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Educators Have the Power to Change Outcomes for Students

August 19, 2016

Recently the New York Times published an editorial called “The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students”. In response, former LAUSD Board Chair and LAUSD Superintendent- both Green Dot Public Schools Board Members- offer their thoughts.

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immersive learning

Immersive Learning Takes Off at the Locke Jetspace

August 12, 2016

Too often, our learning spaces are isolated from the vitality of the surrounding community. Green Dot Public Schools’ commitment to students’ potential means providing an immersive, educational space where students, teachers, and professionals can meet and collaborate to develop real world skills and think in unconventional ways. The JetSpace is an example of such a space.

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Hopes and Dreams

#HopesAndDreams for the New School Year

August 8, 2016

As an organization, Green Dot Public Schools is committed to investing in all our students and in the communities we serve. Over the summer, we asked students to write down their hopes and dreams for the future. Here’s a glimpse into what they said. #HopesAndDreams Graduation season is an inspirational time at Green Dot Public…

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global citizen

Helping Grow Global Citizens in South LA

August 4, 2016

David Gomez, a Junior at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, represents Los Angeles and his community at the Global Citizens Youth Summit.

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Drama program

Building Confidence One Scene at a Time: a Spotlight on Drama Programs at Green Dot

July 28, 2016

We believe arts education is so critical that Green Dot Public Schools has incorporated classes such as drama into its daily curriculum. Drama teachers throughout Green Dot’s campuses all share the same conviction: that arts classes are essential pieces to a student’s education.

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Summer Bridge

Ease into the First Day of School with Summer Bridge

July 21, 2016

Summer Bridge is offered to all incoming sixth- and ninth-graders – those students taking the big step from one school environment to another. The program is meant to ease those first-day fears students experience when stepping onto a new campus.

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Animo Florence Firestone

Strengthening Community Hubs, One Green Dot School at a Time — Now in Florence-Firestone

July 14, 2016

As Green Dot Public Schools prepares to open a new middle school, Ánimo Florence-Firestone Middle School, in the fall, it isn’t hard to pin down why founding Principal Josh Hartford is excited about the new campus and community we are serving.

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after school program

Supporting Students after the School Bell: A Focus on After School Programs

July 13, 2016

In Washington, after school programs give students time to explore their passions and learn skills such as teamwork and building relationships.

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Grad

Becoming a #GreenDotGrad to make College Dreams Come True

July 8, 2016

Green Dot Public Schools experienced many thrills during our graduation ceremonies in June. But the biggest one of all is the success of our thousands of graduating seniors. Making college dreams come true is really what drives everyone at Green Dot. We believe, we know, that a college education can be life-changing. We see proof of that each time one of our past grads returns to campus.

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Party at the Polls

Get on the Bus; First-Time Voters Get a Ride to the Polls

June 30, 2016

#PartyatthePolls built excitement around the major milestone of voting for the first time for students at five of our 11 high schools in California.

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Class of 2016

Celebrating the Class of 2016

June 23, 2016

Graduation season is always an inspirational time at Green Dot Public Schools. We honor our students as they realize their potential and walk the stage in cap and gown towards a successful future. To our grads: Keep it up!

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Father's Day

By Doing Good in the Community, a Father does Right by his Sons

June 16, 2016

As Father’s Day approaches, we acknowledge the fathers in our own communities and what it takes to properly raise our families and advocate for our communities. It takes both love and power, especially in the face of barriers and opposition.

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Common Core

Common Core at 2: More persistence, more critical thinking

June 9, 2016

With a year of teaching Common Core under their belts, Green Dot teachers are reporting that their students are showing more critical thinking and perseverance– both essential to success in school and in life.

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College Persistence

Closing the College Completion Gap with College Persistence

June 2, 2016

Today, the biggest driver of upward mobility is education. Without a college degree, half of those raised in the lowest-income families will remain in poverty throughout their adult lives. But with a college degree, nine out of ten will escape the poverty of their youth. The Green Dot Public Schools College Persistence Initiative seeks to close the college completion gap for low-income students.

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JROTC

JROTC Provides Memorable Experiences for Locke Cadets

May 25, 2016

Memorial Day is a holiday where we honor those who have fought for our country. Locke’s Navy JROTC program focuses on citizenship and leadership development. The program also provides an opportunity for mentors to work with students.

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Professional Development

Professional Development Guided by Teachers for Teachers

May 19, 2016

All Green Dot Days are days devoted to professional development and provided throughout the school year. We are an ever-evolving organization and we believe that our professional development should reflect that.

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Students Succeed

Finding the Right Supports to Help All Students Succeed

May 17, 2016

We’re building a school culture for our students to learn and develop new academic and social skills. We focus on a full inclusion learning environment, so that all our students with special needs have access to the general education setting.

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Jenesse Center

Jenesse Center: Holding a Youthful Conversation on a Serious Topic

May 16, 2016

250 students from Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy traveled across Los Angeles to take part in a Youth Conversation to raise awareness about teen dating violence, in collaboration with Jenesse Center, a Los Angeles-based domestic violence intervention program.

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Super Mom

Super Moms at the Heart of Green Dot’s Success

May 12, 2016

One of the most effective ways to attack persistently low student outcomes, lingering education inequities, and the intractable achievement gap is to involve parents. We work hard to nurture the organized power of our parents, like these “Super Moms”, to drive positive change in our neighborhoods.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5, 2016

The difference our teachers make in the lives of our students does not go unnoticed. During this week’s Teacher Appreciation Week, take an extra moment to thank the educators in your life: whether they are teaching your children, they taught you when you were in school, or they are a neighbor or colleague.

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Green Dot Washington

Teachers Thrive at Green Dot Washington

May 3, 2016

At Destiny Middle School, teachers are innovative in their teaching, finding new ways to make sure students are mastering subjects. They personalize learning and use data to help guide their teaching. Read the ways our Green Dot Washington teachers are thriving.

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Adelante

Adelante: Moving Teachers Forward Toward Their Credential

April 28, 2016

In partnership with Loyola Marymount University, we’ve created the Green Dot Adelante Credentialing Program. The program aims to support a cohort of soon-to-be teachers as they earn their preliminary teaching credential and teach in a Green Dot Public School.

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8 Green Dot Public School High Schools Named Among the Nation’s Best

April 21, 2016

For the second straight year, 8 Green Dot Public School high schools have been named among the nation’s best by US News & World Report. These rankings above all else demonstrate that when we set high standards for students, they will rise up and exceed expectations.

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation from the 2016 Golden Dot Award Winners

April 18, 2016

We asked this year’s Golden Dot Award winners “What inspires you to work hard every day?” Read their answers.

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