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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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college

Green Dot Alumnus ‘Never Thought About College’ Now Excelling at Georgetown

October 30, 2017

Despite the rigorous college preparatory curriculum he experienced at AJR, Gomez couldn’t imagine himself in college, let alone fathom he’d be studying international politics at a top-flight school like Georgetown University.

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social

More than Textbooks: Preparing Students to Lead in a Complex World

October 25, 2017

In our ever-changing and interconnected world, rife with injustice and disparate opportunities across lines of race, class, and gender, students must learn the skills to process and respond effectively. Social studies must be, therefore, an area where students can engage with current and historical events in a critical, just, and open-minded manner.

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Mentors

Promise Program Mentors Support Students Beyond the School Day

October 19, 2017

The Promise Program connects students to Green Dot Home Office employees, with the purpose of supporting students academically, exposing them to new career opportunities, and to explore new communities.

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Hurricane

Students Respond to Hurricane Harvey

October 5, 2017

After witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on the community of Houston and Southeast Texas, Student Council members at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School raised over a thousand dollars to donate to the United Way of Greater Houston, to help those impacted.

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Collegespring

Former NBA Players Help Green Dot Students Kick off the School Year

September 28, 2017

CollegeSpring Kick Off 2017 from Green Dot Public Schools on Vimeo. We’ve collaborated with nonprofit CollegeSpring to provide our students with further opportunities and resources for college preparation. CollegeSpring mentors support Green Dot juniors at several campuses with additional SAT test preparation, the college application process, and how to navigate financial aid. To kick off…

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Shoe

Shoe Design Contest Winner Tours Vans Headquarters

September 25, 2017

This summer, Locke alumni Juan Gomez spent the day at Vans Headquarters in Costa Mesa, shadowing Safir Bellali, a product designer who now heads up the Innovation efforts at Vans.

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Absenteeism

For the Record: GDPS California Addresses Misinformation on Teacher Chronic Absenteeism

September 20, 2017

Cristina de Jesus Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Public Schools California Angel G Maldonado President, Asociación de Maestros Unidos (Union representing Green Dot CA’s teachers) While we appreciate Fordham Institute’s longtime support of the charter school movement, and their recognition of the excellent education that Green Dot Public Schools provides, we take issue with both the…

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journey

‘Are There Many Books in LA?’: Locke Student Recalls Her Journey to the United States

September 19, 2017

In a time of national immigration discourse framed predominantly around policy, Lily’s story reminds us to consider the human experience of leaving home.

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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Sparks Curiosity of Green Dot’s Young Scientists Across the Nation

September 13, 2017

This summer, Green Dot students witnessed the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. Green Dot educators saw this as a great opportunity to continue linking current events and natural phenomena to the classroom, encouraging students to tap into their innate curiosity.

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career

JetTalk: Maria Scileppi on Turning Your Passion Into a Career

September 12, 2017

Students at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy earned how they could turn their passions into a career, thanks to director of 72U, Maria Scileppi.

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