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Green Dot Students Propose Policy Changes in Their Community

Nov 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

Nov 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

Nov 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

Oct 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

Oct 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

Oct 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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JetTalk

JetTalk: National Geographic Photographer on Lessons From Behind the Camera

Oct 12, 2017

The JetSpace hosts a wide variety of speakers to share their inspirational stories and career paths with students to help stimulate the flow of inventive ideas, ingenuity, and well-connected professionals.

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Hurricane

Students Respond to Hurricane Harvey

Oct 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

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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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New Teacher

The 74 — Terry: 3 Things Every New Teacher Should Know That the Advice Books Won’t Tell Them

Sep 11, 2017

Read three practical tips to help you thrive in your first year of teaching and beyond, gleaned from Kris Terry’s experience as a new teacher, school principal and Director of New Teacher Development.

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DACA

Statement by Green Dot CEO Marco Petruzzi on the Trump Administration’s Decision to Repeal DACA

Sep 7, 2017

We are deeply disappointed and frustrated about this week’s announcement from the Trump Administration repealing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over the next six months.

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Founding

Meet a Few of the Founding Faces of Destiny Middle School

Sep 5, 2017

Meet some of our founding members of the Destiny Middle School family who are excited for the opportunity to make this school year a memorable one for all students and families.

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Carranza

Meet Ricardo Carranza, the Welcoming Smile of Kirby

Aug 31, 2017

On any given day at Kirby Middle School, you can guarantee to be greeted by the welcoming smile of Office Assistant Ricardo Carranza.

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graduates

Green Dot Celebrates Graduates Across the Network

Aug 29, 2017

We’d like to say a final congratulations to over 1,600 Green Dot graduates from the Class of 2017. Catch a glimpse of graduations from across the network.

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Comic Books

How Comic Books Can Create Community in the Classroom

Aug 24, 2017

This summer, Green Dot curriculum specialist Peter Carlson taught educators from all over the world how they could incorporate comic books in the classroom at Comi-Con.

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