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Robotics

ABC 7–Robotics program in Watts offers teens technological path to college

February 21, 2018

ABC 7 highlights a music video made by Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy’s Robotics Team, created for a funding competition.

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ASLA

Under the Same Roof Now: Reflections from a Senior on ASLA’s New Building

February 20, 2018

ASLA senior Frederick Rodulfo shares his experience of how the 2014 building fire has impacted his high school experience.

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budget

Green Dot Signs On To Joint Statement on President Trump’s FY19 Budget Proposal

February 16, 2018

Green Dot joined charter school networks from across the country in signing on to this statement on the President’s FY18 budget.

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women

A Field Trip to Empower Young Women of Color

February 15, 2018

This past fall, 100 young women of color from six Green Dot high schools took a trip to the University of Southern California for a day of building awareness, and discussing equity, inclusion, and empowerment.

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leader

A Look Inside Green Dot’s In-House Administrator Credentialing Residency

February 13, 2018

The AIR program seeks to increase the number of highly effective school leaders at the helm of Green Dot schools and successfully turning around the country’s most persistently low-performing schools.

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Ford

In Memoriam: Education Advocate & Green Dot Parent Shirley Ford

February 12, 2018

Today we honor the life of education advocate and Green Dot parent Shirley Ford. As a result of her work, Ford became a nationwide ambassador for parents from low-income communities who felt disenfranchised by their public school system.

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football

Celebrating Football Success in Memphis

February 7, 2018

As we celebrate the close game and new champions from Super Bowl LII, we also celebrate our own Green Dot football teams in Memphis as they wrap successful seasons.

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bounce

CBS: Watts Teachers Turn To Bounce Bands To Help Bounce Grades And Behavior

February 6, 2018

CBS LA covers an innovative way of helping students with high energy manage their energy and increase focus through the use of bounce bands in Ms. Rosati’s class at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School.

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youth

ForwardLA: How Positive Youth Development Acts as a Proactive Public Safety Initiative

February 6, 2018

Focusing on proactive and early preventative measures rather than suppressive ones can make a real difference to public safety. For our children, investing in youth development is vital to create safer streets while giving young people the tools they need to lead successful, healthy lives.

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hbcu

Why This Green Dot Alumnus Chose an HBCU

February 5, 2018

Animo Watts alumnus Alyssa Nettle knew she wanted to act, and also had a deep-seeded value for education, which is why she decided to join the celebrated theatre program at Alabama State University, one of 101 Historically Black College and Universities across the country.

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Success

Petruzzi: New Year, Same Call for Perspective on Public School Success

February 2, 2018

Green Dot CEO Marco Petruzzi follows up on his editorial published in The 74: “I feel it’s imperative that I use this commemoration of the new year to pause and consider an aspect of our education system that has long troubled me: The way we currently measure student performance hurts students, teachers, even you and me.”

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Evelyn

Celebrating Black History Month with the Achievements of Evelyn Granville

January 31, 2018

Green Dot invites you to celebrate Black History Month with us by honoring the life of Evelyn Granville, and by nurturing the potential in all students.

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Teaching

Living to Serve: An Educator’s 15-Year Journey

January 30, 2018

For Nat Pickering, history teacher at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a calling — the thing he was destined to do. “Teaching is in my blood,” joked Pickering.

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growth

The 74 — Petruzzi: In Growth-vs.-Proficiency Debate, Data, Trust, and Time Are Keys to True Student Performance

January 25, 2018

Green Dot CEO Marco Petruzzi makes the case for focusing on growth over proficiency in this editorial for The 74.

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‘Locke stands for a promise’

January 24, 2018

School leader Peggy Gutierrez shares how and why Alain LeRoy College Preparatory Academy is delivering on a promise made to the community.

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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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