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computational thinking

From Solar Systems to Lebron James’s Plays–How Computational Thinking is Transforming the Classroom Experience

January 18, 2018

Analyzing LeBron James’s plays from the 2015 NBA finals. Designing Greek monuments. Creating a solar system. Simulating the era of colonialism in Africa. Plotting earthquakes on a world map. Believe it or not, these are just a handful of carefully crafted lesson plans aimed at helping Green Dot Public Schools’ students in Washington build their computational thinking skills.

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jobs

ForwardLA: What Good Jobs and Fair Wages Mean for Green Dot Families and Students

January 12, 2018

At Green Dot, we are more than simply invested in our students’ futures; we actively help them turn these aspirations into reality–however, across the communities Green Dot serves, many families struggle to find fair-wage jobs.

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King

MLK Photo Essay: Remembering We’re on a Mission for All

January 11, 2018

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, we reflect on how the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s influenced public school campuses throughout the country. Even as our nation has advanced toward better opportunities for all, far too many inequities remain, and at Green Dot, we’re still on a mission to graduate all students prepared for college, leadership, and life.

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garden

Kirby Students Reap the “Fruit” of Their Labor in First School Garden

January 9, 2018

In November, Kirby Middle School celebrated their first fall harvest with fresh vegetables from their on-campus Learning Garden. Built right on the school’s campus, the garden is a new way for students to learn about science and healthy foods.

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clean communities

ForwardLA: Green Dot Parents Demand Clean Communities and Breathable Air

January 5, 2018

No matter how hard we work to give our students the tools they need to succeed inside school walls, we cannot have the lifelong impact students need without advocating alongside our community for healthy, clean neighborhood streets.

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Educators

Brand New Teachers Reflect on First Semester in the Classroom

January 2, 2018

With the end of the first semester under our belt, we checked in with some of our teachers from this year’s Adelante cohort to reflect on their time in the classroom so far.

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passions

Students Explore Their Passions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

December 26, 2017

When Green Dot summer intern and Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy junior Ja’Juan Barr expressed a strong interest in space and the solar system to Graphic Designer Ariya Dickinson and Community Engagement Coordinator Breanna Jordan during his summer internship, they wanted to help him and his peers further explore their passions.

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Memphis

Why This Assistant Principal is Making Memphis Her Home

December 21, 2017

Damika Pichon is someone we like to call a “Dotter for life,” having been a dedicated Green Dot [LINK] teacher and educator for more than a decade now. But it’s the story behind those ten years that is truly remarkable, demonstrating her profound commitment to the success of our students and the realization of the Green Dot mission.

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dance

Green Dot Students Turn English Lessons into Modern Dance

December 20, 2017

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theater recently concluded a six-week residency program at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School, where students learned how to interpret subject matter from their English class into contemporary dance. This November, students showcased their hard work in a recital for family and friends.

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food

ForwardLA: Access to Healthy Food is More Than a School Lunch Issue

December 18, 2017

It’s hard to focus or learn without proper nourishment and sustained meals–this is true for adults and students alike. It’s why conversations around serving healthy breakfasts and lunches, as well as decreasing the burden of providing quality nutrition are buzzing across the world of education.

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Give

Tis’ the Season: Students Create Opportunities to Give

December 14, 2017

The season of gratitude and giving is upon us, and our students are leading the charge! Schools across the Green Dot network have worked with their community and local organizations to host events that encourage their peers and neighbors to give and foster a spirit of generosity.

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kara

Meet A Green Dot Educator: Kara Hayes

December 13, 2017

Meet Kara Hayes, a Special Education teacher at Destiny Middle School in Tacoma WA, and an exceptional Green Dot educator.

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locke

Why Locke is an Important Piece of the Watts Community

December 12, 2017

Locke 9th Grade Academy Assistant Principal Aleah Al-Sad shares why Alain LeRoy College Preparatory Academy is such an important part of the Watts Community.

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Spirit

How School Spirit Affects Community Spirit

December 8, 2017

UPAS Community Engagement Coordinator Samantha Levra shares about the Ánimo Watts Charter High School Fall Carnival, and how school spirit affects community spirit.

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ForwardLA

Photo Essay: Green Dot Parents Rally for a Better Future at ForwardLA

December 6, 2017

On December 2, over 1,000 parents and community leaders gathered to advocate for change around six major issues facing their communities.

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Workplace

Green Dot Public Schools Named Top Place to Work in Memphis

December 5, 2017

The Commercial Appeal, in partnership with research firm, Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), announced today that Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee is one of the best places to work in the Greater Memphis area. Green Dot is thrilled to be acknowledged on this year’s Top Workplaces 2017 list, as the professional development and empowerment of its employees is a top priority for the organization.

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parents

United Parents and Students Celebrates a Successful Summit Focused on Creating Positive Change Across Los Angeles

December 5, 2017

On Saturday, December 2, United Parents and Students (UPAS), in conjunction with Green Dot Public Schools and an array of other organizations, hosted thousands of local parents, students, and community members at the fourth ForwardLA summit—an event intended to create an action-oriented space where the community can come together to address key issues that deeply affect local families and students.

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housing

ForwardLA: How Green Dot Parents are Taking Action in LA’s Affordable Housing Crisis

December 4, 2017

For all parents and families, helping their children succeed in school means providing support and stability in housing. Unfortunately, economic conditions in Los Angeles have made this more difficult for parents to do, as the city continues to face a dire affordable housing crisis.

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Immigrant

ForwardLA: Why Protecting Immigrant Families is Integral to Green Dot’s Mission

December 1, 2017

At Green Dot, we aim to continually use our educational platform to teach students and families about the importance of respect and fairness of opportunity both inside and outside of school walls; this is engrained in Green Dot’s approach to supporting students on all fronts, and fighting for immigrant protections means staying true to our mission.

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community

More Than 1,000 Parents & Students to Gather at 4th Annual United Parents & Students Assembly–ForwardLA: A Day for Justice

November 29, 2017

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, United Parents and Students, in conjunction with Green Dot Public Schools and other partners, will welcome parents, stakeholders, local leaders and elected officials, and community members to the ForwardLA: A Day for Justice event at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

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College

Professional Writers Coach Seniors On Tackling College Essays

November 29, 2017

Ánimo Leadership Charter High School senior Ryan Atapattu sat anxiously in front of the computer monitor. In just a few moments, he would be sitting down with a professional writer to discuss the first draft of his personal essay for college applications, packed with glimpses into his life story and his dreams.

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policy

Green Dot Students Propose Policy Changes in Their Community

November 15, 2017

Seniors at Ánimo Pat Brown are working with the online platform LawMaker to draft, propose and share policy ideas that will positively impact their community.

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Nature

How Students Connected to the Natural World

November 9, 2017

Two student reporters from Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School share about their peers’ involvement with NatureBridge, a partner organization that connects students to the outdoors.

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Students

Holding All Students to High Standards: A Look at Special Education at Green Dot Public Schools

November 6, 2017

Hugo Estrada never imagined that he would become an educator, and is now a thriving Education Specialist at Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School.

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