018

This month, students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School in Inglewood met with professionals across STEM, business, entertainment, and non-profit industries for their first Career Day.

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poetry

National Poetry Writing Month Brings Student Stories to the Stage

April 26, 2018

Though nearly every English curriculum in America features a unit on poetry, at Green Dot, we provide students with additional outlets to use performance poetry (or spoken word) to pursue self-expression and personal growth.

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olympics

The Daily Breeze — The 2nd North High Special Olympics event brings all students together for competition

April 24, 2018

This month students from Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy competed in the 50 meter dash, the 100 meter dash, and the 4×100 meter relay at the North Torrance Unified Track Meet with the Special Olympics.

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voices

Green Dot Student Writing and Art Competition Awards Scholarship to Winners!

April 24, 2018

Our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition invited students to write about innovators, upstanders, visionaries, or rebels that have made a difference in their local or broader communities. Check out this year’s winners!

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Veronica

Teaching at a Transformation School with Veronica Robinson

April 23, 2018

Ánimo Phillis Wheatley science teacher Veronica Robinson shares why it’s so important to her to be teaching at a transformation school.

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compassion

Edutopia– Alyssa Nucaro: The Value of Compassion in Teaching

April 23, 2018

Wooddale Middle School Special Education Teacher Alyssa Nucaro shares Four simple ways to model and promote compassion, which is especially important for students with adverse childhood experiences, in the edutopia blog.

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Yordy

Meet Yordy: A Transformed Attitude at a Transformation School

April 17, 2018

“In elementary school, I was not doing good. I never wanted to go to school,” said Yordy Estevez, an eighth grader at Kirby Middle School. ”But at Kirby, it’s different–it’s so fun to be here. I love coming to school.”

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Alexandre

Meet Alexandre Burrall, English Teacher at Ánimo Phillis Wheatley

April 13, 2018

Meet Alexandre Burrall, English Teacher at Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School, one of our transformation schools.

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CT Day

Excel Students Flex Computational Thinking Skills at Their Annual CT Day

April 9, 2018

Each year, students and teachers at Excel Public Charter School celebrate and demonstrate mastery in their computational thinking (CT) skills at CT Day—a full day devoted to concepts such as algorithmic thinking, pattern recognition and experimentation. At this year’s CT Day, students rotated around to various stations that challenge and hone their CT skills.

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cristina

The Broad Center — Cristina de Jesus – An advocate for education

April 4, 2018

The Broad Center features Green Dot California CEO Cristina de Jesus on their blog.

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Lowe

Why This Artist Knew She Belonged in the Classroom

April 4, 2018

During her time at Green Dot, Stephanie Lowe, Ánimo College Preparatory Academy art teacher, has helped establish two Advanced Placement (AP) art programs and exposed students to museums and landmarks across California, and even across the world in a trip to Europe!

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parent

Parents at Excel Help Build the Family Feel

April 2, 2018

Two Excel Public Charter School parents, Office Coordinator Jessica Youmans and parent volunteer Jessica Berglund, share their experience with sending their students to a school that feels like a family.

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vision

What it Takes to Build a School Vision

April 2, 2018

Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School Principal Nate Geller has spent the past year working with staff, students, and families to reinvent school culture and build a new vision that can help them see the future they are building together.

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finalists

Announcing the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards Finalists

March 28, 2018

Meet the finalists for the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards!

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run

Green Dot Teachers Union and Staff Host Second Scholarship Fundraiser

March 28, 2018

On a rainy Saturday morning, over 200 educators, administrators, union leaders, and community leaders laced up their running shoes to participate in the annual Race to College 5K Fun(d) Run.

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